Before You Arrive2018-02-07T15:33:46+00:00

Plan Ahead for a Memorable, Relaxing Vacation!

South Carolina’s spectacular barrier islands are busy in the summer months and activities and rentals sell out often. Making a few plans in advance can eliminate disappointments when you arrive.




Reservations are accepted for a variety of boat cruises, fishing charters, eco tours, spas and salons, children’s camps, watersports activities and lessons, kayaking trips, family beach cookouts, custom boat outings and at many (but not all) restaurants*. Tee times for golf are also recommended.

Click on the Guest Guide link above for the area you are visiting to discover what you might like to do. All contact information is included in each listing. Most of the businesses that take reservations are in the following Guest Guide sections (which appear alphabetically in the magazine): Boating, Boat Tours; Entertainment and Recreation; Fishing; Golf; Professional Services, Camps and Lessons; Restaurants.

*Restaurants That Accept Reservations

Pawleys Island/ Litchfield Area:

Austin’s Cabana Café (only for parties eight or more)

Austin’s Ocean One


Bistro 217

Captain Dave’s Dockside

Frank’s and Frank’s Outback

Hanser House

Hot Fish Club

Pastaria 811 (only for parties of eight or more)

Perronne’s Restaurant

River Room

Saltwater Creek Café

Isle of Palms/ Sullivan’s Island Area:

Acme Lowcountry Kitchen

Bistro Toulouse

The Boathouse

Bricco Bracco

Charleston Harbor Fish House

Coda del Pesce

Long Island Café

Middleton Place Restaurant

The Refuge

Shem Creek Bar & Grill


Group or family beach cookouts for the Isle of Palms/Sullivan’s Island area may be reserved through:

Barrier Island Eco Tours

Sandlapper Water Tours

Items available to rent:

  • Beach chairs and umbrellas
  • Coolers
  • Beach carts
  • Beach toys and games
  • Golf carts
  • Kayaks
  • Surfboards
  • Paddleboards
  • Jet skis
  • Motorboats
  • Johnboats
  • Bicycles

Most rental businesses are listed in the Island Essentials for Rent section of the Guest Guide (click on the Guest Guide link above for the area you are visiting and scroll to Island Essentials for Rent. Some of the items listed are not available at both magazine locations).