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.
The quiet Shelter Cove Harbour and neighboring Palmetto Dunes Resort (just across U.S. 278), with upscale boutiques, smartly casual restaurants, and untainted Lowcountry views, ooze understated elegance without an ounce of priss. Capt. Scott Henry’s little Hurricane deckboat bobs among Goliath-sized mega-yachts but somehow doesn’t seem out of place. Lowcountry Nature Tours specializes in personalized, eco-friendly trips of Broad Creek and Calibogue Sound (www.lowcountrynaturetours.com or  683-0187).
photo: Palmetto Bay