Destination guide

Fresh seafood, historic ships, and more in Mount Pleasant

Just a short hop across the Cooper River from Charleston, this lived-in place of bobbing fishing boats and South Carolinian chowder bars offers a fine alternative to staying in bustling Chucktown. You can look for homey Mount Pleasant vacation rentals that put you within striking distance of the dune-backed beaches of Sullivan's Island and the Isle of Palms. Or, you can go for rustic cabins on the outskirts of the Francis Marion National Forest, where the Palmetto Trail and winding boardwalks cut through lanky woods and old revolutionary war camps. And that's not even mentioning the history spots and formidable military museums closer to the center.

Things to do

Mount Pleasant combines history and nature

The historical attractions of Mount Pleasant start as soon as you hop across the Cooper River from Charleston. Look down to Patriots Point on the edge of the bay there, where the USS Yorktown, USS Laffe,y and USS Clamagore beckon with their fascinating military exhibits and big guns. Keep driving into the heart of Mount Pleasant, and the charming eateries around Shem Creek are a fine place to recuperate. Keep going even further and you'll eventually reach the wide wetlands of Gray Bay, the Isle of Palms, or the golf courses close to the Francis Marion National Forest.


Exploring SC's wilder reaches from Mount Pleasant

Given the proximity to the beautiful beaches on South Carolina's section of the Eastern Seaboard, the lovely Isle of Palms, and the wild trailheads and campsites of the Francis Marion National Forest, it's hardly a surprise that hiking, surfing, and beachcombing are major activities here. However, there's also plenty of American history to get through, which is great news if you've bagged yourself Mount Pleasant vacation rentals close to the famous frigates and docks of Patriots Point.


Spring and fall shine in Mount Pleasant

South Carolina enjoys 2 separate peak seasons. These occur first with the blooming of the local flora in April and May, when the golf courses are at their finest and the hiking trails of the forests prepped for walkers. Second comes the late-summer boom, when the scorching heat of June, July and August leaves off, and the sun persists into September and October, offering great beach days and perfect sightseeing conditions. Meanwhile, looking for Mount Pleasant vacation rentals in winter means dodging the crowds and enjoying the lowest rates.

Natural features

Forests and frothing waves courtesy of Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant has an enviable location between the wave-splashed sands of the Carolinian coast, the rolling wetlands of the Eastern Seaboard, and the sub-tropical forests that dominate this corner of The Palmetto State. The Francis Marion National Forest hugs the north of town, offering hiking paths where worm-eating warblers and rare swallow-tailed kites are often spotted in the canopies. Meanwhile, the Isle of the Palms beckons to the east, touting surfing swells, sport fishing, and long sandy beaches.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Mount Pleasant

The nearest airport is in Charleston, SC (CHS-Charleston Intl.), located 11.9 mi (19.2 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Mount Pleasant?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 3,029 vacation rentals near Mount Pleasant. From 1,605 Houses to 915 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Mount Pleasant for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Mount Pleasant?

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 Mount Pleasant:

  • Old Village: 229 vacation rentals
  • Harborgate Shores: 57 vacation rentals
  • Scanlonville: 29 vacation rentals
  • Hickory Shadows: 36 vacation rentals
  • The Groves: 60 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 Mount Pleasant?

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

  • Shem Creek Park: 3,756 vacation rentals
  • Patriots Point: 4,009 vacation rentals
  • Charleston Harbor Marina: 4,011 vacation rentals
  • Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens: 3,136 vacation rentals
  • Dunes West Golf and River Club: 2,607 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Mount Pleasant 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 Mount Pleasant?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,605 Houses in Mount Pleasant. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Mount Pleasant include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 915 rentals available
  • Cottages: 84 rentals available
  • Villas: 189 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 Mount Pleasant?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,319 vacation rentals with pool available in Mount Pleasant. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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