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Isle of Palms

IOPBreathtaking! Is the word that comes to mind as one drives up the Connector Bridge and beholds the salt marsh, the Intracoastal Waterway, the beach and ocean surrounding the Isle of Palms, South Carolina. And the sensation is not just the first time one sees it, but also every time in every season!

The Isle of Palms, is a 7 mile long, 1 mile wide Atlantic barrier island, minutes from historic downtown Charleston, and has plenty of things to do for the whole family.  IOP outfitters offers SUP and kayak rentals, nature tours, jet ski rentals and fishing trips and bicycle and golf cart rentals to help you get there.

Isle of Palms fishing outfitters offer off shore fishing trips for anglers of all ages, a great adventure to the blue waters where tuna, marlin and mahi call home.  And for those that want to stay closer to home, try inshore and near shore fishing charters near Isle of Palms.  Experienced captains with specialized fishing boats know the backwater areas and provide a spectacular fishing trip as well as info about the coastal ecosystem.  And many fishing captains also offer scenic boat cruises in the Isle of Palms area, so visitors can see this beautiful island from a mariners perspective.  And scenic boat cruises in IOP offer narration on the local ecosystem, flora and fauna, and some history of the local waterways.  Dolphin cruises in IOP are another family favorite offering up close views of these coastal favorites.  Kayak and SUP tours are also a favorite activity in IOP, as well as guided nature tours of the local waterways.

For the adventurous vacationer try a jet ski ride, parasail trip and banana boat ride to turn your vacation from mild to wild.  Jet ski rentals in IOP offer Intracoastal Waterway trips to local island getaways and a chance to crash the waves of the Atlantic.  And parasailing in IOP offer flyers a birds eye view of Isle of Palms, Sullivans Island and their beaches.  So no matter how you spend your Isle of Palms vacation, there are plenty of things to do, whether on sand or sea.

Isle of Palms Local Businesses

Old Exchange Building:

Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon Historical Building and Museum in Charleston, SC

The Old Exchange is a ‘must-see’ for all Charleston visitors. During your visit, you will discover this building's integral role in our country’s quest for independence and its important service to our young nation. History comes alive as Colonial dressed guides talk about extraordinary events of Charles Town. In 1718 an associate of Blackbeard, Stede Bonnet “The Gentleman Pirate” and his crew were imprisoned at this location. Completed in 1771, the Old Exchange Building is recognized today as South Carolina's most historic building. Where the US Constitution was ratified and George Washington was entertained. While many of the historic buildings in Charleston are residences and focus on prominent families of the city, the Old Exchange began its existence as a public building and remains so today.


Affinity Charters:

Affinity Fishing Charters Inshore, Near Shore & Fly Fishing Charters, Charleston, SC

Charleston and surrounding waters provide numerous areas to fish. You can fish the Charleston back water flats, rivers, harbors, bays, creeks, ICW, Charleston Jetties, and numerous near shore reefs. Most areas can be reached within 15 minutes or less to provide more fishing time. The boats draft less than 10 inches of water, which is great for stalking red fish in skinny water. Capt. John is sponsored by Quantum Fishing rods and reels, RipTide Baits, Ross fly-fishing Reels, and Maui Jim Sunglasses, and provides the newest and best available for your fishing pleasure. All tackle, bait, ice, fishing license, and photography are provided. Affinity Charters is Charleston’s finest inshore and fly fishing charter service. All guided trips are private and custom, so they cater to each client’s goals, wants, and skill level.


Bulldog Tours:

Bulldog Tours Ghost & Walking Tours in Charleston, SC

As featured on The Travel Channel, Bulldog Tours is Charleston's premier walking tour company, offering the best history, culinary, and ghost tours in town. Voted "Charleston's Best Tour Company" in 2010, 2011, & 2012, they have exclusive access to Charleston's most haunted locations (Old City Jail, Pre-Revolutionary Dungeon, & oldest cemetery). As featured in Southern Living, Bon Appetit, and Food Network, our culinary tours are a great way to walk, talk and taste your way through Charleston. The "Savor the Flavors of Charleston" tour offers tastings of Lowcountry delicacies such as pralines, stone ground grits, and barbeque. Our "Chef's Kitchen Tour" gives you a behind the scenes look at several gourmet restaurants. Like history, then it's time you take our "Charleston Strolls Walk with History Tour". This two-hour walking tour is the best overview of Charleston's rich past, antebellum homes, architecture, hidden gardens, and culture.

Mention "Carolina Coast Activities" for a $3/adult discount!!


Nature Adventures Outfitters:

Nature Adventures Outfitters Kayak Nature tours in Charleston, SC

Take a Kayak Nature Adventure tour to coastal barrier islands, rivers, rice plantations and beautiful cypress swamps in and around the Charleston, South Carolina area. Kayak or Canoe rentals are available for those who want to explore on their own, while guided kayaking tours are just right for a memorable family vacation. Canoe and Kayak Blackwater and Swamp & creek tours are offered daily, as are our Saltwater Kayaking trips, by ACA Certified & Master Naturalist Guides! Come see dolphin & pelicans at eye level! Absolutely, the best kayak nature tours outfitter in Charleston, SC! Recommended by National Geographic.


Adventure Harbor Tours:

Adventure Harbor Tours Harbor Tours Charleston, SC

Wanna explore isolated and beautiful Morris Island by yourself (relatively speaking) while picking up shells and sharks teeth? Try our 3 hour shell and sharks tooth expeditions out to Morris Island. Enjoy a 15 minute boat ride out past Ft. Sumter, and on to the beach. After a bit more history, we'll start our search for beach treasure, and you never know what you might find. Or how bout a sunset dolphin cruise, where you can bring your own drinks and snacks, relax and take in the sights. We have something for everyone, and it's all family fun! Adventure Harbor Tours has expanded their fleet, and is now well suited for private charters of any size up to 80 people. We now offer 3 different size boats to fit anything you need!

Go To:Adventureharbortours.com


Waterdog Paddle Company:

Waterdog Paddle Company Stand Up Paddleboard Tours & Rentals near Charleston, SC

Water Dog Paddle Company is the source for Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) adventures for Kiawah, Seabrook, and Johns islands. Offering guided private and group tours, Stand up paddle board rentals, and private lessons for first-timers to experienced paddlers. The Water Dog “Dolphin Tour” is a 2 hour, Lifeguard Certified Guided Tour, which takes you along Bohicket Creek & into the depths of the Salt Marsh, searching for dolphin, birds and other wildlife. Included in the tour are Boardworks Paddleboards, Carbon Fiber Paddle, Lifejacket, Leash & Bottled Water. Daily options, including a sunset dolphin tour and all must be booked 24hrs in advance. Tour guide, Ryan Kennedy, will teach you everything you need to know about the fastest growing sport in the USA!