How to Enjoy the Best Fall Vacation on the SC Coast

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Do you have a vacation planned to the coast of SC this fall? If the answer is yes, let us share how you can enjoy it a little more. Staying with us at Carolina One vacation rentals allows you to enjoy what fall offers. Let’s look below at our few ways how you can enjoy the best fall vacation you’ve ever had on the SC Coast.

Weather

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The fall will bring not only the change of colors with the leaves but also cooler temps. The weather during the fall months will leave you wanting to stay longer and allow you to get out and enjoy the area more. The temps during September during the day usually are around 83° and a low of around 72°. October brings on cooler temps with a high of 75° in the day and a low of 62°. November brings much cooler days with a high of 67° and lows in the 50s. We always suggest bringing a light jacket and packing a pair of pants just in case you get a little chilly at night. The average amount of rain for September is around seven days and four days for October and November. No matter what the weather may be here, it’s better than being at home and not on vacation.

Fewer Crowds

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Another great reason why vacationing on the SC Coast during the fall months is there are fewer crowds. This means that when you visit one of the beaches in the area, like Folly Beach or Isle of Palms, you will get a better spot for the day. Fewer crowds also mean that going to local attractions and restaurants means less waiting time. Who wants to wait over two hours to grab a bite to eat when you can vacation this fall and get in with less wait. This is one of the best ways to enjoy your vacation this fall!

While there are many other reasons why you can have the best fall vacation here on the SC Coast, we wanted to share these with you. If you haven’t booked your next vacation to stay in one of our Carolina One vacation rentals, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you experience one of the many reasons, we love the fall!

Beach Day Essentials

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Do you have a vacation planned to stay at the beach here on the Charleston Coast? If the answer is yes, let us share a few essentials you’ll need. Staying in one of our Folly Beach vacation rentals will keep you and your family close to the fun. See below for the essentials you’ll need to complete the perfect day at the beach!

The Essentials

Sunscreen – This is important to always have with you anytime you’re on vacation at the beach. We always recommend that you wear at least 30-SPF and that it’s water resistant. Reapplying throughout the day helps keep your skin in a burn-free zone.

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Beach Umbrella – A beach umbrella is vital when you are at the beach to allow you and your family shade. Having the kids keep out of the sun at times of the day can be an excellent thing for them. Plus, it can also keep your drinks out of the sun from getting too hot too quickly.

Reusable Water Bottle – Having a reusable water bottle for everyone in the family can keep your drinks cold all day. If you have an oceanfront vacation rental, you can go back in and refill as often as you’d like.

Lounge Chairs and Umbrella at the Beach with the sunsetting in the background

Beach Chairs – Bring a beach chair per person in the family can allow you all to sit and relax. No need to sit in the sand as you each lunch, enjoy some sun, or just a way to relax by the waves.

Beach Towel – Just like a beach chair, having a beach towel to dry off after you take the kids into the waves to play. Let the kids pick out their towels and place them on their beach chairs.

First-Aid Kit – A first-aid kit is an excellent addition to your beach essentials as you never know if you’ll need it.

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Beach Wagon – This is not essential, but it can help bring things down to the beach. Load it up with the beach chairs, essentials – you’ve done all the hard work easy peasy.

Many other things can be considered essential to your beach day, but we wanted to share these. If you haven’t booked your next vacation to stay in one of our Carolina One vacation rentals, now is the time. We can’t wait to hear what you packed as an essential for your perfect beach day!

Our Top 5 Most Instagrammable Spots in Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina, USA cityscape in the historic French Quarter at twilight.

Charleston, SC, is a city that is full of southern charm and is known to many to have the most photogenic spots on the South Carolina Coast. Charleston has been on any visitors’ must vacation lists for many years. Staying with us at Carolina One vacation rentals will allow you and your family to explore the area. Let’s look below at where our top five most instagrammable spots are in Charleston!

Rainbow Row

Colorful Rainbow Row, Charleston SC

Rainbow Row must be one of the places that many will flock to in Charleston to get a glimpse of those gorgeous homes. You’ll find these pastel-colored historic homes located on E. Bay Street in Charleston, and they will remind you of the homes you’ll find in Curacao. Fill your feed with pictures of these beautiful colorful homes to share with your friends and family!

