Charleston area beach rules

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Edisto | Photo by @brett_hait

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What you can + cannot do at our local beaches

Ready or not, Memorial Day Weekend is right around the corner. The weather’s warming up, the waves are crashing in, and sand is about to become the bane of your car interior’s existence.

With the holiday weekend fast approaching (and bringing with it near record high temps), most are planning to escape to 🎵 “the sun, and the sand, with a drink in their hand” 🎶… but wait… can you drink on the beaches here?

The long and short of it: NO. If you are found with alcohol +  ticketed, it could cost you upwards of $1,000 (hope that wasn’t Dom Perignon in your cup, because you will be pouring not one – but all of it out).

So, before grabbing your Yeti, leashing up Buddy, + packing your Tommy Bahama umbrellas, scroll for the lowdown on your Lowcountry beach rules – broken down beach by beach.

 

Folly Beach | Photo by @lukescraftpizza

 

🏖️ Folly | “The Edge of America”
🍺 No alcohol allowed.
🐶 Dogs are not allowed on the beach from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. (May 1-Sept. 30). They must be leashed at all other times. Dogs are never allowed on the pier.
🌊 Lifeguards are on duty May through Labor Day from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. at West End County Park and from 2nd Street East to 3rd Street West beachfront.
🚗 Street parking available -– all four tires must be off the road.
Parking lot at Folly Beach County Park: Mon.-Fri. $10; Sat. + Sun. $15
(Handicap accessible at these locations).

 

Sullivan’s | Photo by @charlestonspired

 

🏖️ Sullivan’s | “Sully’s”

🍺 No alcohol allowed.
🐶 Dogs require a permit $25 for Sullivan’s Island residents, + $50 for all others.
Summer hours (May 1-Sept. 30): off-leash 5 a.m.-10 a.m.; on-leash 6 p.m.- 5 a.m.; not allowed on the beach from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
🌊 No lifeguards on duty.
🚗 No municipal parking lot. Street parking available – all four tires must be off the road. Click here for additional parking rules.
(Handicap accessible: Station 18, Station 19, Station 22.5, + Station 26.5).

 

IOP | Photo by @rschindler

 

🏖️ IOP | “Long Beach”

⏰ 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. (May-Labor Day)
🍺 No alcohol allowed.
🐶 Allowed at all times (must be leashed). Off-leash hours: 5-8 a.m.
🌊 Lifeguards on duty– 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. (IOP County Park)
🚗 Free, permitless street parking is available on Palm Blvd. between 21st + 40th Ave. All four tires must be off the road. Additional paid parking + handicap parking information here.

 

Kiawah | Photo by @thelizcarpenter

🏖️ Kiawah | Public beach access at Beachwalker County Park

NOTE: Beachwalker Park is currently closed for construction until the end of May at the earliest. Check here for updates.
⏰ 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. (May-Labor Day).
🍺 No alcohol allowed.
🐶 Allowed at all times (must be leashed).
🌊 Lifeguards on duty– 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
🚗 Mon.-Fri. $10; Sat. + Sun. $15

 

Edisto | Photo by @brett_hait

🏖️ Edisto | “Mayberry by the Sea”

🍺 No glass containers; alcohol otherwise permitted.
🐶 Allowed at all times (must be leashed May 1-Oct. 31).
🌊 No lifeguards on duty.
🚗 37 public beach accesses, with parking allowed from 6 a.m.- 10 p.m.

 

Click here to view the S.C. DHEC beach access + water quality guide. (Sort by amenities, view swimming advisories, and select specific South Carolina beaches).

 

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