Located just a little over 10 miles from the historic southern city of Charleston, SC, the picturesque beach community of Isle of Palms has been a popular tourist destination since the late 19th century. Although the landscape has changed since then, its popularity hasn’t, thanks to its pristine beaches, beautiful homes and endless recreational options.
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The city of Isle of Palms is located on a long and narrow barrier island by the same name, meaning it is surrounded by beautiful waterfront views on all sides, with the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Intracoastal Waterway to the west. Whether you’re a full-time resident of the area or just a part-time visitor, you’ll never grow tired of the magnificent sunrise and sunset views from the island.
There are lots of opportunities on the island for getting outside and enjoying nature while getting in a little exercise too. You can take to the water in a kayak, on a sailboat or surfboard, charter a boat to do some fishing or if you’re feeling a little adventurous, try out stand-up paddleboarding. If you’d rather stay on dry land, there’s also two signature golf courses at the island’s Wild Dunes Resort, which were designed by Tom Fazio and are considered some of the best in the state of South Carolina, according to Golf Digest. Likewise, Wild Dunes has also been named a U.S. Top Ten Tennis Resort for nine years in a row by Tennis Magazine. In addition to 17 courts including one stadium court, they also offer top-ranked instruction with professional instructors.
For a more laid-back time, make sure to visit The Windjammer – Charleston’s premier beach club located in the Front Beach area of Isle of Palms. Since 1972, The Windjammer has been home to some of the area’s best live music and beachfront volleyball, all with sparkling views of the ocean in the background.
Animal lovers will also want to check out the work of the Island Turtle Team, who work to protect nesting sea turtles and hatchlings along the beach. Working with the Sea Turtle Hospital in Charleston, they are able to rehabilitate and return hundreds of turtles to the ocean from the areas of Isle of Palms and neighboring Sullivan’s Island.
After a long day of fun in the sun, you can enjoy some authentic coastal cuisine at one of the area’s restaurants. Morgan Creek Grill, located at the Isle of Palms Marina, is recognized as Charleston’s Best Seafood Restaurant and offers both fine dining in their dining room and more casual open-air dining on their deck. Both offer amazing panoramic views of the waterway and marshes, whether you take them in up close or through the dining room’s floor to ceiling windows.
Other dining options include Coastal Provisions – an intimate restaurant located at the Wild Dunes Resort, and Acme Lowcountry Kitchen – a casual beach establishment that serves up coastal classics like shrimp and grits, crab cakes and fried green tomatoes.