The Angel Oak Tree

Charleston, South Carolina, USA - February 28, 2020: Angel Oak tree in Charleston, South Carolina, USA, a Southern live oak (Quercus virginiana) estimated to be 400-500 years old.

Another great picture to snap is located at the most prominent and oldest oak tree in the area, the Angel Oak. This tree is over 400 years old and stands over 65 feet tall. With its mossy-covered limbs, you’ll be able to see this beauty from across the park. Remember to take a panoramic picture to get the whole thing inside your viewfinder.

Folly Beach Pier

Under the pier at Folly Beach, South Carolina, USA

This iconic fishing pier on Folly Beach must be one of the most instagrammable on the island. From the laid-back, chill vibe you’ll get just stepping foot onto the beach, this fishing pier is perfect for beautiful pictures. Under the Folly Beach, Fishing Pier is where you can take photos from just about every angle and never see a bad shot. To add a little contrast to the picture, shoot it in Black & White, and we promise this will be a picture you’ll never want to delete.

Pineapple Fountain

Charleston, South Carolina, USA at the Waterfront Park Pineapple Fountain.

Did you know that pineapples in the south mean hospitality? Charleston is filled with love and hospitality and welcomes all who visit. You will find the Pineapple Fountain at Waterfront Park near Charleston Harbor. Grab a few pictures of the family by the fountain and go during sunset to grab the most dramatic images. We promise this fountain welcomes you to take as many shots as you want!

 N Adgers Wharf

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The last pick you’ll find near the Pineapple Fountain, N Adgers Wharf. Many visitors overlook this spot because it’s like you’ve stepped back in time. You’ll find that the pictures are perfect with the stone-filled streets and the beautiful homes. No matter what time of day you visit, you’ll be able to capture some of the most beautiful memories yet in the Charleston area.

Charleston is filled with history, charm, and southern hospitality, and we wanted to share our top 5 spots of the most instagrammable in the area. Staying with us in one of our Carolina One vacation rentals will allow you and your family to be close to the fun. We can’t wait to hear where your favorite place is in the area.

3 Activities You Don’t Want to Miss this Summer

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It’s hard to believe that schools are out, and summer is upon us here on the South Carolina Coast. Summer is a great time in the Charleston area as there are so many different activities that you don’t want to miss. Staying with us at Carolina One vacation rentals will allow you and your family to be close to the fun. Let’s look below at our three activities you don’t want to miss this summer in the area.

Morris Island Boat Tour

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The whole family can connect this summer by trying out the Morris Island Boat Tour. Morris Island is full of undeveloped land that is a gem to explore. The only way to get to the island is by boat. Taking a tour will allow you and the family to soak up 3 hours of exploring the island, looking at wildlife, and checking out new shells. We can promise you that you’ll never experience another island like this one again!

Charleston Riverdogs Baseball Game

Another fun activity that the whole family can enjoy this summer is going to at least one Charleston Riverdogs Baseball game. Fun for all ages, let the kids learn the “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” song, get those delicious hotdogs, and have a good time together. If you have little ones who are big ball players, check out the camps they offer at the stadium. Think of the new memories you’ll make as you watch a ballgame or two.

Explore the SC Aquarium

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If you have little ones who aren’t into the above activities, head on to the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston. Here the family will enjoy the many different exhibits that they have to offer. There is an exhibit for everyone from seeing the Carolina Seas, The Shallows, the Touch Tank, and even the Coastal Plains area. Even Kids Coast has different activities on how the water filtration happens at the aquarium. This would also be a great activity to check out on a rainy day.

There are many other fun activities that you can pick from in the area, but we wanted to share these. If you haven’t booked your next trip to stay with us at Carolina One vacation rentals, now is the time. We can’t wait to hear how you enjoyed your summer vacation here on the South Carolina Coast!

Book Your Summer Vacation Today

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Can you believe that summer will be here before we know it? The Charleston area is a great place to spend your summer vacation with your family. Staying in one of our Carolina One vacation rentals will allow your family to explore the area. Let’s look below at why you should book your summer vacation today.

