Isle of Palms is the northernmost beach area in the Charleston area. Service to the island was originally by ferry only but a connector bridge allowing direct access was completed in 1929. There are a host of dining options including the ever popular Coconut Joes and Acme Two Country Kitchen. The island features a gated resort community- Wild Dunes Resort, where golf, tennis, shopping and dining are all conveniently located. “IOP,” as the locals call it, also enjoys close proximity to the many shopping and dining options on nearby Mount Pleasant.
The Isle of Palms is one of the larger and more popular beach towns in the area,featuring ample fee parking and facilities at the Isle of Palms County Park, boating facilities at Cooper River Marina, and a host of restaurants and bars including the long standing Windjammer Bar and Grill.Wild Dunes Resort is located on the NW end of the island. IOP is located close to the well-developed town of Mount Pleasant, which has just about every kind of shopping or dining that you might wish for. Sullivan’s Island is right next door, and worthy of several day trips. Another beach town, parking can be tricky, and the area can be very congested during the summer months, but it is worth being patient. Poe’s Tavern, named in homage to the famous American author who was stationed on the island for a time, is a popular destination, as well as The Obstinate Daughter, another local food and drink spot so named in reference to the area by a London political cartoonist commenting on the rout of the British Fleet by locals during the Battle of Sullivan’s Island in 1776. For history buffs, a visit to Fort Moultrie is a must, as well as the nearby Sullivan’s Island Lighthouse.