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As if you need another reason to come stay in a Charleston beach house, be it a luxury house on Isle of Palms or a Folly Beach house Charleston… In their 22nd annual World’s Best Awards, Travel + Leisure Magazine just announced that it has again awarded the Holy City the number one spot atop its list of the very best cities to visit in the United States. This makes the fifth year in a row that Charleston has won the top honor, reaching all the way back to 2012. Here’s what Travel + Leisure had to say about the Holy City:  “Charleston is that rare destination that, on paper, seems to have it all — and then totally lives up to the hype. History lovers can stroll the historic cobblestoned center, a maze of immaculate 18th- and 19th-century homes, while foodies can schedule their whole day around meals: char-grilled oysters at Leon’s, cocktails at speakeasy the Gin Joint, and a decadent cheeseburger at Husk.  At family-owned boutiques like Croghan’s Jewel Box, you can browse for estate silver, one-of-a-kind jewelry, and leather wine totes.  Said one T+L reader: ‘All the elements are there to make it a city that will remain in your heart long after you’ve left.’” Charleston also won second place on the “World's Top City” list, as it did two years ago.  Last year it was in the #1 spot on that list as well. Voting is done by the magazine’s readers, who judge cities based on these criteria:  sights and landmarks, culture and arts, restaurants and food, people, and value. Here is the list: TOP 15 CITIES IN THE UNITED STATES

  1. Charleston, SC
  2. Santa Fe, NM
  3. Savannah, GA
  4. New Orleans, LA
  5. Nashville, TN
  6. Honolulu, HI
  7. New York, NY
  8. Austin, TX
  9. Asheville, NC
  10. San Antonio, TX
  11. San Francisco, CA
  12. Chicago, IL
  13. Williamsburg, VA
  14. Boston, MA
  15. Portland, OR

It’s pretty cool that four of the top five and eight of the top 15 are all in the South.  And I’ve lived in three of them.  I’m a living witness, they’re awesome. If you’re interested in beach house rentals Charleston SC, you’d better book way in advance because the word is beyond fully out.

Your Charleston beach house is your home base near the best city in the U.S.!

Your Charleston beach house is your home base near the best city in the U.S.!

Here’s their list of the top cities in the world:

  1. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
  2. Charleston, SC
  3. Chiang Mai, Thailand
  4. Kyoto, Japan
  5. Florence, Italy
  6. Oaxaca, Mexico
  7. Hoi An, Vietnam
  8. Cape Town, South Africa
  9. Ubud, Indonesia
  10. Luang Prabang, Laos

Interestingly, Charleston was the only city in America to make the world’s top ten. Of course the best way to experience a Charleston vacation plus the ocean is by staying in one of EP’s rental homes South Carolina -  especially our Isle of Palms luxury rentals. Here’s a link to T+L’s website all their World’s Best Awards: The ranking will also appear in their August print issue, which hits newsstands this month. See below for a press release about the ranking from the Charleston Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. When you are in the market for SC vacation rentals, specifically luxury beach house rentals SC in the Charleston area, call or email Exclusive Properties.  Our Isle of Palms vacation rentals and other beach rentals Charleston are without peer. All best, Lowcountry Lisa your Isle of Palms vacation blogger  

Yet another reason to book a Charleston beach house ASAP....

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA NAMED WORLD’S BEST CITY AND NO. 1 CITY IN THE U.S. AND CANADA BY THE TRAVEL + LEISURE 2017 WORLD’S BEST AWARDS Rankings’ Effect on Tourism Continues to Positively Impact the Charleston Economy CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA (July 11, 2017) – For the fifth consecutive year, the readers of Travel + Leisure ranked the Charleston area the No. 1 City in the U.S. and Canada. The news was shared by Jacqui Gifford, Senior Editor of Travel + Leisure, on the TODAY Show on July 11. Charleston exceeded other destinations in the categories of sights/landmarks, culture/arts, restaurants/food, people/friendliness, shopping and value to earn the World’s Best City and the No. 1 City in the U.S. and Canada designation. The complete results of the 2017 World’s Best Awards Survey are featured on and in the August issue of the magazine, on newsstands July 11. Travel + Leisure Editor Nathan Lump said, "It's no surprise that Travel + Leisurereaders have once again rated Charleston the best city in the United States. Although small in size, it's the complete package: a rich history and cultural life, some of the country's most interesting food and drink and shopping, excellent hotels, and of course, locals who demonstrate the meaning of a warm welcome." The No. 1 rankings continue to positively impact tourism, the number one economic driver to the Charleston area. Since 2012, the first year Charleston was awarded the No. 1 City in the U.S. and Canada ranking in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards, the total economic impact of tourism is $4.2 billion according to a study in 2016 by the Office of Tourism Analysis at the College of Charleston. Linn Lesesne, Chairman of the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau and Vice President of Public Relations and Group Sales for Charming Inns of Charleston remarked, “Winning this prestigious award for five consecutive years is validation by the well-traveled readers of Travel + Leisure of Charleston’s enduring appeal.” Lesesne added, “while humbling, it is an incentive for the Charleston area to continue to strive for excellence.” Travel + Leisure readers voted on their favorite hotels, cities, islands, spas, cruise lines, airlines, tour outfitters, and car-rental agencies. The 2017 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey results (listed by overall and regional rankings) and survey methodology are featured in the August issue of Travel + Leisure magazine, online at:, and in the World’s Best Awards 2017. Follow the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2017 conversation with #tlworldsbest. See what makes Charleston shine here. ### The mission of the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is to unify and lead the local travel industry in marketing the Charleston area as an individual, meeting, incentive and group destination to both the domestic and international markets.