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In today's hectic, always-on-the-go world, having a car is essential for transportation around the city. It's hard to imagine life without a car. Without them, you wouldn't be able to make it to work, the grocery store, the laundromat, or important events like your children's sports events. Having a vehicle is a necessity these days because we use them so much, but many car owners don't make strides to protect their investment or what might be inside that investment.

Aside from purchasing an extended warranty for your car, one of the best ways to protect your car is with professional vehicle window tinting in Isle of Palms, SC. What a warranty won't do, however, is boost curb appeal, reduce sun glare, block harmful radiation, protect your valuables, and provide privacy 24-hours a day.

At Troop Films LLC, we specialize in the finest ceramic window tints and certified paint protection films in South Carolina. We have been installing tints and paint protection film for several years and are always improving our techniques. As true window tinting experts, we have had the pleasure of working on so many different types of vehicles - from multi-million-dollar sports cars to junkers barely worth a grand. Doing so has allowed owner and certified installer Stephon Troop to refine his window tinting game and master techniques like clear bra installation. Today, he has a full-service team behind him, ready and waiting to serve loyal customers just like you.

Unlike some of our competitors, we take meticulous steps to ensure we provide the best work possible on your vehicle. We don't believe in taking shortcuts just to save a few cents. Instead, we go the extra mile to ensure all our customers are satisfied, whether it's completing special request projects or simply taking the time to ensure our work is done right. Whether you own a vintage Ferrari or a busted-up Ford, we aim to provide the highest quality car window tinting around.

When we say we're detail-oriented, we mean it. Here are just a few reasons why customers choose Troop Films for their car window tinting in South Carolina:

  • We remove vehicle parts like blinker covers to ensure dirt and grime aren't trapped.
  • We use computers to make sure your tint or coating is installed properly and precisely.
  • We remove emblems and badges so that we can wrap underneath them, giving your car more protection.
  • We wrap all edges of our ceramic window tints, so your job is seamless, and your tint remains effective year-round.

Curious about how we protect so many cars in South Carolina and the metro Isle of Palms area? Expertise, customer service, and affordable prices are just the start. Our excellence starts at the top - here are a few words from Troop Films owner, Stephon Troop.

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Stephon and his wife, both originally from the chilly state of Pennsylvania, moved to Isle of Palms, SC, for the warm beach weather and friendly Lowcountry residents.

Though Stephon now has many years of car window tinting under his belt, his training was completed under one of the best car window tint installers in the United States. Installing window tints, paint protection films, and ceramic coatings alongside during this time helped Stephon learn all the techniques and tricks needed to succeed. After training up north, Stephon continued to learn in Texas, where he became a certified paint protection and window tint installer. Since that time, Stephon has mastered even more car protection techniques to offer his customers a comprehensive list of services.

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Car Window Tinting
in Isle of Palms, SC

Here is a simple truth: not all vehicle window tinting services are equal. Sure, you could spend a few bucks on a DIY window tinting kit, but going this route almost guarantees trouble. From unsightly fading to film bubbles, these offer the bare minimum in protection. With subpar quality, these kits also peel very quickly, causing you to spend more money to re-apply or have your tint professionally installed.

Speaking of window tinting services, few companies in South Carolina combine professional applications with the highest quality window tint film available. That's what sets Troop Films apart from other window tinting businesses - quality film, expert application, meticulous attention to detail, and the best customer service available.

Unlike some of our competitors, we use SunTek ceramic window tinting film, which is among the best in the industry. This technologically advanced product line provides outstanding, top-of-the-line films. With ceramic technology, infrared rejection and solar performance are enhanced, resulting in a non-metal construction that doesn't cause interference with portable or onboard electronic devices.

Our SunTek ceramic tint options come in a range of nine darkness levels. Each shade of tint has an ultra-attractive appearance, is non-reflective, and helps prevent color changes. With this fantastic film, you, your passengers, and your vehicle's interior are protected from 99% of UV rays from the sun. With outstanding infrared and heat rejection properties, your vehicle's interior comfort remains cooler and more comfortable all year long.

