Charleston SC Lifestyle: Beaches and waterfront living

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A trip to the beach second-nature around the Charleston area, as the city is ringed with a wealth of oceanfront barrier and marsh islands with extensive stretches of pristine sand and surf. Much of the local beach area is easily-accessible, with ample public parking areas on the Isle of Palms, Edisto Island and Folly Beach, as well as roadside parking and access paths on Sullivan's Island. Gated properties on Kiawah and Seabrook islands and the Isle of Palms offer more private enjoyment of some beachfront areas, and along uninhabited Morris Island, stretches of sandy shore facing the Atlantic as well as inland are open to anyone approaching by boat.

Beach configurations vary from island to island, but typically include wide expanses of fine sand, bordered by large dunes filled with wildflowers and sea oats. Tidal ebb and flow creates shallow, shimmering gullies that attract crabs, shore birds and small fish, as well as exposing fresh concentrations of sea shells, such as whelks, sand dollars, angel's wings, and South Carolina's state shell, the beautiful lettered olive. Beach waves also vary in height and intensity, as certain locations on Folly Beach and the Isle of Palms are favored by surfers and kiteboarders for more pronounced swells that provide exceptional rides. With Charleston's temperate sub-tropical climate, beach waves never get too cold to enjoy, as people wade, swim, and frolick in the foaming surf year-round.

Another tantalizing aspect of the Charleston beach surfline is its attraction to colorful wildlife. Bottlenose dolphins love riding the gentle swells just offshore, and can constantly be seen breaching and splashing in the shallows. The acrobatic dive of the eastern brown pelican is also a common sight along Charelston's beaches, as the hovering birds locate fish from high above and hurtle with great splashes into the waves.

At night during the summer, barrier island beaches are sought after by giant loggerhead sea turtles that wade ashore to lay eggs, which hatch in the sand and send new generations back into the sea.

In Charleston, the term beach is synonymous with relaxation and natural beauty, as people enjoy day trips for sunbathing, swimming, strolling or family picnics, while beachfront homeowners bask in the warm feel of pleasurable sea breezes, listen to the soothing sounds of splashing waves, and witness the eye-catching scenes of dunes, surf, and skyline. Folly Beach, the Isle of Palms and Edisto Island all feature public fishing piers and pavilions that offer beautfiul views and excellent opportunities to land red drum, croaker and mackerel. On Sullivan's Island, the beach curves along the entrance of Charleston harbor to give majestic views of the historic city, Fort Sumter and Charleston Harbor. Both Folly Beach and Edisto Island have county and state parks directly on the beach as well, where sunset walks, throwing a frisbee, dolphin-watching, or any form of recreation is ever-changing and never dull.


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