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Rental Tips and Rules

general rental guidelines

At Just Beachy Golf Cart Rentals, we want everyone that rents our carts to have a fun and safe experience. Therefore, we have some overall rental guidelines that govern all of our rental contracts.

  1. The primary renter must be at least 25 years of age and possess a valid driver’s license.
  2. Anyone driving the golf cart or LSV must be at least 21 years of age and possess a valid driver’s license.
  3. Drivers agree to be responsible for compliance with all laws and government regulations in the use of the golf cart or LSV.
  4. The number of passengers may not exceed the manufacturer’s designed and installed seating capacity.
  5. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted to be consumed in any of our golf carts or LSV’s. No driver shall operate any cart while under the influence of alcohol or any other intoxicating substance.

Additionally, all renters must sign a rental agreement and waiver prior to renting any golf cart or LSV.

charging and cart operation

Follow the cart charging guidelines below in order to get the most out of your golf cart or LSV rental and ensure it is fully charged when you want to use it!

  1. The cart will come with either an onboard charger with charging cord, or a separate charger. With either, plug the cart into a standard outlet to start charging.
  2. Carts will take 14-16 hours to fully charge, so please plan accordingly. Plug up the cart every night and let it charge overnight so it is ready for your use the following day!
  3. The cart will not overcharge. You can leave the cart plugged in until you are ready to use it.
  4. Feel free to plug up the cart if you are going to be home for an extended period of time (multiple hours). It will not do any good to plug up the cart for less than two or three hours.
  5. The battery indicator on the cart cannot be taken literally. You cannot drive the cart until the indicator says 0%. The cart will stop functioning around 30% of remaining battery life, and will need to be charged overnight. We do not recommend operating the cart with less than 50% remaining on the battery indicator.

For local laws regarding Isle of Palms and Sullivans Island, as well as helpful tips, please see below!

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Local Laws and Rental Tips

For a complete list of local ordinances regarding the operation of golf carts and LSV’s on Isle of Palms, please visit: https://www.iop.net/golf-carts-low-speed-vehicles

Golf carts may NOT operate on Palm Blvd between Breach Inlet and 41st Avenue. Golf carts are allowed to cross Palm Blvd if needed, such as to access designated beach parking. Golf carts are not permitted inside Wild Dunes, although street-legal LSV’s are allowed. Golf carts are NOT allowed to cross the Breach Inlet Bridge to go to Sullivans Island. All other roads on Isle of Palms are allowed to be traveled. There are designated golf cart trails that run parallel to Palm Blvd to allow access to the shopping centers and Ocean Blvd (see rental map for details). Low Speed Vehicles (LSV’s) are not restricted from traveling on any roads on Isle of Palms, and may also cross the Breach Inlet Bridge to access Sullivans Island. However, neither LSV’s nor golf carts may cross the Isle of Palms Connector.

Golf carts may be operated during daylight hours ONLY. This is strictly enforced, regardless if the cart has lights or not. Golf carts are allowed to operate between dawn and dusk on the Isle of Palms. Low Speed Vehicles are not subject to nighttime restrictions, and are allowed to operate 24 hours per day.

Golf carts and LSV’s may park in any regular parking spaces designated for cars. This includes parking at the grocery store as well as parallel parking on Palm Blvd for beach access. In addition, there are several areas on the island that have designated golf cart parking. Both golf carts and LSV’s are allowed to use the golf cart parking. Designated golf cart parking for beach access is available at 9th Ocean Blvd, 25th Avenue, 28th Avenue, and 31st Avenue. There is also designated golf cart parking at the IOP Marina, as well as at the corner of Ocean Blvd and JC Long Blvd. Golf carts are not allowed to park or drive on beach access paths, sidewalks, or the beach. 

Utilizing a golf cart or LSV to travel around Isle of Palms has many helpful benefits. It is often much easier to access parking, especially downtown where most parking spaces are metered. When going out to the restaurants, make use of the designated golf cart parking at Ocean Blvd and JC Long Blvd and avoid the parking hassle (and cost)! Also, The Dinghy has a couple of designated golf cart spots inside their parking lot. If you decide to rent an LSV, you can also take it to Sullivans Island, which makes parking much easier.

When traveling North and South on the island, utilize Cameron Blvd and Hartnett Blvd when possible. They are both less traveled than Palm or Waterway Blvds, and have a speed limit of 25 MPH. Waterway is a great option for traveling North and South as well, but the speed limit is 35 MPH, and you will need to pull over and let cars pass much more often! South of the Connector, Ocean Blvd and Carolina Blvd are your best bets for getting around. Regardless of how you utilize them, a golf cart or LSV are super convenient and fun while visiting the island!

sullivans island

Local Laws and Rental Tips

For a complete list of local ordinances regarding the operation of golf carts and LSV’s on Sullivans Island, please visit: https://sullivansisland.sc.gov/residents/golf-cart-low-speed-vehicles

Golf carts may NOT operate on Jasper Blvd or Ben Sawyer Blvd on Sullivans Island. Golf carts are allowed to cross either of these streets if needed, however. Golf carts are NOT allowed to cross the Breach Inlet Bridge to go to Isle of Palms. All other roads on Sullivans Island are allowed to be traveled. Low Speed Vehicles (LSV’s) are not restricted from traveling on any roads on Sullivans Island, and may also cross the Breach Inlet Bridge to access Isle of Palms. However, neither LSV’s nor golf carts may cross the Ben Sawyer Bridge.

Golf carts may be operated during daylight hours ONLY. This is strictly enforced, regardless if the cart has lights or not. Golf carts are allowed to operate between dawn and dusk on Sullivans Island. Low Speed Vehicles are not subject to nighttime restrictions, and are allowed to operate 24 hours per day.

Golf carts and LSV’s may park in any regular parking spaces designated for cars. This includes parking at the restaurants on Middle Street as well as parking on the side of the street in designated right of way areas. Golf carts, in addition to cars, must have all tires off of the pavement and may not block the street or beach paths. No carts are permitted to park on beach access paths, nor may carts be parked or driven on the beach.

Utilizing a golf cart or LSV to travel around Sullivans Island has many helpful benefits. It is often much easier to access parking, especially downtown where parking is at a minimum. If you decide to rent an LSV, you can also take it to Isle of Palms, which makes parking there much easier.

When traveling the length of the island, utilize Ion Ave and Atlantic Ave when possible. They are both less traveled than Middle Street, and have a speed limit of 25 MPH. Middle Street is a great option for traveling the length of the island as well, but the speed limit is 35 MPH in most areas, and you will need to pull over and let cars pass much more often! Regardless of how you utilize them, a golf cart or LSV are super convenient and fun while visiting Sullivans Island!

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