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“Southern Charm”
Review of Kiawah Island

Kiawah Island
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Owner description: A major golf course, beautiful beaches and miles of conservation land make this private island a desirable attraction.
Cleveland, Tennessee, United States
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Southern Charm”
Reviewed April 2, 2013

Kiawah Island, South Carolina is one of those magical places that refreshes your soul. There is something for everyone here. Laid back Southern atmosphere dotted with world-class golf, tennis, water sports and a wide variety if restaurants. Leave your problems at work and home and visit kiawah island. Your soul will thank you.

Visited May 2012
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Annapolis, Maryland
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“No welcome mat on Kiawah Island”
Reviewed March 28, 2013

While visiting in nearby Charleston on a cold and windy day, we decided to drive south to visit Kiawah Island, having heard nice things about it and seeing it in South Carolina tourism ads. Upon arriving at the main entrance to the island, we stopped at the gate house where we were asked about our intentions while visiting their sacred ground. We explained that we just wanted to see the sights and have lunch. The very unpleasant gate attendant told us, no, we did not have permission to enter this privileged area. Mind you, we are presentable, mannerly seniors, driving a decent car. The gate attendant told us we needed to go to "the real estate office" where we would obtain a pass to gain entry. This we did, only to be told for the second time in five minutes, basically, we don't want you here. Go away. (Paraphrasing). So much for southern hospitality. The good people of South Carolina will never again be troubled by our desire to spend money in their state. My message is: stay away. They don't want you there.

Visited March 2013
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traveler101
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Most Beautiful Island in Southeastern U.S.”
Reviewed March 27, 2013

We absolutely love our time spent in Kiawah. It is a quiet island with abundant natural beauty and wildlife. In spite of its very peaceful, quiet atmosphere there is much to do including world class golf and tennis. There are miles of bike paths throughout the island, along with pools and parks. If you wish to go into downtown Charleston, it is only about 30 minutes away. We find that once on the island we rarely want to leave. There is a security gate on the island which helps keep traffic and congestion to a minimum......drive through and feel your stress disappear as you switch over to "island time".

Visited March 2013
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Austin
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Oak point vs Cougar point”
Reviewed March 5, 2013

Don't go in early March, windy cold. Oak point has indoor seating. No indoor seating at Cougar Point. Guard gates are a pain. Got there early on Sunday and wanted to take a look at the Ocean Course. no luck when we got to the SECOND guard gate!

Visited March 2013
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Estherville, Iowa
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Wonderful Retreat”
Reviewed March 5, 2013

Beautiful place to visit! I would suggest renting a bike and viewing the lovely home or a stroll down the beach.

Visited October 2012
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