If you are looking for a beach escape for the weekend with tourist traps, mini golf, and buffets as far as the eye can see, don’t go to Isle of Palms in South Carolina. If you seek a quiet, family friendly, sandy picturesque glistening escape from reality, with the winds whipping in your hair, kiteboarders whizzing by, and one of the most important historical locations in the country twenty minutes away, then jump in your car and find the quickest way to highway 95.
Isle of Palms is just north of Charleston, where you can enjoy a beach excursion as well as a historical getaway all in one. Located in between Sullivan’s Island and Dewees Island, right outside of Mt. Pleasant, the choices for lodging are endless. Whether renting a home for a week in the summer to an extended weekend off season, East Island Rentals can book you an exclusive ocean front home to bask in the sun or swim the sea. If a rental home is not what you are looking for, try the Seaside Inn on Ocean Boulevard for a quaint boutique feeling hotel and a few days of fun in the sun. For those seeking an all-inclusive vacation resort, Wild Dunes is not to miss. Condominiums to rental homes, golf to tennis, swimming in the pools or ocean, there is something for everyone in your family to entertain.
Once you have decided upon where you’ll be laying your head at night, the days on the beach are full of entertainment options. Catch some Air offers kiteboarding classes as well as many types of rentals for a full array of sporting options. While looking down the beach, you are likely to see at least 30 kites, all kiteboarding hopefuls waiting to catch the perfect wave and breeze combination. If the latest craze in boarding isn’t for you, try your hand on the open seas at catching dinner. Barrier Island Eco Tours offers fishing to island excursions, crabbing, wildlife education and more. From scheduled trips to private excursions, there are countless options to make your stay memorable.
When you hear your stomach start to growl, two unique options come to mind. The Co-Op on Sullivan’s Island, where farm meets table. You can order in to take home, shop from fresh produce or daily baked yummies to tempt your sweet tooth. The Co-Op doesn’t have any tables, only plenty of incredible offerings to take back to your beach pad to enjoy. For a taste of southern hospitality, give Page’s Okra Grill a taste. You will find a line out the front door on weekends for breakfast, so be prepared to wait. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, their affordability puts an ease on the pocket and a great meal in your mouth.
When looking for the perfect weekend getaway or week long retreat, Isle of Palms offers everything you’ll need for entertaining the entire family and still finding a little quiet time to soak up the sun.