Innovative Ways to Enhance Your Next Vacation to the Charleston Coast

Folly Beach Pier near Charleston, South Carolina, USA.

Embarking on a vacation to the Charleston Coast offers a blend of enchanting history, serene beach landscapes, and vibrant local culture. But what if you could elevate your experience even further? From the comfort of a Carolina One vacation rental to the excitement of the Cooper River Bridge Run, here are a few innovative ways to enhance your next seaside escape.

Embrace the Comfort of a Carolina One Vacation Rental

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Your adventure begins with the perfect accommodations. Carolina One Vacation Rentals provides a luxurious yet homely base to explore the Charleston Coast. Choose a beachfront property where the sound of the waves serenades you to sleep. Or opt for a secluded hideaway surrounded by lush Lowcountry foliage. These rentals come equipped with all the comforts of home and prime access to the area’s top attractions. This ensures your stay is as relaxing as it is memorable.

Discover the Beaches: Folly Beach, Edisto Beach, and Isle of Palms

Folly Beach is known for its laid-back style, surf spots, and picturesque pier. It’s a haven for those looking to unwind or catch some waves, with local shops and restaurants that offer a taste of the coastal lifestyle.

Edisto Beach presents a more secluded getaway, perfect for families or couples seeking tranquility. Its uncommercialized charm means enjoying pristine sands, finding shells, and observing wildlife without crowds.

Isle of Palms & Wild Dunes offers a blend of relaxation and luxury. Well-maintained beaches, world-class golf courses, and exclusive resorts provide a refined escape with all the amenities you could wish for.

Mobility Made Fun: Golf Cart Rentals

Transform your beach commutes into delightful adventures with golf cart rentals. These eco-friendly modes of transportation are perfect for exploring the coastline at your leisure. Cruise from your rental to the beach, visit local stores, or enjoy a scenic drive. With a beach access point every other block, you’re never too far from a newly discovered spot or a stunning view to admire. So, if you’re staying in a rental on Folly Beach, Edisto Beach, Isle of Palms, or Wild Dunes, you can get a golf cart. This allows you to check out the area and explore as much as you’d like.

Gear Up with VayK Gear

Elevate your beach experience with VayK Gear. This innovative service allows you to rent beach gear, from bikes and kayaks to paddleboards and beach chairs, delivered directly to your vacation rental. It’s a hassle-free way to ensure you have everything you need for your next seaside adventure.

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Many of our homes in Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, and Wild Dunes offer the additional amenities of VayK Life. Be sure to look for the VayK Life logo on each property page to see if it’s provided to get up to $250 credit toward complimentary beach gear during your stay. Unfortunately, it’s not offered in Edisto Beach, but don’t worry, there are gear rentals specifically for Edisto Beach here.

Join the Community Spirit: The Cooper River Bridge Run

Align your vacation with the Cooper River Bridge Run for an unforgettable experience. This annual 10k run draws participants worldwide and will occur on Saturday, April 6th, 2024. A run like no other offers breathtaking views from the iconic Ravenel Bridge in Charleston. It’s more than a race; it’s a community event filled with excitement, entertainment, and the infectious spirit of Charleston.

Your next trip to the Charleston Coast can be more than just a beach vacation. It’s an opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture, indulge in the comfort of a Carolina One vacation rental, and create memories that last a lifetime. With these innovative enhancements, your coastal getaway will be as enriching as relaxing!

A Beachy Christmas along the Charleston Coast

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Welcome to the magical coastal wonderland where the sun, sand, and holiday festivals unite perfectly. Immerse yourself in the joyous celebrations along the Charleston coast this holiday season, from the festive Isle of Palms to Edisto Beach. Carolina One Vacation Rentals invites you to experience the holiday season like never before. Consider what fun activities and events you can partake in a Beachy Christmas along the Charleston Coast.

A Coastal Holiday Extravaganza on Isle of Palms

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Get ready to be dazzled by the festive spirit on Isle of Palms. The Holiday Festival on Front Beach promises a delightful blend of music, food, and holiday cheer. And we can’t miss Santa’s Cookie Workshop, which allows little ones to get a hands-on experience with holiday baking. And if you’re hunting for Christmas lights, there will be plenty around the island to drive by and enjoy with the family!

Holiday Festival on Front Beach

  • December 2nd, 2023
  • Time:2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Santa’s Cookie Workshop at The Rec Center

  • December 19th, 2023
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Must register by Friday, December 15th

Lights, Lights, Lights in the Charleston Area

Embark on a luminous journey at the Holiday Festival of Lights. You’ll be able to see James Island County Park transform into a sparkling paradise of lights, offering a captivating display of lights that will leave you breathless.

Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park

  • December 10th – December 31st, 2023
  • Time: 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Sparkling Sands and Festive Delights in Folly Beach

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Folly Beach epitomizes holiday fun with its tree lighting, parades, and ice skating on the sandy shores. Dive into the festivities and welcome the New Year with a unique Flip Flop Drop and the iconic Bill Murray Look-a-Like Polar Bear Plunge. Folly Beach is a grand island to visit during the holiday season, and after your next stay, you’ll want to come back every holiday season!

Community Tree Lighting

  • November 26th, 2023
  • Time: 7:00 pm

Santa Visits Folly Beach

  • December 8th, 2023
  • Time: 6:00 pm

33rd Annual Folly Beach Christmas Parade

  • December 9th, 2023
  • Time: 12:00 pm

Folly Beach Menorah Lighting Ceremony

  • December 9th, 2023
  • Time: 5:00 pm

Ice Skating on Folly Beach

  • December 15th – 17th, 2023
  • Time: Friday, 12/15 – 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  •            Saturday, 12/16 – 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  •            Sunday, 12/17 – 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

New Year’s Eve Fireworks

  • December 31st, 2023
  • Time: 7:00 pm

New Year’s Eve Flip Flop Drop

  • December 31st, 2023
  • Time: 11:59 pm

Bill Murray Look-a-Like Polar Bear Plunge

  • January 1st, 2024

Where Christmas Joy Takes Center Stage at Edisto Beach

Edisto Beach brings charm with its many different holiday events along the island. Join the Christmas Parade and indulge in the festive Holiday Market & Mingle, where you’ll find local vendors, food, and live music that creates a lively atmosphere to enjoy. Bring home that perfect gift for the ones you love at the Holiday Market this year.

33rd Annual Edisto Christmas Parade

  • December 9th, 2023
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Holiday Market & Mingle at Bay Creek Park

  • December 8th, 2023
  • Time: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

A Tranquil Holiday Oasis at Wild Dunes

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Wild Dunes invites you and your family to relish in the holiday season with a market, movies, breakfast with Santa, and a New Year’s Eve celebration you won’t forget. Take advantage of the fun and the new memories you will make this holiday season at the resort.

Holiday Market on the Plaza

  • December 7th, 2023
  • Time: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Enjoy local vendors, food, and live music.

Holiday Family Movie Night

  • December 8th, 2023
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Indulge in fresh popcorn and hot chocolate.

Breakfast with Santa

  • December 2nd, 9th, and 16th, 2023
  • Time: 8:30 am – 10:30 am

Christmas Stories and Sweets

  • December 23rd, 2023
  • Time: 5:00 pm

The Duney Drop Family NYE Celebration

  • December 31st, 2023
  • Time: 8:00 pm

Stay with Carolina One Vacation Rentals

As you immerse yourself in the festive spirit along the Charleston Coast, make your stay extraordinary with Carolina One Vacation Rentals. Our comfortable and stylish accommodations provide the perfect backdrop for your holiday adventures. Book your beachy Christmas getaway now and create memories that will last a lifetime. Happy Holidays!

Creating Unforgettable Memories this Holiday Season in our Vacation Rentals

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The holiday season is one of the best times to celebrate with your family. There’s no better way than to make lasting memories with the vacation rental you choose for your large family. We have plenty of spacious vacation homes that offer all the comforts and amenities of home, making them the perfect choice for your memorable holiday vacation.

Reasons to Choose a Larger Vacation Rental

Spacious Homes

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Carolina One Vacation Rentals takes pride in providing homes with plenty of room to host everyone comfortably. We have homes that can sleep up to 24 people and still have enough space to not be on top of each other. Many homes provide larger families with plenty of bathrooms so no one will say they can’t get ready for the day.

Large Kitchens

One of the features that many families feel is the heart of a home is the kitchen, and we couldn’t agree more. Each larger home has well-equipped kitchens like you living in a dream. They are the perfect spot for preparing your holiday feasts and cherished gatherings. Imagine cooking Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner in a kitchen you would only see in a celebrity home. Share those old family recipes passed down through generations with your kids. You’ll have the perfect setting to create a new family tradition.

Check Out That Game Room

A great thing every family can look forward to when going on vacation is a game room. We know many of our guests don’t have a dedicated game room, so we have homes that do. Several homes offer something for everyone, from billiards to video game consoles. These spaces are a great way to have friendly competitions while sharing laughter as you play together. Think of the lasting memories you’ll make as you bond over an excellent game of Life.

Unforgettable Memories

Family Movie Nights

As a child, do you remember sitting down with your family watching a classic holiday movie? This year, why not do the same with your family while on vacation in the Charleston area? Our vacation rentals offer cozy seating for all and top-notch entertainment, creating the perfect atmosphere for movie night. You can’t forget about movie snacks, so make a little “snack bar” in the kitchen and offer them to the rest of the family before the movie.

Baking Extravaganza

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The holidays bring out all of the best bakers in the family, or so it seems. The options are endless here, from baking cookies from a box to making them from scratch. And we can’t forget the cakes and pies that will be made and consumed this holiday season. With the large kitchens in your vacation rental, the whole family can be in the kitchen together. Now is the time to get together, share your traditions, and make special memories that we’ll hold dear to our hearts for years to come.

Cozy Fireplaces

Many of our vacation rentals come with a fireplace, perfect for winter’s chilly nights. Imagine sitting by the fire, reading a holiday book to the kids, and enjoying the time together. Relax by the fire this Christmas and New Year’s and bask in the cozy atmosphere together. If your vacation rental does not offer a fireplace, you can gather in the living room and share how this year has gone.

Booking Your Perfect Holiday Retreat

To ensure your family’s vacation is unforgettable this year, book one of our larger vacation rentals with spacious kitchens and game rooms. Enjoy the love and joy of the holiday season as you savor the abundant space and entertainment choices available. Don’t delay reserving your next holiday getaway and crafting those unforgettable memories with your loved one. We’re excited to know which rental you liked the most this holiday season.

Make a Big Splash with Our Heated Pools & Hot Tubs

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As school begins for the kids and the season changes, so do the ocean’s temperatures. We usually will see a difference in the water temperature further into fall and early winter, which makes enjoying the beach a little more challenging. While you don’t want to swim in the ocean if the water is a little too chilly for your liking, we offer many vacation rentals with heated pools and hot tubs. Let’s take a quick peek at some properties that provide a heated pool or a hot tub.

Happy Salmon

Picture of Heated Pool at Happy Salmon Vacation Rental in Folly Beach, SC. With Wooden Pool Lounges, Grey Cushions and Pillows with greenery in the background

Happy Salmon is located at 401 East Indian on Folly Beach and has just what you’re looking for: a heated pool! This home features an open floor plan, enough space to sleep up to 10 people, and has four bedrooms with 4 ½ bathrooms. The amenities for this property are high-end appliances such as a Sub-Zero fridge, a Wolf 6-burner gas stove and oven, a Bosch dishwasher, an additional KitchenAid oven and a microwave. Plus, if you have anyone in your family who has difficulty climbing stairs, no worries, as this home also features an elevator. The pool can be heated during the cooler months for a fee. Make Happy Salmon your must-stay vacation home on your next vacation to Folly Beach!

705 Carolina Blvd

Heated Pool with Hot Tub at Vacation Rental on Isle of Palms, SC with pink chairs, stone pool deck, wooden fence

If you want to stay in the Isle of Palms area near beach access, 705 Carolina Blvd is your home. This beautiful home feels like home with a cozy kitchen, four bedrooms, 2 ½ bathrooms, and can sleep up to 12 people. The amenities in this home are a living room with a 50” TV, stainless steel appliances, a master suite, and plenty of space for the whole family. 705 Carolina Blvd will knock your socks off your feet when you arrive for your vacation, as you can enjoy the heated pool for a fee, along with a hot tub.

Cooper Cay

Hot Tub under back deck at Cooper Cay on Folly Beach, SC with palm tree, grass in backyard, outdoor shower

Cooper Cay, located at 406 West Cooper, Folly Beach, is just a hop, skip, and jump from a beach access. This home has four bedrooms and three bathrooms and sleeps up to 9 people. Plus, this home is pet-friendly so you can bring your favorite furry pal to the beach. While Cooper Cay does not offer a heated or private pool, it does offer a hot tub in the backyard. The amenities of this house are a fully stocked kitchen, stainless steel appliances including a gas stove, plenty of cabinet space for all your food, and a small table to eat dinner at. Don’t worry if you think there isn’t enough space at the kitchen table as there is a larger dining room table too!

Many other homes offer hot tubs and private or heated pools, but we had to share these with you. If you’re ready to book your fall or winter vacation with us, call us today! We can’t wait to hear which home became your new favorite to stay in.

A Few Day Trips to Explore this Summer

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Is your summer vacation just around the corner, and you’d like to have a day to explore other areas? Look no further because we have a few locations perfect for traveling to the day. Carolina One vacation rentals allow guests to enjoy a flexible stay in one of our beautiful vacation homes. Let’s look at the day trips we wanted to share below.

Beaufort, SC

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Beaufort, SC, is a beautiful and quaint town in the heart of South Carolina’s Lowcountry. Not to be confused with Beaufort, NC, this town offers some of the best charms in the area. Some of the things you can do here are shop the Historic District, explore the Port Royal Boardwalk, and even check out a few of the local restaurants. Beaufort is approximately 75 miles from Charleston, Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, and Edisto Beach.

