Hero banner image

Monthly Vacation Guide – February 2024

Pack your bags and escape to Kiawah Island, where each month brings new opportunities to create once-in-a-lifetime memories! No matter the month, Kiawah Island offers diverse array of activities. Whether you’re seeking a romantic retreat, a family adventure, or a peaceful getaway, this monthly vacation guide ensures that you’ll find the perfect experience while visiting our little slice of paradise.

Whether you’re a sports enthusiast, a foodie, or someone who simply appreciates the beauty of coastal living, Kiawah Island’s diverse events, activities, dining options, and places to stay cater to every interest. Read on to learn more about our monthly picks for Kiawah Island.

KIAWAH ISLAND MONTHLY VACATION GUIDE


EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

  1. Art Walk – Join us on February 16th from 4-7 P.M. for the annual Art Walk where you are invited to watch live art demonstrations and view works from local and visiting artists in participating retail shops. Plus, enjoy live music as your stroll through Freshfields Village.
  2. Oysters on the Point – Annual event at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina with waterfront views, steamed oysters, and drinks through February and March. Visit their Facebook page for upcoming dates!
  3. Bike the Beach –  Explore the white sandy beaches of Kiawah Island by bike with Surfscooter Bike Rentals. Kiawah Exclusives guests get 5% off bike rentals with the code “Exclusives” at checkout!
DINING GUIDE

  1. Hege’s Restaurant – For classic French cuisine in a casual, inviting atmosphere, visit Hege’s Restaurant in Freshfields Village. The menu features fresh, seasonal, and local products.
  2. Java Java – Java Java is an independent coffee shop and cafe in the village. Offering an assortment of breakfast and lunch items, as well as coffee provided by Charleston’s own King Bean!
  3. Cantina 76 – Mexican-inspired taqueria in Freshfields with a simple yet diverse menu of fresh Mexican-inspired fare. Cantina 76 specializes in award-winning à la carte tacos and signature margaritas in a casual atmosphere.
FEAtured Properties

  1. 105 Inlet Cove – 105 Inlet Cove is a hidden gem of Inlet Cove Cottages with 3 spacious bedrooms, a community pool, dock, and a secluded walkway to the beach.
  2. 15 Ocean Green – 3 bedroom private home overlooking the Turtle Point Golf Course, offering an outdoor deck, a community pool, and easy access to the beach.
  3. 192 Ryder Cup – Luxurious private home with a private pool, 4 bedrooms, lagoon views, and easy access to the beach.

FIND YOUR NEXT ESCAPE ON KIAWAH ISLAND


Whether you’re interested in community events or activities, golfing or fine dining, you’ll find a luxury escape with Kiawah Exclusives

We pride ourselves on offering an exclusive collection of the finest vacation rentals on Kiawah Island including coastal cottages, vacation villas, and private pool homes in West Beach Village, East Beach Village, and through the second gates in the seclusion of Vanderhorst Plantation. 

Our team has been locally operated for 44 years! We know the unique characteristics of each home in our hand-picked portfolio right down to views for the perfect painting, and the local Lowcountry artwork and crafts within the home. Browse and book online or call our team today at (843) 768-0273 to help you plan your vacation to Kiawah Island.

Where To Kayak On Kiawah Island?

Kick off the summer season enjoying the outdoors and kayaking around Kiawah Island! Kiawah Island encompasses 10,000 acres of diverse and untouched landscapes nestled between the Atlantic coastline and the wild Kiawah River, with miles of interwoven interior waterways winding through the unique ecosystems found on the island. The perfect playground for wild and scenic Lowcountry watersports and paddle adventures. 

It’s true, Kiawah Island has beautiful beaches, world-class golf courses, miles of nature and bike trails for birdwatching and wildlife viewing, and observation towers with panoramic views over the island. But some of the most scenic spots on Kiawah are accessible only on a coastal expedition of our local waterways. So, the very best way to get a different view and see everything from a new perspective is to get out on the water on a kayak or stand-up paddleboard.

Whether you’re planning a solitary SUP paddle at sunset or searching for a local kayak or SUP tour with a naturalist guide to lead the way, here’s our guide to kayak & SUP tour and rental options on Kiawah Island. 

Kiawah Island Kayak & SUP Tours & Rental Options 


On Kiawah Island, you’re kayaking with the tides so understanding how the tides will affect your trip is essential. With as much as a three-foot difference in water levels, the ebb and flow of the tides on Kiawah Island can be tricky – one of the reasons we suggest taking a tour with a local guide! Other bonuses – Kiawah’s local naturalist guides are passionate professionals with an intimate knowledge of the history, wildlife, and diverse ecosystems of the South Carolina sea islands to top off your sightseeing with epic stories!




1. Heron Park Nature Center

Launch Point: Mingo Point
Phone: (843) 768-6001

Heron Park Nature Center is the heart of Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s nature program with activities and experiences for every age and adventure level. Nature Program paddling tours launch on the scenic Kiawah River from Mingo Point in West Beach. Tour options include single and tandem marsh kayaking, family favorites like the Pluff Mud Paddle and Tidal Trip and Dip, teen kayaking adventures, or a romantic tandem adult twilight paddle into the sunset. For solo adventures, gear rentals are available by reservation for single kayaks, double kayaks, and marsh and ocean stand-up paddleboards. Of course, you’ll want to end your Kiawah River paddle at a famous Mingo Point Oyster Roast on the river banks with a classic Lowcountry feast of note, live music, family fun, and one of the best sunset views on Kiawah Island.


2. Tidal Trails

Launch Point: Kiawah River Bridge
Phone: (843) 768-5680

Let the experienced guides at Tidal Trails take you on a “nature walk on water” around Kiawah Island by kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Guided tours include 2-hour scenic kayak safaris through the saltwater creeks, a fun, low-tide Pluff Mud Paddle and Plunge for the kids, SUP tours including lessons, personalizedpaddle experiences, or boat cruises perfect for sunsets and cocktails. Experience is required for rentals with half-day or weekly rental options for single and double kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and surf kayaks for Atlantic Ocean playtime!


3. Water Dog Paddle Co.

Launch Point: Kiawah River Bridge
Phone: (843) 593-7877

The Kiawah River is fondly known as “Dolphin Highway” so a signature dolphin paddle experience is essential during your stay on Kiawah Island! Water Dog Paddle Co.’s guided kayak and stand-up paddleboard eco-tours launch from the Kiawah Island bridge and are geared to all ages andadventure levels –  with a photo album of your experience included! The VIP tour option ensures the tour is exclusive to your group and is led by Water Dog’s lead guide, an island native and “nature nerd” raised on Cap’n Sams Creek! You can even paddle with your pup! Kayak and SUP rentals are also available from their location at Bohicket Marina.


4. St Johns Kayaks & Boat Tours

Johns Island
Phone: (843) 330-9777

St Johns kayak tours offer another perspective of the Lowcountry landscapes from the waters of Bohicket Creek. Reserve a single kayak, double kayak, or stand-up paddleboard rental for unlimited use (yes, no time limit!) on the Lowcountry waterways, or get up close and personal on a guided eco-tour of Bohicket Creek, on kayak or SUP. St Johns Bohicket Creek boat tours include dolphin encounters, shelling expeditions, crabbing tours, fishing charters, sunset cruises, and private oyster tours coming in 2023! 


5. Charleston Paddle Company

Charleston Harbor
Phone: (843) 452-4833

The Charleston Paddle Company offers a wide variety of paddle board and kayak tours locally from the Kiawah Island Bridge, but what about a bucket-list paddle tour of Charleston Harbor? Take in Charleston’s famous and historic attractions from the water as you paddle past national monuments and landmarks, colorful waterside parks, and breathtaking undisturbed views of this stunning city, continually ranked the #1 City in the US! For kayak or paddleboard rental to adventure alone, Charleston Paddle Company will deliver watersports gear to your Kiawah Island vacation rental and pick it up for free.



