Condé Nast Traveler asks their readers every year: What are the best small cities in the world? In 2018, for the eighth year in a row, Charleston was voted number one. With an unbeatable food scene, beautiful historic architecture, live oak trees, and access to the warm waters of the Atlantic, it’s no mystery why Charleston is a crowd favorite. Experience this iconic southern city with one of our Charleston vacation rentals.
This port city is tucked along the inlet of Charleston Harbor, where the Ashley, Cooper, Wando and Stono Rivers meet with the Atlantic. In typical South Carolina Lowcountry fashion, you’ll find many tributaries and islands here—plus abundant access to sand and surf, with nearby Folly Beach just south of our Charleston condos.
The beauty of Charleston is that there’s something for everyone, and every type of vacation. Whether you’re traveling with the whole family, a group of friends, or escaping for a romantic getaway, Charleston has plenty to offer. History buffs will delight in visiting Fort Sumter National Monument, which withstood the Civil War and remains open for tours today. Families can spend hours on the beach, playing in the sand and surf, while couples can enjoy a candle-lit evening in one of the city’s finest restaurants.
You can experience the city via a number of tours, whether of the walking, boat, or horse-drawn carriage variety. Allow yourself to be swept away by the beautiful antebellum houses and cobblestone streets, and don’t forget to visit the Historic Charleston City Market to browse the local offerings, including jewelry and Gullah sweetgrass baskets. Stroll along Rainbow Row, another must-see: a stretch of 14 vibrantly painted historic row houses.
No trip to a Charleston vacation home would be complete without a healthy sampling of local cuisine. The city’s food culture is another major draw, and you’ll find no shortage of dining options here. Taste the elevated southern cuisine at Husk, the winner of a James Beard Award. Or watch the sunset with a craft cocktail on the rooftop of Stars Restaurant.
You really can’t go wrong with a getaway to Charleston. Aside from all the buzzing city life and rich history, you’ll be just minutes from some of South Carolina’s most beautiful beaches and marshland. Book your own slice of this beautiful area of coastline—browse our collection of Charleston vacation rentals today.