Sullivanā€™s Island Beach

Sandy beach
2119 Pettigrew St, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482, USA
6 miles from Charleston, SC
Water quality
Grades suggested by our reviewer
Water Quality

Beach amenities

  • Pet friendlyBring your little friends!
  • ParkingCar parking nearby
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About this beach

Warnings and hazards

On cooler days, bring a bug spray.

There is a number of strict beach rules – pay attention to the signs and obey the rules unless you want to get fined.

There are no lifeguards on duty so swimming is at your own risk. Be aware that there are strong currents, deep holes, and drop-offs near sandbars!

Overall, there is little parking so it is recommended to come early.

So beautiful and soothing, Sullivan’s Island Beach is wide, long, and rarely gets crowded. It is more like a residents’ beach where you can see locals strolling, jogging, and playing with their dogs each morning.

Location and Access

Sullivan’s Island Beach stretches parallel to Atlantic Avenue and you can access the beach at various spots where the avenue crosses other streets. There is no parking lot but there is free on-street parking available – please pay attention to the signs indicating places to park.

You’ll need to walk to the beach for a couple of minutes. There are wooden boardwalks leading down to the ocean. Not handicap-friendly. Overall, there is little parking so it is recommended to go early.


There are neither restrooms nor rinse showers and visiting with small kids can be a bit tricky. There are no places to eat either so bring your own snacks. For a restroom or restaurant, you’ll need to walk several blocks.

Swimming Conditions

The beach is very flat and long, offering more than enough space for everyone. The sand is soft, with few shells. The water is warm and somewhat murky but people tend to like swimming here. However, you should be extremely careful – there are no lifeguards on duty and there are strong currents, deep holes, and drop-offs near sandbars.

Other Activities

Strolls along the beach are breathtaking; the lighthouse in the background adds to the scenery. Biking is another good option – the sand is hard-packed enough. Fishing is allowed.

Beach Rules

Sullivan’s Island Beach has strict rules and they will eagerly give you a ticket for a violation so please pay due attention to this information. You are not allowed to bring alcoholic beverages or any glass containers. Any kind of smoking is prohibited. Coolers, beach chairs, and umbrellas are prohibited as well.

Dog Rules

Only dogs with current Sullivan’s Island license are allowed on the beach (for licenses, contact the town hall).

From May to September, you can bring your dog off-leash from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.; dogs are not allowed from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and they must be on leash from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m.

From October to April, during the offseason, you can bring your dog off-leash from 5 a.m. until noon and on a leash at any other hour. Don’t forget to pick up after your furry friend to keep the beach safe and clean!

Driving Time

  • 20 minutes from downtown Charleston, SC
  • 1 hour 55 minutes Myrtle Beach, SC
  • 2 hours 5 minutes from Savannah, GA

Hotels and rentals

If you're considering staying for one or even a few nights, there are plenty of options available near the beach. Chose your preferred accomodation type and your favourite room provider:

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Beach reviewed by:
Daniel and Laura
Photos from Google Maps
Wooden boardwalk leading to the beachClouds over the seashoreLarge ship on the horizonSunrise on Sullivanā€™s Island BeachWaves on the seashore
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Beach map and directions
The beach is located in Charleston, South Carolina 2119 Pettigrew St, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482, USA (Open on Google Maps)
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Reviewed on: September 10, 2020