Isle of Palms Beach

Sandy beach
1 14th Ave, Isle of Palms, SC 29451, USA
8 miles from Charleston, SC
Water quality
Grades suggested by our reviewer
Water Quality

Beach amenities

  • Pet friendlyBring your little friends!
  • WCPublic restrooms nearby
  • RestaurantsF&B places nearby
  • LifeguardsLifeguard on duty
  • SunbedsBeach chairs available
  • ParkingCar parking nearby
  • ShowerPublic showers available
  • Public grillsGrills or fire pits
  • Picnic tablesPicnic benches available
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About this beach

Warnings and hazards

Glass containers, alcohol, motorized vehicles are not allowed on the beach.

The most commercialized in the Charleston area, Isle of Palms Beach is extremely popular with family visitors thanks to its clean sand, calm waters, ‘no alcohol’ policy, convenient location, and access to all necessary facilities.

Besides, it rarely gets overcrowded and there is plenty of parking options. The lifeguarded swimming area near the Isle of Palms County Park is best for families with kids.

Location, Access, and Parking

Isle of Palms Beach is located 25 minutes away from downtown Charleston and features several access points at various locations. The beach has no entrance fee and offers more parking than the other beaches in the area.

There are two paid public parking lots near the beach and metered spaces along Ocean Boulevard. You can also park alongside any street if there is no ‘No Parking’ sign but remember that all four tires must be off the road.

Amenities, Eateries, and Shops

You can use public restrooms and showers beside Coconut Joe’s or at the Isle of Palms County Park. If you bring your own food, there is a nice picnic area with grills in the park. However, if you don’t, there are vending machines and a snack bar on site.

For a more substantial meal, you can go to one of the nearby cafes. Bars, restaurants, and stores are all located within walking distance from the beach.

Sand and Water

The beach is clean and spacious, with super soft sand and beautiful warm water. There are miles of beach, which makes it suitable for long relaxing walks. If you have kids, they will be fond of the multiple shells in the sand.

Swimming is enjoyable and there is a lifeguard station on the beach. For more convenience, there are also beach chairs and umbrella rentals. Usually, the beach is not very crowded but if you want even fewer crowds – go there in the evening.

Dog Policies

Good news for dog owners – there are no-leash hours, and at other times, dogs are allowed on a leash. However, remember that you must clean up after your pet.

Driving Time

  • 1 hour 50 minutes from Myrtle Beach, SC
  • 2 hours 10 minutes from Savannah, GA
  • 3 hours 15 minutes from Charlotte, NC

Hotels and rentals

If you're considering staying for one or even a few nights, there are plenty of options available near the beach. Chose your preferred accomodation type and your favourite room provider:

Beaches nearby

Additionally, there's a number of beaches near Isle of Palms Beach which you can visit:

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Visitor questions:

Question: Are there any motel vacancies for Fri, Sat and Sunday July 1st 2nd and 3rd?
Asked by scarlet almost 2 years ago
Answer: The BeachCatcher site doesn't own any motels and doesn't provide accommodation. Please find motels on Booking com or on VRBO and contact them directly.

Isle of Palms Beach videos

Best beach in Charleston SC. Isle of palms
A nice family video
Isle of Palms Pier
A fantastic drone made video of the beach

Weather conditions

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Beach map and directions
The beach is located in Isle of Palms, South Carolina 1 14th Ave, Isle of Palms, SC 29451, USA (Open on Google Maps)
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Reviewed on: July 6, 2020