Isle of Palms Surfing

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Isle of Palms produces waves that everyone can appreciate for their modesty. They're not huge, but they're definitely fun.

Written by

Logan Waddell

Destination Distance From Downtown

10.3 miles


2 of 5 diamonds


Time To Complete

All Day



Dog Friendly


Fees Permits


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Whether you've been surfing all of your life or you're just learning, Isle of Palms produces waves that everyone can appreciate. IOP is no Mavericks, but everyone enjoys breaking out the long board and cruising on some little waves from time to time. Be sure to check the surf report before going if you are coming from further away. Most of the time waves max out around 3 feet, but if you watch constantly on various surf cameras in the area, you might catch a larger swell and enjoy some bigger waves. All are welcome at Isle of Palms; surfers, kayak surfers, kite boarders, and wind surfers. Remember to be courteous to those around you; since this is a public beach, there will more than likely be some people in the water with you, and like many coastal cities, everyone surfs year round in this area. If you do not have your own board then you can easily rent one from a local surf shop along with paddle boards, kayaks, etc. Try to catch a set early in the morning or late in the evening. I can't think of a more relaxing way to spend a day than surfing on IOP.


Isle of Palms Surfing

Charleston, SC,
32.784354, -79.785563

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