With its scenic views and sparkling waterfronts, South Carolina is a mecca for fun-filled adventures. Whether you’re touring Magnolia Plantations and Gardens or gliding down the Columbia Canal, there are an abundance of romantic activities to try. South Carolina vacation rentals range from cozy secluded cabins in the woods to breathtaking beachfront cottages with a balcony. Consider these cities when planning your next romantic weekend getaway.

1. Myrtle Beach

Fishing pier on the ocean
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Find yourself relaxing on the beach next to the one you loved when booking a vacation rental in Myrtle Beach. This popular vacation destination for couples gives you plenty of opportunities to get wet and wild together. Start by paddleboarding with rentals from the Downwind Surf and Paddleboard Company before strolling through the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade. Steal a kiss as the sun sets while riding the Skywheel Ferris Wheel on the Boardwalk. Competitive couples enjoy golfing at the Pine Lakes Country Club, while the couples who seek out entertainment may prefer a day at the Hollywood Wax Museum or Ripley’s Wax Museum.

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2. Charleston

Shore Acres flower garden
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A vacation rental in Charleston puts you and your mate in one of the oldest cities of South Carolina. Soak in the history together when taking a walk hand-in-hand through Magnolia Plantations and Gardens, or admire the restored plantation house that doubles as a museum. If you and your significant other are foodies, sign up for the Charleston Culinary Tour, or get a taste of the local brews in the city with the Charleston Brews Cruise. Dance the night away at the Charleston Music Hall, or laugh with your loved one at the Theatre 99 Comedy Hall on a weekend evening.

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3. Columbia

State capital in Columbia South Carolina
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Head to the capital of South Carolina to treat your sweetie to a stroll through Saluda Shoals Park and enjoy a canoe ride on the Columbia Canal. This romantic city offers plenty of outdoor adventures for the athletic couple. Start with a tour of the Harbison Environmental Educational Forest, or rent some kayaks from Adventure Carolina to explore the waters of Riverfront Park. Learn more about South Carolina history together by visiting the South Carolina State House or the South Carolina State Museum before enjoying a romantic Italian dinner at Ristorante Divino.

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4. Beaufort

Grassy swampland
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Immerse yourself in history at Beaufort. The historic downtown area of Beaufort gives you a chance to enjoy a romantic walk at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park or opt for a picnic in the grass next to the marina. Take your adventures to the water when renting kayaks from Beaufort Kayak Tours, or sign up for a sunset cruise to watch the dolphins jumping in and out of the water. Proclaim your love for one another while riding in a horse-drawn carriage through the Historic District before making a reservation for a romantic dinner at the Saltus River Grill.

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5. Greenville

Buildings overlooking a riverwalk
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Explore the active city of Greenville with your significant other to reconnect with each other and nature. Start your weekend with a hike through Falls Park in the historic West End to see the artwork on display along the Swamp Rabbit Trail. Have some fun in the sun while touring the city on Segways from Greenville Glides, or latch onto one another when signing up for a haunted tour at the Springwood Cemetery. The Roper Mountain Science Center is a popular attraction, as is Caesars Head State Park, where you and your soulmate can bird watch together or fish for the day before retreating to your cozy vacation rental.

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6. Little River

Water feature in a botanical garden
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Little River is home to Wampee Stables, where you can take horseback riding lessons together and enjoy the stunning countryside view. After an adventurous Saturday morning, spend the rest of your day at La Belle Amie Vineyard, toasting your love. Top off your romantic weekend with a stroll through Vereen Memorial Historical Gardens on Sunday morning.

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7. Folly Beach

Pier over choppy ocean
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Choose a vacation rental nestled between the Folly River and the Atlantic Ocean to explore the charming waters and ambience in Folly Beach. This small town offers an island-like atmosphere so you can soak up the sun and feel as if you and your beloved are the only couple around. Begin your explorations with a kayak ride down the Folly River with rentals from the Charleston Kayak Company, or reel in fresh fish for dinner at the Edwin S. Taylor Fishing Pier. When you want to get adventurous with your sweetie, stop in at the Wild Blue Ropes Adventure Park to try your hand at rope climbing. Finish off your evening with fresh seafood and local brews at the Folly Beach Crab Shack.

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8. Aiken

Aiken Spring horse race
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Show your guy or gal that southern hospitality is a real thing by making Aiken your vacation destination for a romantic getaway. Rich in history, this small South Carolina town was the home of Fred Astaire. Experience the thrill of horse racing together when spending the day at the Aiken Training Track, or get outdoors to play on one of the championship golf courses, such as the Woodside Plantation Country Club. Walk hand-in-hand through the forests of Hitchcock Woods, or admire the blooming flowers at Hopeland Gardens before you enjoy some one-on-one time admiring the view from your vacation rental balcony.

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