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Thinking of Moving to Charleston, SC? 23 Things No One Tells You

most people envision looking out their windows at historic mansions when thinking of moving to charleston scAre you thinking of moving to Charleston, SC?

 

So is everyone else, it feels like.

 

In fact, 28 people move to the three counties of the Charleston metro region every day.

 

Plenty of articles and people (especially real estate agents) will list all kinds of fantastic qualities of the experience of moving to Charleston.

 

An abridged list includes:

  1. The beaches
  2. The history
  3. The friendly people
  4. The world-class food scene
  5. The beauty of Lowcountry nature and abundance of outdoor activities
  6. Beautiful weather (especially compared to the Northeast and Midwest)

And there’s no question these are all huge selling points for living in Charleston.

 

But there are a few things I, as someone who was previously thinking about moving to Charleston before picking up and settling here, would have appreciated knowing beforehand.

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Top 20 Charleston Travel Tips and Tricks to Know Before You Visit

charleston travel tips include visiting the hidden gem that is the angel oak on johns island of charleston sc

The Angel Oak tree is bigger than you’ll expect, and a hidden gem on Johns Island

Charleston, South Carolina, is one of the best places I’ve lived. And I spent years bouncing around like a tumbleweed. As of last year, Charleston, SC, is where I have lived the longest since I lived at my parents’ full-time in high school.

 

Like a lot of other people that live here, I visited a couple times, loved it, and decided to move here. The steady influx of outsiders has changed the traditional delineation of Charleston society between locals and outsiders, or people “from off”.

 

There are still some Charleston travel tips and tricks to know before you step foot here to help you blend-in. Follow the below (and be conscientious) and you’ll avoid being one of those tourists that people here hate.

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A Hipster’s Guide to Biking in Charleston, SC

biking from charleston sc to folly beach south carolinaI had a tenuous relationship with bicycles for most of my life.

 

Fortunately, my views on biking has changed a lot in the intervening years. Today, between friends who enjoy biking in Charleston, SC, and my own experiences, I can give some insight into the cycling scene here.

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24 of the Best Things to Do in Charleston, SC, with Kids

visiting Sullivan's Island beach is one of the best things to do in Charleston, SC, with kidsCan I be totally honest with you?

There is no more effective birth control in the world than traveling with kids (except babysitting).

Family-friendly vacations often don’t seem too friendly to all family members.

It’s a familiar story and it usually goes like this:

  • Rigid schedules
  • Finding places to eat with chicken nuggets
  • Fears of them having a melt-down in public

We’ve all been there:

This list came to be from dragging families with young children around Charleston, in fact.

But good news:

Traveling to Charleston can be pretty breezy with tykes in tow. Lucky for you there are plenty of fun things to do in Charleston, SC, with kids. Here’s a list of this writer’s favorite fun things for kids to do in Charleston, South Carolina, spoken from experience.

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downtown charleston garden in spring, the best time to visit charleston sc

The Best Time to Visit Charleston, SC: Top Choices

drayton hall in the summer, one of the best times to visit charleston scThere is no best time to visit Charleston, SC. Like any other place in the world, each season and month has positives and negatives.
 
That said, before I experienced my first summer here, I dreaded the summers in Charleston.

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visitors enjoying the best brunch in downtown charleston sc

A Hunt for the Best Brunch in Downtown Charleston, SC: 21 Places

the best Sunday brunch in Charleston, SC, usually includes either heavy, Southern comfort food, or lighter fare

The South is famous for its comfort food.

And that holds true with its unique additions to the American breakfast diet.

Any place that could create unique concoctions like chicken and waffles must know what they’re doing. Brunch in Charleston, South Carolina, is certainly no different. There are so many places opening and closing that locals and tourists alike can get breakfast out regularly without getting bored.

But then you’d be poor.