A Travel Guide to Isle of Palms, SC
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About Isle of Palms, SC
Isle of Palms is an idyllic island town, separated from the mainland by the Intracoastal Waterway. Located just 12 miles from the excitement of downtown Charleston, Isle of Palms is a perpetually relaxing beach community. Due to its unique mix of both vacation rentals and permanent residences, Isle of Palms maintains a strong sense of community. Every vacation rental visitor is immediately accepted as a member of this community.
Things to Do on Isle of Palms
Isle of Palms visitors are easily able to stay busy throughout the year with plenty of things to do. With local festivals and events to attend, activities to try, and thriving shops and delicious restaurants to visit it is easy to fill your time. Of course spending time at the beach is one of the most popular pastimes for visitors and locals alike. IOP is easy to navigate by bike or golf cart, both of which can be rented through Island Realty's in-house concierge. Our concierge team can also set up all members of your vacation party with boat tours, fishing excursions, or a host of other activities.
Barrier Island Eco Tour: No better way to see the beauty of the Lowcountry than with an educational adventure for all ages! Trips customized to you; whether you’re looking for family fun, or to relax with a few cocktails and a cookout, these guided trips get you immersed with full exploration of the surrounding undeveloped Barrier Islands. Local guides have extensive knowledge of the area and own a wide array of passenger boats accommodating up to 6, 16, 19 and 49 guests.
- Trips Offered:
- Sunset Dolphin Discovery Cruise
- Creek and Shark Fishing Trips
- Authentic Lowcoutry Boil Cookout
- Capers Island Wildlife Exploration
Local Music and Nightlife: One of our top picks for a fun outing is The Windjammer. Located on the beach, this venue gets livelier as the day turns to night. Being “IOPs Premier Beach Club since 1972,” The Windjammer brings great tunes and convivial entertainment, such as beach volleyball, to locals and new guests alike. Visitors can also enjoy lunch and dinner with a kitchen open from 11:30-1:30 AM. As the sun goes down, drink specials begin and the fun doesn’t end until 2 AM.
Wild Dunes on Isle of Palms
Should you be interested in a round of golf, Isle of Palms is home to Wild Dunes, a 1,600-acre gated community which has two of the finest golf courses in the Southeast. Our concierge can help you arrange golf outings on the Wild Dunes Links or Wild Dunes Harbor Course. Island Realty has many vacation rentals, ranging from one-bedroom condos to expansive five-bedroom, oceanfront homes within the Wild Dunes community.
Isle of Palms Beaches
Whether you are enjoying a vacation rental in Wild Dunes or elsewhere on the island, if you are visiting Isle of Palms to relax and rejuvenate, you'll find no better way to do it than to spend some time on the gorgeous, white-sand beaches. The beaches of Isle of Palms are seemingly endless. The island's size mean that whether your accommodations are on the oceanfront or not, you're never far from the Atlantic.
General Beach Rules:
- Alcoholic beverages are prohibited
- Fireworks are prohibited
- No glass bottles allowed on beach
- No motorized vehicles on beach
Dogs On The Beach: Dogs are permitted to be off-leash from:
- 5 a.m. until 9 a.m.—April 1st through September 14th (Peak Season)
- 4 p.m. until 10 a.m. –September 15th through March 31st (Off Peak Season)
*During all other hours dogs are permitted on the beach but must be on leash.
If you have an interest in marine life, Isle of Palms is home to a large number of turtles, which nest during summer months. Isle of Palms visitors can sometimes spot sea turtles on the beach! Their nests, which are carefully monitored by our own "Turtle Team", are a unique attraction to the island. Should you be interested in seeing more marine animals, speak with our concierge about a special rate at the South Carolina Aquarium in downtown Charleston. The Aquarium includes a Sea Turtle Hospital to rehabilitate injured or sick turtles before releasing them back into their natural habitat.
Vacation Rentals on Isle of Palms
Some visitors swear by spending holidays on Isle of Palms in an Island Realty vacation rental. These guests love the holiday cheer our staff imparts during their stay, and the ease with which they can spend the holiday. Our vacation rentals range greatly in size, so it can be an intimate affair or a whole family gathering. The island is beautiful throughout the holiday season, with mild temperatures and lovely decorations set out by the community.
Quite simply, Isle of Palms has everything that you and your family are looking for in a beach vacation! And Island Realty has everything you are looking for in a beach vacation rental!