Kiawah Island Public Launch Sites 


If you’re a pro with tidal influences and have the skill and confidence to paddle our Lowcountry waterways on a solo adventure, there are a few boat ramps and launch sites on Kiawah Island open to the public.

1. Vanderhorst Plantation

There are three Kiawah Island kayak launch points through the second sets of security gates in Vanderhorst Plantation: Rhett’s Bluff private boat landing by Bass Pond, Eagle Point Landing, and the exceptionally scenic Cinder Creek kayak launch on Bass Creek. From Cinder Creek, you can paddle the secluded creeks west through the interior of the island or head out on Bass Creek to meet the Stono and Kiawah Rivers. 

2. Mingo Point

Situated on the west end of the island, Mingo Point is the departing point for Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Nature Program tours and is also Kiawah’s most popular launching point for self-guided paddle adventures by kayak or SUP.  Paddle the Kiawah River to witness dolphins strand feeding at Captain Sams Inlet, venture the creeks through Seabrook Island, or cast a line for some of the best kayak fishing in the Lowcountry. There is ample public parking, and a pass is required to launch at Mingo Point. The current 2023 fee is $5 per day or $25 per week, per kayak, and passes may be purchased on-site or at the Heron Park Nature Center. Please note, Mingo Point is only open seasonally so plan your adventures accordingly.   

3. Inlet Cove Cottages

Situated on the banks of the Kiawah River just south of Mingo Point, Inlet Cove is a private enclave of quaint cottages with classic coastal charm, luxurious interiors, a secluded walkway down to the beach, a sparkling Olympic size swimming pool (open April to October), a riverfront deck, and a private deepwater dock to launch your fishing, SUP, or kayak adventures from home. A perfect destination for paddle adventures from home!

Whether you’re learning to fish, on a family fishing vacation, or an expert angler looking for a challenge, nothing beats fishing with a local expert on Kiawah Island. Kiawah Island’s guided fishing charters and boat tours are run by tournament winning captains with years of experience fishing the Lowcountry waters and knowledge of the best secret fishing spots on Kiawah. 

From inshore fishing charters and epic shark fishing in the channels and creeks to full day deep sea adventures on the offshore sandbars, wrecks and artificial reefs, the ultimate fishing experience awaits on Kiawah Island. Search our Exclusives Guide to find a fishing charter to match your level of adventure!

VACATION HOMES & VILLAS WITH WATER ACCESS


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.

INLET COVE COTTAGES

2-3 Bedroom Cottages


Inlet Cove Cottages are nestled in the trees on the banks of the Kiawah River and offer an idyllic retreat for water lovers with great amenities for a fishing vacation. Inlet Cove features a private deep water dock for fishing, an Olympic size swimming pool with an elevated sun deck for sunbathing and dolphin spotting, and a secluded walkway to Beachwalker Park. A perfect location for both SUP & kayaking on Kiawah.

PARKSIDE VILLA

3 Bedroom Night Heron Park Villa


This waterfront Parkside Villa is situated in the heart of Night Heron Park with luxury interiors, a sunny lagoon front screened porch and deck, and a private dock on the water! The water lovers in your family will love the comfort and convenience of this Night Heron villa rental – and you can walk to the beach in under 5 minutes!


However you choose to spend your days on Kiawah Island, our local experts are happy to assist throughout your vacation planning process – from finding a Kiawah Island rental to suit your needs to local tips and recommendations to elevate your experience! Your Kiawah Island experience is only a click, or call away!   

Why Choose Kiawah Island For Your Summer Vacation?

Summer is just around the corner, and now is the perfect time to start planning your beach getaway vacation! This year, why not escape to South Carolina’s charming coastal town of Kiawah Island? This place is magical! Imagine sandy toes and ocean waves, coastal breezes on the fairways, eco-friendly nature experiences, al fresco dining with ocean views, and exclusive vacation rentals that allow you to be completely immersed in the laid-back and luxurious Lowcountry lifestyle. 

Kiawah Island offers a unique and timeless vacation experience that is perfect for families and friends seeking a summer vacation filled with old-fashioned fun, nature inspired adventure, and treasured memories that will last a lifetime. Think back to the bygone days of family bike rides through the streets, shopping for groceries at farmers’ markets, long lazy beach days, and quality family time without the distractions of modern living.  

You can have it all this summer on Kiawah Island! Our team at Kiawah Exclusives has put together the top tips to plan, prepare and experience the best of Kiawah Island for summer 2023. 

Getting to Kiawah Island

Located just 30 miles south of historic Charleston, Kiawah Island is a convenient destination for an island escape close to home! Many major airlines, including American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Frontier Airlines, United Airlines, JetBlue, Delta, and Silver Airways offer daily non-stop flights to Charleston International Airport (CHS) or the Charleston Executive Airport (JZI) is the best option for travelers arriving by chartered flights. If you’re flying in, reserve your rental cars well in advance or arrange airport transportation to Kiawah Island with Island Transportation or Charleston Limousine & Shuttle Service

The Best Time to Visit Kiawah

Kiawah Island is the perfect vacation destination in any season of the year. An ideal warm weather destination to escape to from the winter cold, sunny skies and fewer crowds in the spring and fall, and one of the best locations for a beachy summer escape.

Summer is by far the most popular season on Kiawah Island, golf time slots start to fill up, restaurant reservations start to stack up, and the best vacation rentals get scooped up months in advance. Kiawah Exclusives is a great resource to start planning your summer 2023 vacation, and find you the beach home of your dreams.

Kiawah Island Neighborhoods

Start your summer vacation planning by finding the condo, cottage, villa, or private oceanfront home of your dreams on Kiawah Island. Kiawah Island is divided into three neighborhoods: West Beach Village, East Beach Village, and Vanderhorst Plantation

Each neighborhood boasts its own unique charm, resort amenities, and selection of luxury Kiawah Exclusives vacation rentals for a stylish summer soiree with friends and family, all highlighted in our Guide to the Neighborhoods of Kiawah Island

Exploring Kiawah Island

For the best experience of Kiawah Island, park your car and rent a bike to explore the island. Over 30 miles of scenic and shaded bike paths connect all the Kiawah neighborhoods with trails to the golf courses, nature activities at Night Heron Park, easy beach access, and all the way to Freshfields Village and Bohicket Marina & Market

You can literally bike everywhere and the experience of cruising the magnolia-lined streets lined with gorgeous architecture, the 10-mile shoreline, or heading off-the-beaten-path on Kiawah, is unbeatable! Surfscooter Bike Rentals have all the bike gear you need, delivered to your rental home, with a 5% discount for Kiawah Exclusives guests!   

Beach Days

A summer vacation on Kiawah is all about the beach! Kiawah’s Beachwalker Park is ranked one of the best and most beautiful beaches in the US and remains uncrowded, even in the high season. If beach days are #1 on your summer vacation itinerary, our guide to Kiawah Beachwalker Park has all the tips for a stress-free beach day and our oceanfront vacation rentals put you steps from the Atlantic shoreline. Check out this LIVE WEB CAM for current beach conditions on Kiawah Island!

PGA Golf

One of the top draws to Kiawah Island is the choice of five world-class golf courses at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, including the highly-acclaimed PGA Ocean Course. Kiawah is ranked one of the top golf destinations in the world and provides a true test of golf for players of all skill levels with breathtaking views sure to distract your eye from the ball.

Tennis & Pickleball

Or how about a round of tennis or pickleball under the shade of Kiawah’s towering palmettos? Kiawah Island is ranked the #1 Tennis Resort in the World! The expansive Roy Barth Tennis Center features 22 courts for tennis and pickleball, award-winning instruction for the whole family, and a stunning setting only steps from The Sanctuary Hotel. 

Outdoor & Nature Activities

A summer vacation on Kiawah Island means trading amusement parks and arcades for classic Lowcountry eco-adventures in the great outdoors. Night Heron Park is the epicenter for outdoor fun and nature activities with an endless list of guided eco-tours for every interest and age! From birding, biking, and night beach walks, to kayaking, canoeing, SUPing, and family fishing charters, this is the best way to experience the local wildlife and beauty of Kiawah Island. Take a peek at all Night Heron Park events and activities here!  

