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Planning our first trip to Kiawah with our three 20-something children and 2 daughter-in-laws. We have vacationed in condos on the beach at North Myrtle for many years. Understand that this will be a different experience however my husband still wants to be close to the beach. Looking at a house in Turtle beach vs a Duneside villa. There is more space at the house but are we giving up much not being in the resort? We plan on spending most time on the beach and biking. Will not be golfing. A third option was a Vanderhorst plantation home. Any thoughts that will help us decide would be appreciated.

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11. Re: Where to stay

When are you planning to visit?

July is high season on all South Carolina beaches, with the busiest week on Kiawah being the July 4th holiday week. If you are planning your vacation for the July 4th holiday, you are wise to make reservations in advance for any activity you might enjoy.

Kiawahbeth is correct that Kiawah's 10-mile private beach is never crowded. Even on July 4th, we never need to walk more than a few yards to find a completely open area. Compared to North Myrtle Beach, Kiawah's beach will seem empty!

The sense of crowding (if any!!) all along Kiawah's beach varies with the position of the tides. Because Kiawah's beach has a shallow slope, the tide goes far out and comes far in. At low tide and between tides, the beach is ENORMOUS, with loads of room for everyone and every activity, including bicycling on the packed sand. However, at full high tide, the beach becomes narrow, with sunbathers (and all their equipment) spreading out horizontally along the strip of dry sand close to the dunes.

There is no reason to assume that the Turtle Beach area will seem more populated, even in July and even at high tide, than the Duneside area. Both areas are close to a major beach access on one side, and to a stretch of virtually empty beach on the other.

Here's a comparison:

Turtle Beach is near The Sanctuary, so you will see hotel guests on the beach, as well as villa guests who have entered through the Night Heron Park beach access. There may be slightly more people on the beach in this area during July 4th week when more hotel rooms and more villas are rented; otherwise, light crowds remain constant throughout the summer.

Duneside is just east, and separated by a tract of undeveloped land, from the public beach access at Beachwalker County Park. On summer weekends and holidays, the county park section of beach will host more people than it does during the off-season or at mid-week in the summer. The July 4th holiday is extremely popular for visitors to Beachwalker County Park, but their actual numbers are limited by the relatively small number of slots available in the paid parking lot.

Hope this helps!

Edited: 1:53 pm, January 28, 2012
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