Five Reasons to Go to Sullivan's Island 

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Jonathan Boncek

This year the powers-that-be on Sullivan's decided that the island's celebrated St. Paddy's fest had grown too unwieldy. But unlike a particularly wild hair, you can't just apply Dapper Dan to keep it down. So they scaled it back. Sigh. That said, Sullivan's remains as charming as ever.

Fort Moultrie

Displaying a timeline of coastal history from the Revolution to World War II, this old fort offers a look at Charleston's military past. Inside the visitor's center you'll find good exhibits, not to mention a historical video that belongs on Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Hot bods

Charleston beach lovers take their tans and their tight abs seriously, and when the months get warm, Sullivan's is where a lot of them like to head. Like a cool glass of Sunny D, this beach is highly concentrated with good-looking people from Station 18 to Station 22.

Kite surfing

Floating in the tide is all well and good, but if you crave a little more excitement from your beach-outings, Sullivan's is great for kite surfing. Hit up Sea Island Adventure Sports to grab your gear and a lesson before flying above the ocean all afternoon.

Meet market strip

If you're looking to find a summer boo, you'd be stupid not to hit up Middle Street after sunset. With Poe's, Taco Mamacita, Dunleavy's, SALT, and Home Team BBQ adjacent to one another, your odds of scoring a summer fling are as golden as that sunburn you're rocking. Go get 'em tiger. Ladies love aloe vera.

Osceola's Grave

How many beach towns can you name that are the final resting place for a great Indian warrior? Sullivan's is one of the few, and on the island you'll find the grave of bad-ass Seminole leader Osceola, the man who led the Second Seminole War in 1836. A year later he was imprisoned at Fort Moultrie where he later died of quinsy. Wanting to cash in on the deceased legend's fame, a Dr. Weedon decapitated Osceola. His body, however, is buried at Fort Moultrie.


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