The world has fallen in love with Charleston and it’s hard to not see why! With our antebellum-era architecture, growing restaurant scene, and extraordinary beaches, Charleston is certainly the belle of the South right now. But if you’ve visited a few times you may begin wondering what else lies around the historic areas of Charleston. Just over the Ravenel Bridge and tucked away on its own island, you’ll discover Daniel Island. A growing community, this darling island town has its own fair share of activities, restaurants, and attractions to entice any visitor.
Hit the ground strolling – 4pm
Located an easy 15 minute drive from the Charleston International Airport, you can easily travel to the island and arrive fresh off the plane in time for happy hour. Begin your walk at the Waterfront Park and take in the views at the dock of the expansive Wando River. Spanish moss hangs like lace off the trees and you’ll discover wildlife carefully perched on the docks and trees. As you wind your way through the 26-miles of trails, you’ll be amazed at the sheer amount of silence and tranquility.
Happy hour – 6pm
After a leisurely stroll, stop by Sermet’s Courtyard near the Waterfront Park for happy hour and enjoy jazz music to fit the atmosphere. Grab a glass of wine and settle in for a weekend well spent on Daniel Island
Dine Where the Locals Go – 8pm
After a leisurely cocktail hour before dinner, either walk or bike, to Mpishi, one of the island’s newest restaurants. Dine on delicious salads, sumptuous entrees, and top it off with a delightful dessert.
Latte and Bagels – 9am
It wouldn’t be a Charleston vacation without beginning the morning with a latte. Stop in at Blondie’s Bagels on Seven Farms Drive for a bountiful selection of baked goods and bagels along with a diverse selection of coffee-based drinks. Relax and enjoy an hour of chatting over good food before heading out to explore for the day.
Let’s Hit the Water – 11am
Surrounded by various bodies of water, Daniel Island is an excellent area for watersports including stand-up paddleboards and kayaking. Stop by the Daniel Island Community Office to rent your own paddleboards or kayaks for a fun day on the water. Simply pick up the keys at the office and unlock them at Bellinger Island, located on the southern end of the island, for a day cruising along the marsh. Just make sure you leave and return when it’s still high tide so you don’t get stuck in the mud!
Adventures in Shopping – 2pm
Monograms, Paisley, and House of Sage are a few shops that have relocated from downtown Charleston to Daniel Island. These local boutiques offer a wide variety of clothing, accessories, and home goods for that perfect gift. If you’re in search for a wider variety of stores, the Tanger Outlets, are located only 10 minutes away in North Charleston. With stores like Cole Haan, Coach, JCrew, and Off Saks 5th Ave., there’s something for everyone.
Wine on the Bistro – 6pm
After a fun day exploring and shopping your way through Daniel Island, toast to your vacation by visiting Bin 526. The area’s largest and most extensive wine bar, you’ll find everything from a sparkling rosè to obscure wines from Europe and beyond. Enjoy appetizers of warm olives, artisanal cheese boards, or hummus before dinner.
Dinner at Home 7:30pm
You simply cannot visit Daniel Island without enjoying a meal at LIDI Italian Restaurant. Located just a short walk away from Bin 526, you’ll enjoy spectacular pasta dishes and hefty portions of their homemade lasagna.
Brews and Music – 9pm
End the day at Dockery’s, Daniel Island’s only brewery, for a nightcap of craft beer and live music. With various local bands performing each Friday and Saturday night, you’ll always hear the best music at Dockery’s.
Beach Time – 8am
Swing by Beech for an acai bowl or smoothie before hitting the road to either or Sullivan’s Island for a morning on the beach before departing. Arriving earlier in the morning for the best experience. Marked by different station posts, the most popular is Station 22, located off the main road of restaurants and shops.
Broody Brunch – 11am
Honoring the late Edgar Allan Poe, Poe’s Tavern is an homage to the late poet. Stationed on Sullivan’s Island prior to the Civil War, Poe left his mark here on the island. With a macabre theme, the outside area is perfect for people watching while diving into one of their delicious burgers.
If you’re searching for something closer to home after a day sunning on the beach, you can’t miss Vespa. A delightful pizzeria, dine outside in the courtyard and watch the afternoon crowds walk by. Take a brief walk around the Guggenheim Terrace and relax on a park bench.
Fly, Fly Away – 4pm
As you wrap up your adventures on Daniel Island and you arrive back at the Charleston International Airport, make sure to stop by the well loved Caviar and Bananas within the main terminal. Enjoy that last sip of Charleston coffee and purchase a few mementos before traveling back home.