Planning on Vacationing in SC? Our Guide to the Best Destinations

Populated with a coastline, an abundance of favorable weather and a laid-back atmosphere rarely found elsewhere, the Palmetto State provides the shade of relaxation to all its inhabitants, locals and snowbirds alike. Warmer weather will arrive in no time, and we think vacationing in SC will be your best bet. Without any further delay, here’s our guide to vacationing in SC!

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Hilton Head Island

No surprise here. There’s a reason Hilton Head is listed first. Small in size, but a giant in vacation appeal, Hilton Head Island brings more than enough to the table for its visitors. Pristine beaches aside, anything from great shopping at the Shelter Cove Towne Centre to unique museums like Gullah Museum at Hilton Head and the Coastal Discovery Museum are yours to explore. Of course, if your idea of a vacation involves a scorecard and a tee time, you’ll find that Hilton Head is more than the ideal vacation spot. Check. The island is home to the GPA Tour’s annual RBC Heritage, among a host of other courses that any golfer would call paradise. Set your watch to island time, and let Beachside Getaway help you book your stay.


A true gem of the south, Charleston is in a class of its own. Downtown Charleston harkens to an era gone by, brimming with centuries-old architecture and American history. But don’t let the historical overtones of its appearance fool you – the Holy City is the place to be on a weekend. Renowned for its food and friendly atmosphere (Travel and Leisure ranked it as the 2nd most friendly in the world!), Charleston’s location on the water offers beachgoers and city slickers plenty to love. Shopping, horse-drawn carriage tours, semi-professional sports and the occasional Bill Murray sighting are just a taste of the platter Charleston serves its guests.

Myrtle Beach

Vacation and Myrtle Beach are nearly synonymous. This sun-soaked hotspot is approximately a two-hour drive north of Charleston along the coast and loaded with enough activities to keep the whole family entertained. TheMyrtle Beach SkyWheelRipley’s Aquarium and Broadway at the Beach are just a handful of what you’ll find in store here. Speaking of stores, any shopaholic will feel at home while shopping Myrtle Beach (seriously, the Google search is overwhelming). While you’re in town, make sure you catch a minor league baseball game at Field, home of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Maybe baseball is too slow for your liking, and in that case, Myrtle Beach Speedway should cure your ailment in NASCAR racing fashion. If entertainment tops your list of vacation needs, look no further than Myrtle Beach.


This booming Upstate city in South Carolina is the only vacation spot on this list that’s lacking in the beach department. However, potential vacationers will have nothing to fear, especially those who prefer streets to sand. Greenville’s bustling downtown will make the beach seem like a distant memory. Once you’re there, stop by Methodical Coffee for a caffeine fix you won’t forget. Restaurants of every flavor are in no shortage, either. What would a growing city be without a lively performing arts scene? Take your pick from the Peace CenterBon Secours Wellness ArenaCentre Stage, or the Art Crossing at River Place, and that’s just a sampling of Greenville’s arts scene. Maybe your appreciation for creativity lies in a well-crafted brew. If so, local breweries Quest and Thomas Creek will quench your thirst (both are located only a few miles from downtown). Plus, hiking trails are in no short supply if you’re willing to travel a short distance. Trade your beach bags for backpacks and spend your next vacation in Greenville.

Vacationing in SC is a fulfilling experience, whether it's your first time or one of countless trips. If Hilton Head is your next destination (and we think it should be), let us help you find the perfect stay. Browse our SC vacation rentals and book your stay with Beachside Getaway!