There are lots of beach choices in the Charleston area which welcome visitors and locals alike. From laid back Folly Beach, the "Edge of America", just 15 mintues from downtown Charleston, which offers surfing, kayaking, dining, a fishing pier, swimming, and more to the quiet, secluded 10 mile pristine beach at Kiawah's  Beachwalker Park. Charleston offers family friendly beaches with Sullivan's Island one of the family friendliest! Isle of Palms offers another County Park to visit with lifeguards on duty for beachgoers. Check out these beaches online as there is a beach close to wherever you will be while  you are visiting the Chaleston area. Don't forget your sunscreen! and check on the local beach dog ordinances before venturing out with your pooch. Each beach has its own rules as far as pets, alcohol, surfing, and so forth. Be informed before making your plans.