Kiawah Island

Kiawah Island
Kiawah Island is only 30 miles from Charleston, faces the North Atlantic Ocean, and is adjacent to pretty Seabrook Island. The island is as popular a vacation retreat for Charleston residents as Pawleys Island, and is well-known as home to some of the most expensive and impressive real estate in South Carolina. There are six award-winning golf courses here created by big-name golf architects like Jack Nicklaus. Peak season runs from April through October.

Renowned as ideal for weddings, Kiawah Island is the place to behold miles upon miles of white-sand beaches, colorful sunsets, and enjoy a wide choice in lodging options, including charming bed and breakfasts, seaside vacation rentals, and condos. Peak season is April through October, and without advance reservations, lodging can be scarce.

The Sanctuary Resort is a compelling reason to visit Kiawah Island South Carolina if five star luxury and championship golf are appealing. The acclaimed resort is architecturally impressive, built to resemble a Southern oceanfront mansion. The resort's 255 rooms are lauded as some of the best in the country and include a 3,000+ square-foot presidential suite. The Ocean Course at The Sanctuary is one of the most highly regarded in the United States.

Freshfields Village, located between Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island, is the best place for shopping. It’s a large shopping center with many upscale boutiques and stores. Dining is varied on the island too, but the number of restaurants is fewer than other resort areas (most accommodations are fitted with kitchenettes).

Nature enthusiasts enjoy eco-friendly activities and a chance to explore island wildlife in places like Night Heron Park. Kiawah Island South Carolina is popular with nesting sea turtles mainly between May and mid-August. At this time, there are tours visiting nesting areas, and if especially lucky, groups see hatchlings make the tireless journey to the ocean. Public Beachwalker County Park is the favored beach spot, with outdoor grills, showers, and restrooms available. The park's beach is perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and waterfront activities where lifeguards keep close watch.

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Kiawah Island Beaches

Kiawah Island Beaches

Kiawah Island is a small barrier island between Folly Beach and Seabrook Island in South Carolina named after the first Native Indian settlers who discovered it in the sixteenth century. The quiet setting combined with close proximity to numerous points of interest in the region create endless opportunities for all kinds of entertainment and activities. […]