It’s no secret that Lowcountry summers are hot, hot, hot! South Carolina experiences a humid subtropical climate, with daytime temperatures averaging 90 degrees across most of the state and overnight lows near 70 degrees. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to stay cool in the Lowcountry! Check out our tips for beating the heat and start planning your next summer vacation to Charleston, SC. Despite high temps, our area is one of the best places to visit year-round.
Our Favorite Ways to Stay Cool in the Summer
Head to the Coast
Charleston’s beautiful beaches are great places to unwind, even on balmy days. The gentle breeze and clear, calm water help take your mind off the heat! Grab a beach chair and an umbrella and soak up the sun with family and friends. When you rent a vacation home through Charleston Coast Vacations, you’ll have easy access to the shores of Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, and Sullivan’s Island.
Local Tip: Thunderstorms are common on summer afternoons, offering a welcome respite from the blazing sun. We recommend heading home to your rental and storm watching for an hour or two. Then, walk back to the beach for an epic Carolina sunset!
Hit the Water
One of Charleston’s greatest attributes is its prime location near the water. The Holy City is surrounded by ocean, freshwater lakes, winding rivers, and the Intracoastal Waterway, which means there are endless opportunities for adventure (and cooling off.) Take advantage of these refreshing water activities:
Local Tip: Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for seabirds, dolphins, and other local wildlife! Our region’s native species enjoy chilling out in the water as much as we do.
Have Yourself a Happy Hour
Of course, there’s no better way to cool down after a long day outdoors than with a cocktail. You can visit one of our favorite Charleston happy hour spots for a cold drink and scenic views in a temperature-controlled setting. Or, set up your own cocktail hour at home where a shirt and shoes isn’t required. Many of our vacation homes have private pools, decks, and BBQ grills, so you can sip on a beverage in your private backyard oasis.
Catch Some Rays with Charleston Coast Vacations
If you’ve been dreaming of taking a vacation, don’t let Charleston’s warm weather deter you. There are so many ways to stay cool in the Lowcountry during summer! Now, all you need to do is find your home away from home. We have an incredible selection of vacation homes and villas all over the coast. You can even spend the dog days of summer with your furry friend; check out our pet-friendly properties and plan a getaway the whole family will remember. We look forward to hosting you soon!