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5 Tips To Help Plan Your Dream Kiawah Vacation

There’s no better way to spend your summer season than a trip to the beach. Kiawah Island is a beach destination abounding in natural beauty with 10-miles of award-winning beaches, wetlands and waterways teeming with wildlife and resident bottlenose dolphins, Audubon certified golf courses, tranquil trails weaving through the island, and world-class shopping, dining and resort amenities. 

Here’s our top tips to plan your dream summer vacation, soak up the sun and the slower pace of life, and satisfy your summer wanderlust on Kiawah Island.

1. Arrange Your Transportation

Getting to and around Kiawah Island is easy but with the increasing cost of gas prices and airfares, the first decision is whether to fly or take a classic road trip on your last minute summer getaway. 

Kiawah Island is located approximately 30 miles south from historic Charleston and is an easy drive-to-destination from many east coast cities with most of the major airlines (American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Frontier Airlines, United Airlines, JetBlue, Delta, Silver Airways) offering daily non-stop flights into Charleston International Airport (CHS). 

Rental cars are still in high demand so reserve your rental car at Charleston Airport as well in advance as possible or arrange ground transportation to Kiawah Island. Taxis operate from the Charleston Airport from 5am until after last flight, Charleston Limousine & Shuttle Services offer individual and group transportation, or reserve a ride with Island Transportation, the best local car service on Kiawah Island. 

Once on Kiawah Island there are 30+ miles of interconnected trails to get around by bike or rent an electric cart to buzz about the island (and save on gas!)

2. Create a Vacation Wish List

Whether you’re squeezing in last minute summer fun before school starts or a romantic beach escape surrounded by luxurious Lowcountry leisure, Kiawah Island ticks all the boxes for a dream summer vacation. 

Creating a vacation wish list is where it all comes together! Kiawah Island is a family oriented destination with outdoor activities for every age and adventure level, amazing Lowcountry festivals and events, and a diverse selection of restaurants and cafes with authentic coastal Carolina cuisine. Start planning your last minute beach escape with our Kiawah Island travel blog where we highlight the best places to stay and play on Kiawah Island. 

3. Reserve your Restaurants & Activities

Kiawah Island offers epic eco-adventures, nature programs, golf and tennis, and unique experiences year round! You’ve created a vacation wish list, now it’s time to book your experiences and make your restaurant (and spa day!) reservations to avoid disappointment.

4. Rent Your Vacation Gear

Take the hustle and hassle out of your vacation planning and rent all your vacation gear! From baby gear and beach gear to water sports, bike rentals and electric carts, Kiawah Exclusives partners with reliable locally-owned companies to supply all your beach vacation needs. Reserve your rental gear in advance, have it delivered to your vacation home prior to your arrival, and spend less time planning and more time playing on Kiawah Island.

5. Stay with Kiawah Exclusives

Searching for the perfect vacation rental need not be stressful when you stay with Kiawah Exclusives. We offer a collection of 115+ of the finest vacation rentals on Kiawah Island and a team of local vacation specialists to assist in planning your last minute summer vacation! Browse our portfolio of Kiawah Island vacation rental villas and private vacation homes for last minute availability or take a sneak peak at a few of our favorite summer rentals centrally located in the heart of Kiawah Island’s popular East Beach Village.

Our team has been locally operated since 1978 and are here to assist with your vacation planning. Whether you need guidance finding the perfect last minute rental or recommendations for on-island tours, activities, rentals or dining – our local experts are only a phone call away on (843) 768-0273. We look forward to hosting your last minute summer vacation on Kiawah Island!

Best Fishing Charters on Kiawah Island

Kiawah Island is a destination known for its award-winning white sandy beaches, oceanfront golf courses, and untouched landscapes teeming with wildlife and natural beauty. The island’s pristinely preserved and unique ecosystem of beaches, maritime forests, protected sand dunes, and fragile marshlands are a habitat for a diverse array of beautiful birdlife, wildlife, majestic marine mammals, Loggerhead sea turtles, and fish species inhabiting the local waters. 

Some of the best fishing in the Lowcountry is found right here on the inshore waterways and offshore reefs surrounding the beautiful barrier islands of Charleston, SC. Kiawah Island has lots of on-island fishing spots. You can surf fish from the Kiawah shoreline, cast a line from the fishing docks, bait a fish from a kayak on the Kiawah River, or find prime fishing grounds only a boat ride away on an epic Lowcountry fishing charter. 

