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5 Local Tips For Kiawah Island

As Kiawah Island locals, we’ve got all the best local tips up our sleeve! We know all the best places for your next adventure, hidden gems you’ll otherwise pass on by, tips to make the most out of your trip, and all the best places to stay across the island. Don’t just take our word for it, read this guide for the top locals tips you should take advantage of on your next vacation to Kiawah Island!

1. Best Spots to Catch a Sunset or Sunrise

Beachwalker Park is the most wonderful spot to sit back, relax, and watch the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean. The 10 miles of unspoiled natural beachfront offer ample space for family walks through the sand, bike riding, evening dips in the ocean, and beautiful views all year round.

Kiawah’s Marsh View Tower is located at the end of Marsh Hawk Lane in West Beach, a true hidden gem never crowded by tourists. Experience panoramic views of the marsh, Cougar Point Golf Course, and trails of Vanderhorst Plantation.

Mingo Point is most famous for oyster roasts, but offers one of the best vantage points for a Kiawah Island sunset. Situated along the banks of the Kiawah River, it’s the perfect spot for an evening picnic as the sun sets or to launch your paddleboards for a ride along the waterways with a colorful view.

2. Must-Taste Dishes

With such a wide variety of delicious Lowcountry cuisine, it can be difficult to decide which dish you must try. But don’t worry, we have had plenty of time living here to put together our favorite meals for you to try. 

For classic French cuisine in a casual, inviting atmosphere, visit Hege’s to try their infamous Gullah Shrimp, Almond Crusted Tuna, or Chicken Cassoulet for fresh, seasonal, local dishes prepared in light, natural sauces. 

Although most famous for their 48 exceptional wines, FortyEight offers a decadent Sesame Marinated Swordfish for a one-of-a-kind dinner that will make your Kiawah Island vacation unforgettable.

For the best to-go food, locally sourced with an ever-changing assortment of salads, sandwiches, cheese and charcuterie boards, takeaway meals, drinks and more, visit Café Eugenia to try their specialty Charcuterie Sandwich.

3. Ditch the Car, Walk or Bike the Trails!

One of the best ways to explore the island is by walking or biking the trails. Ditch the car, grab your bike or walking shoes, and hit the trails for a one-of-a-kind adventure. On Kiawah Island, you can walk between resort areas, to the beach, through shopping centers, and more!

Bike through the beach for stunning water views, cool breezes, and white sandy trails. Ride through Night Heron Park in East Beach Village for a tranquil ride through the oaks. Or head to Freshfields Village for a luxurious open-air shopping center with shopping, dining, and live entertainment along the way.

4. Look for Wildlife

The island is teeming with wildlife from alligators hiding in the ponds to pelicans soaring over the waves, everywhere you look is an opportunity for wildlife viewing.

The beach is easily the most popular exploration spot– and for good reason! With plenty of viewing spots from your towel on the sand, your bike on the shores, or your kayak in the water, watch for dolphins, starfish, pelicans, sand dollars, jellyfish, crabs, and more.

5. Get Out on the Water

Ditch the car, bike, and walking shoes for an even better adventure– one on the waterways! Whether by kayak, paddleboard, private boat, or fishing charter, there are endless opportunities to explore the water on Kiawah Island. 

Rent kayaks, paddleboards, skimboards, and more for the adventure of a lifetime with the whole family. Looking for more of a guided tour with a fishing guide or wildlife expert? You’re in luck! The island also offers plenty of guided tours with local experts to get you off the land and onto the water. Check out our Exclusives Guide for recommendations!

Best Places to Stay

Here at Kiawah Exclusives, we offer luxurious vacation rentals to fit every family’s wants and needs to make their vacation a breeze. With unique accommodations and a wide range of convenient amenities, you’re sure to find something you’ll love. We offer private homes, villas, and cottages across the island and first-class service to all of our guests.

9 Rainy Day Activities On Kiawah Island

Don’t let a little rain dampen your Kiawah Island vacation spirits! Our charming South Carolina sea island has plenty of fun-filled activities and attractions to turn an unexpected rainy vacation day into an unforgettable experience for the whole family. From nature tours and activities to Lowcountry comfort food classics and cozy coastal retreats to hunker down for a day indoors, we’ve got you covered! Here’s our ultimate guide to turning your unexpected rainy days on Kiawah Island into fun-filled memories. 

1. Enjoy Nature Activities at Night Heron Park

The chances are you’ll only experience an afternoon thunderstorm, but when the raindrops start falling, head to Night Heron Park for a wild adventure. Located within the park, the Heron Park Nature Center offers fascinating wildlife exhibits and a chance to dive into the secrets of Kiawah Island’s unique ecosystem. Explore the wonders of our Lowcountry wildlife, grab a delicious lunch at the Nest Market Café, and sign up for local tours and activities to enjoy when the sun shines through. 

Heron Park Nature Center 

Address: 4000 Sea Forest Dr, Kiawah Island
Phone: (843) 768-6001
Hours: Open daily at 8:30 AM

The Nest Market | Café

Address: 4000 Sea Forest Dr, Kiawah Island
Phone: (843) 768-2775
Hours: Open daily 8 AM to 9 PM

2. Take Barefoot Walks at Beachwalker Park

If you’re feeling adventurous, step out from your Kiawah Island beach home and take a barefoot stroll on the beach! A beach walk during or after a storm offers a chance to discover washed up ocean treasures like shark’s teeth, shells, or petal-patterned sand dollars, only to be removed from the beach if dead. (Local tip: dead sand dollars are white in color). Kiawah Island’s Beachwalker Park is consistently ranked one of the Top 10 Beaches in America – it’s a destination worthy of a beach walk in any season! 

Here are 4 Reasons to visit Beachwalker Park on Kiawah Island, rain or shine!  

3. Savor Seafood & Scenic Lowcountry Views

Rainy days call for hearty comfort meals in cozy scenic settings. Savour Lowcountry classics like shrimp and grits, she-crab soup, or a steamy pot of Frogmore Stew (aka Lowcountry Boil) while savoring views of award-winning golf courses, calming ocean waters, or lush Lowcountry marshes as far as the eye can see. For such a small island, Kiawah has endless options to get cozy for comfort food. From the luxurious settings of The Sanctuary Hotel and Golf Resort restaurants to 15+ options in Freshfields Village covering everything from coffee shops, cafés, and old fashioned soda shops to wine bars and fine dining. 

Local’s Tip:
The Kiawah Dining Collection
Freshfields Village Restaurants

4. Uncover Artistic Talents

Embark on a journey of artistic discovery as you immerse yourself in Kiawah Island’s vibrant arts and culture scene. From local galleries showcasing diverse artistic expressions to open art studios with hands-on workshops ranging from pottery painting and glass fusing to crafting custom scented candles, Kiawah’s artistic offerings are the perfect solution to a rainy day. 

