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Does Wyndham Vacation Rentals provide shuttle service from the airport?

No, Wyndham Vacation Rentals does not provide shuttle service from the airport, but transportation from both airports is available by prior arrangements. Call Guest Services at 1.800.877.0837. Rental cars are recommended while on the island.

What about transportation once on the islands?

There is no shuttle service on the islands. For guests arriving via plane, Wyndham Vacation Rentals strongly recommends renting a car for guests’ stay on the islands. Bike rentals are also available, and there is plenty of dining, shopping, sporting activities and recreation within a short ride of most homes and villas. For car and bike rentals, call Guest Services at 1.800.877.0837.

When is check-in?

Check-in begins at 4 p.m. local time (Eastern). Keep in mind that summer Saturdays are the busiest check-in/out days. Housekeeping does everything possible to have the accommodations ready by 4 p.m., but occasionally accommodations might not be completely finished until 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. Keys will not be released until accommodations are cleaned and ready. Guests arriving earlier than 4 p.m. are encouraged to enjoy the beach, bike trails, restaurants, and shops while waiting.

How do I check in if arriving after hours?

After hours check-in packets will be obtained via lockbox. Call Guest Services at 1.800.877.0837 for more information on late-arrival instructions.

What’s the parking situation at accommodations?

There is a strict vehicle pass limit for each property. Guests expecting to have more than 2 cars in the party should check with Guest Services (1.800.877.0837) to verify the number of cars permissible. Note: No motorcycles, RVs, boat trailers or golf carts allowed.

What is the phone number of my lodging?

Since accommodations might have to be assigned on the day of arrival, give family or friends the reservation number or the name on the reservation and they can call Guest Services (1.800.877.0837) toll-free and a staff member can provide the correct phone number once check-in is complete.

Where is the closest grocery store?

Isle of Palms, Wild Dunes and Sullivan's Island: The Red & White Harris Teeter grocery is located at the nearby Island Center, and there is a Piggly Wiggly grocery store just off the Isle of Palms Connector.

Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island: The Village Market by Harris Teeter in Freshfields Village is conveniently located near Wyndham Vacation Rentals' front desk.
Note: Guests arriving early should not buy perishables until Wyndham Vacation Rentals verifies that the accommodations are ready.

Can I have groceries delivered?

Isle of Palms, Wild Dunes and Sullivan's Island: Groceries Ahead, a local grocery delivery service, can do the shopping, including delivery and unpacking, prior to arrival. Reach them at 1.866.370.FOOD (3663).

Guest Services provides Pre-Arrival Grocery Delivery Service. A local company can do the grocery shopping, including delivery and unpacking, prior to arrival. For a Pre-Arrival Equipment Order/Grocery Delivery Form, call 1.800.877.0837. Note: Advance reservations are strongly recommended.

What other convenience services are offered?

Wyndham Vacation Rentals provides a mail drop, a post office nearby, FedEx services, photocopying, fax and answering machines, newspaper delivery and gift baskets. There is a charge for some of items. Baskets must be ordered at least 72 hours in advance, since quantities of some items are limited.

Is there use of a pool?

For guests staying on Isle of Palms, Wild Dunes or Sullivan’s Island: Many homes and villas offer pools free of charge for guests renting in those areas. For guests without pool access at their accommodations on Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island or Wild Dunes, the East Shores Athletic Club offers an indoor pool for a minimal charge.

For guests staying on Kiawah Island: There are no public pools on Kiawah Island, but the complexes of Inlet Cove, Sparrow Pond, Greenslake Cottages, Duneside, the Village at Turtle Beach, Ocean Green, Silver Moss and Atlantic Beach Court have their own pools, which are free for guests staying in those neighborhoods. Some homes have private pools. If access to a pool is important to your family, please request a property with pool access at time of booking.

For guests staying on Seabrook Island: Guests staying at accommodations on Seabrook Island without a pool can walk or bike to the Oceanfront Beach Club, which offers two swimming pools (including an indoor pool). Seabrook guests must be staying in a property owned by a Seabrook Club member in order to access the Club pools. Be sure to verify Club membership for the property you are renting.

