The beach at Kiawah Island, South Carolina, ranks among the best in the country: List

Beachwalker Park is home to one of the best beaches in the country, according to rankings.

Beachwalker Park is home to one of the best beaches in the country, according to rankings.


A South Carolina beach has been named one of the best places in the country to soak up the sun, according to a new report.

The beach at Kiawah Beachwalker Park ranks No. 9 on a list of places with top-notch surf, sand and other qualities that make for a relaxing getaway, according to results released Wednesday, May 25.

Stephen P. Leatherman – a Florida International University professor with the nickname “Dr. Beach” – created the ranking after conducting his annual study of 650 public beaches. This time, he used 50 criteria to assess the water, sand, safety and cleanliness at places across the United Statesthe results show.

Beachwalker Park was the only location in Palmetto State to make the top 10 on the national list. The park lies along the ocean on Kiawah Island, about 25 miles south of the Charleston tourist hotspot, according to the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission website.

In Dr. Beach’s report, the park received nods for being in a setting that provides access to waterfront activities.

“This is a coast for nature lovers, so visitors can bring their canoes and kayaks to paddle the inlets,” the report said. “Also fun to walk or bike the sandy beach to Captain Sam’s Inlet to see thousands of birds. The water is not clear, but it is clean and provides fantastic seafood for low country cuisine.

Beachwalker Park is no stranger to get national recognition. It also landed at No. 9 on last year’s list, when it received the same nature-related accolades.

The latest rankings were released just ahead of Memorial Day weekend, which is expected to kick off a busy day United States travel season.

So far this year, Charleston was named one of the trendiest places in the country to visit according to data from the vacation website. The region too was honored for have places of choice eat and drink beer.

Overall, the highest location on Dr. Beach’s list was Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Caladesi Island State Park in Florida, Cooper’s Beach in New York, St. George Island State Park in Florida and Duke Kahanamoku Beach in Hawaii round out the top five, The News & Observer reported.

Simone Jasper is a reporter who covers breaking news for The News & Observer and real-time news in the Carolinas.

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