Beach House

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One of the best reasons you should book your summer vacation today is your beach house for the week. Staying in one of our vacation rentals along the South Carolina coast has perks. Those perks include a full-sized kitchen, washer & dryer, rooms for everyone to stay in, and more. There are many to pick from, from walking just a few blocks from the ocean to staying in one of our oceanfront vacation rentals. We suggest that you hurry and book as we are booking up fast.

Weather

The weather on the South Carolina coast during the summer months is fantastic. From having a few afternoon showers or storms, most days are clear blue skies. The temperatures can get well into the 90s during the day, but at night they can dip down into the low 70s. No matter the temperature outdoors, remember you will have a cool vacation rental waiting for you.

Summer Fun

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Family vacations during the summer months are always exciting for everyone. Spending your days at the beach can be the best thing for any family to do. But if you like to try new things, we can suggest fishing, learning to surf, golfing, or just exploring downtown Charleston. After all, many families love to sit back and relax on their summer vacations.

While there are many other fun things that you and your family can do, we wanted to share these. We are filling up fast this summer and would love to see your family enjoying one of our Carolina One vacation rentals. If you haven’t booked, give us a call today to see what we have available. We look forward to seeing you this summer and hearing what you enjoyed on your trip!

What Essentials to Pack in your Beach Bag for your Spring Break Vacation

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Are you headed to the Charleston area for spring break? Nothing says getting to spend time at one of the many beaches on the South Carolina Coast. Staying in one of our Carolina One vacation rentals is vital but having the right beach bag essential will help make your vacation a little easier. Be sure to check your “beach bag” basic list before you leave home to guarantee you will have a good time.

Beach Bag Essentials

Beach Bag

Do you have a bag you have claimed as your beach bag for all your vacations? Having the right bag can make ALL the difference in the world. Sure, we know that you can throw all your essentials into any bag, but did you know that all beach bags were not created. We suggest looking at the size, is it water & sand resistant, security, and stylish when searching for your bag. We have found that using a backpack, diaper bag (even if you don’t have little ones), or even a large utility tote bag works perfectly for a beach bag.

Sunscreen

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Sunscreen is a must for any beach bag when you vacation to the Charleston Coast. Have a sunscreen designed for your beach activities like waterproof, sport, high SPF, etch. Dermatologists recommend that you use sunscreen with at least 30 SPF while enjoying the sunshine. Don’t forget to reapply throughout the day as you don’t want to ruin your vacation the first day you’re here with a sunburn.

Water Resistant Phone Pouch

Between the water, sun, and sand, the beach is filled with many things that can damage your phone. We know that phones are not cheap these days, and why would you want to ruin them the first day you’re on the beach enjoying them. Having a water-resistant pouch in your beach bag can be a lifesaver for many. If you do not have one, then a sandwich bag or Ziploc bag will do the same as a pouch. This way, your phone is protected from the elements at the beach, and you can continue to use it while enjoying your time soaking up the sun.

Reusable Cup

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When you spend your day in the sun and sand, you will want to stay hydrated. Throw a few water bottles in the cooler or bring a reusable bottle such as a Yeti Cup or S’well Bottle. These will help keep your drink ice cold all day long. The sun and salt will dry you out, so make sure that you have enough water to go around for everyone in the family. If you’re staying in an oceanfront vacation rental, you’ll be able to go back and refill as often as you’d like.

Baby Powder

This essential is a must-have in your beach bag for your next vacation. Whether you’re staying in an oceanfront vacation rental, or you decided to drive to the nearest beach access, sand will be all over you when you leave the beach. Bringing baby powder in your beach bag will magically get the sand off your body without any irritation and is perfect for all ages in the family.

There are many other things that you can pack into your beach bags, such as beach towels, hats and sunglasses, and light-colored shirts for the kids, but these are the essentials we thought you should have with you. If you are still looking for a place to stay this spring break, check out our Carolina One vacation rentals today. We can’t wait to see you and your family soon, and we’d like to know what you packed in your beach bag.

Book your Spring Break Vacation Today!

