From golfers looking for challenging courses to beach bums ready to hit the shores, South Carolina has a destination to suit everyone. Even the most adventurous families can hit the hiking trails or cool off in refreshing lakes at one of these top 10 vacation spots in South Carolina.

Hilton Head

One of the best vacation spots in South Carolina is Hilton Head. This island has earned an excellent reputation in several areas including golf, shopping, and beaches. This combination makes Hilton Head a great family destination where each member of the family can enjoy his or her own hobbies.

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Couples looking for romance or anyone interested in history will revel in a trip to Charleston. This charming city is full of architecture tours, galleries, restaurants, and shopping. It is also close enough to the beach for those travelers that want to soak up some sun on a city break.

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Myrtle Beach

For many travelers, the first beach that comes to mind in South Carolina is Myrtle Beach. If you're looking for a vacation full of sand, surf, and water sports, Myrtle Beach is the place for you. Families will love the convenience of oceanfront rentals in Myrtle Beach while young people will love the local nightlife.

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Folly Beach

Another great beach option in South Carolina is Folly Beach. This laid-back beach destination will offer an environment to really relax. Evenings can be spent checking out the local dining scene or simply taking advantage of your cozy vacation rental for some quality family time.

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Isle of Palms

Located only 10 miles from Charleston, travelers are drawn to Isle of Palms for its golf courses, quiet beaches, and adventure activities. If you want to spend some time snorkeling or scuba diving during your trip, Isle of Palms is the perfect place to see dolphins, sting rays, and sea turtles.

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Kiawah Island

Coastal South Carolina is full of enticing beach options, and Kiawah Island is at the top of this list. Every member of the family will find a long list of activities to enjoy from golfing to biking to sunbathing on the beach. From wildlife tours to digging your toes in the sand, you can set the pace of your vacation in Kiawah Island.

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Fripp Island

Some beaches offer sun and sand, but not relaxation. Fripp Island should be the South Carolina destination of choice when you want to escape all of that bustle. Here you will find golf carts are the main mode of transportation and beaches are known for their serene atmospheres.

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Lake Marion

This might be a surprise pick for our list of the top 10 vacation spots in South Carolina, but not all of the best vacation destinations are on the coast. Some travelers are drawn to the interior of the state, known for incredible lakes. Lake Marion offers waterfront vacation rentals, many with private docks, for a trip full of boating, fishing, water skiing, and nighttime star gazing.

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Harbor Island

If your dream South Carolina vacation is a vacation rental that is steps from the golden sand, be sure to check out Harbor Island. This part of the state is known as the Low Country and for southern charm and historic architecture. Here you can have your relaxing vacation and be surrounded by beautiful scenery too.

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Wild Dunes

Do you want to combine a trip to Charleston with a beach vacation? Choose a vacation rental in Wild Dunes, known for private beaches and only a short 20 minute drive from Charleston. Popular activities here include golfing, boating, and fishing.

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