Whether you’re seeking a short family fishing charter for the kids, a customized experience, or the thrill of catching a sailfish in the deep blue waters of the Atlantic, you’ll find it here on Kiawah Island. Our local charter captains have spent decades navigating the waters, have an intimate knowledge of the island’s best fishing spots, and provide everything you need for a top-notch Lowcountry fishing experience.  

Types of Fishing Charters 

Inshore Fishing Charters: Inshore fishing charters navigate the smaller channels, creeks, inlets, and marshlands along the thriving Kiawah River. Fish species include common saltwater fish such as spotted sea trout, flounder, croaker, and large schools of redfish feeding on the flats. Sharks are commonly caught on inshore fishing charters.   

Near Coastal & Reef Fishing: Venture one to three miles offshore on an action-packed adventure bottom fishing the wrecks and reefs surrounding Kiawah and Seabrook Island. Near coastal and reef fishing charters are geared for both families and serious anglers with likely catches of redfish, sheepshead, sea bass, cobia, and large sharks too! 

Offshore Fishing: If hunting for big game fish in the Lowcountry is on your bucket list, an offshore fishing charter on Kiawah Island is unbeatable! These full-day charters take you on a deep-sea adventure for a trophy catch of grouper, mahi mahi, tuna, marlin, and a wide variety of shark species. 

Shark Fishing Charters: Sharks are regularly encountered when fishing in Kiawah Island’s waterways and ocean, and it’s a thrill! Shark fishing charters are an extraordinary experience for anglers of all ages and abilities and are geared towards fun and excitement for the whole family.    

Top Tips for a Memorable Lowcountry Fishing Charter 

  • Book well in advance!
  • Dress in layers with light rain gear for changing weather conditions.
  • Wear soft sole, non-marking shoes.
  • Pack sunscreen, a wide-brimmed sun hat, UV protection sunglasses, and bug spray for the South Carolina no-see-ums.
  • Consider motion sickness medication if it’s your first time out on the water!
  • Stock a cooler with snacks and drinks, if required.
  • Bring binoculars for dolphin and wildlife watching.
  • Take 100s of photos for lifelong memories.

Where to Find A Fishing Charter on Kiawah Island?

Night Heron Park

Kiawah Island
Phone: (843) 768-6001

Night Heron Park is a haven for outdoor exploration on Kiawah Island, a destination that connects you with nature, wildlife, and exceptional experiences on land and water. Wherever you stay on Kiawah Island, Night Heron Park is only a short bike ride away and is the best place for on-island fishing, boat charters, eco-tours, and an excellent variety of inshore, nearshore, and shark fishing charters. Other tour options include dolphin encounters, shelling expeditions, sunset cruises, crabbing tours, birdwatching tours, Holy City Harbor cruises, and custom charters for sightseeing in South Carolina’s beautiful barrier islands.

Captain Jacks

Bohicket Marina
Phone: (843) 343-1772

Captain Jack is on deck to take you on a leisurely dolphin cruise, sailing adventure, or customized family fishing charter aboard the Palmetto Tide, a 33-foot sailboat based at Bohicket Marina. A Lowcountry fishing experience with Captain Jack means “It is your day. Your Way!“ – a unique Kiawah Island fishing experience personalized for your family with lifelong fishing memories to match! 

Keen Eye Charters

Bohicket Marina
Phone: (843) 814-8982

Captain Chris at Keen Eye Charters has been a professional guide since 2004 and knows where to find the fish in the Lowcountry waters. Go inshore fishing on the creeks, bottom fishing the wrecks and reefs, trolling offshore for big game fish, or customize a charter for kids fishing! Captain Chris also offers custom 2 or 3-hour charters with sunset cruises, dolphin-watching excursions, crabbing, shelling, and eco-adventures to the barrier islands.

Sonny Boy Charters

Bohicket Marina
Phone: (843) 708-1486

Coastguard Captain Brad is the highly skilled and knowledgeable skipper behind Sonny Boy Charters serving Kiawah & Seabrook Island from Bohicket Marina. Choose from a variety of inshore, nearshore, and shark fishing charters as well as guided dolphin eco-tours, shelling expeditions around the islands, or sunset cruises along the Lowcountry waterways.

