Destination guide

A popular weekend getaway destination

This large barrier island is the biggest in South Carolina and located just south of the state's capital Charleston, making it a popular weekend getaway spot. It's particularly known for the natural marvel that is the ancient Angel Oak tree, one of the largest of its kind in the world. While staying at a Johns Island vacation rental, you'll have swathes of beach and ocean to explore. Jump onto guided boat tours to spot playful dolphins, or wander along the sandy shores at low tide to catch crabs and then cook up these tasty crustaceans.

Things to do

One of the world's oldest oaks

Without a doubt, the most famous attraction on Johns Island is the Angel Oak. While its age is debatable, some believe it is over 1,500 years old though estimates of 400 years are probably more accurate, what isn't up for argument is its extraordinary size. The tree is an ornate, sprawling masterwork of Mother Nature, and a place of pilgrimage for visitors to the area. After you've seen the tree, it's time to have tea. The Charleston Tea Plantation lies in the heart of the Lowcountry near your Johns Island vacation rental and is the only tea farm in North America.


Spotting bottlenose dolphins

Given the serene maritime flavor of the region, it'll come as no surprise that most of Johns Island activities are centered around the ocean. The cool Atlantic waters are rich in nutrients and a haven for wildlife. Down at the dock, you can board any number of guided tours heading out to explore the wildlife on the undeveloped Capers Island, or catch bottlenose dolphins leaping above the surface on a sunset cruise. From your Johns Island vacation rental, you can easily book a private fishing charter whose guide will take you along the tidal creeks and salt marshes to catch sea trout, flounder and even sharks.


Pleasant year-round temperatures

The climate in this part of the state is pleasant all year round. If you manage to bag a Johns Island vacation rental in the summer, expect hot days best spent sailing or taking refreshing dips in the cool Atlantic Ocean. The temperature begins to dip in fall, but the days are still lovely and warm and with fewer visitors you may very well have the beach and shoreline all to yourself. In winter, while much of the rest of the country has to put up with the encroaching frosts, Johns Island is surprisingly mild.

Natural features

Alligators and playful otters

You're never far away from nature and wildlife in Johns Island vacation rentals. The rivers that flow through the region have an abundance of marine life including alligators and playful otters, while nocturnal coyotes, bobcats and wild hogs roam the banks. Scores of birdlife can be spotted at the Caw Caw Interpretive Center, which has miles of trails and elevated boardwalks across marsh and wetlands. Great herons gracefully wade through the shallows in search of fish, while eagles and sea hawks circle overhead. At night, owls can be heard hooting from the oaks that dot the island.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Johns Island

The nearest airport is in Charleston, SC (CHS-Charleston Intl.), located 11.1 mi (17.9 km) from the city center.

Can I find a vacation rental around Johns Island?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 4,207 vacation rentals near Johns Island. From 2,236 Houses to 230 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Johns Island for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Johns Island?

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

  • St. Johns Yacht Harbor: 4,307 vacation rentals
  • Golf Club at Briar's Creek: 3,605 vacation rentals
  • Red Top Welcome Center of Charleston: 3,282 vacation rentals
  • Angel Oak Tree: 3,601 vacation rentals
  • Oak Point Golf Course: 3,317 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Johns Island! 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 Johns Island?

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 Johns Island:

  • Charleston: 3,675 rentals
  • Folly Beach: 2,805 rentals
  • Isle of Palms: 2,193 rentals
  • Kiawah Island: 2,113 rentals
  • Edisto Beach: 948 rentals

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

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Johns Island?

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

  • St. Johns Yacht Harbor: 4,307 rentals
  • Golf Club at Briar's Creek: 3,605 rentals
  • Red Top Welcome Center of Charleston: 3,282 rentals
  • Angel Oak Tree: 3,601 rentals
  • Oak Point Golf Course: 3,317 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Johns Island 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.

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