Charleston, SC, USA

Charleston, SC, USA

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Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 3,379 vacation rentals near Charleston. From 1,703 houses to 539 condos, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Charleston for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

Charleston—a city for all occasions

Past and present come together in Charleston, South Carolina’s oldest urban settlement. Named “The World’s Best City” by Travel + Leisure in 2016, “Most Friendly City” by Condé Nast Traveler in 2013 and 2014, and among the top 25 art destinations in America by AmericanStyle magazine, Charleston is that rare setting where historic sites like Fort Sumter sit alongside trendy art galleries and boho cafés. Once you add world-class dining and thrilling outdoor activities to the list, you’ve got a holiday hot spot that covers all the bases, so what’s keeping you? Charleston vacation rentals are calling your name.

Charleston by sea

After you’ve strolled through the elegant cobblestone streets of Charleston, admiring the pastel antebellum-style houses, an eco-tour through the saltwater estuaries that border the city are a fantastic way to get a new perspective on the area. A number of transport options are available, from kayaks and paddleboards to chartered boats, so tailoring your excursion to your tastes is a breeze. Cruising along the gentle waters while admiring the skyline makes for a memorable vacation experience, while dolphin-watching trips guarantee the perfect family outing. If water sports really float your boat, then stay close to the action with a beachfront Charleston vacation rental.

The Civil War in Charleston

It was at Charleston’s historic Fort Sumter that the first shots of the American Civil War were fired, on April 12 1861. This was the first of 2 key battles that took place at the site, which has now been converted into a museum and visitor center. At the former, keen historians can learn about the building of the fort and the central role that it played in the conflict, while the latter offers a general overview of the events that led up to this stormy episode of America’s past.

Soaking up the Charleston sun

Sun-seekers looking for the best time to nab an oceanfront Charleston vacation rental should aim to travel during the hot summer months, when average temperatures reach 90°F. Though July and August also tend to see some rain, the golden rays never stay hidden for long, so you’ll be almost guaranteed to catch some color during your stay. Winter weather is colder, with average temperatures falling as low as 39°F, but it’s also the best time for finding affordable Charleston vacation rentals, meaning that travelers on a budget may be rewarded for risking the cold.

Embrace Charleston’s flower power

Let romance bloom with a serene stroll through Charleston’s Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, America’s oldest public gardens. First opened in 1870, these spectacular lawns are home to azaleas, daffodils, camellias, and hydrangeas, among others, and are open all year round for your enjoyment. Opening hours change seasonally, so double-check in advance to avoid disappointment. You can also try a 45-minute Nature Train tour—you’ll experience the plantation's wetlands, marshes, and forests up close, and encounter everything from alligators and turtles to egrets and herons. Against this backdrop sit relics of the area’s fascinating heritage, from Native American ceremonial mounds to Plantation-era slave cabins.