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Bridge Run poster voting time

It’s that time again when your voice can be heard… when you can cast your vote for your favorite Cooper River Bridge Run poster option!

Yes, election time is upon us, in more ways than one.  No politics here, just fun and thoughts of a more normal time in spring of 2021.

The 2021 Cooper River Bridge Run date has been set.   It’s March 27, 2021, which will be the 44th annual running/walking of the beloved 10K over the Cooper River Bridge.  And since the 2020 race didn’t happen due to COVID, it’s all hands on deck getting ready to make next year’s Bridge Run really great.

 

How to vote for your favorite Bridge Run poster

 

Organizers have just launched the 2021 People’s Choice Survey, and the CRBR Art Design Voting is officially open.

There are thirty neat Bridge Run poster designs to choose from.  They vary widely in style, from realistic to impressionistic, in a spectrum of bright colors.  It’s a fun array to choose from.

Vote for your favorite here.

Hurry!  Voting closes this Sunday, August 30th, at 11:59 p.m. EST.  You can only vote once and choose one design, so pick wisely.  The winner of the People’s Choice Voting automatically becomes one of the 10 finalists in the 2021 Bridge Run Poster Art Design Contest.

Read all about the 2021 Bridge Run, including registration info, at the official Bridge Run website.

 

Sidewalk Shop & Stroll

 

If you’re in the mood for a little in-person shopping (masked and socially distanced), this weekend is the perfect opportunity.  Mount Pleasant Towne Centre, the large outdoor shopping center just over the IOP Connector, is hosting a special event all weekend long.

It’s their end of summer Sidewalk Shop & Stroll, going on today through Sunday (August 28th – 30th).

There will be lots of great sales, plus refreshments, giveaways, gifts with purchase promotions and the like.  Check them out on Instagram (@shopmptc) for a chance to win a $100 gift card to your favorite store.

Here are some of the shops participating…

Athleta

Beau & Ro by Sara Rossi

Buckle

Chico’s

Copper Penny

GameStop

LensCrafters

Lizard Thicket Boutique

LOFT

Millie Lynn Boutique

Palmetto Moon

Southern Tide

Stella Nova

StylExchange

Sweet Julep’s

TCBY

Vestique

White House Black Market

Wine Cellar Wine & Gifts

Towne Centre is located at 1218 Belk Drive in Mount Pleasant, and they have plenty of free parking.  Click here for more info.

So do some sidewalk shopping, and cast your vote for your favorite Bridge Run poster.  By the way, it’s not too early to book one of our luxury beach house rentals SC for Bridge Run weekend.  Just give us a call at EP and we’ll get you on the books.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

The Co-Op comes to the IOP

Good news  –  the Co-Op, the beloved hot spot on Sullivan’s Island, will soon be opening a new location on the Isle of Palms!

The Co-Op on Sullivan’s has fast become a huge hit and island staple in its eight years of existence.  There are several reasons for this fact.  They truly care about their community and have created a neighborhood gathering place.  Their motto is simple… “we want the meaning of ‘local’ to be closely intertwined with both the comfort of recognition as well as the quality of freshness.”

In other words, they are “redefining local.”

 

What is the Co-Op?

 

It’s a market/specialty grocery store.  A deli.  A café serving espresso drinks.  $1 coffee.  Breakfast served all day.  Gourmet sandwiches and salads.  Some menu highlights  –  Caprese Panini (tomato, mozzarella, house arugula pesto, balsamic on sourdough), Breakfast Burrito (bacon, eggs, mozzarella, roasted red peppers, hummus & hot sauce served in a flour tortilla), Avocado Toast on sunflower multigrain, and Greek Salad.

And one of the top reasons for their popularity very well might be their wildly popular cold beverage option  –  their world famous Frosé.

And not just one kind of Frosé, but many.  20 different flavors, to be exact.  That’s a whole lotta frozen summer goodness.  Some recent options  –  Sweet Tea Frosé.  Vanilla Cherry Cola Frosé. Pina Colada Frosé.  Check each day for the available flavors.

Their Sullivan’s Island location, at 2019 Middle Street, is going through a bit of a transition.  Despite numerous attempts, they were unable to resign a lease with their landlord.  So instead, they will be building a whole new location  –  right next door to the original one.  It will be twice the size, coming in around 2,400 square feet, and will open right as the old one closes.

