One of Charleston’s beach enclaves, the Isle of Palms is just down the road from Mt. Pleasant and only 20 minutes from the heart of the historic Holy City. The island is also home to the luxurious Wild Dunes Resort and golf course, making it a serious vacation destination. The beautiful IOP beaches have been awarded numerous titles, including Blue Wave Certification and America’s Best Restored Beach. The Isle of Palms is popular with families, thanks to convenient beach facilities and its no-alcohol policy. Water sports are also readily available at the city’s marina. Residents include a mix of full- and part-time inhabitants, and the island is so small that most everyone who lives there knows and looks out for each other.