Wells Gallery at The Sanctuary

Address: 1 Sanctuary Beach Dr, Kiawah Island
Phone: (843) 576-1290

Patricia Reno Huff Gallery & Art Studio

Address: Freshfields Village
Phone: (404) 245-5766

Turtle’s Nest Art Studio

Address: Night Heron Park Nature Center
Phone: (843) 768-6001

Palmetto Scent Studio

Address: Freshfields Village, 211 Farm Lake View, Kiawah Island
Phone: (843) 718-3414

5. Catch a Movie at the Retro Terrace Theatre

While Kiawah Island might not have its own movie theater, Charleston’s iconic Terrace Theater is located only 20 miles from Kiawah Island with a cool retro vibe and regular showtimes for a rainy day! The Terrace Theater is Charleston’s only independently owned movie theater with a variety of films ranging from mainstream movies to independent, foreign, and art house films.   

The Terrace Theater

Address: 1956 Maybank Hwy, Charleston
Phone: (843) 762-9494
Hours: Open daily 12 PM to 10 PM

6. Indulge in a Wellness & Spa Retreat

Rainy days are perfect for pamper sessions! Take advantage of the rainy ambiance and treat yourself to a pampering session at one of Kiawah Island’s luxurious day spas. Whether indulgence means a full day session at The Sanctuary Spa, a quick touch up at a nail studio or day spa between shopping sessions at Freshfields Village, or leisurely soaks in your spa-inspired Kiawah Island retreat, you can have it all for your rainy day on Kiawah Island.

The Sanctuary Spa

Address: 1 Sanctuary Beach Dr, Kiawah Island

Phone: (843) 768-6340


Monday – Saturday: 8 AM to 5:30 PM

Sunday: 9 AM to 4 PM

Indigo Health 

Address: 245 Gardners Circle, Kiawah Island

Phone: (843) 303-9335


Monday – Friday: 8 AM to 7 PM

Saturday: 9 AM to 2 PM 

Closed Sundays

Kiawah Nail Studio

Address: 205 Gardners Circle, Kiawah Island

Phone: (843) 768-2299

Hours: Sunday-Saturday by appointment only

Urban Nirvana Spa

Address: 445 Freshfields Village, Kiawah Island

Phone: (843) 212-5292


Tuesday – Friday: 9 AM to 7 PM

Saturday: 9 AM to 5 PM

Sunday & Monday closed

7. Head Out For Rainy Day Retail Therapy! 

The local shops at The Sanctuary Hotel and Heron Park Nature Center are a haven for shoppers searching for exclusive Lowcountry and Kiawah Island keepsakes to take home. Just a short drive away at the crossroads to Kiawah & Seabrook, Freshfields Village has 30+ shops ranging from home decor and clothing boutiques to charming indie bookshops to browse for hours, cozy and warm with a coffee in hand!  

Shopping at The Sanctuary

Address: 1 Sanctuary Beach Dr, Kiawah Island

Shopping at Freshfields Village 

Address: 165 Village Green Lane, Kiawah Island

8. Take A Mini Road Trip To Charleston

Turn a rainy day into a mini road trip! A scenic 40-minute drive to Charleston opens the doors to a world of rainy day activities including indoor shopping markets, historic homes and museums, endless art galleries, and an abundance of tours to explore Charleston’s top attractions. Traveling with kids? Make a beeline for Charleston’s best boredom busters like the South Carolina Aquarium with a Sea Turtle Recovery Center and two-story Great Ocean Tank, or the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, where they’ll be entertained for hours! 

Historic Charleston City Market

Address: 188 Meeting St, Charleston
Phone: (843) 937-0920
Hours: Open daily 9:30 AM to 5 :30 PM

Bulldog Tours in Charleston

Address: 18 Anson St, Charleston
Phone: (843) 779-5171

South Carolina Aquarium 

Address: 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston 
Phone: (843) 577-3474
Hours: Daily 9 AM to 5 PM, last entry 3:30 PM
Admission: General Admission tickets start at $28.95. 

Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry 

Address: 25 Ann St, Charleston
Phone: (843) 853-8962
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 9 AM to 5 PM (closed Tuesday). Sunday: 12 PM to 5 PM 
Admission: Museum Admission: $15. SC Residents: $13. Children under 1: Free 

9. Cozy Up In An Exclusive Kiawah Island Vacation Rental

Seize the opportunity to make your stay extraordinary! Thoughtfully designed with your vacation in mind, our selection of exclusive Kiawah Island vacation rentals offer more than shelter from the storm! Snuggle up with a good book, bring out the board games, soak in a bubble bath, or simply settle into a rocking chair on the porch with a cup of sweet tea, watching the storm pass by. 

Rain or shine, our team at Kiawah Exclusives strive to make your stay extraordinary. Browse our Kiawah Island vacation rentals online or call our team at (843) 768-0273 to match you with the perfect rental that’ll make your rainy days on Kiawah Island memorable. 

Kiawah Island Tips For First-Timers

Visiting Kiawah Island for the first time? We’ve put together this extensive guide of the best tips and tricks to make the most out of your vacation! Whether you’re looking for an action-packed family adventure or a laid back island-style retreat, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading to find out more about our renowned beaches and golf courses, recommended activities, entertaining adventures, local shops and dining, the best souvenirs to take home, and even our favorite vacation rentals with unique accommodations. 

1. Experience 10 Miles of Pristine Beaches

Kiawah Island is home to 10 miles of interrupted paradise with white sandy beachfront, sunny blue skies, and sparkling waves of the Atlantic Ocean. This expansive beachfront comprises three areas: East Beach, West Beach, and Vanderhorst Plantation. East and West Beach consist of many private and communal boardwalks, while Vanderhorst is a secluded community of private homes with private access. 

East Beach Village offers numerous villa and cottage communities centrally located just a quick walk from beach access, as well as private homes in neighborhoods with communal beach access. 

West Beach also offers many villas and cottages with community beach access, and even multiple private homes with nearby community boardwalks. 

Vanderhorst Plantation features only private homes– some with community beach access just a quick walk away and others with direct access right from home.

2. Book a Tee Time on Award-Winning Courses

Looking to hit the links on your first trip to Kiawah Island? You’re in luck! Kiawah is ranked among the Top 25 Golf Islands in the World, featuring courses designed by top golf architects and played by some of the best legends. 

The Ocean Course is ranked the #4 Public Golf Course in the US and is a true test of skill for avid golfers as a par 72 course with 18 holes designed by Pete and Alice Dye.

The Oak Point Golf Course was awarded the 2019 Charleston Golf Course Owners Association “Course of the Year” for its strategic challenges and fresh design, featuring a par 72 and 18 holes designed by Clyde Johnston.

Osprey Point Golf Course is widely-known as one of Kiawah’s most challenging championship Audubon certified courses. Tom Fazio led its design and renovation ion 2024, leading to its notability and challenging layout.

The Turtle Point Golf Course has seen rave reviews from fans and golfers across the nation. The par 72 course features 18 holes to test Jack Nicklaus’ “mind over matter” strategy.

Cougar Point Golf Course underwent thorough renovations and designs led by Gary Player, now winning over locals and visiting golfers alike. This par 72 course features 18 holes with stunning marsh views.

3. Cycle Through Miles of Leisure Pathways

One of the best ways to explore the island is on a bike! Kiawah Island encompasses more than 30 miles of pathed bike paths through the island’s most popular resort areas. Not sure where to start? We’ll cover a few!

Beachwalker Park is the best place to take a slow ride along the shoreline through 10 miles of beachfront. Grab your bike and head out to the beach after high tide for hard-packed sand, prime time for watching dolphins, and cool breezes as you ride by.

