Monday, 10 June 2019

3 Places To Visit Outside of Downtown Charleston

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Charleston is like nowhere I've ever visited - It's charming and cultured yet up to date and fun. I mean it when I say it has something for everyone and though the peninsula has so much going on, there's so many great places further afield that you don't want to miss - Here are my top three. 

SHEM CREEK

I can hands down say that two of my favourite days in Charleston were spent on Shem Creek. It's full of bars, restaurants, fishing boats and boardwalks and is only a 10 minute drive from Downtown. If you're there in the summer you can see dolphins swimming in the creek but, lucky for us, they made an appearance in December too. As I mentioned in my Charleston guide, Saltwater Cowboys is a phenomenal place to grab fish tacos and sit out on the deck all afternoon with cocktails. If brunch is more your thing, you'll find it almost anywhere in Charleston but Pages Okra Grill is so great and serves up delicious fried green tomatoes - The wait for tables at Pages is no joke so make sure you get there early. Tavern & Table also comes highly recommended by locals and Shem Creek Inn is first on my list of hotels if I ever head back to the city. 

FOLLY BEACH

I've spoken about Folly Beach since the moment my feet first touched the sand. It's a stunning beach town less than 20 minutes from Downtown and is home to incredible seafood restaurants, lively beach bars and lets not forget, the beach. I loved Folly Beach not only for the surfer vibes and endless beach houses but for how genuine it was - Not once did it feel like the shops and restaurants were a facade because we spoke to so many locals who agreed that the little town by the beach was simply amazing. Snapper Jacks got my vote for delicious calamari but Ritas also comes highly recommended along with, well, basically everywhere in town. 

SULLIVAN'S ISLAND & ISLE OF PALMS

Technically two towns but it's well worth a visit to both because they're so close together. In my experience they were two of the quieter suburbs areas but both equally lovely with long stretches of beach and great places to eat and drink. In Sullivan's Island, Mex 1 has a second cantina serving up delicious margaritas with live music a few nights a week. Poe's Tavern was filled with people soaking up the sun and The Obstinate Daughter was somewhere we wish we'd had more time to visit. Neighboring town Isle Of Palms is the perfect vacation spot with beachfront parks, picnic areas and the sweetest holiday village. As well as Charleston being known for The Notebook, if you're a fan of Dear John, Isle Of Palms served as the backdrop for a lot of the film. 
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I love remembering some of the amazing places I visited whilst in Charleston. Exploring further afield is something I always try to do and if you're feeling adventurous, you should too. Have you ever visited these places?

3 Places To Visit Outside Of Downtown Charleston

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