Lil Darlin’ Charters

St. Johns Marina
Phone: (843) 442-4706

Departing from St. Johns Yacht Harbor on the Stono River, Lil Darlin’ Charters offer a variety of top-rated eco-tours and fishing charters along the waterways surrounding historic Charleston. Whether you’re a novice, a fishing family or a serious angler, Captain Lindsay’s knowledge of the local waters, passion for fishing, and top-notch fishing gear guarantees a memorable fishing experience during your Kiawah Island vacation

Hook A Vacation Home with Kiawah Exclusives 

Ready to reel in the perfect vacation on Kiawah Island? Hook a luxury vacation home with Kiawah Exclusives. We pride ourselves on offering 100+ of the finest vacation rentals in the beautiful communities on Kiawah Island, ranging from oceanfront and lagoon villas to private cottages on the Kiawah River and luxurious vacation homes for large groups or family reunions. View our exclusive collection of Kiawah Island rentals online or give our team a call at (843) 768-0273.  Our vacation specialists have 40+ years of local knowledge and are happy to assist through the vacation planning process. From hooking you up with a vacation rental to match your needs to local tips and recommendations to create the ultimate vacation itinerary – we’re here to help!

Plan a PGA Golf Vacation on Kiawah Island

Kiawah Island is ranked one of the “Top 25 Golf Islands in the World” and is home to some of the best golf courses in the US, designed by top golf architects and played by many of the greatest legends in golf history. 

Nestled on the South Carolina coastline directly south of Charleston, Kiawah Island is a natural barrier island with miles of stunning Atlantic beaches and tranquil waterways teeming with wildlife, elegant plantation style homes and villas, and a laid-back, luxurious lifestyle of outdoor activities and sporting. 

Known as the “Landscape of Legends”, Kiawah Island boasts two private courses (Cassique Course and River Course) and five award-winning Audubon certified championship courses – Osprey Point by Tom Fazio, Turtle Point by Jack Nicklaus, Cougar Point by Gary Player, Oak Point by Clyde Johnson, and the iconic Ocean Course designed by Alice and Pete Dye.

Kiawah Island’s Iconic Ocean Course

Famous golf course architect Pete Dye has designed over 100 golf courses, yet his true masterpiece is the iconic and internationally renowned Ocean Course on Kiawah Island. Alice and Pete Dye designed and constructed the Ocean Course specifically for the 1991 Ryder Cup, a controversial event widely known as “The War by the Shore”. Kiawah Island began to claim recognition as a top golfing destination on the East Coast. 

The Ocean Course has since hosted many world-class golf events and multiple majors including the 2012 PGA Championship won by Rory McIlroy, and the 2021 PGA Championship with Phil Michelson claiming victory as the oldest golfer to ever win the coveted Wanamaker Trophy. The Ocean Course is one of only a few legendary PGA championship courses open to the public, consistently ranking among the top courses in the USA (and the world!) with endless awards and accolades.

In his autobiography, Pete Dye referred to the 2.5-mile stretch of Kiawah Island shoreline as “one of the greatest pieces of seaside property in the United States”. The spectacular Ocean Course winds through windswept dunes between the salt marshes and the Atlantic Ocean with a layout that ranks it among the most challenging and difficult golf courses in the US. The course boasts the most seaside holes in North America with unpredictable wind shifts, coastal elements, and a combination of sand, grass and marshes to challenge even the best players.

Kiawah Island is the ultimate destination for a beach and golf getaway! Follow in the footsteps of legends as you test your skills with a round of PGA golf on the iconic Ocean Course and return home to experience luxury Lowcountry golf course living with Kiawah Exclusives.

Kiawah Exclusives have been planning beach and golf vacations for our guests since 1978, just shortly after Gary Player’s Cougar Point golf course began welcoming Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s first golfers. Our exclusive collection of 110+ Kiawah Island vacation rentals includes golf vacation villas on the fairways of Cougar Point and Turtle Point, and luxury golf homes in Vanderhorst Plantation, a private gated community behind Kiawah Island’s second set of privacy gates near the Osprey Point Golf Course and Ocean Course. 

