For those of you booking a stay in one of our beach rentals Charleston, smart move.  You have chosen to come to the best place on the planet.

Those of us who live here may already know this, and we may be accused of being a tad bit biased.  But we’re not the only ones saying it.  A very trusted source in the tourism biz has made it official.

This week, Travel + Leisure magazine released the results of their annual “World’s Best” Awards, as determined by their readers’ survey.

Charleston ranked #1 destination, again.  It has been the number one place in the United States and Canada for a few years now.  But for the first time, it’s now atop the list as the BEST CITY IN THE WORLD TO VISIT.

It’s the first U.S. city ever to top the world’s list.

Way to go, Holy City!

Our beach rentals Charleston are near the best city in the world!

Our beach rentals Charleston are near the best city in the world!

The 2016 World’s Best list is the 21st annual ranking by the esteemed travel magazine.  The big news was announced on the Today Show by Senior Editor Jacqui Gifford.

The rankings are based on the following areas:  sights and landmarks to see, culture and arts, food and restaurants, people and friendliness, shopping, and value.

Those of you who have been to one of our SC vacation rentals before  –  namely a Charleston beach house, be it one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals or our Folly Beach rentals Charleston  –  probably don’t need a survey to tell you how great the Lowcountry is.  Charleston is hot, and I’m not speaking temperature-wise.  The demand for beach house rentals Charleston SC is higher than ever, since staying in a luxury house on Isle of Palms or Folly Beach house Charleston is such a great way to experience the area.

Still, it’s nice to get the official recognition.

Editor Nathan Lump of Travel + Leisure had this to say about our fair city:  “Charleston is a remarkably dynamic place, so it’s no surprise that it has achieved its highest ranking ever in our survey as this year’s best city in the world. The city has managed to preserve all the qualities for which it is widely known—a prime coastal setting, historic architecture, friendly locals—while also nurturing a creative culture that is making it one of the most notable destinations for those who seek out interesting restaurants, bars, and shops that highlight a dedication to distinctive craft.”

And once again, for the fourth year in a row, Charleston has been named the best city to visit in the United States and Canada.

Here’s the list:


1.            Charleston, SC          
2.            Chiang Mai, Thailand
3.            San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
4.            Florence, Italy
5.            Luang Prabang, Laos
6.            Kyoto, Japan
7.            New Orleans, LA
8.            Barcelona, Spain    
9.            Savannah, GA
10.          Cape Town, South Africa


Here’s a link to all their rankings:

Here’s more on the story from the Post & Courier:–leisure-magazine-names-charleston-best-city-in-the-world

…and here from ABC News 4 :

Rival travel magazine Condé Nast previously named Charleston #1 on their World’s Best list.

Every time one of these rankings comes out, the word spreads even more about how wonderful Charleston is.  That increases the demand even more for luxury beach house rentals SC.  So if you are interested in staying in one of our rental homes South Carolina, either Isle of Palms luxury rentals or Folly Beach rentals Charleston, you’d best call us as early as possible with your preferred dates.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger