The Best Boat Hire in Charleston, South Carolina

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What to know about hiring a boat in Charleston

Hiring a boat to cruise on the rivers in Charleston is an unforgettable way to experience the city.Hire a speedboat and explore at a fast pace, feeling the wind whip through your hair as you see the sights from a new perspective. Traveling with a big family or group? Hire a houseboat or overnight yacht while in Charleston with a large party, so you’ll have sufficient space to spread out and enjoy your boating day with comfort.

To explore Charleston at a laidback pace on the water, make sure you book a sailing charter during your stay. Soak up the sun and enjoy the breeze as a skipper steers the boat in the beautiful waters of the Atlantic.

Fishing charters are a favorite activity to book for tourists in Charleston. Fishing is deeply ingrained in the culture and history of this seaport, and local anglers are happy to take you out for a day of reeling in great catches. Try spearfishing or deep sea fishing on a charter from Charleston. It’s sure to be a day of your holiday that you’ll never forget!

In the summertime, the city comes alive with visitors taking over the beaches, and there’s no shortage of water sports to try. Book a kiteboarding lesson to try this exciting sport, learning from the pros on the beach. It's so fun to watch kiteboarders, and getting to learn how to do it yourself is incredible.

For travelers who love organized tours, there are eco and historical boat tours of Charleston. Enjoy learning and exploring from the comfort of a boat cruise. Book a group or private tour to learn more about the rich history and culture of this American city.

A unique thing for both visitors and locals to try in Charleston is a scuba diving trip or lessons. Earn your certification or enjoy time spent underwater, exploring cool dive sites.

If you prefer to get some exercise during your travels, check out your options for paddle sports in Charleston. One popular water activity is stand-up paddleboarding. It's a wonderful upper body workout and it enables you to cruise along the coastline at your own pace. No matter your travel fitness preferences, you’ll find the perfect way to get out on the water and get a workout during your stay in Charleston.

Boating Events in Charleston

One major boating event in Charleston is the annual Charleston Boat Show. This 3-day event showcases hundreds of beautiful boats and marine recreational vendors. Be sure to stop by if you’re a boating enthusiast in the city for this weekend.

The Sperry Charleston Race Week is an event not to be missed if you’re in Charleston in April. This exciting sailing event hosts teams from all over Charleston and other parts of the country. There are lots of great events going on during the regattas, and it’s an awesome competition to watch from shore. The races start from Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina.

Other Things To Do

While on land in Charleston, there’s no shortage of activities to do, things to see, and meals to eat. If you want to see more of the city, try a classic carriage tour or walking tour to learn more. You’ll see the idyllic Market Street, and pass by the Charleston Museum Mile.

Need a beach day? Head to Folly Beach or Sullivan’s Island for a relaxing day of soaking up the sun and laying in the sand. If you want more time in nature, try hiking around John’s Island, where you can see the magnificent Angel Oak tree.

Marinas in Charleston

There are many marinas located throughout the city in Charleston. Some of the top marinas include the Charleston City Marina, The Harborage at Ashley Marina and Bristol Marina. These marinas are good spots to go if you need boating advice, or want to take a walk and admire some stunning vessels. The marinas of Charleston are located conveniently close to downtown, and there are nearby restaurants and points of interest at all of them.

Using GetMyBoat to Hire Your Next Boat

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About Charleston

A stunning port city in South Carolina, Charleston is teeming with charm and history to draw in visitors interested in getting a taste of southern cooking and lifestyle. Two rivers divide the city, the Ashley and the Cooper, which lead out into the Atlantic Ocean. The skyline of Charleston has no tall buildings, it is all classical architecture dating back from the Civil War and earlier. The exploding food scene in this city has put it on the map, and the hospitality has made many travelers fall in love with Charleston.

The best time of year to visit Charleston is during the shoulder seasons of summer when you can avoid some of the humidity and heavy rains that come June through August. Winters are mild, although it will be too cold to enjoy a beach day. April and May or September and October are the best months to take time to visit Charleston.

To get to Charleston, the easiest way is by flight to the Charleston International Airport, from where you can hire a car to get to the city center or take a taxi to get to your accommodation. The city is well connected to major highways if you’re arriving by car, and there is an Amtrak train station as well as a Greyhound bus terminal in Charleston.

GetMyBoat customer reviews for boat rentals in Charleston.

  1. SC
    Private Cruises in the Low Country onboard 6 People Hurricane Deck Boat

    Captain Barney was amazing from the day I submitted the booking. He was very polite and responsive and answer all of my million of questions. This was the topping on the cake for my best friends 30th Birthday trip and I would recommend him and Rachel to everyone. So much fun and great personalities. We felt safe the entire trip and they treated us like family. One thing I would say that I couldn't tell from the pictures is how beautiful the boat is. We were all extremely impressed and beyond satisfied!

  2. AW
    Charleston Harbor Resort Book Bella Vita for 6 passengers

    If you are in the Charleston/ Mt Pleasant area and looking for the perfect afternoon or evening cruise, this is it! Yacht Bella Vita is a gorgeous vessel equipped with everything you need to enjoy the water, and Captain Vann was so polite, informative and friendly. He took the time to explain details of landmarks that we passed and gave us some history on the area as we cruised around. The boat was pristine and offered a nice deck with seating where we were able to sit comfortably and enjoy snacks and wine while taking in the views. It was a calm and relaxing evening, and the perfect way to see the town and surrounding areas from a different perspective. We highly recommend booking this charter and will definitely do this again when we come back.

  3. DO
    3-4 Hour *Private* Boat Ride to Waterfront Bars

    Chad and James were the best! Chad was super flexible and had great communication since the day I booked the boat. We had a large group of girls for a bachelorette party and there was plenty of room. Would definitely book again! Thanks for a great time!

  4. JC
    Siteseeing in Style on a Cruising Monohull Yacht in the Charleston Harbor

    If I could leave 10 stars I would! What a great morning my girlfriends and I had with Wit and Crystal on his boat. From my very first communication to the minute we left, our experience was first class. Wit was readily available to answer any and all questions we had. He helped plan and execute a phenomenal day. And what a pleasure to be around - he loves what he does and it shows. Don’t think twice about booking with Wit and Blue Life Charters - you’ll have an amazing experience. Would 100% come back to Charleston just for an opportunity to sail again. The only change I would make is going out for a full day!

  5. EK
    27' Tidewater Center Console on Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant, SC

    Amazing day on the water! Captain Dan was a great tour guide and accommodating with our children on the boat. The boat itself was immaculate and very comfortable. We saw so much and we’re able to swim for a bit in a relatively short period of time. Whether you’re a local (like us) or visiting Charleston for the first time, you will enjoy this tour on the water!

  6. LF
    3-4 Hour *Private* Boat Ride to Waterfront Bars

    Chad was AWESOME! The boat was clean and comfortable, and he was so accommodating. We will forever use Holy City Boat Tours for future trips! So so so impressed. If you’re deciding whether or not to book the boat, do it!!