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Recent South Carolina reviews

  • Great home

    "We stayed at this home for the second time and really enjoyed it. The owners are great to work with, getting the parking permits and returned the deposit quickly. This was our 10th year of coming to Ocean Lakes, staying in stilt houses until last year. It is such a joy to stay here in a clean home and on one level. The screened in porch was very nice. The updates to the kitchen were great. This house had everything we needed and plenty of room. We highly recommend it and hope to return next year"
    Guest: The Freeman's Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 15, 2014
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  • Beautiful, comfortable condo with amazing ocean views at a wonderful resort

    "I came to Myrtle Beach for the first time over spring break in early April 2014 with my teenage daughters and my mother-in-law. I was looking for a relaxing vacation on the ocean and it's just what I got and so much more! Karla was wonderful to work with, even when I complicated things by not deciding to visit until the last minute. She provided prompt responses to all my questions and we were in close contact throughout the process. The payment and check in process was so easy and we loved the keyless entry; it made it incredibly easy for everyone. The pictures of the condo reflect the location perfectly! In addition to being VERY clean and well maintained the comfort we felt for the 7 days we were there was exactly what I was hoping for. The balcony over looking the ocean was an important factor in our search for the perfect condo. My mother in-law has MS and walks with a cane so it was very important for us to have a comfortable place where she could enjoy the sound, smell and sight of the ocean. The furniture on the patio was very comfortable and in comparison to other condos I observed in this location it was heads and tails above the rest! The condo is large! There was 4 of us and there would have been plenty of space for a few more. The beds and linens were top of the line and the comfort of the eating and living area was great. I wanted to avoid anything with a hotel feel to it and we were successful, the furniture felt just like home! In addition, the comfort of the beds was great. We ate several meals in and the kitchen in this condo was fully stocked with everything we needed to prepare and eat our meals. The pool areas were great for the kids and because it was chilly, the indoor pools were nice too. The one downfall was that the resort was gearing up for the busy season while we were there and there was only 1 outdoor pool open for most of our stay and the outside tiki hut bar/restaurant opened the weekend we left. In comparison to everything else, this was a very minor inconvenience. Also, the location of the resort on the ocean strip was great! Island Vista is tucked in a nice neighborhood and we felt very safe at this location. Our trip was extremely relaxing and we had an excellent time at this luxury beachfront condo. I would definitely recommend this to other Myrtle Beach visitors and if we are ever in the area again I will call Karla to check availability of this unit...it was an amazing vacation! Thank you again!"
    Guest: Melissa H. Date of Stay: April 2014 Review Submitted: April 27, 2014
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  • Perfect Family Vacation

    "This villa provided us the perfect spot for our family vacation. The villa is very clean and well maintained, stocked well with everything we needed, including beach chairs and umbrellas. It is adorably decorated and very comfortable. The deck is nice and provides a great place to relax and watch the alligators in the lagoon. The kids loved it! The owners were great to work with! We have been vacationing in Hilton Head for close to 30 years, since we were children, so we have stayed in lots of different places, and this villa is at the top of the list! We will be back...hopefully soon!"
    Guest: The Maples Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: October 13, 2014
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  • October Beach Vacation

    "Rating Details: I was more than satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. I was very happy with the location. The vacation rental was spotless. The property manager was very helpful. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: Perfect sleeping arrangement and lots of privacy for a large extended family"
    Guest: A guest from Junction City, KS Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: November 20, 2014
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South Carolina Travel Tips

South Carolina provides the perfect mix of coastal charm and Southern living. Here are some tips on what to see and do in each of the four major tourist areas of South Carolina:

Columbia

Columbia is the capital of South Carolina and its largest city. It’s located in the very center of the state near a large collection of lakes collectively named Lake Murray. Here are some of the must-sees on your trip to Columbia:

- Visit Congaree National Park, which is just a short drive southeast of the city. It’s the largest remaining area of old-growth hardwood forest in the United States. Go hiking on Weston Lake Loop or Bluff trails or follow the 20-mile Cedar Creek canoeing trail as you traverse this swampy, biodiverse area.

- Visit Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Gardens, located near Interstate 126 and the Lower Saluda River. The zoo is easy to navigate and the lush gardens are at their most beautiful at dusk.

- Take the kids to EdVenture, an incredibly fun children’s museum that boasts a 40-foot, 17.5-ton mascot named Eddie, a giant 10-year old boy who adults and children can climb in and through, exploring his stomach, brain and heart in the process. This is just a taste of the awesome, child-friendly experience provided at EdVenture. It’s a kid’s paradise!

- Everyone will enjoy the Columbia Museum of Art. Kids are given Art Explorer backpacks to keep them occupied and adults will enjoy the impressive traveling exhibits.

Charleston

Charleston is South Carolina’s second largest city and was founded in 1670 to honor King Charles II of England. Here are some of this city’s highlights:

- Hop on the ferry from 340 Concord Street at Liberty Square for a quick ride to Fort Sumter National Monument, which is perched on an island in the Charleston Bay. The first shots of the Civil War were fired by Confederate forces here on April 12, 1861.

- Take a scenic walk in Battery Park and White Point Garden for views of the harbor and rows of coastside mansions.

- Walk or bike across the Cooper River via the architectural gem that is the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge.

- Kids will love a visit to the South Carolina Aquarium on Charleston Harbor or the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, which provides several interactive art exhibits for tiny hands.

- Check out the pretty Isle of Palms for sandy white beaches and a peaceful atmosphere.

- Go shopping on King Street, where you’ll find high-end boutiques like Hampden Clothing and Luna, bookstores, art galleries and plenty of excellent restaurants like Pane e Vino and Rue de Jean. Don’t miss out on elegant chocolate creations at nearby Christophe Artisan Chocolatier-Patissier on nearby Society Street.

- Check out Rainbow Row, a collection of 13 pretty pastel-colored homes on East Bay Street that have been here since the 1700s.

Northern Coast

The most prominent city on South Carolina’s northern coast is family-friendly Myrtle Beach. There is plenty for both kids and parents here:

- Catch a minor league baseball game at the Myrtle Beach Pelicans’ baseball park off of Robert M. Grissom Parkway.

- Go shopping at Broadway at the Beach, which also hosts an awesome carousel, miniature golf park and performances by music legend impersonators at Legends in Concert. Grab something to eat at the pyramid-shaped Hard Rock Cafe or chill out at the KISS Coffeehouse (yes, the band).

- The 1.2 mile-long Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is the place to be. After catching some sun on the beautiful beach, people-watch on the boardwalk, eat fried fair food and take a ride on the innovative Skywheel LLC, a 187-foot tall ferris wheel with 42 glass-enclosed gondolas that are also temperature controlled.

- Cool down at Myrtle Waves waterpark or take stand up paddleboard lessons from Carolina Paddle Company.

- Head south to the Brookgreen Gardens and Huntington Beach State Park in Murrell’s Inlet to immerse yourself in nature.

Southern Coast

Hilton Head Island is the most popular destination on South Carolina’s southern coast. Here are the best things to see in this pristine vacation area:

- Go golfing at Palmetto Dunes or Harbour Town Golf Links at Sea Pines. Each of these offers impressive Atlantic views.

- Rent kayaks, learn how to sail or relax on a dolphin boat tour launched from Shelter Cove Marina.

- Get your fill of nature at the boardwalks over marshy swamps at 400-acre nature preserve Sea Pines Forest. Take an eco tour from The H2O Nature Center, watch dolphins participate in strand feeding, where they actually lie on their sides to grab fish they’ve herded into the low tides, and take a long bike ride through wooded trails.

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