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Six Spring Break Spots in Our Communities

February2015eNews_SpringBreak2It’s February, which means spring break is just around the corner. Instead of scrambling at the last minute to put together the perfect exotic vacation, try checking out some of the beautiful locations right here in our South State communities.

Here are some of our favorite places to relax during spring break:

Hilton Head Island, SC

Hilton Head is the perfect mix of family friendly activities and fun in the sun for adults. Whether you want to explore historic downtown Bluffton on the mainland or book a zip lining adventure on the Island, there’s a myriad of options for all ages. You can check out Hilton Head’s visitor website for a full list. Beachfront living and dining mixed with world class golf and outdoor goings-on, this Low Country favorite has something to please every member of your group.

Tybee Island, GA

Tybee Island is located just outside of Savannah on the Georgia coast. Climb to the top of the historic lighthouse or take a dolphin cruise and learn about the wildlife and history of the coastline. You might just want to spend the day walking the piers and beach to find your perfect restaurant with a view of the Atlantic. The Visit Tybee Island website is a great resource for events and insider tips.

Charleston, SC

There’s a reason Charleston was just named the Top City in the U.S. by Conde Nast Traveler 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards. Whether the city is topping lists for being the friendliest city or the city with the most beautiful people, Charleston always has a lot to offer. First rate dining, lodging for any budget and long stretches of beach are only some reasons that Charleston is a prime spring break location (the nightlife doesn’t hurt). Try a haunted ghost tour of the historic city or take in the sights from a Charleston Harbor boat cruise. Explore Charleston’s Conventions and Visitors Bureau website for more information.

Sunset Beach, NC

Sunset Beach is located at the base of the Outer Banks, just over the border from South Carolina. This small beach town is perfect for spring breakers who want to explore the scenery, hit the golf course and maybe relax at the spa. Try a kayaking tour of the Intracoastal Waterway, take in the planetarium or spend your day on the numerous golf course, whatever your decision, it’ll be a spring break to remember. Check out the Sunset Beach visitor’s page for updated information about seasonal activities, shopping and restaurants.

Pawley’s Island, SC

Pawley’s Island is part of a string of small towns along the South Carolina coast. The community has a vibrant historic vibe and a quiet air that allows for a peaceful spring break. Travel just north to Huntington State Park where you can tour the unique Atalaya Castle. Walk the historic district and take in the beauty of moss-lined streets and the large antebellum homes built by rice plantation owners in the mid-1800s, many of which are still lived in today.

Greenville, SC

If you live at the beach full time, then sometimes getting away to the mountains is more your spring break style. If that’s the case, try the budding city of Greenville. With a growing arts community and quick access to the mountains, a trip to Greenville might be what the doctor ordered. Savor the last of cool spring nights while hiking Caesars Head State Park or stay in town and explore the shops and restaurants in West End.

If you want to get away for spring break, start saving now by checking out discount sites to see if your destination is offering any deals for spring break. Local tourism websites will also give you an insider’s look at what events are being held and possibly some discounts at favorite local restaurants.

If you’re interested in learning how to save for your vacation, talk to your local South State Banker about saving plans.