Indoor Activities

If you need a break from the sun or a rainy day activity on Kiawah Island, there are lots of options. Take a stroll through the shops and gallery at The Sanctuary, book an indulgent treatment at the Sanctuary Spa, try out a new restaurant, or take a scenic drive to tour the aquarium and museums in historic Charleston. View our Kiawah Exclusives Guide for local recommendations.

Kiawah Island Summer Camps for Kids

Kids love Kiawah Island! Kiawah Island’s unique kids’ programs, including Kamp Kiawah (ages 3-7), Camp Xtreme (ages 8-15), and Adventure Camp (ages 8-15), are nothing short of outstanding! Located in Night Heron Park, these summer camps allow the kids to explore the island’s natural beauty, learn about the local wildlife, go on scavenger hunts, play sports, participate in team-building games, paddle the waterways, or even learn to surf! The summer Kid’s Night Out programs (ages 5-12) mean you even get a night (or two!) out on the town while the kids dive into an evening of fun at a pool party!  

Summer Events & Festivals

Summer is a fun and festive season on Kiawah Island! Stroll the farmers’ markets, enjoy free live music every Saturday on the Grand Lawn of the Sanctuary Hotel, reserve a spot for the famous Mingo Point Oyster Roast and BBQ, or hop on your bike and head to Freshfields Village. Freshfields Village hosts Music on the Green every Friday, a Lowcountry farmer’s market, car shows, spirit tastings, wine dinners, and so much more throughout the summer months.

Where to Shop, Eat & Drink

Indulging in classic Lowcountry cuisine is a must-do on Kiawah Island! The Kiawah Dining Collection at Kiawah Island Golf Resort offers a diverse selection of restaurants and bars ranging from casual cafes at Night Heron Park and West Beach Village to spectacular golf course restaurants and Forbes Four-Star dining at The Sanctuary Hotel. You’re also only a quick drive or bike ride from the open-air market at Freshfields Village where you can shop, drink, dine, and dance till you drop with picture-perfect sunsets, southern hospitality, and Lowcountry charm. 

Now you have an idea of how to fill your summer days on Kiawah Island, it’s time to find a home away from home that meets the needs of you and your travel companions. Escape to Kiawah Island with our team at Kiawah Exclusives – we’ve been locally operated since 1978, represent an exclusive collection of 100+ of the finest rentals on Kiawah, and will leave you with something to look forward to for summer 2023.

Book direct online or call our reservation team today at (843) 768-0273 to match you with the Kiawah summer home of your dreams

A Guide to The Neighborhoods on Kiawah Island

Escape to the sandy shores and stunning natural beauty of Kiawah Island, a private barrier island located just southwest of Charleston, South Carolina. Whether you’re a golf enthusiast looking to hit one of the island’s many championship courses, an adventurer seeking to explore the great outdoors, or a lover of quiet natural beaches, there’s something for everyone here on Kiawah Island. 

Kiawah Island is the perfect place to relax and unwind, but with so many options for where to stay on this tropical paradise, it can be tough to decide. That’s where our team at Kiawah Exclusives comes in! Our guide to the neighborhoods on Kiawah Island has all the information and insider tips you need to help you find the perfect place to call home during your vacation. 

Kiawah Island encompasses 10,000 acres divided into private club communities and three main neighborhoods: West Beach Village, East Beach Village, and the exclusive gated community of Vanderhorst Plantation. Wherever you choose to stay on Kiawah Island, each neighborhood offers miles of scenic, connected biking trails to get around the island and numerous boardwalks to 10 miles of sandy shoreline at Beachwalker Park!

WEST BEACH VILLAGE

Beach Boardwalk 1 – 15


West Beach Village is Kiawah Island’s oldest and original community and the closest neighborhood to the Main Gate entrance to Kiawah Island and the amenities at Beachwalker Park. West Beach runs from the west end of the island along the iconic moss-draped Eugenia Avenue to East Beach Village with options for beachfront rentals or quiet villa communities lining the fairways of the Cougar Point Golf Course. 

Developed in the 1970s, West Beach Village has retained its old-world charm and is more laid-back than neighboring East Beach Village. Aside from convenient access to Freshfields Village and Kiawah Island’s award-winning Beachwalker Park, the Gary Player designed Cougar Point Golf Course and newly designed clubhouse is the standout attraction in the West Beach neighborhood. 

If you want to have some peace and quiet while still being close to the action, West Beach Village is the perfect balance of peace and convenience and is the perfect spot on Kiawah Island for you!

Villas & Cottages in West Beach Village

Duneside Villas

Oceanfront Kiawah Island Villas – Beach access at Boardwalk #1-2Pool access at Duneside Community Pool 

Inlet Cove Cottages

Kiawah Island Golf Cottages – Beach access at Boardwalk #1Pool access at Inlet Cove Community Pool 

Seascape Villas

Kiawah Island Oceanside & Oceanfront Villas Beach access at Boardwalk #7No community pool access 

Shipwatch Villas

Oceanfront Kiawah Island Villas – Beach access at Boardwalk #5-6No community pool access 

Sparrow Pond Cottages

Kiawah Island Lagoon View Villas – Beach access at Boardwalk #1-2Pool access at Duneside & Sparrow Pond Community Pool

EAST BEACH VILLAGE

Beach Boardwalk 16 – 30


Anchored by the Forbes 5-star Sanctuary Hotel and Night Heron Park, East Beach Village lies in the heart of Kiawah Island between West Beach Village and Vanderhorst Plantation. If you’re planning an action-packed vacation to Kiawah Island, staying in East Beach puts you in the center of the island’s best nature activities, on-island shops and restaurants, and steps to the beautiful beaches on Kiawah Island.    

East Beach Village is home to the Turtle Point Golf Course by Jack Nicklaus, the award-winning Roy Barth Tennis Center, and Night Heron Park, a tranquil 21-acre maritime park with pools, bike paths and nature trails, eco-tours and activities, summer kids camps, and endless family fun

Between Night Heron Park and the legendary Sanctuary Hotel, you’ll find a variety of shops, laid-back and upscale restaurants, a world-class spa, and a wide selection of villas, coastal cottages, and private homes to stay in the heart of the action on Kiawah Island.

Villas, Cottages & Beach Homes in East Beach Village

Atlantic Beach Homes

Private Beach Homes – Beach access at Boardwalk #28 and 29 – Community pool access 

Mariners Watch Villas

Oceanfront Villas near Night Heron ParkBeach access at Boardwalk #17-18No community pool access 

Night Heron Cottages

3 Bedroom Night Heron CottagesBeach access at Boardwalks #17-18No community pool access 

Parkside Villas

Lakeside Villas in Night Heron ParkBeach access at Boardwalk #22No community pool access 

Tennis Club Villas

Kiawah Island Tennis VillaBeach access at Boardwalk #27No community pool access 

Turtle Cove Villas

Kiawah Island Lagoon Villas – Beach access at Boardwalk #27No community pool access 

Turtle Point Villas

2 & 3 Bedroom Kiawah Island Golf Course VillasBeach access at Boardwalk #28-29No community pool access 

Windswept Oceanfront Villas & Windswept Lakeside Villas

Oceanfront & Oceanside Villas near The SanctuaryBeach access at Boardwalk #18-22No community pool access

VANDERHORST PLANTATION

Beach Boardwalk 30 – 42


Vanderhorst is an exclusive gated community beyond Kiawah Island’s second set of gates on the island’s east end. Vanderhorst Plantation is known for its secluded natural setting, pristine beaches, abundance of wildlife, and the Tom Fazio Osprey Point Golf Course and world-famous PGA Ocean Course, boasting the most seaside holes in the Northern Hemisphere. 

