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6 Best Fishing Locations On Kiawah Island

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

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

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


1. Beachwalker Park


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

2. Kiawah River


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

3. Night Heron Park


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

4. Bass Pond Fishing Dock


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

5. Bohicket Marina


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

6. Kiawah Island Fishing Charters


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

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

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


Lowcountry Winery & Brewery Guide

Charleston has been voted the No. 1 City in the USA by Travel + Leisure for 11 consecutive years and is the first US destination to earn the coveted No. 1 City in the World ranking. There are 100+ reasons why travelers love Lowcountry living! Our favorites would be the jasmine-scented cobblestone streets lined with antebellum architecture, historical landmarks, romantic horse-drawn carriage tours, sunset harbor cruises, and a treasure trove of tasting opportunities surrounding Charleston’s burgeoning culinary and beverage scene! 

Beyond the beautiful beaches and lavish amenities, the Lowcountry provides a unique vantage point for exploring Charleston’s burgeoning beverage scene. Plan a day trip of wine tasting, brews cruises, and distillery tours in nearby Charleston, discover hidden gems close to home, or simply hop on your bike and ride the trails to one of Charleston’s best wine-tasting venues in Freshfields Village. Get ready to raise your glass to the wineries, breweries, and distilleries of Charleston, just a short drive (or bike ride) from your Kiawah-Seabrook Island getaway.

Palmetto Brewing Company


Open Monday to Thursday | 4 PM – 10 PM, Friday to Saturday | 12 PM – 10 PM, Sunday | 12 PM – 7 PM

Location: 289 Huger St, Charleston

Contact: (843) 937-0903

Head over to historical downtown Charleston and South Carolina’s very first brewery full of fascinating history, one-of-a-kind brews, and classic southern charm at Palmetto Brewing Company! The facility offers a warehouse taproom, speakeasy taproom, and courtyard with a variety of entertainment including games, live music, and more!

Just 26 miles and a 45-minute scenic drive from Kiawah Island, Palmetto Brewing Co. awaits! This family-friendly brewery often features exciting new events like group yoga, illustration workshops, silent disco, karaoke, holiday themed parties, trivia nights, paint & sips, pop-up markets, and much more. Visit their Facebook page for the latest events that you can join in on during your next vacation to the Lowcountry.

Firefly Distillery on Noisette Creek 


Open Monday to Saturday 

Tastings: $13 per person includes a tasting flight of 6 spirits and a souvenir shot glass, or book a Deluxe Group Tasting for $62 per person. Book online HERE

Tasting Room Hours
Monday to Saturday: 12 PM – 6 PM
Friday Happy Hour: 4 PM – 8 PM
Select Sundays: 11 AM – 3 PM 

Location: 4201 Spruill Avenue, North Charleston 

Contact: (843) 557-1405 

Firefly Distillery is a true example of the spirit of innovation that thrives in Charleston’s burgeoning beverage scene. Beginning as a humble offshoot of Deepwater Vineyards, Firefly Distillery rose to regional fame for their house-brewed Firefly Muscadine Vodka, one of the first sweet tea vodkas in the world.   

Now, in a new location on the banks of Noisette Creek in North Charleston, Firefly Distillery features more than 30 innovative spirits including their signature Sweet Tea Vodka, maritime-influenced bourbon, and a tempting array of 10+ moonshine flavors. Book a standard or deluxe group tasting of their hand-crafted spirits, immerse yourself in a world of whiskey heritage on a Master Distiller’s Whiskey Tour & Tasting, or enjoy an exclusive private tour of the distillery and aging barrel rickhouse, available by appointment only. 

The fun at Firefly Distillery doesn’t end at savoring their signature spirits. Enjoy weekly yoga, food trucks, and live music on the porch on Saturdays at the Distillery, visit for Sunday Funday Brunch on select Sundays, or check out their lineup of LIVE at Firefly concerts featuring big artists in a stunning creekside setting, only minutes from historic downtown Charleston.  

Fatty’s Beer Works


Open Monday to Thursday | 4 PM – 9 PM, Friday | 4 PM – 10 PM, Saturday | 12 PM – 10 PM, Sunday | 12 PM – 6 PM

Location: 1436 Meeting Street, Charleston

Contact: (843) 974-5330

Fatty’s Beer Works is well-known across the Lowcountry for good beer, good music, and good times. Their family-friendly taproom is open 7 days a week with a wide range of beers to sample, talented local musicians to experience, and some of Charleston’s best food trucks to taste!

Fatty’s is located 28 miles from Kiawah Island, with a dog-friendly and family-friendly establishment. Bring the whole crew into the Holy City for monthly events, delicious tastings, and convenient food trucks right in the heart of downtown Charleston.

Deepwater Vineyard on Wadmalaw Island 


Open Tuesday to Saturday | 10 AM – 5 PM 

Tastings: $15 per person includes 6 tastings and a souvenir stemless wine glass. Tastings are held every hour on the hour. 

Location: 6775 Bears Bluff Road, Wadmalaw Island 

Contact: (843) 559-6867 

If you’re a wine enthusiast, a short, scenic drive to Deepwater Vineyard is a must-do during your stay on Kiawah-Seabrook Island. Nestled on 48 acres on picturesque Wadmalaw Island, this hidden gem is Charleston’s only domestic vineyard and winery. Deepwater Vineyard is renowned for its mastery of sweet muscadine grapes, the only truly grapes native to the US. They offer tastings every hour on the hour with a unique selection of reds, whites, roses, bubbles, fruit wines, and muscadine and scuppernong grape juice as non-alcoholic options. 

Deepwater Vineyard is located only 22 miles from the crossroads to Kiawah & Seabrook islands at Freshfields Village. It’s an off the beaten path destination brimming with quintessential Lowcountry charm. Here, you can explore lush vineyard grounds and seasonal gardens nestled in the majestic live oaks, tour the winemaking facilities, savor scenic wine tastings, and even make a full day of it with a family picnic. Deepwater Vineyard is super family-friendly! There’s a spacious lawn area with swings and games, a petting zoo for the kids, an outdoor patio bar, and a pet-friendly tasting room if you’re traveling with Fido. As you explore, watch out for the miniature Brahma bull that lives in the vineyard. Mark your calendars! Every Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM, Deepwater Vineyard hosts Weekend Wine-Down with food trucks, live local music, and tastings in a setting that will transport you back in time. Reservations are not required except for large groups (6+), for which they recommend booking a private tasting.

