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Charleston area beaches

We want to spend half a day walking around and then have lunch on the water at one of the area beaches -which one is best?

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1. Re: Charleston area beaches

On the right hand side of the screen, under "Top questions about Charleston," six questions down: Which Beach is Best? Check it out

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Be aware: restaurants with great views rarely have great food. They don't have to try. This time of year any place on any of the beaches will be crowded, more so on weekends. If it were me, I'd walk on the beach (any of them will do) then go into Mt Pleasant, James Island, or Charleston for lunch. Look at Mustard Seed or Boulevard Diner at dinewithsal.com.

If you really want a water view at lunch go to Coconut Joe's and Banana Cabana. Expect pricey everything.

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If you plan to explore the historic district, then travel to one of the beaches for lunch, you are looking at a very late lunch. Charleston's historic district is compact, but large. And, the closest beaches are at least 20 minutes away.

I suggest that you enjoy lunch at one of the wonderful restaurants in the historic district, then travel to the beach for relaxation. Come back to a restaurant on Shem Creek (if you go to Isle of Palms or Sullivans Island) or to Bowens Island Restaurant (if you go to Folly Beach) for dinner with a great sunset view over the water.

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Do you want to spend the half-day before lunch at the beach or in Charleston?

If you're coming in the summer, a beach walk is much nicer in the AM. You could get up, hit it to Isle of Palms for incredible breakfast at Seabiscuit Cafe (someone correct me if they've closed - I haven't been in two years) then have beach walk. On your way back to Charleston, stop at Boulevard Diner or Page's Okra Grill in Mt. Pleasant for lunch. They'll welcome you even if you're dirty - but be aware that Page's has Severe airconditioning.

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If you're talking this summer and walking around downtown, I would suggest that in the morning and a visit to the beach in the afternoon. It's hot no matter where you go, but is a bit cooler on the beach than downtown.

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Agree on the downtown morning, beach afternoon idea, unless you want sunrise over the ocean. I'd suggest the southern end of Sullivan's Island. The sun sets over the harbor and frankly there's more to see that way than just the ocean. I don't think Sullivan's has any literally beachfront restaurants but they aren't far from the ocean on the main drag. Just don't park illegally! The Isle of Palms has true beachfront dining; the food can be ok. Folly is funkier and more lively even with its recent beach-alcohol ban. One thing no matter where you go, though, is to check the tide tables. On Folly especially you won't have a lot of beach at high tide except on the extreme southern end. Oh, and don't swim in any of the inlets -- the currents and sudden drop-offs make them dangerous.

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Not true about high tides at Folly. Actually, the southern end where the County Park is located is closed due to erosion indefinitely. There are wide beaches in both directions until approximately 10th street both ways.

Folly is a great contrast to downtown--slightly bohemian, laid back. I would suggest Folly in the afternoon, a cocktail at the Marina for the views, then dinner at Bowen's Island. It's a perfect Folly Day.

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8. Re: Charleston area beaches

Sullivan's island. Lunch at Poes

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