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Its prime location on the Atlantic coast makes Charleston, South Carolina, a haven of pristine ecosystems just waiting to be explored. There’s nothing quite like taking in the downtown sites and getting out on the open water and see dolphins all in the same day. Charleston is a versatile destination that offers up miles of coastal nature alongside the all the history and charm of the downtown historic Charleston peninsula. When you’re here with a heart for the great outdoors, there are a few stops you won’t want to miss along the way to navigate Charleston and make the most of every minute you’re here.  From boating out into the Atlantic for a deep sea fishing excursion and exploring Charleston’s inner waterways, there’s an array of things to do for the nature lover, and at the end of each adventure-filled day  you’ll be searching for the best places to eat, stay, and relax. 

The Ultimate 3-Day Nature and Wildlife Itinerary for Charleston, SC 


Day 1: Sandlapper Water Tours 

Distant view of marsh and water at Charleston Harbor Charleston SC

Operating out of the Charleston Maritime Center, Sandlapper Water Tours is a well-loved Charleston Harbor tour company that aims to customize cruises to the many visitors that make their way to Charleston each year. Hop aboard the Palmetto for an unforgettable experience at sea. This 45-foot catamaran can host up to 49 passengers at a time, and you can book it for everything from a nature tour complete with a naturalist onboard, to a sunset cruise or ghost tour. In addition, you can count on pelicans, herons, crabs, and playful dolphins being a common sight during your tour aboard this vessel, sure to deliver an insider’s view of these thriving waterways, so many creatures call home. 

Sandlapper Water Tours 

Charleston Maritime Center 

10 Wharfside St Charleston, SC 29401 

(843) 849-8687  

Day 1: Dine along the Waterfront

Fleet Landing

186 Concord Street Charleston, SC

Charleston’s Best Waterfront Restaurant has a view that is a distinctive destination unto itself. Housed in a 1940s retired naval building on the east side of the Charleston peninsula, Fleet Landing Restaurant features classic and contemporary Southern seafood fare in a setting that celebrates the area’s waterfront heritage. Locally-owned, this locally-loved waterfront restaurant with jaw-dropping views overlooking Charleston Harbor, features a menu loaded with regional seafood and a commitment to freshness, quality, and sustainability.


Day 2: Angler Management 

charter fishing boat with reels in Charleston SC

For those visitors who equate a wildlife adventure with a hook and line, Angler Management is a one-for-all solution. Providing options for customized nature tours and fishing charters, guests can personalize them based on their age and ability. Experience these beautiful waterways through the eyes of a local fishing expert. You can decide between opportunities to fish inshore, nearshore, or take to the waters with an eye on the sharks. Follow up your fishing excursions with a dolphin-spotting cruise or bird-watching tour to top off your outdoor experience. Regardless of whichever route you go, it’s sure to be a day you won’t soon forget! 

Angler Management 

1581 Kentwood Circle 

Charleston, South Carolina 29412 

(843) 259-1489  

Day 2: Dine at the beach

Rita’s Seaside Grill

2 Center Street, Folly Beach SC

Rita's Seaside Grill on Folly Beach SC


Just steps away from Folly Beach & The Pier, with American fare, from burgers to seafood, served with drinks in a casual setting, you can dine indoors or alfresco at Rita’s Seaside Grill. You’ll love to gather with family and friends on the inviting dog-friendly patio, home to live music and outdoor flatscreen TVs to watch the big games.


Day 3: Audubon Swamp Garden 

Close up of Blue Heron at Cypress Swamp

Those looking for a wildlife encounter unlike any other will want to make their way towards Audubon Swamp Garden. This cypress swamp that lies on the Magnolia Plantation sprawls over 60-acres and is home to some of Charleston’s most exotic animals and plant species. Well-integrated walking paths make for a smooth meander through these lush lands as heron, waterfowl, and egrets’ nest nearby. Take time to enjoy the wide variety of turtles that rest on rocks rising out of black water surrounding miniature islands. Tupelo Gum trees provide a scenic backdrop of this truly unique place that aims to keep nature in its most pristine condition. 

Magnolia Plantation/Audubon Swamp Garden 

3550 Ashley River Rd. Charleston, SC 29414 

(843) 571-1266 

Day 3: Dine downtown along a cobblestone street


88 Broad Street, Charleston SC

Inspired by Italy’s all-day cafes, abundant markets and rich culinary traditions, Southern Italy meets  Southern hospitality at Sorelle. Sorelle is a dining destination like no other on Charleston’s storied Broad Street.