Hilton Head Island, SC

Hilton Head, South Carolina, USA lighthouse on the coast at twilight.

Hilton Head Island is your spot if you want to travel further for some historic scenery. They are known for their incredible beaches, golf courses, and tennis, to name just a few. Located about 100 miles from our area, this will take about 2 hours to get to, but it’s a doable day trip. Some places to check out at Hilton Head Island are the Coastal Discovery Museum, local restaurants, and the Harbour Town Lighthouse.

Fort Sumter National Monument

Fort Sumter, South Carolina

Fort Sumter has been around for over 200 years and is a favorite among locals and visitors. It is not accessible unless you take the ferry about, and it’s on an artificial island. While the fort has no entrance fee, you must pay for the ferry ride on over. This is one of the shortest day trips to the area, but it is one you don’t want to miss!

Edisto Beach, SC

Oak Tree Tunnel Dirt Road to Botany Bay Plantation in Editso Island South Carolina SC near Charleston.

If you’re staying in Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, or Charleston, Edisto Beach is another favorite of the locals. This summer, they have many different things to do, like the 2023 Edisto Invitational Billfish Tournament, Edisto Beach Music & Shag Festival, and their weekly Bingo Tuesdays & Thursdays. Other things you’ll be able to enjoy are the beaches, local restaurants, and Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve.

The summer offers so much flexibility for all who stay with us, and we promise that one of these day trips mentioned above will allow you to make new memories. If you’re looking for a vacation rental here on the beautiful coast of South Carolina, call us. We can’t wait to hear what you did on your summer vacation!

Book Now for Summer!

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Can you believe summer is just around the corner, and now is the time to book? The Charleston area is the place to be this summer, with many fun events, the beach, and just getting away for quality time with the family. Staying with us at Carolina One vacation rentals will keep your family close to the fun on the beach. Let’s look at why now the best time is to book your summer vacation below.

Book Now Before It’s Too Late

Marine landscape with oceanfront neighborhood in Charleston, South Carolina during low tide. Morning view with palm trees between houses for vacation rentals and footprints on a wet sand.

One of the main reasons you are booking your family summer vacation now is that we may not have the complete inventory as we did at the beginning of the season. Many families love to wait until the last minute to book their trips, but plan and be prepared this year. No matter your family’s size, we have the perfect vacation rental that will fit your family’s needs and wants.   

Activities

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Another great reason why booking your summer vacation now is the number of activities available. When you vacation in the winter, not all outdoor activities may be available for you to enjoy. The summer months offer our guests more to enjoy without worrying about whether they are open or closed or if the water will be too chilly. Summer means the nightlife is hopping on Folly Beach, and the sun sets later, allowing you to enjoy more time outdoors. There is something for everyone in the family to enjoy and experience during the summer this year in the area.

You should book your summer vacation for many other reasons, but we wanted to share these with you. Now is your time if you’re ready to search for your perfect Carolina One vacation rental. We can’t wait to hear what you’re looking for the most on your next summer vacation to the Charleston area!

Don’t Miss These Summer Events in the Charleston Area

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Can you believe that spring is here and before you know it, summer will be here too? It’s hard to believe that it was cold just a few weeks ago in most of the US, but now the warmer months are here to stay. Staying in one of our Carolina One vacation rentals will keep you and your family close to some of the action. Look below at what events you don’t want to miss in the Charleston area this summer.

Charleston Carifest

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If you’re looking for a little Caribbean vacation but don’t want to travel outside the states, check out the Charleston Carifest. This annual festival brings Bahamian Carnival Culture to the SC Coast, filled with music, parades, costumes, and more. Plus, you don’t want to miss being able to try some of the fantastic Caribbean food, such as jerk chicken, conch fritters, and Bahamian crawfish. Don’t miss this Caribbean festival from June 29th – July 1st, 2023, with the family!

 Movies in the Park

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Are you staying in an Edisto Beach vacation rental and looking for something for the whole family to enjoy? Beginning July 12th, 2023, join at Bay Creek Park to take part in a free movie night! The movies will start around dusk, so bring your chairs and blankets to sit and watch a family-friendly film. Every 2nd Wednesday between July & September, a movie will play in the park, along with free popcorn. Other drinks and snacks will be available to purchase. Think of the fun the whole family will be to sit and watching a movie as you make new memories.

Many other fun events happen later in the summer, including 4th of July fireworks around the area, like Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, and Charleston. If you still haven’t booked your Carolina One vacation rental this summer, now is the time. We can’t wait to hear which event was your favorite!

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!

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!