Sullivan’s Island

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Why You Should Go

The Town of Sullivan’s Island, a barrier island north of the Charleston harbor, has only about 2,000 residents. With its unspoiled views and terrific dining options, Sullivan’s is a favorite among Charleston area locals. The beach has few short-term rentals and no hotels so plan a day trip to this beach, also located just a few minutes from the Isle of Palms. Where to park: Parking can be a problem if you arrive after 10 a.m. There are no public parking lots, and street parking is allowed on one side of the street only. Be sure to obey posted signs and don’t park in any private yards or driveways. Poe’s Tavern on Sullivan’s IslandLunch break: Poe’s Tavern, 2210 Middle St., is named for Edgar Allan Poe, who, at the age of 18, enlisted in the Army and was stationed at Fort Moultrie. A favorite among locals and visitors, Poe’s menu is filled with gourmet burgers (try the Black Cat with grilled onions, chili, bacon and pimento cheese) and fish tacos (order the citrus-marinated mahi-mahi). Souvenir shopping: Take home a true beach treasure from Sandpiper Gallery, 2201 Middle St., including works of fine art, pottery, jewelry and sculpture – many of which are made by South Carolina artists. Beach beers: Dunleavy’s Pub, 2213 Middle St., is a family owned Irish pub with a long history on Sullivan’s Island. Unwind with a cold beer after a long, hot day on the beach. Dinner by the ocean: The Obstinate Daughter, 2063 Middle St., is a southern restaurant with Spanish, Italian and French influences. The menu is packed with small plates, pasta and gourmet pizzas. Try the Lowcountry shrimp roll or butterbean ravioli topped off with a glass of wine. Sullivan’s IslandBest selfie spot: Built in 1962, the modern-looking Sullivan’s Island Lighthouse sits just off the shore adjacent to Fort Moultrie. Access is via Station 18 1/2. Rules to know: Sullivan’s Island has no public restrooms or showers and there are no lifeguards on duty. Alcohol is not permitted on the beach. All dogs visiting the island must have a dog permit and should wear the town-issued collar while on Sullivan’s Island. Permits and collars are available at Town Hall, 2050-B Middle St.; 843-883-3198. Dogs are not allowed on the beach during certain times in the summer season. More info and complete beach rules: sullivansisland-sc.com Sullivan’s Island fun fact: This Island has a long military history of protecting the Charleston harbor from invaders. Visit Fort Moultrie – originally built with palmetto logs in 1776 – to how it has been restored to reflect the story of American seacoast defense up through World War II.

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