Staying on Dewees Island

Dewees Island is a private island accessible only by ferry. With proper planning, staying on the island is a breeze and a unique experience unknown to many visitors of the Charleston area. Here are helpful videos on packing and transportation.

For help with planning, we stock the following items in each home: 2 rolls toilet paper in each bathroom, 1 roll paper towels in kitchen. Kitchen Towel. Dish sponge or brush. Hand soap in bathrooms. 2 dishwasher tabs. Laundry detergent. Dryer sheets. Linens and towels. Coffee maker. Coffee filters. A few garbage bags.
**These are meant as a starter supply to get your vacation off on the right foot. If you are staying longer than three nights, you will likely need to provide your own supplies to last the duration of your trip.

Online Grocery Orders- Order groceries and pick them up on your way to Dewees. No need to get out of the car! They will have them packaged and ready for you.
Coastal Expeditions- For kayak, paddle board, and boat tours.
Fresh Seafood- Boone Hall Market or Mount Pleasant Seafood offer great options for your seafood needs.
Deep Sea Fishing Boat Charter- Captains Ben Floyd and Chad Ferris are two great options for a day at sea! They will even pick you up from Dewees.



When and Where is “Check-In”?

  • "Check In" is different that most other places. You don't need to stop at an office to pick up keys. You simply board the ferry at your scheduled time. When you arrive to Dewees, you have golf carts associated with your property waiting for you and your property is unlocked.
  • Arrive at the Dewees Island ferry landing 30 minutes before your "check in time". If you are taking the 4:00 ferry, arrive at 3:30.
  • Guests do not need to call the ferry for arrival, only when departing.
  • Load your belongings onto one (1) or (2) luggage carts and park in the rear of the lot.
  • Relax under the covered area until the ferry captain approves boarding.
  • The floating dock should remain clear of people and belongings.
  • The ferry departs promptly on the hour.

After the Ferry

  • Upon arriving on the Dewees Island dock, locate your golf cart(s).
  • Your cart(s) will be labeled by property name and lot number.
  • Prior to arrival, print this map for locating your lot number and exploring the island. For guests arriving at night, a dependable flashlight is a necessity.
  • Each property is marked by a wooden post with the lot number in orange.

Using Golf Carts

  • No keys are required for accessing your property as Dewees is an ultra exclusive and private island.
  • Golf carts are battery operated and essential for navigating the island.
  • Chargers are located in the garage of your property or in the rear of the cart. 
  • Verify the charger is working by listening for a hum and watching for the charge needle to move. If unsuccessful, unplug the charger from the cart and try again. The cart should be charged each night to avoid transportation obstacles.

While Here

  • Water Usage: Water is EXTREMELY expensive on Dewees! I know you're on vacation, but being on an island with its own recycled water makes it unique. Only shower when needed and make it quick. Only do laundry when you have a full load. Only run dishwasher when you have a full load. Make sure all outdoor hoses, showers, and fish cleaning sinks are OFF. If you notice a running toilet, shut that toilet off and email [email protected] IMMEDIATELY. If the owner is billed for excessive use of water, it's possible that the bill will be passed along to the guest....and we reeeeaaaally don't want to do that. So please be mindful of water usage!Fishing & Crabbing