Situated only a short bike ride from the bustle of East Beach Village, Vanderhorst Plantation is the ultimate destination for a classic Lowcountry island escape. This exclusive neighborhood boasts marshlands, maritime forests, and nature preserves teeming with birdlife and wildlife, fishing ponds and lagoons, beautiful stretches of remote Atlantic Coast shoreline, and elegant private plantation-style homes that set the tone for luxurious Lowcountry living.  

Our selection of private Vanderhorst Plantation vacation homes come loaded with sought-after amenities like designer interiors, gourmet kitchens, swimming pools, private docks, and elevators – topped off with breathtaking views of the ocean, marsh, golf course, lagoon, or lush maritime forests to enjoy. It doesn’t get much better than the Lowcountry lifestyle in Vanderhorst Plantation!

Ready to plan your dream vacation to Kiawah Island? Start by browsing our luxury rental properties online or, if you’re still undecided on where to stay on Kiawah Island, give our local on-island team a call at (843) 768-0273

For an extended stay, check out our selection of monthly Kiawah Island rentals, or if you’ve been dreaming of owning your own Lowcountry retreat on Kiawah Island, our real estate partner Pam Harrington Exclusives can make that dream come true! Just reach out to our team and let us know how we can help plan your experience on Kiawah Island, SC.


Childcare & Babysitting Options On Kiawah Island 

Welcome to the ultimate family-friendly paradise on South Carolina’s Kiawah Island, where a vacation isn’t just a break for busy parents but an exhilarating adventure for the little tots and teens too.

There are no limits to the family fun that awaits on Kiawah Island! Our beautiful barrier island boasts 10 miles of stunning sandy beaches with warm ocean waters, award-winning golf and tennis facilities for family play, and a plethora of childcare and babysitting options that will leave your little (and big) explorers grinning from ear to ear! Kiawah Island offers a haven where kids can be kids and parents can rediscover the joy of uninterrupted leisure.

KIDS’ CAMPS ON KIAWAH ISLAND

Night Heron Park is a hub for family fun and outdoor exploration! The Heron Park Nature Center offers an action-packed calendar of tours and activities for even the youngest vacationers, an interactive pool complex with a children’s pool and family pool, sports courts, nature trails for exploration, an art center for crafty kids, and seasonal weekday camps that will keep the kids entertained while you indulge in adult time!

Camp Kiawah for Kids


Location: Night Heron Park Pavilion, 4000 Sea Forest Drive
Phone: (843) 768-6001
Date: Memorial Day – Labor Day

Unleash your child’s inner adventurer at Camp Kiawah in Kiawah Resorts Night Heron Park! These incredible day camps immerse kids from as young as 3 years up to 15 years in a world of discovery, excitement, and imagination within the unique natural environment of Kiawah Island. Kiawah Resort offers three seasonal kids camps with morning, afternoon, or full-day sessions staffed with fun and dedicated counselors from across the US, and a comforting ratio of kids to counselors. Camps meet near the Heron Park Nature Center at Night Heron Park. Please note that pricing is valid for the 2023 summer season. Call (843) 768-6001 for Kid Camp reservations.

Kamp Kiawah (Ages 3-7)

Morning | 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM | $60 for guests
Afternoon | 1 PM to 4 PM | $50 for guests 
Full Day | 8:30 AM to 4 PM | $100 for guests, including lunch 

Kamp Kiawah is a traditional themed day camp with games, crafts, and snacks for the little tikes in the family! You can rest assured that the highly-trained staff will ensure your child’s safety and happiness throughout their camp experience. They’ll be eager to come back every year to climb the ranks of Kiawah Island’s amazing kid’s camps!

Camp Xtreme (Ages 8-13)

Morning | 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM | $60 for guests
Afternoon | 1 PM to 4 PM | $50 for guests 
Full Day | 8:30 AM to 4 PM | $100 for guests, including lunch 

For those little daredevils and thrill-seekers, Camp Xtreme is the place to spend summer! The camp is packed with high-energy outdoor adventures, competitive basketball, volleyball, and lacrosse sports games, scavenger hunts, and team-building activities to encourage self-confidence and seed new friendships.

Adventure Camp (Ages 8-15)

Full Day | 8:30 AM to 4 PM | $145 for guests, including lunch

At Kiawah Resort’s Adventure Camp, it’s all about exploring nature, learning new skills, and connecting with like-minded kids their age! From kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and boogie boarding in the ocean to archery, nature tours, and biking adventures, Adventure Camp is a sure bet to get the older kids off their screens and out in the South Carolina sunshine!

Kids Night Out (Ages 5-12)

Sanctuary Splash Bash | Every Tuesday 6 PM to 9 PM
Dive In Movie | Every Thursday 6 PM to 9 PM 
Pricing: $80 for guests, including dinner

This is your chance for a sunset cruise or intimate date night at the oceanfront Sanctuary Hotel! With new friends and new-found experiences, they’ll beg you to drop them at Kiawah Island’s Kids Night Out! Every Tuesday evening, kids gather for Sanctuary Splash Bash with pizza, pool, and FUN at the Sanctuary indoor pool, or drop them off for Thursday’s “Dive in Movie” at the pool complex in West Beach Village. The Loggerhead Bar & Grill at the Sanctuary Hotel also hosts a Dive-In Movie night every Friday, for the whole family! 

Teen Night: Messy Night (Ages 12-17)

Location: Night Heron Park Pavilion, 4000 Sea Forest Drive
Dates: Every Monday 7 PM to 8 PM 
Pricing: FREE!

Teen Night: Messy Night is for the older kids ages 12-17! Teen Night is a FREE fun night of messy games and team-building challenges on the soccer field at Night Heron Park. No reservations are required, your teens can just show up at Night Heron Park and have fun.

KIAWAH ISLAND GROUP ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

Kiawah Island Golf Coaching


Location: Turtle Point Golf Course, 2 Turtle Point Lane
Phone: (843) 266-4050
Dates: June through August

Calling all golf enthusiasts! Kiawah Island offers family tee times in the summer at Osprey Point, Cougar Point, Turtle Point, and Oak Point Golf Course and exceptional golf coaching programs for every age and skill level at the renowned Tommy Cuthbert Golf Learning Center at Turtle Point, one of the best golf academies in the nation. The center offers private and semi-private instruction with PGA-certified pros, coaching programs, and junior golf clinics for ages 7-17 throughout the summer season.

Call (843) 266-4050 for current pricing and reservations.   

Roy Barth Tennis Center


Location: 1 Sanctuary Beach Dr, Kiawah Island
Phone: (843) 768-2838
Dates: May 23 to September 2, 2023

Tennis lovers will find world-class tennis facilities and junior tennis instruction programs at the Roy Barth Tennis Center near the Sanctuary Hotel in East Beach Village. Junior programs camps (ages 7-16) are held Monday through Friday all summer and include 1-hour Stroke-a-day Clinics, five-day Junior Tennis Camps, Pickleball Camps, and Tough Workout Clinics for competitive junior tournament-ranked players looking to improve their play (minimum age of 10). You can get stuck into your favorite book on the shaded deck, or sneak off for a spa session at the luxurious award-winning Sanctuary Spa, right next door!

Call (843) 266-4050 for current tennis program pricing and reservations.

KIAWAH ISLAND LOCAL BABYSITTERS

Kiawah Babysitter


Phone: (609) 774-4130
Email: kiawahbabysitter@gmail.com

For trustworthy care at your convenience, call the Kiawah Babysitter! Kiawah Babysitter is a local babysitting service that connects you with experienced, background-checked babysitters to keep your children entertained and safe at home! Enjoy the peace of mind of knowing your kids are in capable hands while you walk the fairways, wine and dine at resort restaurants, or recapture the romance at a 21+ event on Kiawah Island!

Perfectly Poppins


Phone: (843) 898-0707 
Email:michelle@perfectlypoppins.net

For a truly personalized childcare experience, Perfectly Poppins Concierge Childcare offers high-quality babysitting and childcare services in the comfort of your Kiawah Island vacation rental home. Specializing in children 6 months to 12 years old, Perfectly Poppins professional childcare providers encourage children to discover, learn, and play, and will even plan a Palooza Party (family game night), painting party for the kids, or a customized event to celebrate a special occasion during your stay. The process starts with a complimentary consultation with owner Michelle Barbera to find a nanny that meets the childcare needs of your family, perfectly!

