Lightning Bugz Rentals provides affordable, eco-friendly Low Speed Vehicles and Charleston golf cart rentals to vacationers and commercial businesses. We take the hassle out of getting around your destination. Whether it is going from your rental property to the beach, wedding and event set-up and transportation, or property maintenance needs, we have a Bug just for you. We provide LSV and golf cart rentals in Charleston, Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Folly Beach, Kiawah, and Seabrook. We also serve Anna Maria Island, Florida!

Mark Thorn (843) 609-8776
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Isle of Palms

RENT GAS VERSUS ELECTRIC if available! Why? You’re on vacation so why worry about whether or not the outlet works or the cart is charging or how far you go on a charge. Our gas LSVs are custom-made from Yamaha QuietTech carts. They are not loud and go over a hundred miles before you would need fuel! You literally could go all week without needing to get gas and best of all we don’t require you to refill it at the end of the rental!

Known for its nesting sea turtles and rich history, the Isle of Palms is a peaceful place to vacation, fish, and explore South Carolina’s Lowcountry. See the island like never before with Low Speed Vehicle and golf cart rentals so you can see for yourself what’s so special about this corner of the Atlantic on your next vacation.

Isle of Palms has tons of activities for your family to enjoy—and getting around will be a breeze with one of our LSVs DAY OR NIGHT unlike a normal golf cart rental!


What makes us different than other rentals on the island?

  • You CAN drive after dark!
  • The ONLY GAS LSV option!

All regular automobile driving and parking laws and restrictions apply to your LSV rental in addition to the following location specific restrictions:

  • NO driving on bike paths, sidewalks, golf course paths, beach accesses or the beach!
  • You CAN NOT cross the bridge to Mt. Pleasant.
  • You CAN NOT drive on Palm Blvd from Sullivan’s Island bridge to 41st Avenue. (You could go a block if needed as long as you don’t hold up traffic)
  • You CAN NOT park at any beach access from 41st to 57th Avenue.  You can drop off at the access and then go park on Palm Blvd.
  • Oceanside/Seaside Cabins REQUIRES written permission from its management to allow cart rentals.
  • All riders must be seated in a seat and use seatbelts.
  • Rental refunds are not given to those that rent a cart at a location they are not allowed and renters are responsible for any tickets or towing fees incurred due to illegal parking.


  • You DO NOT have to refuel your gas cart! Just please remove all trash and personal items before 8am the day we are to pick the cart up.
  • You must have access to a 110v (three prong) outlet to charge.
  • You must be able to charge the cart out in the open, not in a covered area or garage.
  • Do not alter the power cord provided.
  • Please return the cart fully charged or incur a $100 fee.

Cancellation Policy: 

This is a non-refundable reservation but you have options. You may cancel at any time, for any reason and receive a future rental credit that does not expire without any additional expenses.

After booking you have the option to buy “excursion protection” through Allianz which covers most reasons, other than Covid related issues, why you would not be able to continue with your rental. You will be able to read their coverage before you buy it.

Damage Coverage: 

Damage coverage, regardless of fault, is added to all reservations and covers up to $250 for any damage to the rented vehicle while it is legally being driven by someone 21 or older.

6 Passenger - Gas Cart

Drive day/night 100+ miles before refueling

4-6ppl (4 adults) Older Electric Cart

Drive day/night approx. 12 miles before re-charging

6-8ppl (6 adults) Older Electric Cart

Drive day/night approx. 12 miles before re-charging

6 Passenger - Electric Cart

Drive day/night approx. 12 miles before re-charging