Vacationing in the Carolinas

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by algonquin, Feb 10, 2012.

  1. algonquin

    algonquin Well-Known Member

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    My husband and I are thinking about going to South Carolina for a much needed vacation. Any tips or suggestions? How warm is it in April? Are we better off waiting until May? We have a five year old son who loves to play at the beach.

    Thank you!
     
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  2. skaternum

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    Correction: you're not going to "The Carolinas." You're going to SOUTH Carolina. ;)

    It's impossible to answer that question unless you tell us WHERE in SC you're going. There can be a 20 degree difference between the Piedmont & mountains area and the coastal region.
     
  3. algonquin

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    Sorry, you are correct but I can't correct the title.

    Coastal
     
  4. Jenny

    Jenny From the Bloc

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    If you like colonial and early American history, tours of historic homes/plantations, beautiful gardens and really great food then don't miss Charleston.
     
  5. skaternum

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    Lows could be around 50F in April, with highs in the mid 70s. They'll go up around 10 degrees in May.

    The water will be too cold for sure in April, if you're thinking about swimming or water-related stuff. May is still pretty cool, water-wise.
     
  6. purple skates

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    If you are anywhere near the border with Georgia, Savannah is a very nice city to visit.
     
  7. skaternum

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    Maybe it would also help if you shared info about what kinds of things you like to do on vacation. What are your interests? Arts? History? Architecture? Golf or other sports? Just relaxing?
     
  8. algonquin

    algonquin Well-Known Member

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    ^^ Relaxing would be our main focus. We want to keep things low key...
     
  9. BigB08822

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    I don't know if you are male or female and I assume "we" is your spouse and you? Do either of you like to play golf? My Dad recently took a vacation there just to play golf. They have tons of great golf courses and I assume April will be a really nice time of year to play.
     
  10. nursebetty

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    I think Hilton Head is the place you need to go. It's not cheap, but I have been told that because of where it sits it tends to be warmer. Can't swear to it, but I have been in April before and the weather was good. Disney has a hotel there with lots of activities for the kids.
     
  11. algonquin

    algonquin Well-Known Member

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    My apologies for not being more specific, I started the thread in a hurry between appointments. (I'd like to go to bed and start this day over again.) By we, I meant my husband, my son and myself. (I am female.) We are looking for a relaxing vacation by the coast at a time when it is hot, but not stifling hot. I like to swim and my son loves to play on the beach. My husband and I enjoy historic places, but they will probably bore our son. So, a couple of suggestions for some kid friendly places would be appreciated. I hope that is clearer.
     
  12. purple skates

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    I know you said South Carolina, but I do highly recommend Savannah and Tybee Island. We went there several years ago (in August - HOT HOT HOT!) when my son was, I think, about 12. We rented a house on the beach - saw dolphins swimming wild, watched the fishing boats in the mornings, and the cruise and container ships going by. There's a fort on the island, an interesting museum, and a lighthouse you can climb.

    Savannah has enough history for the adults and fun for the kids. We even took a walking ghost tour, which was fun. http://www.officialsavannahguide.com/component/option,com_frontpage/Itemid,1/
     
  13. nursebetty

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    In the south when it is hot it is humid. April is not usually hot in the Carolina's. I'm thinking 70's. I would head a bit further south, for warmer water. The panhandle of Florida.
     
  14. Prancer

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    There a lot of nice places that offer what you are looking for in South Carolina, but not in April and maybe not even in late May.

    A couple of places a little further south that I would recommend if you're looking for a relaxing beach vacation where it's quiet and your son can enjoy the beach:

    Jekyll Island--quiet, very nice beach, good for biking and strolling. Temps are in the low to mid-80s in May.

    Sanibel Island--it's in Florida, so the weather should be good; similar to Jekyll Island. Temps are in the higher 80s in May.

    If you want to stick to South Carolina, I have plenty of enthusiastic things to say about the barrier islands around Charleston; Kiawah and Seabrook are particularly good for families with kids. Kiawah has a 10 mile beach that is just gorgeous; Seabrook is smaller but has horseback riding and more convenient boating opportunities. If you are interested in either of those, I've been many, many times and can tell you more. But it won't be warm enough to go in the ocean, at least not for long.

    All of the above have programs and activities for kids, although the programs are limited until summer vacation starts. You didn't say how old your son is, but I'm thinking he's pretty young?
     
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    Just a bit south of Myrtle Beach is Litchfield Beach / Pawley's Island. The Litchfield Inn has a nice Inn and Golf Resort with a lot of things for the kids, including indoor pools. In April, I think it's too cold to go swimming outdoors, but they do have outdoor pools, a water park and of course, the beach itself. (They also have tennis and golf on the property, which has several buildings, most of which are condos and time shares that they rent out, so they're well-maintained.)

    http://www.litchfieldbeach.com/

    The location is close enough to Myrtle Beach to go to restaurants, activities and shows with a short drive. The place has been there forever; my DH used to vacation there with his parents when he was a child. My MIL was a travel agent, so she made those arrangements. We've been there several times over the last ten years and it's always nice. During the off-season, it's a little too quiet for my taste. Some of the shops and cafes close or have limited hours.
     
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  16. Civic

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    Isn't there a wildlife reserve run by the National Park Service near Kiawah? That may be another outing for your vacation.
     
  17. algonquin

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    Thank you! When is the American Spring Break?
     
  18. Vagabond

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    Different colleges and school districts take it at different times. It can be anywhere from February to April, but it's normally no later than Easter, which is on April 8 this year.
     
  19. Jenny

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    Between Savannah and Tybee Island there's a great plantation site - a long alley leading into it, good interpretation displays, and the whole thing is just ruins, which could be fun for a boy to play around in while mom and dad enjoy the gardens and history.

    Wormsloe Historic Site
     
  20. nursebetty

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    I forgot about spring breaks. Stay clear. And also bikers weeks the last 2 weeks of May. I would try for the end of April or beginning of May. Forgot about Kiawah, went once and loved it. Charleston was further away than I had hoped, but there was a marina close by that had some shops and restaurants. Maybe you could ask Tara about staying at her house. She made a very wise decision to buy on that island it is wonderful.
     
  21. Prancer

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    Cape Romain, maybe? Most of that is accessible only by boat, so that may or may not be a factor there. I will say that there are plenty of places down there that will rent you a boat even if you've never taken one out before. We got a five minute lesson and "You will be fine. Just leave your driver's license here in case we need to identify you to the Coast Guard" the first time and have just been waved on the boat since.

    There are also several beautiful plantations in the area and the Audobon National Swamp (which is right next to a plantation). There's an aquarium in Charleston that is nice, and even little kids like taking the carriage tour, which I highly recommend if you go to Charleston--it's gossipy and fun.

    And she has one of my three favorite houses on the whole island, too. I seethe with jealousy every time I see it (although there is another house I want more).

    Charleston is only 20 miles from Kaiwah, but it seems a lot longer because of the roads you have to take to get there. I do love the stretch of Main Road between Johns Island and Kiawah, though; those oak trees dripping with Spanish moss making a canopy over the road are always my sign that I'm back.

    Kiawah does not attract the spring break crowd. Neither does Seabrook. The kids hang out on Wild Dunes and Isle of Palms, which cater to singles.

    But I've been there in May and it really isn't very warm most years.:shuffle:
     
  22. skaternum

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    You're not going to get "hot" in April. And even May would be pushing it. Late May would be your best bet, with regard to the weather.

    Rent a beach house for a week and just chill!
     
  23. purple skates

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    Shoot. Wish I had known about that when we went. :(