Using a Vacation Rental Income Calculator To Help You Make Money

You love Charleston, and now, you’re interested in purchasing an investment property in the area. It’s no question the most profitable location in the Lowcountry for a vacation rental is the beach. Lucky for you, you have Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, and Sullivan’s Island to choose from! When making such a big financial decision, you should start by researching the benefits and possible risks of purchasing an investment home. An easy way to do that is by using a vacation rental income calculator. Keep reading to learn where you can find a calculator, what numbers you’ll need for it, and what it means for your investment!

Once you’ve calculated if purchasing a vacation rental in Charleston is right for you, talk to a real estate company to help guide you through next steps. Here at Charleston Coast Vacations and Dunes Properties, we have years of experience and specialize in turning South Carolina beach houses into thriving secondary incomes for our customers!


How to Use a Vacation Rental Income Calculator Before Your Investment

Where to Find a Vacation Rental Income Calculator

There are tons of free calculators out there. You can simply look up the phrase “vacation rental income calculator” in your preferred search engine. BRIC and The Jerry Barker Group have free calculators but two very different interfaces. We recommend one that is easiest for you to use and understand.

What You’ll Need to Calculate Your Income

Both calculators will ask you for the same information. You will need to know your estimated monthly costs for the prospective property you have in mind. Find out what you can afford and the average property worth on the Charleston Coast. These costs include your monthly mortgage rate, property taxes, occupancy taxes, insurance, property management, maintenance, utilities, HOA fees, and landscaping. From there, you’ll want to know income information like the average rental rate for the property. We know it seems like a lot, but the calculator breaks it all down, so you can easily digest and input the information.

Making Sense of the Calculation

After you plug everything in, you should end up either in the positive or negative. Don’t be discouraged if it appears you’ll be losing money. It’s common for it to take some time for an investment property to bring in revenue. If you have any questions, reach out to our real estate team to see if the pros outweigh the costs.

What’s Next?

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Now that you have an idea of how much money you could bring in with an investment property, you’ll be set to continue growing towards your financial goals. Our team at Charleston Coast Vacations is second to none in the area. We focus on our owners’ goals and optimize our strategies to ensure we align with their vision. We have years of experience providing top-notch customer service and work tirelessly to make your vacation homeowner dream become a reality.


The Top 10 Spots for a Mouth-Watering Brunch in Charleston

Brunch and Southern hospitality are a pair made in heaven. It’s no secret that Charleston is known for world-class restaurants that represent and elevate everything that true Southern cuisine is. From shrimp and grits to Bloody Mary’s, we’re here to tell you all the best places to grab an amazing brunch in Charleston!

There is so much fun to be found on our coast! To get ready for the getaway of a lifetime, access our complimentary DESTINATION GUIDE. It’s full of the coolest local spots, attractions, dining, and more along the Charleston Coast!


The Best Places to Get Brunch in Charleston

Folly Beach

Lost Dog Cafe

Monday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

LOST DOG CAFE is a staple on Folly Beach. This cozy spot serves breakfast all day along with sandwiches and wraps for lunch. When it comes to brunch, they have everything you could possibly want! From pancakes to eggs benedict to bagel sandwiches, they are sure to have something that will satisfy your cravings. Don’t forget; no brunch is complete without a Bloody Mary or mimosa!

Local Tip: Just as the name suggests, this is a great spot to bring your pup along!

Rita’s Seaside Grille

Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Completely fitting to Folly’s overall vibrant and funky vide, Rita’s Seaside Grille is a colorful and casual restaurant with frequent live music. Whether you’re looking for something sweet like pancakes or savory like shrimp and grits, you’re sure to find something delicious here. We especially love the omlettes.

Local Tip: They are also known to host Drag brunch and live music events, so be sure to check their website for an up-to-date schedule.

Isle of Palms

Sea Biscuit Cafe

Daily from 7:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

If you’re looking for a more classic breakfast rather than your typical brunch, Sea Biscuit Cafe is the place for you! They serve just about anything you could be crazing from French toast to omlettes to biscuits with gravy. We recommend trying out one of their unique daily specials that could range from blackened salmon eggs Benedict to crab artichoke quiche. It’s the perfect place to fuel up before heading out for a day full of ACTIVITIES ON ISLE OF PALMS!

Local Tip: This restaurant is cash only, so make sure you visit the ATM outside first

Acme Lowcountry Kitchen

Daily from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

For a seafood brunch with a Southern flare, head to ACME LOWCOUNTRY KITCHEN. The goal of this establishment is to keep things upscale yet casual– everyone is welcome! The menu is full of fresh, local ingredients and sustainable seafood. With at least six different homemade variations, they specialize in shrimp and grits, a beloved Lowcountry dish popular for brunch.

Local Tip: Their servings are large so make sure you show up hungry! The restaurant fills up quickly, so we recommend making a reservation at least a few days in advance to ensure you don’t miss out on this delicious spot.

Sullivan’s Island

The Obstinate Daughter

Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

THE OBSTINATE DAUGHTER is a local favorite and not just one of the best restaurants on Sullivan’s Island but in the entire Charleston area. The nautical-themed interior gives it a relaxed yet elegant ambiance that’s perfect for an upscale beach spot. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but their pasta and quiche are the always top of the line.

Local Tip: You’ll want to book your reservation here as far in advance as possible because it books up months in advance during summer. However, that should be enough to convince you of how good it really is!

Mex 1 Coastal Cantina

Sunday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Tacos and award-winning margaritas are the highlights of this Sullivan’s Island hangout. MEX 1 COASTAL CANTINA offers fresh Baja Mexican cuisine in a bright and vibrant setting. Don’t worry, they still have all the brunch cocktail classics like Bloody Marys and mimosas. It’s the ideal spot for breakfast taco and burrota lovers. Our personal favorite is the huevos rancheros!

