There is no shortage of fantastic beaches in South Carolina, nor is there any shortage of “best beaches” lists. But as always we are here to tell you about them. I’m honestly not sure what my favorite South Carolina beach is. I’m lucky enough to have friends and family with houses in the greater Myrtle Beach area so that region is by far my most visited. Though without the free places to stay? I’d probably pick other beaches. But back to this list. Since 1991 Dr. Stephen Leatherman aka “Dr. Beach” has “reviewed, evaluated and rated beaches and coastal areas throughout the world”. He uses fifty different criteria to evaluate the beaches and create his top 10 rankings. And this year one South Carolina beach ranked 8th on this prestigious Dr. Beach Top Beaches list!
Some of these criteria include which include water and sand quality as well as safety and management. All very important metrics. Dr. Beach does other important work other than just creating this yearly ranking. (Though I’d be happy to serve as a beach tester if that position is available). Dr. Beach also works tirelessly to increase awareness about the dangers of rip currents and to promote no smoking at beaches. Which the prohibition of smoking, is also taken into account in these rankings. So which South Carolina beach made the Dr. Beach list? Beachwalker Park on Kiawah Island. I’ve actually never been lucky enough to visit Kiawah though I have friends who love it!
Here’s Dr. Beach’s Top Beach List 2023
- St. George Island State Park, Florida Panhandle
- Duke Kahanamoku Beach, Oahu, Hawaii
- Coopers Beach, Southampton, New York
- Caladesi Island State Park, Dunedin/Clearwater, Florida
- Lighthouse Beach, Buxton, Outer Banks of North Carolina
- Coronado Beach, San Diego
- Wailea Beach, Maui, Hawaii
- Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island, South Carolina
- Poipu Beach, Kauai, Hawaii
- Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
You’ll find the luxurious island of Kiawah south of Charleston. And Beachwalker Park is the public beach which is located on the southern end of Kiawah. Dr. Beach describes Beachwalker Park as “a nature-lovers coast”. Visitors love to participate in activities such as canoeing and kayaking the tidal inlets as well as walking and biking the beach. This South Carolina beach is also nice and clean and Dr. Beach also shouts out the delicious Lowcountry seafood. The island itself is known for its world-class resort and golf course. Get more info about visiting Kiawah Island here.