Discover a selection of 387 vacation rentals in Columbia, SC that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including swimming pools and kitchens. Prices start at $76 per night, and houses and condos are popular options for a stay in Columbia. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

A seat of government that feels like a sun-kissed hammock

Set on the banks of three rivers, Columbia is the capital and second largest city in South Carolina. With its serene streets lined with oak and magnolia trees, its majestic Greek Revival State House, and its increasingly popular restaurant and bar scene, Columbia offers everything you'd expect in an urban center while maintaining the friendly pace of a small town. Spend a leisurely day casting a line, tool around a local botanical garden, and then head out with friends for a meal under the stars on a balmy evening. It's all possible with a Columbia vacation rental as your base.

Things to do

Even the gardens pay their respects to the nation's history

The Robert Mills House and Gardens offers something for lovers of history and architecture. Built in 1823, this stately Classical Revival townhouse has gardens combining 1970s-era landscape design with flower beds of the 19th-century English style, plus a museum collection of early 19th-century decorative arts. If those pieces whet your appetite for more, visit the Columbia Museum of Art, with collections spanning works from the Old Masters to the Impressionists. For the animal enthusiasts in your party, Riverbanks Zoo & Garden has it all _ an aquarium, animal habitats, and botanical gardens.

Activities

Take a boat out on the water and your pals out for a drink

If your Columbia vacation rental is downtown, you'll be a close to concert venues, rooftop restaurants, and bars that light up when the sun goes down. Visitors are well advised to pair evenings out with long days on the water. Kayaking and canoeing are a great way to while away the hours on one of Columbia's picturesque rivers. Just west of Columbia is Lake Murray, which welcomes every kind of vessel, from dinghies to pontoons to speedboats. The water of Saluda River is cold year-round and great for fly fishing.

Weather

Spring blooms and summer swelter in sunny Columbia

South Carolina's climate is known for being mild year-round and Columbia is no exception. Summer is the only time temperatures flirt with the extremes, and you'll need sunglasses, shade, and a Columbia vacation rental with air conditioning if you're not used to 90¡ afternoons. Spring and fall are particularly beautiful, with flowers blooming from March through May and changing leaves and cool breezes from September through November. Keep an eye on hurricane season, which stretches from June through November, and pay attention to official announcements if the weather starts looking stormy.

Natural features

Three rivers make this capital city a wilderness metropolis

Set where the Saluda and Broad Rivers join to form the Congaree, your Columbia vacation rental provides access to the best of the city and country. Just a few miles northwest of downtown is Harbison Forest, offering 18 miles of hiking trails surrounded by 2,000 acres of pine and hardwood forest threaded with sparkling streams. You'll be inside city limits but feel a world away. Sesquicentennial State Park is just outside Columbia's borders and has a lake, hiking trails, and nature trails easy enough for the littlest guests. Bird watchers can spot migrating warblers and waterfowl.

How to get there

How to get to and around Columbia

Fly into Columbia, SC (CAE-Columbia Metropolitan), the closest airport, located 6.5 mi (10.5 km) from the city center.

If you'd prefer to travel by train, the main station is Columbia Station.

How many vacation rentals are available around Columbia, SC?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 387 vacation rentals around Columbia. From 210 house rentals to 45 condo and apartment rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

Can I rent a lakefront property in Columbia?

If you've been yearning for a peaceful pause, spend a couple of days by a lake. You'll feel like you're at summer camp — no singing Kumbaya necessary. Vrbo has 124 rental properties near lakes available. Open to other ideas? Vrbo has plenty of other property options to browse through, including:

  • 72 lake-view vacation rentals.
  • 57 lakeside vacation rentals.
  • 57 water-view vacation rentals.

Can I rent a house in Columbia?

You can forget about uninspiring hotel rooms. Our house vacation rentals have an unique, personal touch — as well as all the space you could ask for! There are 202 options available on Vrbo. Prices start from $25 per night. If that doesn't suit your group's style, we have a range of different rental options to pick from, such as:

  • Hotel: 110 vacation homes. Prices start from $49 per night.
  • Condo: 21 vacation homes. Prices start from $78 per night.
  • Cottage: 17 vacation homes. Prices start from $59 per night.

Can I stay in Columbia in a large group?

It can be tricky finding the time to relax with your extended family and friends. A group vacation is an ideal opportunity to come together. If you were hoping to stay under the same roof, Vrbo has options to suit. House vacation homes are the most popular option here for big groups of travelers. Our global database currently has 44 available. Rental accommodations around the area that are perfect for large groups include:

  • Are you searching for vacation homes that can sleep 6 of you? We have 104 that will suit. Prices start from $75 per night.
  • If you've got 8 in your party, you'll be thrilled to find out that there are 69 vacation homes suitable. You can book one for as little as $75 a night.
  • Going away with 5 guests? We have 53 vacation homes that match your requirements. Prices start from $70 a night.

So don't worry! When you travel with us you can bring along your dad, your cousin and all your mates to Columbia.

Where are the cheapest rentals in Columbia?

Vrbo is here to help you reconnect with your relatives and friends. Listing a selection of economical rentals, you're sure to get a special place that fits the whole group. When it comes to looking for a terrific deal, your first stop should be Lake Carolina. Here, Vrbo has 5 rentals at an average price of $136 a night. You'll find another 19 Vrbo rentals awaiting you in or around Rosewood. The average price here is $150 a night.

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