"Spring Break spelled out as clear as it gets in block letters in nice, soft, brown sand"

It’s hard to believe that it will be time for Spring Break with the kids in just a month. Instead of heading to a theme park or the Caribbean this year, why not a vacation in the Charleston area. Staying in one of our Carolina One vacation rentals will allow you and your family to sit back and relax at the beach. Let’s look at a few reasons why spending your Spring Break on our beautiful coast is better than any other vacation.

Crowds

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One of the biggest things that we often hear from parents is that the kids want to take a nice Spring Break vacation, but they don’t want to deal with the crowds. You have to deal with large crowds whenever you take a vacation to a theme park or even a waterpark during the few weeks of spring break. This can cause you not to enjoy your trip and regret even taking one. When you vacation on our beautiful coastline, you’ll be able to find a prime spot on the beach, all while still relaxing. The crowd level will be less as it’s not summer vacation, and we promise you that you will want to spend every spring break here.

Amazing Weather

Another reason booking your spring break vacation today is a good idea is the weather. April showers will bring May flowers, but when you vacation to the Coast of South Carolina, you will find that the average amount of days it rains is about five days. The temperatures are also just perfect, and the water temps are just right for you to swim. During the day in April, the average temperature is around 73°, with a low of around 60°. No need to worry about what you’re going to wear; just pack your bags and head here.

Plenty of Space

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Staying in one of our vacation rentals will allow you to bring the kids and possibly a few of their friends. We have homes that will accommodate your whole family, including pet-friendly homes. There will be no worries about hearing the kids fight over who is in the bathroom because many of our rentals have more than one bathroom. You will also be able to save some money so that instead of dining out every day, you’ll be able to fix meals in your vacation rental. Think of how nice it will be to have your family spaced out without arguing on your next trip.

There are many other reasons you should book your vacation to come here this Spring Break, but we wanted to share these with you. If you are still on the hunt for that perfect Carolina One vacation rental, give us a call today. We can’t wait to see you soon!

Don’t Miss the 2022 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition

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Are you someone who loves nature and wildlife? If the answer is yes, you must attend the 2022 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition. The SEWE will allow you to celebrate nature and wildlife for three days with events, fine art, and many exhibits to explore. This year the SEWE will take place on February 17th – 20th. Staying with us in one of our Carolina One vacation rentals will close you to this exciting event. Let’s look below at what you can do and learn more about the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston.

What is the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition?

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The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, also known as SEWE, has been an annual event since 1983. For three days, you’ll be able to attend some exciting events, but you’ll also learn about supporting wildlife and nature in the area. The SEWE continues to contribute to not only the local economy but also support regional and state economies. Don’t miss out on this year’s Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, as you won’t want to miss out on the fun and help bring awareness about protecting natural environments in the area. It is also about celebrating our love for nature and wildlife.

How Can You Attend the SEWE?

If you talk to many locals, you’ll find that attending Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is an honor and so much fun. It has a lot of different kinds of entertainment events, but it also brings families together. Attending the SEWE is easy as 1, 2, 3 as you can get all tickets online. General admission will allow you to participate in several events and exhibits, including the petting zoo, browsing some unique wildlife & nature art & so much more. Plus, all kids under the age of 10 will not need a ticket to be able to attend lectures, demonstrations, and shows. There are other ticket options that you can choose from, including 3-day access, upgrade to VIP, and attending some special events.

Events & Exhibits in 2022’s Southeastern Wildlife Exposition

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One of the best things about attending the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is the events and exhibits each year. Dock dogs Competitions, Copley Fine Art Decoy Exhibit, Birds of Prey Flight Demos, etc. Some of the special events you can attend for an additional cost are Ducks Unlimited Oyster Roast & Lowcountry Cookout, 2022 Lowcountry Social, Paw Party on the Patio, and many more.

Attending this event that has been going on for almost 40 years is something you can’t miss. Staying with us in one of our Carolina One vacation rentals will allow your family to experience this fantastic event. We can’t wait to hear what you’re most excited about 2022’s Southeastern Wildlife Exposition!

