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6 Tips To Host Your Family Reunion On Kiawah Island 

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

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

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

#1 Pick Your Family Reunion Dates

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

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

#2 Coordinate Travel & Arrange Transportation

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

#3 Find the Best Kiawah Island Neighborhood

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

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

#4 Plan Your Family Reunion Activities

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

  • Moss-Draped Bike Paths

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

  • Nature-Filled Beach Days

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

  • Fishing Charters

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

  • Eco-Friendly Nature Activities

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

  • Game Time

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

#5 Make A Meal Planner

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

#6 Create Cherished Family Memories with Kiawah Exclusives 

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

Kiawah Exclusives Offers Unique Characteristics to Suit Your Needs

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

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