Beach Access & 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.

A traffic camera at the intersection of the IOP Connector and Palm Boulevard is live on the SCDOT 511 system. Click on the “Cameras” option on the main menu and then click on “Charleston Beaches.” The SCDOT 511 system is also available as a mobile device app. 

Please observe all signage on parking areas to avoid being ticketed or towed. 


Places to Park

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. Seasonal parking passes are $60 and are available for purchase at the Public Safety Building, located on 30 J C Long Boulevard. 

The Municipal Parking Lots are managed by automated parking kiosks. Parking tickets are available for purchase at the automated parking kiosks inside the parking lot. The fee to park is $1 per hour. The City lots are operational between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. 

Residents with properly credentialed vehicles can park in the Municipal Lots anytime free of charge. A properly credentialed vehicle is one that has a City issued Resident Parking Permit or a Wild Dunes Resident decal. 

The ticket must be prominently displayed on the dash before leaving the parking lot. Failure to do so will result in a $25.00 parking violation.  During the beach season, lot attendants will provide directions. Parking in violation of any regulation related to paid parking spaces, parking pay stations or kiosks along the public streets or in the public parking lots will result in a $25.00 fine.  

County Park located on 14th Avenue

Click here to view Park hours and fees.

Front Beach Parking 

Visitors will find metered parking on Ocean Boulevard near Front Beach between 10th and 14th Avenues. Park in any open space, and locate the pay station (kiosk) 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 paid stations are enforced from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. during the beach season from March 1st to October 31st. The hourly rate is $1.50. The exact calendar dates vary from year to year.  Call 843-886-6522 for more information. 

Click on this link to view a map of available paid parking locations. 


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. 

The City regulates parking along the public rights-of-way between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Learn more about Beach Season Parking. 

Click on this link to view a map of the Beach Parking District. 


Handicapped Parking

Those who require parking designated as handicapped will find it available in the County Park (fee charged), the small City parking lot on Pavilion Drive, 9th Avenue, 21st Avenue. and 42nd Avenue.

Handicap parking is available in the small Municipal Parking Lot behind the Public Safety Building at no charge for vehicles displaying the appropriate license plate or placard. Disabled veterans and recipients of the Purple Heart are also exempt from the pay parking requirements when their vehicles bear a disabled veteran's or Purple Heart license plate issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles. 

A sandy path leading to the beach.