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Isle of Palms

Bordered by pristine beaches and a network of marsh creeks, the barrier island of Isle of Palms has been a vacation spot since the late 19th century when it was only accessible by ferry. In 1929, a bridge was built, which opened up the island to more than just local residents. Today, it’s the island’s great fishing, beaches and golf that provide a few of the magnets for visitors. With a laid-back, easy going, resort lifestyle, the most popular fashion statement is flip-flops and a t-shirt. Isle of Palms is a great place to gear down from a hectic lifestyle.

The magnificent stretch of beach on Isle of Palms is both photogenic and fun. Once you’ve done your obligatory sunbathing and beachcombing at the... more

Bordered by pristine beaches and a network of marsh creeks, the barrier island of Isle of Palms has been a vacation spot since the late 19th century when it was only accessible by ferry. In 1929, a bridge was built, which opened up the island to more than just local residents. Today, it’s the island’s great fishing, beaches and golf that provide a few of the magnets for visitors. With a laid-back, easy going, resort lifestyle, the most popular fashion statement is flip-flops and a t-shirt. Isle of Palms is a great place to gear down from a hectic lifestyle.

The magnificent stretch of beach on Isle of Palms is both photogenic and fun. Once you’ve done your obligatory sunbathing and beachcombing at the Isle of Palms County Park Beach, head to nearby Charleston, a 30-minute drive away, which has historic sites, landmarks, shopping districts, golf courses and family attractions like The South Carolina Aquarium and Fountain Walk, a new dining, entertainment and shopping complex nearby. For golfers, the Wild Dunes Resort on the Isle of Palms features two 18-hole courses designed by Tom Fazio and there are several more excellent layouts on the mainland, including Patriots Point and Charleston National Country Club.

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All things to do » Things to do

Isle of Palms County Park
Isle of Palms County Park
Attraction type: State Parks
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Isle of Palms Beach
Isle of Palms Beach
Attraction type: Beaches
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Isle of Palms Beach
Attraction type: Beaches
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Dewees Island
Dewees Island
Attraction type: Islands; Nature & Wildlife Areas
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Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum(Mount Pleasant)
Owner description: The history of Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum began in June 1975 when the legendary aircraft carrier USS Yorktown entered Charleston Harbor. A few months later, the USS... more Owner description: The history of Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum began in June 1975 when the legendary aircraft carrier USS Yorktown entered Charleston Harbor. A few months later, the USS Yorktown was dedicated as the first ship of the Naval & Maritime Museum on the 200th birthday of the United States Navy. Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum was officially opened to the public on January 3, 1976. Today the museum consists of the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-10) with 29 aircraft on display from WWII to the present; the USS Laffey (DD-724), a Sumner-class destroyer; and the USS Clamagore (SS-343), a GUPPY III submarine. The Congressional Medal of Honor Society is headquartered here and their official Medal of Honor Museum is onboard the USS Yorktown. There is also a Cold War Sub Memorial and Vietnam Support Base Camp on the surrounding grounds. less
Attraction type: Specialty Museums; Military Museums
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Long Island Cafe
Long Island Cafe
Price: $10 - $25
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Soups, Grill
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Acme Lowcountry Kitchen
Acme Lowcountry Kitchen
Price: $8 - $28
Cuisines: American, Bar, Gluten Free Options
Good for: Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Sea Biscuit Cafe
Sea Biscuit Cafe
Cuisines: American, Cafe
Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Boathouse
Boathouse
Price: $30 - $40
Cuisines: American, Seafood
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Scenic view
Dining options: Brunch, Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Morgan Creek Grill
Morgan Creek Grill
Price: $15 - $30
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Good for: Romantic, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Scenic view
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Wild Dunes Resort
4.0 of 5
Wild Dunes Resort
$192 - $444
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Isle of Palms
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Ocean Inn Apartments Motel
Ocean Inn Apartments Motel
$75 - $125
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Isle of Palms

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Town & Country Inn and Suites
3.0 of 5
Town & Country Inn and Suites
$119 - $214
Ranked #10 of 59 Hotels in Charleston
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Hilton Garden Inn Charleston / Mt. Pleasant
3.0 of 5
Hilton Garden Inn Charleston / Mt. Pleasant
$140 - $265
Ranked #1 of 22 Hotels in Mount Pleasant
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Wyndham Garden Charleston Mount Pleasant
3.0 of 5
Wyndham Garden Charleston Mount Pleasant
$124 - $209
Ranked #2 of 22 Hotels in Mount Pleasant
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Hampton Inn and Suites Charleston/Mt. Pleasant-Isle Of Palms
2.5 of 5
Hampton Inn and Suites Charleston/Mt. Pleasant-Isle Of Palms
$132 - $255
Ranked #3 of 22 Hotels in Mount Pleasant
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Wentworth Mansion
5.0 of 5
Wentworth Mansion
$439 - $567
Ranked #1 of 59 Hotels in Charleston
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French Quarter Inn
4.0 of 5
French Quarter Inn
$304 - $753
Ranked #2 of 59 Hotels in Charleston
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The Spectator Hotel
4.0 of 5
The Spectator Hotel
$338 - $945
Ranked #3 of 59 Hotels in Charleston
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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.