Firefly Distillery on Noisette Creek 


Open Monday to Saturday 

Tastings: $13 per person includes a tasting flight of 6 spirits and a souvenir shot glass, or book a Deluxe Group Tasting for $62 per person. Book online HERE

Tasting Room Hours
Monday to Saturday: 12 PM – 6 PM
Friday Happy Hour: 4 PM – 8 PM
Select Sundays: 11 AM – 3 PM 

Location: 4201 Spruill Avenue, North Charleston 

Contact: (843) 557-1405 

Firefly Distillery is a true example of the spirit of innovation that thrives in Charleston’s burgeoning beverage scene. Beginning as a humble offshoot of Deepwater Vineyards, Firefly Distillery rose to regional fame for their house-brewed Firefly Muscadine Vodka, one of the first sweet tea vodkas in the world.   

Now, in a new location on the banks of Noisette Creek in North Charleston, Firefly Distillery features more than 30 innovative spirits including their signature Sweet Tea Vodka, maritime-influenced bourbon, and a tempting array of 10+ moonshine flavors. Book a standard or deluxe group tasting of their hand-crafted spirits, immerse yourself in a world of whiskey heritage on a Master Distiller’s Whiskey Tour & Tasting, or enjoy an exclusive private tour of the distillery and aging barrel rickhouse, available by appointment only. 

The fun at Firefly Distillery doesn’t end at savoring their signature spirits. Enjoy weekly yoga, food trucks, and live music on the porch on Saturdays at the Distillery, visit for Sunday Funday Brunch on select Sundays, or check out their lineup of LIVE at Firefly concerts featuring big artists in a stunning creekside setting, only minutes from historic downtown Charleston.  

Low Tide Brewing on John Island


Open Seven Days a Week 

Tastings: $15 per person includes a flight of 4x4oz beers and a souvenir flight glass. 

Tap Room Hours
Monday to Thursday: 3 PM – 10 PM
Friday & Saturday: 12 PM – 12 AM
Sunday: 12 PM – 10 PM 

Location: 2863 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island 

Contact: (843) 576-9194 

When you’re craving a local craft beer, Charleston’s award-winning Low Tide Brewing is located only 13 miles from the crossroads to Kiawah and Seabrook Island. As John Island’s first brewery, Low Tide Brewing’s mission is to create distinctive beers that perfectly complement South Carolina’s lush landscapes and Lowcountry cuisine. Their core beers include Tide Chaser IPA, Sweet Caroline Kolsch, Tura’Lu Irish Red Ale, and Aloha Beaches, voted the best locally brewed beer in Charleston. 

Low Tide Brewing is family-friendly with an inviting and laid-back atmosphere. You can enjoy bingo, compete in cornhole tournaments, and savor daily offerings from some of the best food trucks in Charleston. Reservations are required for large groups (10+) and you can purchase 32-oz Crowlers, 64-oz Growlers, and Sixtel Kegs (⅙ of a full keg) to take your favorite brews back home. For those staying on Kiawah-Seabrook Island, you can find their Ocean Course Ale at the Nest Market in Night Heron Park on Kiawah Island – perfect for during or after a round of PGA golf

Forty-Eight Wine Bar


Open Seven Days a Week 

Wine Bar & Kitchen Hours 
Cheese & Wine Days: Monday to Thursday 12 PM – 5 PM
Lunch: Friday to Sunday 12 PM – 3 PM
Dinner: Daily 5 PM – 9 PM 

Location: 547 Freshfields Drive, Kiawah Island 

Contact: (843) 768-2245 

FortyEight – Wine Bar & Kitchen in Freshfields Village offers an exceptional wine-tasting experience right in the heart of Kiawah and Seabrook Island. With high-tech WineStations featuring full-color, HD touch screens, you can explore 48 wines by the glass from every major varietal and wine region in the world. What’s more, you have three tasting sizes to choose from: 1 oz, 3 oz, and 6 oz. Simply top up your WineStation SmartCard and sip away! 

In addition to the extensive wine selection, FortyEight Wine Bar & Kitchen also serves a choice of craft beers from local and regional microbreweries, a seasonal cocktail list, mix & match cheese and charcuterie boards, and a menu of Lowcountry specials. Check out the WineStations for suggested food and wine pairings. To enhance your wine-tasting experience, there’s live music on the patio every Wednesday from 5 PM to 7:30 PM, along with exclusive wine dinners and tasting events year-round. If you prefer to sip and savor in the comfort of your island retreat, FortyEight has over 1,000 wine labels and craft beers available to go. 


Book Your Dream Getaway on Charleston’s Beaches 

After a day of exploring the wineries and breweries, you’ll need a welcoming destination to unwind and savor your bounty of local beverages. At Kiawah-Seabrook Exclusives, we’ve got you covered! Our exclusive collection of luxury vacation homes, villas, and condos offers comfort, convenience, and the coastal charm of Charleston’s beautiful beaches, and our team has 40+ years of local knowledge and insider tips we love to share with our guests! Come sip and savor Charleston’s best beverages with us on Kiawah-Seabrook Island. 

Find the ultimate Lowcountry vacation retreat and start planning your dream getaway to the islands and beaches of the South Carolina Lowcountry with Kiawah Exclusives and Seabrook Exclusives. Book online or call our team of vacation specialists to assist in your vacation planning – no one knows the islands quite like us!


Fun Facts About Kiawah Island

Kiawah Island is a destination known for its pristine natural beauty, luxurious resort amenities, award-winning golf and tennis facilities, and intimate encounters with dolphins, sea turtles, and local wildlife in their natural habitat. 

Situated on 10 miles of Atlantic coastline and surrounded by South Carolina’s lush Lowcountry landscapes, Kiawah Island is one of the most beautiful barrier islands on the East Coast. Kiawah Island has a rich and storied past, boasts endless awards and accolades, and offers guests one of a kind experiences and unique eco-adventures for a beach vacation with a difference!


Kiawah Island Boasts Endless Awards & Accolades

Kiawah Island boasts endless awards and accolades. In 2021, Kiawah Island was ranked among the Top 10 Islands in the Continental US by Travel+Leisure, Top Islands in the Continental US by Conde Nast Traveler, and Top 10 Beaches in America by Dr. Stephen Leatherman (aka Dr. Beach). Additionally, Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s tennis facilities and golf courses ranked best in the world, and among the best in the world respectively. 

For the fourteenth consecutive year, The Sanctuary Hotel and The Spa at The Sanctuary received the Five Star rating from Forbes Travel Guide and, for the second consecutive year, Travel+Leisure World’s Best Awards ranks The Sanctuary the number one resort in South Carolina. 

Our exclusive collection of luxury Kiawah Island vacation homes, vacation villas, and monthly snowbird rentals place you steps from Kiawah Island’s award-winning beaches, natural attraction and eco-activities for an unforgettable island vacation.


