If you are newly retired, congratulations! You’ve likely heard that the Palmetto State is one of the greatest states in the U.S. to spend your golden years, but what are the best places to retire in South Carolina? Read on to discover which town best suits you, and afterward, learn everything you need to know about Charleston living by working with an experienced real estate agent from Pam Harrington Exclusives. Our staff can answer your questions, help you get to know the area, and find a home that is perfect for you.
The Best Places to Retire in South Carolina
1. Kiawah Island
Kiawah is an exclusive barrier island with private beaches, fine dining restaurants, and a variety of local markets and shops. This beloved Charleston sea island is home to five championship golf courses, the No. 1 tennis resort in the world, and 30 miles of pristine beach and paved walking trails. Named one of the top 10 islands in the continental U.S. by Travel and Leisure, Kiawah Island promises the relaxing retirement that you’ve been dreaming about for ages.
2. Seabrook Island
Seabrook Island is a stone’s throw from Kiawah and offers breathtaking natural beauty and fantastic amenities. The island is home to 15 clay tennis courts, two private golf courses, and a full-service equestrian facility for oceanfront horseback riding. Seabrook is also known for its abundant wildlife and is where many endangered loggerhead sea turtles come to lay their eggs in the sand. Residents can also spot eagles, dolphins, sea otters, and more than 80 species of unusual birds. Just before the island gates, Bohicket Marina has 200 deep-water boat slips and 90 dry storage slips for Seabrook Island boat owners. Seabrook’s neighboring island, Kiawah Island, is close enough to access the marina, too!
Kiawah and Seabrook are 25 miles southeast of Charleston, the oldest and largest city in South Carolina. Charleston was recently voted one of the top 10 cities in the world by Travel and Leisure and exudes small-town charm and gracious hospitality. Retirees can spend an afternoon in the Holy City and enjoy award-winning restaurants, art galleries, shops, and historic sites.
Which Community Best Suits You?
Deciding between Seabrook, Kiawah, and Charleston can be difficult if you have never experienced the area. Each neighborhood and community has its own unique character and charm. In order to find the home that best suits you and your lifestyle needs, we recommend scheduling a tour. Our experienced agents at Pam Harrington Exclusives can personalize a tour based on your preferences and assist with questions to help you narrow down the choices.
Before you make the big move, there are some important aspects to consider. Below, you will find several resources to help you navigate Lowcountry living.
- What You Need to Know About the Cost of Living in Charleston, SC
- Hospitals, Places of Worship, Community Resources, and Life in the Lowcountry
- Benefits of Retiring in South Carolina
- Your Ultimate Charleston, SC, Relocation Guide
- Kiawah Island Homeowners Association
- Seabrook Island Homeowners Association
Find the Home of Your Dreams with Pam Harrington Exclusives
With a variety of beautiful waterfront properties for sale on Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island, and the Charleston peninsula, our skilled and professional agents can help you find the Lowcountry home of your dreams. Browse our available properties online, then contact us to schedule a showing! We can’t wait to help you navigate this next exciting chapter of your life!
Now that you’ve discovered the best places to retire in South Carolina, get to know Charleston’s most beloved sea islands a little better. Our complimentary Seabrook and Kiawah Island Guides are full of local recommendations on restaurants, outdoor recreation, shopping, and more!