September 14-20, 2015 Charleston WatersportsFest  

Weather, Wind, Surf and Tides
Surfing Charleston  

Charleston as a Water Destination

FACT #1:  For every acre of land in Charleston, there is 1/2 acre of water.  No wonder Charleston residents spend so much time competing, exercising, exploring, dining and viewing - all on the water!  Our water is a top sports venue when it comes to athletic competitions held in the Charleston area. Recreational events take place on the water every weekend and leisure activities run the gamut. The opportunities are endless!




Watersports Available in the Charleston Area

Boating - Inboard & Outboard

Bodyboarding, aka "Bellyak"

Cable Skiing


Dragon Boat Racing

Fishing - Offshore, Inshore, Lake



Jet Skiing

Kayak Fishing




Lifeguard Competition


Powerboat Racing



Scuba Diving


Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)

SUP Fishing

SUP Yoga


Open-water Swimming


Underwater Hockey








Water-based Activities

Boat Building
Tall Ships

Fitness Classes: Paddlefit!, H20 Moves, HIT The Water


Water-related Transportation


Charleston Water Taxi


Clubs / Associations


Carolina Lady Anglers

Charleston Community Sailing

Charleston Ocean Racing Association

Charleston Rowing Club

Charleston Triathlon Club

College of Charleston Sailing Association

Lowcountry Paddlers

SC Department of Natural Resources

SC Swimming

Yacht Clubs of SC

Community Parks on the Water


Charleston Waterfront Park

Colonial Lake

Folly Beach County Park

Folly Beach Fishing Pier

Isle of Palms County Park

James Island County Park

Kiawah Beachwalker Park

Mt. Pleasant Fishing Pier

Mt. Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park

North Charleston Riverfront Park

Palmetto Islands County Park

Shem Creek Park


Non-Park Venues on the Water


Boat Landings (19)

Charleston Maritime Center

Marinas (3)

SC Aquarium

Trophy Lakes

Yorktown at Patriots Point

CofC Sailing Center 


Attractions on the Water


Charles Towne Landing

Ft Sumter National Monument

Patriots Point & Maritime Museum

SC Aquarium 


Water-based Activity and/or Tour Businesses

*CVB Travel Council Members


Adventure Harbor Tours*

Adventure in Sailing*

Agile Harbor Tours*

AHOY! Tideline Tours*

American Funship*

Aqua Safaris Ecotours & Barrier Island Eco Tours*

Captain’s Byrd’s Boat Tour*

Carolina Blue*, The

Carolina Queen Riverboat Special Events*

Charleston County Waterparks (3)*

Charleston Harbor Tours*

Charleston Outdoor Adventures*

Charleston Sailing Charters*

Charleston SUP Safaris

Classic Charleston Sailing*

Coastal Expeditions*

Flipper Finders*

Ft Sumter Tours*

Harborview Charters*

HydroFly Watersports*

Nature Adventures Kayak, Canoe & Paddleboarding*

Palmetto Breeze Field Trips*

Pluff Mud Sailing*

Sail South Carolina*

Sandlapper Water Tours*

Schooner Pride Private Charters*

Sea Kayak Carolina*

Spiritline Harbor Tour*

S/V Shenanigans*

Swim calm*

Tidal Wave Water Sports*

Your Call Private Boat Tours*


Dining with Waterfront Views

*CVB Travel Council or Charleston Restaurant Association Member


Charleston Crab House, Wappoo Cut*

Banana Cabana*

Blu Restaurant and Bar (The Tides)*

Boat House at Breach Inlet*

Bowen’s Island Restaurant*

California Dreaming*

Charleston Marriott 2nd Floor Lounge*

Coconut Joe’s*

Fleet Landing*

Ft. Sumter Dinner Cruises*

Harbor House at Charleston Harbor Resort*

Harborview Lounge @ Holiday Inn Riverview*

Loggerhead’s Beach Grill*

Morgan Creek Grill*

Venue Inn Rooftop Bar*

Red’s Icehouse on Shem Creek*

Red's Icehouse Bohicket*

Salty Mike's*

Shem Creek Bar & Grill*



The Wreck*

The Windjammer*


Accommodations with Waterfront Views

Ansonborough Inn

Advocet Rentals (Beach)

Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina

Charleston Marriott

Cottages of Charleston Harbor

Courtyard by Marriott Riverview

Folly Beach – Dunes Properties

Fred Holland Beach Rentals

Harborview Inn

Hilton Garden Inn Waterfront

Holiday Inn Express Charleston Ashley River

Holiday Inn Riverview

IOP Properties

Kiawah Island

Pam Harrington Exclusives

Residence Inn Riverview

Seaside Inn

Shem Creek Inn

Springhill Suites Riverview

The Lake House at Bulow

The Palms

Tides Hotel

Wild Dunes





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