Isle of Palms, SC

Only a short drive from historic downtown Charleston, the Isle of Palms has artfully attained the perfect combination of preservation and development, creating arguably one of the most idyllic beachside communities on the East Coast. Located north of Charleston Harbor, the upscale barrier island is an ideal retirement community for those seeking the feeling of community that most resort islands cannot offer.

The island is known for its cooling breezes, mild winters, and pleasant summers...

Throughout the storied history of the area, the island’s wide beaches were used as a getaway for Charlestonians and other Lowcountry residents. But it was not until the late 1800s when yearround residents began moving to the island on a permanent basis. Today, the two-mile Isle of Palms Connecter, linking the island community to the mainland, makes getting to and from the island a breeze.

The island is known for its cooling breezes, mild winters, and pleasant summers, creating the perfect setting for snowbirds from across the United States in search of a year-round warm weather home.

The Isle of Palms Parks and Recreation Department offers numerous activities for residents and tourists alike, from aerobics and yoga to recreational team sports. The island also features a full service marina for boaters. On the north end of the island, the spectacular Wild Dunes Resort provides two world championship golf courses. Both courses, The Links and The Harbor Course, were designed by renowned course architect Tom Fazio, who has designed several courses in the Lowcountry.

The island is within minutes from the many historical attractions of the area, including the historical downtown district, Fort Sumter, and Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island, where Edgar Allen Poe served when he was in the army.

Isle of Palms residents are just minutes away from the most complete shopping mall in the Lowcountry: Towne Centre, in Mount Pleasant. Designed to be reminiscent of a small Southern village, the retail district is home to national department stores and shops as well as locally owned businesses. Also nearby is the eclectic Shem Creek, home to one of the area’s last fishing boat fleets, unusual art galleries and large number of outstanding restaurants.

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