Most beach vacationers in South Carolina opt for the putt-putt and pancake houses of Myrtle Beach or the golf-and-family-bike-rides feel of Hilton Head. In between the state’s two main beach draws, though, SC’s 200-mile coast becomes broken by river inlets, salt marshes, and the shallow waters of the vast Cape Romain -- and scattered along this coastline are tiny barrier islands with sandy shores, each sporting their own cultural and natural attractions. In other words, no matter what kind of vibe you're after, there's a stretch of beach perfect for you.
From shag dancing, to rich fisheries, to hanging ten on a wave, South Carolina’s beaches shape and embody the state’s culture. Traveling north to south, here are the top eight road-accessible beaches worth exploring.