 

Frosé comes to the IOP

 

But back to the main point  –  they are opening a new location on the Isle of Palms, right between the Long Island Café and The Refuge in the Harris-Teeter shopping center.  It’s the storefront where the Chills 360 ice cream shop used to be, at 1515 Palm Boulevard.

It will be called  –  “The Co-Op on Palm Frosé & Eatery.”

Their game plan is to open their new Isle of Palms location by September 1st.  That way, they’ll get in on a bit of the peak summer season.

Here’s what they’ll be offering…  $1 coffee, outdoor seating, burger night, snow cones, Frosé, and “gourmet fast so you can get to the beach, work, yoga, or back home to unpause Southern Charm as quickly as possible.”

They’ll be offering delivery to the Isle of Palms, including Wild Dunes, every day and all day, including breakfast.

Their Frosé is such a big thing, that the owner recently purchased a shocking pink Jeep.  This is what he wrote about it online… “The Co-Op now has a pink Jeep,  Not sure what else to say.  It will tow the Frosé trailer and make deliveries on IOP.  I brought it home and my wife said it can’t stay at the house as the neighbors already hate me.  So you will see it parked randomly around the islands until it is towed away.  I picked it up from the shop and the guy working asked if it was for my wife or daughter.  I said it was for me.  We then sat in silence until the car was ready.”

Here’s more from Count on 2 News.  Also, as you can tell, the Co-Op has quite the rep on social media.  Check out their official website.  You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram.

So check out the Co-Op on Palm, when it opens next week.  And when you’re in the market for Isle of Palms vacation rentals, be sure to call EP.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

 

drive-in movie theaters

In these COVID days, people are getting creative about ways to be entertained, and they’re reaching back to one from the good ol’ days  –  the drive-in movie.

All of a sudden, everywhere you look, there seems to be a new drive-in movie venue popping up.

The Lowcountry is a perfect example of that.  At the moment, there are multiple places where you can catch a drive-in movie, or at least watch a movie out of doors.

Some of these options are annual summer offerings.  But a couple have sprung up as a direct result of COVID and the movie theaters being closed or extremely limited.  I’ve covered a couple of these in previous posts, but I’ll lay them all out again to show all your outdoor movie options.  There’s also a brand new drive-in movie theater opening up soon, which is pretty exciting.  I’ll start with that one first.

 

Moonlite Theaters at the Cadillac Ranch

 

Location: the old Miller Cadillac car lot, at 512 Johnnie Dodds Boulevard in Mount Pleasant.

This is a brand new venture that hopes to be up and running by Labor Day.  It will show “the most recent films that [they] can get [their] hands on” and will show them on Thursdays through Sundays.  They’re planning to have food trucks on hand for your dining pleasure.  You’re welcome to stay in your cars, or sit in your own lawn chairs you set up nearby  –  just be sure to practice safe social distancing.  Check them out on Facebook.

Here are their five reasons to spend date night at the drive-in movie theater…

 

  1. It’s Timeless: Back in the day, drive-ins were the premiere spot to spend date night! There may not be the classic cars or squawk boxes, but the drive-in still provides a sense of nostalgia that will make you feel like you traveled back in time to the 1950’s.
  2. It’s Affordable: Everyone loves going to the movies but let’s be honest, it can be expensive, not with us as you will only pay per car.
  3. Privacy: Enjoy movies in the privacy of your own space. Pop the seats down, bring a blanket and snuggle with your significant other as you watch the newest and most popular movies.
  4. You Can Talk: This goes hand-in-hand with privacy. If you missed an important line or don’t understand what’s going on, ask your significant other. If you simply want to ask if they want popcorn, you can do it without disturbing anyone around you. Ask away and then go get that popcorn!
  5. You Are In Control: Gone are the days of sitting in a freezing or stuffy theater. At the drive-in, you are in control! Adjust the temperature to your liking and watch in comfort. Snuggle up in the bed of a pickup truck, lay the seats down or get some lawn chairs and crank the radio up.

 

Holy City Drive-In Movie

 

Location: Patriot’s Point (40 Patriots Point Road in Mount Pleasant).

