Souths Greatest Beaches

It’s high summer and the time is right for exploring the Lowcountry’s great beaches. From north of Charleston all the way down to south of Jacksonville, we call out some of the greatest shoreline destinations.

 

TYBEE ISLAND

EAT

Located in a cottage from the 1950s, Tybee Island Fish Camp offers fine dining in a casual and cozy atmosphere. It is the latest effort on the part of Sarah and Kurtis Schumm, owners of the popular Tybee Island Social Club. With a regionally-focused seafood menu, the restaurant changes the menu to adapt to what’s fresh, delicious, and seasonal. Tybee Island Fish Camp has both indoor and outdoor seating and is open Thursday through Sunday from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. tybeeislandfishcamp.com, 912.662.3474

 

 

 

 

 

HILTON HEAD/BLUFFTON

STAY

The island’s oceanfront resorts are sparkling at the moment, thanks to multi-million dollar renovations. If one is looking for upscale and intimate, don’t miss the Inn at Harbour Town, a sixty room boutique property located off the first tee box of the famed Harbour Towne Golf Links in the Sea Pines Resort. seapines.com, 866.561.8802

 

DAUFUSKIE ISLAND

PLAY

The Beach Club and Bar at Melrose on the Beach is a spectacular private club right on the beach. With three pools and a hot tub, the club offers something for all, including golf for golfers, horseback riding for equestrians, and delicious food and libations for epicureans. The view is gorgeous, with Tybee Island and historic Savannah to the south and Harbour Town Lighthouse in Hilton Head to the north. melroseonthebeach.com,  843.341.2922

 

FOLLY BEACH

STAY

Beachy cool style meets a hip attitude at Tides folly beach, a beachfront hotel in Folly Beach. With a waterfront restaurant and bar, Tides features a great happy hour at sunset. The hotel has 132 stylish and comfortable rooms. The newly renovated beachfront rooms have a semi-private patio with the beach and pool just outside the door. tidesfollybeach.com. 843.588.6464

 

ST. SIMON’S ISLAND

STAY

With rooms in the main hotel available, as well as beach villas, the King and Prince offer dog-friendly accommodations. The King and Prince Club has a rich history. It first opened as a seaside dance club in 1935. Six years later, on July 2, 1941, the main hotel building opened to the public as the King and Prince Hotel and was immediately praised for its modern features and its gorgeous views of The Atlantic Ocean. During World War II, the hotel served as a naval coast-watching and training facility, reopening in 1947 to resume its popularity as a favorite island resort with its gorgeous Mediterranean architecture. kingandprince.com, 530.546.2382

 

CUMBERLAND ISLAND

STAY

In 1900, Lucy and Thomas Carnegie purchased a mansion, now the Greyfield Inn, for their daughter, Margaret. Margaret’s daughter, Lucy Ferguson, converted the mansion into this luxurious and romantic venue in 1962. The Inn has been awarded many times for being the world’s best place to stay and the top small hotel by various travel magazines. The Inn is also a top dining location for day trippers. greyfieldinn.com, 904.261.6408

 

 

JACKSONVILLE BEACHES

Situated directly on the waterfront overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, this New England style shingle architecture and scruffy dunes lend a classical romantic feeling to the property. Elizabeth Pointe Lodge’s rooms feature every contemporary amenity with soaking tubs or Rainforest showers. A full seaside breakfast and evening social hour are included and 24-hour room service is available. Lounge chairs, umbrellas, and towels are set on the beach each day for guests. elizabethpointlodge.com, 904.277.4851