Our family has spent two 4th of July weekends at Isle of Palms. When dusk comes everyone settles in on the beach in their beach chairs and waits for the firework show. The bars on the beach face the speakers towards the beach and you will hear good dance music before the show. You may even spot some people dancing the local beach dance, the Shag....more
Many people go to Isle of Palms so they do not have to stay in Charleston. Don't get me wrong, Charleston is an excellent destination. Absolutely spend the money and take a horse and carriage tour. You will not be disappointed. Don't be afraid to haggle on the price. There are tons of tour companies all trying to get your business.more
Carriage tours are fun. Bryan and I took a Ghost Walk tour in the evening last time were there. It was scarey oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!You always feel like your going back in time when your in Charleston. There are still old generations all over from basket weavers to the families that used to own the plantations.more
1998 Riviera Drive, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, 29464, United States
Good for: Solo
The Wild Dunes resort was recommended to us by some friends. My wife and I have four kids (ages...more
1100 Pavilion Boulevard, Isle of Palms, South Carolina, 29451, United States
Good for: Couples
We have eaten here everytime we go to Isle of Palms. We have sent others here too and they have loved it. It is a beach restaurant / bar. We have taken the children there and they have enjoyed it too. Just a beachy atmosphere. Nothing fancy but the food is good and the drinks are cold.It actually looks like it might be a good nightspot for drinking...more
We love "Los Arcos" Mexican Restaurant. We travel to Isle of Palms every year & have tried so many restaurants but we always return to Los Arcos. The food is fabulous! The staff is friendly & imformative, the food is soo tasty & inexpensive. The atmosphere is amazing. We often eat here several times in a weeks vacation. You won't believe how good...more
Coconut Joe's is a great place to relax for a casual lunch or dinner in Isle of Palms. The restaurant is oceanfront & the best tables are outside on the porch. You can't beat the view or the breeze. The menu has a little something for everyone. Sandwiches, pasta, quesadillas, seafood, not to mention the drinks. They have a raspberry lemonade you...more
We ate here twice in November 2001 but when we came back in March 2002 it was closed. Bob says we are the kiss of death for marina restaurants. The restaurant has reopened under the name of the Morgan Creek Cafe (according to a sign on the side in 2003). I have not been to it since it changed hands/nameThis restaurant is very handy to the marina...more
We like to go to Shem creek to eat. There are shrimp boats that bring in fresh seafood right where you can see them. I've watched them unload some pretty interesting things on those boats. Shark, shrimp, flounder, grouper, snapper, yellow fin tuna, crabs and oysters.Very nice atmosphere overlooking the creek. Lobster.more
Very Historical, popular Beach bar. Many big name bands have played this club, including Hootie and the Blowfish,Sister Hazel, Big Head Todd and the Monsters,Seven Mary Three,Eve 6,Shooter Jennings...just to name a few.Great view of the Atlantic Ocean.Nice open Deck and delicious food. beachwear by day,casual by nightmore
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Park and take the trolley around downtown Charleston. Then take a carriage ride. After good eats. Take a walking tour. We rode our seadoos in some places.
This is my teenage son that is fearless. I wouldn't fall in to that brackish water with them gators for nothing. The locals say they don't bother you. But I never did care for that water.
My nieces and nephews love the souvenir shops. The great thing about Isle of Palms is that they have some sweet little souvenir shops but since it is a small place it is not overkill. You can also buy the beach necessities you need such as sunscreen, beach umbrellas, hats, shoes, whatever! The kids bought boogie boards and that was well worth spending the money as they played with them endlessly. I think they may have even slept with them. We bought some cool shark tooth necklaces and some other crazy tourist items. Like I said, fun but not overkill.
What to buy: boogie boards, shells to take home to friends, beach clothes, t-shirts.
What to pay: $1 - ???? As much as you are into.
When I lived here. I sometimes helped deliver to homes in Mt. Pleasant where there is needy families that live on prime land that has been passed down thru the generations. These people will starve rather than give up their property that there forfathers owned. I have witnessed this. I met a woman that used to help cleab plantation homes. She had to be one of the last. She was a beautiful African American woman. She never said how old she was and I never asked. When I met her she had been on her floor spit shining those old wood floors. She had the most beautiful wood floors I think I had ever seen and her home was immaculate. I felt like I was back in time the moment I stepped into her home. She had relics of the past and could tell you about every one of them.
Stay away from the airforce base area. It's a little rough in the outskirts and you could get into the slot machine addiction he he! There is a new Aquarium to visit. We took our little friend there. He loved it.
I always dressed in layers here. In the morning it was cool. By noon you would roast depending on where you were. Then by evening you needed a light sweater again.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Most the beaches do not have bath houses. You'll need to find a gas station to change or get drinks etc...
Photo Equipment: I would not take my camera to the beach again unless it was one of the watertight and waterproof ones. The sand and moister will get in your camera no matter what. I had mine in a ziplock bag and that sand still got in my camera. Went thru two of them while living in SC.
Miscellaneous: Great fishing off the beach.
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We were venturing out of Isle of Palms late one afternoon to try and beat the dinner crowds. We noticed an unusual land formation, sort of built up dirt. We took a turn off the main road to check it out and found Fort Moultrie. We ended up going to dinner much later as we spent a few hours there walking around the Fort. The park was closed and we...more
Deweese Island is near Isle of Palms - accessible only by boat. It is apparently a real estate development There is accommodation, bird watching, fishing, etc.I haven't been, but we saw the little ferries go back and forth about every 45 minutes to Isle of Palms. Once a week there is a barge which can take cars.more
This boat was in front of us in Isle of Palms. I found it fascinating. Apparently it charters for golfing vacations and receptions.From their website:On the Charlestonian, it’s as if you are on the private yacht of a friend who knows the best bays, basins and waterways in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, can put together a great game of golf .. and...more
Last time we went by the Isle of Palms marina, I took a picture of this boat. I found out it is one of the ones from TIdal Wave Water Sports who have 4 locations in the Charleston area including this one. I have not parasailed but some of my children and grandchildren have done it (although not here). Their website says:Our Parasailing Captains are...more
The Wild Dunes Resort (part of which used to include the Wild Dunes Marina which is now part of the Isle of Palms Marina) has two 18 hole golf courses. One of them, the Harbor Course is alongside the ICW. I'm pretty sure that the use of these courses is restricted to resort guests.The website says: "The Harbor Course rewards shotmaking skills and...more
Isle of Palms has a fascinating history. According to the IOP.net website: "Originally named Hunting Island and then Long Island, it's thought to be at least 25,000 years old, and first inhabited by the indigenous Seewee Indians. The Seewees were said to have greeted the first English settlers to the area by swimming to the ships and carrying the...more
See the sun rise, pack a picnic lunch, bring your own trash bag, stay off dunes(sometimes there are loggerhead turtle eggs in them. They are an endangered speices). Bring sun tan lotion, the sun is very different down here and it is very humid. However you can get serious wind burn too! Laying out. Relaxing!more