Pirates Once Inhabited Kiawah Island

Kiawah Island is more than a luxury vacation destination, there’s a rich and colorful history beneath the natural beauty! Kiawah Island was named after the Kiawah Indians that inhabited the South Carolina sea islands in the 17th century. The English colonists arrived in 1670, the land passed through the hands of high-ranking men, infamous pirates, plantation farmers, and on to the Vanderhorst family shortly before the Revolutionary War (1775 to 1783). The Vanderhorst family privately owned Kiawah Island until 1950. 

Today, the Bass Pond site and Arnoldus Vanderhorst Mansion are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and, if you’re visiting Kiawah Island with kids, be sure to take a cruise with the Pirates of Charleston.


From Lumbermen to Luxury Resort Living

In 1950, lumberman and real estate developer, Charles Clance Royal, purchases Kiawah Island for logging and timber, at a price of $125,000.  In 1954, CC Royal builds the first beach home on Kiawah Island, names the first street after his wife, Eugenia, and Kiawah Island slowly starts to grow. In 1974, only twenty-four years after his investment, CC Royal sells Kiawah Island on to developers for $17 million, real estate development begins, and approximately $200 million is invested into the growth of Kiawah Island Golf Resort.  


The Waterways are Wild

Nearly 20% of Kiawah Island is made up of water, and those waterways are wild! Whether you’re tracking sea turtles, experiencing dolphins in their natural habitat, or fishing for a trophy catch, there’s a wild encounter for every nature lover and outdoor enthusiast on Kiawah Island. The tidal creeks, salt marshes, rivers and ocean waters abound in tranquility, wildlife, and endless opportunities for eco-friendly outdoor adventures

For travel inspiration and to find an eco-tour or activity to suit your level of adventure, bookmark our guide to The Best Places to Stay & Play on Kiawah Island. Our Lowcountry waterways may be wild, but they’re gentle enough for every age and ability to experience.


You Can Book a Tee-Time on a Rare Public PGA Golf Course

There are not many public courses that can claim to have hosted the PGA Championships more than once! Kiawah Island Golf Resort is one of the premier golf destinations in the US with seven award winning golf courses on the narrow island, five of which are public, including the PGA Ocean Course designed by Pete and Alice Dye in 1991. The Ocean Course was designed specifically for the 1991 Ryder Cup and boasts ten seaside holes along the Atlantic coastline – the most seaside holes in the Northern Hemisphere. 

Other championship courses at Kiawah Island Golf Resort include Cougar Point Golf Club, the first golf course on Kiawah Island by Gary Player (1976), Turtle Point by Jack Nicklaus (1981), Osprey Point by Tom Fazio (1988), Ocean Course by Pete Dye (1991), River Course by Tom Fazio (1995), and Oak Point by Clyde Johnson (1997). Fun fact – The Legend of Bagger Vance was filmed on the Kiawah Island Ocean Course.


You Can Bike Everywhere on Kiawah Island

Kiawah Island is one big, gated community and you can literally bike everywhere! The island boasts quiet streets for bike riding, 30+ miles of paved, shaded and scenic trails, and 10 miles of uninterrupted shoreline for beach bike rides. Wherever you stay on the island, you’re simply a short bike ride away from Kiawah Island’s top tours and activities, golf and tennis, and open-air shopping, dining and events at Freshfields Village. 

Our Kiawah Island vacation rentals are scattered throughout the island making it easy to hop on your bike to get around. Guests of Kiawah Exclusives receive a 5% discount from Surfscooter Bike Rentals, a locally-owned and operated business serving visitors to Kiawah Island since 1981.


Experiences Unique to Kiawah Island

There are only a handful of spots you can horse ride on the beach on the East Coast, neighboring Seabrook Island is one of them! The Seabrook Island Equestrian Center offers horseback rides along the shoreline and scenic trail rides through the forests for Seabrook Island residents and non-residents. The horseback rides trail along Seabrook North Beach, one of the few destinations in the world where visitors can witness the rare phenomenon of dolphin’s strand-feeding. 

If you’re taking a scenic drive from Kiawah Island, other experiences unique to the area include trolley tours of the Charleston Tea Plantation on Wadmalaw Island , America’s only commercial tea plantation, and picnics under the ancient 65-foot Angel Oak on the road to Charleston, known to be the oldest living thing east of the Mississippi River.


Lowcountry Living is Easy!

It’s the laid-back Lowcountry lifestyle that attracts many of our guests to Kiawah Island, our slice of paradise on the South Carolina coastline. The Lowcountry lifestyle is about embracing a slower pace and the simple things in life – the beauty of Mother Nature, small town farmers markets, local community-led events, and sustainable living that feeds back to the local community. 

Kiawah Island is internationally recognized as a destination for luxury, eco-friendly resort living. Kiawah Exclusives represent a collection of 100+ of the finest resort rentals on Kiawah Island with luxury amenities, unparalleled guest services, and a local team on hand to personalize your vacation experience. Lowcountry living is easy with Kiawah Exclusives.


How To Bike Around Kiawah Island?

Nestled on South Carolina’s Atlantic coastline between the historic City of Charleston and the private oceanfront resort community of Seabrook Island is Kiawah Island. Kiawah is a vacation destination with vast and scenic Lowcountry landscapes best explored on two wheels to venture freely. 

With over 30-miles of paved flat paths connecting the island from West Beach Village and East Beach Village to Vanderhorst Plantation, and beyond, you can take a “park and forget it approach” on Kiawah Island. Kiawah Island’s tranquil Lowcountry bike trails are all you need for getting around, sightseeing, shopping, and socializing on your vacation.


WHERE TO FIND BIKE RENTALS ON KIAWAH ISLAND?

Save money, pack light and plan your bike adventures on Kiawah Island with Surfscooter Rentals (Bonus: 5% discounted rates for all Kiawah Exclusives guests)! Surfscooter Rentals have been serving our guests to Kiawah and Seabrook Island with unbeatable customer service and southern hospitality for over 20 years! 

The rental process is simple and hassle free – pick the bike rentals and gear best suited for your pedal adventures, order direct online, and have everything delivered right to your vacation rental, ready to hit the trails on arrival – there’s no need to even be there! They conveniently pick up on departure too.

Whether you’re on a romantic rendezvous or an unplugged family vacation for you and the kids, there’s a set of wheels with your name on it! Surfscooter Rentals have all the bike gear to get your whole family on the trails and beach. Surfscooter’s high quality and well maintained bike rentals include 24-26” adult bikes, 16-20” kids bikes, baby seat rentals, chariot rentals, tag-a-longs, and bike trailers to load up and venture beyond Kiawah Island. Any problems, they’ll come find you and make a swap! 


THE BEST BIKE ROUTES ON KIAWAH ISLAND

The bike trails follow the main roads on Kiawah Island including Kiawah Island Parkway, Governor’s Drive, Ocean Course Drive and Flyway Drive. Ride your bikes to the shore, store, and golf tee times, or venture off the beaten path to explore secret spots on the island not accessible by car. Here’s a guide to our favorite bike routes on Kiawah Island!

Beachwalker Park

The 10-mile stretch of shoreline at Beachwalker Park is consistently ranked one of Dr Beach’s Top 10 Beaches in America. When you’re not enjoying a classic beach day, Beachwalker Park is one of the best places to ride bikes on Kiawah Island as well as experience our local wildlife. Head out after a high tide for hard packed sands, watch dolphin’s strand feeding at Captain Sams Inlet, and take a slow ride along the shoreline to the award-winning PGA Ocean Course in Vanderhorst. Surfscooter’s bike rentals are built for the sand and there are dozens of boardwalks making beach bike riding easily accessible – and fun!

Night Heron Park

Night Heron Park is nestled in the heart of East Beach Village with 21 acres of gorgeous scenery, ponds, and tranquil walking and biking paths in the ancient oaks, perfect for a family bike ride and nature adventure. Begin your bike ride at the Heron Park Nature Center, spot wildlife in the wetlands, stop for lunch at Night Heron Bar and Grill, and end your day with a classic Lowcountry eco-adventure or water activities offered by Kiawah Resort.    

Mingo Point

Pack a picnic and bike to Mingo Point, located just outside the main Kiawah Island gate near West Beach Village. 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 and rent a kayak or SUP to play on the water. From Mingo Point pedal along the Kiawah Island Parkway trail to Marsh View Tower for expansive views of Cougar Point Golf Course and the Kiawah Island wetlands. Bring the binoculars and the camera!

Vanderhorst Plantation

Vanderhorst Plantation is situated through the second set of gates on Kiawah Island, accessible only to residents and guests. But, you can venture through on the bike trails! The Kiawah Island Parkway leads to the Bass Pond and fishing dock and beautiful scenery in Rhett’s Bluff. Ride the trail along Governor’s Drive to the Marsh Island Park View Tower, Blue Heron Pond Observation Tower, and on to Eagle Point Landing. Wind your way towards the Atlantic to the Ocean Course, home of the 2021 PGA Championship, for sundowners at the Ryder Cup Bar. This Kiawah Island bike route is soaked in serenity with sweeping wetland views, maritime forests, marshlands, lagoons, and an abundance of wildlife.  

Freshfields Village

The bike routes are not limited to the island and extend past the guardhouse on to Freshfields Village, 1.8-miles from the Main Gate. Freshfields Village has it all – amazing restaurants and cafés, open air shopping, spas and salons, wine and whisky tastings, jazz nights, and fabulous farmers markets, festivals, and events on the Village Green. It’s family-friendly, pet-friendly, and a short bike ride from Kiawah Island. The bike trail continues on to Bohicket Marina, home of the famous Salty Dog Café, boat rentals and charters, and insta worthy South Carolina sunsets, then on to the private resort community of Seabrook Island.


RULES FOR RIDING THE KIAWAH TRAILS

  • Keep to the right on all trails.
  • Announce your presence when approaching or overtaking.
  • Observe all STOP signs.
  • Lights must be used after dark.
  • Helmets are encouraged but not required.
  • Bicycles must be parked only in designated areas.
  • Bikes are not allowed on the golf cart paths.
  • Please walk bicycles across the beach boardwalks and stay away from the dunes.
  • Biking and jogging on the road is prohibited when there is a designated bike path nearby.
  • When a bike path is not available, please ride single file, near the curb, and with the flow of traffic
  • E-bikes are prohibited on Kiawah Island, only bicycles and non-electric scooters are allowed on the trails.
  • The Town of Kiawah requests that bikes are not visible from the street. Please store bikes responsibly after your adventures.

UNWIND WITH KIAWAH EXCLUSIVES

After all that pedaling, Kiawah Exclusives have the perfect place to put your feet up, relax and unwind in style. Our selection of 100+ Kiawah Island vacation rentals include villas and homes in West Beach Village, East Beach Village, and through the second set of gates in Vanderhorst Plantation, all a quick bike ride away from wherever you choose to adventure on Kiawah Island. 

Browse our luxury Kiawah Island rentals online, call our on-island team on (843) 768-0273 to assist with vacation planning, or if you’re dreaming of owning your own Lowcountry retreat on Kiawah Island, our real estate partner Pam Harrington Exclusives can make that dream a reality! 

We hope to see you on the Kiawah Island bike trails soon! 


5 Best Labor Day Weekend Events on Kiawah Island

Labor Day is an annual celebration of American labor achievements and contributions… So it’s the perfect time to party with your friends and family, right? There’s no better way to celebrate with your favorite people than attending local events, relaxing on the beach, or taking a trip to one of America’s top destinations for luxury resort living in harmony with nature…. Kiawah Island!

There are several events taking place around town for the whole family to enjoy, from fireworks and dancing to restaurants and live music. Check out our favorite events to share with your crew below.


1. Lowcountry Jazz Festival

September 2nd – 3rd, 2023

Gaillard Center in Charleston, SC

Take a scenic 45-minute trip to Charleston for South Carolina’s premier annual Smooth Jazz event continues its Labor Day weekend tradition, kicking off the weekend with a stellar lineup.

2. Edisto Beach Shag Festival

September 1st – 3rd, 2023

Bay Creek Park in Edisto Beach, SC

Take an hour trip over to Edisto Island to dance the night away to favorite coastal shag hits or enjoy food, drinks, arts & crafts, and more fun for the whole family.

3. Labor Day Concert at Kaminski House Museum

September 4th, 2023
6:00PM – 7:00PM

Kaminski House Museum in Georgetown, SC

Take a day trip to Georgetown for a free outdoor concert featuring the Indigo Choral Society. Bring your picnic basket, lawn chairs, and blankets to celebrate on the lawn under the stars!

4. Labor Day Weekend Music on the Green

September 1st, 2023
Julio & The Saltines
6:00PM – 9:00PM

Freshfields Village in Kiawah Island, SC

Bring your blankets and chairs for the Music on the Green Concert Series from 6:00 to 9:00 pm! This free, family friendly concert series features a variety of music from regional bands including beach music, country, and more.

5. Labor Day Weekend Art Show and Sale

TBD
Check out the events page for the most up-to-date information HERE!

Seabrook Island Artist Guild in Seabrook Island, SC

Drive over to neighboring Seabrook Island for one of the biggest shows of the year for many talented and prized artists of the Seabrook Island Artist Guild. Expect to see oil paintings, watercolors and pastels of seascapes, landscapes, wildlife and more.


