Social Distancing Made Fun

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8 May 2020
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Vacation Must Do's

Isle of Palms is open again and short-term rentals are permitted starting on May 13. So, what does that mean for vacation life? How can you experience the Island and still stay safe? 

Social distancing doesn’t have to mean staying inside for your entire stay. Get outside and explore what the Island has to offer — there are plenty of options! These activities are great ways to enjoy the area, while still being aware of your surroundings and being socially responsible!

Turtle Team Scavenger Hunt

This is a perfect option for the whole family, no matter if you’re 5 or 105! The Turtle Team on IOP has placed 6 bronze loggerhead hatchlings, from 10th Avenue at the Windjammer to 14th Avenue at the County Park. With each one is a plaque where you can learn about the different aspects of the nesting process. Pick up a brochure of clues at nearby businesses (including the Island Realty office!) Split up and find each one, then stop by the Isle of Palms City Hall to get a free IOP t-shirt!

Learn more here:

Rent Jet Skis from Tidal Wave Water Sports​

​Water Sports have always been popular on Isle of Palms, but are also a great opportunity to stay active and have some fun in the sun while also social distancing! Tidal Wave has a jet ski safari which shows you the ins and outs of the local waterways, as well as offering rentals so you can explore on your own. They have also recently gotten an entirely new fleet of Sea-Doo jet skis, so you’ll be using brand new equipment!

Book ahead by phone, or visit their website:

Bike Rides Around the Island from IOP Beach Chair Co.​

What better way to feel the coastal breeze than to bike around the Island? IOP Beach Chair Co. offers more than just beach chairs and umbrella rentals--you can also rent bikes! Rent by the week and have them delivered to your door, or stop by their shop on Palm Blvd. to rent by the day. Palm Blvd. has a bike lane so you can stay safe on the road, and the side streets stay fairly quiet so you can have a peaceful bike ride while looking at all of the beautiful homes and scenery. Paddleboards and beach wheelchairs are available too!

Book by phone or on the IOP Beach Chair website:

Walk the Beach or Lounge!

Isle of Palms’ beach is open! Enjoy the sound of the waves, collect some shells, and make some memories while staying safe during your time on the beach. If you choose to lounge, just make sure you're practicing social distancing by staying 6 ft. apart and in groups of 3!

Rent a Kayak

​For those that want to be on the water at a slower pace, kayak rentals are a great way to do so! The great thing about water sport activities during this time is that you can participate in a group or solo, and either way you will be practicing social distancing while not even noticing. The Isle of Palms and the rest of the Charleston area is in such a great environment that’s suitable for a social distancing lifestyle, and does not leave you out of having a great time.

Nature Adventures (Shem Creek). TIP: When booking your tour or rentals, make sure you do so in advace, as they do not have walk-up availability at this time!

​Take a Virtual Tour of Downtown Charleston Attractions


​While some of your favorite attractions in Downtown Charleston are not currently open to the public, they have thought of ways to still stay connected, and experience the fun online! The Gibbes Museum of Art and the South Carolina Aquarium both have videos online taking you around, so it almost feels like you're right there!

Check out a virtual walkthrough of the Gibbes here.

Check out Virtual Visits of the South Carolina Aquarium here.

Enjoy the Local Cuisine

Many restaurants on Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, and Mount Pleasant are offering take-out, delivery, and even outdoor dining options to accommodate during these times. Here are the restaurants on Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island that are open and ready to serve you!​​

 = Dine-In     = Outdoor Dining     =Takeout     =Delivery


Acme Lowcountry Kitchen

The Boathouse 
Coconut Joe's 
Coda del Pesce/Binky's Oyster Bar  
The Dinghy  
Long Island Cafe   

Luke n' Ollie's Pizzeria

Papi's Taqueria  
The Refuge 
Saltworks Dockside Deli  
Sea Biscuit Cafe  
The Windjammer   



Cafe Roux

The Co-Op  
Dunleavy's Pub   
High Thyme Cuisine  
Home Team BBQ  
Mex1 Coastal Cantina 

The Obstinate Daughter


Remember: If you are ordering take-out or dining outside at a Sullivan’s Island restaurant, make sure you have a copy of your receipt or reservation so that you will be let onto the island!

We hope that this gave you some inspiration for your next stay on the Island! Until things return back to normal, there's still plenty to do here and memories to be made.

Sea You Soon!