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Best island location

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Best island location

My wife, I and dog will be in the Carolinas next March weeks and are looking for a quiet, beach/ocean view cottage or the like for 2-3 weeks. I have looked at Kiawah, Edisto, Isle of Palms, Folly Beach, Low Country area and a number of others, but nothing jumps out. Would like to walk the beaches, visit Charleston, have access to a few good restaurants and basically kick back for a while. Any help narrowing it down?

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Fripp Island ?

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Budget will help to narrow it. Edisto Beach is the least expensive because of its relative isolation and lack of "things to do." Of the beaches closer to Charleston, Folly is least expensive.

Dog will help to narrow it. Every beach town has different rules, you can find the law codes on their webpages. The best beach for dogs is Sullivans Island - for the price of a $35 tag, the dog can be off-leash on the beach until noon in March. Folly is technically never off-leash, and no dogs on beach at all after 10AM. Enforcement is erratic in early spring. Edisto is technically never off-leash, probably not much enforcement in March.

A little more about what you like will help us make suggestions. For example, do you need high-quality grocery stores, shopping malls, cinemas, Starbucks?

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Why does nothing jump out at you? As Mike Stone said, we need more info about you and your budget ($$$, not" reasonable").

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The Isle of Palms and Sullivan's Island are more upscale, Folly Beach is less so. All are about 20 min from the historic district of Charleston. Each island is about 6-7 miles long by 1 mile wide and will have a small "business" area with a few shops and restaurants. The historic district will have more great restaurants than you can imagine, not to mention museums, historic sites and shopping. Kiawah and Seabrook will be about 45-50 min from the historic district and Edisto will be an hour or more.

"Beach cottages" in this modern era are usually condos or rental homes. Many of the rental homes are huge, there are still smaller ones to be found, but usually not ocean front.

As mentioned above, not really sure what you are looking for if none of these locations appeal to you. If you have not already, you might want to visit the Charleston Forum page and look to the right side for Top Questions About Charleston, there is a section called Which Beach is Best that may provide you with more info.

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Thanks for info. Don't need high end shops, etc. We are in our 60's and prefer a more laid back place. Dog info helps.

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The Which Beach is Best portion of Top Questions About Charleston lists the exact dog laws for each beach. There are no high end shops on IOP, Sullivan's or Folly. Those are found in the historic district.

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