About Isle of Palms

About the Isle of Palms, South Carolina -Charleston’s Favorite Beach

Isle of PalmsBreathtaking, every time in every season! That’s the way the you’ll come to know the island. As you drive up the Connector Bridge and behold the salt marsh, the Intracoastal Waterway, and the beach and ocean surrounding the Isle of Palms, South Carolina, you’ll become charged with excitement.

The Isle of Palms, an Atlantic Barrier Island, has prided itself on being a family beach that is the perfect blend of approximately 5,000 fulltime residents and 20,000 to 50,000 investment owners and visitors on holiday who make it their home and destination.

Back in 2002, the City of the Isle of Palms was the first in the State of South Carolina to achieve the Blue Wave Designation from the Clean Beaches Council who recognizes environmentally well-managed beaches. The city has successfully kept this designation every year since.

Isle of Palms – City Information for Visitors – Find the Marina – IOP Fishing Charters

IOP History: The entire 7-mile long and 1 mile wide island is an incorporated municipality. Having incorporated in 1953, the City celebrated its 50th Anniversary in a weekend long celebration that is still being talked about by those who attended. Attorney J.C. Long developed the island after World War II as an affordable place where service people could buy homes and raise a family. Some of those original families and their descendents are still on the island today.

The IOP Municipality offers residents and visitors a full range of city services to include police, fire, public works, recreation, building, planning, zoning, judicial and general government. Further, the City owns and operates a full service 5-acre marina site with launch services, dockage and fuel.

The IOP Marina is a popular place to charter both offshore and inshore fishing trips as well as eco tours of nearby uninhabited islands.

The IOP City leases facilities to popular restaurants, mini marts, a kayak business, a parasail and a wave runner business at the City owned site.

You’ll discover the Isle of Palms offers approximately six miles of beach access for residents and visitors throughout the island, provides public parking to accommodate visitors and maintains a beachfront restroom and boardwalk for the convenience of every beachgoer.

Recreation for All Ages When Vacationing on the Isle of Palms

You can ride through the many bike paths throughout the Isle of Palms, enjoy the beautiful, wide, sandy beaches or if other recreational activities are your pleasure, through the IOP Recreation Department, organized sports programs exist such as soccer, baseball, softball, football and basketball.

The Isle of Palms also offers “Tiny Tots” and “Mommy and Me” if you are traveling on holiday with your younger children. In addition to playgrounds and ball fields, vacationing visitors and residents may enjoy tennis, shuffleboard and skateboarding. The City is also home to an Oceanfront County Park at the center of the island. This facility has lifeguards, dressing rooms and refreshments.

Isle of Palms Luxury Resorts – Experience World Class Golf and Tennis

The Wild Dunes Resort occupies 1,500 acres on the northern end of the island and offers residents and visitors two 18 hole Tom Fazio golf courses, 17 har tru tennis courts, and numerous pools. Of course, if you are on holiday in a Kay Vacation Rental Beach House, you have your own private pool!

The Wild Dunes Resort Facility has the four star Boardwalk Inn and the Grand Pavilion. These are favorite spots for both music and dancing on the Island. The upscale resort is among the top ten nationally ranked tennis resorts. Wild Dunes has many private residences as well.

While the Isle of Palms is a fabulous place to play, the overall quality of life is equally outstanding. Shopping is convenient with grocery stores and shopping centers. You’ll enjoy visiting the gift shops, businesses and many restaurants.

Get Where You Need to Go – Visiting Charleston and the Islands

Commuting is simple on the Isle of Palms. The adjacent community of Mount Pleasant, just over the Isle of Palms Connector Bridge, has a full range of shopping and fine dining opportunities. Mount Pleasant is also has a hospital nearby and numerous banking facilities.

Just across historic breach inlet, the adjacent island of Sullivan’s Island offers the public school for both islands’ children. The school is situated on 18 acres of beachfront property and is famous for its academic superiority.

Find a Place of Worship When Vacationing on the Isle of Palms

The Isle of Palms has churches and places of worship to attend while you are on vacation. Some noteworthy faith based congregations are the Lutheran Church, the First United Methodist Church and the Baptist Church.

Some residents and visitors attend church on neighboring Sullivan’s Island where Catholic, Presbyterian and Episcopalian churches are located. You may desire visit a Synagogue. No matter what you faith, you’ll find approximately 160 Places of Worship located nearby in downtown Charleston, SC. The “Holy City,” is only 13 miles away off the Island.

Isle of Palms is Sensitive to Ecology and “Green” Issues

IOP Turtle RescueThe Isle of Palms is sensitive to the ecology of the island recognizing that it is a fragile eco system of which both residents and visitors must strive to be good stewards. The City circulates a publication for visitors called The Pelican Guide, which is an educational tool to help visitors preserve what makes the island so special.

The Turtle Team vigilantly monitors the success of the loggerhead turtle nests and hatchlings, The Beach Advisory Committee keeps a close watch on issues related to the entire beach and the Front Beach Enhancement committee completed a million dollar revitalization of the central section of the island most often visited by the day beach tourist.

Lasting Holiday Memories Made on the Isle of Palms

Novels and poetry have been written about the Isle of Palms. Those who live here and those who visit here seem changed forever because of the Island and its people. Some arrive and never want to leave. Others return year after year and continue to make vacation memories that last a lifetime.

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