Outdoor Activities on the Charleston Coast

We love spring on the Charleston Coast! The weather is perfect for spending a day at the beach or exploring all the Charleston Coast has to offer. We have compiled a list of outdoor activities on the Charleston Coast so you can take full advantage of the beautiful weather!

Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge

The gorgeous Ravenel Bridge, as it is locally known, has quickly become a Charleston Icon. The Ravenel Bridge opened in July 2015 and connects Peninsular Charleston with Mt. Pleasant. The bridge has a pedestrian and bike path that provide outstanding views of the Charleston Harbor, Peninsular Charleston, and Mt. Pleasant. Walk, run, or bike your way across this Charleston Icon!

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Fort Sumter

While we’re talking about the Charleston Harbor, why not take a tour of Fort Sumter? The tour includes a ferry ride of the Charleston  Harbor filled with Charleston History and beautiful views. If you keep your eyes peeled, you will likely see a dolphin or two (or three!). Fort Sumter is where the Civil War began and holds an important place in American History. See where the first shots were fired and learn about Charleston’s important, and lengthy, place in American History.

Fort Sumter Outdoor Activities Charleston things to do vacation

Charleston City Market

The Charleston City Market is a mix of open air and enclosed stalls. Vendors sell everything from sweetgrass baskets and handmade jewelry to homemade sweets and local art. If you’re looking for a gift for your family or friends (or yourself!) be sure to stop by. The Charleston City Market is open daily year round and opens for a night market on Fridays & Saturdays.

City Market Charleston Outdoor Activities things to do Vacation

Charleston Tea Plantation

While in Charleston, visit the only tea plantation in North America. A visit to the Tea Plantation is free! Tour the tea production building, visit the gift shop, and marvel at the acres upon acres of tea plants. The only charge (besides a souvenir from the gift shop!) is for the trolley tour. The trolley tour takes you through the tea fields and stops by the greenhouse. The closest tea plantations are in Asia, Africa, and South America making this a once in a lifetime visit!

Tea Plantation Outdoor Activities Charleston Things to do vacation
Photo: Instagram user @petermicu via @charleston_tea

King Street

King Street is a wonderous street that can be considered the Main St of Historic Charleston. The lower end of King Street is known for its outstanding shopping. You can spend the entire day just on this half of the street! Upper King Street (north of Calhoun Street) is home to numerous galleries, delicious restaurants, and fun bars. If you’re in town for it, we highly recommend Second Sunday on King. Taking place every second Sunday of the month throughout the year, Second Sunday on King shuts down the lower half of King Street to vehicle traffic. Pedestrians, dogs, vendors, and restaurant tables line the street for the day. Enjoy open-air dining, shopping specials, and more dog sightings than you can imagine!

King St Outdoor Activities Charleston Things To Do Vacation
Photo: Instagram user @charlestonlivability

What are your favorite outdoor activities on the Charleston Coast? Let us know! We are always looking for fun outdoor activities for ourselves, our families, and our guests!

Transformation Tuesday: Saylors’ Malibu

Last week, we discussed when and how to renovate your vacation property. This week, we are featuring the most amazing Transformation Tuesday we have ever seen! 1215 E Arctic Ave on Folly Beach, formerly known as “The Blue Lagoon”, underwent a total renovation between September 2017-March 2018.

1215 E Arctic Ave Folly Beach Vacation Rental Charleston Coast Vacations Before
1215 E Arctic Ave Before!

Now know as “Saylors’ Malibu”, 1215 E Arctic is a stunning oceanfront home which provides not just oceanfront views, but on the beach feels. The renovation was completed by one of the Lowcountry’s best teams and boy can you tell!

1215 E Arctic Folly Beach Charleston Coast Vacations Vacation Rental After
After! Check out the gorgeous new windows!

Custom pieces are plentiful in the home. From the custom 10-seat dining table to the live-edge hardwood custom bar in the kitchen, no piece of the home was left untouched. In the bathrooms, unique tiles on the floors and in the showers help make each room a little different from the next.

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Custom Dining Table with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean.

“Saylors’ Malibu” is a home you will want to vacation in year after year. Secure your 2018 and 2019 vacation today!

Living Room 1215 E Arctic Folly Beach Charleston Coast Vacations

The cozy living room lacked cohesion before the renovation. Now, the living room radiates perfection. The sectional sofa ensures seating for the whole family while you watch tv, read your favorite book, or just stare out the gorgeous new windows!