STAY WITH KIAWAH EXCLUSIVES!


Your Premier Vacation Rental Company!

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.

Book direct online or call one of our Kiawah Island vacation specialists on (843) 768-0273 today to match you with the Kiawah Island vacation home of your dreams.


6 Tips To Host Your Family Reunion On Kiawah Island 

Planning a family reunion is not always smooth sailing but there’s one thing we can be sure of – your reunion will be stunning in the South Carolina sea islands! 

With its spectacular Lowcountry setting, southern charm and hospitality, abundance of activities, and luxury island accommodations, Kiawah Island is the perfect destination for a fun-filled family reunion. Spend family days reconnecting with loved ones, filling your days with old-fashioned outdoor fun, feasting on family favorites, and creating cherished family memories, or perhaps a new tradition for generations to come, on Kiawah Island. 

We love seeing families coming together on Kiawah Island and our team is here to help you brace the choppy waters and plan your reunion smoothly every step of the way!

#1 Pick Your Family Reunion Dates

When it comes to planning your family reunion on Kiawah Island, the best time to visit will depend on your family’s unique style and preferences. The weather on Kiawah Island is beautiful year-round making it an excellent destination for a fun-filled family reunion in any season. Spring sees high 60s to low 80s, summer can get hot in the high 80s to low 90s, and the fall and winter temperatures are mild with beautiful warm days and cool evenings to get cozy! 

For beach lovers, the “official” beach season is April 1st through September 30th with the ocean water warming up for swimming in mid-May, around the same time the turtles begin to nest on Kiawah Island. Kiawah Island’s world-class golf courses, eco-tours, and luxury resort amenities are open year-round – or plan your family reunion around a classic Lowcountry event.

#2 Coordinate Travel & Arrange Transportation

Whether your family members are coming from the east or west coast, Kiawah Island is an easily accessible destination for air travel. Kiawah Island is located only 30 miles south of Charleston International Airport which is served with regular non-stop flights by most major US airlines. On arrival, rental cars are readily available at the airport, taxis operate daily from 5 am until the last flight, Charleston Limo & Car Service provides private and group transportation to Kiawah, or reserve a ride with a local at Kiawah’s Island Transportation.  

#3 Find the Best Kiawah Island Neighborhood

Kiawah Island is only 10 miles long and 1.5 miles wide at its widest point, and nearly 20% of the island is water! The island comprises three main neighborhoods – the quieter West Beach Village, the central hub in East Beach Village, and Vanderhorst Plantation, an exclusive gated community on the east end of the island.  Browse our Kiawah Island Neighborhood Guide to find the spot that suits your style for your family reunion on Kiawah Island.  

Our exclusive collection of Kiawah Island vacation rentals ranges from quiet community complexes where each generation can carve out their own personal space to luxury 8-bedroom Vanderhorst plantation homes for those close-knit families that like to stay (and play!) together under one roof! With views ranging from golf course to Atlantic Ocean and luxury amenities like gourmet kitchens, personal bathrooms, fun bunk and games rooms for the kids, and private swimming pools and spas – our family reunion vacation rentals cater to the whole crew!  

#4 Plan Your Family Reunion Activities

Kiawah Island naturally inspires time for rest, rejuvenation, and reconnection. There are no bright bustling boardwalks, big box retail parks, or entertainment extravaganzas – Kiawah Island is a destination with outdoor family reunion activities inspired by nature and the lush Lowcountry landscapes of South Carolina’s beautiful barrier islands. Now you have an idea of where to stay, it’s time to plan where to play! 

  • Moss-Draped Bike Paths

Planning your bike rentals is the first step for your family reunion activities – it’s how we get around here even on the beach! Everything you’ll want to see and do on Kiawah Island is connected by our 30+ mile network of scenic, shaded, and flat bike paths that are easy for the whole family to ride! Surfscooter Bike Rentals are island based and have all the bike rentals and gear for the whole family, delivered directly to your vacation rental for a hassle-free family reunion (5% discount for guests of Kiawah Exclusives). 

  • Nature-Filled Beach Days

Kiawah Island offers beach adventures of a different kind – watch dolphins surfing the waves and turtles nesting in the dunes, and enjoy miles of secluded shoreline for beach walks, bike rides, picnics, and breathtakingly scenic sunsets. Award-winning Beachwalker Park ranks among the best in the country with 10 miles of wide sandy beaches, gentle waters for the kids, and local services that will even set up all your beach gear rentals on the nearest boardwalk – nothing beats a family reunion at the beach! 

  • Fishing Charters

With endless coastal lagoons, ponds, rivers, and tidal creeks, Gramps has plenty of opportunity to teach the little ones his fishing tips and tricks on Kiawah Island. Stay creekside to fish from home, bike ride to the docks at Bass Pond and Blue Heron Pond for family fishing and crabbing adventures, or book a local fishing charter around the barrier islands. Our Guide to Fishing Charters on Kiawah Island highlights the best family fishing trips on the island. 

  • Eco-Friendly Nature Activities

Night Heron Park encompasses 21 acres in the heart of East Beach Village with nature trails, fishing ponds, swimming pools, restaurants, and a nature center with a seemingly endless list of guided nature tours and activities. There is something to attract every age, ability, and adventure level – including easygoing activities for seniors, fun family-focused activities, teen adventures, nature-inspired kid’s camps (ages 3 to 15), rainy day activities, and so much more! Call (843) 768-6001 to make reservations for your family reunion activities at Night Heron Nature Center.    

  • Game Time

Whether you’re a family of golfers or prefer to swing a paddle on the pickleball court, Kiawah is a destination that delights all sports lovers. Kiawah Island has received endless awards and accolades for its award-winning golf courses and tennis facilities, including the world-famous PGA Ocean Course and Roy Barth Tennis Center. Register the little ones for lessons while you enjoy adult game time or book a court or tee time to connect (and compete!) as a family.

#5 Make A Meal Planner

With so many mouths to feed and potential fussy kids to consider, putting together a meal plan for your family reunion can be daunting! The first step is to find a healthy balance between sharing home-cooked meals or barbeques around the table (or picnics on the beach!) and discovering the fresh flavors of Lowcountry cooking at a local restaurant. The Kiawah Dining Collection ranges from casual cantinas and cafes to fine dining experiences at the Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Freshfields Village features a wide selection of fantastic family restaurants, and our exclusive collection of island rentals are equipped with kitchens that inspire creativity for the chef in your crew!

#6 Create Cherished Family Memories with Kiawah Exclusives 

Your family reunion is in safe hands and cherished moments await when you stay with Kiawah Exclusives. We have been locally operated since 1978, our collection includes 100+ of the finest vacation rentals on Kiawah, and our team is simply a call away to share our local expertise with you. We have an intimate knowledge of each vacation rental home to match you with the perfect fit and a treasure trove of tips to help you plan a fun-filled family reunion on Kiawah Island. Browse our collection of vacation rentals online or call our on-island team at (843) 768-0273 to start planning your reunion on Kiawah Island today!

Kiawah Exclusives Offers Unique Characteristics to Suit Your Needs

Our exclusive collection of rentals offers a variety of homes with unique characteristics to suit your needs. Whether you prefer home-cooked meals made with high-end appliances, or want to enjoy quality time with your family around the dining table, Kiawah Exclusives offers 100+ luxury vacation rentals with the finest kitchens on Kiawah Island!


Art Galleries & Events On Kiawah Island 2023

Situated only 25 miles from Charleston, Kiawah Island is a luxurious island retreat renowned for its coastal charm, natural beauty, and inspiring Lowcountry lifestyle. Kiawah is home to 10 miles of the most beautiful beaches on the South Carolina coastline, tranquil waterways and trails adorned with Spanish moss swaying from ancient live oaks, world-class resort amenities, and endless adventures for the whole family. 

From the cobblestone streets of charming Charleston to the beautiful barrier islands of Kiawah and Seabrook Island, the historic architecture and natural landscapes of the South Carolina Lowcountry have been inspiring artists and art lovers for decades. 

Top up your Kiawah Island vacation itinerary with local art events and experiences that will enrich your mind with both the natural beauty and artistic culture of South Carolina’s Lowcountry.

KIAWAH ISLAND ART GALLERIES


Wells Gallery at The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island

Situated in The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, The Wells Gallery represents an ever-changing collection of Kiawah Island fine art showcasing some of the nation’s most notable artists. The exhibits cover a wide range of artistic styles and talents from original oil paintings and watercolors to contemporary sculptures and glasswork. Every Thursday in September & October, The Wells Gallery hosts an art walk and wine-tasting event, Art Uncorked, at the Jasmine Porch.

Patricia Reno Huff Gallery & Art Studio

Freshfields Village

Patricia Reno Huff is a local Seabrook Island artist with a small gallery and art studio in Freshfields Village at the intersection of Kiawah and Seabrook Island. Patricia captures the beauty of the Lowcountry in her oil paintings and offers daily art instruction and art workshops on Kiawah Island for all aspiring artists.

Turtle’s Nest Art Studio

Night Heron Park Nature Center

Create your own Lowcountry artwork and memoirs of your vacation on Kiawah Island at the Turtle’s Nest Art Studio in the Nature Center at Night Heron Park. Visit during open studio hours, schedule an art class, join a family art session, or reserve the studio for a private art party. From glass fusing and pottery projects to wood crafts and canvas paintings, the Turtle’s Nest Art Studio is a classic Kiawah Island attraction for creatives.

KIAWAH ISLAND ART SHOWS & EVENTS


Freshfields Village Annual Art Walk

February 2023

Freshfields Village is Kiawah Island’s hot spot for shopping, dining, and fun festivals and events! The Annual Art Walk at Freshfields Village is one of the finest events in the Lowcountry with live art demonstrations, art and craft exhibits, and live jazz around the open-air village. It’s the month of love, so end the evening with romantic alfresco dining at one of Freshfields’ outdoor patios.

Kiawah Island Art and House Tour

14 April 2023

The Annual Kiawah Island Art and House Tour is a self-guided tour offering a rare glimpse into five luxurious Lowcountry homes in five different neighborhoods on Kiawah Island. These hand-picked homes feature unique architectural designs, stunning island views, and impressive and unique art collections. Tickets are available for purchase online or can be picked up locally at The Sanctuary and Freshfields Village.

Art and Artisan Showcase

April & November 2023

The Art and Artisan Showcase is a Kiawah Island community event at the oceanfront Sandcastle Community Clubhouse. This two-day event is free and open to the public on Saturday with a beautiful selection of photography, pottery, jewelry, home design, original paintings, and creative crafts and collectibles by local Kiawah Island artists and artisans.

Spoleto Festival

May 26 to June 11, 2023

The world-famous Spoleto Festival in Charleston’s Waterfront Park is one of America’s top festivals with hundreds of events centered around both performing and visual arts. The annual festival features an open-air exhibition of fine arts and artisan crafts in the park, and a juried art exhibition at Charleston’s City Gallery, highlighting South Carolina’s best artists of all art styles and subject matter.

Charleston Gallery Walk

Charleston is America’s original artists’ colony and home to endless fine art galleries, open artist studios, and art museums filled with historic arts and crafts from centuries past. Take a day trip to Charleston for the First Friday Artwalk, or explore at your own pace. Stroll the historic streets of Gallery Row on historic Broad Street and the French Quarter on the Charleston waterfront on a self-guided Art Walk of Charleston’s finest art galleries, studios, and museums.

FIND YOUR ARTIST ESCAPE ON KIAWAH ISLAND


Whether you’re inspired by oceanscapes and sealife, lush maritime forests and marshlands, or golf course photography or art, you’ll find a luxury artist escape with Kiawah Exclusives to create from the comfort of home. 

We pride ourselves on offering an exclusive collection of the finest vacation rentals on Kiawah Island including coastal cottages, vacation villas, and private pool homes in West Beach Village, East Beach Village, and through the second gates in the seclusion of Vanderhorst Plantation. 

Our team has been locally operated for 44 years! We know the unique characteristics of each home in our hand-picked portfolio right down to views for the perfect painting, and the local Lowcountry artwork and crafts within the home. Browse and book online or call our team today at (843) 768-0273 to help you plan your vacation to Kiawah Island.


Top 4 Reasons To Visit Beachwalker Park

Situated only 25 miles from Charleston, Kiawah Island is internationally recognized for its award-winning resort amenities ranging from world-class championship golf courses and highly-acclaimed tennis centers to luxurious Lowcountry dining, and miles upon miles of unspoiled, uncrowded, and natural barrier island beaches. 

Consistently ranked one of Dr. Beach’s Top 10 Beaches in America, Kiawah Beachwalker Park is a tropical beach paradise unlike any other on the South Carolina coastline. The shoreline stretches uninterrupted for 10 miles from Captain Sams Inlet on the west end of the island to the Ocean Course in Vanderhorst on the eastern tip of Kiawah Island with unique beach activities for the whole family, including your dog!    

Kiawah Beachwalker Park is the only public access point to the private beaches on Kiawah Island. There is a paved parking area with a small admission fee between Memorial Day and Labor Day and free parking in the off-season, outstanding amenities for a beach day, and a wide, wheel-chair accessible boardwalk through the coastal forests down to the Atlantic shoreline and the tidal inlets of the Kiawah River. Whatever paradise means to you, you’ll find your beach paradise at Beachwalker Park on Kiawah Island.  

1. KIAWAH BEACHWALKER PARK AMENITIES


Kiawah Beachwalker Park boasts outstanding facilities with everything you need for a family beach day including restroom and shower facilities, picnic areas with grills, a snack bar, and dog washing stations for your pup! A short stretch of beach in front of the boardwalk is lifeguarded in the summer months for safe swimming and stress-free family beach days! 

On the topic of a stress-free beach day … there’s no need to cart around beach gear on vacation! Beach and Games to Go will deliver all your beach games and gear to your Kiawah Island vacation rental (including cargo wagons to haul it all!) and reserve your beach chairs and umbrellas with Island Beach Services and they’ll even set it up for you on the beach closest to your vacation rental boardwalk!

2. BEACHWALKER PARK RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES


Kiawah’s Beachwalker Park is a beach paradise for everyone from sun-worshippers and beach bums to nature lovers and adventure seekers. Recreational activities range from kayaking and canoeing the tidal inlets, surf fishing or river fishing at Captain Sam’s Inlet, family surf lessons, and epic beach bike rides along the secluded and scenic shoreline.   

The Tide Chart is your best friend for the best beach day on Kiawah Island! Right after the high tide, the sand is hard-packed and perfect for a beach bike ride from the boardwalk at Beachwalker Park all the way to the Ocean Course on the east end of the island. Kiawah Exclusives partners with Surfscooter Bike Rentals to offer our guests bike rentals and tag-alongs made for the sandy beaches, delivered to your door, with a 5% discount for our guests.

The beaches on Kiawah Island are wild! It’s not uncommon to encounter pods of bottlenose dolphins playing in the ocean waves or strand-feeding at Captain Sam’s Inlet, white-tailed deer grazing in the sweet grass and sea oats, and Loggerhead sea turtles in the dunes during nesting season. If you’re in the right place, at the right time, you may even experience hundreds of tiny sea turtles taking their first steps into the warm Atlantic waters. For ultimate wildlife viewing, plan your bike ride or beach stroll for dusk or dawn – there’s no place more beautiful for wildlife viewing at sunrise or sunset than the beaches of Kiawah Island.