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Most Common Reasons to Tint
Your Vehicle's Windows

Here are just a few of the most common reasons why South Carolina vehicle owners choose Troop Films for window tinting:

Privacy

Privacy

When we ask our customers why they want to tint their windows, privacy is often first on their list. When you begin to think about it, it makes sense. Why allow other drivers to invade your privacy when you can keep prying eyes off of your identity and personal belongings? It's not unreasonable to want privacy for you and your family while you're driving. You never know who you will pull up next to at a red light, and with our vehicle window tinting services in Isle of Palms, SC, they don't have to know you either.

Style

Style

There's something inherently cool about having your windows tinted. Even if you're not trying to impress anyone with your car, having your windows tinted helps give it a refined, modern look, which enhances curb appeal. If you're getting tired of the way your car or truck's exterior looks, spice it up a little and bring it into Troop Films for professional window tinting. We think you will be happy with the results.

Comfort

Comfort

Have you ever sat down in your vehicle in the middle of summer, after it's been sitting outside all day? It feels like your car has turned into an oven. Sometimes, it can get so hot in your car that it's hard to grip the steering wheel. As you probably already know, summers in South Carolina can be brutal. When the temperatures heat up in the Lowcountry, your vehicle traps most of that heat, causing interior temperatures to reach unsafe levels. But when you have your windows tinted with Troop Films, your car will stay cooler in the spring and summer. With ceramic film, glare from headlights and streetlights is also reduced, meaning you can see easier without having to strain your eyes. More comfort and more safety - what's not to love?

Health and Safety

Health and Safety

When you think about car window tinting, most folks don't think about the health and safety benefits involved. But when it comes to you and your passengers, safety should be top of your list. High temps in your vehicle, usually caused by UV rays, are a safety concern not only for your skin and eyes but for your car's safety mechanisms. This is especially true for your airbags, which can be damaged and left inoperable when interior temperatures are high enough. Obviously, that's a huge safety risk.

Fading Dashboard

Fading Dashboard

Over time, your vehicle's dashboard will take a beating when your car is left out in the sun. The combo of harmful UV rays and high heat can ruin dashboard materials, leaving them cracked, faded, and in need of repair. Fixing your dashboard can be a costly endeavor. However, doing so can be avoided with high-quality ceramic tints from Troop Films.

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Benefits of Vehicle Window Tinting
in Isle of Palms, SC

If you're still on the fence about ceramic window tinting for your vehicle, consider
the following benefits of our SunTek films:

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  • Unrestricted Communications - some window films contain traces of metals, which can cause interference with devices. Our metal-free films won't interfere with your cell phone, GPS, satellite radio, or other electronic devices that you use while driving.
  • Resistant to Color Changes - Our technologically-advanced window films are scientifically created to give you an attractive, non-reflective appearance without color fading.
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty - You read that right - when you buy window tints from Troop Films, your products are covered by the manufacturer against peeling, adhesive failures, changes in color, cracking, and delamination. Some restrictions do apply.
  • Precise Installation - When you work with Troop Films, you can have peace of mind knowing your window tint will be applied seamlessly and accurately. That's because we have access to core pattern-cutting software that trims your window film tightly. With our precise installation, you can rest easy knowing your tint will fit the make, model, and year of your vehicle like a glove.

The Ultimate Protection: Car
Window Tinting and Paint
Protection Film in Isle of Palms, SC

They say the first cut is always the deepest, and that's certainly true when it comes to your vehicle. Few things are as frustrating as getting out of your car, only to realize that a stray rock has dented your favorite car or truck. Dents and scratches from road debris like rocks and even acids from bugs all take their toll on your vehicle's overall appearance and value. Along with UV rays, "road rash" from winter salt, sand, rocks, pebbles, branches, and more will compromise your vehicle's integrity and can mean lower resale value.

If you're looking for total protection from heat and UV rays as well as road debris, we recommend car window tinting in Isle of Palms, SC along with our paint protection film application. Paint protection film, also called your vehicle's clear bra, provides a shield of protection from road rash, preserves your car's paint job, increases its longevity, and can increase its resale value. Paint protection film is very useful for everyday use, especially if you're driving on the highway or simply want to protect your favorite car. Clear bras are also helpful for work vehicles, which often receive dents and scratches due to the nature of their work.