When: Fridays and Saturdays.  Gates open at 7:30pm, and the movie starts at sunset. Pets are welcome!  You can purchase either a lawn or an in-vehicle ticket.  In-car tickets sell out first.  Read all about it in this blog, or check out their website.

Upcoming shows:

Friday, Aug 21: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Saturday, Aug 22: The Wizard of Oz

Friday, Aug 28: Clueless

Saturday, Aug 29: Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire

Friday, Sept. 4: A Star is Born

 

Waterfront Music & Movies

 

Location: Memorial Waterfront Park in Mount Pleasant, under the Ravenel Bridge, at 99 Harry Hallman Boulevard.  This is the 11th annual version of the outdoor movie event, which takes place on Friday nights in the summer.  Due to COVID they’ve done away with the music part, but the movie still goes on.

Sponsored by the Town of Mount Pleasant, they offer free admission and parking.  Bring a blanket or lawn chair, and please social distance.  Gates open at 6:30 and the movie starts at sunset.  Tonight is “Yesterday,” and 8/28 is “Enchanted.”  Read all about it in this blog.

 

Drive-In Movie Night, Downtown Charleston

 

Location: Post & Courier parking lot at 134 Columbus Street in downtown Charleston

The Post & Courier is sponsoring a family-friendly, socially distanced Friday night movie night.  On Friday, August 28th, come watch “The Incredibles 2.”  Find out all about it and buy tickets online here.  Up to six people allowed per vehicle.   Gates open at 7:00 p.m. and the movie starts at 8:30 p.m.

 

So hop on back to the 1950’s and check out a drive-in or outdoor movie while the weather is lovely.  And when you’re ready to book one of our luxury beach house rentals SC, be sure to give EP a call.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

fun on the water ideas

Summer in the Lowcountry is the perfect time to have fun on the water.  Fishing is a perennial coastal favorite activity, as is boating.

Fortunately you have ample opportunity to try both.

 

Fun on the water: fishing clinics

 

As I covered in this blog, South Carolina’s Department of Natural Resources hosted a fun virtual saltwater family fishing clinic at the end of July.  Advance registration for the class sold out in no time flat, and a lot of folks who wanted to, weren’t able to take part.

Due to popular demand, SCDNR is hosting another one coming up soon.  In fact, they are even offering a freshwater version, to boot.

They’ll teach you basic fishing skills, like how to tie fishing knots, how to rig a rod and reel, how to cast… and how to fish.

The classes are virtual, so you can take them from wherever you are.  If you don’t have the basic fishing tackle and materials, they’ll be glad to furnish you with them.  Typical materials include fishing line, clippers, fishing hooks, splitshot, popping cork, egg sinker, plastic beads, swivels, casting plugs, practice hooks, and a spinning rod and reel.

 

Virtual Saltwater Family Fishing Clinic

Wednesday, August 26th, from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Tackle pickup in Charleston – August 18th – 21st, tackle dropoff August 31st – September 3rd.

FREE  –  but you or a family member must register through Eventbrite.  Click here for more.

 

Virtual Freshwater Family Fishing Clinic

Thursday, August 27th, from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Tackle pickup in Columbia  – August 18th – 21st, tackle dropoff August 31st – September 3rd.  (Although the tackle pickup and dropoff are in Columbia, you can still take this virtual clinic in Charleston, or wherever you are.)

FREE  –  but you must register.  Click here for more.

 

Water Taxi in Charleston Harbor

 

Charleston Water Taxi is a great way to have fun on the water while also getting around.  Use them for ferry transportation, or sightseeing, or both, as you travel all around Charleston Harbor.

Basically the Water Taxi connects Mount Pleasant (Patriots Point or Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina) with downtown Charleston (Waterfront Park or Aquarium Wharf).  It runs a continuous loop around the Harbor from 10:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m.  It’s just $12 for an all day pass, and you can hop on or off as often as you like.  Kids 3 and under are free.  You can also purchase one-way passes.  No reservations are needed.  They’re based at 10 Wharfside Street in Charleston and offer service seven days a week.

