The 3 Things You Should Know About Visiting Charleston in May

There are few destinations along the South Carolina coast that are more worthwhile than Charleston, especially in the springtime. With such a stunning coastline, incredible beaches, a hot restaurant scene, unbeatable shopping, and rich history, the Southern charm of this city shines through every time of year. Although, the experience of visiting Charleston in May is what brings may back year after year. Here’s your guide to navigating Charleston during one of the most beautiful seasons.  

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Your Guide to Vacationing in Charleston in May 

The Energy of The Holy City 

There’s something particularly special about Charleston in May. Not only is it a beautiful time of year, but an energy returns to the city that only exists at certain times of the year. As the weather warms, visitors return to the city with anticipation, King Street is a buzz, and the shores fill with excited beachgoers. Plus, there’s nothing like hitting the beach to get some sun, then heading out for a delicious seafood dinner with the whole family. What could be a better way to get everyone in the mood for summer?

Charleston Weather in May   

May is an ideal time to visit Charleston, as you’re able to enjoy the warm weather before the intense humidity and heat inevitably find their way to the city. While visiting in May still allows you to soak up the sun and even get a tan, the average daily high is 79-degrees. It’s the perfect shorts weather that still allows you to enjoy spending time outside. That means shopping on King Street, hanging out at The Windjammer on Isle of Palms, sunbathing by the pool, or even trying a new watersport on Folly! The possibilities are endless this time of year.  

Charleston Spring Events 

As the city comes to life with summer approaching, you can expect to find a myriad of happenings every weekend in May. In addition to the usual live music, wine tastings, and other regular offerings around the city, you can enjoy a few of Charleston’s biggest events. Visit during the Spoleto Festival USA celebrating all kinds of art and music in the Lowcountry. Or, you may prefer Charleston Greek Festival, Memorial Day Celebration, or even Piccolo Spoleto.  

*Check the websites for specific information regarding changes, cancellations, and regulations surrounding COVID-19.    


If you’re planning a spring getaway to Charleston in May, consider enjoying the beautiful weather with a stay right on the beach! Charleston Coast Vacations offers a collection of some of Charleston’s most highly coveted homes and rentals on the water with new renovations, flawless decorations, ocean views, and special amenities. Browse vacation rentals in Sullivan’s IslandIsle of Palms, and Folly Beach to find your perfect home and start planning the ultimate Charleston getaway this May. We’re here to assist you in any way we can to make this trip a breeze. After all, you shouldn’t worry about anything other than what type of seafood you want for dinner! Book your stay with Charleston Coast Vacations today.  

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