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Life in the Surrounding Areas of Charleston

The Surrounding Areas

Awendaw, SC

Awendaw is a small town fishing town outside of Charleston with an approximate population of 1,195.It is located on the edge of the Francis Marion National Forest which is halfway between Mount Pleasant and McClellanville. Here you can find the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge and the Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center. Camping is a popular past-time because of the close proximity to the Francis Marion National Forest. Other popular activities include fishing, boating and crabbing on the tidal creek or Intracoastal Waterway.

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Kiawah Island

Kiawah Island is a resort-style golfing community located 20 miles south of downtown Charleston. This is the place for anyone looking for the ultimate luxury destination. Kiawah Island’s The Sanctuary Hotel boasts awards such as the “Forbes Five Star Award” and “#1 Family Resort in the U.S. and Canada” by Travel & Leisure Family. The island offers highly acclaimed golf courses, beaches and other attractions. The Kiawah Island Golf Resort has hosted major golf tournaments such as the Ryder Cup and World Cup and in 2012 will host the PGA Championship.

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North Charleston

North Charleston has recently gained international importance with the arrival of Boeing Aircraft. This is one of only four places in the world for the manufacture and assembly of wide-body commercial aircraft. Other attractions and historical sites include the H.L. Hunley Museum, the Greater Charleston Naval Memorial, and the North Charleston Coliseum.

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Pawleys Island

Pawleys Island is about 70 miles north of Charleston and 25 miles south of Myrtle Beach. This is one of the oldest summer resorts on the East Coast. The residents lead a carefree, laid-back life style enjoying the local cuisine, nature and history of Pawleys Island.


Summerville is a small suburban town a few miles outside of downtown Charleston known for its love for nature. The town’s official motto on the seal reads, “Sacra Pinus Esto” meaning, The Pine is Sacred. Today Summerville is a quaint family town with one of the best football teams in the state. Summerville High School’s coach, John McKissick is known as the “winningest” coach in America with 530 wins, 127 losses and 13 ties.

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