South Carolina boasts beautiful weather, sand, sun, fun, and comfortable temperatures for most of the year, making it the perfect warmer weather destination for your winter vacation. Along with the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean, the combination will have you pointing your compass toward the Palmetto State and the city of Isle of Palms for a relaxing wintertime getaway with loved ones.

Charleston Harbor Parade of Boats

While some locals celebrate the season by parading through the streets of town, we celebrate by parading through the waters surrounding our town! Typically taking place the second Saturday of December, the boat parade sets sail on a procession along Charleston’s waterfront. Boats are decked out with lights and holiday décor to the pleasure of onlookers. No information has been confirmed for this year’s celebration.

Lowcountry Oyster Festival

Two tractor trailers full – 45,000 pounds of oysters roll onto the grounds at Boone Hall Plantation in January 2024. The delivery kicks off the annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival. The “Oyster Fest” takes place February 4, 2024, with tickets on sale now. Enjoy oysters, beverages, other food from local vendors, live performances, and more. You can even show off your oyster shucking skill in the oyster shucking contest! The 2024 event is the 40th anniversary, so be prepared for extra special celebrations, too.


An escape to a beach location like Isle of Palms this winter means spending plenty of time on that beach. Sunbathe, take a walk, or run on the beach for some exercise, build sandcastles with the kids, or plant a beach umbrella and enjoy a picnic or a good book. Brave the waters of the Atlantic for water activities like swimming, snorkeling, SCUBA diving, or more adventurous activities like parasailing, wakeboarding, and more for an adrenaline-pumping good time this winter.


There are some places around town where your rental vehicle just can’t reach. Instead of missing out, rent a bike and take a tour of the area, get some exercise at the same time, and negotiate those tighter passages for the complete Isle of Palms experience. There’s an array of companies that offer rentals that suit your needs and schedule. Reserve adult bikes, children’s bikes, and add accessories like child seats or trailers. All rentals include helmets, but you’ll want to ask about other safety gear and accessories like lights, extra baskets, and other accessories or gear you have for your bike at home.

Golf Cart Rentals

Leave the rental car parked while still getting around on four wheels. Hop on a golf cart to explore the island’s nooks and crannies you can’t get to by car. Several area companies rent golf carts – offering you a different way to experience everything the island has to offer. Most are street legal, and include headlights, taillights, blinkers, rearview mirrors, and more, so you can cruise the road, too. Depending on the company, you can rent the vehicles by the hour, half day, full day, or customize a length of time that fits your winter vacation stay.

Dewees Island

Everything you need for a fun winter adventure is right in Isle of Palms, but you can also escape for some extra relaxation and serenity on nearby Dewees Island. The locale is just a short ferry ride away, and the peaceful place is a unique change – void of cars, stoplights, stores, and restaurants, representing a perfect return to nature for your winter vacation. Enjoy activities like fishing, kayaking, other beach activities, and an untouched forest to roam.


If you or any of your travel companions are anglers, get in on the many fun water and beach activities while also taking some time to drop a line this winter. There are a myriad of fishing charters in Isle of Palms and the surrounding area that will take you to inshore and nearshore locations, and even out to the deep waters of the Atlantic in search of your next big fish story! If your own fishing gear didn’t make the packing list, most companies offer rental gear, tackle, and all the supplies for a productive day on the water. Make sure you secure the proper South Carolina fishing license before your voyage!

A Winter Retreat in Isle of Palms

You came to Isle of Palms to explore and experience a fun, relaxing getaway with loved ones this winter. Before you plot out all your fun and exciting winter island activities, get your accommodations taken care of when you book a vacation rental provided by Carroll Realty. We have units as small as 1 bedroom, all the way up to 7 bedrooms for a large winter getaway with all your loved ones. Prepare and serve a home-cooked meal in the unit’s fully equipped kitchen. Spend time in a private outdoor space like a pool, balcony, or deck, or relax indoors in stylish bedrooms or living areas.

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