Here’s Why Traveling from New York to Charleston Is Good For the Soul

If you’re looking for a true change of scenery from New York, look no further than the South Carolina coast. Just imagine the great weather, the Southern hospitality, and of course, some of the best beaches in the nation. The Lowcountry has a lot to offer from a stunning and unique landscape to history that’s deeply intertwined with the country’s beginnings. Here’s what you need to know to help you plan your getaway from New York to Charleston.

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Everything You Need to Know to Plan a Getaway from New York to Charleston


There are endless benefits to traveling to Charleston! Not only can traveling be just what you need to clear your mind and feel refreshed, but South Carolina is one of the best destinations to do just that. Step away from the city for a while to enjoy a slower pace of life with lots of lounging on the beach, spending time outdoors, and recharging. You deserve to take that time for yourself during your trip from New York.

How to Get to from Charleston to New York

Driving from New York to Charleston is about 12 hours without any stops. Traffic can often make it longer. However, it’s an easy ride to make a fun road trip out of. You’ll take Interstate 95 South almost the entire way until you get to exit 86A in South Carolina. Take the exit onto Interstate 26 East which will take you all the way to Charleston. Along the route, you’ll pass major cities like Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington D.C.

If that’s too long of a drive, you’re in luck! There are direct flights from JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark Liberty to Charleston International Airport. A roundtrip flight to Charleston typically run from $100 to $150 in the off-season and can cost you as much as $300 in the peak season of summer. When you’re flying, it’s always best to shop around for flights and plan your vacation around the best deal you can get. If you’re looking to save big, the best time to fly from New York to Charleston is February and the wintertime in general. It can still be chilly but will be much warmer than the chilling cold of the Northwest.

What to Bring

You already know the essentials when packing for a beach vacation. It’s easy to remember swimsuits, beach towels, and sunglasses, but what else? Here are a few extras that you won’t want to leave off your packing list when traveling from new york to the beach.


Plan Your Getaway With Charleston Coast Vacations

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Allow Charleston Coast Vacations to take care of every need during your time in Charleston. Take a look at our incredible beach homes on FOLLY BEACHISLE OF PALMS, and SULLIVAN’S ISLAND to find your perfect rental. Our rentals feature new renovations, flawless decorations, ocean views, and special amenities to ensure you have a top-notch comfortable stay. Plus, our concierge team can help you plan your trip every step of the way.  We want you to feel right at home while you’re visiting the Holy City. After all, that’s what southern hospitality is all about! You’ll find something just right for any occasion, including romantic getaways, family vacations, and even group trips! 

Book your stay with us today to start planning your New York to Charleston vacation! We can’t wait to host your stay in the Lowcountry. 


Top 3 South Carolina Beach Experiences to Have on the Charleston Coast

It doesn’t matter what kind of vacation you’re looking for, the Charleston Coast is the ultimate destination for anyone getting away to the beach. Whether you want to be on the water or have a large group to accommodate, we’re here to help you plan the trip you’ve been dreaming of. We’ve laid out three different South Carolina beach experiences to show you how the Lowcountry can meet all your needs and wants.

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3 of the Best South Carolina Beach Experiences

1. Family Experiences

Getting the family together and renting a beach house is by far one of the best South Carolina beach experiences. If you’re looking for things to do during your family vacation, there’s plenty to do that will please everyone from the kids to the grandparents. Paddle through the serene marshes and rivers of the Lowcountry while taking in the stunning landscape and getting a glimpse into the vast wildlife. KAYAKING is a favorite in Charleston among locals and tourists. Kids as young as four can paddle in a tandem kayak, so it’s sure to delight and spark wonder in everyone in your group. If you’re looking for some multigenerational family vacation ideas, golf is always a favorite! The Charleston area is also home to some spectacular GOLF COURSES. It’s a sport that draws people of all ages with its beautiful surroundings and the challenge it provides.