Let the Adventure Continue with Luxury Simplified Retreats 

The beauty of Charleston continues well beyond its natural wonders and when you’re here, be sure to let the team at Luxury Simplified Retreats help you find a luxurious getaway that speaks to a spirit of exploration. Our team of experts brings passion into the vacation rental search and is dedicated to helping you find that beachfront retreat or urban residence that speaks to a personalized sense of style. Contact us today to start planning! 

Nestled amidst the Lowcountry’s serene landscape, Palmetto Bluff promises an idyllic escape, where afternoons can be spent on the waters of the May River, biking the miles of trails that wind through this luxurious resort, or exploring Old Town Bluffton. Spring is a popular time to visit the Bluff, and we’ve designed the perfect spring itinerary, with a curated selection of experiences that capture the essence of this enchanting destination.

Day 1: Arrival and lunch at Buffalos

Upon arrival at Palmetto Bluff, you will immediately be immersed in the luxurious ambiance of the Palmetto Bluff resort. After settling in, treat your taste buds to a culinary delight at Buffalos, where lowcountry-inspired dishes tantalize in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. Located in the heart of Wilson Village, Buffalos is a favorite dining destination for a casual lunch or weekend brunch and the ideal spot to take in the incredible May River views. With a menu that includes savory seafood creations and true southern classics, coupled with its close proximity to the Canoe Club resort pool, this is a “must-do” lunch spot for families.

Exterior view of Buffalo's in Wilson Village Palmetto Bluff SC

Day 2: Grab your Clubs and head to The May River Course

Following coffee and pastries at Buzz, Palmetto Bluff’s quaint coffee shop, head to The May River Course for an exhilarating round of golf amidst lush fairways and pristine greens. With its challenging terrain and unparalleled beauty, this 18-hole, Jack Nicklaus Signature Course promises an unforgettable golfing experience for enthusiasts of all levels. Finish your day with dinner at The River House, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the May River and specialties like venison tenderloin, Rainbow Trout or Japanese Wagyu.

Day 3: Exploring Bluffton’s Charm and Thursday Farmer’s Market

Book a seat on the Palmetto Bluff Water Taxi with May River Excursions and embark on a leisurely excursion to Bluffton, a charming town steeped in history and Southern hospitality. Immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of local culture at the Thursday Farmer’s Market, where an array of fresh produce, artisanal crafts, and live entertainment await. Engage with local vendors, savoring the flavors of the season as you wander through the bustling streets of Bluffton, each corner offering a glimpse into the town’s rich heritage and vibrant community spirit.

Day 4: Biking, Fishing, and Beach Bliss

Grad a map that details the extensive trail system that winds its way through this 20,000 acre resort and pedal your way through trails lined in live Oaks, longleaf pines, saw Palmettos and dripping Spanish Moss.

bike riding along the trials of Palmetto Bluff SC

Or, book a fishing charter and feel the thrill of the catch as you embark on an excursion along the tranquil waters of the May River, casting your line for largemouth bass, red drum, spotted sea trout, flounder, sheepshead, black drum, tarpon, jacks, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, and more. Cap off your day with an afternoon to the beaches of Hilton Head, where pristine sands and azure waters beckon travelers in search of serenity and rejuvenation. Bask in the warm embrace of the sun, as the gentle Atlantic ocean breeze caresses your skin and the melody of the waves soothes your soul.

man and woman walking along the beach in Hilton Head South Carolina


More than just a vacation destination, Palmetto Bluff embodies the essence of Southern hospitality, offering an array of amenities and activities designed to elevate your experience and captivate your senses. The allure of a getaway like this isn’t just the beauty of the destination, but the incredible array of activities that exist. No two days are alike and the opportunities for crafting a one-of-a-kind vacation are limitless. Here are just a few of the amenities you can add on to your stay:

Tennis and Pickleball:  For the Racket (and Paddle!) Sports Lovers

For enthusiasts of racket sports, the Wilson Lawn and Racquet Club is a recreational hub and a perfect gathering place for friendly competition. Along with the lawns, the expansive club facility includes eight Har-Tru tennis courts, six pickleball courts, two bocce courts. You can take to the courts and indulge in a spirited game of tennis amidst the backdrop of towering pines. Or embrace the growing phenomenon of pickleball, a delightful blend of tennis, badminton, and ping pong, where strategy and skill converge in an exhilarating display of athleticism and camaraderie.