3. KIAWAH BEACHWALKER PARK LEASH LAWS FOR DOGS


Dogs are allowed on the beaches of Kiawah Island year-round with strict rules and regulations in place to preserve the dunes and protect our local wildlife. The Town of Kiawah Island Beach Patrol regularly patrols the beaches and local ordinances are strictly enforced. Regardless of where you roam, owners must always remain with their pets, have the pet under voice control, and always carry a leash in case it is required. Electronic leashes are not allowed on Kiawah Island. 

Critical Habitat Area: Dogs are prohibited year-round in the critical habitat areas at Captain Sam’s inlet on the west end of the island and after the Ocean Course Clubhouse on the east end of the island. 

Dog Use Area: There is a designated dog-use area located in Vanderhorst Plantation between the eastern boundary of the Beach Club and the pedestrian access to the Ocean Course Clubhouse. Pets must be under strict voice control and must be leashed from 7 PM to 7 AM. 

Seasonal Dog Leash Area: On the other areas of Beachwalker Park, pets must be leashed at all times from March 16 to October 31, and may be off leash from 7 AM to 7 PM between November 1 and March 15.

4. BEACHFRONT RENTALS AT BEACHWALKER PARK


Wherever you stay on Kiawah Island, you’ll find a boardwalk to Kiawah Beachwalker Park close to home! Kiawah Island comprises three unique neighborhoods: West Beach Village, East Beach Village, and the Vanderhorst Beach neighborhood with dozens of beach boardwalks leading from the private villa communities and luxury oceanfront homes to the beaches of Kiawah. 

Browse and book any of our luxury Kiawah Island villa and home rentals online or call our on-island team at (843) 768-0273 to help match you with the perfect home to find your beach paradise on Kiawah Island.


Kiawah Island Grocery Shopping & Services 

Thinking about traveling to Kiawah Island? Who wouldn’t love miles of sun-kissed beaches, the soothing sounds of crashing waves, the anticipation of lazy afternoons lounging under an umbrella (or napping by the pool), and spending long, uninterrupted stretches of quality time with your nearest and dearest?! As you wind closer to the beautiful shoreline of Kiawah Island, all you can think about is sinking your toes into the sand and diving into the crystal clear water, but there’s one last obstacle on your pathway to the beach – grocery shopping for your vacation.

For some, strolling leisurely down unfamiliar aisles becomes an exciting adventure in itself, for others, it’s a necessary evil and ghastly chore best left behind when relaxing on vacation. The good news, on Kiawah Island you can customize your grocery experience to suit your vacation vibe – bulk shop before arriving, hop on your bike and explore the local markets, or leave the work to a professional concierge delivery service and arrive at a vacation villa fully stocked with your favorites! 


GROCERY STORES & DELIS

The Nest Market | Café

Location: Night Heron Park, 4000 Sea Forest Dr, Kiawah Island

Phone: (843) 768-2775

Hours: Daily 7 AM to 9 PM

View Cafe Menu HERE

Nestled in the heart of Night Heron Park in East Beach Village, the Nest Market & Café is the local neighborhood grocery store on Kiawah Island. Here you’ll find a well-stocked selection of groceries including fresh produce, pantry staples, fresh-baked goods, convenient grab-and-go options, packed picnics, beer, and a big selection of wine. On-site dining is also available indoors or out on the peaceful wrap-around porch shaded by Night Heron Park’s ancient live oaks.

The Village Market by Harris Teeter

Location: Freshfields Village, 515 Freshfields Dr, Kiawah Island

Phone: (843) 243-3276

Hours: Daily 6 AM to 11 PM

The Village Market at Freshfields Village is the largest grocery store near Kiawah Island and will cover all your food and pharmacy needs, with Instacart delivery options available! The Village Market offers a fresh farmers market section with local produce, fresh Lowcountry seafood, an excellent range of local cheeses, beers, and wine, grab-and-go meals, and a hot deli section for a picnic on the Village Green. You can get your Starbucks fix here too!

The Station Deli

Location: Freshfields Village, 225 Freshfields Drive, Kiawah Island

Phone: (843) 768-4567

Hours: 
Monday – Friday 6:30 AM to 9 PM
Saturday & Sunday 6:30 AM to 8 PM
Deli Open Daily 6:30 AM to 3 PM

View Deli Menu HERE

The Station is conveniently located right at the entrance to Freshfields Village, and on the paved bike path extending from Kiawah and Seabrook Island! The Station offers a 24/7 gas station with 8 filling stations, an environmentally friendly carwash, a convenience store with a large selection of beer and wine, and a gourmet deli open daily. The Station Deli has a grab-and-go line with sandwiches and salads and a full breakfast and lunch menu if you have extra time to dine in.

Vincent’s Drug Store

Location: Freshfields Village, 110 Planted Row Lane, Kiawah Island

Phone: (843) 243-0007

Pharmacy Hours: 
Monday – Friday 9 AM to 6:30 PM
Saturday 9 AM to 2 PM 
Closed Sunday 

Vincent’s Drug Store at Freshfields Village is no ordinary drugstore! Vincent’s combines innovative pharmacy technology with the nostalgic atmosphere of an old-school soda fountain, excellent service, and welcoming southern hospitality. The drugstore offers an extensive selection of over-the-counter medications, vitamins, supplements, and personal care items, with on-site pharmacists for personalized advice and prescriptions.


KIAWAH ISLAND LIQUOR STORES

Kiawah Spirits

Location: Freshfields Village, 615 Freshfields Drive, Kiawah Island

Phone: (843) 718-1978

Hours: Monday – Saturday 10 AM to 7 PM

Tastings: Every Friday & Saturday

Click HERE for tastings & special events

If you’re looking for a local liquor store to stock your vacation villa wet bar, head over to Kiawah Spirits while shopping at Freshfields Village. Kiawah Spirits stock the top 200 spirit brands in the US including 110 small-batch bourbons and ryes, over 100 single malt scotches, and 60+ local spirits including almost all spirits from local Charleston distilleries. If you’re searching for a rare Bourbon, Whiskey, Scotch, or Gin, they’ll order it for you. Kiawah Spirits are closed on Sundays by SC state law.

FortyEight Wine Bar

Location: Freshfields Village, 547 Freshfields Village Drive, Kiawah Island

Phone: (843) 768-2245

Retail Store Hours: 
Monday – Thursday 11 AM to 9 PM
Friday – Saturday 11 AM to 10 PM
Sunday 12 PM to 9 PM

Fancy a fine wine instead? After stocking up at Kiawah Spirits, head next door to FortyEight, a high-tech wine bar, restaurant, and retail store with over 1,000 labels from every varietal and major wine region of the world, and craft beers available to go! Their new SmartCard wine stations feature full-color, high-definition, touchscreens for tastings in three sizes – 1 oz, 3 oz, or 6 oz, with a team of sommeliers to ensure you purchase the perfect wines to take home. Searching for cigars? FortyEight Wine Bar has a humidor with a selection of premium cigars available to purchase.


KIAWAH ISLAND FARMERS’ MARKETS

Freshfields Village Farmers’ Market

Location: The Village Green at Freshfields Village

Distance: 2.6 miles from Kiawah Island Gate

Date: Every Monday June 5 to August 28, 2023

Time: 3 PM to 7 PM 

The summer season on Kiawah Island brings our local Farmers Market to the Village Green at Freshfields Village. Mark your calendars for Monday afternoon, take a bike ride to Freshfields, and enjoy an authentic Lowcountry shopping experience picking up fresh organic produce, sweet and savory treats, and authentic Lowcountry products, arts, and crafts from local vendors. From homemade sweetgrass baskets and Charleston spices to Gullah-inspired delicacies, you’ll love shopping at Freshfields Village Farmers’ Market. 

