Recent South Carolina reviews
"My husband and I have visited Kiawah several times over the last 25 years and this one was the best. We met our daughter and her family here to get in one more week of summer before the school season starts. When we arrived, we could not have been happier when we walked inside the cottage. It was just as beautiful as the pictures on the website and so tastefully decorated. Shawn and Jeanette answered all of our questions before we even asked them with the information provided in the binder on the kitchen counter. Their restaurant suggestions were right on too as we tried Husk and Magnolias in Charleston and Tomasso's on Kiawah. They were all terrific! We highly recommend the Shell Seeker and hope to come back soon!"Guest: hazel eyes Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 1, 2014View listing
"My husband and I stayed only 4 days but the house and the island were so wonderful that we hope to come back soon! The photos just don't do it justice. We took morning walks around the golf course and the beach was just down the street. The house had everything we could need and the property manager was available and very nice. My favorite thing about the house was the jacuzzi. It took a few tries to figure out how to turn the jets on (probably since we do not own a jacuzzi ourselves) but it was a truly wonderful way to relax after a long day on the beach. Everything was very clean and the beds were very comfortable! We had such a relaxing and fun long weekend and cannot wait to come back again."Guest: Emily Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: May 23, 2014View listing
"We stayed in this unit for our Thanksgiving getaway, and we had a perfect stay. The owners were very easy to work with, and their unit was well-kept and properly-furnished. The bonus is that this is one of the few oceanside units that allows small pets, and so our dog was able to join us. The location is perfect! It's near the back of Palmetto Dunes, which makes it quiet. It's also just a short walk through the beautiful Barrington complex to be able to put your toes in the sand. We will definitely rent this property again for future trips to Hilton Head!"Guest: Melissa T. Date of Stay: November 2013 Review Submitted: December 1, 2013View listing
"We loved this villa! The pictures didn't do it justice. It is very spacious with lots of big windows, making it very bright all the time. The deck overlooks the canal, the golf course, and the pool. We will definitely be returning here in the future."Guest: Anonymous Date of Stay: April 2014 Review Submitted: April 15, 2014View listing
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 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 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.
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.
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.