An insider's guide to the area's best beaches and beach bars

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When it comes to beaches and bars, Charleston has them coming out the ying-yang. So how do you know which ones fit your personality best? Turn to the Charleston City Paper's guides, of course.

I don't know about you, but part of the reason I moved to Charleston is the beaches. There are three main ones, I'd say, (Isle of Palms, Sullivan's Island, and Folly Beach) and all three have distinct characteristics.

Want a family-friendly time? Head to IOP, but be prepared for crowds, tourists, and a strict no-alcohol policy.

Want wooded beach paths, plenty of nearby restaurants and bars, and a historic feel? Sullivan's Island is your best bet--but be warned: fine for open alcohol containers could cost up to $1,095.

Want a laid-back, college-aged, surferesque feel? Folly Beach is your place, dudes and dudettes. The biggest perk (in my humble opinion) about Folly is that alcohol is welcomed--in Solo cups. But you will have to deal with ridiculous traffic on your way to Folly.

So you've got your beach in what about the bars that you can hit after (or before) soaking up the rays? 

The Charleston City Paper has a more in-depth guide to our local beaches here as well as the most notable bars over at their beach bar guide. Think they missed any? Let us know in the comments below!