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Recommend staying on Kiawah or Seabrook Island?

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Recommend staying on Kiawah or Seabrook Island?

We are planning a six night stay in Charleston area in early October. Going on to Savannah for add'l couple days. We are two late 50ish couples, who plan on taking in Charleston during the daytime and relaxing at a vacation rental on one of these islands. We love nature, beaches, bike paths, sitting by the pools, etc. Heard the resort pool on Seabrook is closing Oct. 1. Is Seabrook Island only accessible with a resort pass? How about Kiawah Island? Could we stay on Seabrook and still enjoy Kiawah? Ideas please on where to stay please. Are five days in Charleston and two to three days in Savannah enough? Thank you so much.

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Johns Island, South...
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1. Re: Recommend staying on Kiawah or Seabrook Island?

Kiawah and Seabrook are each their own separate gated communities, no intermingling. You can make reservations at any of the restaurants on Kiawah if you'd like to enjoy one of the the options at the Kiawah Island Resort.

You could easily spend your entire week in the Charleston area, there's more than enough to do here. Kiawah has a 10 mile beach that is totally bikeable, as well as over 25 miles of bike trails that weave their way through the island.

There is no resort on Seabrook, it's all residental properties.

The Kiawah Island Resort provides several pools, the most popular being the Night Heron Park pool (it's heated), which is very centrally located. If you are considering villa accommodations, look into Windswept (where we used to stay, some very nice 2 bedroom units) or Mariner's Watch. Both these areas are between the beach and the pool, so easy access.

It's an easy 45 minute drive into Charleston for the day, or even dinner if you want from the Kiawah/Seabrook area.

Edited: 9:04 am, July 28, 2013
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2. Re: Recommend staying on Kiawah or Seabrook Island?

If you wish to be closer to Charleston, Wild Dunes Resort on the Isle of Palms may be an option. Otherwise, stick with Kiawah.

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3. Re: Recommend staying on Kiawah or Seabrook Island?

Thank you for your prompt response. If I am understanding this right, both islands are reserved for the residents or guests renting vacation properties. If we rent on Seabrook, we cannot enter Kiawah? Is one quieter than the other? Besides bike riding, are there any other things to see or places to hike to see the wildlife? I read somewhere that there is a Tea Plantation close by. Ever heard of this? Thanks again for any advise you can give.

Johns Island, South...
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4. Re: Recommend staying on Kiawah or Seabrook Island?

You are understanding correctly, each island is its own separate entity, staying on one does not allow you access to the other.

You can kayak our rivers, fish in our ponds, visit our Nature center, climb our three viewing towers and do a little shopping at Freshfields. You will more than likely see wildlife just in the course of traveling around the island. Gators should be back out sunning themselves by October. The Resort offers various tours for photographers and the like, if you are so inclined.

Angel Oak, the Bigelow Tea Plantation and a visit to the tasting rooms at the Irvin Vineyard and Firefly Distilleries are often recommended as a way to pass an afternoon. After Angel Oak, stop by JB's Smokeshack for their buffet for lunch, makes for a fun time.

While visiting Wadmalaw (where the Tea Plantation and tasting rooms are), you might want to continue your drive out to Rockville and visit Cherry Point, where you can get shrimp right off the boat.

Both islands will be fairly quite in October, families are mostly gone after Labor Day.

Edited: 10:16 pm, July 28, 2013
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