Associate Travel Editor Jennifer Cole believes this Southern classic is more than beach chairs and nine-irons. Let her be your personal guide to the perfect beach escape.
You don’t get more homegrown than Broad Creek, a modest port just off the Cross Island Parkway, where area residents drydock their boats. At Up the Creek Pub, a rickety seafood shack with killer views of the water, we stopped in for a bite (food=fried) and lingered on the deck for―my brother, Jeremy, might argue in spite of--the nightly strum-fest. www.broadcreekmarinahh.com or (843) 681-3625
Join Capt. John Maires, a huge Buffett fan with a sly smile, a weathered face, and a twinkling laugh, for a sunset sail on his 45-foot sloop Cheers. www.cheerscharters.com or (843) 671-1800
photo: A ride aboard Cheers sailboat.