2. Pet-friendly Experiences

Dogs love the beach and the great South Carolina weather just as much as their humans do! We offer dozens of pet-friendly vacation rentals on both Folly Beach and Isle of Palms from one-bedroom condos to six-bedroom homes. Most restaurants around Charleston that offer outside seating allow your furry friend to tag along. Both beaches are dog-friendly but do have some rules. IOP allows dogs on the beach year-round. In the county park, dogs must be kept on a leash at all times. However, if you’re outside the park, you can walk your dog off-leash September 15 through March 31 from 4 p.m. until 10 a.m. and April 1 through September 14 from 5 a.m. until 9 a.m. Folly’s rules are a bit more strict. October through April, leashed dogs may run, walk, fetch, and swim any time of the day. From May through September (summer season), dogs are not allowed to go on the beach from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

3. Recreational Experiences

It doesn’t matter if you’re into watersports or playing on world-class golf courses, South Carolina beaches offer tons of recreational opportunities. We already told you about some of the great kayaking and paddleboarding around the Lowcountry. There are also opportunities for other activities on the water like surfing, kiteboarding, boating, and more! If you’re staying on IOP, TIDAL WAVE WATER SPORTS is a great place to start. It offers just about everything fun you can do in the water. Rent a jet ski, charter a boat, go parasailing, try wakeboarding, let the kids enjoy some tubing, or take one of their many tours. The town facilities along with Wild Dunes also boast tons of tennis courts and two golf courses. Folly Beach is a great place to throw in a line whether it be off-shore or from the pier.

Endless Possibilities Are Waiting for You


With more than 150 vacation rentals across Folly Beach and Isle of Palms, we’re sure to have a property that has everything you and your group needs and more! That means we offer one-bedroom condos, five-bedroom homes, and everything in between. And if you’re looking for something right on the water, more than half of our properties are oceanfront. Our rentals feature new renovations, flawless decorations, ocean views, and special amenities to ensure you have a top-notch comfortable stay. Plus, our concierge team can help you plan your trip every step of the way.  

Start planning your South Carolina beach experiences today by browsing our VACATION RENTALS. We look forward to welcoming you to the Lowcountry! 


Your Ultimate Guide to Living in Charleston: Which Beach Town is Best for Me?

Whether you’re thinking about relocating to South Carolina’s Lowcountry or purchasing an investment property, there are a lot of things to consider. From nearby schools to local attractions, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about living in Charleston, SC. In this blog, we’ll primarily focus on the towns along Charleston’s beaches, Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, and Sullivan’s Island.

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Living in Charleston 101 for Someone Considering the Move

Folly Beach

Things to Do

Folly Beach is commonly known as one of the best beaches in South Carolina. The barrier island boasts a fun downtown, a laid-back vibe, and the best surfing in South Carolina. Plus, there are endless things to do on Folly. The pier is a favorite among locals and tourists alike for fishing and amazing sunsets. For surfing, the Washout area creates the best waves in the state. Hurricane Hugo destroyed an entire block of homes causing the area to have more intense winds than the rest of the shoreline. You can’t miss it when you drive down East Ashley Avenue towards the Lighthouse Inlet. Speaking of, the Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve is one of our favorite spots on the island just to relax and catch some dolphin swimming. For guests who’d like to explore the island and its wildlife up close, we always recommend kayaking or paddleboarding.


There are many tasty FOLLY BEACH RESTAURANTS to choose from! For a casual spot with seafood cooked however you like it, THE CRAB SHACK offers seafood by the bucket, a raw bar menu, and so much more. BLU provides a great oceanfront dining experience. The menu will satisfy any surf and turf cravings you might be having from scallop risotto to filet mignon. Looking for a margarita after a day at the beach? TACO BOY serves typical Tex-Mex cantina fare along with great drinks and a beachy vibe. Some dog-friendly restaurants include CHICO FEOJACK OF CUPS SALOON, and LOST DOG CAFE.

Grocery Stores

The only grocery store on Folly Beach is Bert’s Market. The local favorite stays open 24/7, so you never have to go far to get what you need. If you’re looking for a larger store, there is a Harris Teeter less than three miles away on James Island. To stock up the liquor cabinet, Folly Beach Red Dot is next door to Bert’s Market.


Students that live on Folly Beach attend James Island Elementary School, Camp Road Middle School, and James Island Charter High School.

