• beach at sunrise near Charleston, SC

    Beaches Near Charleston

Sand and Surf are Closer than You Think

The best beaches around are just a short drive away when you stay at The Ryder Hotel. A 30-minute drive will have you beachside before you can blink. Each beach offers something unique, like epic waves, adventure, and fresh seafood.

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Folly Beach

The beach on six-mile-long Folly Island is a surfers paradise. Tour around over 20 bars and restaurants along Center Street and soak in the quirky, laid-back vibes.


Friends walk towards the beach shoreline lined with beach umbrellas

Sullivan’s Island

Once central to the slave trade and the Revolutionary War, there’s still plenty of history to explore here, plus tranquil tidepools and sandbars to spend some sunny downtime.


Beach boardwalk with a beautiful sunset in the background

Isle of Palms

Across the inlet from Sullivan’s Island, “IOP” is full of adventure. Grab tacos from Papi’s Taqueria and ramble along the oceanfront, then pop in to the Windjammer for outdoor tunes at the Sunset Stage.


Two women on the beach laughing

Kiawah Beachwalker Park

A bit further outside of town, this peaceful beach park is actually on a river. Spend a bit of time here and you might just see bottlenose dolphins fishing along the water’s edge.