Splendidly isolated from the South Carolina mainland, life on this barrier island offers the perfect mix of proximity to Charleston and a carefree lifestyle.
Photo: Chris Rogers
Main Street: Ocean Boulevard is the waterfront's main drag, with surfboard rentals, shops, and other finds interwoven with restaurants and bars. The Windjammer, the island's staple watering hole, is always packed with residents looking for an afternoon beer.
Restaurants: Morgan Creek Grill on the Marina serves local fare, namely crab cakes with stone-ground grits. At Long Island Café, a hearty salmon B.L.T. and she crab soup is the star at lunch, along with fresh spinach salads with seared tuna and housemade dressing.
Beach: Front Beach is a wide stretch of shore that residents frequent with dogs (on a leash). The island has six continuous miles of beach, which is unrestricted and free to the public. (And the water is Caribbean warm throughout most of the year.)
Activities: At beachside County Park, where many gather for picnics, you can tap in to a beach volleyball match. A Saltwater Tour with Nature Adventures takes kayakers through the Intracoastal near playful dolphins and manatees.