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Best family beaches in South Carolina

Whitney Coy is a freelance writer and editor based in Columbus, OH, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She writes frequently for SheKnows, as well as several other websites. She writes on topics including parenting, trav...

Family-friendly beaches

Ready to hit the beach? There are tons to pick from in South Carolina. Here are our picks for the best beaches in the state for the whole family.

Edisto Beach State Park

Location: 8377 State Cabin Road, Edisto Island, SC 29438
Phone: 843-869-2156
Rates: $3-$5, free in some areas
Website: http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/edistobeach

This whole island is a state park, and it's a great one! It's a lot less pretentious than most of the islands. There are hiking trails leading from the beach to the maritime forest, and the beach is always filled with families. If you're into shell collecting stop here, because they are everywhere. If you want to stay overnight, grab a beachfront camping spot and pitch a tent!

North Myrtle Beach

Location: North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Website: http://www.discoversouthcarolina.com/see-do/beaches/grand_strand/north_myrtle_beach.aspx

North Myrtle Beach is nothing like the Myrtle Beach you're used to hearing about. It's not a party place for spring-breakers. It's a family beach, with wide sandy areas and fishing piers. When you're done with the beach, stop by Barefoot Landing, a shopping, dining and entertainment venue that's perfect for a family night on the town.

Isle of Palms

Location: Ocean Boulevard from 10th to 14th Avenues, Isles of Palms, South Carolina
Website: http://www.iop.net/Community/FrontBeach.aspx?section=visitors

The beach at Isle of Palms has recently been redesigned and now serves families even better. The wide sandy shores make the perfect place for beachside games and make it less likely that you'll find the beach crowded. This beach has dunes, which are beautiful to look at, but don't touch — they're off limits.

Hilton Head Island

Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Website: http://www.hiltonheadisland.org

Hilton Head Island isn't just a beach, it's a destination. This island is a top vacation spot on South Carolina. In addition to beautiful beaches, they have tons of activities that you'll all love. It's less commercial that most of the beaches around, which is amazing since it's always packed with tourists.

Pawleys Island

Location: Pawleys Island, South Carolina
Website: http://www.townofpawleysisland.com

This three-mile stretch of sand and shore is usually filled with people wearing rolled-up pants and no shoes. You'll see lots of crab fishing and other types of fishing, and casual beach-goers are the most common here. Bring a big blanket or a comfy chair — this beach is the perfect place for a nap under the sun.

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