Southwest airlines will have direct
flights from the Washington, DC area to Charleston beginning
March 13, 2011
Isle of Palms is a barrier island on the
South Carolina coast,
less than 20 minutes from historical downtown Charleston.
May 17, 2002 the City of Isle of Palms received the
designation of a
Wave Beach by the Clean Beaches Council, the
first in South Carolina.
The average ocean temperature from May to September is 81
BY CAR- From either
direction, 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. Take a right on Palm
Blvd and your next left is JC Long Blvd. We are on the
right across from the Fire Station.
BY AIR- Delta, US Air,
United Express, Air South and Continental Charleston
International Airport. Car rental agencies include Avis,
Budget, Hertz, and National. You can reach the airport at
Wild Dunes Sullivan's
Island Isle of Palms
Isle of Palms, Sullivan's Island, and
Charleston, South Carolina vacation rentals.
Originally named Hunting Island and then
Long Island, it's thought to be at least 25,000 years old,
and first inhabited by the indigenous Seewee Indians. The
Seewees were said to have greeted the first English settlers
to the area by swimming to the ships and carrying the
travelers to shore. Whatever contributions the English made
to the Seewees reportedly inspired some of them to try and
reach England in their canoes-all lost at sea in storms.
Legend has it that the only other occupants of the island
were the pirates who buried their treasures for safekeeping
in the deserted dunes and woods, although none has been
found so far.
During the Revolutionary War a British Army contingent of
2,500 men attempted to raid a colonial encampment on
adjacent Sullivan's Island.
area was of significance again during the Civil War, as a
point of departure for the CSS Hunley, the first submarine
to sink an enemy vessel. After successfully sinking the USS
Housatonic, the Hunley and her crew were lost at sea,
probably as a result of the encounter with the Union ship.
Amazingly, the wreck of the Hunley was recently discovered
offshore of Sullivan's Island, and will soon be recovered
The island remained without permanent inhabitants until the
century when the island became recognized by locals of the
area as a refuge from the summer heat and tempo of
Charleston. The island was purchased in 1899 by J.S.
Lawrence, who renamed it the Isle of Palms. In 1906 a 50
room resort hotel was built to offer the first permanent
accommodations. By 1912, James Sottile constructed a
spacious beach pavilion and an amusement park with Ferris
wheel. Accompanying transportation developments enabled
residents of Charleston to catch a ferry to Mt. Pleasant,
and from there catch a rail trolley car to Sullivan's Island
and the Isle of Palms. Access became even easier in 1929
when the ferry across the Charleston harbor was replaced by
the Grace Memorial Bridge. A bridge link to the islands was
established in 1946, and at that time most of the Isle of
Palms was purchased by developer J.C. Long of The Beach
he began development, J.C. Long provided low-cost housing to
veterans returning from World War II. The Isle of Palms
slowly developed into a residential bedroom community of
greater Charleston while still maintaining its charm,
natural beauty, and desirability as a summertime getaway
In the 1970's the rest of
the world discovered the joys of the Isle of Palms, and real
estate development blossomed. In 1975, the Sea Pines Co.,
one of the major developers of now renown Hilton Head
Island, established a similar resort enterprise on 900 acres
of land at the northeast end of the island. With nationally
recognized golf courses and other resort amenities, Isle of
Palms has become a major vacation locale on the South
In spite of the changes wrought over the last 20 years, with
its six miles of white, sandy beaches, the Isle of Palms
remains as much a place of beautiful serenity for residents
and visitors today, as it was for the Seewee Indians and the
colonists who followed.
Isle of Palms Recreation Center