Isle of Palms

Things to Do

This barrier island boasts miles of public beach, tons of recreation, and a cute downtown area. Much of Isle of Palms is known for Wild Dunes, a resort known for its oceanfront golf and amenity-packed communities. The resort is even a favorite among people living in Charleston looking for a staycation. The island also offers an incredible public park with parking, beach rentals, outdoor showers, dressing rooms, restrooms, and more. All of these amenities make IOP one of the best South Carolina beaches for kids. The downtown features many shops and restaurants to grab a souvenir and a bite to eat. Some of our favorite things to do on Isle of Palms are kayaking, enjoying water sports, taking a boat tour, and playing a round of golf.


Vacation is a time to try new foods and splurge on a meal or two, and eating out is one of our favorite things to do on Isle of Palms. From Southern cuisine to Tex Mex to seafood, ISLE OF PALMS RESTAURANTS serves up a lot for a small beach city! However, that’s no surprise because the Lowcountry features some of the best food in the country. LONG ISLAND CAFÉ offers a changing daily menu with fresh seafood and incredible pasta. If you’re looking for a simple comfort food, PAPI’S TAQUERIA serves up all kinds of tasty tacos. CODA DEL PESCE is your classic, quality Italian seafood restaurant but with a Lowcountry twist. For a killer Isle of Palms breakfast spot, SEA BISCUIT CAFÉ doesn’t disappoint with favorites like pancakes, omelets, and of course, biscuits and gravy.

Grocery Stores

There are plenty of places to stock your pantry on Isle of Palms. Harris Teeter, New York Butcher Shop, Simmons Seafood, and Island Liquors are all located downtown. Hudson’s Market and Marina Market are on the other side of the island within Wild Dunes.


Isle of Palms students attend some of the best schools in the Charleston area. The IOP schools are Sullivan’s Island Elementary School, Moultrie Middle School, and Wando High School.

Sullivan’s Island

Things to Do

Compared to Folly Beach and Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Isle is much smaller and known for being quiet. Many locals live in the beach community full-time, and there is a lot less tourism. Because it’s known to be less crowded and is the closest beach to downtown Charleston, people living in Charleston flock to Sullivan’s Island for a quick sunset walk on the beach or a delicious meal. The island may be small but is mighty when it comes to things to do. If you like history, check out the Fort Moultrie National Historical Park. The site was used during the Revolutionary War and offers views of Fort Sumer. Some other landmarks in the area include the Sullivan’s Island Lighthouse, the Toi Morrison Bench, and the Edgar Allen Poe Library. With fewer people on the beach, Sullivan’s is also a great place for watersports like kiteboarding.


Sullivan’s Island is the perfect place to sample excellent cuisine, enjoy a fun happy hour, or relax with your family after a day on the beach. Local favorite THE OBSTINATE DAUGHTER offers a nautical-themed interior that gives a relaxed yet elegant ambiance that you won’t find anywhere else in the area. Plus, you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Tacos and award-winning margaritas are the highlights of  MEX 1 COASTAL CANTINA. If you’re searching for a casual place to grab one of the best burgers in the Charleston area, look no further than POE’S TAVERN. Arguably the best Home Team BBQ is the one that calls Sullivan’s Island home. THE CO-OP is an amusing restaurant with quick bites for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but their frosé (frozen rosé) is what draws people in time and time again. 

Grocery Stores

Because Sullivan’s Island is a small community, there are not any grocery stores. However, you can find Publix and Harris Teeter less than two miles away in Mt. Pleasant. You can also head to Isle of Palms to do your shopping.


Because Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms are so close, students attend the same schools. Those schools are Sullivan’s Island Elementary School, Moultrie Middle School, and Wando High School.

Let Us Help You Find Your Dream Home

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Whether you’re looking for a beach house to settle down in or an investment property to beef up your income, we can help! We have decades of experience in the Lowcountry and are extremely in tune with the market. We focus on our owners’ goals and optimize our strategies to ensure we align with their vision. Our team is second to none in the area and works tirelessly to make your vacation homeowner dream become a reality.

Whether you’re just taking the first step or want to switch over from another company, Charleston Coast Vacations is here for you! CONTACT US today and learn more about our REAL ESTATE and PROPERTY MANAGEMENT SERVICES today!