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Isle of Palms Condos & Vacation Rentals

Isle of Palms Travel Guide

Searching for a vacation with sun, sea and sand? Look no further than the Isle of Palms on the coast of South Carolina. This charming city hugs the beach, which means you can enjoy soaking up the sun by pristine water and golden sand. There is a fantastic laid-back atmosphere that makes Isle of Palms an enjoyable vacation destination. From sailing and surfing to golfing and playing tennis, it's a destination that's bursting with recreational opportunities and sports to enjoy too. There are even volleyball and ‘windjammer’ tournaments here, while the business district features shops and restaurants to suit everyone in the evenings. There is no doubt that you could get used to this relaxed island lifestyle!

Things to Do in Isle of Palms

The main tourist attraction is Isle of Palms Beach. This place is a paradise, with its blue water and golden sand. Whether you want to sunbathe and unwind or go for an adventure on the water, everyone can have fun here. There are banana boats, paragliding, fishing, and boating. There are also several other fantastic surrounding beaches, with Boneyard Beach being one of the most unusual. For some history, head to Patriots Point and the Maritime Museum where you can view the USS Yorktown for the Second World War, as well as historic ships and a Cold War Memorial.

Best Places to Stay in Isle of Palms

Some of the best hotels and resorts are found on the beachfront, which means you are near to the sand, shopping and restaurants.

Best Time to Visit Isle of Palms

The summer months in Isle of Palms can get really hot, which means that vacationers can enjoy more pleasant weather from March to May, along with smaller crowds.

A Local's Guide to Isle of Palms

This sunny resort on the coast of South Carolina is the perfect place for a laid back vacation. Isle of Palms is great for a family beach getaway with activities and events on the miles of sandy shoreline.

Staying in a vacation rental on Isle of Palms gives travelers the opportunity to fully relax. Starting the morning off by watching the sun rise over the Atlantic Ocean is the best way to truly leave the worries of the world behind. Swim in the ocean, walk along the coastline and fully appreciate the beauty of the island life.

Some rentals come with a private pool and hot tub or larger groups can choose a vacation home with games rooms and large living rooms. Be sure to compare home features to check the house rental fits the needs of everyone in your group.

Many apartments have ocean views from balconies or alternatively, a beach house is just a short walk from the ocean.

A great place to stay in the Isle of Palms is Wild Dunes Resort. The 4-star destination is a mixture of hotel, vacation rentals, and beachfront condos. With golf, tennis, swimming pools and activities for children, this luxury accommodation makes any vacation extra special.

With a Tom Fazio-designed golf course on the island resort, golfers will have a great excuse to practice their swing on vacation.

There are plenty of shopping malls and stores to visit in the Isle of Palms. From designer outlets, homewares and bespoke gifts, shoppers will find the perfect souvenirs and presents.

Just taking in the scenery and the natural landscape is also a great way to spend an afternoon. Walk along the nature trails or take a sunset stroll on the beach. There are also tons of hiking trails in the area.

One of the best places to visit is Isle of Palms county park. The park sits in Charleston County and is highly rated by travelers from all over the globe.

With volleyball and a play area, there is more than just a beach at Palms county park. During the week, the area is quieter and has plenty of room to throw down a towel and relax -- holidays and weekends see the highest number of people visit here. The park is just 16 miles east of the city so it is close enough for a short car ride but far enough away for vacationers to explore. There are seven miles of shoreline and the park has a wide variety of beachfront vacation rentals.

Another great beach to visit is Boneyard Beach, which was once a forest filled with flora and fauna. Today, the beach is the remnants of a maritime forest-beach, filled with skeletal remains of what once was, earning it the name of Boneyard Beach. You can see oak and cedar trees that have been bleached by the sun and weathered by strong winds, and they look like skeletal driftwood figures. It’s an unusual and strikingly beautiful spot. Boneyard Beach lies on Bulls Island and can only be reached by ferry. There are hiking trails that pass through the beach and it’s well worth a visit.

If you have time, you can explore the surrounding beaches on Bulls Island. You’ll find secluded bays that are free from crowds of people. There’s also plenty of wildlife, and if you want to spot an alligator, head to Alligator Alley, said to be teaming with the prehistoric-looking reptiles.

For the adventurous, there are tons of watersports you can do, primarily on the main Isle of Palms Beach, although you can also sign-up on other nearby beaches. As Isle of Palms is surrounded by water, it’s the ideal place to do a spot of water sports. There’s everything from banana boats, through to paragliding, jet-skiing, kayaking and much more.

Another great thing to do is hire a boat and explore the island’s surrounding, calm waters. It’s really easy to rent a boat from the marina and there’s a wide selection of boats to rent, from dual consoles to deck boats or pedalos.

For more water-based activities, why not try a fishing tour. There are several companies running tours and the Isle of Palms’ surrounding waters are filled to the brim with a wide variety of fish. Try your hand at catching a big fish and cooking it for dinner.

If you want to find out more about the area’s ecosystem, an absolute must-do is a tour of the marshlands surrounding the barrier islands. The salt-marsh ecosystem is home to rare flora and fauna, and during a tour of the barrier islands, you might even be able to spot dolphins, or take part in sustainable fishing and crabbing.

Another top activity for the adventurous is hiring a moped or scooter and seeing the Isle of Palms from two wheels. You can find deserted beaches and see the whole area at your own pace.

