About Isle of Palms, South Carolina
The Isle of Palms has attained the near-perfect mixture of preservation and development, creating an ideal beach resort for visitors and full-time residents alike, just a short drive from historic downtown Charleston. Nearby locals even travel to this beach town to enjoy swimming, dining and more.
Located north of Charleston Harbor, the upscale barrier island exudes a feeling of community that most resort islands simply cannot offer. IOP is known for its cool breezes, mild winters and pleasant summers, the perfect setting for people in search of a year-round, warm-weather home.
Throughout the storied history of the area, the island’s beautiful beaches have served as a peaceful getaway for Charlestonians and other residents of the Carolinas. However, few people lived there full-time until the late 1800s. Even after the automobile became the main mode of transportation for Americans, travel to the island was difficult until the Isle of Palms Connector opened in 1993. Today, the trip along the two-mile-long road that links the island community to bustling Mount Pleasant is no problem.
The Isle of Palms Parks and Recreation Department offers numerous activities for residents and tourists, from aerobics and yoga to recreational team sports, and there’s a full-service marina for boaters. On the north end of the island, the spectacular Wild Dunes Resort is home to two world-class championship golf courses. Both The Links and The Harbor Course were designed by renowned architect Tom Fazio.
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The island is within minutes of the Charleston area’s many historical attractions, including the downtown district; Fort Sumter, where the Civil War began; and Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island, the scene of one of the first battles of the American Revolution and where author Edgar Allan Poe served during his stint in the Army.
Isle of Palms History
Early inhabitants of the island were mainly wandering Sullivan's Island residents but by the 1940s, growth steadily increased, due in part to the sale of vacation homes on the island.
Isle of Palms, with its mild climate and recreation opportunities, is an ideal retirement area. The average temperature year round is 65º. The relaxing atmosphere of the beach is contrasted by the numerous recreational activities provided on the island. The Isle of Palms Park and Recreation Department offers aerobics, baseball, basketball, gymnastics, soccer, softball and tennis for residents. Wild Dunes Resort provides another South Carolina necessity...golf. The resort's two courses, The Links and The Harbor Course, were designed by Tom Fazio. The Links ranks in the top 40 golf courses in the country. The Harbor Course is complete with holes following the Intracoastal Waterway.
Only 20 minutes from historic Charleston, Isle of Palms is close enough to enjoy the numerous activities that go on in the city. The Charleston area is home to museums, theaters, art galleries and sports teams, in addition to 27 golf courses and over 100 shopping centers. The medical community of Charleston includes 10 hospitals and more than 16,000 employees. Isle of Palms has the convenience of a big city, with the coziness of a small town.
Wild Dunes , a prominent community on Isle of Palms, offers villas, homes and lots for sale and rent in addition ot the Wild Dunes resort. Isle of Palms also has several other neighborhoods. Goat Island, located next to Isle of Palms, is a secluded escape from the rush of the city. It is accessible only by boat from Isle of Palms, and houses on the market are rare.
Isle of Palms Condos at Sea Cabins
Isle of Palms, a pristine barrier island, is home to white sand beaches, tidal creeks and marshes and endless aquatic adventures, from windsurfing to deep-sea fishing. Or you can simply relax by strolling the beach – collecting shells, bird watching or enjoying a spectacular Isle of Palms sunset.
Located only minutes from downtown Charleston, Isle of Palms is quickly becoming one of South Carolina’s fastest growing vacation retreats.
At Sea Cabins, a 143-unit condominium community, you can take full advantage of the spectacular Atlantic Ocean views. All villas offer one bedroom and one full bath, a full-sized kitchen, including disposal and dishwasher, and a private balcony. They can be purchased completely furnished.
There is always plenty to do at Sea Cabins. After a full day on the beach, take a refreshing dip in the crystal blue pool while the kids enjoy splashing in their separate children’s pool. Brush up on your tennis game at the courts located directly across the street. Or try your luck fishing or crabbing from the private Sea Cabins’ fishing pier. Then cook your day’s catch on one of the many community charcoal grills.
For the family golfer, Charleston has more than 30 private and public courses, all within easy driving distance of Sea Cabins.
Sea Cabins is within easy walking or bicycling distance to shops, restaurants and the Isle of Palms post office, making this one of the most convenient locations on the island.
Isle of Palms residents are a short drive from the most complete shopping center in the area. Towne Centre, in Mount Pleasant, was designed to look like a small Southern village and features national department stores and shops as well as locally owned businesses. Also nearby is Shem Creek, home to one of the area’s last fishing boat fleets, unusual art galleries and several outstanding restaurants.