It’s a great way to see the following: the USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier, Charleston’s historic Market Street, the South Carolina Aquarium, the Ravenel Bridge from the water, the Charleston Harbor along with dolphins and pelicans galore.  They are also available for private charters and sightseeing cruises.

Check out their website for all the details, including a video and ticket purchasing.

Now is the perfect time to have fun on the water, here in the Lowcountry.  Try your hand at fishing, or check out the CHS Water Taxi.  And if you’re ready to book one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals, be sure to give EP a call.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

Socially distant activities

In these COVID days, socially distant activities are popping up left and right to fulfill our need to be active, educated and entertained.

There are some really fun ones coming up shortly, and they cover all the bases.  Not only that  –  they are all FREE.

Check out one or all of the following.   You can take part from the comfort and safety of home (or your luxury home on Isle of Palms).

 

Socially distant exercise class

 

Towne Centre is the terrific outdoor shopping center, just over the Isle of Palms Connector in Mount Pleasant.  They have the whole gamut of shopping and dining options, from large retailers like Barnes and Noble and Belks, to smaller specialty ones like Hairy Winston and Athleta.

Athleta is offering a virtual summer “SWEAT” fitness series.  They have classes in Vinyasa Yoga, Booty & Abs, Barre, HIIT and more.

Upcoming dates are Wednesday, August 19th and August 26th.  Classes are on Zoom and start at 6:00 p.m.  They are completely free, although you do need to register.   You can do so here.  During each class, they’ll choose someone participating to will a $50 Athleta gift card.

 

Outdoor movie night!

 

The Town of Mount Pleasant is cranking up their outdoor movie night series once again.  The 11th Annual Waterfront Music & Movies has officially kicked off.  It’s outdoors and on Fridays, so it’s a perfect socially distant activity for the whole family.

The venue is Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park.  You’re encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs, wear a mask and be socially distant, while you watch a movie with Charleston Harbor and the Ravenel Bridge as a scenic backdrop.  Admission and parking are free, and there’ll be food and drinks available for purchase.  It runs from 6:30 p.m. till 10:30 p.m. each Friday evening, with the movie starting at sunset.

They’ve picked some fun flicks… first up is “RV” (tonight, August 14th), then on August 21st it’s “Yesterday,” and “Enchanted” will play on August 28th.

 

Marine education virtual summer camps by SCDNR

 

Tuesday mornings at 10:00am, the SCDNR hosts fun virtual marine biology interactive summer camps.  First there’s a brief talk about the week’s hot topic, then a hands-on craft activity using basic supplies you probably already have at home. You can ask questions live, and it lasts about 30 minutes or so.  It’s a perfect way to learn about ocean life while being socially distant!

Following are upcoming camps.  Just click on the title to register; you’ll get more details with your confirmation email.

August 18th: Reptiles – Paper roll snake

August 25th: Jellyfish – Paper plate jellyfish

September 1st: Sea Turtles – Plastic bottle sea turtle

 

You can also watch recordings of their past virtual camps.  Check these out…

All About Invertebrates – Egg carton spider crabs

Horseshoe Crabs – Paper plate Horseshoe crabs

Discover Fish – Burrfish art

What is an Estuary? – Edible estuary

Super Squid – Dissection and squid craft

Shark Senses – Clothes pin shark

Diamondback Terrapins – Design a terrapin

Shorebirds – Build a shorebird

 

So check out these socially distant activities coming up in the next week or so.  And if you’re ready to book that luxury house on Isle of Palms, just give us a call at EP.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

photo: Town of Mount Pleasant
farmers market vegetables

Along with everything else, COVID has affected the status of your favorite farmers market around the Lowcountry.

A farmers market is a terrific way to get fresh, healthy food straight from the farmer who grew or raised it.  That part fits perfectly with these pandemic times, as anything promoting immunity and good health is a beneficial thing.  And shopping outdoors for your groceries is an added plus, as it’s preferable to shopping around others indoors.

What’s not so great are the crowds.  The main farmers market around here, the Charleston Farmers Market, traditionally draws huge crowds to Marion Square on Saturday mornings almost year round.  It was voted one of the top ten markets in the country, and it earned that accolade by being a bustling, cool place to be.

 

The farmers market and the pandemic

 

Well, area organizers took those two factors into consideration and came up with a solution, at least for the time being.  Farmers markets are now operating as “essentials markets.”