Bike over to Mingo Point for a family picnic! Located just outside the main gates of Kiawah Island, Mingo Point is famous for its Lowcountry Oyster Roasts and tranquil setting on the banks of the Kiawah River. Park your bikes, refuel with a picnic by the water, and rent a kayak or SUP to play on the water. 

Biking on Kiawah Island extends past the guardhouse and through Freshfields Village! Just minutes from the main gate, Freshfields Village features luxury open-air shopping, amazing restaurants, fabulous markets, family-friendly festivals, and more. You can even follow the pathways over to Bohicket Marina with boat rentals, charters, eateries, and more on Seabrook Island.
Local’s Tip: Rent bikes, chariots, trailers, helmets, and more from Surfscooter Bike Rentals for 5% Off when you stay with Kiawah Exclusives!

4. Go on an Exhilarating Family Adventure

Kiawah Island welcomes adventurers of all kinds with charters and fishing, golf and tennis facilities, outdoor activities, water activities, and more! Enjoy a one-of-a-kind adventure on your first trip to the island for a memorable and unforgettable vacation.

On Kiawah, water activities are endless with boat tours, fishing charters, surf lessons, dolphin watching, pirate adventures, group paddle tours, kayak tours, and more throughout the Kiawah River and Atlantic Ocean. 

Looking to discover the great outdoors but on land instead of water? Kiawah has something for everyone! Check out local bike rentals, golf courses, tennis centers, shopping centers, beach accesses, kids’ camps, and beyond.

Bringing a furry friend? Good news, Kiawah Island offers pet-friendly adventures to include Fido! Explore the beach, shopping centers, trails, and more with your furry friends. Check out our Pet Friendly Vacation Rentals for the perfect homes and villas to accommodate you and your furry friend!

5. Enjoy Island-Style Shopping & Dining

Slow down your pace after an adventure and switch to island time with family-friendly shopping and decadent dining on Kiawah Island. There’s no shortage of dining and shopping in Freshfields Village with classic Lowcountry cuisine, signature seafood dishes, and beachy open-air shops. 

Freshfields Village is a charming open-air shopping destination with a diverse selection of high-end stores, salons and spas, cafes and restaurants, and family-friendly events throughout the year. It’s the one-stop shop for all the shopping and dining you need to explore on your first visit.

6. Take Home a One-of-a-Kind Souvenir 

If you’re looking for a unique souvenir to take home to remember your first Kiawah Island vacation, we’ve found the perfect spot! The best gifts and take-home souvenirs are handmade, artisanal, and one of a kind.

Visit Freshfields Village for a weekly Farmers Market every Monday throughout June, July, and August from 3 pm – 7 pm. Get your pick of handmade goods, Lowcountry crafts, and unique gifts all season long! Including grass baskets, hand-painted pottery, flower arrangements, and more.

7. Sit Back and Relax in a Luxury Vacation Rental

We know there are few things more precious than your time on vacation with friends and family and where you spend that time can make or break the entire trip. Kiawah Exclusives is a locally operated Kiawah Island company that takes pride in offering first-class service to our guests before, during, and after your stay.

We’re here to recommend properties to you based on your unique needs, share our favorite activities with you, help you plan your stay, and make the most out of your first vacation to our slice of paradise!

Our vacation rentals range from comfortable oceanfront villas to private luxury homes. Whether you’re a couple looking for a 1 bedroom villa, a large family searching for 5+ bedrooms, private pools, or pet-friendly rentals, there’s something for everyone.

Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, SC

Ready to explore the wonders of nature in South Carolina? Nestled in the charming and historic city of Charleston, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) stands as a celebration of the beauty and diversity of the region’s natural world. This annual event brings together nature enthusiasts, wildlife artists, and conservationists to showcase the rich tapestry of Southeastern wildlife. Join us on a virtual journey as we explore the magic of SEWE and the captivating experiences it offers.

DATE: Friday, February 16 – Sunday, February 18, 2024 

What Is It?

Wildlife and nature lovers can experience the largest wildlife and sporting event in the nation at the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE). This three-day annual event takes place on President’s Day weekend at five separate venues in Charleston – Charleston Place Fine Art Gallery, Gaillard Center, Marion Square, Charleston Marriott, and beautiful Brittlebank Park on the banks of the Ashley RIver. SEWE offers a true taste of the Lowcountry – fine art exhibits by wildlife painters and sculptors, conservation education programs, live demonstrations, and Lowcountry socials with oysters, bbq, and bluegrass to dust off your dancing boots!

SEWE is a family friendly event with unlimited entertainment for the kids! The Brittlebank Park venue has a “Kids Zone” with an exotic petting zoo, hands-on activities, fun games, educational programs, and pony and camel rides for the kids. The Marion Square venue has a smaller kids section with hands-on activities, Birds of Prey flight demonstrations, and presentations by the Dolphin Doctor. Accompanying adults do not need a ticket for Marion Square. For pet parents, please note that leashed and well-behaved dogs are welcome at all outdoor venues, but not on the SEWE shuttles. 

The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston is more than just an event; it’s a celebration of nature’s beauty and a call to action for conservation. Whether you’re an art aficionado, a wildlife enthusiast, or someone looking to connect with the great outdoors, SEWE offers a unique and immersive experience. So, mark your calendar for next February and embark on a journey to discover the treasures of the Southeastern wildlife in the heart of charming Charleston.

Why Charleston?

Charleston, with its cobblestone streets, antebellum architecture, and rich cultural heritage, provides a picturesque backdrop for SEWE. The event usually takes place in February, making it an ideal time to explore the city’s historic charm while immersing oneself in the wonders of nature.

What To Do?

  1. Wildlife Art: SEWE is renowned for its impressive display of wildlife art from talented artists across the country. From intricately detailed sculptures to vibrant paintings, the event transforms Charleston into a gallery showcasing the beauty of the Southeast’s diverse flora and fauna. Visitors can expect to encounter pieces that not only capture the essence of wildlife but also highlight the importance of conservation.
  2. Birds of Prey Demonstrations: One of the most thrilling aspects of SEWE is the Birds of Prey demonstrations. Expert falconers and handlers showcase the incredible skills of these majestic birds, offering an up-close and personal experience. Witnessing the agility and grace of raptors like eagles, hawks, and owls is an unforgettable experience that fosters a deeper appreciation for these magnificent creatures.
  3. DockDogs Competition: For a dose of excitement, SEWE features the DockDogs competition, where dogs showcase their jumping and retrieving skills in water. Enthusiastic canine athletes leap off docks into a large pool, demonstrating their athleticism and love for the water. It’s a family-friendly event that adds a playful element to the wildlife exposition.
  4. Conservation Education: SEWE is not just about entertainment; it also serves as an educational platform for wildlife conservation. Visitors can engage with experts and organizations dedicated to preserving the Southeast’s natural habitats. Workshops, lectures, and interactive exhibits provide valuable insights into the importance of protecting the region’s biodiversity.
  5. Outdoor Lifestyle Exhibits: Explore the outdoor lifestyle of the Southeast through exhibits featuring hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities. From gear demonstrations to discussions on sustainable practices, these exhibits offer a comprehensive look at the region’s outdoor traditions.

