As I mentioned in that last BLOG, if you’re headed to a Charleston beach house, keep an eye peeled for cameras.  There’s a slew of them along Johnnie Dodds that thankfully are NOT for giving tickets but instead to improve the traffic flow and the timing of stoplights.

There are a couple other high tech cameras that have been in the news lately and which will enhance your stay at one of our beach rentals Charleston, especially if you happen to be in one of our Isle of Palms luxury rentals.

First off, the good folks at the South Carolina Department of Transportation have installed a camera at the island’s one traffic light/intersection that streams live video, showing the traffic coming on and off the Isle of Palms Connector.

This is a tremendous help in planning your trips on or off the island to or from your luxury house on Isle of Palms.  This weekend, Memorial Day, marks the beginning of high season for our SC vacation rentals, and this is when the beach traffic becomes an issue on and off the Connector.

To help plan your drive to/from your Charleston beach house…


Here’s how you check the IOP Connector traffic cam:

Option 1:

  • Download the app –  It’s called SCDOT 511.
  • Go to Cameras;
  • Select Charleston Beaches;
  • Then select 100: Hwy517/703 (Isle of Palms Connector).

Option 2:

  • Go to the website,
  • On the blue banner near the top, click on Cameras.
  • Click on Charleston Beaches. The IOP Connector cam automatically opens.
  • Click on the play icon to stream live video of the traffic going on and off the Connector.


check out the traffic cam near your Charleston beach house!

check out the traffic cam near your Charleston beach house!

This 511 app/website is a terrific resource for checking roads all over the state, where you can check out live streaming video on a number of roads, intersections and bridges.  Here’s a breakdown of where they have cameras, and how many are in each place:

  • Charleston –  68 (including several on the Ravenel and Don Holt bridges)
  • Charleston Beaches –  1
  • Columbia –  94
  • Florence –  7
  • Gaffney –  28
  • Greenville –  82
  • Myrtle Beach –  30
  • Rock Hill –  32

They are adding cameras all the time, so stay tuned for even more options.  Plans are underway for ones at Folly Beach (great if you’re in a Folly Beach house Charleston), as well as Sullivan’s Island and the Ben Sawyer Bridge.  This will be particularly helpful to see whether or not the drawbridge is open, and will help planning your drive to or from our beach house rentals Charleston SC, especially our Isle of Palms vacation rentals.

Here’s more on the story from the island Eye News:


Yet another cool live streaming camera near your Charleston beach house…

OK, now this camera is way cool.  Some very neat folks (the Coastal Conservation League, the SC Department of Natural Resources, Stasmayer Inc., Charleston Harbor Pilots, Coastal Expeditions and Mount Pleasant Radio) have all teamed up so you can watch some miracles of nature live from the comfort of your home, office or one of our luxury beach house rentals SC.  They have cooperated to launch livestreaming video of pelicans nesting at Crab Bank near Shem Creek in Charleston Harbor.


Dana Beach, the CCL’s Executive Director, explains:  “Crab Bank is one of the great wildlife sanctuaries on our continent –and it’s even more amazing because it is in the middle of our urban region. The Crab Bank Pelicam– the only live webcam of pelicans in existence—makes it possible for people around the world to witness this remarkable drama of birth and regeneration.”

The Pelicam, also near your Charleston beach house

The Pelicam, also near your Charleston beach house

FYI, here’s a bit more about Crab Bank from the CCL’s website:   “Located just offshore of Mount Pleasant in Charleston Harbor, within paddling distance of Shem Creek, is a tiny island and bird sanctuary called Crab Bank. Originally a large sand bar, Crab Bank was officially an island by the 1950s, thanks to the continued addition of dredge spoils from Shem Creek. By the late 1970s, enough height built up on the Bank to prevent overwashing, allowing the first documented seabird nesting at the site. Though it cyclically erodes and accretes, Crab Bank consistently offers ideal habitat for a seabird colony.”

Here’s more on the story…

Here’s a link to the Pelicam itself, where you can sign up for updates on what’s happening with the pelicans:

So check out those cool cams… and remember to call EP when you are looking for the best in rental homes South Carolina.  We can connect you and your friends & family with the perfect Charleston beach house.


All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger