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Popular amenities for Isle of Palms vacation rentals

Stay near Isle of Palms's top sights

Isle of Palms County Park63 locals recommend
Wild Dunes Resort263 locals recommend
Isle of Palms Beach76 locals recommend
The Windjammer352 locals recommend
Isle of Palms Marina268 locals recommend
Acme Lowcountry Kitchen84 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Isle of Palms

  • Total rentals

    1.3K properties

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $80 before taxes and fees

  • Total number of reviews

    19K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    1.1K properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    250 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    1K properties have a pool

Your guide to Isle of Palms

All About Isle of Palms

This laidback South Carolina beach town has charm in spades. Located on an idyllic barrier island, a friendly community resides throughout its coastal dunes, tight-knit neighborhoods, and local haunts. You’ll find all types of architecture dotting the coastal areas, as this is a place where people come to live out their dream life. Beyond the property lines is a diverse and interesting habitat where sea turtles nest on the shore and shipwrecks lurk beneath the surf. Pass the time here with beach volleyball tournaments, surf lessons, boat trips, and fishing charters. Its location near downtown Charleston means that top-notch restaurants, cafes, and city life are never too far away. In Isle of Palms, it seems you really can have it all.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Isle of Palms

Like much of South Carolina, Isle of Palms has a humid, subtropical climate. That means summer can be hot and oppressive, even if it’s the most popular time to visit. If you visit between June and August, as most tourists do, you can expect temperatures in the upper 80s and low 90s Fahrenheit. While it makes for a refreshing dip in the ocean, bring a sun hat and plenty of SPF to protect yourself from the sun. For more pleasant temperatures (and fewer crowds), late spring and early fall offer light breezes and more favorable temperatures. Keep in mind that hurricane season peaks around September, so for more reliable weather, spring is best: overall, April and May win out for the best weather.

Top things to do in Isle of Palms

Isle of Palms County Park

This popular park is irresistible for its array of amenities and offerings, all of which are easily accessible. Spread out on a patch of grass, prop up a parasol on the fine sandy beach, unpack a homemade picnic at one of the scenic tables, or splash around in the warm ocean waters. When you want to stretch your legs, find your way to the boardwalk, which connects to the town’s namesake beach.

Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens

An oak-lined avenue welcomes visitors to the 17th-century Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens, just outside of Isle of Palms. This historic site serves up a slice of the region’s deep history, with preserved buildings and beautiful plants spread across 738 acres. Walking or driving tours are offered and, depending on the season, U-Pick Fields welcome visitors to pick your own peaches, grapes, and berries. There’s cultural programming throughout the year that informs about the plantation’s history and works to raise awareness about enslaved peoples.

Boat tour

Taking a boat tour is a great way to get another perspective of Isle of Palms, as much of the natural beauty here can’t be accessed by car or on foot. Secret coves, hidden wildlife, crabbing excursions, aquatic safaris, and even a haunted harbor are all on offer from one of the town’s several outfitters.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Isle of Palms?

    Isle of Palms experiences a subtropical climate with hot, humid summers, and mild winters. Summer temperatures often reach 80-90°F (27-32°C), while winter temperatures range from 40-60°F (4-16°C). Frequent sea breezes can temper the summer heat.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Isle of Palms?

    Frequently suggested activities on Isle of Palms include beach lounging, surfing, and paddleboarding. For a touch of nature, exploring the waterways by kayak or visiting the Isle of Palms Turtle Team during nesting season are often recommended.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Isle of Palms?

    Spring and summer, from April to August, are the most popular times to visit Isle of Palms. During these warm months, which range from 70°F to 90°F (21°C to 32°C), visitors can fully enjoy the beaches. The Isle of Palms Beach Run in July and the Isle of Palms Connector Run and Walk for the Child in October are frequently suggested local events.

  • What are the best places to stay in Isle of Palms?

    Consider staying in areas like Front Beach, home to the Isle of Palms County Park, or Wild Dunes, a residential area with its own golf courses and tennis courts. Both provide easy beach access for a relaxing getaway.

  • What are the best places to visit in Isle of Palms?

    Isle of Palms County Park, with its beachfront picnic areas, is often recommended. For history buffs, the nearby Fort Moultrie, about 10 miles (16 km) away, was a key site during the Revolutionary War and World War II.

  • What are some hiking trails in Isle of Palms?

    While Isle of Palms is a beach town, it's close to some great hiking options. Just a short drive away, you can explore the Swamp Fox Passage/Palmetto Trail, a 42-mile (67 km) stretch that takes you through forests and swamps. Closer to the city, the Mount Pleasant Palmetto Islands County Park has various trails through marshland, ideal for a leisurely walk.

  • What are some family activities to do in Isle of Palms?

    Families can enjoy beachfront picnics at Isle of Palms County Park, wildlife viewing at the Isle of Palms Turtle Team, or a day of history and exploration at the nearby Fort Moultrie.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Isle of Palms?

    Charleston, with its historic downtown and colorful Rainbow Row, is a popular day trip about 17 miles (27 km) away. Those interested in history and nature might also consider visiting the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, about 29 miles (47 km) away.

  • How much does it cost to stay in house rentals in Isle of Palms?

    Experience the best of Isle of Palms with our house rentals, starting at about $10 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.

  • Are there Isle of Palms house rentals on Airbnb with pools?

    Yes! Dive into the perfect getaway at one of over 470 house rentals with pools in Isle of Palms, available on Airbnb. Make a splash and soak up the sun in style!

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