Stay with Kiawah Exclusives this Labor Day Weekend


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!

How To Plan a 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 is home to some of the best golf courses in the nation designed by world-renowned golf architects and played by some of the greatest legends in golf history. The Island is home to five award-winning golf courses, including the famed Ocean Course designed by Pete Dye and several other luxurious and oceanfront fairways.

With five Audubon certified championship courses to choose from, it can be difficult to find the perfect course to explore on your next vacation. We’ve put together this guide ranking all the golf courses on Kiawah Island to help you plan your must-play golf courses list!


1. The Ocean Course

The Ocean Course is ranked the #4 Public Golf Course in the US and ranked among the Top 25 of 100 Greatest US Golf Courses by Golf Digest. Kiawah’s Ocean Course is a true test of skill for avid golfers as a par 72 course with 18 holes designed by Pete and Alice Dye.

This course lies at the easternmost point of the island with ten holes hugging the Atlantic Ocean, making it the most beachfront course in the Northern Hemisphere. While this makes for one-of-a-kind unmatched scenery as you golf with a panoramic ocean view, it also exposes players to difficult breezes and unpredictable winds. If you’re up for the challenge, The Ocean Course is the number one course on Kiawah Island that should be first on your must-play list!


2. Oak Point Golf Course

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. The par 72 course features 18 holes designed by Clyde Johnston, a well-known Southeastern golf architect. 

Think you have what it takes to take on the Oak Point Golf Course with strategy over power? Then Oak Point Golf Course should be next on your list!


3. Osprey Point Golf Course

Osprey Point Golf Course started out as just a private members-only golf course, but quickly became well-known for its playability and notable layout. Now known as one of Kiawah’s championship Audubon certified courses, Tom Fazio led its renovation in 2014.

Every hole on the Osprey Point Golf Course is notable, with four par-3s, four par-5s, and ten par-4s ranging from 340 to 461 yards. If you’re up for the challenge, head over to Osprey Point Golf Course for a challenging but memorable day on the green!


4. Turtle Point Golf Course

The Turtle Point Golf Course underwent extensive renovations in 2016 with architectural and design assistance from Jack Nicklaus and his team. Since these improvements, the course has seen rave reviews from fans and golfers across the nation. The par 72 course features 18 holes with new Paspalum grass, rebuilt bunkers, laser-leveled tee boxes, and reestablishment of irrigation.

Ready to test these improvements for yourself and prove Jack Nicklaus’ “mind over muscle” strategy? Add the Turtle Point Golf Course to your list!


5. Cougar Point Golf Course

Cougar Point Golf Course reopened in 2017 after undergoing 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.

Whether you’ve played this beloved course before its renovations or you’re new to Kiawah’s golfing scene– Cougar Point Golf Course is a must on your next trip!


Stay On The Golf Course

Planning a golf getaway to Kiawah Island? Stay in one of our exclusive vacation rentals right on the golf course with unique accommodations to suit your needs–  including elevators for easy access, four plus bedrooms for large families, villas for a quick weekend trip, and more!

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.


2024 Summer Event Calendar for Kiawah Island

Kiawah Island is a stunning barrier island nestled on the South Carolina coastline that offers visitors the opportunity to engage in endless adventures and activities, or simply do nothing at all! Summer is a season of fun on Kiawah Island and each day brings new adventures, unique recreational experiences, and exciting summer events focused on the Lowcountry lifestyle and old-fashioned fun for the whole family! 

Spend your days soaking up the sun at Beachwalker Park, exploring Night Heron Park’s trails and activities, kayaking the serene waterways, shopping our quaint summer farmers markets, honing your skills on Kiawah’s famous golf courses, and celebrating summer at Kiawah Island’s festive summer events & festivals. 

Summer is the perfect season to stroll the farmers’ markets, pick up fresh produce and preserves for tasty homemade feasts, delicious desserts (go ahead – you’re on vacation!), and unique gifts and souvenirs of your Kiawah Island vacation. Our local farmer’s markets are traditionally Lowcountry and worth a visit during your summer stay on Kiawah.


KIAWAH ISLAND SUMMER EVENTS

NIGHT HERON PARK ACTIVITIES & EVENTS


LOCATION: Kiawah Island Parkway, Kiawah Island 

EVENTS & ACTIVITIES: View all events and activities HERE 

RESERVATIONS: Call (843) 768-6001 for event and activity reservations 

Night Heron Park abounds in natural beauty and is the epicenter of fun on Kiawah Island. The Night Heron Park Nature Center offers an exciting selection of eco-tours & adventures, cruises and charters, unique Kiawah Island experiences, and endless activities every day of the year, with an extra dose of fun in the summer season! If you need a little summer inspiration, here’s our top pick of Night Heron Park nature activities to add to your summer bucket-list adventures on Kiawah Island!

  • Kayaking & SUP Excursions
  • Coastal, Reef, Creek & Shark Fishing Charters
  • Eco Tours & Shelling Expeditions along the Kiawah River
  • Sunrise Yoga & Fitness Classes on Sanctuary Beach
  • Sunset Cruises & Dolphin Encounters
  • Unique Kiawah Wildlife & Alligator Adventures
  • Birdwatching Walks with a Naturalist
  • Learn to Surf Camps & Lessons
  • Turtles’ Nest Art Studio Creative Programs
  • Charleston Harbor Cruises & Sightseeing Tours

Cars & Coffee


Freshfields Village Cars & Coffee is a popular Kiawah Island event that runs throughout the year on the 3rd Saturday of every month. Classics, collectibles, and super cool cars and motorcycles line the Village Green, car enthusiasts network and share stories of their classics, and delicious coffee, pastries & breakfasts are served at Java Java in Freshfields Village.

LOCATION: Freshfields Village Green

DATE: 3rd Saturday of each month year-round  

TIME: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

ADMISSION: FREE!

Music on the Green


Freshfields Village Music on the Green kicks off with a special two-night series on Memorial Day weekend and ends with a grand finale on Labor Day weekend. Throughout the summer locals, families, and visitors to Kiawah Island gather on the Village Green with blankets, chairs, and picnics to enjoy a night of local music on the stage. Freshfields Village Music on the Green is free, family-friendly, and a not to be missed Kiawah Island summer tradition with good, laid-back island vibes!

LOCATION: Freshfields Village Green

DATE: Friday – Memorial Day to Labor Day

TIME: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

ADMISSION: FREE!

