How to Plan the Ultimate Adventure From Greenville to Charleston

Do you need a change of scenery? Yes, you live near mountains, but you need a heavy dose of sun and sand. It’s time for you to escape from Greenville to Charleston. Whether you want to relax at the beautiful sands of Folly Beach or savor delicious local flavors on Sullivan’s Island, heading south to the Lowcountry is the perfect way to mix it up.  

For more ways to make the most of your time on the coast, be sure to request access to our complimentary Destination Guide! 

Get the Destination Guide 

How to Get From Greenville to Charleston 

Traveling from Greenville to Charleston is an easy trip that requires little effort and route planning. Hop on I-385 out of the city through Simpsonville until it meets with I-26 near Clinton. From there, you will follow the Interstate all the way to the Holy City! Once you reach I-526, you can choose to branch off towards West Ashley or Mount Pleasant, depending on whether you’re staying at Sullivan’s Island/Isle of Palms or Folly Beach. Or you can follow I-26 right through the city and take the Ravenal Bridge to IOP/Sullivan’s Island or Highway 30 to James Island (connecting to Folly Beach). The choice is yours! Regardless of the route you take once arriving, the journey is only about three and a half hours long. Below are the three fastest routes depending on your Charleston Coast Vacations rental destination! 

How to Spend Your Beach Getaway From Greenville to Charleston 

Relax on the Beach 

While the mountains of the Upstate are beautiful, there’s nothing quite like the beaches of the Lowcountry. Whether you’re staying at Sullivan’s Island, IOP, or Folly Beach, relaxing on the sand is a must during your trip from Greenville to Charleston.  

Enjoy the Beautiful Coastal Weather 

If you want to stay active during your beach getaway from Greenville, you’ll find plenty of fun outdoor activities to take part in as a family. Discover some of our favorite things to do in the Charleston area in a few of our blogs! 

Savor the Lowcountry 

The Lowcountry is home to some of the most renowned flavors on the East Coast. With so many incredible local restaurants, choosing which ones to visit during your trip can be a tall task. Check out some of our favorite places to taste the top flavors in our city below! 

Plan Your Beach Vacation With Charleston Coast Vacations 

Our collection of rentals in Sullivan’s IslandIsle of Palms, and Folly Beach provide you with tons of incredible choices for your family beach trip. 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 beach getaway from Greenville today by browsing our rentals. We look forward to welcoming you to the Lowcountry! 

How to Make the Most of Your Pet-Friendly Adventure to Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC, is one of the most pet-friendly cities in the country. You can have your pup at your side as you stroll through the historic city center, splash in the waves, or savor the delicious local cuisine. Keep reading to discover some of our favorite things to do with your furry friends during your time on the coast.

If you want to discover more ways to make the most of your Lowcountry getaway, be sure to request access to our complimentary Destination Guide. 

Get the Destination Guide 

Tips for the Ultimate Pet-Friendly Trip to Charleston, SC

Activities 

Play on the Beach 

There’s nothing better than running around on the sand under the sun with your dog during your Charleston vacation. Here are some important rules for frolicking on the beach with your pup! 

Folly Beach Dog Rules 

October through April, leashed dogs may run, walk, fetch, and swim any time of the day. From May through September (summer), dogs may not go on the beach from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Dog Rules > 

Isle of Palms Dog Rules 

Isle of Palms is the most pet-friendly beach in Charleston, SC. Dogs may be on the beach all day, year-round. From September 15th through March 31st, dogs may be off-leash from 4 p.m. to 10 a.m. and from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. from April 1st through September 14th. You can walk your dog on a leash all other times of the day. 

Dog Rules > 

Sullivan’s Island Dog Rules 

The dog rules on Sullivan’s Island are among the strictest in the Charleston area. All dogs must have a permit ($40 for visitors). Dogs may be off-leash from 5 a.m. to noon from October through April. Dogs may be off-leash from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. during summer, and on-leash from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. (not allowed on the beach from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). 

Dog Rules > 

Take a Stroll Along the Battery and Waterfront Park 

Grab your leash and take your dog on an exciting adventure through downtown Charleston. Soak in the historical sites along the Battery before taking a stroll through Waterfront Park. The scenic views of the harbor are incredible, and the ocean breeze will keep you and your pup cool! 

Tip: The pavement can get excruciatingly hot during the summer months, so we recommend walking your dog here in the morning or evening when the crowds are lighter. 

Explore James Island County Park 

If you want to let your dog run around off their leash, James County Island Park has a large four-acre dog park! There is a $2 admission fee to enter the park. 

Pet-Friendly Restaurants in Charleston 

The Barrel 

If you want to let your furry friend run around while you enjoy a cold beer, then you need to head over to The Barrel. This James Island establishment is less than 10 minutes from Folly Beach and is a dog-friendly Charleston hot spot. Check their website for upcoming food trucks and entertainment on site. 

The Windjammer 

The Windjammer is the premier entertainment destination on Isle of Palms, and the back deck is the perfect place to sit with your pup as you gaze out across the ocean with your favorite drink. The front has a “No Dogs” sign, but you are allowed to sit on the deck as long as you have a leash. 

Red’s Ice House 

Shem Creek is the pulse of Mount Pleasant and home to sensational sunsets. Hopping Red’s Ice House is one of the best pet-friendly bars in Charleston, SC, and it’s only 10 minutes from Sullivan’s Island and 15 minutes from IOP. 

Revelry Brewing 

If you’re craving a local craft brew while exploring downtown, head over to Revelry Brewing. This local hotspot has plenty of outdoor seating on the ground floor and the rooftop patio, where you’ll find plenty of dogs soaking in the rays. 