Fitness and Wellness: Nourish Body and Soul

Nestled amidst the tranquil beauty of Palmetto Bluff, the resort’s state-of-the-art fitness facilities beckon wellness enthusiasts seeking to nourish body and soul. From invigorating group classes to personalized training sessions, discover a myriad of opportunities to embark on a journey of self-discovery and renewal. Whether you prefer the serenity of yoga or the adrenaline-fueled intensity of a high-energy workout, Palmetto Bluff offers a holistic approach to well-being.

Woman Enjoying Private Yoga Experience with Luxury Simplified Retreats

Equestrian and Clay Shooting:  A Sporting Tradition

Step into the world of equestrian excellence at Palmetto Bluff. With expert instruction available, equestrian enthusiasts can experience the thrill of horsemanship amidst the tranquility of Palmetto Bluff’s sprawling acres. For aficionados of the shooting sports, Palmetto Bluff offers a premier destination to hone your marksmanship skills amidst the beauty of the Lowcountry. Accompanied by a member of the Shooting Club and with world-class shooting facilities at your disposal, discover the timeless allure of this beloved Southern tradition as you test your mettle against the backdrop of Palmetto Bluff’s pristine landscape.

Stay in Luxury

From the verdant fairways of the golf course to the tranquil waters of the May River, plus adventures that include biking, clay shooting, tennis, pickleball, or yoga all set amidst a breathtaking backdrop, Palmetto Bluff weaves a tapestry of experiences that captivate the senses and nourish the soul. Plan to stay in luxurious comfort within the Palmetto Bluff resort where your vacation can include days filled with adventure. A stay booked in our portfolio of luxury vacation homes offers the breathtaking lowcountry backdrop of Palmetto Bluff’s centuries-old oak trees, majestic pines and vast waterways. Our collection of vacation rentals in Palmetto Bluff features incredible amenities and superb locations. Let our Concierge team plan a fishing charter for you and your friends, or have a private chef waiting to cook your catch-of-the-day while you sit around the fire pit with a cocktail, telling stories of the big one that got away. And, while you’re there, why not plan a southern-style happy hour on the porch, or travel by private water taxi to explore the Bluffton Farmers Market? With our Guide to Exclusive Experiences, these are just some of the ways you customize your stay for an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind vacation – and we have a team of people ready to help you plan it all.

With a spring event season stretching from January all the way through to June, there’s a lot to see and do in Charleston, SC. Visitors flock to the area from around the world, not only to experience these top tier events for themselves, but to experience them in the unparalleled setting that is uniquely the Holy City. This historic city makes for a unique backdrop with its deep history, breathtaking and diverse architecture, and seemingly endless southern charm. Though the festivals draw crowds to the city, it’s the city itself that keeps them coming back year after year. Here are some of Charleston’s top festivals – so mark you calendar now!

For Foodies

For Athletes & Sports Fans

For Wildlife Enthusiasts

For History Buffs

For Arts Lovers


Stay in Luxury

Plan a trip to Charleston, SC where you can spend time on the water, plus discover its historic charm, cultural richness, and coastal beauty. With its historic downtown, captivating museums, warm, year round weather, and inviting beaches, Charleston beckons travelers to experience the very best of the South Carolina lowcountry. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, an art lover, or simply seeking relaxation by the sea, book a stay at any of our luxury vacation homes in the heart of Downtown Charleston or on Folly Beach, Isle of Palms or Sullivan’s Island and be that much closer to having your toes in the sand. With our portfolio of luxury vacation rentals centrally located near all of your favorite festivals and events, we’ve got your perfect place to stay. Plus, the team at Luxury Simplified Retreats goes above and beyond to offer guests an outstanding experience with beautiful beach rentals and unparalleled concierge services. Browse our Experience Packages to consider making your trip especially unique, then sit back, relax, and leave all of the planning to us.



It’s not everyday that you get to experience a luxurious vacation in a historic city nestled along the Atlantic coast, that beckons discerning travelers seeking a luxurious retreat with a touch of southern charm. A vacation to Charleston, SC offers a delightful blend of history, world-class dining, southern culture, and a myriad of ways to spend time on the water. Exploring the Charleston Harbor by water offers a chance for visitors to immerse themselves in the city’s rich maritime history.

