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Isle Of Palms, SC

About Isle Of PalmsJust across the IOP Connector Bridge about 20 minutes from Charleston, Isle of Palms is a 7-mile-long and 1-mile-wide barrier island, where stately beach homes punctuate lovely stretches of white sand and marsh creek. While still considered to be laid-back by modern standards, the town is a bit more commercial than neighboring Sullivan’s Island, with shopping centers and a grocery store.

The main attraction here is the beaches, and the city offers more than 50 paths for public access. Visitors can park on any road right-of-way that doesn’t display a “no parking” sign, and beachfront restroom facilities and a boardwalk area are nice conveniences for the casual day tripper in for a round of sunbathing or some crabbing and shrimping along the shore. Cyclists may opt to take a ride along one of the many bike paths that snake throughout the island.

Those interested in chartering an inshore or offshore fishing excursion should head to the marina, where it’s also possible to arrange an ecotour of one of the nearby uninhabited islands. Golfers can play a round at Wild Dunes Resort on the island’s north end, where two 18-hole Tom Fazio courses—the Harbor and the Links—challenge all ability levels.

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Isle Of Palms, SC

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The Palms Oceanfront Hotel

1126 Ocean Blvd. Isle Of Palms, SC 29451

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The Village at Wild Dunes Resort

5757 Palm Blvd. Isle Of Palms, SC 29451

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The Boardwalk Inn at Wild Dunes Resort

5757 Palm Blvd. Isle Of Palms, SC 29451

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