At Troop Film, our SunTek paint protection film is among the highest quality films in the industry. Common application areas include:

  • Vehicle Paint
  • Door Handles
  • Headlights
  • Rear Fenders
  • Front Bumpers
  • Mirrors
  • Hoods
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Our paint protection films are completely reinvented products that merge the hydrophobicity of ceramic with premium, self-healing paint protection film. Common benefits of having your vehicle protected with paint film include:

01

Endurance

Your car's finish will stay flawless and fresh with our car protection films, which shield against salt, rocks, insects, and other debris.

02

Resistance

Our HydroResist top-coat protection boosts your vehicle's stain resistance by limiting dirt and water accumulation on your protection film's surface.

03

Self-Healing

It sounds too good to be true, but our films really do heal themselves by using the heat from the sun or your vehicle's engine.

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Look Great

Our paint protection films are available in high gloss and matte finishes, leaving your car with outstanding optics and clarity.

Have Questions? We've Got Answers!

In addition to the highest-quality car window tinting products, our customer service team excels at answering any questions you may have. We're here to help in any way and can even help determine which kind of protection is best for your vehicle. Call, text, or fill out the inquiry form on our website. Before you know it, your car will be super-stylish and even safer to drive with the help of Troop Films LLC.

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Isle of Palms Is the Coastal Getaway of the Summer

The South Carolina barrier island just 30 minutes from Charleston may just be the area’s best-kept secret.Swaths of uninterrupted white-sand beach, the smell of salty spray, warm sun on your skin, and the rustle of palm fronds gently blowing in the wind—these are the sights, sounds, and scents of Isle of Palms. The South Carolina barrier island packs a lot of relaxation and big fun into a vacation desti...

The South Carolina barrier island just 30 minutes from Charleston may just be the area’s best-kept secret.

Swaths of uninterrupted white-sand beach, the smell of salty spray, warm sun on your skin, and the rustle of palm fronds gently blowing in the wind—these are the sights, sounds, and scents of Isle of Palms. The South Carolina barrier island packs a lot of relaxation and big fun into a vacation destination that's just seven miles long and one mile wide. The island's proximity to Charleston (just 18 miles by car), make it a preferred summer hideout for locals. An abundance of vacation rentals and the iconic Wild Dunes resort have been drawing visitors from across the country since the early 1970s.

With the deep blue Atlantic on one side and marshy creeks of the Intracoastal Waterway on the other, Isle of Palms offers the best of the Lowcountry and the beach in one stunning setting that's begging to be added to your vacation calendar.

Six of Isle of Palms' seven total miles are occupied by public beaches, which means you'll have your pick of the litter when looking for a sandy spot where you can post up for the day—or the week. Once you've staked your claim, all the normal beach activities are yours for the choosing, from splashing around in the surprisingly calm seas to building the ultimate sandcastle or playing a game of beach volleyball. For families, the Isle of Palms County Park, located in the middle of the island's coastline, is ideal. The public beach has lifeguards, outdoor showers, chair and umbrella rentals, restrooms, and even a playground for little ones retreat to once they tire of the sun and surf.

Make the most of a visit to Isle of Palms by scheduling a charter to take you offshore. Get your sea legs at the Isle of Palms Marina, where you can easily rent a boat and spend a day exploring the island's bays and waterways. Fishing charters are plentiful and offer both reef fishing and Gulf Stream fishing. For adventure enthusiasts or wildlife lovers, Barrier Island Eco Tours hosts a range of naturalist-guided tours that take visitors through winding salt marshes, tidal creeks, and the Intracoastal Waterway on the way to uninhabited Capers Island. Animals you might see along the way include loggerhead turtles, bottlenose dolphins, and every shape and size of coastal birds.

Breakfast is noteworthy at Sea Biscuit Café. The tiny beachside shack has been dishing out delicious morning meals since 1968. While they offer all the classics, the daily specials are where the magic happens. Past offerings have included chocolate banana challah French toast, lemon lavender pancakes, and tomato pie.

When you need a mid-day refuel for the whole family, Coconut Joe's is the obvious choice. Located on Isle of Palms' main drag, you won't have to venture far to get fresh seafood and impeccable vibes. The open-air covered deck is the ideal spot for munching on the restaurant's namesake shrimp, while rocking sandy toes and sun-bleached hair. When happy hour hits, venture to the rooftop bar for a frozen cocktail or painkiller. Nothing will put you on island time faster.