Boating along the harbor unveils panoramic views of the city’s iconic skyline, accentuated by the historic forts and picturesque antebellum mansions that line the Battery. Sailing enthusiasts revel in the gentle breezes and serene waters, navigating past landmarks like the Ravenel Bridge and Fort Sumter. You’ll glide past cobblestone streets, Rainbow Row, and the rich waterfront tapestry that makes up this one-of-a-kind southern city. For those who prefer to cast a line, fishing charters provide an opportunity to reel in prized catches all while enjoying the antics of dolphins that swim and play nearby. Whether on a private charter or a guided tour, being on a boat in the Charleston Harbor evokes a sense of tranquility and adventure.


View of Ravenel Bridge from Blue Charter tour Charleston SC

Why Choose a Private Charter

It’s safe to say, that if you’ve never experienced Charleston from the water, there’s simply nothing like it. Whether you opt for a leisurely daytime cruise taking in the picturesque views of Charleston Harbor, or a cocktail cruise at sunset, on a private sailing charter you’re in for an unforgettable experience. Blue Life Charters combines luxury, relaxation, and exploration, leaving you with indelible memories of Charleston’s captivating coastal beauty. Picture yourself aboard a private yacht, sailing gracefully across the tranquil waters of the Charleston Harbor. One that includes an expert crew to ensure you have a one-of-a-kind experience, catering to your every desire as you bask in the warm rays of the Southern sun. This is more than your average sailing excursion. As you explore Charleston by water, the city reveals its historic splendor from a unique perspective. While sipping champagne on deck and taking in the views a voyage with Blue Life Charters promises an exclusive escape where the blend of private serenity and luxurious surroundings defines the essence of a water-centric Charleston getaway.


guests aboard a Bluelife Sailing Charter in Charleston Harbor

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply seeking a tranquil way to take in the sights by water, prepare for a seafaring adventure like no other with Blue Life Charters. Their BYOB (Bring Your Own Beverage) private sailing tours cater to intimate groups of up to 6 people, promising a personalized and unforgettable journey on the water. With Blue Life Charters, you’re not just on a sailing excursion; you’re on a luxurious voyage with a crew to ensure your comfort and enjoyment throughout the journey.

Pampered Elegance Onboard

Stepping aboard a Blue Life Charters sailboat is like stepping into a world of pampered elegance.  With their BYOB policy,  you can enjoy your preferred drinks while taking in the scenic beauty of Charleston Harbor. With a fleet of two meticulously crafted sailboats, these elegant vessels provide the perfect setting to explore Charleston Harbor’s rich history and breathtaking vistas. You can enjoy an enchanting daytime sailing excursion where you’ll bask in the picturesque views of the harbor, or opt for a mesmerizing sunset voyage and let the tranquil waters of Charleston Harbor set the backdrop for an unforgettable experience. The choice is yours.

Knowledgeable Crew & Expert Guides

What sets Blue Life Charters apart?  Their dedicated and knowledgeable crew are not only skilled sailors, but they also serve as expert guides, regaling you with captivating tales of Charleston’s vibrant past and pointing out iconic landmarks along the way. The professional crew goes above and beyond and their passion for the region adds depth and context to your sailing experience. Whether your Charleston vacation includes a stay in one of our luxurious downtown rentals, or out along the beaches of Charleston’s barrier islands, booking a private sailing charter should be at the top of your list.

Stay in Luxury

Plan a trip to Charleston, SC where you can spend time on the water, plus discover its historic charm, cultural richness, and coastal beauty. With its historic downtown, captivating museums, warm, year round weather, and inviting beaches, Charleston beckons travelers to experience the very best of the South Carolina lowcountry. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, an art lover, or simply seeking relaxation by the sea, book a stay at any of our luxury vacation homes in the heart of Downtown Charleston or on Folly Beach, Isle of Palms or Sullivan’s Island and be that much closer to having your toes in the sand. The team at Luxury Simplified Retreats goes above and beyond to offer guests an outstanding experience with beautiful beach rentals and unparalleled concierge services. Browse our Experience Packages to consider making your trip especially unique, then sit back, relax, and leave all of the planning to us.