Escape from Miami to Charleston on a budget

You don’t necessarily have to go far, far away to have a memorable vacation: there are plenty of U.S. cities worth exploring. One option is Charleston, a top travel destination in the American South. The oldest and largest city in South Carolina, Charleston is known for its history, architecture, food culture and hospitality. The city sits on a harbor at the nexus of three rivers, and it boasts a vibrant music and arts scene, along with numerous museums and family-friendly attractions.

Using travel site Skyscanner, we’ve sifted through the cheapest flights between Miami and Charleston in the next few months, including some top-rated hotel options and beloved local attractions.

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Cheapest Charleston flights

Currently, the cheapest flights between Miami and Charleston are if you leave on Aug. 3 and return from South Carolina on Aug. 6. American Airlines currently has tickets for $174, roundtrip.

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There are also deals to be had in May. If you fly out of Miami on May 25 and return from Charleston on May 28, American Airlines can get you there and back for $213 roundtrip.

Top Charleston hotels

To plan your stay, here are two of Charleston’s top-rated hotels, that we selected from Skyscanner’s listings based on price and customer satisfaction.

The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel (115 Meeting St.)

For an all-around top recommendation, consider The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel. The hotel has a 4.6-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $123.

This reconstruction of an 1853 hotel is close to the Gibbes Museum of Art and the Charleston County Courthouse and all that Meeting and King streets have to offer. 

The Market Pavilion Hotel (225 E. Bay St.)

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A pricer alternative is The Market Pavilion Hotel. Rooms are currently set at $199/night.

Set in the heart of Charleston, this hotel is located right beside the open-air market, close to Waterfront Park, bars, restaurants and shops.

Local restaurant picks

If you’re looking to snag a bite at one of Charleston’s many quality eateries, here are a few popular culinary destinations from Skyscanner’s listings that will help keep you satiated.

The FIG (232 Meeting St.)

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If you’re looking for a local favorite, head to The FIG, which has an average of 4.9 stars out of 40 reviews on Skyscanner.

The restaurant works with local farmers, growers and purveyors to source products with integrity, flavor and soul. The seasonal offerings are then incorporated into the nightly menus.

“The FIG is a great place to eat if you can get a reservation ahead of time,” wrote visitor Wythe.

Halls Chophouse (434 King St.)

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Another popular dining destination is Halls Chophouse, with 4.9 stars from 31 reviews.

“Absolutely delicious!” wrote reviewer Maria. “Our entire group was not only happy with their choices, we were all stuffed! Everything tasted fresh. The staff was so friendly, and they truly made it an unforgettable experience.”

Hominy Grill (207 Rutledge Ave.)

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Also worth considering is Hominy Grill.

Nationally acclaimed and locally beloved, Hominy Grill is a Charleston institution serving classic Southern specialties that taste just like Grandma used to make.

Featured local attractions

Charleston is also full of sites to visit and explore. Here are some popular attractions to round out your trip, again from Skyscanner’s listings.

Downtown Charleston (King Street)

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First up is Downtown Charleston.

The historic area of Downtown Charleston is an experience not soon forgotten by the thousands of tourists who visit each year. The main feature is the historic row homes, many of which have been renovated and restored to their original Revolutionary War appearances and feature amazing antique furniture and decor. 

“Downtown offers great shopping, eating and sightseeing,” wrote visitor Sarah.  

The Battery 

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Then, there’s The Battery. This iconic landmark was built as a defensive seawall and promenade.

“This is a waterfront park consisting of park benches under the oaks,” wrote visitor Tracy. “Great for locals walking their dogs and for the walkers and joggers.”

Charleston Waterfront Park (1 Vendue Range)

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Lastly, spend some time at Charleston Waterfront Park.

Stroll along the pier of Charleston Waterfront Park and behold the beauty of the Charleston Harbor. Bring your entire family to view the calming dance of the water fountains as you enjoy a picnic in the park.

“Going to the park doesn’t cost a thing,” wrote visitor Tracy. “Kids can splash in the fountain. There are beautiful sturdy shaded porch swings which if you get lucky or patient you can relax in.”

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