Ocean Course Drive

5 Bed, 4.5 Bath, Sleeps 10

Distance to Ocean Course Clubhouse: 2.4 miles

This exceptional Kiawah Island golf course home overlooks Ibis Pond and is situated only minutes from the Kiawah Beach Club and Ocean Course. End your day of challenging golf unwinding by the pool, soaking up the views from your screened porch, and indulging in life’s little luxuries when you spend your golf vacation at this exclusive golf rental on Ocean Course Drive.

Color Me Kiawah

5 Bed, 4.5 Bath, Sleeps 10

Distance to Ocean Course Clubhouse: 1.7 miles

Color Me Kiawah is an award-winning Vanderhorst golf home nestled in old live oaks near the Ocean Course. This elegant home exceeds all expectations with an executive home office to combine work and play, a stunning media room, and a luxury infinity pool and spa overlooking the tidal creeks and marshes. A short bike ride will have you on the Kiawah Island beaches in no time!

Flyway Drive

6 Bed, 8 Bath, Sleeps 12

Distance to Ocean Course Clubhouse: 2.9 miles

If golf and beach access are both top priorities, your search ends here at one of the best homes on Kiawah for a beach and golf vacation combo. 171 Flyway Drive offers 6,500 sq feet of elegant interiors with close proximity to the Ocean Course, a private boardwalk to the beach, and a salt water pool for cool dips after a round of golf or beach day.

Falcon Point

5 Bed, 4.5 Bath, 10 Guests

Distance to Ocean Course Clubhouse: 3.5 miles

Falcon Point is situated slightly inland surrounded by lush Lowcountry landscapes and forever marsh views. This luxury golf home features expansive outdoor decks and porches, a private pool, and timeless interiors making it an idyllic retreat for a PGA golf vacation on Kiawah Island.

Ocean Oaks Court

Distance to Ocean Course Clubhouse: 2.6 miles

Ocean Oaks Court is a quiet cul-de-sac tucked away in a tropical setting near the Kiawah Island beaches and Ocean Course. Kiawah Exclusives represent three luxury plantation style homes close together and perfect for a group golf getaway to Kiawah Island.

305 Ocean Oaks: 4 Bed, 4.5 Bath, Sleeps 8

308 Ocean Oaks: 3 Bed, 3.5 Bath, Sleeps 6

411 Ocean Oaks: 4 bed, 4.5 Bath, Sleeps 10

Browse our full collection of exclusive Kiawah golf homes and villas or contact one of our vacation specialists with the local knowledge and expertise to help you plan the ultimate PGA vacation on Kiawah Island.

The Best Places to Stay & Play on Kiawah Island, SC

At Kiawah Exclusives, we not only offer the best places to stay on Kiawah Island, our team of local vacation specialists know the best places to play too!

Whether you’re still exploring the top island destinations in the US or planning your upcoming vacation to our beautiful South Carolina barrier island, Kiawah Island, we’ve got the scoop on the best places to stay and play on Kiawah Island – winter, spring, summer or fall!


You won’t find touristy high-rise buildings, fast food chains or bustling kitschy boardwalk arcades on Kiawah Island. South Carolina’s Kiawah Island is a natural vacation destination with intimate small town charm, luxury world-class facilities & amenities, and an abundance of recreational activities in South Carolina’s scenic Lowcountry for adventurous nature lovers. 

Take note of Kiawah Exclusives top tips for the best places to play on Kiawah Island:

10-Miles of Award-Winning Beaches

Kiawah Island boasts 10-miles of pristine Atlantic beaches, voted among the most beautiful beaches on the South Carolina coastline. Well-maintained beach boardwalks lead from the villa communities and private homes along the oceanfront and there’s public beach access at Kiawah Island Beachwalker Park in West Beach Village, with a small fee to park (Local tip: ride your bikes!). 

Spend lazy days soaking up the sun, beachcombing for sand dollars, building sandcastles, playing in the tidal pools, or learning to surf the waves! Kiawah Island’s mild temperatures make for year-round beach days – but you’ll need to visit Kiawah Island between April & September for ocean play! You’ll find all you need for a Kiawah Island beach day at Beachwalker Park with beach gear rentals, concession stands, restrooms and showers, and large lifeguarded swimming areas. 

Watch the tides and be sure to add a beach stroll or beach bike ride to your play time on Kiawah Island. Sunrise or sunset is idyllic and the best time of day for wildlife viewing from the beach. Kiawah’s resident dolphins are often seen playing in the ocean, or strand feeding at Captain Sams Inlet, where the Kiawah River meets the Atlantic. From May to September, visitors to Kiawah have the unique experience of encountering nesting sea turtles on the beach and baby hatchlings making their way into the Atlantic Ocean for the first time. (Please – do not disturb!). 

Whatever your idea of beach play, you’ll find it here on Kiawah Island!

Night Heron Park & Nature Center

Night Heron Park is the heart of Kiawah Island and the epicenter of fun! Centrally located in East Beach Village, Night Heron Park offers 21 acres of beautiful outdoor space with shaded walking paths & bike trails, native wildlife & maritime birds as well as the best kids camps, activities and events on Kiawah Island. 

In addition to outdoor adventures in nature, Night Heron Park offers a soccer field, basketball and volleyball court for sports play, a kids playground for the little ones, an archery course, 9-hole disc golf course, and a picnic area and grills on the lagoon for social gatherings in a scenic setting. 

Night Heron Park Nature Center features interactive exhibits to learn about the birdlife and wildlife on the island and is the basecamp for guided tours and nature adventures on Kiawah Island. Experience up close encounters with local wildlife on a dolphin tour or alligator adventure, take a birdwatching walk with a naturalist, or get on the water on a kayak expedition, fishing charter, or surfing lesson! If you’re seeking creative playtime, the Turtles’ Nest Art Studio inside the Nature Center is an open studio that offers craft classes and lessons of all kinds, for all ages! Night Heron Park Nature Center is the base camp for your Kiawah Island activities.

Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Kiawah Island is home to two private courses exclusive to Kiawah Island Club members (Cassique & River Course) and five world-class 18-hole, Par-72 public golf courses – Cougar Point Course in West Beach, Turtle Point Golf Course in East Beach, Osprey Course & Ocean Course in Vanderhorst, and the Oak Point Golf Course on the banks of the Kiawah River. 

From coastal winds, oceanfront holes and scenic Atlantic Ocean views at Turtle Point & Ocean Course to dramatic marsh views in the lush Lowcountry landscapes at Cougar Point, Osprey and Oak Point – Kiawah Island delivers a unique golfing experience for both novices and pros. 

If you’re new to the sport (or looking to improve your golf game), the Tommy Cuthbert Golf Learning Center at Turtle Point offers instruction for every age and skill level with private or semi-private lessons, summer golf clinics with professional PGA Certified Instructors, and state-of the art technology to take your game to the next level.   It’s no secret that Kiawah Island is one of the best golf destinations in the US!

Roy Barth Tennis Center

Kiawah Island is a Gold Medal Tennis Resort consistently ranked among the “Top Tennis Resorts in the World,” – for best tennis staff, professional instruction, children’s tennis programs, and overall! 

The highly acclaimed Roy Barth Tennis Center is open year round with a Pro Shop for retail and rentals, 22 tennis courts, including 10 new Har-Tru courts, and award-winning tennis camps and clinics for all ages and abilities. Take your tennis skills to the next level or learn to play the fastest growing sport in America on Kiawah Island – Pickleball! If tennis (or pickleball!) is your game, Kiawah Island is your idyllic vacation destination!

The Kiawah Island Trails

Two wheels is not only the best way to get around Kiawah Island – it’s the best way to play! Aside from 10-miles of hard packed beaches for bike riding, Kiawah Island has over 30 miles of trails connecting the island – you can literally ride bikes everywhere on Kiawah! 

Bike riding on the Kiawah trails is the best way to explore the diversity of the island and visit the top attractions. The paths are paved, flat and well maintained for the whole family to enjoy – winding through Kiawah’s lush Lowcountry landscapes and diverse ecosystems with tropical wetlands, maritime forests, beach dunes, scenic overlooks and observation towers for wildlife viewing. Bike rentals are readily available on the island with options for the whole family – and discounts for Kiawah Exclusives guests! It’s not only the destination that counts – it’s the journey there!

Kiawah Island Observation Towers

Escape to the island’s observation towers for quiet time and wildlife viewing on Kiawah Island – perhaps even a rare sighting of the elusive Kiawah Island bobcat or resident alligator!

