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Top rated rentals — South Carolina
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Experience South Carolina vacation home rentals

With long stretches of sandy coast and clear seas, South Carolina is a great spot for relaxing and enjoying the year-round sunshine. Many South Carolina vacation rentals are close to the beach, with family-friendly rides and amusements on the promenade providing a lively atmosphere. South Carolina has a rich history, with many towns involved in the Civil War. Many surviving forts and monuments can be explored, bringing the state's heritage to life.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near South Carolina vacation rentals

Charleston is full of historic sites for Civil War enthusiasts. Visit grand antebellum properties such as Aiken-Rhett House, where you'll see the contrast between the rooms where the family of the governor lived, with oil paintings and huge chandeliers, and the quarters for enslaved Africans. Fort Sumter is where the first shots of the Civil War were fired, and inside this imposing seaport there's a museum full of artifacts, plus well-preserved cannons. Arrive at the fort in style on a restored paddle steamer, and enjoy a guided tour of the harbor, where you might spot playful dolphins.

Activities

Explore the South Carolina coast for fun beach days

From secluded to family-friendly, South Carolina has a huge choice of beaches, with a 60-mile stretch known as the Grand Strand. Myrtle Beach is the site of many South Carolina vacation rentals, and is a lively area, with a promenade full of amusement parks and souvenir shops. There's a long sandy shore, with gentle waves that are ideal for swimming. For a quieter day at the beach, head to the island of Hilton Head, accessed by bridge, which has calm waters and swaying palm trees, making it a peaceful vacation spot.

Outdoor activities

Outdoor fun near South Carolina vacation homes

The parks, trails, gardens, lakes, rivers, mountains, and forests of South Carolina are an adventure playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Camping, hiking, biking, and horseback riding are popular on land, while the water brings kayaking, canoeing, boating, and tubing. For a little more adventure, you can try skydiving, hang gliding, and other aerial sports. Whatever your interest, you’ll find plenty of options for outdoor recreation near your vacation rental.

Weather

Climate for your stay in South Carolina vacation homes

From mid-June to Labor Day, South Carolina is hot and sunny. It's a great time to sit on the beach and cool off in the sea, but the humidity can be uncomfortable for some. Spring is a great time to visit, with warm weather that doesn't feel oppressive, and the fall months still see vacationers flocking to the state, with temperatures reaching the high 70s. Winters are mild, although the nights can be very cold, and this is a great time to explore without the crowds, although some of the beachfront attractions are closed.

Natural features

Islands, forests and beaches in South Carolina

Francis Marion National Forest covers a large area of the state, with many South Carolina vacation rentals nearby. With dense forest that's used for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking, it's a popular outdoor spot full of sights such as wetlands and waterfalls. South Carolina has a large number of islands off the coast, such as Hunting Island State Park, which has tropical forest trails leading to secluded sandy beaches, or Kiawah Island, which is famous for its golf courses and long stretches of flat beach and shallow waters.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in South Carolina?

Whether you're planning a quick family vacation, a romantic break or a couple of nights away by yourself, we've got weekend getaways in South Carolina to suit your needs. Grab your overnight bag and stay at one of these popular properties:

  • "Lovely Folly Beach Home Just Steps To The Beach" - This retreat in Folly Beach comes with amenities that'll make your visit comfortable, such as a nearby beach and a restaurant dining guide. Its wonderful location also makes it a great base to do some exploring.
  • "Large Home With Beautiful Private Pool And Spa" - This is another top pick offering all the things that make up a wonderful weekend getaway. You'll have use of a microwave oven and air conditioning at this Beaufort rental.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in South Carolina?

If you're chasing something a little more personal than the usual hotel room, you'll like our studio apartments in South Carolina. Whip up a snack in your kitchen, read a book on the lounge and feel right at home. Take a peek at some of our cute and cozy studios:

  • "Brand New Beaufort Cottage, Best Location" in Ladys Island squeezes plenty of useful amenities into its single space, including nearby birdwatching activities and nearby ecotour services.
  • With lots of character and with more privacy than a hotel, "Studio On Shem Creek With A Deep Water Dock And Views Of Freshwater Lake" is another option with appeal. It's located in Charleston and comes with a microwave oven and a nearby waterfront.

Can I find short term rentals in South Carolina?

