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Kiawah Island

Nature lovers unite on this barrier island on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean 21 miles south of Charleston. Brimming with lush foliage at every glance, Kiawah Island has ten miles of wide sandy beaches, 123 acres of parks, 30 miles of hiking and biking trails, and world-class golf courses.

To get a true sense of the beauty of Kiawah Island venture to Marsh Island Park where you’ll be rewarded with stunning scenic views atop the Marsh Island Lookout Tower of the Kiawah River, saltwater marshes, and island hammocks. For animal lovers, don’t miss the Heron Park Nature Center where you can participate in nature tours and programs, birding walks, butterfly walks, and alligator walks. Bird admirers love the... more

Nature lovers unite on this barrier island on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean 21 miles south of Charleston. Brimming with lush foliage at every glance, Kiawah Island has ten miles of wide sandy beaches, 123 acres of parks, 30 miles of hiking and biking trails, and world-class golf courses.

To get a true sense of the beauty of Kiawah Island venture to Marsh Island Park where you’ll be rewarded with stunning scenic views atop the Marsh Island Lookout Tower of the Kiawah River, saltwater marshes, and island hammocks. For animal lovers, don’t miss the Heron Park Nature Center where you can participate in nature tours and programs, birding walks, butterfly walks, and alligator walks. Bird admirers love the Great Egret Rookery, a spot where you can typically see several dozen of the magnificent white birds in trees over a lagoon.

For an exceptional picnic area head to Beachwalker Park, which has a wide boardwalk that winds through palmettos, oaks, and pines.

Golf on Kiawah Island is not just any recreation amenity, it’s a way of life. There are five championship courses on the island highlighted by the Pete Dye designed Ocean Course site of the 1991 Ryder Cup matches and 2007 Senior PGA Championship. In 2012, the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort will host the 94th PGA Championship. Other courses to play include the Jack Nicklaus designed Turtle Point and Gary Player designed Cougar Point courses.

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Kiawah Island
Kiawah Island
A major golf course, beautiful beaches and miles of conservation land make this private island a desirable attraction.
Attraction type: Islands; Golf Courses
Beachwalker County Park
Beachwalker County Park
Attraction type: Parks; Beaches
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Night Heron Park
Night Heron Park
This park has an Olympic-sized pool, picnic facilities, and sports fields.
Attraction type: Parks

Additional nearby recommended attractions:

Angel Oak Tree
Angel Oak Tree(Johns Island)
Attraction type: Historic Sites; Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Bohicket Marina and Market
Bohicket Marina and Market(Seabrook Island)
Attraction type: Marinas
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All places to eat » Places to eat

The Ryder Cup Bar at Ocean Course Clubhouse
The Ryder Cup Bar at Ocean Course Clubhouse
Cuisines: American
Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view
Dining options: Drinks, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Jasmine Porch
Jasmine Porch
Cuisines: American
Good for: Scenic view, Families with children, Business meetings, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Ocean Room at The Sanctuary
Ocean Room at The Sanctuary
Price: $10 - $90
Cuisines: Japanese, Steakhouse, Sushi, Grill
Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
The Atlantic Room at The Ocean Course
The Atlantic Room at The Ocean Course
Price: $6 - $14
Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Scenic view, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
La Tela Pizzeria
La Tela Pizzeria
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Andell Inn
3.5 of 5
Andell Inn
$168 - $332
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Kiawah Island
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Additional nearby recommended accommodations:

Town & Country Inn and Suites
3.0 of 5
Town & Country Inn and Suites
$109 - $214
Ranked #7 of 59 Hotels in Charleston
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Comfort Suites West of the Ashley
2.5 of 5
Comfort Suites West of the Ashley
$100 - $204
Ranked #21 of 59 Hotels in Charleston
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
5.0 of 5
The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
$241 - $766
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Kiawah Island
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Kiawah Island Golf Resort
4.0 of 5
Kiawah Island Golf Resort
$181 - $375
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Kiawah Island
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Additional nearby recommended accommodations:

Tides Folly Beach
3.0 of 5
Tides Folly Beach
$121 - $446
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Folly Beach
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Nearby recommended accommodations:

French Quarter Inn
4.0 of 5
French Quarter Inn
$310 - $636
Ranked #1 of 59 Hotels in Charleston
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Wentworth Mansion
5.0 of 5
Wentworth Mansion
$418 - $511
Ranked #2 of 59 Hotels in Charleston
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The Spectator Hotel
4.0 of 5
The Spectator Hotel
$318 - $655
Ranked #3 of 59 Hotels in Charleston
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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.