How to Have the Best Charleston, SC, Staycation

You don’t have to spend copious amounts of time and energy planning to have a great vacation. For Lowcountry locals, home is the best destination for your next vacation! Head to Isle of Palms for a Charleston, SC, staycation. Isle of Palms is about a 30-minute drive from downtown Charleston, which makes it the perfect vacation spot for a weekend getaway! 

When you’re ready to start planning your staycation, request our Isle of Palms Vacation Guide! It’s full of local information about what to do during your stay on the island. 

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Head to Isle of Palms for Your Charleston, SC, Staycation

When to Take a Trip to Isle of Palms

It’s easy for Holy City locals to visit Isle of Palms any time of year! While out-of-towners may want to visit during popular seasons like spring and summer, locals like to visit when it’s quiet. There’s no bad time to visit Isle of Palms, but we recommend visiting IOP in the winter, early spring, or late summer to avoid the crowds. Have the beach to yourself and enjoy shorter wait times at your favorite Isle of Palms restaurants!

How to Get to Isle of Palms

Isle of Palms is located less than 20 miles from the heart of historic downtown Charleston. The most direct route from Charleston to Isle of Palms is via Highway 17. This scenic route follows the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge across the Cooper River through Mount Pleasant and then onto the Isle of Palms connector. This trip takes about 35 minutes in light traffic, so it’s easy to leave after work for your weekend getaway and still enjoy a Friday night on the island! 

What to Do on Isle of Palms 

Whether you need to kick back and relax at the beach or experience something new and exciting, there’s a variety of Isle of Palms attractions for your staycation!

Need a break from it all? We recommend relaxing at the Isle of Palms beach! Many of our oceanfront rentals have direct beach access, which makes it easy to spend each day of your staycation by the sea. You can bring your own beach supplies, or borrow from various Isle of Palms beach equipment rental companies!

Or, spend your beach days chasing waves with surfing on Isle of Palms! The warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean are the perfect place to enjoy water sports such as surfing, paddleboarding, and fishing! 

Stay Near the Shore With East Islands Rentals

The vacation of your dreams awaits in your own backyard. Select a home with East Islands Rentals for your next Charleston, SC, staycation! We offer 21 rental homes, 19 of which are beachfront property! Enjoy ocean views, walkability to the beach, and more.

Browse a full inventory of our Isle of Palms rentals to start planning!