Information & Facts
Charleston has a subtropical, humid climate. Spring is a lovely
time of year, conditions warming up rapidly between March and May,
spring flowers blooming profusely. Summer is hot and humid, the
area's coastal situation helping to keep things cooler than inland.
It is also the wettest season with almost half the annual rainfall
occurring during summer, falling as showers or in thunderstorms.
Fall remains warm right until November when cold spells start
making an appearance. Fall is also hurricane season. Winter is
short and mild, settling in by December and easing up by February,
sometimes rainy and with occasional snow flurries in early
Charleston is fairly compact and it is easy to explore many
attractions on foot or on a rented bicycle. To visit plantations
and other attractions outside the city, however, a car is the best
option. In the city a bus service covers most areas, running from
5.35am until 10pm for a fare of $1.25. CARTA (Charleston Area
Regional Transportation Authority) buses cover the central downtown
area at a single fare of $1.50, or a day pass for $4. A novel and
fun way to see the city is also to ride in a horse-drawn carriage.
Taxis are available but must be called for.
English is the most common language but Spanish is often
spoken in south-western states.
The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into
100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are
widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely
accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid
hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.