South Carolina has short-term rentals that come in all sizes, shapes and budgets. Take some time out in an affordable cabin, an upmarket apartment or whatever else you like. Here are a couple of popular options to start you off:

  • Set up base close to the center of Folly Beach and spend your days visiting all the top sights from "Lovely Folly Beach Home Just Steps To The Beach". Along with its great location, this escape has everything you need to make your visit relaxed and carefree.
  • Alternatively, bunk down for day or two at "Large Home With Beautiful Private Pool And Spa" and explore the attractions of Beaufort. This property also welcomes short-term guests and is a good choice if you love being near the action.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in South Carolina?

A romantic weekend getaway in South Carolina is sure to rekindle your passion. Scatter some rose petals, take your sweetie by the hand and get set to send sparks flying at one of these escapes:

  • Catch up on quality time and lots of cuddles at "Mid 1700s Carriage House With Courtyard" in Charleston Historic District. Shopping facilities and air conditioning are some of the thoughtful touches on offer here.
  • Another attractive option is "Brand New Beaufort Cottage, Best Location" in Ladys Island. Enjoy perks here including a nearby bay and beauty services, in addition to each other's company.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in South Carolina?

If your idea of the perfect trip away is to bring the whole family, you'll be needing a whole lot of space. Luckily, there are plenty of vacation rentals in South Carolina that will accommodate large groups, starting with these sprawling stunners:

  • "Castle By The Sea 7br/8ba Luxury Home With Elevator": Featuring 7 bedrooms, this popular option in North Forest Beach has more than enough room for you and all your friends. Amenities such as a swimming pool and a kitchen will keep everyone happy.
  • "2 Min Walk 2 Beach, Pvt Heated Pool": This property in Beaufort has 5 bedrooms, so don't stress about leaving anybody off your guest list. A kitchen and a swimming pool are among its many highlights.

Are there large vacation rentals that sleep 30 or more in South Carolina?

Whether you're organizing a stay with family and friends, a big birthday bonanza or even a wedding, we'll help you find a space to fit your group. Round up your loved ones and compare these large vacation rentals in South Carolina:

  • "Awesome, Southern Charm - Downtown Charleston": This property in Cannonborough Elliotborough has 12 bedrooms and can comfortably sleep up to 30 people. As well as a generous amount of space, it comes with a kitchen and a fireplace.
  • "Amazing Luxury Suites On King Street W": Send out your invites and stay at this option in Radcliffeborough. It has 16 bedrooms and can sleep up to 52 guests comfortably. Amenities here include a kitchen and an oven.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in South Carolina?

You'll have your pick of houses with a pool in South Carolina, so don your swimsuit and get set to spend your days enjoying yourself in the water. Here are two top options to get you inspired:

  • Say hello to "Mid 1700s Carriage House With Courtyard", where the first item on your itinerary should be taking a dip in the pool. This retreat is located in Charleston Historic District and comes with a host of family-friendly amenities, including a living room and on-site watersports.
  • Wake up and take an early morning dip at "Charming Mid 1700s Kitchen House" in Downtown Charleston. A kitchen and a living room are other amenities at this equally impressive option.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in South Carolina?

There's nothing like a vacation to bring your family together, but first, you need to find the perfect space. These large family vacation rentals in South Carolina come with lots of room to spread out and relax with your loved ones:

  • Located in Folly Beach, "Lovely Folly Beach Home Just Steps To The Beach" has 4 bedrooms and can sleep up to 10 guests. A couple of the conveniences here include pet-friendly facilities and a stereo.
  • An equally good option, "Large Home With Beautiful Private Pool And Spa" in Beaufort comes with 5 bedrooms and accommodates up to 10 guests. Cable/satellite TV services and a smart TV will help keep all the gang comfy and content.

What are the best large houses to rent with indoor pools in South Carolina?

Book a South Carolina vacation home with an indoor pool and every day can be a pool day. Get away with the whole gang to one of these spacious rentals that come with this seriously impressive perk:

  • With 3 bedrooms that can fit up to 8 guests, "1/2 Block From Ocean/golf Cart" in Murrells Inlet is an ideal place to spend time with your loved ones. As well as a refreshing pool, you'll also have use of a kitchen and a garden.
  • Alternatively, spend your vacation at "Meticulous Attention To Detail: 17th Floor Ocean Front Condo" in Crescent Beach. When you're not swimming around and having fun, make use of a swimming pool and a kitchen. This rental property has 3 bedrooms and accommodates as many as 10 people.

If you need more inspiration, use the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to see our full selection of South Carolina vacation rentals.

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