South Carolina Vacation Spots

South Carolina Vacation Spots #1:

By Luiza from Philadelphia - Hilton Head Island is located in the state of South Carolina near the Georgia border. It is bound on three sides by waters including the Atlantic Ocean and also the intercostal waterways. The island offers plenty of activities for all members of the family and also has some of the best resorts in the country. While vacationing there with my family we stayed at the Marriott Beach Club in Sea Pines Plantation.

This was right by Harbor Town where there are plenty of shops and restaurants as well as the marina.

It is a great place to stay because it has all the amenities of great resorts but it is smaller and shares some of its facilities with the Marriott Monarch which is located just up the road.

This resort offers privacy and quiet that cannot be beat. There are pools and bike rentals available in the hotel as well as a small playground for children.

All the rooms include a kitchen so it is easy to make a meal for the family.

In Harbor Town there are a few restaurants but the best is the Crazy Crab. It is a great place to eat and enjoy a nice quality sea food meal. The New England clam chowder is excellent and their Key Lime Pie is hard to beat.

The restaurant has a view of the marina and during the evening one can watch the sun set over the sea from the large windows.

The town also has plenty of shops to suit the needs of all members of your group and during the summer there are free concerts under the large tree. Another place that is worth visiting is South Beach which is a small village set to look like a New England Fishing Village.

There you will find the Salty Dog Café and they offer some great Southern foods for a very decent price. I would recommend their fried sea food basket with hush puppies for anyone. Also there is where they have the famous Salty Dog T shirt that people all over the island wear, my dad who is not one to follow trends felt like he should have one.

Hilton Head Island also has some great beaches which are a big reason it is a great South Carolina vacation spots. One of my favorite activities in the morning is to hunt for sea shells after high tide.

Many people walk their dogs down the beach or ride their beach cruisers. I would definitely recommend renting a bike for the duration of your stay because it is great to be able to explore some of the island with it.

South Carolina Vacation Spots #2:

By James from North Carolina - My favorite of all South Carolina vacation spots was when I went to Myrtle Beach, a few years back. I went with my mom, my step-dad, my little sister and my older brother.

It was the last year Myrtle Beach was going to have their fair before it was torn down. We went to the fair on the first day we were down there, and met up with my step-dads' parents later in the evening for dinner. Me and my brother both tried swordfish, it was delicious.

The next morning, me, my mom and my brother and sister all went for a walk on the beach at sunrise. We walked about three quarters of a mile to the pier through the edge of the tide. We were going to walk on the pier but you were required to wear shoes and me and my sister didn't wear any.

We found 7 shark teeth on the walk back as well as a bucket full of sea shells and a couple hermit crabs that we let go the last day we were down there. Later on, we swam in the ocean for a couple hours and then the pool.

The next day we did the walk again, this time we all wore sandals so we could walk on the pier. The pier was alright, although some of the boards were half-broke. Then later that day, we went to the go-cart racing place followed by lunch at the Nascar Cafe.

Through the rest of the trip we went to Barefoot Landing and shopped for a little bit, the Ripleys Aquarium, it was astonishing, how they got the walk way under the aquarium watching hammerhead sharks and sea turtles swim right over you.

We also went to a place with the alligators, snakes and reptiles, Alligator Adventure and it was a fun experience, they had a crocodile that was at least 18 to 20 some feet long, giant tortoises and even a black bear.

The day before we left, everybody but my brother got sun burnt. The last day when were about to leave we stopped at Waves and another place to get a little bit more shopping in before we ate at IHOP and hit the road. Myrtle Beach is my pick for top South Carolina vacation spots

South Carolina Vacation Spots #3:

St. Michael’s Church, Charleston, South Carolina
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Pat from Florida - My most memorable weekend trip was spent in Charleston, South Carolina. I took this trip with my family. We stayed at The Residence Inn. Staying at this hotel branch was like staying at a home away from our home. It included a full kitchen, a living area big enough for our big family, and even a fire place. We loved the downtown area in Charleston.

They have an aquarium, which the kids enjoyed. We took the ferry over to Fort Sumter and explored the grounds and museum. We loved all of the shops, museums, and food down the streets of down town Charleston. My family ate at two famous restaurants that have been featured on the food network, Jestine’s Kitchen and the Hominy Grill.

Charleston also has very beautiful plantations to visit, such as the famous Magnolia Plantation. This was a favorite of mine. It included a hedge maze in the garden for my children to run and play through. I must say that this was one of the best weekend trips my family has experienced. I would highly recommend this area.

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