One of the coolest things about the Lowcountry is the wildlife around here and our proximity to it.  Nature in these parts is wild and beautiful.

During last weekend’s Wine + Food Festival, a crowd of visitors gathered at the dock as they were mesmerized by a pod of friendly dolphins, playing and arching high out of the water.

And there’s nothing quite like seeing a large alligator in the wild  –  as long as you maintain a safe distance.  Or a great blue heron, or snowy white egrets, or bald eagles

If you are a visitor here in one of our SC vacation rentals, either Isle of Palms vacation rentals or Folly Beach house Charleston, keep an eye peeled.  There are awesome creatures all around us.


One thing that visitors to our luxury beach house rentals SC might not be aware of, is the fantastic PARKS we have here in Charleston County.  I have been to local parks all over the country, and I have to say the ones around here are some of the best I’ve seen.

You’ll have a chance to try them out at no charge this weekend.  This coming Sunday, March 15th, is Customer Appreciation Day at several Charleston County parks, where they will waive the normal admission/fees.  They include:
Ravenel Caw Caw Interpretive Center, North Charleston Wannamaker, James Island County Park, plus the public is invited to enjoy free parking at Kiawah Beachwalker Park;
Especially convenient to our Isle of Palms luxury rentals    —  Mount Pleasant Palmetto Islands, Laurel Hill County Park in Mount Pleasant, free parking at the Isle of Palms County Park, and free fishing at the Mount Pleasant Pier!
And near Folly Beach rentals Charleston   —  the Folly Beach County Park, plus free fishing at the Folly Beach Pier


In addition, they’ll be offering these freebies…

 Bonus Activities:

James Island County Park

  • Free shoe and harness rentals at The Climbing Wall
  • Visit with emergency vehicles on site
  • Marsh walks every hour, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (departs from fishing dock)
  • Free Short Circuit training from 12 – 1 p.m., in the meadow area


Wannamaker County Park

  • Free climbs on the portable climbing wall
  • Visits with emergency vehicles on site
  • Interpretation table – learn about wildlife in the parks, 11 a.m. -2 p.m.


Palmetto Islands County Park

  • Free climbs on the portable climbing wall
  • Visits with emergency vehicles on site
  • Free Fairy Houses program from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Free Short Circuit training from 12 – 1 p.m. in the meadow area


Here’s a link to the official Charleston County park website:  http://ccprc.com


When you are out enjoying the area parks, or just stepping out of your Charleston beach house, be sure to watch for wildlife.  You might just see something spectacular.  Which leads me to share something that was in the news recently….


A massive and rare leatherback turtle was found stranded in the surf just north of here, near Georgetown, this past weekend.

Leatherbacks are the largest of the sea turtles.  This juvenile, which they named “Yawkey” (he was found on the front beach of the Yawkey Reserve), weighs 500 pounds.

It’s one of only 5 or 6 leatherbacks that have ever stranded alive in North America, so it’s a big deal.  It’s the only leatherback that the SC Aquarium turtle hospital here in Charleston has ever taken under its care.  Normally, they work on loggerhead turtles, Kemp’s ridley, green, and other such sea turtles.

The story of his rescue is really worth reading.  It took five people just to lift him.  Here’s a link to the Post & Courier’s coverage of his rescue:  http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20150308/PC16/150309375

Here’s their article about the challenges of treating a turtle that’s about twice the size of the loggerheads they usually treat:  http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20150309/PC16/150309336/1177

And here’s a link to the fine work of the folks at the Aquarium’s turtle hospital and their rescue program:  http://scaquarium.org/sea-turtle-rescue

The turtle was released yesterday.  Here’s the scoop:  http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20150312/PC16/150319750

When you are looking for rental homes South Carolina, namely beach house rentals Charleston SC, call EP.  We’ll find you the perfect luxury house on Isle of Palms… and you just might have a wildlife encounter you’ll remember for the rest of your life.


All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger



Photo credit: South Carolina Aquarium