Marsh View Tower is at the end of Marsh Hawk Lane in West Beach overlooking the Cougar Point Golf Course, Lowcountry marshlands and the Kiawah Island bridge in the distance. In Vanderhorst Plantation, there’s a view tower set in the natural habitat at Marsh Island Park or climb the spiral staircase of the Blue Heron Pond Tower near the Cinder Creek kayak launch and pavilion for 360-degree views of Kiawah’s Lowcountry marshlands.

Bass Pond Fishing Dock

Avid anglers can embark on exhilarating fishing charter with tournament winning captains or slip away to the Bass Pond Fishing Dock near Rhett’s Bluff to cast a line in Kiawah Island’s quiet waters. You’ll need a fishing license to fish locally without a guide on Kiawah Island but there’s always a chance to escape into nature in search of a trophy catch.

Crabbing Dock on Blue Heron Pond

Crabbing is one of the top family activities on Kiawah Island and a fun way for the whole family to play (and possibly catch your own dinner!). Low tide is the best time for crabbing in the pristine tidal creeks along the banks of the Kiawah River or head to the community crabbing pier off Blue Heron Pond. No license is required and there is no quantity limit for crabbing on Kiawah, just be sure to throw your catch back if it’s over 5-inches. For the ultimate crabbing experience, book a Kiawah Island crabbing charter – available in the spring & summer crabbing season.

Kiawah Island Wetlands & Waterways

A vacation on Kiawah Island is not complete without cruising, kayaking or paddleboarding the serene waterways. The Night Heron Nature Center offers a variety of charters, guided eco-tours and adventures or pick up a rental and plan your own nature adventure on Kiawah’s waterways. Launch your kayak directly from your Kiawah Island waterfront vacation rental, or you’ll find kayak launches at Mingo Point in West Beach, Rhett’s Bluff, Cinder Creek and Eagle Point Landing. 

Kiawah Island’s thriving and diverse ecosystem of wetlands, waterways and intimate creeks are wildlife rich – teeming with friendly pods of dolphins, a variety of freshwater and saltwater fish, herons, eagles & roseate spoonbills, and wildlife feeding along the banks. No matter what your age or adventure level, there’s a kayak adventure awaiting on Kiawah Island!

Bohicket Marina

For more playtime on the water visit Bohicket Marina, one of the best marinas in the Lowcountry and a top destination for boating in South Carolina. The marina offers wet slips to bring your own boat to Kiawah, fishing charters of the South Carolina Lowcountry with a local captain, and a waterfront market. After a day of water activities, settle in for delicious seafood (or Lowcountry shrimp & grits), island-style sundowners, and a perfect island sunset over the marina from the famous Salty Dog Café.

Freshfields Village

Freshfields Village is located at the crossroads of Kiawah & Seabrook Island and is one of the best places to shop, dine, and play on Kiawah Island. The open-air pedestrian village oozes old world charm and an upbeat vibe with over 30 high-end stores and restaurants, a lakeside dock, and a village green alive with free family-friendly events throughout the year. Whether you’re shopping, checking out the foodie scene, learning to shag dance on the dock, or taking selfies with classic cool cars – the whole family will have loads of fun at Freshfields Village. 

On the subject of selfies – be sure to stop by their insta worthy attractions including the lakeside dock, courtyard fountains, green grass furniture and the Freshfields Village Selfie Wall!

Historic Charleston

Historic Charleston is only 25 miles from Kiawah Island and definitely demands a top spot on your list of things to do on Kiawah Island. Whether you’re a history buff, romantic or family with kids, you’ll find plenty of ways to play in Charleston. Walk the cobblestone streets, take a fun segway tour of Charleston’s historic attractions, or rent an electric bike on Charleston’s bike sharing program and adventure at your own pace.

The Angel Oak Tree

The ancient Angel Oak Tree in Angel Oak Park is worth the stop on your way to Charleston. The ancient live oak is rumored to be over 400-500 years old and is the largest live oak east of the Mississippi. Over 400,000 people visit the Angel Oak each year to picnic in the shade of this magnificent Lowcountry treasure measuring 65-ft tall, 25.5-ft wide and providing over 17,000 sq ft of shade.