The Mount Pleasant Farmers Market adopted this approach a while back, as I covered in this blog.  It rechristened itself as the “Mount Pleasant Essential Farm Goods Market.”  Check it out on Tuesdays from 1:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m., in the large pavilion area next to Moultrie Middle School along Coleman Boulevard.

Now two other main markets have followed suit  –  the Charleston and West Ashley Farmers Markets.  They’ll both be operating as essentials markets for the foreseeable future.  The Charleston one has a new day of the week and a new location.

 

Here are the new Essentials Market parameters:

 

 

Sunday Brunch Farmers Market

 

Also, you might want to check out the Sunday Brunch Farmers Market, located behind The Pour House at 1977 Maybank Highway on James Island.  It lasts from 11:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. every Sunday.

It’s all local, with great vendors, live music and food options.  Of all the local markets, they seem to have the most vendors and options, like plants, beverages, and more.  Wear a mask and practice safe social distancing, of course.  Check out their website for all the details, or their Facebook page.

So check out a farmers market, aka essentials market, or two to stock up on fresh fare.  And when you are looking to book a beach house Charleston, be sure to give EP a call.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

Get in the water, part 2

As I covered in that last blog, there are plenty of ways to get in the water on the Isle of Palms.  You can hit the beach of course, or jump in the private pool of your own luxury vacation rental home.

There’re some top notch options based at the Isle of Palms Marina.  If you want to go the motorized route (think jet skis and parasailing), there’s Tidal Wave Water Sports.  Coastal Expeditions has all your kayak and paddleboard needs covered.  Or you can load up the whole family for a fun and educational Barrier Island EcoTour led by trained naturalists.

Well, there are also some great ways to get in the water beyond the islands.

 

Get in the water: explore Shem Creek and local waterways

 

Shem Creek, located off of Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant, is one of the most scenic spots around.  It’s home to local commercial shrimp trawlers as well as the dolphins and pelicans that follow them.  Insider tip: stock up on local fresh-caught shrimp at Wando Shrimp Company, tucked away at 102 Haddrell Street.

Several restaurants line the creek, like Tavern & Table and Saltwater Cowboys, which have rooftop bars, outdoor seating and stellar views.  Dog-friendly Red’s Ice House lets you dine al fresco overlooking the water with your pup.

Shem Creek is also the launching point of several fun ways to get in the water, or on it.  Here are some of the best outfitters located there.

 

 

Located at 1 Shrimp Boast Lane, the fine folks at Nature Adventures have some serious water fun up their sleeves.  They’ll be happy to rent out kayaks or stand up paddleboards (SUPs), if you’re comfortable exploring on your own. If you’ll be in the Lowcountry for a while, they’ve got you covered with multi-day rentals. Or you might want to consider their guided tours, expertly led by staff.

Guided tours include day and even overnight expeditions.  You can choose from Historic Shem Creek, the Heritage Preserve, Capers Island, Penny Creek, a blackwater swamp in the ACE Basin (which the Nature Conservancy has dubbed “one of the last great places on Earth”).  They also offer lessons, team building exercises and more.

Tripadvisor has named them the top kayak and SUP rental in Mount Pleasant.  You can reach them at (843) 568-3222.

 

 

No surprise, Sea Kayak Carolina is all about the kayak.  Whether you’re a pro at kayaking or just starting out, they’ve got you covered.  They do beginner’s lessons, private classes, one-to-one coaching sessions, and even ACA Instructor training and assessment.  You can book a Shem Creek kayak tour, perfect for novices, or 4-6 hour trips.  Kayakers with open water experience might be interested in their custom expeditions.

Sea Kayak Carolina’s retail shop at 118 May Lane, not far from Shem Creek, sells and rents anything you might need.  They even handle kayak repair.  Reach them at (843) 352-2267.  They offer tours and rentals seven days a week.

 

 

Coastal Expeditions is well known in the Lowcountry.  Their flagship location is at 514 Mill Street, right on Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant, with outposts on the Isle of Palms, Cape Romain, and Folly Beach.

