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Charleston


South Carolina

Isle of Palms

Beginning in the latter part of the 19th century, the Isle of Palms began welcoming visitors. At that time, the island was accessible only by water and a single railroad bridge.

As the years have passed, the Isle of Palms has become increasingly popular with its appeal spreading far beyond the boundaries of the Lowcountry. Ease of access to this resort island has played an important role in its popularity. I-26 intersects with I-526, which leads directly to the island via the Isle of Palms Connector (SC 517). While becoming an ever more popular vacation destination, the Isle of Palms has lost none of the charm for which it is famous! Moderate year-round temperatures and seven miles of wide, sparkling beach combine to make the Isle of Palms the perfect vacation destination throughout the year. Many visitors are discovering the island's special charm during the spring, fall and winter months.

The Isle of Palms offers every activity imaginable. Whether you are the adventurous type, or prefer to relax under the warm South Carolina sun, you're sure to find your own special kind of fun. If salt water is your passion, you will love the Isle of Palms! Great surfing, swimming, windsurfing, surf casting and offshore fishing are yours for the asking. You'll also enjoy crabbing and shrimping in the beautiful creeks and deep green marshes that separate this semi-tropical island from the mainland. There is also a beautiful family-oriented park located directly on the beach!

Although separated from the mainland, the Isle of Palms is in no way isolated! It is both a residential and vacation island, featuring numerous shops offering a full complement of goods and services. You'll find a complete selection of retail and specialty shops, as well as real estate offices, a grocery store, numerous restaurants, banks, schools and churches.

Visitors to the Isle of Palms may enjoy the historic charm of neighboring Sullivan's Island, which includes Ft. Moultrie, originally built during the Revolutionary War. Edgar Allen Poe wrote his famous story The Gold Bug while stationed here, and it is the burial site of Seminole Indian Chief Osceola. Other historic sites include the Sullivan's Island lighthouse and numerous shore batteries that provided defense until the end of World War II.

The Isle of Palms offers the seclusion and charm of a sea island with the comforts and amenities of a great vacation beach. Best of all, it's conveniently located just 12 miles from historic Charleston.

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