Charleston Beaches: A Guide to Isle of Palms Activities

The resort-style Isle of Palms is located 12 miles from Charleston, South Carolina, and has served as a vacation spot since the 19th century when visitors could only access it by ferry. Later in 1929, a bridge allowed visitors from all over access to the city. Today, while popular for beaches and laid-back vibes, the area offers diverse recreation and entertainment, all within easy access to Charleston. To get started, here are some top things to do in Isle of Palms.

Top 5 Isle of Palms Activities for Travelers

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Play at Isle of Palms County Park

For a family- and pet-friendly beach day, head to the Isle of Palms County Park, the island’s full-service beach. Enjoy views of the extensive beachfront, or take advantage of the park’s boardwalks, concession stand, restrooms, showers, playground, and picnic area with grills. Guests also find beach chair, umbrella and game rentals, and lifeguards on duty during summer months.

Golf at Wild Dunes

Home to top-rated golf, Wild Dunes Resort provides a place to strike up a friendly game. Designed by Tom Fazio and measuring 36 holes, the course takes players through sand traps, marshes, trees and gorgeous greens. Golf Digest even rated Wild Dunes as the “Best in State” golf course in South Carolina. For more outdoor fun, try a tennis match, rent bicycles or paddle through the area’s waterways.

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Let Aqua Safaris Guide You

A Charleston Harbor tour is a popular way to explore the area’s coastline. Whether travelers want to see the area’s historical sites or catch a big one, there’s a charter for all interests.

Hop aboard a sailboat or power vessel, and spend the day on the water. While boating, see Charleston’s historic district and the Cooper River Bridge, the longest cable-stay bridge in North America. Fishing charters are available in- and off-shore, and accommodate individuals and groups up to 100 passengers.

Shop Island Surf Company

Families can’t visit the beach without picking up souvenirs. Island Surf Company specializes in beach fashion, surfing, and Isle of Palms logo apparel and equipment. Located on front beach, find flip-flops, suits and trunks, custom jewelry, key chains, and more. They also rent surfboards when it’s time to ride the Atlantic Ocean’s waves.

Attend Festivals and Events

Held annually in February, don’t miss the Lowcountry Blues Bash, a multiday event that features blues music at various locations throughout the area. In July, lace up shoes and join the 5K/10K Run or 5K Walk, which also has runs for younger guests. The annual Fourth of July fireworks show and tree-lighting event in December provide holiday fun for all ages. Check out the top Charleston Lowcountry festivals.

It’s time to book a getaway! Book an Isle of Palms vacation rental.