Would love to go to a beach that is not tourist laden. I do not play golf, and like nature, but cannot hike. - Kathy, New Hampshire
South Carolina has several secluded beach communities that fit the bill. Less than 20 miles east of Beaufort
is Fripp Island, a wildlife sanctuary that’s home to deer, alligators, dolphins and more than 175 species of birds. You’ll also have 3.5 miles of uncrowded, unspoiled beaches to enjoy.
Closer to Charleston
is Seabrook Island, offering 2,000 acres of lush forest, beautiful salt marshes and some of the longest, widest and most pristine beaches in South Carolina’s Lowcountry.
While only half an hour from Myrtle Beach
, Litchfield Beach is a world away from the popular family vacation destination. It offers a natural, quiet and reserved area to kick back and relax.
Just up the road is Pawleys Island
, proudly referred to by residents as “arrogantly shabby”. Best known for its rope hammocks, this resort has a laid back attitude befitting its claim to fame.
And then there’s Edisto Island, a favorite vacation spot of state residents. If you enjoy nature, you’ll love Edisto Beach State Park
, featuring a series of handicapped-friendly trails that wind through a maritime forest of live oaks and palmetto trees. The park also features an environmental education center with exhibits that highlight the natural history of the island and the surrounding ACE Basin.