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Summer Beach Cruising in Charleston

Calla In Motion

Summer Beach Cruising in Charleston

Lindsey Calla

I can’t imagine a better summer activity than bike riding on the beach at sunrise.  The beaches around Charleston are some of my favorites because they are basically a giant playground for biking, paddle boarding, and running.   Not many beaches allow bike riding so this is a treat that I look forward to always!  My family just moved to Mt Pleasant area so I’m enjoying spending more and more time on Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms.  The best thing about this area is how the laid-back surfer vibe mixes with the polish of Charleston, so you could start your day on the beach and end it at a nice restaurant in the historic district.   When I’m visiting I usually have on pieces that can get wet, dry quickly and looked polished enough for running around shopping and grabbing breakfast at the local surf shack spots.  It’s so coastal and not uncommon to see guys walking around in just swim trunks or women in workout gear with flip-flops. 

It inspired me to continue to up my wet active wear wardrobe and find pieces that really embody that lifestyle that I love.  It’s my dream wardrobe.  A lot of these pieces can start to get quite expensive but Kohl’s has an incredible selection of truly versatile pieces at seriously affordable prices.  This Tek Gear sports bra feels fuller coverage to me with the high neckline.  It’s almost more of a tank so I can layer it or just rock it as is after a workout.   It also has a Dry Tek moisture-wicking fabric so it holds up well to beach biking in the southern summer heat.

These pants are actually a swim-active hybrid, which is my all-time favorite thing to wear working out because it means I'm around water and the happiest.  It's also key because the fabric dries incredibly fast.  I had worn these pants before heading to the airport and when I went back pack them after the beach they were already dry.  I'll skip the sneakers here since I like my feet wet to help cool me down and I don't love biking barefoot.  These foamy slip-ons are addicting.  They are like little pillows for the feet.  I love the floral design print on these and that they are also able to take a beating in the water.  Everything gets thrown in this bag so I'm set for the day.  

If you make your way down to Charleston then make sure you stray away from just the historic downtown and spend some time sunset-chasing on the gorgeous beaches.  Here are some of my favorite spots:

Favorite Surf Hangs in Charleston

Sullivan’s Island: 

-       Park at the lighthouse and walk on the beach to the right.  There’s a beautiful view of the city and the sail-boat inspired Ravenel Bridge. 

-       Grab a biscuit, avocado & egg sandwhich at The Co-op after

-       Every restaurant on this strip is incredible.  My favorite is HomeTeam followed by the ice cream and lavender lattes at the new 450 Pizza Joint (reminds me of pizza they make in the North East).  If you're looking for something a little more polished then The Obstinate Daughter is where it's at.  One of the best restaurants in the city!

-       Olive oil ice cream at BeardCat.  Just trust me.

-       Shop for local jewelry at Goldenbug.  

Isle of Palms

-       The breakfast at The Refuge is so so good. The biscuits are practically dipped in butter.  Not healthy but, hey, I biked for it!

-       Organic frozen yogurt at Island Ice.  Their toppings have no artificial dye as well.   I love the chocolate sunflower seeds

-       Acme Lowcountry Kitchen to get your fix

-       At Station 28.5 there’s a giant sand bar that appears at low tide, usually in the afternoon.  It’s the best spot to paddle because of the smooth water that gets trapped between the beaches.  This is also a great spot to search for sand dollars!


Thanks Kohl's through their partnership with Popsugar for sponsoring this post and making my creativity possible.  While I was compensated, all opinions and creativity is my own. <3