Isle of Palms is a barrier island with everything. There’s lush vegetation, from age-old live oaks to the flowering crepe myrtles and oleanders. For the sports-minded, there’s golf, great fishing, crabbing and shrimping, and more water sports than we can name.
Crossing over from Mt. Pleasant on the Isle of Palms Connector, you can see the majestic sweep of the Atlantic and stately ships on the horizon. To your left is the resort of Wild Dunes. To your right is the small marina at Breach Inlet and the popular Boathouse restaurant. Go through the only stop light on the Island, and you’ll pass by the Isle of Palms County Park before turning onto the “front beach” area where you will find many small cafes, bistros, restaurants and shops.
Perhaps the best the Isle of Palms offers is peace and quiet. Take a long walk on the beach, find a corner table at a small cafe, or hole up on the porch of your home or villa and read the latest bestseller. For generations these islands have welcomed residents and guests alike, offering lifestyle choices that remind us why we retreat from the cities in the first place. Whether for the tenth or the first time, it’s time you visited the Charleston Coast. Getting around the island is easy, with most roads having
marked bike paths for safety. Bicycle and rollerblade rentals are available on the island.
Golf and tennis are easy to pursue on the island.
The island has two world-class golf courses, the intimate Harbor Course and the Links Course, and the Charleston area has many other well-known courses. Both clay and hardcourt surfaces are available to tennis enthusiasts on the island.
Of course, the beach is often the center of activity. For enjoying the waves, bodyboards are available for rental. To keep your toes in the sand, a game of beach volleyball is never far away. Picnic and changing areas are available at Isle of Palms County Park.
Beachcombing is always a popular activity. A large variety of seashells collect on our beaches from sand dollars to whelks, to olives, to angel wings. It's fun to find shell treasures, but please leave the live shells on the beach or throw them back into the ocean.
When walking around the island, watch the sky and water for wildlife. Osprey nests can be spied, pelicans soar and dive for their dinner, dolphins frolic, and giant loggerhead sea turtles come ashore to lay their eggs.