2023 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: TBD

Summer Oyster Roast


You can’t visit Kiawah Island without attending an oyster roast on the banks of the Kiawah River – the beautiful setting alone is enough to make your mouth water! It’s the best way to sample the flavors of the Lowcountry and, while it’s a celebration of our fresh local oysters, you’ll find everything from BBQ ribs and pulled pork, traditional southern side dishes and delicious desserts, coupled with live music, exquisite sunsets, and loads of family fun.

LOCATION: Mingo Point, 876 Kiawah Island Parkway 

DATES:
May 25th
June 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
July 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
August 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, 31st

NEW for 2024:
Each Mingo Point date includes two seatings for guests to choose from when purchasing tickets: 5:00pm – 7:00pm and 7:30pm – 9:30pm.

  • No walk up ticket purchases will be allowed or honored
  • Limited capacity is available for each seating – once a seating is sold out, that date or time will no longer be available to book online
  • Tickets must be purchased by 9am the day of the event
  • All attendees must have a ticket regardless of age
  • There are no physical tickets, you will be emailed a receipt as your confirmation
  • All purchases are final – no refunds will be issued in the event of inclement weather

Reserve your Mingo Point tickets HERE!

Salute from the Shore


Salute from the Shore is a 4th of July flyover of F16s, Military C17s, and vintage planes that stretches the entire length of the South Carolina coastline! Beachgoers head down to the 10 miles of coastline on Kiawah Island adorned in red, white, and blue to salute and honor America’s armed forces from the shore. Support the cause by purchasing your Salute from the Shore swag, record and share your salute (#salutefromtheshore) and be part of a 13-year Independence Day tradition on Kiawah Island.

LOCATION: Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island

DATE: July 4, 2024

TIME: Fly-Over Schedule

Fourth of July on Kiawah


DATE: July 4, 2024

The Fourth of July is a weeklong celebration on Kiawah Island! It’s our favorite time of year and Kiawah Island goes all out to celebrate the birth of our nation. Independence Day celebrations on Kiawah Island include a traditional Mingo Point Oyster Roast & BBQ on the Kiawah River, a patriotic bike parade led by local firemen down Sea Forest Drive, followed by family festivities at Night Heron Park with pool parties, jumping castles, carnival games, and loads of summertime fun! The evening ends with Independence Day fireworks at Sanctuary Beach.

Weekend Wine Down


Deep Water Vineyard on Wadmalaw Island is the Charleston area’s only vineyard, producing some of the best home-grown wine in South Carolina. Nestled amidst the marshlands and historic oaks on Wadmalaw Island, Deep Water Vineyard offers daily self-guided tours and tastings, private tastings and special events by reservation, and an annual Weekend Wine Down all summer long! The weekend wine downs happen rain or shine every Saturday from 10AM-5PM.

LOCATION: 6775 Bears Bluff Rd, Wadmalaw Island

DATE: All summer long!

TIME: 10 AM to 5 PM

TASTINGS: Offered every hour on the hour, $15 gets you a tasting of 6 samples of wine and a souvenir stemless glass.

DRINKS: The outdoor patio bar offers lots of fun libations, wine by the glass/bottle/flight, wine slushies, an ever-rotating draft meads, samples of our still meads, bloody marys made with our jalapeño wine, and mimosas!

Local’s Tip: Ocassionally they’ll throw a curveball in there just to keep it interesting too!

FOOD TRUCKS / LIVE MUSIC: They offer a food truck and live music every wine down, check out the info below for who is on today.

DOGS / KIDS: Go ahead, have a glass of wine with your 4-legged pal! Kids are also welcome, they may be asked to sit away from the bar if we are full of adult tasters (but they’ll still be within eyeshot).  Also offered for the whole family: swurfer/swing, cornhole, and other lawn games.

MORE INFO: Well behaved owners with their leashed dogs are permitted everywhere on property, including our tasting room. Please note that they do have a number of animals (rabbits, pigs, chickens, ducks, geese, and a miniature brahma cow).

Connect to their Facebook page for events schedule and tickets! 



Spoleto Festival USA


Kiawah Island is only 25 miles from historic Charleston, a city of endless celebrations, festivals, and events. There are many Charleston sightseeing tours and cruises from Kiawah Island and most of our guests choose to set a day aside on their Kiawah vacation to explore the historic sites, old-world charm, and top attractions of Charleston. 

If you’re visiting Kiawah Island in the late spring – early summer season, the Spoleto Festival USA is not to be missed and Kiawah Island makes an idyllic basecamp! The Spoleto Festival USA is the American version of the Festival dei Due Mondi (Festival of Two Worlds) in Spoleto Italy and features hundreds of events centered around the arts in several venues including Charleston’s historic theaters, churches, and open spaces.

LOCATION: Various locations in Charleston, SC 

DATE: May 22 – June 9, 2024

ADMISSION: Buy Tickets HERE

2024 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

View the Full Schedule of 2024 Performances HERE!


KIAWAH ISLAND SUMMER FARMERS MARKETS


Summer is the perfect season to stroll the farmers markets, pick up fresh produce and preserves for tasty home-made feasts, delicious desserts (go ahead – you’re on vacation!), and unique gifts and souvenirs of your Kiawah Island vacation. Our local farmers markets are traditionally Lowcountry and worth a visit during your summer stay on Kiawah.

Freshfields Village Farmers Market


Freshfields Village Green | Mondays – June, July & August | Time: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Freshfields Village offers an upscale shopping experience on Kiawah Island with over 30 high-end stores, eateries for Lowcountry dining, fun events and a fantastic weekly summer farmers market. There are several unique vendors with organic produce, sweet & savory foods, fresh caught seafood, and Lowcountry arts and crafts. Pick up a southern style BBQ dinner to share from the comfort of your vacation home – or stop by one of the many restaurants at Freshfields Village for a night out on the town.

Sea Island Farmers Market


Charleston Collegiate Campus, St Johns Island | Every Saturday | Time: 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM

The Sea Island Farmers Market is on the Charleston Collegiate Campus grounds, a short drive from Kiawah on the scenic road to Charleston. It’s a true community market with local vendors selling their farm produce, local food stands, and unique arts and craft creations. It’s the perfect place to pick up tasty supplies for a picnic under the ancient Angel Oak Tree in nearby Angel Oak Park.


KIAWAH ISLAND SUMMER KIDS CAMPS

   

Kiawah Island is geared for family vacationers! Your kids won’t be clinging to the door handle feeling betrayed by mom and dad – they’ll be begging to go to Kiawah Island’s unique summer kids camps. Fun and dedicated counselors are assigned to engage your kids in island adventures (land and water!) that will send them home with lots of epic back-to-school stories.

