A Charleston beach house makes a perfect setting for many things… like a family reunion, a birthday gathering, or a festival home base.

One of our SC vacation rentals, like a luxury house on Isle of Palms, is also ideal for gazing at the stars.

Most of our rental homes South Carolina  –  our beach house rentals Charleston SC  –  are, well, on the beach.  In other words, the majority of our Isle of Palms luxury rentals are oceanfront.  And the Carolina coast has a minimum of light pollution, compared to many other parts of the country.

In fact, during the peak season of loggerhead nesting time, the IOP has a policy of lights out on the oceanfront houses.  This is done so as not to confuse the hatchlings as they head to the ocean.

It makes our beach rentals Charleston an especially great spot to stargaze or watch the sky for planets, comets or any special celestial events.


Remember the total solar eclipse in 2017 right over your Charleston beach house?

As you may recall, there was a big one this past August 21.  It was the rare total solar eclipse.  The Charleston area, and especially the barrier islands and our Isle of Palms vacation rentals, were the prime place to watch it.  It was the last part of the United States where the eclipse could be seen, where darkness descended in the middle of the afternoon.  It was an extraordinary event.  People booked a Charleston beach house many months in advance.

It ended up being the biggest single day for tourism in the history of South Carolina.  More than 1.6 million folks travelled to or within the state to see the eclipse.  The economic impact?  A cool $269 million.

According to research from the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism:

  • About 48 percent of out-of-state visitors and one-third of in-state travelers indicate they went to an optimal viewing site like a park, a mountain site or coast.
  • About 23 percent of out-of-state visitors and 25 percent of in-state travelers reported participating in an organized solar eclipse event.
  • Nearly all of the respondents rated their experience as “excellent” or “good,” describing their time in South Carolina viewing the eclipse as “unique,” “amazing,” or “once in a lifetime.”

Watch more from Live 5 News or ABC Channel 4.

It's a very rare moon tomorrow over your Charleston beach house

It’s a very rare moon tomorrow over your Charleston beach house

SuperBlueBlood Moon near your Charleston beach house

Well, tomorrow  –  Wednesday, January 31st, 2018  –  is another very rare celestial event.  It’s actually the confluence of three different events, this time having to do with the moon rather than the sun.

First off, it’s a blue moon.  That’s the second full moon in a single month, and it doesn’t happen very often.  Like, every 2 ½ years.  There was a full moon on January 1st.

Second, it’s a supermoon.  That’s when the moon is at its perigee, or the closest point of its orbit to the earth.  It tends to look super big and super bright  –  up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter than when it’s farthest from Earth.

Third, it’s a total lunar eclipse.  It’s when the Earth passes between the moon and the sun and blocks its rays.  It is also called a blood moon, since the moon often takes on a reddish appearance during the eclipse.

And the last time a blue moon and a total eclipse (much less combined with a supermoon) coincided in the U.S.?  Less than a year after the Civil War, way back in March of 1866That’s over a century and a half ago.

Here’s more from USA Today and the Washington Post.  This is an interactive map showing the exact viewing time and map for different locations across the world.

The total eclipse will be most visible early Wednesday morning from the west coast of the United States, Alaska and Hawaii.  If you are in a beach house Charleston, your best bet is to hit the beach about 6:45 a.m.  A partial eclipse should be visible at 6:48 a.m. tomorrow before the moon sets.

Here’s a local take from the Post & Courier, which will explain how and when it will be most visible from your Charleston beach house.

So check out the sky tonight, and when you are looking for luxury beach house rentals SC, call EP.  We’ll hook you up with the perfect Charleston beach house.


All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger