South Carolina has several great lakes for sailing, such as Lake Hartwell and Lake Jocassee, as well as popular coastal locations such as Charleston. You can even take the family on a pirate cruise to find Blackbeard’s treasure or go on a luxury catamaran and see how many dolphins you can find. Here are our six favorite places to go sailing in South Carolina.

Go Sailing In These 6 Beautiful South Carolina Destinations

1. Charleston

In Charleston you can go on a cocktail cruise around the harbor at sunset! The company Sail South Carolina also offers a bed and breakfast cruise option. You can check in at 4 pm and check out by 11 am the following day. There’s also a shuttle that travels back and forth between the marina and downtown if you want to go out to eat or explore nightlife. Continental breakfast is provided as well!

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2. Lake Hartwell

Lake Hartwell is located in Anderson, South Carolina. The Western Carolina Sail Club on Lake Hartwell hosts frequent fleet races and regattas. There are several different fleets you can join, including the Keelboat Fleet, Cruising Fleet, and Centerboard Fleet. The club also hosts other exciting events, such as the annual Parade of Lights.

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3. Johns Island

Holy City Sailing on Johns Island offers private luxury sailing charters from Bohicket Marina for up to six people. The company also offers introductory sailing lessons, which are private if you book with five of your friends or family members. The water near Kiawah and Seabrook are also popular spots to see dolphins!

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4. Lake Keowee

Located in Seneca, South Carolina, the Lake Keowee Marina has been a popular sailing spot for over 30 years. At the marina you can rent a variety of boats, such as canoes, pontoons, kayaks, and deckboats. Pricing varies between the fall and summer. Kayaks and canoes have hourly price while larger boats are generally taken out for five to six hours and have set day prices.

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5. Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is an exciting destination to go boating. You can see marine life such sea turtles and dolphins and choose from a variety of types of boats. Rent a power boat, a catamaran, or a traditional sailboat. If you’re looking for family adventure, try going on Blackbeard’s Pirate Cruise. See if your kids can find Blackbeard’s treasure on this one- hour cruise.

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6. Lake Jocassee

Lake Jocassee is 7,500 acres and is a part of Devils Fork State Park. The lake is a popular place to go boating because that’s the only way to get to the waterfalls. Lake Jocassee is also known for its trout fishing, hiking trails, campgrounds, swimming, and scuba diving spots.

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This article was written by Colleen Regan.