And always keep in mind, the beach is free!

Save time and worry: Plan and book activities before you arrive
Guests are encouraged to call Guest Services in advance to guarantee availability for island activities as well as activities in the historic Charleston area. Guest Services can arrange a wide variety of services including restaurant reservations, nature programs, fishing trips, boat rentals, tours and attractions, event tickets, family photos and much more. Call 1.800.877.0837 or e-mail:

Can I book golf tee times?

Yes. There are 16 golf courses in the area, offering a golfing experience ranging from the skill sets of the beginner through the most advanced golfer. Call Guest Services at 1.800.877.0837 to check availability and schedule advance tee time requests.

Can I rent beach equipment?

Yes, regardless of which island you are visiting, beach equipment such as beach chairs, umbrellas, beach carts, boogie boards and more can be rented in advance. Please call the number below for the island you are coming to:

  • Kiawah Island Guests: Call our Guest Services staff at 1.800.877.0837 for help booking beach equipment on Kiawah.
  • Isle of Palms, Wild Dunes or Sullivan’s Island Guests: We recommend that you contact Isle of Palms Beach Chair Company at 843.670.1009.

Can I rent bicycles?

Yes. To guarantee availability and delivery, it is advisable to order bike rentals at least two weeks prior to arrival. To reserve bikes and other equipment, fill out a Pre-Arrival Equipment Order Form. Call 1.800.877.0837 for assistance. Forms are also available online.

Can we rent boats?

Yes, guests can rent a variety of watercraft and kayaks for daily or hourly use by contacting one of the recommended Boat Rental & Charter companies listed in our Travel Guide.

What do I need to know before fishing or crabbing?

Here is what guests will need to know before a fishing trip:

Can we rent childcare items?

Yes, items like cribs and high chairs can be rented through Baby’s Away. All items are delivered directly to guest’s accommodations and are picked up after departure.

  • Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island Guests: Call Baby's Away at 877.399.0994, or visit
  • Isle of Palms, Wild Dunes or Sullivan’s Island Guests: Call Baby's Away - South at 800.762.7050 or visit

How do I register for the Isle of Palms Summer Children's Recreation Programs in advance?

Call Isle of Palms' Summer Children’s Recreation in advance at 843.886.8924.

Can we bring pets?

Some Wyndham Vacation Rentals accommodations will allow a family dog to join the vacation. Rules and restrictions, plus a mandatory Pet Fee will apply to any Pet Stay. To verify if the property you are renting will allow a pet, guests should contact Guest Services at 1.800.877.0837.

What's included in the accommodations?

All accommodations offer central heating, air conditioning and a fully equipped kitchen including dinnerware, flatware, dishwasher, coffee maker, blender, microwave and an oven. Telephone, VCR and/or DVD player, AM/FM radio and basic cable TV are also standard. Most properties offer a washer and dryer. Starter sets of paper towels, toilet paper, dishwashing and laundry detergent are also provided. Initial setup of bed linens and bath towels are provided; extra items or daily maid service are available for a fee.

What items should I bring?

Wyndham Vacation Rentals suggests you bring beach towels, coffee filters, any favorite or special food items or spices, tin foil, as well as any personal items such as sunblock, shampoo, lotion, a hair dryer, etc. Keep in mind that there is shopping nearby for any forgotten items.

Are there rules I need to know?

Yes, the Charleston Islands are communities with many full-time residents. Please be a courteous neighbor and respect the residents’ right to peace and quiet.

  • Please refrain from any loud noise. Hours of quiet time are from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • The number of vehicles permitted and security passes issued will be strictly enforced. Be sure not to park on lawns or roadside grass. If roadside parking is available, please make sure to adhere to all posted rules and regulations.
  • Bikes must be parked in designated areas and cannot be left on the street, in the yard, or in the driveway, even for short periods of time. Also, keep yards, decks, driveways and porches free of coolers, towels, etc.
  • Charcoal grilling on wooden decks, patio, porches, balconies or stairways is strictly prohibited.

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