Tickets & Pricing

General Admission 

General Admission includes entry to all venues, live shows, and exhibits. 

Kids 10 and under: FREE!

Friday & Saturday: $40

Sunday: $35

Three-Day Ticket: $85

VIP Packages 

VIP Packages include entry to all venues, live shows, and exhibits, as well as exclusive perks and insider access to immersive experiences. A limited number of VIP packages are available ranging from $300 to $6,000. 

SEWE Special Events 

February 15 | 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM | Ian Munsick Live at the Gaillard Center 

February 16 | 10 AM – 12 PM | Intro to Archery at Johns Island County Park 

February 16 | 6 PM – 10 PM | South Carolina Waterfowl Association Sportsman’s Ball 

February 16 | 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM | Ducks Unlimited Oyster Roast & Lowcountry Cookout

February 17 | 10 AM – 2 PM | Birds of a Feather Ladies Brunch Benefit 

February 17 | 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM | Combing the Caw Caw Wilderness

February 17 | 2 PM – 4 PM | Cocktails & Conservation with Garden & Gun 

February 17 | South Carolina Waterfowl Association Duck Shuck Oyster Roast

February 17 | 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM | Lowcountry Social at Brittlebank Park

February 18 | 2 PM – 4 PM | Cocktails & Conservation with Garden & Gun 

Maps, Parking & Shuttles 

There are several public parking garages in downtown Charleston and a complimentary SEWE shuttle service between all SEWE venues. With the exception of the Charleston Marriott and Brittlebank Park venues, you can easily walk between exhibits and soak up the Lowcountry charm of Charleston. Visit the SEWE website for shuttle information. For transportation from Seabrook Island & Kiawah Island, Island Transportation offers black car service to special events in and around Charleston – simply book online!  

What To Do Christmas & NYE On Kiawah Island?

As winter descends upon the Lowcountry, a serene and enchanting atmosphere blankets the historic City of Charleston and its surrounding beach towns. Beyond the mild weather, sun-kissed beaches, and allure of winter golf and racquet sports, our local winter events and experiences define the true essence of a winter escape to the Lowcountry.

Planning a holiday to the beaches this winter season? Look no further! Kiawah Island is truly a magical & wonderful place to spend the holidays. In addition to the world-class golf, Kiawah also plays host to several truly unique and memorable events that make the holidays even that much more special. Check out some of our favorite holiday events and activities on Kiawah this winter season.

Local’s Tip: Please feel free to use and reference this tentative events calendar to help plan your trip to Kiawah Island!


November 10 to December 31, 2023 | 5:30 PM to 10 PM
James Island County Park, SC

Kick off the holiday season at the Annual Holiday Festival of Lights, a mesmerizing three-mile driving tour adorned with more than 2 million interactive lights, themed zones, holiday shopping, and festive activities for the whole family! This season-long Charleston festival captures the true holiday charm of the Lowcountry in every essence! 

After your driving tour, immerse yourself in the seasonal spirit with a self-guided stroll through a Winter Wonderland. Take a train trip through the light displays on the Festival Express, ride the holiday carousel, schedule a visit with Santa Claus, take selfies at the holiday sand sculptures, and holiday shop to your hearts delight! In addition, the festival features a special events calendar with music performances, storytelling with Mrs Claus, reindeer workshops, and sunset dragon boat tours through the light displays. 

Nightly Activities | 6 PM – 10 PM
Santa Photo Package: Starting at $13.99
The Festival Express: $4 per person
Carousel Rides: $2 per person
Mingle with Kringle: $75 per family
Climbing Wall: $3 for two climbs
Dragon Boat Tour: $30 per person 

Festival Admission & Tickets

Admission prices vary based on the night, book in advance for the best deal. Pricing starts at $15 off-peak for a standard vehicle, $50 for a vehicle with 16-30 guests, and $150 for a larger vehicle with 31+ guests. 


December 24th and 25th, 2023
Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Get ready to eat, drink, and be merry in style at Kiawah Island Golf Resort this Christmas! Whether you’re planning to celebrate on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, you’ll find Lowcountry holiday favorites being served in style! Savor the rich traditions of the Feast of the Seven Fishes at Tomasso at Turtle Point, feast on fresh seafood in the Atlantic Room at The Ocean Course, or experience elegance overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in The Ocean Room at The Sanctuary. The options are endless, but reservations are required!  


New Year’s Eve Family Celebration at Night Heron Park | 5:30 PM – 9 PM
Come celebrate New Year’s on Kiawah Island! The festivities kick off with the New Year’s Eve Family Celebration at Night Heron Park. This fabulous family event features live entertainment, kids activities, a delectable spread of roasted oysters and BBQ chicken, and festive fireworks to ring in the New Year.   

New Year’s Eve Dinners | 5:30 PM – 9 PM
For a more refined dining experience, reserve a table at one of Kiawah Island’s renowned restaurants to savor Lowcountry cuisine amidst an elegant ambiance. After dinner, head to The Sanctuary Lobby Bar, where the Andrew Thielen Big Band will have you dancing your way into 2024! 

Local’s Tip: Reservations are required! Make sure to make plans ahead of time.

List Of Restaurants
Jasmine Porch, The Ocean Room, The Lobby Bar: (877) 683-1234
The Atlantic Room on The Ocean Course: (843) 266-4085
Tomasso at Turtle Point: (843) 266-4070
Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House: (843) 266-4636
The Players’ Pub at Cougar Point: (843) 768-2771 

New Year’s Day Polar Plunge | 11:45 AM to 12:45 PM
Ring in 2024 with a New Year’s Day Dip in the Atlantic Ocean! Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Annual Polar Bear Plunge takes place on the beach in front of The Sanctuary. Expect water temperatures around 600F, not too icy! The event is free. Participants must bring their own towels. 

New Year’s Day Breakfast & Brunch | 12 PM to 3 PM
Chilly ocean dips not your thing? The Jasmine Porch at The Sanctuary is open for breakfast (6:30 AM – 11 AM) and brunch (12 PM – 3 PM) on New Year’s Day. Indulge in an extensive array of Lowcountry breakfast traditions including savory classics, sweet indulgences, and signature cocktails served with true Southern hospitality. Reservations required.

Experience the Lowcountry events in Charleston by day, and the charm of a coastal vacation rental to call home when you stay with Kiawah/Seabrook Exclusives. Browse our exclusive collection of Seabrook Island rentals online or call our team at (843) 768-0808 to customize your vacation experience.

Kiawah Island Winter Event Calendar 23/24

Escape the crowds and discover the hidden gem of Kiawah Island this winter! Winter on Kiawah Island welcomes you with sunny coastal weather, wild beautiful beaches and fairways with fewer crowds, endless outdoor adventures at Night Heron Park, fresh succulent seafood, and seasonal events to experience the true charm of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Unlock the hidden gems of Kiawah Island’s winter as we dive into a line-up of captivating Lowcountry events that will make your season truly unforgettable – and snowbird rentals that’ll have you soaking up the sun in no time!


