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A guide to the best eats and sips at Charleston's three beaches
A guide to the best eats and sips at Charleston's three beaches Drinks and Grinds

Beach brain: The not-so-scientific term for the condition which develops when you've been sitting in the hot sand too long, the sun baking your mind and the salty air leeching the water from your pores. — Jessie Hazard


A day in the life of Bert's Market
A day in the life of Bert's Market Doors Never Close

The days at Bert's Market start a lot earlier than the casual customer might think. From the time the last of the late-night crowd clears out, the third-shift get to work prepping for the morning. It starts with baking biscuits for the breakfast menu and brewing fresh coffee, which is free by the way, all day long. Because Bert's Market never closes. — Dustin Waters


Learning the ropes of life on a boat in Charleston
Learning the ropes of life on a boat in Charleston My Home is the Sea

They're called live-aboards, simply enough. Not to be confused with those who vacation in Charleston aboard their luxury yachts, these are the men and women who live here year-round, but choose to do so off dry land on a boat. — Dustin Waters


The Lowcountry's metal detecting club uncovers mysteries every day
The Lowcountry's metal detecting club uncovers mysteries every day On the Case

Chris Jenkins heads to Folly Beach, Sullivan's Island, or IOP, about four times a week. He isn't sunning, walking his dog, or gazing into the deep blue sea. He's searching for treasure. — Connelly Hardaway


Best-selling author Hugh Howey builds a boat and sets sail around the world
Best-selling author Hugh Howey builds a boat and sets sail around the world Finding the Way

Hugh Howey always knew he'd see the world by boat. "There's a group of us that hung out at Rainbow Cafe and then later at Clara's Coffee Shop," he says, referring to his Charleston heyday in the mid-'90s. "There were about five us who sat around and dreamed of sailing around the world, and we either had boats or we sailed on other people's boats at the time. — Kelly Rae Smith


Charleston's ocean lifeguards take life-saving seriously
Charleston's ocean lifeguards take life-saving seriously Do You Have What it Takes?

There's a Baywatch movie coming out next year, starring Zac Efron, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and, of course, the TV show's signature beach babe herself, Pamela Anderson. The hype around the new film got us thinking — what does it take to be an ocean lifeguard? — Connelly Hardaway


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