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Isle of Palms, South Carolina Travel Guide

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Isle of Palms is a barrier island on the South Carolina coast. The Seewee Indians originally inhabited this small island, and were said to have swam to greet the first English settlers. Legend has it that pirates buried their treasures here. JS Lawrence bought the island in 1899, and named it Isle of Palms. Once just a get-a-way for those needing a break from life in the big city (Charleston)- Isle of Palms has developed into a full-fledged vacation destination.

Despite the massive changes, Isle of Palms remains an appealing community that certainly offers an interesting mix of old and new. Tasteful developments are situated beside old restored beach homes and trendy restaurants can be found alongside long established beach bars. Whatever your preference, you'll enjoy the island's six miles of white sandy beaches, stunning variety of palms, and southern staples such as live oak and oleander.

Eco-tourism is alive and well on the island, and well worth consideration. Skilled guides offer a variety of tours that allow visitors to view the island's amazing natural habitat. Osprey, pelicans, and dolphins are often seen.

To reach Isle of Palms, take I-95 to I-26 toward Charleston. Exit at I-526 toward Georgetown, turn left at light and continue about one mile on your right to SC-517. Continue straight over the IOP Connector to the island. Isle of Palms is located northeast of Sullivan's Island. It is about a 20-minute drive from downtown Charleston.


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