Isle of Palms is a barrier island that has been luring vacationers to its beaches for well over 100 years. With that kind of staying power, it must be worth a look, right? Just 12 miles from Charleston, South Carolina, Isle of Palms is a great place to visit not just for the beach, but for golfers, park lovers, fishermen, and anyone wanting to enjoy the beauty on a peaceful trip.
Noted as one of the most gorgeous beaches in the Charleston area, Isle of Palms (also referred to as IOP) is a family-friendly spot — a 7-mile stretch of white sandy beach with lots of public beach access. While there are a lot of lodging options, our focus here is on finding you the most affordable yet highly rated places to stay. Each of these 11 Vrbo properties averages under $250 per night — all a great bargain in a beautiful spot!
Small Condo With Superior Ocean Views$375/nightly avg
Recently remodeled and updated, you will love this 1 bedroom condo with superior ocean views located in the Sea Cabin complex. Located on the third floor, this end unit has no neighbors above or on the bedroom side and is perfect for a couples retreat. There are two dedicated beachside parking spots included with this rental, and there are restaurants, shops, and entertainment within walking distance!
Note: No smoking in this unit. No pets allowed. This complex has no elevators, which is something to consider if you have any mobility issues.
Ocean Inn 205$226/nightly avg
Another smaller option that would be great for couples, Unit 205 at the Ocean Inn offers a complete kitchen and full bathroom, is newly decorated, and has free onsite parking. This condo is in a great location, just two blocks from the beach on paved sidewalks and a half-block to restaurants, bars, and shopping.
This one is a fun unit that can sleep up to 4 people with the sofa sleeper, and there is a gated swimming pool in the complex. Very affordable with all you need for a great vacation!
Treehouse Villa$275/nightly avg
This spacious yet cozy upper-level condo known as Treehouse Villa is a comfortable 1,218 square feet on one level. With vaulted, beamed, and planked ceilings, Treehouse Villa has an updated bathroom and fully stocked kitchen with stone countertops and includes a large capacity washer and dryer.
Both bedrooms have a private bathroom and deck and overlook the pool and gardens. The Treehouse Villa has a 200-square-foot covered deck, offering great sunset views.
Palms Paradise$235/nightly avg
This house is gorgeous! With three bedrooms and space to house up to six guests, this single-level home known as Palms Paradise has a beautiful screened-in porch with a sectional sofa — a wonderful place to relax. Use the fully equipped kitchen to cook, or head outside and fire up the gas grill that’s located on your deck.
This is a dog-friendly home that offers direct beach access and even has an outdoor shower you can use to rinse off the sand before heading inside. You will love this option as soon as you see the photos. This one is in high demand, so check it out soon!
Charming Beach House (Ground Level Only)$265/nightly avg
Many travelers prefer staying in a house when possible, so in that spirit, this charming beach house rental offers the complete ground floor for renters. There are two bedrooms and two bathrooms, and this house is just a short walk to the beach and a half-mile to Sullivan’s Island.
You’ll love the convenience of the easy ground-floor access, the spacious, fenced backyard (pets are welcome!), deck with a grill, fully equipped kitchen, washer, dryer, and more. This is a nicely sized unit you’re sure to love — the back deck is gorgeous!
Summer Song$265/nightly avg
Relax on vacation at Summer Song, a second-floor beachfront condo with views of the Atlantic Ocean that was updated in 2021 with new flooring, a new refrigerator, and more! This complex offers access to a pool, the Isle of Palms Pier, and the beach, so you don’t need to drive everywhere. You’re also right next door to the Isle of Palms County Park.
This one-bedroom rental has just about everything you’ll need and is in high demand — check it out soon! Note: There is no elevator, something to keep in mind if you have any mobility issues. No parties, no smoking, no pets.
Second Floor Oceanfront Villa$350/nightly avg
Overlooking the pool, the sandy beach, and the Atlantic Ocean, this second-floor oceanfront villa in the Wild Dunes Resort is professionally decorated and delivers an elegant coastal living environment. The floor-to-ceiling glass doors allow for panoramic views of the pool, courtyard, sandy beach, and ocean. The living and dining areas offer a great space for entertaining while the master bedroom has a king-size bed, private bathroom, and walk-in closet and opens to an oceanfront balcony.
This rental is absolutely gorgeous, and the remodeled kitchen is fully equipped with Whirlpool appliances, a refrigerator/ice maker, electric range, and lots more! Wild Dunes Resort is a gated community with 24-hour security and includes 2 Tom Fazio-designed championship golf courses. Check this one out soon!
Shipp’s Treasure$312/nightly avg
Shipp’s Treasure, an oceanfront end unit just steps from beach access, is a wonderful option for an Isle of Palms family vacation or romantic retreat for two. A first-floor unit, Shipp’s Treasure still manages to offer an amazing view down the beach, with a southeast-facing window that provides extra sunlight only enjoyed from an end unit.
You will love the beautiful granite countertops in the kitchen and bath, along with the full-size range and abundant pantry storage. Laundry facilities are available in the pool house for those enjoying a longer stay.
Family-Friendly First Floor Condo$178/nightly avg
This family-friendly, smoke-free condominium features a master bedroom with a king bed and private bath as well as a queen and twin bed in the second bedroom. Recently updated and just steps from the beach, you can also use the sleeper sofa in the living room if you need space for additional guests.
This condo is meticulous and was updated with new flooring and paint in 2020. Great reviews!
Shiawa Sea Cottage$245/nightly avg
Shiawa Sea Cottage is a family-owned vacation home located just two blocks from the Atlantic Ocean, a perfect getaway for couples or small families. You will enter the cottage through the expansive, carpeted screen porch, and once inside will love the glass block/leaded glass windows, maple hardwood floors, and stucco walls.
Both bedrooms have queen beds, and the cottage comes with central air conditioning and heat to keep you comfortable inside all year. The private pool and hot tub are yours to use!
Note: This is a 30-day minimum rental.
Port O’Call 103A$285/nightly avg
This gorgeous, updated 1 bedroom condo, Port O’Call 103A, will make you feel right at home while vacationing at Isle of Palms. It’s a first-floor unit, meaning you’ll enjoy the ocean views from the screened-in patio. You’re just steps from the Isle of Palms Beach — this is a perfect spot for a romantic couples getaway or a vacation for retirees. This is a comfortable and cozy option with limited availability — reserve your dates soon!
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