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Stay at the Beach?

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Stay at the Beach?

Hi we are looking to spend about 9 nights in the Charleston area in April 2014. My first thought was to spend about 4 nights in Charleston itself and 5 at one of the beaches. But it is more economical to book a full week plus a couple nights at a beach house. What beach area is recommended for the beach itself, fishing and restaurants? Is doing this practical? We are driving down but don't know if it is a good plan to travel into Charleston to sightsee and then return to the beach. Appreciate any help.

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1. Re: Stay at the Beach?

You will see all the beaches compared under the topic "Which Beach is Best" under the Top Questions About Charleston on the far right side of your screen. It will help you decide on the location. Many of the beach house rentals have a minimum stay of 1 week. The water is still pretty chilly in April.

April is a very busy tourist time here so make plans well in advance. One big event in April is the Charleston Bridge Run which closes the bridge from Mt. Pleasant into the downtown area of Charleston for most of the day. Those of us that live here try to avoid that area that day.

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2. Re: Stay at the Beach?

The Bridge Run is April 5th, if at all possible to not come then! There will be approx. 35,000 runners packing every hotel, restaurant, etc that weekend. Most locals buy groceries and stay home all weekend to avoid the crowds and traffic, closed roads, etc.

From Memorial Day to Labor Day most beach rentals require a one week stay. During April, you may find more flexibility to get a lesser time period if you want to spend some nights in the historic district. The Isle of Palms, Folly Beach and Sullivan's Island are all approx. 20-25 min drive from the historic district. IOP is more upscale than Folly. Beach, sand, water, waves, etc will be similar at all the beaches. All 3 have some restaurants, you will need to go off island for more options.

If you stay in the historic district you will be able to walk to attractions, shopping and great restaurants. A plus if you intend to have some adult beverages. When looking for hotels, be aware that "historic district" and "downtown" are NOT the same thing. Downtown won't be walkable to much of anything.

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3. Re: Stay at the Beach?

If you are planning to stay more than a week, which you have indicated, I'd plan for a week at one of the local beaches, then spend the rest of the time in Charleston, itself.

It's really a treat to be there, in town, when everything is just waking up, the worker bees aren't there yet and it's quiet.

It's easy to do day trips from the beaches to Charleston, we do it all the time.

Which beach depends upon the type of environment you are looking for and how much you want to spend.

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