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Welcome to South Carolina

South Carolina

The small state of South Carolina is dominated by agriculture, with rolling hills and fertile farmland making up the interior and attractive plantations along the coast. The flat plains and the undulating pastoral landscapes hold little of interest for the visitor; the South Carolina coast is the true jewel of the state and has most of the attractions.

Miles of white sandy seashore stretch from the Grand Strand in the north to the mouth of the Savannah River in the south. The glitzy heart of the coast is the popular tourist resort of Myrtle Beach that is famous for its family entertainment, amusement park attractions and recreational activities, especially golf. A string of resorts are dotted along the coast to historic Georgetown, sitting between the carnival atmosphere of Myrtle Beach and the old port grandeur of Charleston, one of the most elegant cities in the country. South of Charleston the coastline breaks up into small marshy islands that preserve traces of the Gullah culture. These Sea Islands are home to black communities, descendants of the West African slaves brought to the plantations who were given land when they were freed in 1865, and who speak a dialect known as Gullah that is unique to the African-Americans of the Sea Islands of South Carolina and Georgia.

South Carolina, nicknamed the 'palmetto state', has a rich history that is documented in the beautiful historic district of Charleston, Civil War sites, including Fort Sumter in Charleston harbour, and the restored plantation estates. In the 1800s the state depended heavily on slave labour to work the plantations, and as a result was the first state to secede from the Union and was a leader in the dispute over slavery.

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South Carolina's climate is subtropical, with plenty of humidity in its long, hot summers. Temperatures tend to be higher on the coast, with colder conditions in the mountains, though on average the winters are short and mild. With predominately low altitudes in the state, and the protection of the Appalachian Mountains screening South Carolina from cold air from the interior, average temperatures tend to range from 58°F (14°C) in the northwest, to 68°F (20°C) on the coast, though summer temperatures usually climb to 90°F (32°C) and up, particularly in the central part of the state. Rainfall occurs mostly in the spring and summer, with more precipitation occurring in summer along the coast, and in spring further inland.

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.

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