The Market at Storey Farms

Location: 4104 Betsy Kerrison Pkwy, Johns Island

Distance: 3.7 miles from Kiawah Island Gate

Phone: (843) 243-4040

Hours: 
Tuesday – Saturday 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Closed Sunday & Monday in winter 

Located 2-miles from the Kiawah-Seabrook traffic circle and Freshfields Village, The Market at Storey Farms is a wonderful farm to table market experience with a quaint set up of two containers flanking a tent-covered, open-air market in between. Storey Farms is a treasure trove of locally sourced products with assorted meats and fresh milk from the farm, shelves brimming with homemade breads, pantry staples, locally crafted cheeses, and mouthwatering pies from St. Honoré Pastry, a Charleston favorite! 

Rosebank Farms Market

Location: 3883 Betsy Kerrison Pkwy, Johns Island

Distance: 4.4 miles from Kiawah Island Gate

Phone: (843) 768-0508

Hours: Daily 9 AM to 6 PM
Seasonal April through Christmas

Owned and operated for 30+ years by Charleston natives (and Kiawah Island icons!), Sidi Limehouse and Louise Bennett, Rosebank Farms’ 75-acre farm is known throughout the Lowcountry for quality produce. For summer 2023, the Rosebank Farms Market will be in a new location at the entrance to the Kiawah River waterfront community, still selling quality fruit and veggies, fresh flowers, southern seafood, locally produced grits, organic honey, Storey Farm eggs, and local cheeses like Clemson’s renowned Blue Cheese, a tasty classic of the South. 


GROCERY STORES ON THE ROAD FROM CHARLESTON

Publix Supermarket at West Ashley Place

Location: 3642 Savannah Hwy, Johns Island

Phone: (843) 573-8734

Store Hours: 
Daily 7 AM to 10 PM

Pharmacy Hours: 
Monday – Friday 9 AM to 9 PM
Saturday 9 AM to 7 PM
Sunday 9 AM to 7 PM

If you prefer to pack the grocery shopping into one bulk shop, you can make a midway stop from Charleston, or order ahead for in-store or curbside pickup, at Publix Supermarket at West Ashley Place. This Publix Supermarket and Pharmacy is conveniently located 11 miles from Charleston International Airport, at the intersection of Hwy 17 and Bohicket Rd to Kiawah and Seabrook Island.


KIAWAH ISLAND GROCERY DELIVERY SERVICES

Groceries Ahead

Phone: (843) 216-7630

Prefer to shop online vs. in line? Groceries Ahead have a simple process to shop over 3,000 products online – create an account and shop, check out with your delivery address, check-in time, and rental agency, and arrive at a vacation rental fully stocked with groceries, bathroom and beach essentials, beer, wine, and liquor – Grocery shopping on Kiawah Island has never been easier! This is also the perfect option if you’re arriving late on Saturday – remember there are no liquor sales in SC on a Sunday! A service fee of $100 applies for deliveries to Kiawah Island. 

Delivery Boy

Phone: (843) 212-7040

Hours: Monday – Saturday 4 PM to 9 PM

Delivery Boy is a locally owned and operated delivery service bringing Lowcountry cuisine from Kiawah Island’s favorite restaurants right to the doorstep of your vacation villa –  they’ll even deliver to the beach! Local restaurants serviced by Delivery Boy include La Tela Pizzeria, FortyEight Wine Bar + Kitchen, Fuji Sushi, and Jersey Mike’s Subs at Freshfields Village, as well as Fisher’s and Salty Dog Cafe at Bohicket Marina. In the spirit of supporting local, check out their D.A.D Fund (delivery and a donation!)

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.


6 Best Fishing Locations On Kiawah Island

When it comes to natural beauty and coastal charm, few destinations can compete with Kiawah Island, a beautifully preserved and unspoiled barrier island nestled between the Kiawah River and Atlantic Ocean. Ranked one of the top fishing destinations on the East Coast, Kiawah Island delivers a great Lowcountry fishing experience for all fishing enthusiasts in all four seasons. 

Kiawah Island’s diverse and incredible ecosystem includes 10 miles of pristine beaches, freshwater and brackish ponds, saltwater rivers, and serene marshlands teeming with fish and wildlife. Local fish species include redfish, spotted sea trout, flounder, rays, and sharks with big game fish like tuna, grouper, snapper, and marlin regularly caught in the offshore waters. Unless you’re fishing with a certified charter captain, a fishing license is required on Kiawah Island even for the private docks and fishing ponds. 

Whether you’re seeking to cast your line from a quiet dock or the thrill of reeling in a trophy marlin offshore, we’ve got you covered with the top fishing spots on Kiawah Island. 


1. Beachwalker Park


Combine a classic beach day with surf fishing at Kiawah Island’s Beachwalker Park, ranked one of the best beaches in the US for 2022 by Dr. Beach! Beachwalker Park is public, pet-friendly and a popular spot for surf fishing on the South Carolina coastline with miles of uncrowded scenic shoreline to sit back, cast a line, and wait for a bite. Surf fishing is always best on a rising tide so be sure to check the local tide charts before you head out – or stay steps from the Beachwalker Park boardwalks with Kiawah Exclusives for a daily surf check from home!

2. Kiawah River


Kiawah Island is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and thriving Kiawah River with oyster banks, tidal creeks and salt marshes abounding in saltwater fish species, and Kiawah’s local wildlife. One of the best fishing spots on Kiawah Island is at the Kiawah River inlet near the west end of Beachwalker Park – you may even witness Kiawah’s local dolphin pods fishing for their own food at Captain Sams Inlet. Captain Sams Inlet on the Kiawah River is one of the few places in the world where you can experience the spectacular phenomenon of dolphin’s strand feeding.

3. Night Heron Park


Night Heron Park lies in the heart of Kiawah Island’s East Beach Village and is a central hub for outdoor adventure and nature activities on the island, including fun on-island fishing adventures. The Night Heron Pond near the Heron Park Nature Center is fully stocked with a community fishing dock making it a top spot for family fishing with the kids. Night Heron Park has resident alligators, so always fish from the docks and bridges, not from the banks, and do not reach into the water. Stop by the Heron Park Nature Center for a wide selection of nature tours and family-friendly fishing activities and charters

4. Bass Pond Fishing Dock


There are 60+ ponds and lagoons on Kiawah Island, fully stocked with freshwater fish such as bass, bream, tilapia, and carp. The Bass Pond Fishing Dock is situated near Rhett’s Bluff, through the second gates to Vanderhorst Plantation, and is one of the best ponds for fishing on Kiawah Island. Other popular Kiawah fishing ponds in Vanderhorst include Egret Pond, Canvasback Pond, and Blue Heron Pond. Blue Heron Pond is also a top spot for crabbing on Kiawah Island and be sure to take a break from fishing to climb the observation tower for a 360-degree view of Kiawah’s tranquil landscapes.

5. Bohicket Marina


Bohicket Marina & Market is located between Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island and ranks as one of the best marinas in South Carolina’s Lowcountry. Sail to Kiawah Island and dock at Bohicket Marina, book a guided fishing charter at the Boat Club, or rent a boat for a self-guided fishing excursion along the backwaters of the Edisto River and Bohicket Creek. Don’t be too hasty to head back home! Crack a cold one and snack on fresh seafood at Salty Dog Café while savoring one of the best Lowcountry sunsets ever at Bohicket Marina!

6. Kiawah Island Fishing Charters


Whether you’re learning to fish, on a family fishing vacation, or an expert angler looking for a challenge, nothing beats fishing with a local expert on Kiawah Island. Kiawah Island’s guided fishing charters and boat tours are run by tournament winning captains with years of experience fishing the Lowcountry waters and knowledge of the best secret fishing spots on Kiawah. 

From inshore fishing charters and epic shark fishing in the channels and creeks to full day deep sea adventures on the offshore sandbars, wrecks and artificial reefs, the ultimate fishing experience awaits on Kiawah Island. Search our Exclusives Guide to find a fishing charter to match your level of adventure!

Our Kiawah Exclusives team has been locally operated since 1978! We know the best places to stay and play on Kiawah Island and are happy to assist throughout the vacation planning process. Browse our portfolio of luxury rentals online or call our team on (843) 768-0273 to start planning an epic Lowcountry fishing trip to Kiawah Island.