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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.

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.

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 this summer. 

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 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.

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

Monthly Vacation Guide – April 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.



  1. Blues by the Sea – Join Freshfields Village for the annual Blues by the Sea on April 14th at the Village Green for a free blues show for the entire family.
  2. Lowcountry Strawberry Festival – Located just on the other side of Charleston is the beautiful town of Mount Pleasant! Head over on a scenic 45-minute drive for the annual Lowcountry Strawberry Festival from April 5th-7th and 11th-14th.
  3. Cars & Coffee – Stop by Freshfields Village on April 20th in your favorite ride or browse unique, antique and other cool cars!

  1. 5-Course Wine Pairing Dinner – Enjoy a 5-course Wine and Food Pairing Dinner at FortyEight Wine Bar & Kitchen on April 11th and 18th.
  2. Café Eugenia – A café and gourmet market using locally sourced ingredients to offer an ever-changing assortment of salads, sandwiches, cheese and charcuterie boards.
  3. The Co-Op – The Co-Op is a grab-and-go beach bodega serving breakfast, gourmet sandwiches, coffee, and of course, the famous house-made frosé.
FEAtured Properties

  1. 77 Forestay – Luxurious private vacation home boasting six bedrooms, an outdoor deck, a private pool, and easy beach boardwalk access.
  2. 44 Muirfield Ln – Newly renovated home located on the Turtle Point Golf Course with four bedrooms, community pool access, and just a short 3 minute walk to the beach.
  3. 594 Piping Plover – Custom private home overlooking the Osprey Point Golf Course and Bufflehead Pond. This spacious four bedroom home boasts luxurious living spaces with a private elevator, a large deck and BBQ grill, a tranquil screened porch, and a short bike ride to the beach.


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.

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.


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 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 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 

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!


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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.