South Carolina is smaller than neighbouring North Carolina and is bordered to the south by Georgia. The SC coast boasts incredible seaside resorts that combine sandy beaches with an historical centre: the best known are Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand, the most popular resort area along North America's Atlantic coast, which attracts a jaw-dropping 14 million visitors a year. Hilton Head is an island offering 12 miles of gorgeous white-sand.
But South Carolina has much more than great beaches: It has America's oldest formal landscaped garden, America's first golf course(not to mention hundreds of wonderful new ones), 200 battlefields from the War of Independence and the site where America's Civil War both began and ended.
Away from the luxury resorts and tourist centres of the coastal region South Carolina is rural and simple, dotted with sparkling lakes and lazy streams, and driving through it gives in insight of how America was decades ago.
Where you stay is the heart of your holiday. Location reigns supreme but do you prefer resort facilities or unique and boutique? Historic and old world or modern and shiny?
We aim to present choices across the spectrum but there are many hundreds of places to stay and not room to feature them all. Do speak to your Bon Voyage travel consultant and click the video for our take on this important topic.
We would rate the Bellagio as one of the best hotels we have ever stayed in. Fabulous, glitzy, exciting. We loved having breakfast at the poolside café... one of our best experiences ever. If it hadn't been for you we wouldn't have had the suite or cabana and we loved them. We both agreed that the hotel was the best for us and you had suggested that so well done!Leonore & Mike Rumford