By the time you're finally ready to come in from the sun and go out to dinner, Isle of Palms will be waiting with plenty of options. The Boathouse and Acme Lowcountry Kitchen are island staples that have stood the test of time thanks to excellent quality food and good old-fashioned Southern hospitality. For a special night out, try Coda del Pesce, a fine dining restaurant that specializes in Italian with lots of influence (and fresh catch) from the nearby seas.

All trips to Isle of Palms must include at least one visit to The Windjammer at Front Beach. The legendary local music venue is known for its incredible live shows, stellar views of the water, cold drinks, and unbeatable fried pickles.

The obvious choice for places to stay in Isle of Palms is Wild Dunes Resort, a 1,600-acre family-friendly resort that offers everything from rooms and suites at two inns, to private beach condos and home rentals. In addition to a more-than-comfortable stay, the resort also features several resort-style pools, a spa, and two championship golf courses.

If you're hoping for a cozier stay, the newly renovated Palms Oceanfront Hotel consists of 68 modern rooms with gorgeous views of the sparkling Atlantic. There are also plenty of rentals through Airbnb and VRBO for everything from multifamily waterfront homes to one-bedroom condos.

Whether you book for a long weekend or stay for an entire week, the memories and magic of Isle of Palms will stay with you for months and years to come—maybe even until you have a chance to make another trip back!

Isle of Palms City Council reviews marina lease agreement, considers allowing alcohol

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCIV) — Isle of Palms City Council held a special meeting Thursday to review the lease of the marina.The debate: whether beer and wine can be sold and consumed at the marina.Some say this wouldn't be an issue because people already drink beer by the marina and it hasn't caused any trouble. However, others believe ...

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCIV) — Isle of Palms City Council held a special meeting Thursday to review the lease of the marina.

The debate: whether beer and wine can be sold and consumed at the marina.

Some say this wouldn't be an issue because people already drink beer by the marina and it hasn't caused any trouble. However, others believe allowing beer and wine could cause concern for parents.

"It seems like every time we amend this lease, we give more to the tenant and take away from the city," said councilmember Katie Miars.

Miars is hesitant about the current lease agreement. She worries selling beer and wine could change the family friendly environment the marina holds.

"Granted, some people have a beer on the back - just like some people are going to have a beer on the beach, but when you make it legal - it becomes different," Miars said.

Still, others say they don't see a problem with allowing beer and wine.

"I do not see where this has to be that big of an issue, by allowing someone to sit there with a sandwich a fish basket, and have a beer with it, and being able to walk away satisfied," said councilman Rusty Streetman.

That's because many people say they already see beer consumption along the marina.

"So I do not personally see the issue on this is going to explode because this has been happening for the past 25 years and I have not seen this explode," said councilman Blair Hahn.

Neighbors say they just want clarity.

"The problem is the conversations have been with the restaurant, the marina store, and the council, and as a resident there has been no information," said Christine Donaven, an IOP resident.

The CEO of Coastal Marinas, Mike Schuler, is hoping to enter into this lease agreement with Isle of Palms. His goal is to cater to the community.

"In fact, we have gone to great lengths to ensure self imposed limitations on any consumption of alcohol on the premise, in what I think is a very reasonable way," Schuler said.

Some of Coastal Marina's plans include giving Isle of Palms residents better access to water, including free parking, priority access to slips, and upgrading retail offerings and operations along the marina.

These threatened birds are raising chicks on Morris Island. Will this be the year they survive?

MORRIS ISLAND — Squeezed off of many beaches by rising sea levels on one side and development on the other, least terns often nest on gravel rooftops near the South Carolina coast.But about 40 pairs of the threatened species showed up this year on the beach at Morris Island.This uninhabited island adjacent to Charleston Harbor hasn’t been been hospitable in the past: The last time this species was spotted here, in 2018, the nest washed away before the chicks were ready to fly. The couple of pairs that tried to nest ...

MORRIS ISLAND — Squeezed off of many beaches by rising sea levels on one side and development on the other, least terns often nest on gravel rooftops near the South Carolina coast.

But about 40 pairs of the threatened species showed up this year on the beach at Morris Island.

This uninhabited island adjacent to Charleston Harbor hasn’t been been hospitable in the past: The last time this species was spotted here, in 2018, the nest washed away before the chicks were ready to fly. The couple of pairs that tried to nest here in 2010, the only other time recorded, also failed to raise any chicks.

Conservationists say there are signs this year might be different, as long as the birds survive through the July Fourth holiday weekend. This year’s colony is on high ground, unlikely to be disturbed by rising waters.

On June 30, 34 chicks were visible through binoculars, most of them old enough to have feathers. One tried, with varying levels of success in heavy winds, to learn to fly near the shoreline. An adult with a fish in its mouth flew back toward the colony and the high-pitched squawking of its kin. Once a least tern is born, it takes about 25 to 30 days before a chick is ready to fly south.

One of the biggest remaining threats to them — beyond predators that range from coyotes to ghost crabs and laughing gulls — is people.

The site, which is roped off to keep anyone from disturbing it, is one of three public beaches in South Carolina where least terns are nesting this year. The other two are on Isle of Palms and Little Capers Island, also known as Bull Point.

“For July Fourth, we’re worried about all of them,” said Allyssa Zebrowski, Audubon South Carolina’s coastal stewardship coordinator, who noted that large crowds of boaters often park on Morris Island on weekends.

“These birds are trying to raise families and we should give them as much space as possible ... because their numbers are in decline,” she said.

Disturbing the adults can be deadly for the young: It gives predators a chance to attack. And sand temperatures regularly reach 130 degrees in the summer — heat that can be overwhelming for the eggs or chicks.

Least terns, as their name suggests, are the smallest terns that live in North America. The adults, typically measuring less than 10 inches long, are gray on top, white underneath, with a yellow beak and black head. On first glance, they could easily be mistaken for a gull. They swoop down aggressively toward people or other perceived predators, a move that can leave chicks and eggs vulnerable to predators or scalding sand temperatures.

They also have a mating dance: Male terns catch a fish, then wiggle it in front of the female to impress her.

The colony was discovered by one of Audubon’s bird steward volunteers over Memorial Day weekend. Conservationists had already spotted a couple of other species nesting on the island. On a recent day, oystercatchers, plovers and pelicans flew or rested nearby.

Sea bird populations have declined 70 percent since 1950. Audubon has more than 100 volunteer stewards who help protect colonies and let people know how to safely share the beach with the birds, many of which are difficult to detect because they blend in with the sand.

“It would be amazing if this colony makes it,” said Cami Duquet, shorebirds steward coordinator for the state Department of Natural Resources. “It only takes one dog or one family to ruin a colony.”

Conservationists have some advice for visitors: Stay close to the water line on walks. Consider leaving the dog at home this weekend. Avoid roped-off areas. Make sure the boat isn’t anchored too close to a nest. And if the birds start dive-bombing toward you, retreat. They’re harmless, but it’s a sign you’ve come too close.

Gov. Henry McMaster, Lt. Gov. Pamela S. Evette, and First Lady Peggy McMaster’s Weekly Schedule, June 13, 2022

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Henry McMaster, Lieutenant Governor Pamela S. Evette, and First Lady Peggy McMaster's schedules for the week of June 13 will include the following:Wednesday, June 15 at 2:00 PM: Gov. McMaster will hold a ceremonial bill signing for H.3166, the Rena Grant Sickle Cell Disease Voluntary Patient Recovery Act, State House, Governor’s Office, 1100 Gervais Street, Columbia, S.C.Thursday, June 16 at 11:00 AM: Lt. Gov. Evette will join state agency leaders and the Alzheimer’s ...

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Henry McMaster, Lieutenant Governor Pamela S. Evette, and First Lady Peggy McMaster's schedules for the week of June 13 will include the following:

Wednesday, June 15 at 2:00 PM: Gov. McMaster will hold a ceremonial bill signing for H.3166, the Rena Grant Sickle Cell Disease Voluntary Patient Recovery Act, State House, Governor’s Office, 1100 Gervais Street, Columbia, S.C.

Thursday, June 16 at 11:00 AM: Lt. Gov. Evette will join state agency leaders and the Alzheimer’s Association in recognizing Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. State House, first floor, Columbia, S.C.

Friday, June 17 at 11:00 AM: Gov. McMaster and Lt. Gov. Evette will participate in the Joint Inauguration of Palmetto Boys State and Palmetto Girls State, State House, North Steps, Columbia, S.C.

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Gov. Henry McMaster’s Weekly Schedule: June 6, 2022

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Henry McMaster’s schedule for the week of June 6, 2022, included:

Monday, June 6

11:00 AM: Call with a fellow governor.

12:00 PM: Gov. McMaster attended the Health Supply US announcement, The Westin Poinsett, Gold Ballroom, 120 South Main Street, Greenville, S.C.

2:30 PM: Gov. McMaster held a ceremonial bill signing for H. 3105, S.C. Religious Freedom Act, First Baptist North Spartanburg, 8740 Asheville Highway, Spartanburg, S.C.

Tuesday, June 7

10:45 AM: Agency call.

12:00 PM: Gov. McMaster spoke to the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina’s lunch meeting and presented the Order of the Palmetto to Ordie Brown, Sweetgrass Pavilion, Wild Dunes Resort, Isle of Palms, S.C.

Thursday, June 9

11:00 AM: Policy meeting.

12:00 PM: Gov. McMaster spoke to the Central Carolina Realtors Association’s 2nd Quarter Membership Luncheon, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln Street, Columbia, S.C.

3:15 PM: Gov. McMaster visited and toured BDV Solutions, BDV Solutions, 631 South Main Street, 4th Floor Conference Room, Greenville, S.C.

4:45 PM: Call with a local official.

5:00 PM: Gov. McMaster visited YMCA Camp Oconee County.

Friday, June 10

11:20 AM: Call with a local official.

11:30 AM: Call with Brigadier General Julie Nethercot, Commander of the Parris Island Marine Corps Depot.

11:46 AM: Agency call.

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5 Southern Islands to Visit (By Boat Only!)

Sweet summertime beckons us to the coast, and we’ve found a few destinations with ample shorelines. These islands are surrounded by water and accessible only by boat (or plane, in a few cases). Whether you wish to unwind at an ultra-luxurious resort or explore the wildlife within a tech-free ecological paradise, there is something for everyone on these Southern isles — once you’ve ditched the car!The moment you step off the ferry on ...

Sweet summertime beckons us to the coast, and we’ve found a few destinations with ample shorelines. These islands are surrounded by water and accessible only by boat (or plane, in a few cases). Whether you wish to unwind at an ultra-luxurious resort or explore the wildlife within a tech-free ecological paradise, there is something for everyone on these Southern isles — once you’ve ditched the car!

The moment you step off the ferry on Daufuskie Island, you’re enveloped by Spanish moss and a rich Gullah history. Without large stores, gas stations, stoplights, cars, or hotels, it’s as if the island is stuck in a simpler time to which the mainland wants to return. A few hundred residents welcome intrigued tourists to their magical, tiny island — just five miles by three miles — on the southernmost tip of the Carolinas. Mother Nature shows off for Daufuskie sightseers: Bottlenose dolphin fins dot the horizon, loggerhead turtles nest each spring on the shore, and rare Marsh Tacky horses roam the island (dating back 500 years in the area).

The Strachan Mansion at Haig Point was originally built in 1910 on St. Simons Island, GA, as a summer retreat. In 1986, it took three days for developers to move the mansion across treacherous water to Daufuskie Island using two barges. It’s now a well-appointed four-suite inn. Image: Haig Point

Made up mostly of dirt roads and conservatory land, the car-free island has two historic accommodations available to book — The Strachan Mansion and 1873 Lighthouse — both at Haig Point, the island’s only private, residential community. Soak up the sun on pristine white sand beaches, play the top-ranked golf course, and ride horseback on the beach. Daufuskie is also home to the best-preserved tabby-walled Civil War era single slave dwellings in the South and one of only two island distilleries in the country. There is even an open-air art gallery that operates on the honor system, where you might find a memento to take home.

