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!

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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!

Fall Fun on the Coast of South Carolina

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Taking a vacation to the coast of South Carolina is fun for the whole family during the fall months. Fall is full of fun, pumpkin patches, and let the kids trick or treat even while on vacation. Staying in one of our Carolina One vacation rentals will keep you and your family close to the fun. Let’s look below at a few of the things you can do while here in the Charleston area this fall.

Isle of Palms

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One of the benefits of staying in one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals is getting to explore the things around the area. Nothing screams fall more than heading to a local pumpkin patch on your next vacation. Head on over to the Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch over in Mt. Pleasant. They will be open from October 1st to October 31st, 2021. Not only will they have a great patch that you can choose the best pumpkin from, but they have a little more too. One of the things you can do here is their certified corn maze which is an 8-acre maze. They also have a family-friendly monster hayride, a petting zoo, and more. Be sure to get your admission tickets to enjoy all the fun at the Boone Hill Pumpkin Patch.

Folly Beach

Folly Beach during the fall months is a great time to enjoy the island. Not only will you and your family get to enjoy some great weather, but you can enjoy spending the weekend at Legare Farm. They are located on nearby Johns Island and open up beginning October 1st until October 31st, 2021. While it’s free admission to get into their pumpkin patch for free, you will have to purchase some of the activities. Some of the extra activities you may pay for are a hayride, pumpkin picking, horse rides, scarecrow factory, a gem mine, or a corn cannon. Think of the fun you’ll have to make new memories while exploring this fun pumpkin patch near Folly Beach!

Edisto Beach

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Edisto Beach may not have any pumpkin patches nearby, but it does offer many to come and enjoy a few fun things. October is filled with fun as the temperatures are becoming cooler which means fall festivals are here. On October 16th, from 11 am to 4 pm, Edisto Beach is hosting its very own fall festival. There will be plenty of vendors, but there will be arts & crafts to purchase and activities for the kids to do. If you’re in town around on October 27th, head on over to Bay Creek Park next to the marina to allow the kids to trick or treat from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Who will have the best costume in your family this year?

While there are many other fun activities that you can do this fall here on the Coast of South Carolina, we wanted to share these with you. If you’re still looking for a fun fall vacation staying in one of our Carolina One vacation rentals, then give us a call today. We can’t wait to see you and hear all about your fun adventures in the area.

Don’t miss Charleston’s Bridge Run this September

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Do you and your family have a vacation planned to come to Charleston this September? If you do, allow us at Carolina One Vacation Rentals to tell you about the Cooper River Bridge Run. Staying in one of our Charleston vacation rentals will allow you and your family to stay close to the race. Let’s look below to learn a little more about the Bridge Run.

When & Where

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You might be a little intrigued by this fun race in Charleston, especially if you’re an avid runner. This race is on Saturday, September 25th, beginning at 8:00 am on Coleman Blvd in Mt. Pleasant. They will be shutting down the streets to run safely on the roads in the morning. Getting to the race is easy peasy as there will be shuttles to get you to the start line. As long as you’re wearing your bib, you can get onto one of the free shuttles.

10K Run

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If you’re looking to register for the race, but you’re unsure of how long it is, then look no further. The Bridge Run will be a 10K, which is 6.2 miles, which many of us may walk daily. Another thing that you don’t want to miss is the Expo that will be on September 23rd  & September 24th at the Charleston Area Convention Center. Here you’ll not only be able to pick up your race packet, but you’ll also be able to do a little shopping too. Please note that you will not be able to pick up your race packet on the day of the race. This is done for your safety.

While many other fun things are happening in the Charleston area in September, we had to share this fun info on the run. Now is the time if you still haven’t booked your stay in one of our Charleston vacation rentals. We can’t wait to see you before and after the race.

Relax at the Beach this Labor Day Weekend

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For many families, Labor Day weekend means that it’s the end of summer for many families. This year instead of not doing anything to kick off the end of summer, head to the Charleston area. Staying in one of our Carolina One vacation rentals will allow you and your family to relax at the beach and take that last-minute trip. Let’s look below at how you and your family can enjoy your time before school gets back in session.

Charleston Water Week

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Kicking off Labor Day weekend is the Charleston Water Week, which runs from September 4th and ends on September 12th. This is a water sports festival that includes kitesurfing, swimming, boating, surfing, and more. There are many different locations that you will be able to participate in this fun event. If you’re staying in one of our Folly Beach vacation rentals, then you’re in luck. You can head over to the Folly Beach Fishing Pier or the Folly Beach County Park to see what they have going on. Think of the fun you’ll have with the family as you get out on the water to make new memories.