Kamp Kiawah is designed for kids ages 3-7 with themed adventures, games, beach treasure hunts, arts & crafts, and interactive and educational nature activities in Night Heron Park. Camp Xtreme, Adventure Camp, and Kids Night Out (seasonal) are geared for older kids ages 8-15 with Xtreme fun, competitive sports games, team building activities, ninja warrior courses, adventures on the water, and nighttime fun twice a week at Kiawah’s seasonal Kids Night Out.

STAY NEAR KIAWAH ISLAND’S TOP SUMMER EVENTS


Kiawah Exclusives offers an exclusive collection of Kiawah Island condos, villas, cottages, and private vacation homes in West Beach, East Beach, and the luxury Vanderhorst gated community.

Each of Kiawah Island’s luxury villa communities is unique! Choose classic Lowcountry views on the Kiawah River, lagoon & wooded views in the maritime forests, golf course views on Kiawah’s famous fairways, or panoramic Atlantic Ocean views from the oceanfront dunes.

You can customize your stay to suit your style even further with a choice of cozy condos, luxury villas, and private free-standing cottages – all with easy access to Kiawah Island’s 10 miles of beautiful beaches. Our exclusive selection of Kiawah Island vacation rentals also includes spacious and private Kiawah family homes with swimming pools & spas, indoor & outdoor entertainment areas, private beach boardwalks, and all the essentials (and life’s little luxuries!) for a quintessential summer vacation on Kiawah Island.

With 30 miles of interconnected trails and bike riding allowed on Kiawah Island’s beaches, wherever you choose to stay on Kiawah Island you’re in close proximity to the top summer events & festivals, and the best places to play on Kiawah Island.

Charleston Wine + Food Festival 2024

Imagine a five-day epicurean celebration that transforms the historic streets of Charleston and the charming coastal sea islands into a culinary wonderland! The annual Charleston Wine + Food Festival is a vibrant showcase of the Lowcountry’s diverse culinary flavors, vibrant wine scene, and warm southern hospitality all rolled into one epic event! 

DATE: MARCH 6th – 10th, 2024

Founded in 2005 by a group of visionary community leaders, the festival’s mission is “to celebrate, educate, enrich, and promote the Lowcountry’s diverse culinary + hospitality community through world-class experiences.” The Charleston Wine + Food Festival has placed the greater Charleston area on the map as a top culinary destination. This highly-anticipated event features over 100 unique experiences in a destination where food, culture, and fun converge. 

The events and experiences at the Charleston Wine + Food Festival aren’t just about food and beverages, they’re an invitation to experience the culinary and cultural heritage and traditions of the Lowcountry in some of Charleston’s most celebrated bars and eating establishments. * Please check the Charleston Wine + Food Festive Schedule of Events for current availability. Some events may be SOLD OUT!

KIAWAH & SEABROOK ISLAND: WINE + FOOD FESTIVAL EVENTS


What we love most about the Charleston Wine + Food Festival is the world-class events and experiences it brings to our guests on Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island. While the festival itself is a culinary treat, there’s an added layer of luxury and relaxation when you retreat to your private vacation home on Kiawah-Seabrook Island. From lavish beachfront villas to marsh-view mansions and modern condos, you’ll find a soulful sanctuary to complement your Lowcountry soul food with Kiawah-Seabrook Exclusives.

Rioja Rumble @ FortyEight | FRIDAY 4:30 PM – 6 PM | $75


Venue: FortyEight Wine Bar & Kitchen, Freshfields Village

The bar takeover at FortyEight Wine Bar and Kitchen in Freshfields Village features wines from the Rioja and Cigales regions of Spain. Join wine importer, Rich Scelfo, and certified sommelier, Matt Williams, for an evening of fine wines, light bites, and good conversation only a short drive or scenic bike ride from your Kiawah Island – Seabrook Island vacation home. 

A Five Star Lineup | FRIDAY 7 PM – 10 PM | $1,375


Venue: The Ocean Room at The Sanctuary, Kiawah Island

Be prepared for an unforgettable evening as the Charleston Wine + Food Festival showcases the Five Star Lineup, the ultra-luxe dinner collaboration of the 2024 festival. This exclusive event at the award-winning Ocean Room at The Sanctuary features two Forbes Five-Star chefs, wines from the Sanctuary’s exclusive Wine Library, and delicacies from the Ocean Room’s Executive Pastry Chef. You can walk home to your ocean view villa in Kiawah Island’s East Beach Village

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, and so much more!

CHARLESTON: WINE + FOOD FESTIVAL EVENTS 

Why not experience the best of both worlds – the cultural and culinary festival experiences in Downtown Charleston, and the charm of a coastal home and beach walks before you start to explore the Charleston Wine + Food Festival

Downtown Charleston is located roughly 23 miles from the crossroads to Kiawah and Seabrook Island. Sit back and relax with black car service to Charleston by local company, Island Transportation Services, or designate a driver!  If you’re driving, we highly recommend carpooling as parking availability is limited in Charleston. There are several parking lots and garages near the Charleston Visitor Center & Bus Shed shuttle location, and metered parking is available on King, Calhoun, and Meeting Streets.

FREE STREET FEST

City of Charleston Wine + Food Street Fest | THURSDAY 6 PM – 8 PM | FREE

One of the highlights of the Charleston Wine + Food Festival is the free, family-friendly block party on King Street. King Street is one of the most iconic streets in Charleston! This historic street is lined with upscale shops, top-notch restaurants, bustling bars, and all the charm of Charleston! With  Lowcountry specials, food trucks, live music, family activities, and a festive Beer + Wine Garden, the Charleston Wine + Food Festival is the best time of year to experience Charleston’s King Street.

* Please note that all other Charleston Wine + Food Festival events are 21+, and a valid ID is required.

CULINARY VILLAGE

Culinary Village | FRIDAY – SUNDAY 1 PM – 5 PM | $169-$295

The heart and soul of the Charleston Wine + Food Festival lies within the Culinary Village at Riverfront Park in North Charleston. With a fantastic line-up of Lowcountry cooking demos, wine, beer, and spirit sampling, meet and greets with culinary experts, immersive experiences, live music, and so much more, this weekend-long event is the ultimate sampling experience of wine + food + fun in Charleston. Tickets are available for individual days or enjoy the ultimate experience with the Weekender Pass starting at $750. 

Culinary Village Shuttle: The Culinary Village Shuttle operates daily from 11 AM – 6 PM between the Charleston Visitor Center in downtown Charleston to Riverfront Park in North Charleston. Shuttles to Riverfront Park depart every 30 minutes starting at the top of the hour. Return shuttles are scheduled every 30 minutes following the event start time. A daily round-trip ticket costs $35 and tickets must be purchased in advance. Book soon – early bird pricing ends January 31st! 