Every Friday & Saturday | 1 PM to 5 PM
Kiawah Spirits, Freshfields Village

For the 21+, Kiawah Spirits in Freshfields Village offers complimentary spirit tastings every Friday & Saturday from 1 PM to 5 PM, while supplies last! Kiawah Spirits feature the top 200 spirit brands in the US including over 100 single malt scotches, over 110 small batch bourbons and ryes, and spirits from the top Charleston distilleries.


Select Nights from November 16th through December 30th, 2023 | 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM
South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston

Aquarium Aglow, an enchanting holiday light extravaganza hosted at the South Carolina Aquarium is a must-visit during your winter vacation on Kiawah Island. The brilliance of tens of thousands of holiday lights transforms the aquarium into a true winter wonderland with Scuba Claus greeting guests from the Great Ocean Tank, live holiday entertainment, and a variety of food and refreshments (including alcoholic beverages) available for purchase. An elevated aquarium experience. only a short drive from Kiawah Island.   


December 5, 12, 29, 2023 | 5 PM to 9 PM
FortyEight Wine Bar & Kitchen, Freshfields Village

Starting on September 19th through December 19th, the FortyEight Wine Bar & Kitchen in Freshfields Village will be hosting Dining For A Cause, every Tuesday evening. Guests can make a reservation on Resy for dinner between 5 PM and 9 PM and 50% of all dinner revenue will be donated to a local charity in the greater Charleston area. Click HERE for a list of local charities.


December 9, 2023
West Beach Conference Center

Imagine running along the pristine Atlantic coastline, through lush maritime forests, and past scenic marshlands while being surrounded by the soothing sounds of ocean waves. This dream becomes a reality for runners participating in the Kiawah Island Marathon and Half-Marathon, held annually on Kiawah Island in December. The event starts and finishes at the West Beach Conference Center in West Beach Village. Here are some helpful links to the Half Marathon Race Route and Full Marathon Race Route. 


December 9 & December 16, 2024 | 6 PM
Freshfields Village Green

Pack up a picnic (or order to go from Freshfields Village!), bring along your chairs, blankets, and winter warmers, and enjoy a free holiday edition of the Starlight Cinema on the Village Green. Saturday, December 9th features The Polar Express, a magical adventure about bravery, friendship, and the spirit of Christmas. Saturday, December 16th features The Santa Claus, a hilarious and heartwarming holiday movie for the whole family. Join us for a spectacular kick-off to the holiday season on Kiawah Island


3rd Saturday of Every Month
Freshfields Village Green

Kiawah Island’s free Cars & Coffee event at Freshfields Village takes place on the 3rd Saturday of every month from 9 AM to 11 AM. Car enthusiasts of all ages arrive in style to show off their rides and mingle together admiring some of the coolest cars in the country including classics, supercars, antiques, and top-tier collectibles! King Bean coffee and breakfast are available for purchase at Java Java on the Village Green.

December 16, 2023
January 20, 2024
February 17, 2023
March 16, 2024


November 10 to December 31, 2023 | 5:30 PM to 10 PM
James Island County Park, SC

Experience the enchantment of the holiday season at the Holiday Festival of Lights in nearby Charleston. Take a driving tour through James Island County Park adorned with millions of mesmerizing lights, visit Santa’s Village with festive train rides, an old-fashioned carousel, an enchanted walking trail, marshmallow roasting pits, and festive food stands, or plan your visit for the grand finale fireworks on New Year’s Eve.  


December 24th and 25th, 2023
Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Get ready to eat, drink, and be merry in style at Kiawah Island Golf Resort this Christmas! Whether you’re planning to celebrate on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, you’ll find Lowcountry holiday favorites being served in style! Savor the rich traditions of the Feast of the Seven Fishes at Tomasso at Turtle Point, feast on fresh seafood in the Atlantic Room at The Ocean Course, or experience elegance overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in The Ocean Room at The Sanctuary. The options are endless, but reservations are required!  


New Year’s Eve Family Celebration at Night Heron Park | 5:30 PM – 9 PM
Come celebrate New Year’s on Kiawah Island! The festivities kick off with the New Year’s Eve Family Celebration at Night Heron Park. This fabulous family event features live entertainment, kids activities, a delectable spread of roasted oysters and BBQ chicken, and festive fireworks to ring in the New Year.   

New Year’s Eve Dinners | 5:30 PM – 9 PM
For a more refined dining experience, reserve a table at one of Kiawah Island’s renowned restaurants to savor Lowcountry cuisine amidst an elegant ambiance. After dinner, head to The Sanctuary Lobby Bar, where the Andrew Thielen Big Band will have you dancing your way into 2024! 

Reservations Required!

Jasmine Porch, The Ocean Room, The Lobby Bar: (877) 683-1234
The Atlantic Room on The Ocean Course: (843) 266-4085
Tomasso at Turtle Point: (843) 266-4070
Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House: (843) 266-4636
The Players’ Pub at Cougar Point: (843) 768-2771 

New Year’s Day Polar Plunge | 11:45 AM to 12:45 PM
Ring in 2024 with a New Year’s Day Dip in the Atlantic Ocean! Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Annual Polar Bear Plunge takes place on the beach in front of The Sanctuary. Expect water temperatures around 600F, not too icy! The event is free. Participants must bring their own towels. 

New Year’s Day Breakfast & Brunch | 12 PM to 3 PM
Chilly ocean dips not your thing? The Jasmine Porch at The Sanctuary is open for breakfast (6:30 AM – 11 AM) and brunch (12 PM – 3 PM) on New Year’s Day. Indulge in an extensive array of Lowcountry breakfast traditions including savory classics, sweet indulgences, and signature cocktails served with true Southern hospitality. Reservations required.


February 4, 2024
Boone Hall Plantation, 1235 Long Point Rd, Mt Pleasant

Winter brings the oyster harvesting season to the Lowcountry, along with the world’s largest oyster festival, the Lowcountry Oyster Festival at Boone Hall. This must-do Charleston winter festival features fun family-friendly activities, oyster shucking and oyster eating contests, live local music, and a true taste of quintessential Lowcountry traditions. Tickets go on sale this fall. 



January – March, 2024
Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina

Coastal charm meets culinary delights at Oysters on the Point, an annual event at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina. This popular once-a-month winter series takes place on the beach with views of the Charleston waterfront, buckets of steamed oysters, beers and cocktails, and beach bonfires and s’mores to end the evening. 2024 Event Schedule coming soon! 



January 11 – January 21, 2024
Charleston, SC

The next Charleston Restaurant Week is from January 11-21, 2024. As one of the highly anticipated culinary events in Charleston, this eleven-day celebration highlights Charleston’s best restaurants and the world-renowned cuisine of the Lowcountry. With local transportation options available, you can seamlessly transition from savoring the city’s flavors to basking in the natural beauty of Kiawah Island.


February, 2024 (TBA)
The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

There’s no need to travel to Charleston for Lowcountry culinary events! Gourmet & Grapes is a four-day culinary experience at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort that couples local and international culinary talent with award-winning wineries to raise money for cancer research at Hollings Cancer Center. Highlights include a BBQ and bourbon mashup at Mingo Point, signature dining experiences at The Sanctuary, an exclusive Wine Odyssey Gala in the ballroom, beach bike rides, bubbles, and brunches with sweeping views of the Atlantic. 2024 dates to be announced soon!


