The old south beckons you to slow down and explore romance the antebellum way—amid the quiet whispers of palmetto trees and the breezy charm of South Carolina. Your honeymoon in South Carolina places you in easy grasp of 60 miles of excellent beaches, more than 330 top caliber golf courses, and within the grace and warmth of Charleston’s friendly atmosphere.

To be in South Carolina is to step out and shop in quaint small towns, sample wonderfully comforting cuisine from seafood to barbecue or take a more active approach with swimming, hiking and camping in one of the many state parks. In the heart of the United States’ Deep South, South Carolina is bordered by Georgia to the south, North Carolina to the north and the Atlantic Ocean on the east. Its vibrant and influential history in America began as part of the Province of Carolina, then as one of the original 13 colonies, and all the way through the Civil War until today.

The local people are proud of their beautiful land with its hot summers and balmy winters. There’s so much to explore on your romantic escape: the majestic Table Rock at the foothill of the Blue Ridge Mountains, breathtaking coastline with world-famous destinations like Hilton Head Island and Myrtle Beach, quiet streets lined with extraordinary mansions and, of course, some of the nation’s best restaurants and resorts.

The 6 Best Honeymoon Resorts in South Carolina

Wentworth Mansion

5-star hotel
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In the heart of Harleston Village is where your Wentworth Mansion honeymoon will begin. The historic neighborhood in Charleston is delightfully compact, comprising less than ten blocks between King Street and Ashley River, and the Wentworth Mansion enjoys an ideal central location. The history of the luxury hotel dates back…

Charleston Place

4-star hotel
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A Charleston Place honeymoon is the epitome of luxury for couples seeking world-class amenities in the heart of historic Charleston. Award-winning restaurants, a full spa and health club, and 434 premium rooms and suites serve as a mere overview of the opulence you will be treated to. Plus, with exclusive…

Marina Inn at Grande Dunes

4½-star hotel
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Break away from the hustle and bustle of Myrtle Beach to the romantic AAA four diamond Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, a premier luxury hotel located in the exclusive 2200 acre Grande Dunes Resort, yet centrally located to all of the top Myrtle Beach amenities and attractions. The Marina Inn…

Kings Courtyard Inn

4-star hotel
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The infinite pleasures afforded by the Charleston Historic District will always be at your fingertips during your Kings Courtyard Inn honeymoon. One glance at the inn’s historic architecture and it will be clear just how well-preserved it has been not only since its 1983 renovation, but also its original construction…

North Beach Resort and Villas

4-star hotel
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Romantic restaurants, a world-class spa, a 2.5-acre water park, golf specials and oceanfront condos with private balconies overlooking the ocean blue…welcome to the North Beach Plantation Resort. Spend the day splashing through the sea or zooming down waterslides, then take your honey’s hand and cruise the boardwalk or catch dinner…

Avista Resort

3-star hotel
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Spacious condos, indoor and outdoor pools, an on-site restaurant and lounge, premium golf and more…all just a few blocks away from thebig action down on Main Street. Being so close to everything Myrtle Beach has to offer makes the Avista Resort a perfect headquarters for an unforgettable honeymoon in Myrtle…

About South Carolina

At a Glance

  • MYRTLE BEACH AND THE GRAND STRAND. 12 million visitors a year can’t be wrong in making Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand the most popular beach destination on the United States’ east coast. Beautiful and exceptionally fun, the 10 miles of brown-sugar colored sand is your starting point to enjoy amusement and theme parks as well as great on the water action from jet skiing to deep sea fishing.
  • GETAWAY TO HILTON HEAD ISLAND, Hilton Head. The 12 miles of white-sand beaches is a favorite destination for sun-lovers. With fabulous resorts, world-class golf, fine dining and tons of activities and events, it’s no surprise that Hilton Head has been called among the most beautiful beaches in the world with its gorgeous natural environment of dunes and indigenous palmetto trees.
  • CYPRESS GARDENS, Moncks Corner. Once a swamp, Cypress Gardens was transformed into a brilliantly stunning garden filled with magical colors, delicate fragrances and wonderful sounds to delight your senses. Take a gentle journey for an incredible and memorable honeymoon experience strolling through the grounds to encounter dazzling flowers like pink and red azaleas, a butterfly house, aquarium, alligator pit and even a flat-bottomed boat ride. Learn more at
  • CHARLESTON HISTORIC DISTRICT, Charleston. Pastel stucco row houses line the waterfront; while farther up antebellum mansions sit proudly on Battery Promenade. Wending your way through Charleston’s Historic District washes you with such a strong sense of history and southern grace; you may even feel a slight saunter enter your gait as you unconsciously take on a debonair aristocratic air. This city has weathered two American wars, fickle Atlantic climate and the passing of many years, yet all its beauty, stature and significance hasn’t even begun to fade. If you prefer not to walk (although it’s by far the most intimate way to see the district), bus tours and horse-and-carriage rides are also available. However you choose, this is a magnificent and essential outing on your South Carolina honeymoon.
  • RENT A BIKE, All regions. In many ways South Carolina was meant to be seen on a bike. The flat terrain provides excellent, relatively challenge-free biking, and even the beaches with their compacted sands make biking easier than other locations. You’ll also find bike rentals are readily available at many resort towns and tourist destinations, as are numerous paved trails. So get out and see the state on two wheels!
  • VISIT THE LAKES, All regions. You may not be aware that South Carolina is home to a huge amount of river-fed lakes, amounting to 450 miles of shoreline. Along the edge of many are marinas where you can rent a boat or hire one to take you out for some fun in the sun. In addition to boating, many of the lakes are excellent for fishing and camping.
  • RIDE THE RAPIDS, Chattooga River. Near the Georgian border runs the Chattooga River and some truly wild white-water rafting. Several tours offer white-water trips, including canoeing, with packages that supply everything you need. Meals and lodging are also available if you choose to take a lengthier trip.
  • DAUFUSKIE ISLAND, Lowcountry. Halfway between Hilton Head in South Carolina and Savannah in Georgia lies Daufuskie Island. A 45-minute ferry carries you through gorgeous regional beauty and extraordinarily memorable scenery. Once there, you can spend just a day or stay overnight, and take a guided tour or see it all yourself by horseback, golf cart or on foot.

Fast Facts

  • AREA CODES: There are three area codes in South Carolina—803 for Columbia, 843 for Charleston and the South Carolina coast, and 864 for Greenville, Anderson, Spartanburg and the Upstate area.
  • CURRENCY: The United States dollar. You should have no problems finding ATMs all around the state at banks and most stores and markets.
  • LANGUAGE: English.
  • GETTING AROUND: Renting a car in South Carolina can be a great idea especially if you plan to see more of the state. Expect traffic around the touristy areaslike Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach. The major towns and cities generally have transportation such as buses, taxis and limos. Locally, you may want to rent bikes to see the wonderful countryside up close.
  • WHEN TO GO: Spring, summer and autumn are perfect times to enjoy the beautiful scenery of South Carolina when the weather is at its finest.
  • ELECTRICITY: All of the United States and Canada use the 110-volt system. Finding converters can be difficult in the U.S., so if you need one, bring it with you.
  • TIME ZONE: South Carolina falls under Eastern Standard Time, and it observes daylight saving time beginning on the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November.

Destinations to Explore

Additional honeymoon destinations in South Carolina you may want to consider: