Beach Access and Parking
Visitors who come to the Isle of Palms have many options for beach access and parking. The City offers more than 50 beach access paths. Note that driving on the beach or on beach access paths is strictly prohibited.
South Carolina Public Beach Access Guide
City Parking Lots on Pavilion:
The City maintains two parking lots close to Front Beach on Pavilion Drive. One lot offers handicapped parking and season-long parking for those with a decal. The other lot offers daily parking for a nominal fee. During the beach season, lot attendants will provide directions.
County Park located on 14th Avenue: Click here to view Park hours and fees.
Handicapped Parking: Those who require parking designated as handicapped will find it available in the County Park (fee charged), one City lot on Pavilion, on 9th Avenue and on 21st Avenue.
Metered Spaces: Visitors will find metered parking on Ocean Boulevard near Front Beach between 10th and 14th Avenues. Park in any open space, and locate the meter closest to you. Choose and purchase the appropriate amount of time, and then place the receipt on the dashboard of the vehicle so that it is readable through the windshield. The meters are enforced from 8:00AM to 8:00PM during the beach season from mid-March to October. The exact calendar dates vary from year to year. Call 843-886-6522 for more information.
Road Right-of-Ways: Visitors can park their vehicles on any road right-of-way unless it has been designated with a sign as "no parking". Be mindful that all four wheels must be off the road and that no beach access paths can be blocked. Do not block driveways or mailboxes, and please be respectful of landscaping.
Golf Carts: In accordance with South Carolina state law section 56-3-115, golf cart owners who have a valid driver's license, a permit from the Department of Motor Vehicles and proof of insurance may operate the golf cart on a secondary highway or street within two miles of his or her residence or place of business during daylight hours only. Additionally, golf carts may cross a primary highway or street (such as Palm Boulevard from 41st Avenue to Breach Inlet) but cannot travel along primary highways or streets. Golf carts may not be parked on beach access paths unless signs exist indicating that golf cart parking is permissable. The law prohibits golf carts from being upgraded by adding equipment to convert the cart to a Low Speed Vehicle (LSV). A golf cart can never be legally operated after dark.
LSV - Low Speed Vehicle: In accordance with South Carolina code of law 56-2-100, a Low Speed Vehicle is a four-wheeled vehicle whose speed attainable in one mile is more than twenty miles per hour (20 mph) and not more than twenty-five miles per hour (25 mph). Like a golf cart, an LSV may cross a primary highway or street (such as Palm Boulevard from 41st Avenue to Breach Inlet) but cannot travel along primary highways or streets. Like a golf cart, an LSV can only be operated by a person with a valid driver's license, a permit from the Department of Motor Vehicles and proof of insurance. The state will not title or register homemade Low Speed Vehicles. An LSV can only be operated on roads having speed limits of thirty-five miles per hour (35 mph) or less. An LSV is factory equipped with windshield wipers, rear-view and side-view mirrors, speedometer, turn signals, horn, DOT headlights, taillights, and seatbelts. An LSV may be operated after dark.
Low Speed Vehicle