On the Isle of Palms

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The remainder of our trip was spent on the Isle of Palms, which is a pretty wonderful place to be. A barrier island just off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina, it’s a beautiful narrow island filled with stunning properties, large beaches and sandy dunes. South Carolina gets pretty hot in August but the island onshore breeze makes the air feel like a warm blanket, making it a perfect spot for a summer getaway.

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It’s fairly obvious where the name comes from, just in from the beach is a leafy green paradise where plenty of interesting creatures hide out. Having visited many times, I’ve become used to 6 foot alligators hanging out on the side of the road but it was great seeing the surprise on Loz’s face after spotting one for the first time. Combined with the snapping turtles, deafening crickets and frogs that quack like ducks, there’s plenty of unusual island residents to discover.

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We spent most mornings walking on the beach before the temperature gets too high. Warm sand between your toes while the sun rises makes for a blissful start to the day.

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The houses lining the front are spectacular. We stayed in a lovely apartment which you can have a nosy at in yesterday’s post, but I still enjoyed picking out my dream beach house on our morning wanders.

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Wild sea oats are one of my favourite local sights, seeing them sway in the morning breeze against the blue sky is truly beautiful.

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There’s a little inlet at the end of the beach between the Isle of Palms and Dewees Island, the next one over, which magically seemed to be filled with dolphins most days. This little cutie and it’s mama were hanging out so close to the shore and stayed long enough for us to snap a few pictures. Magic!

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Something I adore is how beautiful the morning golden hour light is, perhaps even more so than the evening. The magic hour is just that, the golden glow illuminating the palms and houses makes it all the more beautiful.

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We had such a wonderful time in such a perfect place, and I’m already counting down the days until we go back again. I adore our little island paradise, and hope it’s not too long until I return.