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16 Jun 2017
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It’s a great time to be staying in one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals, especially if you are travelling with a male parental unit. Happy early Father’s Day to all the fine dads out there! If you’re coming into one of our SC vacation rentals this weekend, either a luxury house on Isle of Palms or a Folly Beach house Charleston, you’ve picked a fine place to celebrate.  Of course hitting the beach is a great option, as is grilling out for the guy who is usually doing all the grilling for everybody else. Fortunately most of our Isle of Palms luxury rentals make both of these options super convenient. Another great thing to do with dad is to go fishing.  And there are a couple options happening this weekend that are designed to make it very easy and user-friendly for all. The Cast Off Fishing Tournament has officially launched for the summer season.  It’s taking place at a couple venues, both the Mount Pleasant Pier under the shade of the Ravenel Bridge, and the Folly Beach Pier.  Tomorrow’s installment is at the Mount Pleasant Pier, a particularly pleasant drive from our Isle of Palms vacation rentals. Here’s the schedule for the rest of 2017:

  • June 17, Mount Pleasant Pier
  • June 24, Folly Beach Pier
  • July 22, Folly Beach Pier
  • August 26, Folly Beach Pier
  • September 2, Mount Pleasant Pier
  • October 14, Mount Pleasant Pier

Summer tournament hours are 6:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m., when they will award prizes.  You can register on-site starting at 6:00 a.m. the day of, or online ahead of time at: You can read more about the tournament, including fees and what prizes will be awarded each time, here: Then on Sunday, June 18th, Father’s Day itself, the Mount Pleasant Pier will be hosting a special event.  It’s their annual Father’s Day fishing seminar, with a local fishing guide on hand to give help and advice.  It’s free for dads and their families to attend.  It’ll happen from 1:00 till 2:00 p.m. at the pier. At the pier, they have everything you need  -  equipment rentals, frozen bait, tackle, restrooms, a snack bar, gift shop, and folks who are knowledgeable about fishing. The Mount Pleasant Pier was built on the pilings of the old Silas N. Pearman Bridge, which predated the Ravenel Bridge, and opened in 2009.  It’s become a popular spot for all kinds of fish  -  red drum, flounder, spotted sea trout and sheepshead.

Be smart about potential rip currents near Isle of Palms vacation rentals

Be smart about potential rip currents near Isle of Palms vacation rentals

Stay safe in the water near our Isle of Palms vacation rentals

Of course one of the main reasons for staying in a Charleston beach house is getting in the ocean.  It’s something people of all ages can enjoy, and dad may very well be doing just that this coming Sunday. Fortunately most of our SC vacation rentals are either oceanfront or within very close walking distance to the beach.  You can take a dip in the Atlantic, then just stroll back to one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals for a shower, snack or nap. It’s important to practice good water safety habits. There is one thing in particular to be aware of   -  rip currents.  Rip currents are hard to predict and can pop up or disappear suddenly after a storm or as offshore sands shift.   If you are staying in one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals, you should pay particular attention. I just read a few days ago of a teenager who disappeared under a rip current not far from Charleston.  It was a sobering reminder of the need to stay vigilant. According to Cole Thomas, assistant park manager at the Isle of Palms County Park, "People panic when they start to get pulled out.  What we're trying to teach people to do is turn and swim parallel to the shore so you'll swim out of the rip current and you'll eventually stop feeling it pull."  Rip currents aren’t anything to fret about.  In fact, just the opposite.  The key is to be informed so you can stay calm, know the right way to respond, and you’ll be just fine. Here is some very useful information on rip currents and water safety in general, from Channel 4 News:

Rip currents are channels of water that flow out into the ocean. They can be very strong and move very fast – up to 8 miles an hour. Rips pull people away from shore, but will not pull a person under.  They may be narrow, or up to over 100 yards wide.

An estimated 80 percent of all surf rescues are due to rip currents, parks officials said.

Some helpful info if you're in one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals... 

What Does a Rip Current Look Like? 

• Churning, choppy water  • Different water color  • Foam or seaweed moving seaward  • Break in the wave pattern  What To Do If You Get Caught In a Rip Current:  • Don’t panic • Do not try to swim against the current • Swim along the shoreline to get out of the rip • Swim back to the shore diagonally (away from the rip) • Wave for help if you are in trouble Other beach safety tips: • Learn to swim or stay out of the water • Swim with a buddy and near a lifeguard • Enter water feet first • Watch your children • Always obey the posted signs and flags on the beach and at the lifeguard stands • Use sunscreen and drink water So please stay safe.  And remember to call EP for the best in rental homes South Carolina  -  both luxury beach house rentals SC on the IOP and Folly Beach house rentals Charleston SC.   All best, Lowcountry Lisa your Isle of Palms vacation blogger