Work began on the Haig Point Lighthouse in 1873, but the Daufuskie Island’s history dates back to 1735. Read up on it here. Image: Haig Point

Hop aboard the 20-minute ferry from Southport, NC (a charming destination in itself!), and let the salty wind in your hair welcome you to Bald Head Island. The unspoiled, secluded barrier island is part of North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands and has attracted curious sojourners since its pirate days. Climb the 108 steps to the top of the state’s oldest lighthouse, Old Baldy, for stunning views of the island, then tour the Smith Island Museum of History to learn about Bald Head Island’s seafaring history.

North Carolina’s oldest standing lighthouse, “Old Baldy,” has signaled the mouth of the historic Cape Fear River since its construction in 1817. Smith Island Museum is housed in a charming replica of the 1850s lighthouse keeper’s cottage. Image: Bald Head Island

Enjoy delicious coastal cuisine at Delphina and Jailhouse Provisions, then ice cream at Mike’s Bites or Sandpiper. Bald Head is filled with top-notch golf courses, lush nature trails, and lots of places to take out canoes and sailboats. With ample relaxing and laidback vibes, this island boasts some of the most vibrant sunsets you’ve ever seen.

Sapelo is one of the largest barrier islands in the chain of coastal Georgia islands between the Savannah and St. Mary rivers. Reachable only by ferry, Sapelo has a slew of fun activities, educational resources, and primitive lodging options for curious visitors willing to make the trek. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources operates the ferry service and connects the two ecological education and research institutions with the civilian Hog Hammock community: a permanent home to fewer than 100 full-time residents, many of whom are descended from Sapelo’s plantation slaves.

After its original construction in 1810, Reynolds Mansion was restored by automotive pioneer Howard Coffin in 1925 and tobacco heir Richard J. Reynolds in the 40s. Image: Georgia State Parks

The striking structure on the island is the R.J. Reynolds Mansion, built by Thomas Spalding in 1810. Groups can stay in the mansion (they host many weddings!), set up camp on the public beach campground at Cabretta, or rent one of the few vacation rentals. An underwater park of sorts, Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary champions the area’s Loggerhead turtles, endangered North Atlantic Right Whales, and 200 fish species through boating, fishing, scuba diving, and aquatic critter education.

Aside from the mansion and can’t-miss striped lighthouse, explore the island’s 200-year-old homes rich with Gullah-Geechee culture and heritage. Image: Georgia State Parks

The country’s only private island resort, Little Palm Island is a swanky, adults-only paradise off the coast of Florida’s Little Torch Key. As soon as you step off the yacht transfer that’s included in your stay (or a seaplane, if you wish), you are surrounded by tropical elegance and every amenity you’d ever need.

The thatched-roof bungalow suites, open-air lounges and bars, tiki torches and firepits, and vibrant, jungle-like landscaping transport you out of the U.S. and to the British West Indies. Image: Little Palm Island

Beyond the beach and pool, there are paddle boards, snorkeling gear, kayaks, sailboats, and four Boston Whalers to take out to the nearby reefs and sandbars. Water activities, a luxe indoor-outdoor spa, and delicious cuisine will keep you happily unplugged and occupied for as long as you wish … at quite the splurge-y nightly rate.

The island is the resort, and the resort is the island. Image: Little Palm Island

Just north of Charleston sits a remarkably private, 1,200-acre oceanfront island filled with protected parkland, miles of private beach, and a cultural community. Abundant in wildlife, Native American tribes like the Sewee (which loosely translates to “Islanders”) called Dewee one of their Hunting Islands. A 20-minute ferry ride from Isle of Palms plops you onto a dock of golf carts where a simpler pace of life begins.

You need to be a homeowner, renting a home, or invited by someone to stay on Dewees. Currently, about half of the maximum 150 appointed lots on the island are developed or in progress. Image: Judy Fairchild for Dewees Island, SC

A well-appointed clubhouse has a pool, rotating art shows, cocktail hours, barbecue cookouts, book clubs, and more. Even though it’s not even two square miles, the island has many places to fish, canoe, kayak, jog, and spot wildlife. This gem remains unknown and unexplored by many Carolina locals, and it could be your new home.

The Huyler House is the center of the Dewees community and offers four suites for future property owners or current residents’ guests. Image: Dewees Island, SC

Let’s set our watches to island time this summer!

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