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Paradise at Sullivan's Island vacation home rentals

It’s easy to dismiss Sullivan’s Island based on its size—this quaint hamlet at the mouth of Charleston Harbor has a total area of only 3.3 square miles. Still, this picturesque holiday haven must hold the record for most fun per square inch, because few can rival its jam-packed social calendar and myriad natural attractions. From the golden sand of its protected beaches to its array of historic structures, this island has many surprises in store for guests that nab a Sullivan’s Island vacation rental, proving that big things come in small packages.


Historic attractions near Sullivan's Island vacation homes

Sullivan’s Island has numerous historic sites to delight the history buff. Vacation homes are available near places like Fort Sumter National Monument, a sea fort with ruins, gun emplacements, and a museum with Civil War relics, and Sullivan’s Island Lighthouse, a historic lighthouse that’s part of the Fort Sumter National Monument. You'll also like Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens, a working plantation with the moss-draped Avenue of Oaks and slave quarters.

Things to do

Places to visit near Sullivan's Island vacation rentals

Fort Moultrie is one of the oldest still-standing forts along the eastern seaboard, and holds a particular importance in South Carolina’s history. During the Revolutionary War, the structure fended off an attack by the British, with witnesses reporting that the local palmetto logs repelled cannonball fire before construction was even complete. During the Civil War, the fort went on to become a Confederate stronghold. Today, the National Park Service operates guided tours of the original fortification, while self-guided tours of the visitor’s center are also available.


Activities near Sullivan's Island vacation homes

The locals on Sullivan’s Island love nothing more than big festivities, so visitors can expect year-round activities to keep the whole family entertained. The Polar Bear Plunge sees hundreds of islanders rushing into the chilly ocean to celebrate New Year’s Day, while the Tree Lighting ceremony in early December brings families together in the festive season. Bring a blanket to Town Park for the annual 4th of July fireworks display, or feel patriotic on Carolina Day, which celebrates the seminal battle that was fought against the British on Sullivan’s Island on June 28th 1776.

Day trips

Best excursions near Sullivan's Island vacation rentals

Sullivan’s Island is an ideal base camp to explore the wonders of Charleston. Vacation rentals are close to attractions like the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, a lush garden with train and boat tours and a petting zoo, and Patriots Point, a military museum with a retired naval aircraft carrier and submarine. You'll also like Waterfront Park, a popular park with walkways, fountains, and sweeping views, and the South Carolina Aquarium, a large aquarium with interactive exhibits of marine life.


Local weather for the trip to Sullivan's Island vacation homes

The summer months on Sullivan’s Island see temperatures soar to the low 90s, making it the ideal time to snap up beachfront Sullivan’s Island vacation rentals. These months also see more frequent rainfall, normally in the form of passing showers, so be sure to pack your raincoat. Still, You'll have plenty of opportunities to hit the beach or get out and about. Your best chance of finding cheap Sullivan’s Island vacation rentals is during the off-season winter months, when temperatures are lower but precipitation is rare. You won't have to stand in line at top attractions and you can explore the area without the crowds.

Natural features

Take a stroll around Sullivan’s Island

With its enviable location along the Atlantic Ocean, Sullivan’s Island boasts some of the most beautiful coastal viewpoints that South Carolina has to offer. The island has invested in 650 feet of boardwalks and observation decks to facilitate strolls along the shore, while benches provide stopping points at which you can unwind. The promenade is perfect for taking a long evening walk, watching butterflies and birds in the dusk light, as you make your way back to your Sullivan’s Island vacation rental after a day on the beach.

How to get there

How to get to and around Sullivan's Island

The nearest airport is in Charleston, SC (CHS-Charleston Intl.), located 14.2 mi (22.9 km) from the city center.

Can I find a vacation rental around Sullivan's Island?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,897 vacation rentals near Sullivan's Island. From 1,536 Houses to 884 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Sullivan's Island are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Sullivan's Island?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Sullivan's Island:

  • Downtown Charleston: 660 vacation rentals
  • Historic Old City: 650 vacation rentals
  • West Beach: 667 vacation rentals
  • Vanderhorst Plantation: 543 vacation rentals
  • East Beach Village: 471 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Sullivan's Island?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Sullivan's Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Fort Moultrie: 3,722 vacation rentals
  • United States Coast Guard Historic District: 3,614 vacation rentals
  • Wild Dunes Resort Golf Course: 2,993 vacation rentals
  • Folly Beach Fishing Pier: 4,237 vacation rentals
  • Kiawah Beachwalker Park: 3,267 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Sullivan's Island listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Sullivan's Island?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,536 Houses in Sullivan's Island. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Sullivan's Island include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 884 rentals available
  • Cottages: 78 rentals available
  • Villas: 186 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Sullivan's Island?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,293 vacation rentals with pool available in Sullivan's Island. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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