5 of the Best Reasons to Visit Charleston SC in the Off-Season

With fewer crowds and lower lodging rates, the winter months are an outstanding time to visit Charleston, SC, and the surrounding Sea Islands. The cool nights and sunny, mild, days create the perfect setting for oyster roasts, family gatherings, holiday festivities and shopping, and outdoor activities. With so many options at attractive prices, trips to Kiawah Island or Seabrook Island and Charleston, SC, are becoming an annual tradition for off-season travelers. Here are some of our top suggestions for an unforgettable visit to Charleston SC in the Off-Season.

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Enjoy beach-front living when you reserve your vacation home or villa on Kiawah or Seabrook Island. Located just 35 minutes from downtown Charleston, these stunning barrier islands offer relaxation and a gorgeous landscape.

Don’t forget to request access to our complimentary Kiawah and Seabrook Island Vacation Guides for recommendations about things to do during your stay. Our guides are full of hand-picked recommendations for shopping, dining, tours, and more, so that you can spend less time planning and more time having fun!

Why Visit Charleston SC in the Off-Season?

For both downtown Charleston and the surrounding area, December, January, and the beginning of February are the primary off-season. Here’s why it is a great time to plan your getaway.

1. Enjoy Lower Rates

Insiders know the winter months in Charleston are the most affordable time to visit. The cost of accommodations and lodging is at the lowest rate, so you can save on your getaway. You’re also likely to save money on dining out, activities, and area attractions.

2. Charleston SC in the Off-season Means Oyster Season

Both locals and visitors look forward to the return of oyster season in the Lowcountry. Oyster roasts are a time-honored excuse to gather around the table with friends and family to socialize and enjoy this succulent, seafood delicacy. Put your shucking skills to the test and experience one for yourself this winter.

3. Celebrate the Holidays

Christmas is the most magical time of year in the Holy City! In December, the city comes alive with festive decorations and twinkling lights. If you’re looking to get into the holiday spirit, don’t miss the James Island Festival of Lights or the annual boat parade in the harbor.

4. Escape the Freezing Temperatures

If you need a warm-weather getaway, Charleston is the ideal destination. The Lowcountry experiences mild winters and plenty of sunshine. As a result, it’s possible to enjoy outdoor activities year-round. Play a round of golf or tennis, take a stroll along the beach, or enjoy a scenic bike ride along Charleston’s sea islands. The list of things to do in winter is endless!

5. Avoid the Crowds when you visit Charleston SC in the Off-season

The off-season is the perfect time of year to experience the Lowcountry. Enjoy fewer crowds and shorter lines while you dine, shop, and explore Charleston. While staying on Kiawah or Seabrook Island you enjoy access to miles of private beach. Acquaint yourself with the piping plovers and ruddy turnstones as you stroll the pristine shoreline. You’ll feel as though you have the entire beach to yourself!

Kiawah and Seabrook Islands During the Off-Season

Kiawah Island

What does Kiawah Island look like in the off-season? Imagine 10 miles of crowd-less, rolling dune beach or a wait-free round of golf on the world-renowned Kiawah Island Ocean Course, site of the 2021 PGA golf championship.

While visiting, be sure to check our calendar for all the holiday activities at Freshfields Village. Live like a local when you visit Kiawah Island during the off-season.

Ready to find your perfect home away from home during the winter months? Explore our fully appointed Kiawah snowbird rentals and start planning your winter stay to the Lowcountry. 

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Seabrook Island

Kiawah Island’s neighbor to the east, Seabrook Island, offers 3.5 miles of unspoiled beach, resort golf and tennis amenities, fitness classes, oceanside dining, and even horseback trail rides on the beach.

Stay a while in one of our long-term, snowbird rentals.

Or, plan a memorable short vacation in one of our Seabrook Island vacation rentals with a little help from your friends at Seabrook Exclusives.

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