 

Kitchen 1215 E Arctic Folly Beach Charleston Coast Vacations

The designers kept a similar, mostly white, open and airy feel in the kitchen. But, the custom cabinets and custom live-edge hardwood bar top enhance the natural beauty of the space. The new windows leave you feeling like you’re on the beach from the comfort of the kitchen.

Guest Bedroom 1215 E Arctic Folly Beach Charleston Coast Vacations

New furniture and simple, understated accent pieces tie together one of the guest bedrooms.

Master Bedroom 1215 E Arctic Folly Beach Charleston Coast Vacations

The master bedroom feels more sophisticated now. The new floor to ceiling windows provide natural light that balances the dark wood of the furniture.

Master Bath 1215 E Arctic Folly Beach Charleston Coast Vacations

In the master bathroom, a change in paint color and opening the walk-in shower changes the entire feel of the room. The textured tile in the shower provides depth to the space.

Porch 1215 E Arctic Folly Beach Charleston Coast Vacations

Updating the railings and porches, along with painting the exterior, makes the outside living spaces more desirable. Take an afternoon nap in the hammock “on the beach” without getting sandy!

Things to Do: April

Looking for things to do on the Charleston Coast this April? We’ve gathered some of our favorite local events and activities. Check them out and let us know which one is your favorite!

Migratory Bird Walk

April 14 & 21, May 12

Charleston Things to Do Birdwatching (2)
Photo: Instagram user @centerforbirdsofprey

Visit the Center for Birds of Prey for a Migratory Bird Walk with experienced birding guides. Recreational birdwatching is becoming a favorite past time across the country. Be sure to bring your binoculars and camera!

Charleston Outdoor Fest

April 21-22

Charleston Things to Do Outdoor Fest
Photo: Instagram user @charlestoncountyparks

April is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors in the Lowcountry. Head to the James Island County Park for a weekend of canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding, rock climbing, and more! Enjoy live music and vendors all weekend. And even try your hand at archery or mountain biking with the Try It Pass!

Shaggin’ on the Cooper

April 28

Charleston Things to Do Shaggin on the Cooper
Photo via Facebook: Charleston County Parks & Recreation

Put on your dancing shoes and head over the Mt Pleasant Waterfront Park for an evening of shag dancing and live music. The Carolina Shag is a descendant of the Jitterbug and originated in Carolina Beach, North Carolina. You don’t want to miss this fun-filled evening! 

Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival

April 29

Charleston Things To Do Blessing of the Fleet
Photo via Facebook: Experience Mt Pleasant

Join locals and visitors alike for the Blessing of the Fleet. Spend the day celebrating the local fishing and shrimping industry. Watch the Boat Parade, enjoy delicious seafood tastings, and participate in a shag dance competition

The Charleston Coast is full of things to do year-round but things really amp up in Spring. What are some of your favorite Lowcountry events and things to do? Let us know in the comments!

Book Direct at Charleston Coast Vacations

February 7th is national Book Direct day. What does this mean? Well, when you book directly through a property management company, like Charleston Coast Vacations, you get the best price and the best service available. Third party sites, like Airbnb and VRBO, upcharge your reservation 10%-20%! This equates to hundreds, sometimes even thousands, of dollars extra on your vacation. Save that money so you have more to spend during your Charleston Coast vacation!

Book Direct Charleston Coast Vacations

Booking through local companies means you get an insider’s knowledge of the area you are visiting, along with the property you are renting. Local property managers visit the properties they manage regularly, often once a week, and can tell you everything you want to know about the property! Does the house have a crockpot? Is there a grill? How many pillows are in the house? At Charleston Coast Vacations, our local property managers are here to help you have the best vacation ever.

But there is more to booking a vacation rental than the property. You must consider the area you will be staying in and what there is to do. If you’ve never visited the Charleston Coast before or if you’re a regular to our lovely seaside towns, booking directly through a local company ensures you get the best recommendations on things to do. At Charleston Coast Vacations, our guest services representatives are here to help you plan your vacation. We have restaurant recommendations, we know the best tours in town, and can tell you all the best spots for surfing on the Charleston Coast.

The properties we manage are listed on some of these third-party sites. This is so our homeowners receive national, and sometimes international, exposure. But, we are a local, family-run company serving the Charleston Coast for over 28 years. Our goal is for our guests to enjoy the Charleston Coast while creating beach memories to last a lifetime.  So sit back, relax, and book direct today.

Charleston Coast Snow Day

When booking a vacation on the Charleston Coast, one rarely thinks of snow, even in the colder winter months. But, a snow-filled beach vacation is exactly what our guests received to start 2018.

Snowstorms on the Charleston Coast are rare, but not unprecedented. Typically the storms consist of small flurries, leaving only a light dusting of snow and never lasting more than a day. However, there have been three record-breaking snowstorms in Charleston’s history. The last big snowstorm followed just months after hurricane Hugo, arriving over Christmas in 1989. The ‘89 snow storm dumped a record eight inches of snowfall over a two day period. Southerners not used to plummeting temperatures or frozen water were treated to their first white Christmas.

Charleston Coast Snow Storm
1989 Christmas Snow. Photo: The Post & Courier

This year, the Charleston Coast rang in the New Year with a storm.  Snow began falling on the first Wednesday of 2018 and left the Lowcountry buried under five inches of snow! Now, since the Charleston Coast is not used to even minor snowfall, let alone five inches, roads, businesses, and schools, were all shut down. Putting safety first, our small but buzzing city came to a complete halt.

Most of our guests that stayed with us through the storm were visiting from much colder areas of the US. For many of these “snowbirds,” escaping to the Charleston Coast is a means of evading the freezing temperatures back home. Boy, were these guests in for a surprise this year! Here’s what one lucky guest had to say about the unexpected snow:

“We actually had a GREAT time. There was something about expecting 60 degree weather (or better) and then instead spending a week at a cold beach that turned out to be perhaps our best vacation in Folly ever. We come fairly often (right after Christmas), to get away from cold Virginia (and Colorado for my dad). Instead, we (and everyone else) struggled with terrible weather and we had a blast:…Making snow angels on the beach…Making little snowmen on our balcony…We’ll be back next year…we would be a very lucky family to have half as much fun as we did this year.” – Karen E

Charleston Coast Snow Day Folly
Photo credit from left to right: Facebook User Dave’s Dogs, Facebook User Logan D.
Charleston Coast Snow Day Snow
Photo Credit (clockwise): Janice J., Karen E., Paul B.

Feature Friday: Charleston Oceanfront Villas

Feature Friday highlights at least one spectacular property each week! This week’s feature Friday highlights the Charleston Oceanfront Villas on Folly Beach.

Charleston Oceanfront Villas Beach
All photos in this post are from Donnie Whitaker

The Charleston Oceanfront Villas is located at 201 W Arctic, Ave, Folly Beach. The Charleston Oceanfront Villas are two blocks from Center St, two blocks from the Folly Fishing Pier, and, as the name suggests, right on the beach!

The Charleston Oceanfront Villas is a community of condos ranging from 3-4 bedrooms but not all condos are rentals, there are full-time residents in the building. The community is gated with no assigned parking and the option for covered or open-air parking. There are two elevators and two pools in the community. The pools are seasonal and are the place to be in the summer! Head down to the pool early to snag your lounge chairs and set yourself up for a day of relaxation. 

Charleston Oceanfront Villas Pool

The proximity to Center St. makes these condos ideal for those who simply want to park their car and walk everywhere on vacation! In the mood for some seafood? Great! Walk across the street to Loggerhead’s for local oysters and music on the deck. If you prefer oceanfront dining then walk over to Blu for a spectacular dining experience.

You can easily go fishing for the afternoon on the Folly Beach Fishing Pier. Take the short two block walk to the pier, grab your fishing license from the pier store, then head out for an afternoon of sun and fun! After a long afternoon fishing, end the day with a cocktail and an appetizer at Pier 101.

Charleston Oceanfront Villas Sunset

Every condo at the Charleston Oceanfront Villas has an oceanfront view but the exact view depends on the condo’s location in the building. Some villas have better views of the pier while others have a better view of the sunsets. All condos have an oceanfront balcony or sundeck, the perfect place for your morning coffee.

The villas range in prices, just as they range in the number of bedrooms and decor. The get the best price available, always book directly through Charleston Coast Vacations. We are local and can provide answers to all your questions about the condos or about the area. In addition, we love Folly and the Charleston Coast, let us help make your vacation a breeze.

We invite you to make yourself at home at the Charleston Oceanfront Villas. Sit back, relax, and slow down. It’s Folly, y’all!

Frequently Asked Questions

Today, we cover your frequently asked questions when renting with Charleston Coast Vacations!

Charleston Coast Vacations, Frequently Asked Questions

When is check in? What time is check out?

