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Popular amenities for Charleston vacation rentals

Stay near Charleston's top sights

Historic Charleston City Market364 locals recommend
Patriots Point452 locals recommend
Waterfront Park321 locals recommend
Angel Oak Tree440 locals recommend
Rainbow Row467 locals recommend
South Carolina Aquarium489 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Charleston

  • Total rentals

    5K properties

  • Total number of reviews

    287K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    3.2K properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    1.6K properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    690 properties have a pool

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    2.8K properties have a dedicated workspace

Your guide to Charleston


Charleston’s present is rooted in its past. In 1931, the city became the first to set an ordinance establishing a historic district. The result is an extremely well-preserved pre-Civil War downtown area, plus about 2,800 historic homes in the region showcasing eight architectural styles seen in the Lowcountry: Colonial, Georgian, Federal, Classical Revival, Gothic Revival, Italianate, Victorian, and Art Deco. The quintessentially charming Southern seaport city is also within easy reach of diverse communities, including South Carolina’s largest island, Johns Island, about 10 miles to the southwest; the fast-growing suburb of Mount Pleasant, 10 miles to the northeast; the barrier island of Sullivan’s Island, 10 miles to the east; Folly Beach, best known for its pier, 11.5 miles to the south; the oceanfront community of Seabrook Island 23.7 miles southwest, and the delightful small town of Summerville, about 25 miles to the northwest.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Charleston

Spring and fall are the most enjoyable times of year to stay in one of Charleston’s vacation rentals, when highs are in the mid-60s to 70s Fahrenheit and lows stay in the 50s and low 60s. March through May are especially popular because of all the blooming plants, especially the magnolia trees. Summers can get stifling, with humid highs in the 80s and lows only dropping into the 70s, plus rainfall is highest from June through September, hitting a peak in August. Winters can be a pleasant time in the city, as highs are in the upper 50s and lows tend not to dip below the mid-40s.

Top things to do in Charleston

Fort Sumter

The first shots of the Civil War rang out at this fort in 1861. It’s accessible only by ferry boat, departing from the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center in Charleston or Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant.

Historic District

The historic district sits on the peninsula where the Ashley and Cooper rivers meet, and mixes cobblestone streets and lowcountry architecture. Stop at the Charleston City Market, one of the country’s oldest public markets, established in 1804, and also explore King Street, which runs from uptown to the Charleston Harbor, passing through the Design, Fashion, and Antique districts.

The Battery

On the southern end is this picturesque waterfront stretch of historic mansions, as well as Joe Riley Waterfront Park, home of the Pineapple Fountain.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Charleston?

    Charleston's climate is typically warm and humid, with summer temperatures reaching up to 90°F (32°C) and winter lows around 40°F (4°C). Spring and fall are often mild, making them ideal times to visit for outdoor activities.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Charleston?

    Charleston has various activities for all types of travelers. From exploring historic downtown to visiting museums, strolling through beautiful gardens, and taking boat tours to spot dolphins, there's no shortage of experiences to choose from.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Charleston?

    Spring is the most popular time to visit Charleston, with blooming flowers and mild temperatures. The Charleston Wine + Food Festival in March and the Spoleto Festival USA in late May are two large events attracting many visitors.

  • What are the best places to stay in Charleston?

    Downtown Charleston is often recommended for its proximity to landmarks and eateries. The French Quarter is known for its historical charm, and Mount Pleasant for stunning water views. West Ashley, located across the Ashley River, provides easy access to both downtown and outdoor activities.

  • What are the best places to visit in Charleston?

    Popular sites include the historic Charleston City Market, the Battery promenade with its antebellum houses, and the iconic Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. Don't miss out on visiting the South Carolina Aquarium and the historic Fort Sumter National Monument.

  • What are some hiking trails in Charleston?

    For hiking enthusiasts, the Swamp Fox Passage, the longest segment of the Palmetto Trail, is often recommended. Other popular trails include the Caw Caw Interpretive Center trails, the West Ashley Greenway, and the I'on Swamp Interpretive Trail.

  • What are some family activities to do in Charleston?

    Charleston has a number of family-friendly activities such as exploring the South Carolina Aquarium, visiting the Charleston Museum, or taking a carriage ride through the historic district. For a day of fun and learning, the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry is often suggested.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Charleston?

    Consider a day trip to the nearby Sullivan's Island for a relaxing beach day, or explore the natural beauty of Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. If history entices you, Fort Sumter and Middleton Place are frequently suggested. For wildlife enthusiasts, Capers Island and its untouched landscape is a treat.

  • Are there vacation rentals near Charleston's top attractions?

    You're in luck! Stay at the heart of it all with our vacation rentals near Charleston's top attractions. We offer over 6,420 vacation rentals near The Battery, over 6,490 vacation rentals near South Carolina Aquarium, and over 10,510 vacation rentals near Fort Sumter National Monument, and so much more! Experience the best of Charleston right on your doorstep.

  • What types of vacation rentals are available in Charleston?

    Uncover the perfect home-away-from-home with our diverse selection of vacation rentals in Charleston. From over 2,440 house rentals, over 1,130 apartment rentals, over 10 villa rentals to over 240 condo rentals, we've got you covered. For even more variety, explore our Airbnb Categories to find the ideal space for your getaway.

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