South Carolina Aquarium

The South Carolina Aquarium is located in Charleston’s Liberty Square on the Cooper River waterfront and features 9 galleries with over 100 exhibits and over 6,000 aquatic animals! Exhibits include the Piedmont Region of South Carolina, a Mountain Forest, Coastal Plains, a Saltmarsh Aviary, an interactive Touch Tank, and North America’s deepest tank, the Great Ocean Tank.

The South Carolina Aquarium is also home to the Sea Turtle Care Center with a hospital and learning center for visitors to discover the journey of the loggerhead sea turtle from rescue, rehab and recovery to release back into the Atlantic Ocean.

Fort Sumter

Located next to the aquarium is the Fort Sumter Visitor Center with interpretive and visual exhibits, and a regular ferry service for history buffs to visit one of the guardians of Charleston Harbor and the site where the American Civil War began, the Fort Sumter National Monument. The Fort Sumter National Monument is set on an island in Charleston Harbor and is only accessible by boat.

Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry

If you’re planning a family vacation to Kiawah Island, add the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry to your fun activities in Charleston. The museum is designed to encourage family time and stimulate the curiosity and imagination of young minds with interactive zones, organic gardens, pirate ships, a 3D mural, and a safe space for infants and toddlers.

The Sanctuary Spa

While priority bookings are given to guests of The Sanctuary Hotel and Kiawah Island Golf Resorts, Kiawah Island’s Sanctuary Spa is open for reservations to visitors to Kiawah Island. Luxurious spa treatments, full-day spa experiences and 5-star southern hospitality await at The Sanctuary. 

After exploring the best places to play on Kiawah Island, we encourage you to check the kids into Kiawah Island’s fun-filled kids camp and indulge in the luxury of an exclusive Lowcountry spa treatment at The Sanctuary Spa, a Forbes 5-Star Spa in the heart of Kiawah Island.


Kiawah Exclusives have been welcoming guests with unique island experiences for over 40 years! Our exclusive selection of Kiawah Island vacation villas, cottages, beach and golf homes are located in the unique communities and neighborhoods throughout the island and offer guests easy access to the best activities on Kiawah Island, with luxury amenities to play at home! We’ve surely convinced you that Kiawah Island is a destination worthy of every vacation bucket-list, all that’s left is to decide where to stay on Kiawah Island.

West Beach Village

West Beach Village is nestled around the Cougar Point Golf Course and is Kiawah Island’s original neighborhood with old-world charm, a laid-back, casual atmosphere and tranquil serenity in Kiawah Island’s lush Lowcountry landscapes. If you’re looking to stay away from the island’s hub of activity, yet only a short bike ride away, West Beach Village is the Kiawah Island neighborhood for you. Kiawah Island West Beach vacation rentals include: Inlet Cove Cottages, Duneside Villages, Sparrow Pond Cottages, Shipwatch Villas, Seascape Villas, Fairway Oaks, and private golf course and oceanfront homes on West Beach.

East Beach Village

East Beach Village is the heartbeat and central hub of Kiawah Island, anchored by the Forbes 5-star Sanctuary Hotel and Night Heron Park, Kiawah Islands hub of nature activities and family friendly activities and events. You’re centrally located minutes from Kiawah Island’s world-class golf courses, tennis facilities and beautiful beaches. If you’re planning a family vacation to Kiawah Island, East Beach Village puts you in the heart of the top island activities and events.

Kiawah Island East Beach vacation rentals include: Oceanwoods Cottages, Mariners Watch Villas, Windswept Villas, Night Heron Cottages, Parkside Villas, Tennis Club Villas, Turtle Cove Villas, Turtle Point Villas and private vacation homes on Atlantic Beach and the Turtle Point Golf Course.

Vanderhorst Plantation

The Vanderhorst Plantation lies through a second set of security gates on the eastern end of Kiawah Island. This exclusive neighborhood is known for its natural setting, pristine beaches, world-class golf courses, and luxury plantation-style Lowcountry vacation homes nestled oceanfront and along the award-winning fairways of the iconic Ocean Course and Osprey Point Golf Course on Kiawah Island.

Kiawah Exclusives Vacation Rentals

Wherever you choose to stay & play on Kiawah Island, trust Kiawah Exclusives for an enhanced guest experience with local vacation specialists to guide you in planning your vacation, the best places to stay on Kiawah Island and top tips on the best places to play and top activities on Kiawah Island.