At the entrance of the Charleston Harbor lies an island Sullivan’s Island. It may only be 3.3 square miles in size but it holds a rich history and a sought-after way of life. Ocean-view estates, beachfront cottages and beautifully designed townhomes are spread out across the island and along the coast. There is very little commercial development on the island which means residents have plenty of space to themselves.
The island is named after the British Captain Florence O’Sullivan who first discovered the island in the 1670s. Its location made it a perfect port of entry more the low country. Fort Moultrie was a site of a major battle during the American Revolution in 1776. The island even became temporary home to Edgar Allan Poe in 1827. Most notably, the Sullivan’s Island Lighthouse was built in 1862, adding to the iconic silhouette of the island at sunset.
Sullivan’s Island is remarkably pristine and well loved. Though its beauty draws many visitors, the town tries to limit the number of transient rentals thus there are no big hotels or motels on the island. In 2006, the town made smoking in all public places illegal. These simple efforts by the local government make all the difference in maintaining the atmosphere and relaxed vibe of the island.
As for entertainment and dining, there is something for everyone. Choose from a diverse selection of restaurants, pubs, and famous local BBQ joints in the small town center. There are also rows of shops, cafes and art galleries. If you’re looking for a little more action, most of the outdoor activities involve the beach. Sullivan’s Island is popular for fishing and crabbing. But the best way to enjoy the island is being in the water. Surfing, kayaking and paddleboarding allow you to experience the best of Sullivan Island’s natural beauty.
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