When you want to enjoy quality time with your sweetheart before your bundle of joy arrives, head to South Carolina for picturesque beaches, Southern charm, historic landmarks, and amusement parks. Take a romantic stroll in the gardens of Little River, or sink your feet into the sand at Folly Beach. Tour the history of Beaufort, then take a short road trip for upscale dining in Charleston. Book a stay at a South Carolina vacation rental for a truly special getaway. Consider these vibrant cities and towns in South Carolina for your babymoon.

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1. Little River

Celebrate your tiny impending arrival with a vacation rental in Little River. This small South Carolina town offers access to the Vereen Memorial Historical Gardens, where a serene walk together gives you time to brainstorm baby names. Take a romantic dinner cruise on the river with Enchanted Sailing Charters, or drop in your reels with a fishing excursion for two hosted by Shallow Minded Inshore Charters. See the horses at the Wampee Stables before an appointment for some much-needed pampering at La-Di-Da Skin Care Spa. When those cravings kick in, head to the Parson’s Table Restaurant, a quaint eatery serving their patrons in a converted church.

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2. Folly Beach

Enjoy views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Folly River when booking a vacation rental in Folly Beach. This charming South Carolina city is dappled with beachfront vacation rentals and watery attractions for two. Wade the shallow waters of the Folly River to cool off, or show off that baby bump while sunning in the sand. The Folly Beach Crab Shack is ideal for a quiet lunch, while the BLU Restaurant and Bar allows you to dine in the breeze on the restaurant’s patio. Enjoy a few hours taking in the peaceful scenery when fishing off the Edwin S. Taylor Fishing Pier, or venture to the Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve for a bit of nature and history to share.

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3. Aiken

The historic town of Aiken offers plenty for expectant parents who love history and outdoor attractions, as well as vacation rentals nestled in thick forests. Stop in for a tour of the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum before walking the trails of the Hopeland Gardens. The Aiken Training Track is the best place to see thoroughbreds racing, and the Woodside Plantation Country Club provides you and your mate with 18 holes of golf. Pick up a few items for the baby’s room in downtown Aiken, rich with locally-owned specialty shops and just-for-fun delights such as Cyndi’s Sweet Shoppe. Top off an evening with some live entertainment at the Aiken Community Playhouse.

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4. Charleston

Spend your babymoon in one of South Carolina’s oldest cities when making Charleston your vacation destination. Admire the blooming flowers and picturesque views at the Magnolia Plantations and Gardens that feature a museum adjacent to the grounds. Treat yourselves to a night of slow dancing at the Charleston Music Hall, before settling in for a romantic dinner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, an upscale establishment in Charleston. If your cravings begin to take over, sign up for the Charleston Culinary Tour to sample Southern cuisine. The Riley Waterfront Park is the perfect spot to snap a selfie of you and your mate to display in your baby’s room, and you must stop in at the Fort Sumter National Monument to see the history of the city.

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5. Beaufort

Soak up the sun and some fun as expectant parents with a trip to Beaufort, a historic area offering water adventures and delectable eats. After checking into your cozy vacation rental, head to the Historic District to browse the antique shops, or bundle up with your loved one on a horse-drawn carriage ride. Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park offers you a spot to enjoy a picnic lunch, fish for the day, or dip your toes into the water to beat the heat. When you both need a fancy evening on the town, reserve a table for dinner at the Saltus River Grill after snapping a photo together at the Hunting Island Lighthouse. Consider seeing the city without exerting too much energy by opting for a bus tour with the Spirit of Old Beaufort.

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6. Myrtle Beach

Opt for a babymoon in Myrtle Beach, where you can spend your time resting on the beach, watching the paddleboarders float by, and strolling along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade. Giggle with your sweetheart while viewing the eclectic displays at Ripley’s Wax Museum or the Hollywood Wax Museum, and then admire the city from above while on board the Skywheel Ferris Wheel. Tour the Wheels of Yesteryear Museum to see antique cars, or see wildlife up close with a boat tour sponsored by Waccamaw River Tours. When making dinner plans, don’t miss out on the fine dining experience at the Waterscapes Restaurant at Marina Inn Grande Dunes.

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