Escape the ordinary and create special memories on Kiawah Island, where the perfect blend of nature, luxury, and romance awaits! Kiawah’s world-class restaurants will enchant you with their Valentine’s themed menus, whisper sweet nothings amidst the swaying palmettos, hold hands along the shoreline, and let Kiawah Island be the backdrop of your love story! Your winter vacation on Kiawah Island begins here! Kiawah Exclusives offers a collection of 100+ of the finest vacation rentals on Kiawah Island, monthly rentals for a longer stay, and a local team to help plan your winter beach getaway!


Top 6 Differences Between Kiawah & Seabrook Islands

Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island are neighboring barrier islands off the eastern coast of South Carolina. Both islands feature secluded communities with miles of pristine beaches, maritime forests, sand dunes, and marshes! Although both have the same laid-back island vibe, convenient resort amenities, and luxury vacation rentals, Kiawah and Seabrook each offer their own differences.

Read on to learn more about the differences between Kiawah and Seabrook Island, including their different locations, island sizes, athletic facilities, beach activities, vacation rentals, and more!

#1 Location

Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island are both secluded barrier islands, conveniently located just 25 miles from Charleston, SC. Upon arrival at the islands, you will approach a roundabout on Kiawah Island Parkway– this is the only way on and off the islands, so it’s impossible to miss!Take the first exit to head toward the Seabrook Island entrance, the second exit to visit Freshfields Village, and the third exit to travel toward Kiawah Island. Kiawah and Seabrook Island are located only about 8 miles apart, or a 20-minute drive, separated by the roundabout with an open-air shopping center inbetween.

#2 Size

Kiawah Island is the much larger of the two islands, offering 11 miles of preserved land while Seabrook Island encompasses 7 miles. Seabrook is a much smaller gated community but remains Charleston, South Carolina’s only truly private oceanfront community with resort access. Kiawah, on the other hand, is a much larger community where you can enjoy Lowcountry island-living on a larger scale.

#3 Atmosphere

Due to Kiawah Island’s larger size and world-renowned Ocean Course, it is the more action-packed, busier, upscale option of the two islands. Seabrook Island, however, is more quiet and family-friendly with less hustle & bustle and more laid-back residential communities.

#4 Shopping & Dining

Kiawah and Seabrook Island are both centrally located near Freshfields Village, which features over 30 boutique shops, numerous delicious restaurants, relaxing spas, exciting activities, holiday festivals, and more! The two islands also feature their own shops and restaurants, though.On Kiawah Island, you can find chic boutiques at the Kiawah Island Resort, as well as numerous fine dining restaurants with stunning views and delectable cuisine. Over on the Seabrook Island side but just before the entry gates, you can find the Bohicket Marina & Market full of gift shops, local restaurants, and waterfront views.

#5 On-Island Facilities & Activities

Kiawah and Seabrook are both home to numerous world-class athletic facilities, but each have their own special attractions. Kiawah is home to 5 award-winning golf courses, including the famed Ocean Course designed by Pete Dye, 30 miles of paved biking trails, 10 miles of stunning beachfront for swimming, surfing, paddling, fishing, and more, as well as the Roy Barth Tennis Center.

Seabrook features two championship Audubon-certified golf courses including the Crooked Oaks and the Ocean Winds Courses, a tournament-level racquet club, an Equestrian Center offering horseback riding on the beach, pristine beaches for swimming, surfing, paddling, fishing, and more, as well as an Island Club fitness center.

#6 Vacation Rentals

Kiawah Exclusives offers 100+ of the finest vacation rentals on Kiawah Island, including oceanfront villas, secluded cottages, and luxurious private homes. Whether you prefer a private pool, expansive outdoor living spaces, community amenities, or beach access, we provide exclusive vacation rentals with unique characteristics to suit your needs.

Seabrook Exclusives features 80+ of Seabrook Island’s finest vacation rentals with waterfront villas, oceanfront private homes, and golf course cottages. We have something for everyone with private pools, community amenities, golf course views, and convenient beach access. Plus, almost all of our rentals on Seabrook Island include complimentary Seabrook Island Club amenity cards, providing you with access to two oceanfront community pools, the tennis center, athletic facility, and on-island dining!

Stay On One of South Carolina’s Secluded Barrier Islands

Whether you prefer the action-packed lifestyle on Kiawah Island or the laid-back Lowcountry vibe on Seabrook Island, there’s a perfect vacation rental for everyone when you book with Kiawah or Seabrook Exclusives. We offer 180+ of the finest vacation rentals across the Islands with exceptional guest services and amenities.

Where To Play Pickleball On Kiawah Island?

Kiawah Island stands as a captivating destination renowned for its natural beauty, world-class amenities, and a wealth of outdoor activities. An enchanting blend of relaxation and recreation in the heart of the Lowcountry’s natural splendor! 

Among the plethora of recreational options on Kiawah Island, pickleball has emerged as a favorite amongst residents and visitors alike. Dating back to backyard boredom in the mid-1960s, Pickleball combines the essence of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong into a fun, fast, spirited sport suitable for all ages and skill levels, from millennials to the golden age! 

Whether you’re obsessed with pickleball or just dinking your paddle into the excitement of America’s fastest growing sport, we’ve got the latest scoop on where to play pickleball on Kiawah Island.

Local’s Favorite Pickleball Courts:

Roy Barth Tennis Center

1 Sanctuary Beach Drive, Kiawah Island

Phone: (843) 768-2838

There isn’t a more scenic setting for pickleball than the acclaimed Roy Barth Tennis Center, nestled near the world-renowned Sanctuary Hotel in East Beach Village. The center offers 22 tennis courts, including 10 new Har-Tru clay courts, and four pickleball courts bordered by towering palmettos and covered patios. Due to a growing demand for pickleball on Kiawah Island, six new dedicated lighted pickleball courts are under construction, set to further enhance your pickleball play.

From Monday through Saturday, the weekly pickleball schedule at the Roy Barth Tennis Center is brimming with diverse opportunities for pickleball enthusiasts of all levels. Engage in daily open sessions that foster social connections and friendly competition, immerse yourself in skill-enhancing group clinics, or enjoy engaging round-robin events. For younger players, junior camps provide an excellent opportunity to cultivate their pickleball prowess in a positive environment.

Pro Shop Hours

Open Year-Round 8 AM to 5 PM

Weekly Pickleball Schedule 

9 AM – 11 AM Social Open Play: All Levels – Cost $20 
10 AM – 4 PM Private Lessons
4 PM – 5 PM Group Clinics: Dinks & Drops – Cost $37
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Round Robins: Advanced 3.5+ Levels – Cost $20

9 AM – 10 AM Beginner (101) – Cost $37
10 AM – 11 AM Private Lessons
11 AM – 1 PM Social Open Play: All Levels – Cost $20
1 PM – 3 PM Private Lessons

9 AM – 11 AM Social Open Play: All Levels – Cost $20
11 AM – 3 PM Private Lessons

9 AM – 10 AM Beginner (101) – Cost $37
10 AM – 11 AM Private Lessons
11 AM – 1 PM Social Open Play: All Levels – Cost $20
1 PM – 3 PM Private Lessons

8 AM – 9 AM Group Clinics: Groundstrokes/Drives – Cost $37
9 AM – 11 AM Social Open Play: All Levels $20
11 AM – 4 PM Private Lessons

8 AM – 9 AM Group Clinics: Volleys – Cost $37
9 AM – 11 AM Social Open Play: All Levels – Cost $20
11 AM – 1 PM Private Lessons

Reservations, Fees & Rentals

Pickleball court fees are $40 for guests and paddle rentals are available at the Pro Shop. Court time, clinics, drill sessions and round robins must be reserved in advance and cancellation is required 24 hours prior to reservation. Any reservations canceled on the same day will be charged in full. Call the Pro Shop at (843) 768-2838 for reservations. 

Alan Fleming Tennis Complex

Johns Island Park, Bozo Lane, Johns Island 

Phone: (843) 724-7311

Situated just a short drive from Kiawah Island, the Alan Fleming Tennis Complex at Johns Island Park features 6 hard outdoor courts to play tennis and pickleball for FREE! The courts are lighted for night play with top-notch playing surfaces, permanent lines, and portable nets for pickleball play. Just remember to bring your own paddles! 

Beyond the realm of pickleball, the Alan Fleming Tennis Complex also features a large recreation area with baseball and softball fields, volleyball courts, a 9-hole disc golf course, a children’s playground, and picnic tables by a small fishing pond.

Plan your Pickleball Getaway with Kiawah Exclusives

Seize the moment and start planning a pickleball getaway to Kiawah Island with Kiawah Exclusives. With our handpicked selection of 100+ coastal homes, condos, and villas all within a beach stroll or bike ride from the courts, you can customize your pickleball experience to perfection! 

Questions? Call our team of vacation planners at (843) 768-0273 today!

Top 12 Spots Participating In Charleston Restaurant Week

Charleston Restaurant Week is one of the most highly anticipated culinary events in South Carolina, with the opportunity to experience the Lowcountry’s world-renowned cuisine for yourself! Located just 25 miles from Kiawah Island, it’s the perfect spot to top off your bucket list vacation with delicious food, scrumptious cocktails, and classic Southern charm.

Hop in the car and drive into town for the best dishes Charleston has to offer! Including Lowcountry favorites such as She Crab Soup, Shrimp & Grits, Lowcountry Gumbo, Fresh Oysters, Hushpuppies, and so much more. You won’t want to miss these exclusive deals and dishes this year at Charleston Restaurant Week!

Location: Please visit restaurantweekcharleston.com for the full list of participating restaurants.

Date: September 7-17, 2023

Time: Hours vary per restaurant. Please visit restaurantweekcharleston.com for hours, reservations, and take out options.

Featured Restaurants Participating in Charleston Restaurant Week 2023:

1. 82 Queen

A uniquely Charleston dining experience with a focus on fresh, local cuisine and gracious hospitality. 82 Queen’s original menu featured dishes influenced by the African, French, Caribbean and Anglo-Saxon tastes.

2. Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar

Located in the heart of Charleston’s historic district, Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar is among the best seafood restaurants in the Holy City. Offering the infamous raw bar, classic Lowcountry favorites, and fascinating history!

3. Coastal Provisions

Coastal Provisions, Isle of Palms’ signature restaurant and bar, was inspired by Charleston’s rich sailing history. The crave-worthy menu is based around locally sourced seafood, meat, seasonal vegetables, and craft cocktails.

4. Delaney Oyster House

Delaney Oyster House is a seafood-focused restaurant and raw bar located in the heart of Charleston’s downtown peninsula. Revitalizing the Lowcountry’s place in the history of America’s traditional oyster houses with premium seafood and oysters, and located within a quintessential historic Charleston home celebrating the charm and hospitality of the Holy City.

5. Hyman’s Seafood

Named #6 on the list of 150 Most Legendary Restaurants in the World & Their Iconic Dishes! Hyman’s Seafood is a Charleston landmark, staying at the same location for over 121 years with a number one goal of customer satisfaction.

6. Grace & Grit

Local, family-run restaurant with a passion for food, home, community, and southern hospitality. Grace & Grit focuses on fresh, local seafood and produce, creative & flavorful southern food, as well as a full bar highlighted by an extensively curated bourbon program.

7. Park & Grove

Park & Grove is a much-loved neighborhood gem using fresh ingredients that reflect the abundance from local fields, farms, and waters. The culinary team blends classic and inventive approaches for an unforgettable New American experience. Experience joyful nourishment for bodies, hearts and souls.

8. Iron Rose

Iron Rose brings clean, elevated Southern Coastal fare to Charleston’s historic French Quarter. Locals and travelers alike enjoy contemporary Southern dishes with local ingredients, well-crafted cocktails and shareable plates. Iron Rose is a hidden gem with stunning outdoor courtyard dining and seating indoors in the elegant dining room.

9. High Cotton

From conversation and laughter in the bar to the stylish dining rooms of heart pine floors and antique brick, you’ll experience true Charleston hospitality. Enjoy crafted cocktails and exquisite Lowcountry fare.

10. Kingstide

Boasting a pristine setting along the Wando River’s meandering waterways, the beautifully appointed two-story dining space features an abundance of windows that maximize natural light and picturesque views. The menu offers a variety of seafood dishes thoughtfully presented in both raw and wood-fired preparations, inspired by the beautifully simple flavors of the sea.

11. Revival

Revival offers a modern, yet relaxed dining experience centered around Charleston’s rich culinary history reinterpreted through a 21st-century lens. Drawing inspiration from the various cultural influences that have contributed to Charleston’s vibrant dining scene, Revival leans on diverse ingredients from South Carolina’s past to create a contemporary take on Lowcountry and Southern cuisine.

12. Little Palm

A breezy poolside cafe and cocktail bar with a lively, spirited environment offering fresh, vibrant cocktails and seasonal, ingredient-driven dishes. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night drinks, embrace the coastal experience at Little Palm!

Stay Near the Lowcountry’s Top Attractions

Make the most out of your Kiawah Island vacation by staying near Charleston, the Lowcountry’s central hub of activities– including Charleston Restaurant Week! Kiawah Exclusives offers an exclusive collection of villas, cottages and private vacation homes only 25 miles from the historic city of Charleston.

Top 10 Places To Work Remotely On Kiawah

Experience the freedom and flexibility of remote work while immersed in the lap of luxury on Kiawah Island, an enchanting barrier island nestled along the South Carolina coastline. On Kiawah Island, you can happily bid farewell to the confines of a traditional office and embrace a world where your workspace boasts breathtaking views and knows no bounds! 

Balance your workday exploring the island’s unique natural landscapes abounding in scenic trails for bike rides, waterways and marshlands teeming with dolphins and wildlife, and miles of breathtaking beaches beckoning you to relax and unwind. Beyond the natural beauty, Kiawah Island is home to world-class resort amenities to indulge in championship golf, tennis and pickleball playoffs, sparkling pools, rejuvenating spas, and delectable Lowcountry cuisine, without having to cook. Working from paradise is possible on Kiawah Island

Here are our favorite “remote workspaces” to combine work and play for a working vacation in paradise on Kiawah Island. 