Home Team BBQ 

Home Team BBQ has a few spots around town, but we recommend visiting the ones in downtown and Sullivan’s Island if you have pets. Both allow leashed dogs. 

Taco Boy 

Both the downtown and Folly Beach Taco Boy locations are some of the best pet-friendly restaurants in Charleston, SC. Serving up delicious guac,  margaritas, and tacos (of course!), these fantastic places to eat offer plenty of outdoor seating for you and your pooch. 

Bring the Entire Family on Your Charleston Vacation 

East Arctic Avenue 1213 deck

After a day of exploring Charleston with your furry friend, head back to your Charleston Coast Vacations pet-friendly rental and unwind. Our collection of rentals in Sullivan’s IslandIsle of Palms, and Folly Beach provide you with tons of incredible choices for your family beach trip. 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 Charleston getaway by browsing our vacation rentals. We look forward to welcoming you to the Lowcountry! 

Why You Need to Spend Thanksgiving in Charleston

Thanksgiving is the start of a wonderful holiday season on the Charleston Coast. The weather is idyllic, the food is world-class, and the coastal views are top-notch as always. Read on for our recommendations on what to do, where to eat, and, most importantly, where to relax for Thanksgiving in Charleston!

Of course, you’ll need to check out our free Vacation Guide to truly make the most of your holiday celebration in the Lowcountry. It’s full of additional information about our area as well as more ideas for activities and attractions to enjoy with your loved ones.

Access Our Free Guide!

Here’s Why You Should Celebrate Thanksgiving in Charleston

The Weather

The No. 1 benefit of visiting Charleston for Thanksgiving is the weather. Average daily temperatures are typically around 67 degrees with plenty of sunshine. It’s splendid weather for a long walk on one of our pristine, scenic, family-friendly beaches without any distractions or crowds that summer attracts.

Fun fact: Thanksgiving Day in 2016 produced a high of 76 degrees with sunny skies. That sounds ideal for a holiday in November if you ask us or any of the travel-savvy snowbirds who visit Charleston to escape colder weather!

The Activities

The list of reasons to visit Charleston for Thanksgiving simply isn’t complete without mentioning the activities you can enjoy. One of our favorites is to head to the shore and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere! Grab a beach chair or a blanket and set up shop on your own slice of paradise. You can go for a stroll, hunt for seashells, build sandcastles with the kids, or read your favorite book during an afternoon on Folly BeachIsle of Palms, or Sullivan’s Island!

The Food

The Charleston Coast is your oyster for Thanksgiving week! Part of what makes the Lowcountry lifestyle so special is how easy it is to enjoy good food with those you love. And, Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to embrace this tradition! If you don’t feel like cooking, Charleston has many fabulous restaurants that are typically open for Thanksgiving dinner. Check out Eater Charleston for their list of open restaurants. We recommend making a reservation to ensure you get a table!

Charleston Coast Vacations’ Beautiful Properties

A dining room table

Did you know that many of our Charleston vacation rentals feature fully equipped kitchens for cooking delicious Thanksgiving feasts? It’s true! All you need to do is pick up some tasty ingredients at one of the local grocery stores and whip up a mouthwatering meal in your home away from home. Then, you can gather around the dining room table with your family and enjoy quality time together as you all indulge.

Browse our list of properties today and book your favorite for Thanksgiving!

Everything You Need to Know About Folly Beach County Park

Not only is the beauty of the Charleston coast unparalleled, there are also countless things to do here. Take in the beauty of our oceanfront towns when you spend the day at Folly Beach County Park. Located on the west end of the island, you’ll want to come back to this beautiful beach day after day.

About Folly Beach County Park

Directions to Folly Beach County Park 

Folly Beach County Park has everything you need for a day of fun in the sun! The park spans for more than 4,000 feet along the ocean and 2,000 feet along the Folly River. Set up along the shore to spend the day at the beach or opt to discover a sandbar by the river. With amenities like picnic tables, showers, restrooms, and more, you’ll love coming to this beach during your vacation. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there lifeguards at Folly Beach? 

Yes! Lifeguards are stationed seasonally at the designated swimming area on Folly Beach County Park. Lifeguards are posted on the weekends during May and September and daily throughout the rest of the summer. 

How much does it cost to park on Folly Beach?

Parking on Folly Beach varies depending on the season. Here are the current rates:

  • November – February: $5 
  • March: $5 Monday-Friday and $10 Saturday-Sunday
  • April: $10
  • May-Labor Day: $10 Monday-Friday and $15 Saturday-Sunday
  • September: $10
  • October: $5 Monday-Friday and $10 Saturday-Sunday

Local tip: If you’re planning on visiting a lot of parks during your stay with Charleston Coast Vacations or coming back multiple times in one year, consider a Gold Pass. The pass costs $85 and gets you into all of our county parks for the year! 

Are dogs allowed on Folly Beach?

Pets are permitted at Folly Beach County Park during designated times. Dogs are not allowed on the beach from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from May 1st to September 30th. If you bring your dog during an appropriate time, just make sure your four-legged friend is on a leash! 

Are there beach chair rentals?

Many of our properties actually come with a credit for beach gear when you make your reservation. You can use it for beach chair rentals and other gear you might need. There are also beach chair and umbrella rentals available at Folly Beach County Park during the summer. 

Start Planning Your Vacation Today

home

Are you ready to experience the beauty of Folly Beach County Park? Calming waves, soft sands, and gorgeous marshes come together to create this slice of Lowcountry paradise. We have vacation rentals available all over the Charleston coast, including Folly Beach! Wake up each morning just moments away from the shore. Browse our Folly Beach properties to start planning your getaway today. 

Book Now

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.

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!