They offer kayak and SUP rentals, at Shem Creek or on the Isle of Palms, with instruction and all the gear you need.  If you do venture off on your own, keep an eye peeled for dolphins and manatees.

Coastal Expeditions also boasts a huge slate of tours and trips of all kinds, along with private boat charters.  Check put some of your choices:  Daily Kayak Tour of Shem Creek, Kiawah River Kayak Tour, Morris Island Shark Tooth Beach Drop, Blackwater Tour of the Francis Marion National Forest, and adventure trips to Bulls Island or St. Phillips Island.

You can call or text them at (843) 884-7684, or check out their online presence.

 

Get in the Waterparks!

 

It’s hard to find something that screams, “Summer!” more than waterparks.  They may be the most concentrated fun way to get in the water.

In the Charleston area, there are three great waterparks to choose from.   They are all under the umbrella of the Charleston county park system, which has some of the very best county parks in the United States.

 

 

Splash Island is located within Palmetto Island County Park, not far from Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant (444 Needlerush Parkway, to be exact).  PICP has 943 acres of natural wonderland, with boardwalks, bike paths, picnic areas and even paddleboat rentals.  Tucked inside is Splash Island Waterpark, and it’s overflowing with water fun.

They’ve got a 200-foot body flume, a 16-foot otter slide, sprays, geysers, and raindrop waterfalls, a cyclone swirling water ride, and activity pool.  For your comfort and safety, there are also lifeguards, concessions, restrooms, shower/changing areas, locker rentals and lounge chairs.

Call them at (843) 795-4386 for all the details.

 

 

Splash Zone Waterpark is located within James Island County Park, at 871 Riverland Drive in Charleston.  The waterpark offers a 200-foot tube slide, a 200-foot open slide, a rainforest play structure with slides, buckets, sprays, and more, a 500-foot lazy river with an adventure channel of sprays and waterwalls, a leisure pool, concessions, shower areas and the like.

FYI, James Island County Park also has saltwater fishing and crabbing, horseshoe pits and a sand volleyball court, along with miles of trails and wide open grassy meadows. Call (843) 406-6990 for more information.

 

 

Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Park is a 15-acre waterpark found within the boundaries of North Charleston Wannamaker County Park, located at 8888 University Boulevard in Charleston.

It’s chocked full of all kinds of water fun.  Check out The Washout  –  “Two slides, 65-feet in the air, and full of breathless, near-vertical climbs, plunges twists, and turns!”  And then there’s The Big Kahuna.  It’s a huge wave pool  –  over 27,000 square feet in size.  Rip Tide Run (side-by-side waterslide racing on mats), Rollin’ River (870 foot lazy river), Tubular Twister (three different 300-foot slides), Big Splash Tree House (with 66 different interactive play elements like jets, pinwheels, body slides, troughs, waterwheels and a giant water dump bucket), plus Otter Bay and Lily Pad Lagoon for the younger set.

Whew,  That’s a whole lotta water fun.  Reach them at (843) 762-5585.

 

So even if you’re not on an island, there are multiple ways to get in the water here in the Lowcountry.  Take your pick, and get wet!  And be sure to call us at EP, and we’ll put you in the perfect Charleston beach house as a home base.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

Get in the water now

The sun is out, the temps are warm, it’s time to get in the water, wherever and however you can.  Luckily, there are many options to get wet, right here on the Isle of Palms.

 

Get in the water –  i.e., the ocean!

 

The IOP is surrounded on all sides by water.  The most user-friendly and accessible water option is the beach, which runs along the Atlantic side of the island.  There are no private beaches on the IOP, so you have access to the whole length of the island’s sand and the ocean that it fronts.

In general, the IOP’s beach is wide and spacious, but of course that varies hour by hour and day by day.  Your best bet is to keep an eye on the tides.  There are some terrific apps for that; TideApp and Tides Near Me are both helpful options in planning.

Speaking of apps, there’s a brand new and quite helpful one called Beach Reach.  It was put together by the Berkeley Charleston Dorchester Council of Governments, in cooperation with the Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Folly Beach and Mount Pleasant.  Basically the idea of Beach Reach is to help you get to the beach near Charleston, whichever one you choose, be it IOP, Sullivan’s or Folly.

