Palm trees line the aptly named Palm Boulevard, where—past a smattering of shops and a grocery store—lavish homes face the water on one side, and oak-tree shaded communities with new homes preside on the other, including Wild Dunes - a gated golf course and waterfront neighborhood. It can feel a bit touristy during the summer as the local and weekly renters hit the beach, but off-season is quiet and peaceful - a fair tradeoff for beach living close to historic Charleston.
Stay clear of the main drag as it can be a bit honky tonk on weekends, but it’s home to one of the better restaurants in Charleston, CODA DEL PESCE headed by chef Ken Vedrinski. Breakfast biscuits get no better than those served up at the Sea Biscuit Cafe. Take a long bike ride from Isle of Palms to the southern tip of Sullivan’s Island for a view of downtown Charleston and Fort Sumter.