Amid COVID surges and the uncertainty that comes with them, there’s never been a better time to schedule an outdoor date this Valentine’s Day. In the Charleston area, we’ve seen firsthand the number of restaurants that have had to adjust their business hours or close in order to get their staff tested and healthy. Not only is a Valentine’s Day beach date a safer plan, but it also eliminates the possibility of a canceled reservation, and it gives you a chance to show off your creativity. In this blog, we’re explaining how to plan a Valentine’s Day beach date so you can stay healthy and impress your valentine.
Know the rules beforehand
While your ideal Valentine’s Day beach date may consist of a glass of wine or a bonfire, it’s important to check the rules at your local beach ahead of time. Nothing puts a damper on a date like a ticket or fine, so taking some time to research the do’s and don’ts of the beach can save you some money and can keep your date running smoothly. In Charleston area beaches, alcohol is not permitted on Folly Beach, Sullivans Island Beach, or Isle of Palms. Sullivan’s Island is your best bet for bonfires, but make sure you get a permit first.
Consider the time of day
Once you’ve taken a look at the rules and decided on the beach you’d like to go to and the time you’d like to set up, go a step further and double-check the tides. Avoiding high tide can help ensure you won’t have to pack up and move back your date set-up when the waves start rolling in. Aside from high tides, there’s no wrong time to plan a Valentine’s Day beach date. From a morning coffee date to a sunset date with gorgeous views, or even a sunny afternoon meet-up, you can’t go wrong.
Bring some music
Setting the soundtrack for your time at the beach can help elevate the tone of your date. Combining the sounds of the waves with your Valentine’s day playlist can help create the perfect atmosphere.
Pack a meal
No matter what time of day you set your date, packing a picnic makes it feel well-planned and thoughtful. Coffee and pastries, a charcuterie board, or some classic chocolate-covered strawberries are easy to pack and bring to the beach for Valentine’s Day.
Make it comfortable
While mild in temperature compared to most parts of the country, February is still considered one of the cooler months in Charleston. Make your Valentine’s Day beach date extra cozy with some blankets and even a few throw pillows. This will enhance your date’s look and help keep you warm if you experience a chilly sea breeze. For additional decor elements, flameless candles, flowers, and decorative dinner trays are all easy to pack and can help elevate the mood.
Leave the set-up to us
Let us do the heavy lifting for you while you relax with your date in Isle of Palms and Wild Dunes. At IOP Beach Chair, we professionally set up commercial-grade beach lounge chairs, and 7.5′ drilled umbrellas on the beach daily. Allow us to elevate your Valentine’s Day beach date with high-quality chairs are made from solid oak and umbrellas made from wood and marine-grade canvas.
Let Isle of Palms Beach Chairs assist with your Valentine’s Day beach date! Whether you are local or renting, enjoy free delivery anywhere in Isle of Palms, Dunes West, or Sullivan’s Island. You can rent bikes, beach chairs, and umbrellas on our website. Feel free to reach out with any questions you may have.