Discovery

Explore Charleston’s Waterways

While Charleston is known for its rich history, trendy boutiques and delectable cuisine, one of the Holy City’s greatest attributes is its prime location near the water. The city is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, fresh water lakes, and winding rivers making endless options for water activities.

So, take advantage of what the Lowcountry has to offer and enjoy these outdoor recreations.

Schooner Pride Sail

Take an afternoon dolphin sail, sunset or moonlight journey around the Charleston Harbor. Along the way enjoy views of pastel colored homes along The Battery, historic church steeples and an up-close view of the Ravenel Bridge. Passengers can help raise and trim the sails or relax while exploring the Holy City’s vibrant coast.

Concierge Tip: Beverages are sold on the boat, but if you want to eat be sure to bring your own picnic lunch.

Paddle Boarding

If you have never paddle boarded before then Charleston is the best place to do it, as the water is relatively flat and calm. Expect to see dolphins and indigenous birds while paddling Folly River, or if you are more advanced, adventure out on the ocean waves with Charleston SUP Safaris. If you choose to take a tour near dusk, you are sure to see a magical sunset and moonrise. Whether you are solo or with a group of friends, this is a great way to see Charleston’s sights and aquatic life.

Concierge Tip: Bring a disposable waterproof camera to snap a shot of the dolphins and breathtaking views.

Fishing in the Lowcountry

Saltwater fishing, inshore, offshore, nearshore – Charleston has it all! Experience an afternoon or sunset session of fishing on Charleston’s glistening water. Whether you are a fishing guru or a complete novice, the captain and crew will accommodate your skill level to help you catch the biggest fish out there.

Concierge Tip: If you catch a “keeper” sized fish, the captain will recommend some restaurants where they will prepare it for you.

Eco Tour – Barrier Island Exploration

Curious about Charleston’s wildlife? Venture to Capers Island on a pontoon boat and learn a thing or two about the native fauna. As one of the few existing undeveloped islands in the area, this hidden retreat is a special place. You are bound to see dolphins, bald eagles, herons, pelicans and more. Once you reach its sandy shore, explore its untouched “Bone-yard Beach” and freshwater ponds.

Fun Fact: High School buddies Jose Hernandez and Shane Ziegler started this tour company in 1997, and today it is managed by Shane and his wife, Morgan. The team is highly experienced with many of the captains and naturalists having over 10 years of experience leading excursions.

Cypress Gardens Boat Ride

Cypress Gardens is a 170-acre preserve and gardens centered around a tupelo swamp enclosed by lush greenery. Enjoy the tall, enchanting cypress trees while paddling in a classic wooden row boat. The ambiance radiates romance, making it the perfect destination for a couple in search of an intimate and unforgettable Lowcountry experience. As you paddle among the lily pads, keep an eye out for the turtles and birds while listening to the peaceful sounds of nature’s wildlife.

Fun Fact: A scene from the movie The Notebook was filmed in this very swamp in Cypress Gardens.

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Arts & Culture, Discovery

The Outdoorsman’s Guide to Charleston

The picturesque Lowcountry offers visitors to Charleston an opportunity to explore one of the world’s most complex eco-systems. From the Atlantic Ocean with its abundant estuaries to the surrounding low-lying marshlands, Charleston is home to one of the most diverse and naturally beautiful landscapes in the country.

Get On the Water
Charleston offers arguably the best ocean, tidal and freshwater fishing of any kind. Spend an afternoon of inshore fishing on the plentiful shallow waters and coastal estuaries of the Lowcountry, teeming with a variety of game fish including redfish, flounder, black drum and even sharks. Or set out for a full-day of deep sea fishing. Providing a challenging adventure even for experienced anglers, catch marlin, tuna, sailfish, mahi-mahi, wahoo and many other species. Charters can be arranged for year-round fishing.

Set Your Sights on the Sky
Located on a historic rice plantation, Ravenel Caw Caw Interpretive Center offers a wide range of trails and nature-viewing opportunities. Noted for its rich bird life, Caw Caw is a birding hotspot for coastal South Carolina. In addition to bird spotting, visitors may catch a glimpse of waterfowl, songbirds, otters, deer, alligators, bald eagles and more. A variety of interactive exhibits, displays and programs can also be found at Caw Caw.

Hit the Trails
Seabrook Island Equestrian Center, located on nearby Seabrook Island, offers one of the few public equestrian trail systems in the Lowcountry. Pristine scenery awaits as you journey through scenic woods, marshes and tidal creeks on trails designed for beginner and advanced riders. Beach rides along the North Beach of Seabrook Island are also available. Open year-round schedule based on tides. Reservations required.

Explore the Great Outdoors
Grab a mountain bike and head to the old Santee Gun Club, now a protected wildlife management area. This 24,000-acre reserve features several dirt road trails through old rice fields, past freshwater cypress swamps and through pine woodlands. Parts of the reserve are open to the public for hunting during certain times of the year.

After exploring Charleston, retreat to your downtown home away from home Belmond Charleston Place, to relax in luxury.

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