1. Poolside!

At Kiawah Exclusives, we’ve curated a collection of coastal vacation rentals that set the tone for the ultimate balance of work and play. Whether your vacay work vibe calls for a luxury oceanfront villa, an elegant home on the golf course, or a cozy family cottage nestled in the live oaks near the kids’ activities at Night Heron Park, you’ll find it HERE on Kiawah Island! 

Browse our Kiawah Island Rentals by Neighborhood: 
East Beach Village
West Beach Village
Vanderhorst Plantation

2. Coworking at Kiawah Island’s World-Famous Golf Courses

Kiawah Island is renowned for its world-class golf courses, designed by the world’s best golf architects and hosting some of the most prestigious golfing events in the nation. Whether you’re networking or closing a deal while walking the fairways, ending a round of play with a refreshing 19th-hole cocktail and client call, or seeking a quiet shaded verandah with ocean views to tick off your to-do list, coworking at Kiawah Island’s world-famous golf courses offers the ultimate mix of work and pleasure.   

The Ocean Course 

Location: 1000 Ocean Course Dr, Kiawah Island 
Phone: (843) 768-2121
Clubhouse Hours: Daily 7 AM to 7:30 PM
Ryder Cup Bar Hours: Daily 11 AM to 9 PM

Osprey Point Golf Course 

Location: 700 Governors Dr, Kiawah Island 
Phone: (843) 266-4640
Clubhouse Hours: Daily 7 AM to 6 PM 
Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House Hours: Daily 11:30 AM to 9 PM

Turtle Point Clubhouse

Location: 1 Turtle Point Lane, Kiawah Island
Phone: (843) 266-4050
Clubhouse Hours: Daily 7 AM to 5:30 PM
Tomasso at Turtle Point Hours: Daily 11:30 AM to 9 PM

Cougar Point Clubhouse 

Location: 12 Kiawah Beach Dr, Kiawah Island 
Phone: (800) 576-1570
Clubhouse Hours: Daily 7 AM to 5:30 PM
The Players’ Pub Hours: Daily 11:30 AM to 9 PM


Location: 1 Sanctuary Beach Drive
Phone: (800) 654-2924
Hours: Daily 6:30 AM to 9 PM

Nestled oceanfront in the heart of East Beach Village, The Sanctuary Hotel offers a serene setting to work remotely. If you’re an early riser, the tranquil terrace at the Jasmine Porch opens at 6:30 AM to get a productive head start on your day with a buffet breakfast or the best shrimp and grits on the island!

4. The Nest Market | Cafe

Location: Kiawah Island Parkway, Kiawah Island 
Phone: (843) 768-2775
Hours: Daily 7 AM to 9 PM

The Nest Market & Cafe in Night Heron Park is a popular remote workspace on Kiawah Island for locals and visiting guests. There’s limited seating inside but the expansive Lowcountry porch shaded by towering ancient live Oaks is perfect for ultimate productivity. Traveling with kids? There is no need to arrange a nanny on Kiawah Island! Night Heron Park is packed full of kid-friendly amenities and activities for little tots and teens with summer kids camps for ages 3 through 15 years, giving you free time to put in some productive hours while the kids discover, learn, and play outdoors.

5. Night Heron Grill & Bar

Location: Kiawah Island Parkway, Kiawah Island 
Phone: (843) 768-2802
Seasonal Hours: Daily 11 AM to 8 PM

Prefer a casual poolside perch to work remotely? The Night Heron Grill & Bar is open in high season for you to work poolside with a tropical drink, while the kids play safely in the lifeguarded pools. Pack your noise-canceling headphones and glare screen for a poolside session or find a shaded table on the patio for a more productive setup. 

6. The Station Deli

Location: Freshfields Village, 225 Freshfields Drive
Phone: (843) 768-4567
Monday – Friday: 6:30 AM to 9 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 6:30 AM to 8 PM
Deli Hours: 
Open Daily 6:30 AM to 3 PM
View Deli Menu HERE
Pet-Friendly Patio

If you’re keen to tick off your task list with the best breakfast on the island, get to The Station Deli early and snag a high-top table indoors or out on the patio! Situated at the entrance to Freshfields Village, and on the bike path from Kiawah Island for an early morning pedal, The Station Deli also offers awesome grab-and-go options if you’d prefer to pedal back to your quiet remote home office with a view!

7. The Village Market by Harris Teeter

Location: Freshfields Village, 515 Freshfields Dr
Phone: (843) 243-3276
Hours: Daily 6 AM to 11 PM
Pet-Friendly Patio

Need a Starbucks fix to start your day? Pedal past The Station Deli to The Village Market by Harris Teeter situated in the heart of Freshfields Village. Overlooking the Village Green, the square between Village Market & FortyEight Wine Bar has high-top tables and patio heaters to sip your Starbucks and set up your laptop while the family stocks up on vacation supplies.

8. Java Java

Location: Freshfields Village, 375 Gardners Circle
Phone: (843) 243-0222
Hours: Daily 7 AM to 3 PM
Pet-Friendly Patio

Java Java is the local hub of Freshfields Village – an independently owned coffee shop serving breakfast, lunch, and award-winning King Bean coffees from Charleston! There’s limited seating indoors and a sunny, spacious patio to balance work with leisure. While it’s not conducive to quiet client calls, it’s an excellent option for a few hours of remote work outside away from home.  

9. Salty Dog Café

Location: Bohicket Marina Market, 1882 Andell Bluff Blvd, Johns Island, SC
Phone: (843) 952-7335
Hours: Daily 11 AM to 10 PM
Happy Hour: Daily 4 PM to 7 PM

Networking opportunities abound at the iconic Salty Dog Café at Bohicket Marina. This vibey waterfront spot has an open-air rooftop deck, a huge indoor dining area, a waterfront patio, and lawn seating with fire pits, all buzzing with freelancers, digital nomads, influencers, and professionals taking a break to live the laid-back Lowcountry lifestyle. 

10. Post & Computer Center

Location: Freshfields Village, 130 Gardners Circle 
Phone: (843) 768-2626
Monday to Friday 9 AM to 6 PM 
Saturday 9 AM to 3 PM 
Closed on Sunday

Known locally as “The Freshfields Post Office”, the Post & Computer Center at Freshfields Village offers all the services of a US Post Office including, full-service packaging and shipping by FedEx and UPS, printing services, sales of computers and electronic accessories, and IT services and computer support for both PC and MAC. Call or email their computer guys for technical support – they’ll even come to your Kiawah Exclusives vacation rental if needed!

Computer Support | Monday – Friday 10 AM to 5 PM 

Chad Droze
Phone: (843) 530-39989 
Email: chad@compu-exerts.com 

Mark Watson 
Phone: (843) 810-1621
Email: mark@compu-experts.com

Questions about Kiawah Island? Browse our exclusive collection of Kiawah Island vacation rentals, explore the best of Kiawah Island in our Exclusives Guide, get travel tips from our Vacation Blog, or call our team of expert vacation planners at (843) 768-0273 to customize your stay. 


Wherever you choose to stay on Kiawah Island, you’re likely to find a kayaking spot a short walk or drive away. Our exclusive collection of 110+ vacation rentals include luxury homes near the ponds in Vanderhorst, private cottages on the Kiawah River, and lagoon front villas where you can have water access without leaving your home.