Six Reasons to Visit the Isle of Palms in September

September on the shores of South Carolina brings a time of transition from summer to fall. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to vacation on the Isle of Palms in September? If so, then this blog post is for you. Below, we will outline a few reasons you should consider a beach getaway during our shoulder season and highlight some of our favorite things to do during this beautiful time of year.

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September is a great time to plan a romantic retreat, a girlfriend’s getaway, a couples trip, a corporate retreat, travel with homeschoolers or preschool-aged children, and remote workers.

Keep scrolling for six reasons to visit the Isle of Palms in September.

Fewer Crowds

After Labor Day and most schools are back in session, the crowds from the summer months have dispersed. There are few beachgoers, making long days in the sand a more private affair. Attractions around IOP and Charleston are less crowded, making parking, reservations, and tickets easier to come by. With the summer holiday behind us, you will find a slightly slower pace in IOP. For more beach-specific information and information on what to expect, click here.

Lower Rates

September falls in what we call the “shoulder season.” This is the time between the busy and high-demand summer months and the slower winter months. During this season, our vacation rental rates are lower, so your vacation dollars go further.

Greater Availability

Our rental inventory is also more available during the shoulder seasons. Because fewer people travel during September, you will have a wider selection of rentals with your preferred stay dates. Head to our advanced search option to search for a vacation rental by preferred dates, bedrooms, location, and amenities. September is also a great time of year for midweek travel!

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Warm Water

In September, the average ocean water temperature along the Isle of Palms is 81°F. This is the perfect temperature for catching some waves or wading in the water. Experts say that this is the ideal temperature for sea bathing. You can expect it to be very warm and comfortable. For more information about the weather during each season, click here. If you are wondering about vacation rentals with pools, most pools are warm enough to enjoy during September.

Nice Weather

September offers visitors a daily average temperature high of 85°F and a low of 69°. The SC coast’s weather is humid, with approximately seven rainy days during the month. If you are wondering when the best time of year to visit IOP is, click here.

Great Activities

One of the best things about visiting our slice of paradise during September is that you can choose from summer or fall activities. Both are perfect for your September itinerary. In addition to lounging on the beach or basking in the sun from your deck, here are just a few things to do we think you will love!

If you experience a rainy day or want a break from warmer temperatures, there are a wide variety of indoor activities for you to try!


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