Check-in is at 4 pm. Early check-ins are not available.  Checkout is at 10 am. Late checkouts are not available as we must prepare the property for incoming guests.

Where do I check in?

This depends on what island you are vacationing on! Folly Beach check-ins visit our Folly Beach office, located at 31 Center St, Folly Beach, SC 29439. Isle of Palms and Wild Dunes check-ins visit our Isle of Palms office, located at 1400 Palm Blvd Suite M, Isle of Palms, SC 29451.

Is housekeeping included? What about linens?

Yes, departure housekeeping is included with your stay. Linens for the beds and baths are provided for your stay. Plan to purchase or bring pool and beach towels.

Does the property have beach chairs?

At most properties, beach equipment like chairs and umbrellas are not guaranteed with the rental. Occasionally, previous guests or the homeowner will leave some equipment behind. We recommend bringing, purchasing, or renting these items for your vacation.

Are paper products included?

A starter pack of paper products is included with your vacation: 1-2 rolls of toilet tissue per restroom, 1-2 rolls of paper towels in the kitchen, a liner in each trash bin, a few dishwasher tablets

If you’re staying for more than a few days, you will likely need to bring or purchase these items from the grocery store.

Are pantry items in the property? Salt and pepper? Spices?

Pantry items like salt, pepper, oil, and spices are not guaranteed. Occasionally, previous guests or the homeowner will leave some behind. We recommend bringing or purchasing these items for your vacation.

Does the property have a crockpot?

Specialty cooking items like crockpots, large steamer pots, and gravy boats are not included with every rental property. If you need a particular kitchen item for your vacation please plan to bring it with you.

Does the property have a hair dryer?

Hair dryers are often provided by the homeowner but, due to their small size, they often go missing. If a hair dryer is important, we recommend bringing one with you.

Does the property have internet?

Yes! All properties managed by Charleston Coast Vacations have wireless internet. Please note, during times of high occupancy on the islands, the internet speeds will vary.

For more information and additional frequently asked questions, check out our welcome video!

Feature Friday: Too Sandy

This feature Friday we are featuring Too Sandy, located at 2 Sand Dune Ln, Isle of Palms, SC. Our featured property, Too Sandy, is located in the quiet Beachside community, centrally located to everything Isle of Palms has to offer.

Too Sandy, 2 Sand Dune Ln
Too Sandy, 2 Sand Dune Ln

Too Sandy is a quaint, 3-bedroom, 2 bathroom ocean view beach cottage. Located just across the street from the beach, a quick 3-minute walk will have your toes in the sand. The Beachside neighborhood boasts a community pool and community tennis court.

Too Sandy, 2 Sand Dune Ln
Too Sandy, 2 Sand Dune Ln

The first thing you notice about Too Sandy upon arrival is the beautifully landscaped yard and ample parking. The second thing you notice is the large sun deck. This deck has comfortable Adirondack chairs and gets plenty of light. Enjoy your morning coffee or afternoon nap on the deck, all while looking out at the ocean. If a screened porch is more your style, don’t worry, Too Sandy has you covered! The screened porch features outdoor dining and is located off the living room and master bedroom.

Too Sandy, 2 Sand Dune Ln
Too Sandy, 2 Sand Dune Ln

Inside the glass front door, you are welcomed into the relaxing cottage. Too Sandy’s open floor plan allows you to lounge in the living room while you hold a conversation with someone in the kitchen. Speaking of the kitchen, it is huge! Plenty of space for cooking, eating, and a card game all at the same time.

Too Sandy, 2 Sand Dune Ln
Too Sandy, 2 Sand Dune Ln

The master bedroom is on the right side of the house and features a beautiful king bed. The master has an en-suite bath with a walk-in shower and private access to the screened porch. The two remaining bedrooms sit on the opposite side of the home and share a bathroom. Each bedroom has two twin beds, a flatscreen TV, and lots of natural light.

Too Sandy is a cozy beach cottage perfect for families or a few friends who want a quiet getaway at the beach. Once at Too Sandy, you will not want to leave. Families and friends return to this cozy beach cottage year after year to rest and relax. Start your tradition and book your stay today!

Feature Friday: Pride & Joy

Feature Friday highlights one spectacular property each week! This week we feature Pride & Joy at 1603 East Ashley Ave, Folly Beach, SC.

Photo: Donnie Whitaker

1603 E Ashley Ave is a spacious oceanfront home with 5 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms that sleeps up to 13 people. 1603 E Ashley Ave is perfect for large family vacations, offering ample gathering space.  