SIGNATURE EVENTS

Opening Night | WEDNESDAY 7 PM – 9:30 PM | $185-$275
Downtown Venue: Cistern Yard at the College of Charleston

Catch of the Day | THURSDAY 2 PM – 4:30 PM | $155
Folly Island Venue: Bowens Island Restaurant

The Lowcountry High Life | THURSDAY 4 PM – 6:30 PM | $145
West Ashley Venue: Founders Hall at Charles Towne Landing

iSabor: A Taste of Spain! | SATURDAY 2 PM – 4:30 PM | $155
Mount Pleasant Venue: The Lawn at Embassy Suites

The Day Party | SUNDAY 11 AM – 1:30 PM | $145
Mount Pleasant Venue: The Lawn at Embassy Suites

The Finale | SUNDAY 6 PM – 8:30 PM | $145-$225
Downtown Venue: Cistern Yard at the College of Charleston

BRUNCHES + LUNCHES

Baguette Magic(al) Pastry Brunch | THURSDAY 10 AM – 12 PM | $145
James Island Venue: Baguette Magic

Welton’s + Raf’s Spring Brunch | THURSDAY 10 AM – 12 PM | $145
Downtown Venue: Welton’s Tiny Bakeshop

Basic Kitchen Wellness Brunch | THURSDAY 11 AM – 1 PM | $145
Downtown Venue: Basic Kitchen

Beautiful South Baijiu Lunch | THURSDAY 11 AM – 1 PM | $145
Downtown Venue: Beautiful South

The Darling Oyster Bar Beer Lunch | THURSDAY 11 AM – 1 PM | $145
Downtown Venue: The Darling Oyster Bar

Mex 1 Tacos + Tequila | THURSDAY 2 PM – 4 PM | $145
West Ashley Venue: Mex 1 Coastal Cantina

Burwell’s Wine Lunch | FRIDAY 11 AM – 1 PM | $145
Downtown Venue: Burwell’s Stone Fire Grill

Cleats, Cocktail Lunch | FRIDAY 11 AM – 1 PM | $145
Downtown Venue: Cleats at The Refinery

The Longboard Cocktail Brunch | FRIDAY 11 AM – 1 PM | $145
Sullivan’s Island Venue: The Longboard

Rappahannock Oyster Bar Wine Lunch FRIDAY 12 AM – 2 PM | $145
Downtown Venue: Rappahannock Oyster Bar

Post House Ham + Eggs Bubbly Brunch | SUNDAY 11 AM – 1 PM | $175
Mount Pleasant Venue: The Post House

SIGNATURE DINNERS & UNIQUE MEALS

Vern’s + Friends Signature Dinner | THURSDAY 5:30 PM – 9 PM | $350
Downtown Venue: Vern’s

Gabrielle Signature Dinner | THURSDAY 6 PM – 8:30 PM | $225
Downtown Venue: Gabrielle

HERD Provisions Signature Dinner | THURSDAY 6 PM – 8:30 PM | $195
Downtown Venue: HERD Provisions

Kultura Signature Dinner | THURSDAY 6 PM – 8:30 PM | $225
North Charleston Venue: Paradiso

Maya Signature Dinner | THURSDAY 6 PM – 8:30 PM | $195
Downtown Venue: Maya

Millers All Day Signature Dinner | THURSDAY 6 PM – 8:30 PM | $195
Downtown Venue: Millers All Day

Pink Bellies Signature Dinner | THURSDAY 6 PM – 8:30 PM | $195
Downtown Venue: Pink Bellies

Palmira Barbeque Signature Dinner | THURSDAY 7 PM – 9:30 PM | $195
West Ashley Venue: Palmira Barbeque

The Grocery Signature Dinner | THURSDAY 6 PM – 8:30 PM | $195
Downtown Venue: The Grocery

Unique Meal: The Root of it All | THURSDAY 6 PM – 9 PM | $275
Secret Venue: Address privately announced to guest

A Five Star Lineup | FRIDAY 7 PM – 10 PM | $1,375
Kiawah Island Venue: The Ocean Room at The Sanctuary

BEVERAGE WORKSHOPS & BAR TAKEOVERS

The Vinyl Party Bar Takeovers | WEDNESDAY 9 PM – 12 AM | $85
Downtown Venue: Coterie

Chemical Attractions | THURSDAY 11 AM – 12:15 PM | $115
Downtown Venue: Iron Rose at The Mills House

Soak in Sonoma | THURSDAY 11 AM – 12:15 PM | $125
Downtown Venue: Iron Rose at The Mills House

Basque In It | THURSDAY 4 PM – 5:15 PM | $115
Downtown Venue: Iron Rose at The Mills House

The Next Wave of Craft Whiskey | THURSDAY 4 PM – 5:15 PM | $125
Downtown Venue: Iron Rose at The Mills House

The Vermouth Hour with Eric Asimov | THURSDAY 5 PM – 6:30 PM | $75
North Charleston Venue: Stems & Skins

Spanish Wine Vanguard | FRIDAY 11 AM – 12:15 PM | $175
Downtown Venue: Iron Rose at The Mills House

Rioja Rumble @ FortyEight | FRIDAY 4:30 PM – 6 PM | $75
Kiawah Island Venue: FortyEight Wine Bar & Kitchen, Freshfields Village

Discover the Art of Blending | SATURDAY 11 AM – 12:15 PM | $125
Downtown Venue: Iron Rose at The Mills House

The New Face of American Wine | SATURDAY 11 AM – 12:15 PM | $125
Downtown Venue: Iron Rose at The Mills House

Oysters + Champagne | SUNDAY 2 PM – 3:15 PM | $250
Downtown Venue: Rappahannock Oyster Bar

CHARLESTON WINE + FOOD EXCURSIONS

Rooted: Indigenous Foodways Excursion | THURSDAY 9 AM – 3 PM | $425 

Back to the Dock with Backman Seafood | FRIDAY 2 PM – 8 PM | $575 

A “Mess of Fish” | SATURDAY 9 AM – 3 PM | $575 Field to Fork | SUNDAY 9 AM – 3 PM | $425

STAY WITH KIAWAH EXCLUSIVES

Whether you’re a seasoned foodie, a wine aficionado, or just eager to explore the dynamic culinary and cultural scene of the Lowcountry, the Charleston Wine + Food Festival promises a week of unforgettable experiences. The big bonus! With easy transportation from the coastal beaches of Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island, you can seamlessly balance relaxation on the South Carolina coastline with indulgence in Charleston’s culinary excellence. 

Browse our collection of luxury vacation rentals on Kiawah-Seabrook Island or call our team at (843) 768-0808 – we’re always happy to assist in the vacation planning process!