A PHP Error was encountered

Severity: Notice

Message: Only variable references should be returned by reference

Filename: core/Common.php

Line Number: 239

A PHP Error was encountered

Severity: Warning

Message: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /nfs/c05/h03/mnt/76663/domains/yahglobal.com/html/system/core/Exceptions.php:170)

Filename: libraries/Session.php

Line Number: 670

A PHP Error was encountered

Severity: Warning

Message: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /nfs/c05/h03/mnt/76663/domains/yahglobal.com/html/system/core/Exceptions.php:170)

Filename: libraries/Session.php

Line Number: 670

Local Top List

Top Local in YAH Global

Best Beach Town Near Charleston

 

South Carolina is as much a beach state as California or Florida, without the ridiculous crowding and inundation of retail and entertainment side shows. One can find total seclusion on a long stretch of sand along this coastal region and don't forget that this coast is where the sun rises, which means getting up early in the morning in order to witness what those on the west never get to experience at home. The state's ocean side is lined with plenty of water color painting inspiring scenes, complete with the weathered and perfectly broken down picket fences, mini sand dunes, long green blades of sand grass and seagulls serving the soundtrack to one amazing day after the next.

1

Folly Beach 

 

Folly Beach, known as the “Edge of America” to locals and souvenir t-shirt sellers, is only 15 minutes from downtown Charleston but even with all of Charleston's quiet charm, Folly Beach takes “laid back” to a whole other level. The Morris Island Lighthouse majestically watches over the town and the Fishing Pier, stretching out over 1,000 feet into the deep Atlantic is popular for more than those there to cast a line, receiving plenty of foot traffic hoping to catch a glimpse of sealife (dolphins!) from the peak of the pier, take photos, or to simply soak up the soothing Carolina breeze. The white sand beach is no slouch so sink your footprints in. During the right season you can witness (from a respectful distance) loggerhead sea turtles preparing to nest and a well timed look up may treat you to a vision of bald eagles soaring the skies.

 

In addition to the hard to beat scenery, the beach activities are abundant, with everything from surfing to kayaking to combing the beach for shells and other interesting things of nature that wash ashore. Across the way opens up even more for visitors as gift shops, galleries, theater, and eateries that serve some of the best seafood in the state are at your beckon call. All that's left is a place to stay if the 15 minute trek from Charleston is too far (even just 15 minutes from coastal paradise can feel laborious) . Vintage beach cottages that Hollywood romance films mimic time and time again are available for rental as are more sleek modern homes, boutique hotels, B & B's, and affordable (off season) inns. Our recommendation for accommodation at Folly Beach is the beautiful family owned and operated Water's Edge Inn, a magnificent property that perfectly conveys everything that Folly Beach is about.


Best Arts, Crafts & Souvenir Shopping In Charleston

Charleston is deep rooted in history, culture, and folklore. One of the best ways to communicate such a legacy is through the arts via the eyes and able hands of the local artisans that create physical interpretations of their culture to be seen, enjoyed, and purchased by visitors to this fine south coastal city. Charleston in all of it's glory is one of those places than can be hard to describe to your friends and family back home, it is a place not so much talked about as experienced. Photos come close to the process, but when back at home, with digital images of the journey locked away in your “Documents” you will long to again be surrounded by the trappings of the rustic eateries, street front shops, beachfront cottage or boutique hotel that made the Charleston experience so special. Bring back as much as you can from the Holy City, fill your home tasteful arts, crafts and accessories and enjoy impromptu moments where the scent of sweet Carolina salt water air fills your imagination.

1

Charleston City Market

375 Meeting Street, Charleston

 

You'll want to pack an extra travel bag to accommodate the purchases made at this location alone. The Charleston City Market is one of the most popular destinations for tourists and residents alike. For many locals, a visit to this charming market is a weekly ritual. The dining, browsing and people watching festivities are top notch at this 365 day per year hub of activity, but the arts & crafts are stellar.

 

Once you enter Market Hall, the main entrance that opens up to four blocks of open air shopping, you know you are in for a treat. The vibrant paintings, pottery, and sculptures on display at every turn add to the already colorful palate that is found throughout the vicinity and you will quickly discover what is probably Charleston's most famous craftwork, the Sweetgrass Basket. As you witness local women hand weave these exquisite creations you feel an inspirational obligation to buy one on the spot, so go for it! Our only warning here is to take your time and shop around before making whimsical purchase decisions and make your rounds through the market more than once. You'll be so tempted to buy the first thing you see that appeals to your tastes, spending your budgeted allowance in one foul swoop, only to be heartbroken to find that a vendor a few meters away has that one item that you are certain was made specifically for you, and only you. With a plethora of handmade arts, crafts, jewelry, and accessories on display one can easily spend an entire day at the Charleston City Market and we can testify that the day, and the dollars, will be well spent.


Best Place To See An Albino Alligator

1

South Carolina Aquarium

100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston, SC

 

 

You won't get too many opportunities like this. An albino alligator - or for that matter any albino animal in the wild - has a limited survival rate to say the least. For the gator, it's about 24hrs due to the fact that predators can spot them from a mile away. Thus, South Carolina's recent acquisition has everyone buzzing and made this inhabitant their most famous to date, drawing in visitors from all over the U.S.. Special low-UV lights and a diet heavy on Vitamin D ensure a longer life for this razor sharp toothed attraction and he (or she?) is up for adoption should visitors want to partake in the worthy program that allows your financial contribution to go towards the care and treatment of specified animals within the aquarium.

 

This severely attention getting alligator can be found in the Coastal Plain exhibit where Wetland habitats complete with light & sound special effects mimic the natural South Carolina surroundings of the predatory gators, sharks, snakes and even Venus Fly Traps that make up the “gallery”. Less threatening but just as cool creatures found in the very same exhibit include lovable Loggerhead Sea Turtles, a green Moray Eel, an Octopus, and the always depressed looking (you'll see) Lookdown Fish in addition to a multitude of others that conjure images of the exotic seas which only adds to the thrill of finding out that such things can exist in your own backyard, or swimming pool for that matter.

 

Be sure to venture on over to the other exciting exhibits and family friendly attractions such as Toddler Cove and the 4D Theater and end the experience off with a stop at the gift shop to pick up the not-surprisingly most popular item - a 19 inch plush rendition of the albino alligator - whose bite is far more cuddly than the real thing, and grab a snack at the Sea Turtle Cafe.

 

The South Carolina Aquarium is the best, and safest, way to experience the aqua based terrain of this mysterious southern coastal state.