  • Fishing: You need a license, which can be purchased on SCDNR website. We do not supply fishing poles, tackle, or bait. You can pick those items up at the Isle of Palms Marina Store, which is located right next to the ferry landing. Keep in mind, we do not fish or crab with anything but native fish (mullet, shrimp, mud minnows, etc). Limit use of dock to 1 hour at a time. If there is a sign in the impoundment that says NO FISHING, you are not permitted to fish within 60 feet of that area. 
  • Crabbing: Crabbing and cast netting is permitted during this time from the Crab Dock in the impoundment (see map), so long as you use a hand line and only fish for bait. Please remember to dispose of unwanted bait fish on the outside of the Impoundment. Bait must be native fish (mullet, shrimp, mud minnows, etc), and can be purchased at the Isle of Palms Marine Store next to the ferry landing. You can also use remains of any fish you catch. Crabbing is done inside the impoundment. We do not allow any use of closed traps in the impoundment (they attract alligators). Only catch enough to eat in one sitting. No more than 2 crabs/person. Limit 20.  Limit use of dock to 1 hour at a time.
  • Where can I go to fish? Use of any PUBLIC dock is permitted. Driveways that have a person's name on them are private docks. Some examples of public docks are the ferry dock, Lone Cedar, & Big Bend. Please reference the map for locations.
Ferry Access
  • To schedule a visit to Isle of Palms or Charleston during your stay, call the ferry at least 45 minutes in advance. 843-568-3990. When riding the ferry you are a guest of Dewees Rentals. So when you sign in, you will see a section to write owner or visitor. You are a visitor and your lot number with Dewees Rentals is "200". That's the magic number, so lock it in your memory bank!
Internet Access
  • Every private house offers internet access through AT&T. As the island is remote, this service can be intermittent at times and should not be expected as a utility.
  • Dewees is a rustic, barrier island favored by environmentally minded, outdoor oriented guests. All properties have a regular pest control service and are well maintained. Still, the island is a natural habitat, and all forms of wildlife including flying, buzzing, crawling, and slithering types should be expected.  
  • It is illegal in South Carolina to “spotlight” to look for wildlife after 9:00 pm.  If you are looking at animals after that hour, stay in your golf cart and be considerate of homes nearby.  In addition, nesting turtles will avoid our beaches, and hatchlings will be disoriented if you are waving flashlights around the beach.  Keep outside lights off at night in oceanfront homes.
  • Keep dogs leashed in the vicinity of all shorebirds. The best time and location to run your dog on the beach is at low tide near the center of the island and where birds are not congregating. Only walk dogs north of Osprey before 8:00 am. 
  • Steer clear of resting birds. Large flocks of birds will reside on the beach at high tide. Consider walking the beach during a mid or low tide, this allows birds to rest and helps protect the dunes.
  • Avoid walking through dune areas. Wintering birds will use the areas between dunes for shelter, and later in the year the space is used for courtship and nesting.
Firearms, Fireworks, Bonfires
  • These are strictly prohibited on the island.
  • Propane grills are accessible for every property. Houses offer private grills and suites share a community grill. Public Safety refills propane as needed. They can be reach at 843 296 4952.
Garbage & Recycling
  • Please separate and deliver all garbage and recycling to the on island facility. Please reference your map for the garbage and recycling location. Recycling is a hot ticket item these date. Note that there are large "Garbage" and "Recycling" dumpsters at Public Works (use your map when on island). Recycling must be loose and not in plastic bags or Charleston County will mix it with the trash. Make sure to recycle the items listed in our house manual LOOSE and not in bags. We appreciate the extra effort on this!
Cellular Phone Service
  • Cellular service is intermittent on the island, however all private homes offer a phone for local calls.
Linens & Towels
  • Bed linens and bath towels are provided for all vacation properties. Beach towels are occasionally available so please plan to bring or purchase beach towels.
Beach Equipment
  • Beach chairs are not advertised or guaranteed with properties so please plan to bring these items. Often, guests will leave a few chairs at departure so occasionally a few are available. If needed, The Isle of Palms Marina is a great option for these items. Please rinse & neatly store equipment before leaving the island.
Beach Treasures
  • Please limit your collection to three (3) items and avoid leaving extras at the property.
  • Bicycles can be privately arranged and delivered, however most guests find the included golf cart sufficient. Isle of Palms Bike Rentals 843 747 BIKE (2453).
  • Dewees Island does not offer restaurants or stores, however excellent options are available on the Isle of Palms and surrounding areas. For an insider's guide to area activities, restaurants, events, and local favorite, please visit our Exploring Charleston page.
Departing & Check Out
  • Schedule Your Ferry Times: Departing Ferry schedules are 8:30AM, 9:30AM, and 10:30AM sharp. Scheduling is required the morning of departure to prevent over booking. Ferry (843) 568 3990
  • We recommend taking extra luggage to your vehicles the night before. It will greatly expedite & simplify the departure process.
  • Prepare Linens: Place all used linens in the laundry room. Please leave bedspreads, pillow covers, and mattress pads in place. Many guests will start a load of towels as a courtesy to the housekeeping company.
  • Garbage: Please separate and deliver all garbage and recycling to the on island facility. Please reference your map for the garbage and recycling location.
  • Kitchen: Please empty the refrigerator and return all dishes to the cabinets.
  • Windows, Door, AC and Heat: Please close all windows and doors. Please leave AC at 78 and Heat at 69 upon departure.

Here is a link to our island map. Print a copy and bring it along!