Dewees Island

Dewees Island, Isle of Palms: Address, Dewees Island Reviews: 4.5/5

Dewees Island
4.5
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Dewees Island is a short ferry ride from the Isle of Palms, near Charleston, SC. With no restaurants or stores, no cars or stoplights, Dewees offers a return to nature with all the comforts of home. Enjoy fishing and kayaking, pristine beaches and stately forests.
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BluebirdBonnie
New York City, NY57 contributions
Aug 2016 • Family
Our family (grandparents, parents, and kids) just love this incredible barrier island off the coast of Charleston, SC. We've been here many times and never been disappointed. It is pristine - birds, ocean, sand, no paved roads, no cars. You get there by ferry and bring your groceries from the mainland. However, if you want a golf course that you don't need to take a ferry to get to, don't pick this wonderful island. Ditto for restaurants and clubs. What you get at Dewees is peace and quiet with tidal pools for the littlest kids and generally mild surf for older kids and adults. There are terrific accommodations- houses to rent and apartments in the Shutler House. For a small fee, you can get your shopping done for you, but you do need to cook for yourselves. There are plenty of wonderful restaurants that are easy to get to as long as you are ok with going back & forth by water and then a short car ride (lots of parking at the ferry).
Written May 16, 2017
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Christie D
Yauco, Puerto Rico20 contributions
Dec 2014 • Family
Dewees Island is a private island near Charleston. I have rented houses summer and winter, spring and fall with Dewees Rentals. They offer lovely, comfortable homes with marsh and beach views in one of the most pristine beach environments on the east coast. With wide, soft-sanded, empty beaches, a great crabbing dock, excellent fishing spots, bikes, a ferry ride frequently escorted by dolphins, a resident pair of bald eagles, and spectacular porch views... I'm never at a loss for what to do. Its a place where time slows and everyone just seems to breathe easier. Emily is responsive and helpful and works hard to make your stay one that you'll treasure for years to come.
Written July 25, 2015
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Jo Marie B
Lexington, SC279 contributions
May 2016 • Family
What can I tell you about this island without sounding like I work for the island (which I do not)? My husband and I found this island almost three years ago and all it took was one visit to fall in love. By the second visit, I knew very few other vacations could compare to the tranquil serenity of Dewees Island.

This islands homeowners are very conservation conscious and strive to leave a very small footprint on the island. There are no restaurants or stores on the island and golf carts are the method of transportation. Don't let that scare you because a trip here is like nowhere else.

When we first step off the ferry onto the Dewees Island Ferry Dock,the stress of our crazy life just melts away and we slip into a total relaxed frame of mind. This island has multiple rental units and sizes to fit all of your needs.

From the Huyler House suites which accommodate 2-6 people to their beautifully decorated marsh and beachfront homes that sleep up to 14 people. This is a perfect place for a family get-together or a bunch of friends.

You can do so much here from crabbing, fishing, nature watching, walking and swimming on the pristine beaches to kayaking in the impoundment. One thing you cannot miss is their extraordinary sunrises at the beach and breathtaking sunsets over the marsh. What to do when the sun goes down- grab your book and sit in a hammock or adirondack chairs, play games and cards and disconnect from the world while enjoying family and friends.

The owners and other rentals on the island are so friendly and I have made special friends from my trips here. The moment I step off the island, I start planning my next visit. I have converted many friends and family who have joined us to my Dewees obsession and if you visit, I'm sure you will be the same.
Written July 29, 2016
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Diana T
Sanibel Island, FL21 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
Dewees is a beautiful and private coastal island. There is only one way on and off the island - the ferry. Unfortunately if you don't own property here you cant keep your boat here (making it a bit impractical). There are no businesses per se on the island (so you'll need to bring your own food). The conservationist have done a great job preserving the island. With that said, the fishing wasn't great (likely due to the freeze this winter that impacted this regions fishing). I gave the island 3 stars for one reason -- the deer flies and mosquitos right now make it impossible to enjoy yourselves outside in the morning and evening. We are from Florida near the Everglades - so we are fairly experienced outdoor enthusiasts. I have found myself most of this trip wishing I had brought my mosquito head gear and outfit. The local on the boat to us its the worst hes ever seen. Frankly I am surprised just how horrendous it is here. My husband and I had to literally run to our gold cart, throw in our chairs and escape this morning. Other than that ... or during the winter months ... I would highly recommend it..
Written June 5, 2018
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Daniel G
1 contribution
Nov 2016 • Family
If you are looking for southern hospitality this might not be your place. People were not rude but would not engage in much conversation. We like meeting and talking to people. We won't go again. If we rented for thanksgiving again it will be at Edisto.
Written November 28, 2016
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Tom M
Mount Pleasant, SC15 contributions
Feb 2016 • Friends
Even though the Island is inhabited. It still has the feeling of a true barrier island. You can walk along the beaches and experience all a natural beach has to offer.
Written January 12, 2017
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Reggie F
Isle of Palms, SC11 contributions
Oct 2015
Dewees Island is what barrier islands are meant to be. There's great fishing, swimming, birding, kayaking, walking on the beach. There are only dirt road which you drive golf carts on. To access the island you ride a ferry from 43 41st Street on the Isle of Palms. You must be on the ferry list -- similar to a gated community.
Written October 22, 2015
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jeeperTulsa_OK
Tulsa, OK43 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
We experienced this island on a whim over 3 yrs ago and have fun planning each trip since. It's unusual in that you bring everything you need for time on island with you and use your golf cart to motor around (no cars). It does take some planning to know what you want to bring (and pack conservatively) but so worth it once you're there. We have sometimes been 2 people of maybe 50 on the island and never seen another person in 2+ days. Beaches are fantastic, fishing is good, no phones even better for short periods. There is a community pool and tennis courts but not any other entertainment sources other than your own imagination. If we ever had a large family event we would look for bigger house to rent but usually stay at 1-2 bd condos at main house. Still so easy to take ferry back to get something forgotten or for a dinner in town. Try this one if you like quiet places to enjoy nature.
Written March 31, 2017
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regiblackburn
Asheville, NC3 contributions
Jun 2018
(No autos allowed) When you rent each cottage has golf carts available for transportation.Beautiful island and kept clean. I think the cottages are a reasonable price and are good for large families. One negatives--mosquitoes.
Written August 19, 2018
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