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5 days Charleston/ Isle of Palms or Kaiwah?

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5 days Charleston/ Isle of Palms or Kaiwah?

We will be travelling by car to Orlando and would like to break the journey by seeing Charleston (2 days) and 3 days along the coast. We are active 60 year olds who enjoy cycling/good restaurants and non touristy areas. Heard there were good cycling trails on Isle of Palms and also Kaiwah. Wondering which to go for. Would appreciate any advice. Thanks

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1. Re: 5 days Charleston/ Isle of Palms or Kaiwah?

Kiawah is very non-touristy and very green w/over 10 miles of beautiful bikeable beach and over 25 miles of designated bike trails thoughout the island.

We have wonderful restaurants on the island and many more just off the island.

You can also kayak our Kiawah River which is teeming with wildlife.

Depending upon the time of year you will be traveling, your choices for accomodations may or may not be limited to The Sanctuary (the only hotel on the island). If you are traveling during the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day, this may be your only option since most villa/condo rentals run by the week during this time (you'll find this true at most places in the Charleston area).

You will find a similar situation on IOP (it will most likely be a little more crowded than Kiawah), but I don't believe they will have the designated bike trails that we do. Endo will be able to help you w/this.

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2. Re: 5 days Charleston/ Isle of Palms or Kaiwah?

There are no specific biking trails on the island that I am aware of, unless they are in the gated community of Wild Dunes. You can ride on the beach tho.

The one hotel on Kiawah is very pricey. There are 2 hotels on the Isle of Palms and an additional one in Wild Dunes.

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3. Re: 5 days Charleston/ Isle of Palms or Kaiwah?

Make sure it's low tide if you plan a ride on the beach.

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4. Re: 5 days Charleston/ Isle of Palms or Kaiwah?

Except for the hour or two right around high tide, the Kiawah beach is fine for biking, so not a major worry.

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5. Re: 5 days Charleston/ Isle of Palms or Kaiwah?

Thanks for all that. we are planning to come in April,Not sure when your memorial day/labor day is as we are coming from Ireland and not familiar with those holidays but have just checked The Sanctuary and they have no availability for our dates so it looks as if we will have to source accommodation elsewhere. Like the sound of the kayaking , looking forward to giving that a try.

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6. Re: 5 days Charleston/ Isle of Palms or Kaiwah?

Since you are coming in April, try renting a villa/condo for the few nights you plan on being on Kiawah (you can do this through the Resort). This will give you tons more space and a kitchen, if you want to use it.

Memorial Day is the last Monday in May.

Labor Day is the first Monday in September.

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7. Re: 5 days Charleston/ Isle of Palms or Kaiwah?

Memorial Day is May30th and Labor Day is not until September.

Many schools in the US take an Easter break either the week before Easter or the week after. Also, April is a very busy month in general, due to blooming flowers and pleasant weather. Also, the first weekend in April is the Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston ~ brings tens of thousands of runners in for the weekend.

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8. Re: 5 days Charleston/ Isle of Palms or Kaiwah?

We love Isle of Palms in April. Wild Dunes offers several excursions you might love.

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9. Re: 5 days Charleston/ Isle of Palms or Kaiwah?

thanks everybody for helpful advice, especially about vacation time.

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