White and brown sand and dunes wind down the shoreline, from which a panoramic view of the blue and green sea extend into the horizon. South Carolina is known for its protection of sea turtles. Isle of Palms is no exception. Lodging can be found in large number there, but all vacation rentals - houses, condos, villas, apartments, cabins or cottages -, located in beach resorts or not, have been built to protect the nature. So, the beautiful family-oriented beach resorts of Isle of Palms, South Carolina, can preserve the nature for the next generations. Also, when you arrive on Isle of Palms, you will see the kempt foliage and vegetation, notice rare birds and marshland species, and spot bobbing fins of dolphins. The Isle of Palms (IOP) Marina is designated as a "clean" marina by the South Carolina Health and Environmental Control. It is a fifty slip marina and a convenient stopover. IOP Marina is full service, with amenities once you enter the channel. Staff is ready to help you dock. On location are a double wide, public boat ramp, well-lit and secure floating docks, city water, cable TVs, complimentary wireless Internet, private showers, washers, dryers, saunas, a general store, restaurants, rental car delivery, and nearby are tennis courts and golf courses. On the northeast end of Isle of Palms is the award-winning golf and tennis resort, Wild Dunes: TENNIS Magazine rated it one of the "Top 50 Tennis Resort in the Country"; Tom Fazio's first solo design for a golf course was rated by GOLF Magazine one of the best in the world; GOLF Magazine also awarded Fazio's second course, "The Gold Medal", placing the resort in the top twenty-five in America; and the United States Tennis Association chose Wild Dunes as the site for the US Men's Clay Court Championship in 1988 and 1989.
Isle of Palms, South Carolina, has quiet beach resorts, mostly family-oriented, with excellent lodging amenities. Vacation rentals (houses, condos, apartments, villas, cabins and cottages) are usually built in the front of the beaches, in quite beach resorts. From its history bred in the architecture to its cosmopolitan arts and shopping, the city of Charleston is an endless exploration. If you stay on Isle of Palms, South Carolina, and you weren't to leave except for one event, that event should be Spoleto Festival. A sister festival to the same in Spain - cultural activities don't skip a beat in the month of May. See a Chinese Opera or an impromptu comedy troupe. Summerfest at Wild Dunes has water games, live entertainment, and more family fun activities. Black Light Sports fill the summer nights with glowing necklaces and face paints. The Three-on-Three Basketball Tournament separates the kids from adults in this elimination tournament. Prizes are awarded. For the kids, Island Adventures VIP Club Pass is a camp that fills their days with ice cream, coloring books, biking, and admission to all Black Light Sports activities. Family reunions are a specialty of Wild Dunes. Let the vacation resort organize the kind of event your whole family will enjoy and never forget.
You may have to expand your trip to Charleston to find ideal shopping, but on Isle of Palms, South Carolina, to find ideal tastes and flavors, beside great lodging, you don't have to look far. Hit the Dunes Deli for a quick breakfast and coffee before your tennis match or golf game. Or have a champagne brunch at Sea Island Grill at the Boardwalk Inn. Get front row view of the ocean over a sandwich at Duney' at the Grand Pavilion. Or try exquisite southern dining at Famous Family Frogmore Stew, like the specialty: shrimp, smoked sausage, clams, mussels, corn on the cob, and potatoes in a spicy seafood broth, cooked in one pot. BBQ pork is tasty at the Boone Hall Smoked BBQ Pork. Try them all and more, on the culinary side of your vacation. And if you don't want to leave your vacation rental - house, villa, cabin, condo, apartment or cottage - some of these restaurants deliver. Isle of Palms, South Carolina, has been a vacation beach resort from the hustle and bustle for over century. And you, your family, and friends can make the most of R&R on Isle of Palms, but if you seek more heart-racing leisure, Isle of Palms does not leave you wanting. Not only is the golf and tennis award-winning, but the lessons, private or group, will help you excel on these award-winning courts and courses. Beach resorts on Isle of Palms have no less qualities that make summers unforgettable. Many vacation rentals like houses, condos, villas, apartments, cabins, cottages or other lodging types are built on the ocean front or very close to it. Rent a banana boat, sailboat, fishing boat. Boogie board, surf, kite surf, swim, collect shells, build sand castles, and bask in the southern heat and vibrant sun. Isle of Palms has all of summer wrapped in a beautiful package, with the Old Town, yet cosmopolitan city of Charleston surrounding it. Both worlds combine into a rounded vacation all people can enjoy.