You are welcomed to 1603 E Ashley Ave, Pride & Joy, with a grand staircase that leads to the front door of the raised home. Once inside, the open floor plan allows your eyes to look straight out to the Atlantic Ocean. The renovated kitchen is spacious and features a breakfast bar for enjoying a quick bowl of cereal before heading to the beach! Continue through to the dining area then to the living room which holds comfortable, modern couches. The subtle coastal decor and floor to ceiling windows and doors allow your mind to switch to “Island Time”.

Photo: Donnie Whitaker

Just off the living room in Pride & Joy is the expansive screened in porch. Relax in one of the rocking chairs while you watch surfers up and down the beach. Step out of the screened in porch to the small sundeck and continue walking down your private beach access to the beach! At 1603 E Ashley Ave, you are just steps from enjoying a morning hunt for shark teeth or an afternoon romp in the Atlantic Ocean.

Photo: Donnie Whitaker

Back inside, the first floor holds 4 of the 5 bedrooms: 2 on the left and 2 on the right. Each set of bedrooms is connected with a Jack & Jill bathroom. It’s difficult to miss the subtle pops of color in the bedrooms – from the deep blues to the seafoam greens, the bedrooms at 1603 E Ashley Ave invite you to relax!

Head up the stairs in 1603 E Ashley Ave to the final bedroom. This bedroom holds a king bed and 3 twin beds with an en-suite bathroom and outstanding views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Photo: Donnie Whitaker

1603 E Ashley Ave, Pride & Joy, is located within walking distance of the eastern tip of Folly Beach. This deserted area will transport you to a different time: less crowded beach, bone trees, and shelling galore. The views of the Morris Island Lighthouse, whether on a clear or cloudy day, are worth the short walk.

Book your next family vacation at 1603 E Ashley Ave, Pride & Joy. Want to enjoy a winter weekend at Folly Beach? Visit our website or calls us to book 1603 E Ashley Ave for 20% off a stay of 4 nights of more for the remaining open dates in November & December 2017!

Feature Friday: The Okeanos

Feature Friday highlights at least one spectacular property each week! This week’s feature Friday highlights The Okeanos at 1008 East Ashley Ave, Folly Beach, SC.

The Okeanos 1008 E Ashley Ave Pool
Photo: Donnie Whitaker

Okeanos is the Titan God of fresh water, and The Okeanos is aptly named for the private pool. You can enjoy the relaxation of the pool in one of the comfortable lounge chairs or at the Tiki Bar. The pool is perfect for an evening swim after a long day at the beach while you wait for dinner to cook on the grill.

The Okeanos E Ashley Ave 1008 Living Room
Photo: Donnie Whitaker

Inside, the professionally decorated The Okeanos has an inviting, relaxed atmosphere that will immediately put you at ease. The large, open living room features a comfy couch and side chairs, perfect for curling up with a good book or watching a movie. The large windows and double porch doors let in immense amounts of natural light. Step out onto the screened in patio for your morning coffee or evening cocktail!

The Okeanos 1008 E Ashley Ave Kitchen
Photo by: Donnie Whitaker

The living room at The Okeanos flows easily into the dining room and open kitchen. The dining table seats up to 10 – perfect for a large family meal after a long day of touring Historic Charleston. And the kitchen is impeccable. From stainless steel appliances, seemingly endless counter space, and well-stocked cookware, The Okeanos kitchen has everything you will need while on vacation.

The Okeanos 1008 E Ashley Ave Master Bedroom
Photo: Donnie Whitaker

The Okeanos boasts four beautifully decorated bedrooms. The master bedroom, located on the first floor, offers privacy with a large king-sized bed and private, en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower and separate soaking tub. The remaining three bedrooms are located on the second floor. The first guest room offers a queen bed with an en-suite bathroom. The second and third guest bedrooms each hold two beds. The second guest room offers two queens and the third guest room offers two twin beds. These two guest rooms are connected via a jack and jill bathroom.

Folly Beach, The Okeanos
Folly Beach, SC

The beach is only a five-minute walk from The Okeanos! Simply pack your beach bag, grab your chair, turn right on East Ashley Ave, and then turn left on East 10th Street. The public beach access is located at the end of East 10th Street.

The Okeanos is centrally located to some of the best features of Folly Beach: Center St, the beach, and The Washout. If you’re looking for the ideal spot for your next family vacation or weekend getaway, The Okeanos is it! Book your stay us today!