At Charleston’s Island Resort, social distancing comes easy. Open ocean air and miles of barrier island beauty beckon outdoor fun for the whole family. With 1,600 acres to roam, there are countless ways to immerse yourself in the Lowcountry without encountering any crowds. From beachside relaxation to family-friendly excursions- there are so many ways to soak in summer & find your escape. Check out some of our favorite ways to enjoy summer with plenty of social distance.
Become a Beachcomber
Wander Isle of Palms beach and discover the treasures within the sand. Did you know there are more than 700 species of seashells in our waters? From oysters to augers and sand dollars to whelks; angel wings to jingles, olives and more. How many kinds of shells can you find, and can you identify them all? Check out this great identification guide from Coastal Living to get started!
Fly a Kite at the Northern Tip of the Isle of Palms
Take it from Mary Poppins- let’s go fly a kite! It may seem like a simple pleasure, but we’re lucky to enjoy a wide beach with plenty of space to practice this beloved pastime! According to Psychology Today, flying a kite also comes with a host of physical and mental benefits. Mindfulness, or acute attention to the here and now, helps us let go of stress and worry and just focus on the simple feeling of pleasure. Done right, kite flying also comes with its share of exercise! Drop by the Wild Dunes Surf shop on the Boardwalk to snag a kite of your own!
Rent a Beach Chair & Umbrella and Read a Book on the Beach
Research shows that being around vast bodies of water and “blue space” holds restorative powers for our mind. Coupled with the lull of the water, seemingly endless ocean & blue sky help us relax and focus more intently on tasks at hand. Whether that be a great book, juicy magazine, or even a meditative rest, a care-free beach day is downright good for the mind, body and soul. WIld Dunes Resort beach rentals makes it easy to enjoy the beach without the fuss. Click here to rent Isle of Palms beach chairs & umbrellas.
Visit the Francis Marion National Forest
Did you know that we have a National Forest right in our backyard? The Francis Marion National Forest is a lush landscape of maritimes forest, swamps, marshes, and comprising nearly 300,000 acres of recreation-friendly wilderness. Steeped in history, this area is home to the Sewee Shell mound, built around 4,000 years ago by prehistoric Native Americans. Shell rings like this were used for discarded oyster shells and ceremonial practices. Hiking trails routes & visitor information are available on the National Forest Service website.
Go Kayaking or Stand Up Paddleboarding in the Marsh
There is no better way to get close to nature than gliding through the marshways on a kayak or paddleboard. The marshes surrounding Isle of Palms are beautiful unto themselves, but also serve as nurseries for hundreds of species of flora & fauna. This is the place to see herons gracefully wading; oysters spitting; pelicans dramatically diving; dolphins strand feeding, and maybe even a manatee bobbing up for a quiet greeting. Don’t miss out on this stunning side of Isle of Palms! View kayaking & SUP excursions.
Rent a Bike & Go For a Spin
The Wild Dunes Resort bike shop makes it easy to cruise the bike paths that span our 1,600 acre Resort community. Catch a cooling breeze and soak in the sights- but be sure to stop and enjoy the moment. Exploring Wild Dunes Resort by bike allows you to experience areas that are not accessible by car. Our favorite spot for stunning scenery? The beachfront along the Links Cours 17 & 18th holes! Click here to learn more about Wild Dunes Bike Rentals.
Island Hop & Immerse Yourself In Nature
Wild Dunes Resort is nestled into the northern tip of a barrier island. In fact, Isle of Palms is one of 35 barrier islands along the South Carolina coast, each with it’s own unique flavor & feel. “IOP, as it’s fondly known, is more developed than our neighboring Capers and Bulls Islands, which are owned and managed by the State of SC & National Fish & WIldlife Service respectively. Explore the stunning “Boneyard Beach” landscape on Capers by joining our partners at Barrier Island Eco Tours on a boat tour. Or, venutre north into our neighboring town of Awendaw and hop on the Bulls Island Ferry. The ferry is the only way to get to Bulls Island, where you can spend the day hiking 66,000 acres of untouched maritime wilderness. Either way, you are certain to experience picturesque views and Lowcountry wildlife like you won’t see anywhere else. Learn more about our incredible outdoor excursions.
Get Out & Golf
With 36-holes of championship golf at your fingertips, it’s easy to get lost in the game. Both designed by famed course architect, Tom Fazio, The Links & Harbor Courses offer unique golf experiences and unbeatable views. Harbor Golf Course is known for its challenging design and beautiful views, and most of all, water. From lagoons and salt marshes to the Intracoastal Waterway, this varied golf course in Charleston, South Carolina will test all aspects of your game. The Links Golf Course was Tom Fazio's first solo design; today, it’s still among his favorites - and he's not the only one. From the rustling palms lining lush, rolling fairways to a finishing hole overlooking the glistening Atlantic Ocean, the Links Course is South Carolina golf at its finest. Book a round and see why escaping the crowds is not only easy, but essential for any golf lover.
There's an abundance of award-winning cuisine in the Isle of Palms and Charleston area and Wild Dunes Resort is no exception. Experience seasonal menus featuring local and sustainable cuisine at our onsite restaurant Coastal Provisions. Enjoy poolside favorites at Beachside Burgers & Bar (open seasonally), or have a home-style family dinner delivered right to your door.Reserve at Coastal Provisions Reserve at Billy G's Smokehouse Reserve at Huey's Southern Eats Order Groceries from Hudson's Market
Whether you're a Resort guest, a local or a visiting golfer, South Carolina's finest golf awaits you at Wild Dunes Resort. Our courses are open to the public, so book a round below or call 855.998.5351.Book a Tee Time
Sand & Sea Salon with Spa Services at Wild Dunes Resort can have you looking great and feeling even better. From manicures and pedicures to massages, facials, and body scrubs - any service in our casual island ambiance will leave you feeling balanced.Book an Appointment