Just pick your beach, then check out live traffic cameras on your route to and from there, to help better plan your visit.  You can also click on live beach cams to monitor the weather and local conditions at your preferred beach.  The app also lists each beach’s current policies on practical things like parking and pets, which can change with the season.

 

Relax by your private pool

 

If you’d like the water without the sand, a pool might just fit the bill.  The Isle of Palms doesn’t have a public pool.  However, there are numerous private ones.

Without a doubt, the most fun option is to rent a vacation home that has its own private pool.  Exclusive Properties has been around on the Isle of Palms for quite some time.  A locally owned company, we’ve amassed a portfolio of the finest rental homes on the island.  You can take your pick from among thirty luxury vacation homes which have their own private swimming pools.

Many of our homes are oceanfront, whose private pools face the Atlantic.  That way you can enjoy swimming amidst ocean views and sea breezes, with none of the downsides of sand, sharp shells, jellyfish or crowds.

Just like the homes themselves, our swimming pools come in all shapes and sizes. There are in-ground pools and elevated ones on upper pool decks.  Resort-style and infinity pools.   Many have hot tubs built in to the pool design.   Most afford a great deal of privacy.  As a bonus, they are generally near outdoor entertaining or cooking spaces, so you can have your own private pool party with food and drinks at the ready.

 

Get active with Tidal Wave Water Sports

 

Other water-based adventures on the Isle of Palms center around the IOP Marina, located near the end of 41st Avenue.  It’s where it meets the Intracoastal Waterway.

Tidal Wave has been on the IOP for many years now and offers all kinds of exciting and active ways to get in the water.  They are based out on the docks over to the left along the Intracoastal, you can’t miss them.

Yes, they have jet skis.  In fact, they just purchased a beautiful brand new fleet of them for the Isle of Palms this season.  You can rent jet skis by the hour.  Or, if you’d prefer, you can go on a Jet Ski Adventure Safari.  That’s a guided jet ski adventure tour, exploring South Carolina barrier islands and the wildlife found there.

Tidal Wave also offers parasailing over the ocean, either solo or tandem.  If you’re looking to spend the best day ever on the water, book what they call “The Ultimate Adventure”  –  both parasailing and jet skiing in one day.  You’ll see the coast around Charleston from the sky and from the sea.  You can even add a GoPro for just $25, and you get to keep the card to preserve evidence of your adventures.

Tidal Wave also can hook you up if you’re interested in wakeboarding, waterskiing, tubing, surfing, or charter boat trips.  You can reach them at (843) 886-8456.

 

Check out Coastal Expeditions

 

Although their office is in Mount Pleasant, Coastal Expeditions offers several water activities at their Isle of Palms Outpost.  They also have a terrific tagline:  “Do more than SEE the beauty of Charleston.  Be a part of it.”

They offer non-motorized ways of getting around on/in the water.  Rent kayaks or SUPs (stand-up paddleboards) to explore on your own, from March through mid-September.  They’ll provide all the gear you need, along with basic instruction.  Their IOP Outpost is also located at the Marina.  Walk-ups are welcome, or you can call or text them at (843) 884-7684.

They also provide tours year-round, including daily kayak tours; full moon, sunrise and sunset kayak paddles; family kayak paddles; and paddleboard tours.

 

Go on an Ecotour

 

If you’d like to get out on the water, let someone else do the driving, and learn some nifty stuff in the process, check out Barrier Island EcoTours.  They’ve been based at the Isle of Palms Marina for many years and have been leaving happy folks in their wake ever since.  This is particularly good if you have a mix of ages in your groups, since it’s great for everyone.

Trained naturalists lead these boat tours to area barrier islands.  Head out to Capers Island, which is inhabited only by wildlife.  Tour guides travel with real specimens onboard and narrate as they go, pointing out fauna and flora along the way.  Chances are you’ll see dolphins and a whole lot more on your journey.  They also offer tours where you catch blue crabs, have a beachside cookout, or even a day camp for budding young marine biologists. They’ll also arrange private charters and tours, family reunions or fishing outings, as well as group catering with a Lowcountry menu.

So get in the water!  The IOP offers you a bunch of great options for doing so.  And when you’re ready to book one of those Isle of Palms luxury rentals with a private pool, just give us a call at EP.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger