* See the photo gallery linked above
* Map of Charleston islands.
My husband and I live in Myrtle Beach, and we visit Charleston several times a year. When exploring the islands around Charleston, we often spend a night in the downtown historic area in order to get an early start the following day.
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According to CN Traveler.com, these Charleston islands should not be missed!
Here's our photo gallery from our stay in Charleston over the extended Christmas holiday. This includes photos from the "Charleston drive through" holiday lights" - an award-winning display of Christmas lights featured on Johns Island.
What will you see when you visit
the islands of Charleston?
Don't miss the Angel Oak, one of the world's larges trees. It is located on John's Island , South Carolina. This oak tree has a diameter reaching 160-feet, a circumference of nearly 25 feet and a height of 65 feet. It covers 17,000 square feet of ground. Reportedly, it is the largest loak aloive this side of the Rockies. The Angel Oak is approximately 1,500 years old. It stands in a wooded area just off Bohicket Road on John's Island, near Charleston. (Don't forget your smart phone or camera!) It's free to visit, and you will be amazed by the Angel Oak. If you have a problem finding the Angel Oak, just ask anytone you see. The locals are proudof their Angel Oak and will be happy to point you in the right direction.
John's Island is west of the Charleston peninsula, and it serves as a gateway to its neighboring islands - Kiawah and Seabrook Islands. Technically an island because it is surrounded by the Intracoastal Waterway, the Stono River, the Kiawah River and Bohicket Creek. Johns Island is protected by the surrounding islands. Freshfields Village brings neighborhood shopping to the islands of Kiawah, Seabrook, and John's Island. Newton Farms (owned by the Piggly Wiggly grocery chain of stores) where we enjoyed a great dinner.
Sullivan's Island is a barrier island. It is comprised of approximately 2,000 residents in half as many households. These are primarily full and part-time residents who love the relaxed atmosphere of Sullivans Island. There has been a long history of the harbor being protected from invaders. Remains of privately held military housing and former fortifications are now family homes. This historic island has withstood all sorts of weather, including hurricanes.
James Island is home to South Carolina's most historic events. This is where the Civil War began on April 12, 1861. Nearby you'll find Morries Island and Folly Beach. You'll want to see Morris Lighthouse. It's a short walk from the parking lot to the point where you can view the lighthouse. At the 643 acre James Island County Park you'll find saltwater fishing, and along the paths and public areas. Fees apply. Check the website.
Isle of Palms is just above Sullivan's Island and it offers a rich history of significance during the Civil War. It serves as the departure point to the CSS Hunley, the first submarine to sink the enemy vessel. Isle of Palms offers six miles of white, sandy beaches, loved by locals and visitors alike. And we always stop at Trader Joe's on the way home to Myrtle Beach.
Kiawah Island is a 10-mile strench of undisturbed beach. It is a private community with access limited to property owners and real estate agents. Beachwalker Park is located at the west end of the island. It is the only public access on the island, and you can visit only in Jan., Feb., and Dec. See Kiawah Beachwalker Park for more information.
Charleston City Marina has been named "National Marina of the Year" (Marina Dock Age Magazine), and offers state-of-the-art amenities and facilities. The city's Marina Mega Dock extends 1,530 feet and is the longest free standing floating dock in the Southeast. For more information about this beautiful marina, please visit Charleston City Marina Website.
Edisto Beach isabout an hour's drive south of Charleston. My Edisto Island photos are here. Edisto is a quiet family beach. The first-known occupants were the Edisto Indians. The Spanish arrived in the late 1500s, followed by the English. Make it a day trip, or spend a night at this family-friendly beach
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