Georgia or South Carolina Coast?

Jan 6th, 2013, 11:50 AM
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Georgia or South Carolina Coast?

Hi all!

I come to Fodor when I am in need of suggestions I trust. I recently moved to Augusta from Idaho (having used Fodor for several trips out west) and have a few girlfriends coming down from Illinois with their significant others to visit. The baby of our group o' friends (who is quite the girly-girl compared to me) is turning 30 and she wants to experience southern beauty.

We only have 3 days or so, but she is wanting good food, a little night life, maybe some shopping, and being by the ocean. I know this may not be the typical things people are looking for on fodor, but I am hoping the group can provide suggestions. She has seen shows on Savannah and wants to "feel" that southern charm. I haven't done much exploring so I am at a loss in giving insight as the person in the south. We are thinking about renting a cottage as there will be 5-8 of us.

Thank you everyone in advance!

Amanda
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Jan 6th, 2013, 12:43 PM
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Charleston Charleston Charleston!!
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Jan 6th, 2013, 01:00 PM
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Charleston
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Jan 6th, 2013, 03:09 PM
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Charleston! Brunswick GA stinks because of a big paper mill.
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Jan 6th, 2013, 04:03 PM
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Another vote for Charleston. You might consider Isle of Palms or Kiawah for lodging for you want to be directly on the beach.
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Jan 6th, 2013, 06:22 PM
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I think you ladies might enjoy Kiawah with some day trips into Charleston for your shopping and some dining.

Hilton Head can be a great trip too, but for your group, I'd go with Charleston.

I'm still a big Savannah fan, but the beaches on Tybee Island are not as nice as Kiawah. St. Simons would be wonderful if you really want a Georgia beach.
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Jan 7th, 2013, 04:51 AM
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NOT Hilton Head. Soulless subdivisions.
You don't need to go as far as Kiawah for a beach. Wild Dunes at charleston would be close and fun--and she doesn't say the time of year.
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Jan 7th, 2013, 04:59 AM
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I agree about Hilton Head. soulless.

Brunswick? Why mention Brunswick? It doesn't meet any of the OP's criteria?
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Jan 7th, 2013, 07:18 AM
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Kiawah is great - my family always goes there for beach vacations. But if you plan in to be in town a lot, I agree that you might look into Wild Dunes/Isle of Palms instead - it's closer. Kiawah is a 30-45-minute drive from downtown Charleston.
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Jan 8th, 2013, 07:02 AM
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Sullivans Island fits the bill.

Each Sea Island has its own defined culture.

Sullivans is solid middle market with good restaurants for evenings out. It is also close to ( as everyone quite rightly posts above) Charleston, Charleston, Charleston.

Kiawah is more up market and a little lacking in soul.

Hilton Head is the Starbucks of the sea islands (not a good thing).
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Jan 8th, 2013, 08:44 AM
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Definitely Charleston!
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