Splendidly isolated from the South Carolina mainland, life on this barrier island offers the perfect mix of proximity to Charleston and a carefree lifestyle.
Photo: Chris Rogers
With the bustling city of Charleston fading in the rearview mirror, a sweet, balmy breeze from the surrounding marsh streams through open car windows on the way to Isle of Palms. The Intracoastal Waterway is incandescent in the sun and, just before arriving on the island, the landscape opens to reveal an expansive view of the sparkling Atlantic Ocean.
Isle of Palms is a skinny, 7-mile-long South Carolina barrier island. Here, the vibe feels both Southern and tropical—neighbors spend balmy evenings together on screened-in porches, sipping sweet tea and bourbon and watching for pods of dolphins in the surf.
Palm trees line the aptly named Palm Boulevard, where—past a smattering of shops and one grocery store—lavish homes face the water on one side, and oak-tree shaded communities with new homes preside on the other.