Among the many reasons people fall in
love with Charleston, its mesmerizing waterfront vistas are nearly
always at the top of the list. The charming peninsular city is
surrounded by miles of scenic oceanfront barrier islands, lush
naturally-protected harbor and estuary, as well as 15 watersheds
comprising more than 1700 square miles of river basin, tidal creeks
and forest wetlands.
From the sand dunes and surf lines of nearby public beaches to the
inland web of oak-lined streams and cypress basins, waterfront
properties are as plentiful in the Charleston area as they are
environmentally-diverse. Charleston's downtown peninsula has
extensive residential waterfront properties on three sides,
overlooking the historic Ashley and Cooper rivers as well as scenic
Charleston Harbor. Beach islands within a short drive of downtown
Charleston include the Isle of Palms, Sullivan's Island, Folly Beach,
Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island, all of which feature homes and
lots offering a view of dolphins, sea gulls and foaming waves along
the beachfront, as well as homesites overlooking gentle expanses of
marsh grass, fishing inlets and overhanging oaks facing the
mainland. Flanking Charleston from all directions, the communities
on James Island, Johns Island, West Ashley, Mount Pleasant and
Daniel Island are interlaced with rivers, tidal creeks, salt
marshes, bays, lakes and coastal estuaries.
Numerous public and privately-owned docks, slips and landings afford
people in the Charleston area easy access to a full range of water
activities and recreation. Warm inland waters are filled with fish,
oysters, shrimp, crabs and clams, assuring a good catch whether
casting nets and lines from the dock of a public park or from the
deck of a boat. Paddlers enjoy the sparkling maze of inlets,
waterways and tributaries on which nature's beauty is always
displayed with colorful wading birds and flourishing marsh grasses.
For lovers of scenery, history or relaxation, discovering the
Charleston area by water is a boundless treasure, with boat trips to
Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor sailing and dining tours, and
spectacular panoramic waterfront views from promenades along the
towering Arthur Ravenel bridge, the Patriots Point Maritime Museum,
and the city's Waterfront Park and White Point Gardens.
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