 12th Annual Edisto Beach Shag Festival

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Another fun festival coming back this year is the Edisto Beach Shag Festival over at the Bay Creek Park. Starting on Friday, September 3rd at 4:00 pm and ending on Sunday, September 5th at 10:00 pm. There is admission to this family-friendly festival for $15 per person each day, or get a weekend pass for $35 per person. Some of the fun things that you can enjoy at this fun festival are live music, food trucks, arts & crafts to purchase, and we can’t forget about dancing. Be sure to buy your tickets in advance to experience the Edisto Beach Shag Festival this year!

We wanted to mention a few other things: relaxing on the beach, enjoying spending time at your vacation rental, and more. If you haven’t booked your next trip to stay with us at Carolina One vacation rentals, book today. We hope that you and your family have a wonderful Labor Day as you relax and enjoy your time together!

Enjoy these 4th of July Activities near Charleston

It’s hard to believe that the 4th of July will be here before you know it, and we have all the details on where your family can enjoy the festivities. If you happen to be staying in one of our Carolina One vacation rentals this 4th of July, then you’ll be close to the fun. Let’s look below where your family can head to check out the fireworks and other things happening in the area.

Fireworks Galore

This year we are all so excited that the fireworks are back for the 4th of July celebration. Head on over to Riverfront Park, beginning at 7:00 pm for the excitement. Not only are the fireworks happening, but there will also be plenty of food options to choose from too. Bring your beach chairs, blankets, snacks & water so you can sit back and wait for the show. Admission is free to this fun event.

Stars & Guitars

It seems that many things are getting back to normal, including the Stars & Guitars event on July 2, 2021. This event is taking place at Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens, beginning at 5:30 pm. Stars & Guitars did not happen last year due to COVID-19, but we are excited they are back this year. This is a summer tradition that many love to attend as they listen to country music and they can dance the night away. We suggest that you purchase your tickets now before the show to be sure to attend.

Beach It

Another thing that your family can do this 4th of July is spending the day at the beach. If you are staying in one of our Oceanfront vacation rentals, then you can go pick out your spot on the beach in the morning. Be sure to pack the cooler full of ice, water, drinks, and snack for the kids. Set up the beach chairs, umbrella, beach blanket, and toys. Then spend the day watching the kids play nearby as you relax in your chair.

While many other fun things you can do in the Charleston area, we wanted to share these with you. If you’re thinking about booking a trip with us in one of our Carolina One vacation rentals this fall, give us a call. We hope that you and your family have a fun and safe 4th of July this year!

Visit the South Carolina Coast!

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Can you believe that we were all unsure about the virus just a year ago and how it could stop those from traveling over the summer months? Yes, it’s still unbelievable that many of us have learned to work from home or our kids learning from home. But since the vaccines have rolled out at the beginning of the year and more restrictions are going away, people are ready to travel. “Vaxications” is the new term coined by USA Today that refers to the vaccinated vacationer that has received their vaccine and is ready to hit the beach and start traveling again! At Carolina One Vacation Rentals, we want to assure all of our loyal patrons that although the vaccines have rolled out, our cleaning standards will remain high and stay in accordance with CDC Guidelines.  We have seen an increase in the number of families ready to hit the beach this summer and are thrilled to have visitors enjoying our beautiful coast again. 

Book Your Next Vacation Today before They’re all gone! 

Vacation rentals are booking up quickly for the rest of the year, as many people are ready to get back to making lifelong memories with their family & friends at the beach. 

Spending a Summer in Folly Beach or Edisto Beach is always a treat, but what about the Fall? The Fall months bring cooler evenings to beat the heat during the days, filled with sun, sand, and surf. There are plenty of things that everyone in the family can enjoy as far as dining options, things going on around town, and of course, fishing! Whether you’re visiting Wild Dunes or vacationing to Isle of Palms, we know your visit to the Charleston Coast will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to take on the long days ahead. 

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One of the benefits of booking with us is that you will get the best price guarantee. Another benefit is knowing that you can bring the whole family, and yes, that includes the dog, too, as we have pet-friendly vacation rentals. We hope to see you and your family this year as you travel to get here safely!