If you’re looking for a history fix, the Maritime Museum is the perfect place to find out more about the area’s past. The Isle of Palms is home to the mighty Yorktown, a World War II warship, which hung-up its sails at Patriot’s Point. You can also find Patriots Point Museum where you can see a fleet of national landmark ships and a Cold War memorial.

You can indulge in more history at the nearby Boone Hall Plantation, which is around eight miles from the Isle of Palms. It’s one of the US’ oldest working plantations, in business for over 300 years. It features traditional Southern architecture and oak trees. At the plantation, you can see nine of its original slave cabins and find out more about the terrible working conditions suffered. It’s a picturesque mansion that has been used in Hollywood films, such as the Tempest and the Notebook.

You can also drive to Fort Sumter National Monument, where you can learn about the first battle between the Union and Confederate armies in the Civil War. Here, at this point, the Union forces surrendered after a 34-hour bombardment by the Rebels.

After you’ve worked up an appetite, a good spot for a bite to eat is Isle of Palms Marina. Watch the boats go by as you tuck into something tasty, or for something more active, rent a boat or take a guided fishing charter for a day on the water. There’s also an annual Marina Festival that supports local veterans and showcases country music stars.

While in Isle of Palms, take a drive through the Mount Pleasant neighborhood. This area has some great bars and restaurants as well as vacation accommodation.

Meanwhile, if you’re looking for some serious ‘r&r’ there are a few spas in the area where you can kick back with massages and mud baths.

Cabins in Isle of Palms

If you're ready to hit the beach, one of the vacation rentals in Isle of Palms in South Carolina is for you. Island of Palms offers the perfect vacation destination for both family and friends, with miles of oceanfront fun and a huge range of Island of Palms condo rentals.

The town is nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, featuring a stunning beach, a championship golf course, the Isle of Palms marina, and a plethora of recreational activities. The island lifestyle means visitors can be as active or relaxed as they choose, with many activities to try, as well as a range of shopping and dining opportunities, with neighboring Mount Pleasant making a great day trip.

There are some excellent beach-side cabins to rent in the Isle of Palms, with everything from a small two-bed rental to a larger house for family and friends. Some come with pools, balconies, air-conditioning, and plenty of surrounding palm trees.

Condos in Isle of Palms

If you're ready to hit the beach, a house rental on the Isle of Palms in South Carolina is for you. Island of Palms offers the perfect vacation destination for both family and friends, with miles of oceanfront fun and a huge range of Island of Palms condo rentals.

The town is nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, featuring a stunning beach, a championship golf course, the Isle of Palms marina, and a plethora of recreational activities. The island lifestyle means visitors can be as active or relaxed as they choose, with many activities to try, as well as a range of shopping and dining opportunities, with neighboring Mount Pleasant making a great day trip.

When it comes to looking for a place to stay, you'll be spoilt for choice. The Wild Dunes Resort is home to an array of vacation rentals in Isle of Palms, a hotel, restaurants, and golf courses all in one place. Alternatively, a beach vacation rental is a great choice for a family vacation, as some homes feature ocean views and a full kitchen, while others may even have private pools and private beach access. There are also many hotels along the coast, with swimming pools and access to Isle of Palms Beach.

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The most expensive month to stay in a vacation rental in Isle of Palms is in July, while the cheapest month is in February. The most popular time to book a vacation rental in Isle of Palms is in the high season in July. Isle of Palms has its low season in December, when less people are visiting and the vacation home occupancy rate drops.
The cheapest day to stay at a vacation rental in Isle of Palms tends to be Monday, while the most expensive day tends to be Friday. Vacation homes in Isle of Palms tend to be busiest on Fridays, while it tends to be much quieter on Tuesdays.

The weather in Isle of Palms

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This climate histogram shows you the weather patterns in Isle of Palms. The hottest month in Isle of Palms is July, when temperatures peak at 97 ˚F. The coolest month is January, when temperatures drop to 18 ˚F. The wettest month in Isle of Palms is December with 10.45 inches of rain, while the driest month is February with 1.12 inches of rain.

Vacation Rentals in Isle of Palms

Browse accommodations from all the best providers including VRBO, Airbnb, Homeaway and more at AllTheRooms.com. Isle of Palms has 4,387 hotels, vacation rentals and other unique places to stay, with prices to suit budget travelers, luxury travelers and everything in between. A typical accommodation in Isle of Palms costs on average $493 per night.

If you want to stay connected during your trip, then you can choose from over 1,779 accommodations in Isle of Palms that have WiFi. 14 places to stay include a breakfast. Choose from 442 places to stay that provide gym facilities, so you won't miss a single workout. Driving to Isle of Palms? Then choose one of the 1,653 places to stay that comes with a parking spot included. 681 hotels and vacation rentals have a pool or jacuzzi.

If you're traveling with a furry friend, then be sure to choose one of the 181 pet-friendly accommodations available.

AllTheRooms aggregates vacation rentals, hotels and other unique accommodation types from 6 providers in Isle of Palms, including 751 places to stay from VRBO, 637 accommodations from Airbnb and 242 places to stay from Homeaway

1,637 of our accommodations in Isle of Palms have been reviewed and rated. 35% are rated excellent or good. 1,713 places to stay in are instantly bookable.

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