(Closed) Honeymoon in South Carolina or Maryland?

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 16
4136 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I live in DC, but my family lives in Charleston and I have lived in Myrtle Beach (seriously don’t go to Myrtle for your honeymoon). To me it would depend on what kind of honeymoon you want. It’s hot and humid in both places in August, so the weather is comparable. If you’re looking for a beach, I would pick SC hands down (Charleston or Hilton Head). If you stay in Charleston, I would probably get a rental in Isle of Palms or Sullivans Island, since they tend to be a lot more quiet than Folly Beach. Ocean City, MD is fun, but not somewhere I would want to honeymoon personally.

If you want to do more of a historical/adventure thing, you could find awesome things to do in or close to Maryland: Annapolis, Baltimore, DC, Mount Vernon (VA),etc. There are also a lot of vineyards in northern VA/southern MD that are romantic and delicious. South Carolina also has cool historic sites (I’d stay in Charleston): Fort Sumter; downtown Charleston; Savannah, GA (2ish hours south of Charleston); gorgeous plantation homes, etc.

Post # 17
9456 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

Although I have a place in Ocean City.  Go to Rehoboth over Ocean City, MD. It is 20 minutes north and much better.   

I would highly recommend South Carolina for a honeymoon. Charleston is gorgeous, I was just there over Thanksgiving.  And there are plenty of places to visit within driving distance.

Post # 18
6949 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

Yeah I don’t see the honeymoon appeal of Maryland.  I mean there’s some nice stuff in Baltimore but turn down the wrong corner and you’re in a bad place – as a stranger I’d want someone to guide me (this did happen to me once.  I didn’t know Camden Yards area could be so scary).  Ocean City – meh, the water isn’t that pretty blue it gets once you’ve gone another hundred miles south.  And as others pointed out, in August it will be absolutely mobbed.  Western MD has mountains, but they’re not much different than PA or the Virginias.  Maybe it’s because I grew up in Delaware, but the idea of visiting Maryland for anything when you’re not going through anyway is a strange concept to me.

SC, on the other hand, should have lovely beaches.  I don’t know about the rest, I’ve never been there except to drive through.  No matter which state you choose, you’ll be sweltering.

Post # 19
1066 posts
Bumble bee

I would suggest Isle of Palms, SC for a honeymoon if you want a beach vacation. Wild Dunes is a beautiful resort if you’re able to afford it. It’s a nice beach and reasonable driving distance from downtown charleston if you want to spend an afternoon shopping or a really nice dinner. IOP or Sullivan’s island are both very close to eachother and have some really nice hotels and things to see.

Post # 20
219 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

We did our honeymoon in Hilton Head, it was a regular vaca we already had planned so we just moved it to the week after the wedding and made it our honeymoon, it’s beautiful there, but things do tend to close early so we did a lot of stuff during the day and spent the nights to ourselves, it was great!

Post # 21
23 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

 highly recommend the outer banks in North Carolina. easily the best beach between MD and SC. Hardly any people so spread out visit jockey ridge state park 

Post # 22
1837 posts
Buzzing bee

I would say SC as well. Agree with PP that Ocean City seems like much more of a spring break kind of place. Actually it is a mix of spring breakish type stuff and families with kids. I didn’t love it there and definitely wouldn’t want to honeymoon there. It is very crowded. Somewhere like Charleston would be much more romantic. 

Post # 23
448 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Like others have said, it depends on where.

We go to Ocean City, MD pretty much every year. It is not really a “relaxing” atmosphere by any means (at least where we stay- near the boardwalk). It’s a lot of young people who are there to party. Depending on where you stay, there are usually a lot of things around that you can walk to. If you do go here- make sure you try Crazy 8’s, Big Pecker’s, Nick’s Rib House, and the Fractured Prune- our favorites! 🙂

I’ve been to Myrtle Beach in SC once, and I remember it being very family oriented. I also remember driving everywhere. There is no “boardwalk” as I am used to it, near the beach, but there are fun little shopping places. Other than that, I don’t remember there being a ton to do, except the beach and those shops.

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