This Is Where You Need to Go Shopping in Charleston, SC

Who says you can’t do a little shopping during your vacation? Not us! There’s always room in your itinerary to check out the lovely shops and boutiques along the Charleston Coast. With great stores in Isle of Palms, Folly Beach, and Sullivan’s Island, you won’t have a minute to get bored. Plus, you’ll end up with plenty of souvenirs and gifts to bring back home after a day of Charleston shopping!

Read on to learn all about the top spots to shop in Charleston, South Carolina, and don’t forget to view our free Destination Guide. It’s full of additional recommendations for activities and attractions in our beautiful coastal area.

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Your Guide to Charleston Shopping

Isle of Palms 

Are you planning a vacation to Isle of Palms? You’re in luck if you like to shop, because there are numerous stores to check out here. Feel free to visit Island Surf Co. For some great surf gear and rentals, the Sand Dollar Gift Gallery for unique items, or the Marina Market for supplies to take on your boat. You can also always stop by Harris Teeter to grab some quick groceries or ingredients for dinner!

Folly Beach

Don’t worry if you’re headed to Folly Beach instead. This area has plenty of options as well! Consider shopping at Beachwear & Gifts, Mr. John’s Beach Store, or McKevlin’s Surf Shop. Just don’t forget to try some of the delicious food at all of the great restaurants here, like Jack of Cups Saloon! Your taste buds won’t be disappointed.

Sullivan’s Island

Last, but certainly not least, is Sullivan’s Island. Some of the store we recommend are Almost Pink, GOLDBUG, and Shades of Charleston. If you have a sweet tooth, consider saving time to indulge in the tasty treats that Beardcat’s Sweet Shop offers. Their gelato is absolutely decadent!

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Now that you know all about some of the best places for Charleston shopping, it’s time to book your trip. Luckily, Charleston Coast Vacations has an excellent collection of rental properties available in all three of these areas! You’ll have no trouble finding the perfect villa or beach house, whether you’re planning a family vacation or romantic getaway.

How to Enjoy the Most Festive Christmas in Charleston

Are you ready to celebrate Christmas in Charleston? We’re ready to help you! Here at Charleston Coast Vacations, your experience is our No. 1 priority. That’s why we love to offer local tips and recommendations about how to enjoy our incredible area to the fullest. Read on to learn about fun festivities and awe-inspiring activities that you can get involved in this holiday season.

If you’d like to learn more about Charleston, SC, then you need to check out our free Vacation Guide. It’s full of helpful information about activities, attractions, events, and more. Take a look today!

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The Ultimate Guide to Celebrating Christmas in Charleston

Attend a Fun Event

Christmas in Charleston isn’t complete without attending our variety of unique, must-see events. It doesn’t matter if you’re here for a romantic getaway or a family vacation. There are festivities that people of all ages and interests can enjoy! Here are just some of the many possibilities:

Note: Please be aware that while the above events are still on for 2020, they might have limited hours or capacity as well as special rules that attendees must follow due to COVID-19. We recommend visiting the official websites for the most up-to-date information before your trip.

Go Holiday Shopping

The Christmas fun doesn’t stop there. If you visit Charleston, SC, for the holidays, then you need to spend some time exploring local shops. The Charleston City Market is one of the best places to find gifts for family and friends. (Make sure you treat yourself to something nice, too!) This historic market in Charleston has dozens of unique vendors and an open-air section where you can enjoy the cool weather as you browse.

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There’s one more essential aspect of the perfect Christmas in Charleston: a beautiful property in the area! Luckily, Charleston Coast Vacations has numerous options in Isle of PalmsFolly Beach, and Sullivan’s Island. Whether you’re looking for a quaint villa for you and your special someone or a spacious beach house for your family, we have what you need.

Browse the options now and find your home away from home for the holidays!

How to Create the Best Charleston Coast Bucket List

Are you planning a trip to Charleston, SC? The Holy City has been ranked one of the top travel destinations in the United States by several publications, so it’s no surprise that there are numerous things to do in the area! With so many options, how do you know which activities are the best? We like to say that there are no bad things to do in Charleston, but we certainly have some favorites! Read on to discover 10 activities that you should consider adding to your Charleston Coast bucket list!

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Top 10 Activities to Add to Your Charleston Coast Bucket List

Historic Charleston City Market

Discover one-of-kind treasures at the Historic Charleston City Market! This open-air market in the heart of downtown Charleston is one of the oldest in the country, which makes the structure itself a landmark. However, it’s what’s inside that really counts! The market is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 a.m., and it features rotating vendors who sell everything from locally famous sweetgrass baskets to handmade jewelry! It’s a great way to take a piece of the Holy City home with you.

Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge

Walking the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge is one of the best things to do in Charleston for free! This cable-stayed bridge is 2.5 miles long and connects downtown Charleston to Mount Pleasant. You can park near Waterfront Park in Mount Pleasant and access the bridge’s sidewalk via a side street. The bridge boasts a steady incline, so it’s good exercise with great views of the Cooper River!

Charleston Tea Plantation

The Charleston Tea Plantation, also known as the Charleston Tea Garden, boasts 127 acres of tea plants. It’s also the only tea garden in the country where visitors can tour the fields. The most popular way to explore the tea garden is with a Trolly Tour. It’s the only cost of visiting the plantation and takes you on a 30-45-minute tour of the property. During the tour, you’ll learn more about the plantation’s history, growing process, and more!

Dock Street Theatre

Are you looking for live entertainment in the Holy City? Look no further than Dock Street Theatre! This historic landmark was the first building to be constructed for the purpose of hosting the performing arts. Since 1736, America’s first theatre has hosted numerous theatrical performances. Be sure to view the shows to see what performances are happening during your visit!

Waterfront Park

Waterfront Park is one of the most iconic sites in Charleston! This 8-acre park beside the Cooper River is a great place for couples, families, and even pets to play outside in downtown Charleston. Relax in one of the wooden porch swings with views of the water or take a photo in front of the famous Pineapple Fountain. Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar is located next door, so be sure to stop in to try some Lowcountry oysters on the half shell with house-made cocktail sauce!

Fort Sumter

Fort Sumter, an island in the Charleston Harbor, is a must for your first time visiting Charleston, SC! This historic landmark was the site of the first cries of the Civil War. Visitors are welcome to travel to Fort Sumter via a tour boat.

Folly Beach

A trip to the Charleston Coast wouldn’t be complete with a day at the beach! We recommend Folly Beach, as it’s one of the best beaches in South Carolina for families. This beach boasts 6 miles of shoreline and is a great place for surfing, tanning, and all the beach activities in-between! There are also several family-friendly restaurants and bars right off the shore, so it’s easy to spend the entire day there!

Angel Oak

Nature lovers need to see the Angel Oak Tree! Located on Johns Island, this impressive southern live oak tree is several hundred years old and has grown 66.5 feet tall and 28 feet in circumference. You really can’t get a feel for how large it is until you see it in person, so we recommend it to all our guests! While you’re on Johns Island, grab a quick bite to eat at Tattooed Moose, which was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives!

Vendue Rooftop Bar

Get a panoramic view of downtown Charleston at Vendue Rooftop Bar. Rated the No. 1 rooftop bar in the city, this bar is known for its craft cocktails and savory shareables. From spiked cold brews to spicy margaritas, there’s a cocktail creation for your taste buds!

Spot Bill Murray

Tell any native Charlestonian it’s your first time in the city, and they’ll likely reply, “Keep an eye out for Bill Murray!” This famous actor has made his home in Charleston and can be seen blundering around the city.

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Add a stay in one of our rentals to your Charleston Coast bucket list! Charleston Coast Vacations offers more than 100 properties along the Atlantic Coast. Search homes on Folly BeachIsle of Palms, and Sullivan’s Island for your trip to the Holy City! Our rentals are also just a short drive away from most of the activities listed above, so it’s easy to check every item off your bucket list!

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Where Is the Best Place for Happy Hour in Charleston, SC?

Where is your go-to spot for a cold beverage after a fun-filled day in Charleston, South Carolina? If you ask five different locals, you might get five totally different answers. That’s because there are simply so many fantastic bars in our area! Whether you’re visiting for the first time or you’re looking to try something new, we can help. Check out the list of possibilities below and discover the best place for happy hour in Charleston, SC, for you!

We included several of our favorite bars below, but there are many more that you should visit while you’re here. Access our free Destination Guide to get the full list of our recommendations for bars, restaurants, outdoor activities, and so much more. It’s the key to an unforgettable Charleston vacation!

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Enjoy the Best Happy Hour in Charleston, SC

Folly Beach

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Isle of Palms

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Mount Pleasant

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Book the Best Vacation Rentals in Charleston

Now that you know where to find some of the best happy hour deals in Charleston, SC, it’s time to find a vacation rental near your favorite spots! You can score some incredible deals on properties with Charleston Coast Vacations for your upcoming getaway. 

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Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway with your special someone, a family reunion, or a group trip with old friends, we have an excellent townhouse or villa waiting for you. There are several beautiful options in Isle of Palms, Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island, and more. Browse all of our properties now!