Local Tip: They often host events like trivia and live music. Be sure to check out their EVENTS SCHEDULE for some fun within walking distance to your beach house.

Downtown Charleston

The Darling Oyster Bar

Sunday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

THE DARLING OYSTER BAR serves up many locals’ favorite brunch in Charleston. If you’re looking to try some of the Lowcountry’s amazing seafood offerings with a brunch flare, this pot should be your go-to. We recommend the seafood frittata or the crab benedict. Have someone in your group who doesn’t love seafood, the french toast is to die for!

Local Tip: If you love Bloody Marys, you have to try the Captain Bloody Mary! It’s complete with a lobster claw, a crab leg, shrimp, a hushpuppy, celery, olives, and a lime wedge. It’s an appetizer and drink in one!


Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

If brunch is all about the drinks for you, you’ll love Felix. The French-themed restaurant serves up elevated classics like French toast and deviled eggs with lobster. Although you can’t go wrong with anything on their menu, their cocktails are where they really shine. The mimosa Felix flight four different kinds of juice and a bottle of house bubbly. We also love the brunch daquari for those hot summer days. Mocktails are also available for those not drinking alcohol.

Local Tip: If you aren’t interested in brunch food, their burger is always in the running the best in Charleston!

Shem Creek

Tavern & Table

Sunday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Not only does TAVERN & TABLE have great views, but this restaurant also has great food and drinks! The rustic-chic decor inside is stunning, and the menu has a wide variety of locally sourced new American cuisine. You can enjoy everything from duck chilaquiles to hash brown bowls to a fried egg burger. There’s truly something for everyone, and it’s all delicious!

Local tip: In our opinion, Tavern & Table has some of the best pimento cheese in the city. We highly recommend ordering some for your table!

The Mill Street Tavern

Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 3:30pm and Saturday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 3:30pm

Shem Creek is a popular spot to grab a meal or drink for tourists and locals alike because of the amazing views over the marsh. Indulge in cocktails made from regional distilleries while enjoying som of the best outdoor seating in the area at The Mill Street Tavern. For food, they have something for everyone from waffles to BBQ pulled pork nachos to avocado toast,

Local Tip: For something completely different, The Mill Street Tavern serves sushi daily starting at noon.

Choose Charleston Coast Vacations

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Now that you know all the best restaurants to grab a great brunch in Charleston, it’s time to plan your getaway! If you’re visiting the coast, why not treat yourself to a spot near the beach? We have the best selection of vacation rentals on FOLLYISLE OF PALMS, and SULLIVAN’S ISLAND. Whether you need a one-bedroom condo for you and your sweetheart or a large house that can accommodate your entire family, we’re sure to have something for you! Our rentals feature full kitchens, so you can create your own brunch complete with mimosas, something tasty, and ocean views.

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Plan the Perfect First Day of Vacation in Charleston With These Tips

South Carolina’s coast has something for everyone. From vital parts of United States history to world-class beaches that can be enjoyed year-round, you can easily plan around your specific interests. Planning your latest getaway is exciting, but nothing beats that feeling when everything awaits you at the beginning of your trip! We’re here to give you some advice on things to do on your first day of vacation in Charleston.

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What to Do on Your First Day of Vacation in Charleston

Check In to Your Vacation Rental

You can check in to your Charleston Coast Vacations rental anytime after 4 p.m. Most of our properties feature keyless entry. That means we’ll email you instructions on how to get into your rental three days before the start of your stay. If the property requires a key, you can pick it up along with an arrival packet at one of our convenient locations. Once you’re in your home away from home, it’s time for everyone to choose their rooms!

Order Some Take-Out

Once you and your group get settled in, you’ll likely be ready for dinner. If you’re a bit worn out from traveling, take-out is a great option! No need to worry about cooking on your first day of vacation (even though you have a fully-equipped kitchen in your vacation rental.) Plus, it’s the best of both worlds because you get to try a new and local eatery! Most of the restaurants around Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, and Sullivan’s Island offer take-out, so you can either order online or call it in. Be sure to check out their websites for a look at their menus.

Catch a Sunset

Depending on the time of year, you may still have time to experience a colorful sunset over our stunning landscape. If you don’t have much time, just head out to the nearest beach access and enjoy the setting sky over the ocean. You might even be able to catch some dolphins swimming in the glimmering waters. There’s nothing like starting vacation with a beautiful and relaxing sunset on the beach with your closest friends and family!

Get Anything You Need

If you plan on cooking during your stay or forgot any essetials, there are plenty of convenient places for you to stock up. BERT’S MARKET on Folly Beach is open 24/7 and has just about everything you’ll need. For Isle of Palms guests, Harris Teeter, New York Butcher Shop, Simmons Seafood, and Island Liquors are all near the island’s entrance. Hudson’s Market and Marina Market are on the other side within Wild Dunes. 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. Isle of Palms is also just a few miles away.

Start and End Your Trip With Charleston Coast Vacations

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Now that you know just how to spend your first day of vacation in Charleston, it’s time to book your stay! We have the best selection of vacation rentals on FOLLYISLE OF PALMS, and SULLIVAN’S ISLAND. Whether you need a one-bedroom condo for you and your sweetheart or a large house that can accommodate your entire family, we’re sure to have something for you! Participate in our Lowcountry traditions, enjoy your vacation rental by the ocean, and make memories that will last a lifetime.

BROWSE OUR PROPERTIES to start planning your dream getaway today!