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Beach parks run by Charleston County include swim areas protected by lifeguards. Look for these safe areas on Isle of Palms, Folly Beach and Kiawah Island.
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Beachgoers crowded the shore at Folly Beach earlier this summer. Officials expected the county park at the south end of the island to reopen in early July.
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Family day at a Lowcountry Beach.
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Four-year-old Tucker Little may not have been aware that Kiawah's Beachwalker Park was named one of the nation's top ten beaches -- but he does seem to know how to take advantage of a sand castle and moat someone else left behind.
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Young surfers race to the waves during the 2013 Folly Beach Wahine Classic June 1 at the Washout at Folly Beach.
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The S.C. Aquarium sometimes releases rehabilited turtles on public beaches, giving families a rare opportunity to see these creatures up close.
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The beaches on the Isle of Palms are some of the most popular in the Lowcountry.