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Kiawah Isand's Beachwalker Park has been honored before, and it's been honored again by National Geographic as the fourth best "family beach" in the United States.
The magazine says, "Nature lovers will appreciate the pristine condition of this barrier island, just 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Charleston. Beachwalker Park is the only public beach on Kiawah Island; the rest is a golf resort. The gentle surf, wildlife sightings, and amenities, including a snack bar and umbrella and chair rentals, draw day-trippers and resort guests alike. Visit the Heron Park Nature Center to learn how to explore the surrounding flora and fauna. Kayak through preserved mangrove forests and lagoons. Don’t miss the weekly oyster roast and BBQ on Mingo Point, where you can savor the sunset and listen to music."
Beachwalker Park is located on the west end of Kiawah Island and is a part of Charleston Parks and Recreation. It's packed with amenities including outdoor showers, snack bar, picnic area, lifeguards on duty (seasonally), dressing areas, and chair and umbrella rentals.
But beware the $7 parking fee -- in fact you should check out the beach's hours and other fees.
A hat tip to The Post and Courier for spotting this story.