Spend New Year’s Eve on the South Carolina Coast

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It’s hard to believe that Christmas is just a few short days away, and soon New Year’s Eve will be here. The first half of the year seemed to go by so slow, yet the second half of the year flew by so quickly. Instead of ringing in the new year at home, spend it with us in one of our Folly Beach vacation rentals this year. Let’s look below at where you and your family can head to this New Year’s Eve to catch a glimpse of the fun to ring in 2022.

Folly Beach Flip-Flop Drop

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Folly Beach is an excellent start to ring in the new year, especially if you’re staying in one of our vacation rentals. This year we are excited to share with you that the Flip-Flop Drop will be returning after it went virtual last year. Beginning at 10:00 pm, Center Street on Folly Beach will close to traffic so people can gather to watch the flops drop. There will be many local businesses staying open later than usual so that you can grab a bite to eat and something to drink as you sit back and wait. Don’t miss this fun and exciting New Year’s Eve on Folly Beach.

Charleston Holiday Festival of Lights

Another excellent opportunity to take the kids out one last time to see the Charleston Holiday Festival of Lights is New Year’s Eve. While they are open nightly from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm, Dec. 31st will be the year’s last opportunity. The Holiday Festival of Lights is over at the James Island County Park in Charleston. Admission to see the Festival of Lights will vary depending on which night you see them and how large your vehicle is. This is one fun night that everyone in the family will enjoy on your next trip to the South Carolina Coast.

Celebrate at Your Vacation Rental

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We couldn’t leave out the chance to be able to ring in the new year at your vacation rental. Staying in and celebrating with the family as you make fun finger foods, a charcuterie board, and fun crafts are just as fun. Sit down and watch the giant ball drop in New York City together. No matter what you’re doing, spending time together as a family is just what you may need this New Year’s Eve.

Several other fun events are happening along the Charleston coast, but we wanted to share these few with you. If you haven’t booked your next stay with us in one of our Carolina One vacation rentals, give us a shout. We hope you and your family have a Happy Holiday and New Year’s!

Spend your Thanksgiving Vacation on the South Carolina Coast this Year

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It’s hard to believe that just a few weeks from now, it will be Thanksgiving. At the same time, many families love to take a tropical vacation to celebrate the festive holiday, many flocks to our area. Instead of hopping on a plane that might take hours to get to, including lengthy layovers, stay in one of our Carolina One vacation rentals with the family. We have many different options for every family, and why not start a new tradition this year by enjoying your vacation rental with a large kitchen to cook in. Let’s look below at how you and your family can enjoy Thanksgiving together on the South Carolina Coast.

Thanksgiving Dinner

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One of the best things about spending Thanksgiving on the South Carolina Coast is getting to bring the whole family along with you. Instead of seeing whose house you’re going to have Thanksgiving dinner at this year, head on down and take advantage of one of our vacation rentals with a large kitchen. Let each family member do something to help out with dinner as you all gather and watch the Macy’s Day Parade together while the turkey is cooking in the oven. Think of the memories that you’ll be able to make this Thanksgiving together on the South Carolina Coast.

Plenty of Space

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Another reason for spending Thanksgiving this year in one of our vacation rentals is to invite the whole family. Whether you have two people or 20 people in your family, we have the homes with the space. We have homes that will offer your family plenty of bedrooms, and there will be no fighting over sharing the bathroom. The only arguments that you may hear from your family are picking the best bedroom in the house and having to leave to go back home. We promise you will want to come back to the Charleston area next year and years to go after this year.

Black Friday Shopping

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The Charleston area is the perfect place to be able to get out and explore on Black Friday. While many of the stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, you will still have plenty of options on Black Friday. Be sure to head to a grocery store or a convenience store to grab a local newspaper. This is where you’ll find all of the suitable ads to see which store you want to hit up first. Don’t worry about the kids as they will have plenty of space and things to do at your home with the ones who don’t want to shop.

While there are many other reasons why you should spend Thanksgiving here on the South Carolina coast, we wanted to share these with you. If you haven’t booked your Carolina One vacation rental yet, give us a call today. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you celebrate Thanksgiving with each other in our homes on the coast of South Carolina!