Destination guide

Experience South Carolina vacation home rentals

With long stretches of sandy coast and clear seas, South Carolina is a great spot for relaxing and enjoying the year-round sunshine. Many South Carolina vacation rentals are close to the beach, with family-friendly rides and amusements on the promenade providing a lively atmosphere. South Carolina has a rich history, with many towns involved in the Civil War. Many surviving forts and monuments can be explored, bringing the state's heritage to life.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near South Carolina vacation rentals

Charleston is full of historic sites for Civil War enthusiasts. Visit grand antebellum properties such as Aiken-Rhett House, where you'll see the contrast between the rooms where the family of the governor lived, with oil paintings and huge chandeliers, and the quarters for enslaved Africans. Fort Sumter is where the first shots of the Civil War were fired, and inside this imposing seaport there's a museum full of artifacts, plus well-preserved cannons. Arrive at the fort in style on a restored paddle steamer, and enjoy a guided tour of the harbor, where you might spot playful dolphins.

Activities

Activities near South Carolina vacation homes

From secluded to family-friendly, South Carolina has a huge choice of beaches, with a 60-mile stretch known as the Grand Strand. Myrtle Beach is the site of many South Carolina vacation rentals, and is a lively area, with a promenade full of amusement parks and souvenir shops. There's a long sandy shore, with gentle waves that are ideal for swimming. For a quieter day at the beach, head to the island of Hilton Head, accessed by bridge, which has calm waters and swaying palm trees, making it a peaceful vacation spot.

Outdoor activities

Outdoor fun near South Carolina vacation homes

The parks, trails, gardens, lakes, rivers, mountains, and forests of South Carolina are an adventure playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Camping, hiking, biking, and horseback riding are popular on land, while the water brings kayaking, canoeing, boating, and tubing. For a little more adventure, you can try skydiving, hang gliding, and other aerial sports. Whatever your interest, you’ll find plenty of options for outdoor recreation near your vacation rental.

Weather

Climate for your stay in South Carolina vacation homes

From mid-June to Labor Day, South Carolina is hot and sunny. It's a great time to sit on the beach and cool off in the sea, but the humidity can be uncomfortable for some. Spring is a great time to visit, with warm weather that doesn't feel oppressive, and the fall months still see vacationers flocking to the state, with temperatures reaching the high 70s. Winters are mild, although the nights can be very cold, and this is a great time to explore without the crowds, although some of the beachfront attractions are closed.

Natural features

Islands, forests and beaches in South Carolina

Francis Marion National Forest covers a large area of the state, with many South Carolina vacation rentals nearby. With dense forest that's used for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking, it's a popular outdoor spot full of sights such as wetlands and waterfalls. South Carolina has a large number of islands off the coast, such as Hunting Island State Park, which has tropical forest trails leading to secluded sandy beaches, or Kiawah Island, which is famous for its golf courses and long stretches of flat beach and shallow waters.

Food and drink

Southern cuisine in South Carolina

South Carolina offers traditional Southern cuisine that ranges from Creole favorites near Charleston to Lowcountry dishes in rural areas, all within reach of vacation homes. The heart of the recipes is the staple foods from the fertile soil with wild fish and game, as well as home-raised pork and chicken. Favored fruits and vegetables include beans, cucumbers, peaches, strawberries, and squash. South Carolina is also known for its sweet tooth, offering a range of pies, cakes, cookies, candy, and other treats, often with sweetened iced tea.

Can I find a vacation rental around South Carolina?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 25,453 vacation rentals near South Carolina. From 8,621 Houses to 638 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near South Carolina for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in South Carolina?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in South Carolina. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Myrtle Beach: 10,737 vacation rentals
  • Hilton Head Island: 7,885 vacation rentals
  • Charleston: 3,659 vacation rentals
  • North Myrtle Beach: 8,453 vacation rentals
  • Folly Beach: 2,780 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in South Carolina! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in South Carolina?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in South Carolina:

  • Myrtle Beach: 10,737 rentals
  • Hilton Head Island: 7,885 rentals
  • Charleston: 3,659 rentals
  • North Myrtle Beach: 8,453 rentals
  • Folly Beach: 2,780 rentals

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

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to South Carolina?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in South Carolina are:

  • North Myrtle Beach, SC (CRE-Grand Strand): 10,265 vacation rentals
  • Greenville, SC (GMU-Greenville Downtown): 193 vacation rentals
  • Hilton Head Airport (HHH): 8,510 vacation rentals

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

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in South Carolina?

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

  • Coligny Beach: 7,998 rentals
  • Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade: 5,611 rentals
  • Cherry Grove Pier: 9,472 rentals
  • Barefoot Landing: 6,430 rentals
  • Wild Dunes Resort Golf Course: 3,005 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around South Carolina listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around South Carolina

Myrtle Beach
10,737 vacation rentals
Hilton Head Island
7,885 vacation rentals
Charleston
3,659 vacation rentals
North Myrtle Beach
8,453 vacation rentals
Folly Beach
2,780 vacation rentals
Isle of Palms
2,169 vacation rentals
Kiawah Island
2,120 vacation rentals
Surfside Beach
3,925 vacation rentals
Edisto Beach
944 vacation rentals
Pawleys Island
2,790 vacation rentals
Garden City
3,789 vacation rentals
Fripp Island
658 vacation rentals
Sullivan's Island
2,914 vacation rentals
Seabrook Island
1,384 vacation rentals
Murrells Inlet
3,914 vacation rentals
Beaufort
3,188 vacation rentals
Edisto Island
1,836 vacation rentals
Mount Pleasant
2,970 vacation rentals
Daufuskie Island
7,308 vacation rentals
Greenville
194 vacation rentals