Charleston area beach rules

What you can and cannot do at our local beaches


Take a walk on Edisto. | Photo by @brett_hait

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Ready or not, Memorial Day Weekend is coming up. The weather’s warming up, the waves are crashing, and the sand from last season’s beach trip is everywhere.

Before grabbing your Yeti, leashing up Buddy + packing your Shibumi’s, scroll down for the lowdown on our Lowcountry beach rules broken down beach by beach.

🏖️ Folly Beach

  • No alcohol or smoking allowed on the beach.
  • Dogs are not allowed on the beach from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., May through September. They must be leashed at all other times. Dogs are never allowed on the pier.
  • No glass or plastic bags allowed on the beach.
  • Lifeguards are on duty May through Labor Day.
  • When parking on the street, don’t block driveways or crosswalks and make sure all four tires are off the road. Read all parking rules.

Sullivan’s | Photo by @charlestonspired

🏖️ Sullivan’s Island

  • No alcohol or smoking allowed on the beach.
  • Dogs must have a license from town hall. Your furry friend can be off leash before 10 a.m. and on leash after 6 p.m., May through September.
  • There are no lifeguards on duty.
  • When parking on the street, all four tires must be off the road.
  • The beach closes at 11 p.m.

IOP | Photo by @rschindler

🏖️ Isle of Palms

  • No alcohol or smoking allowed on the beach.
  • Dogs are allowed year round. They can be off leash between 5-9 a.m., April 1 through September 14.
  • Glass bottles are prohibited.
  • On-street paid parking stations are operational between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Paid parking is enforced March through October. Read all parking rules.

Kiawah | Photo by @thelizcarpenter

🏖️ Kiawah Island

  • The public can access the beach at Beachwalker Park only.
  • No glass containers allowed
  • The beach is open from 9 a.m.-8 p.m., May through Labor Day.
  • Dogs are allowed at all times and must be leashed from March 16 to October 31. There is a designated year-round dog off leash area — learn more.
  • Lifeguards are on duty from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Parking is $15-$20.

Edisto | Photo by @brett_hait

🏖️ Edisto Beach

  • No glass containers allowed.
  • Dogs are allowed at all times and must be leashed May 1-October 31.
  • Leaving holes on beach is prohibited.
  • No bonfires allowed.
  • No lifeguards are on duty.
  • Parking is allowed at beach accesses from 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

Before you go, view the SC Dept. of Health and Environmental Control beach guide and check our beach bag suggestions.