There’s no denying the beauty of South Carolina’s coastline. After all, The Palmetto State takes great pride in maintaining its beaches. Yet, residents and visitors alike will tell you that each island community offers a unique experience. Among Charleston’s most beloved beaches are Seabrook Island and Isle of Palms. If you aren’t sure which island better suits you, then read on! Afterward, we invite you to discover more of the hidden treasures of Seabrook Island in our complimentary Vacation Guide. Get your guide for handpicked recommendations on restaurants, shopping, events, and more.
Your Charleston Beach Guide: Seabrook Island vs. Isle of Palms
Isle of Palms
Isle of Palms is a favorite beach for both locals and visitors alike. It is a popular summertime destination due to its family-friendly atmosphere. The island is home to miles of beautiful beach, and public beach access is available at multiple points along the Isle of Palms Strip from 10th to 14th Avenue. Convenient parking with easy beach access is available when you first arrive on the island. Parking here ranges from $10 to $12 per day. After a fun-filled beach day, the Isle of Palms Strip is a great place to wander gift shops or grab an ice cream cone and a slice of pizza!
If you are looking to avoid the beach crowds, then make your way to Seabrook Island. This private beach community is the neighboring island of Kiawah Island, located west of the Ashley River. Here, visitors can enjoy a variety of resort-style amenities, including an award-winning tennis facility, championship golf, and exclusive restaurants. The barrier island is home to several excellent beaches, as well as the exclusive Seabrook Island Beach Club. North Beach is on Seabrook Island’s eastern shore, making it a prime spot to watch a classic Carolina sunrise. Pelican Beach, also known as Sunset Beach, is the best place to enjoy sunsets as the dolphins play in the surf.
More Charleston Beaches to Enjoy
Seabrook Island and Isle of Palms are only two of the Charleston area’s best beaches. Other islands you may wish to visit are Kiawah Island, Sullivan’s Island, Folly Beach, and Edisto Beach. If you’d like to learn more about these islands, take a look at our complete Charleston beach guide!
Plan Your Beach Getaway with Pam Harrington Exclusives
If you can’t choose between Seabrook Island or Isle of Palms, then visit both! When you select one of our beautiful vacation rental homes on Seabrook Island or Kiawah Island, you are only an hour away from Isle of Palms and 40 minutes from downtown Charleston. However, once you arrive on the island, don’t be surprised if you never want to leave! View our current specials and browse our handpicked collection of luxury vacation homes and villas to start planning your getaway. Pet-friendly properties are also available! Contact us at Pam Harrington Exclusives if you need any help with your search. We are happy to match you with a home that meets your desired dates, amenities, and budget.