Charleston South Carolina is one of the world's premium vacation destinations.
According to an article published in The Post And Courier on July 10, 2019, "Charleston is the No. 1 U.S. city for the seventh year in a row, according to the Travel + Leisure magazine’s “World’s Best” awards."
The article continues, "Charleston also ranked 12th on the magazine’s list of the 15 best cities in the world, making it one of only two U.S. destinations to make the cut. Charleston came in at No. 10 on the world rankings last year and took the top spot in 2016. Charleston has also ranked No. 1 in Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards for eight consecutive years and was named as the No. 1 pick in Southern Living Magazine’s “South’s Best Cities” for 2019. In December, the readers of Afar magazine named Charleston as their top pick among U.S. cities to travel to in 2019."
Charleston has something for everyone!
Whether you are looking for an urban area with fine dining and a vibrant nightlife, a laid-back vacation on the beach or something in between you can find it in Charleston. Here are some of the best places to explore.
- Folly Beach - Charleston’s hottest spot for fun in the sun. This place is the small bohemian beach town you have always dreamed of. Packed with restaurants, shops, and bars, this is the perfect place for a family of all ages. Enjoy a day relaxing on the beach, followed by a night of checking out the local live music as you walk around Folly’s downtown strip.
- Downtown Charleston- Cultivated and full of culture, Charleston’s downtown will not disappoint. You can enjoy the charm of Charleston with carriage rides, ghost tours, historical monuments, and a stroll through the famous outdoor market. The luxury of the city is undeniable, you can sip a craft cocktail from one of the many rooftop bars, taste the city’s decadent and eccentric foods and marvel at the immaculate and distinctive décor of each place you pop into!
- James Island – The best of both worlds. This island is located between Downtown Charleston and Folly beach. Enjoy a marsh view and craft beer at the Barrel, ax throwing at the Bull, or take in an amazing view of Charleston’s Downtown Peninsula at Sunset Park. James Island also has an incredible county park where you can take a leisurely stroll, camp with the family, kayak in the pond, spend the day at the Water park, and much more.
- Mount Pleasant - An upscale city just north of Downtown. Mount Pleasant is a busy yet beautiful city that offers an exceptional variety of shopping and dining options. Here you can find Shem Creek, which houses many fishing and shrimping boats, has many dining options, and is one of the best spots to kayak and catch a view of the dolphins. All of this and just a short drive to Downtown or the Isle of Palms.
-Sullivan’s Island- A truly relaxed beach town with an elegant strip of restaurants to explore. This is the perfect spot if you are looking for a spot to lounge in the sun with a book and walk miles on the sparkling sand.
-Isle of Palms – A true treat for families, Isle of Palms has two of the greatest spots in town. Enjoy an oceanfront meal at Coconut Joes Beach Grill or have a night of dancing when you hop into the Windjammer for a rocking concert! If you are a golfer, there’s a stunning 1,600-acre gated community called Wild Dunes that will not let you down!