Summer is just around the corner, and now is the perfect time to start planning your beach getaway vacation! This year, why not escape to South Carolina’s charming coastal town of Kiawah Island? This place is magical! Imagine sandy toes and ocean waves, coastal breezes on the fairways, eco-friendly nature experiences, al fresco dining with ocean views, and exclusive vacation rentals that allow you to be completely immersed in the laid-back and luxurious Lowcountry lifestyle.
Kiawah Island offers a unique and timeless vacation experience that is perfect for families and friends seeking a summer vacation filled with old-fashioned fun, nature inspired adventure, and treasured memories that will last a lifetime. Think back to the bygone days of family bike rides through the streets, shopping for groceries at farmers’ markets, long lazy beach days, and quality family time without the distractions of modern living.
You can have it all this summer on Kiawah Island! Our team at Kiawah Exclusives has put together the top tips to plan, prepare and experience the best of Kiawah Island for summer 2023.
Getting to Kiawah Island
Located just 30 miles south of historic Charleston, Kiawah Island is a convenient destination for an island escape close to home! Many major airlines, including American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Frontier Airlines, United Airlines, JetBlue, Delta, and Silver Airways offer daily non-stop flights to Charleston International Airport (CHS) or the Charleston Executive Airport (JZI) is the best option for travelers arriving by chartered flights. If you’re flying in, reserve your rental cars well in advance or arrange airport transportation to Kiawah Island with Island Transportation or Charleston Limousine & Shuttle Service.
The Best Time to Visit Kiawah
Kiawah Island is the perfect vacation destination in any season of the year. An ideal warm weather destination to escape to from the winter cold, sunny skies and fewer crowds in the spring and fall, and one of the best locations for a beachy summer escape.
Summer is by far the most popular season on Kiawah Island, golf time slots start to fill up, restaurant reservations start to stack up, and the best vacation rentals get scooped up months in advance. Kiawah Exclusives is a great resource to start planning your summer 2023 vacation, and find you the beach home of your dreams.
Kiawah Island Neighborhoods
Start your summer vacation planning by finding the condo, cottage, villa, or private oceanfront home of your dreams on Kiawah Island. Kiawah Island is divided into three neighborhoods: West Beach Village, East Beach Village, and Vanderhorst Plantation.
Each neighborhood boasts its own unique charm, resort amenities, and selection of luxury Kiawah Exclusives vacation rentals for a stylish summer soiree with friends and family, all highlighted in our Guide to the Neighborhoods of Kiawah Island.
Exploring Kiawah Island
For the best experience of Kiawah Island, park your car and rent a bike to explore the island. Over 30 miles of scenic and shaded bike paths connect all the Kiawah neighborhoods with trails to the golf courses, nature activities at Night Heron Park, easy beach access, and all the way to Freshfields Village and Bohicket Marina & Market.
You can literally bike everywhere and the experience of cruising the magnolia-lined streets lined with gorgeous architecture, the 10-mile shoreline, or heading off-the-beaten-path on Kiawah, is unbeatable! Surfscooter Bike Rentals have all the bike gear you need, delivered to your rental home, with a 5% discount for Kiawah Exclusives guests!
A summer vacation on Kiawah is all about the beach! Kiawah’s Beachwalker Park is ranked one of the best and most beautiful beaches in the US and remains uncrowded, even in the high season. If beach days are #1 on your summer vacation itinerary, our guide to Kiawah Beachwalker Park has all the tips for a stress-free beach day and our oceanfront vacation rentals put you steps from the Atlantic shoreline. Check out this LIVE WEB CAM for current beach conditions on Kiawah Island!
One of the top draws to Kiawah Island is the choice of five world-class golf courses at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, including the highly-acclaimed PGA Ocean Course. Kiawah is ranked one of the top golf destinations in the world and provides a true test of golf for players of all skill levels with breathtaking views sure to distract your eye from the ball.
Tennis & Pickleball
Or how about a round of tennis or pickleball under the shade of Kiawah’s towering palmettos? Kiawah Island is ranked the #1 Tennis Resort in the World! The expansive Roy Barth Tennis Center features 22 courts for tennis and pickleball, award-winning instruction for the whole family, and a stunning setting only steps from The Sanctuary Hotel.
Outdoor & Nature Activities
A summer vacation on Kiawah Island means trading amusement parks and arcades for classic Lowcountry eco-adventures in the great outdoors. Night Heron Park is the epicenter for outdoor fun and nature activities with an endless list of guided eco-tours for every interest and age! From birding, biking, and night beach walks, to kayaking, canoeing, SUPing, and family fishing charters, this is the best way to experience the local wildlife and beauty of Kiawah Island. Take a peek at all Night Heron Park events and activities here!
If you need a break from the sun or a rainy day activity on Kiawah Island, there are lots of options. Take a stroll through the shops and gallery at The Sanctuary, book an indulgent treatment at the Sanctuary Spa, try out a new restaurant, or take a scenic drive to tour the aquarium and museums in historic Charleston. View our Kiawah Exclusives Guide for local recommendations.
Kiawah Island Summer Camps for Kids
Kids love Kiawah Island! Kiawah Island’s unique kids’ programs, including Kamp Kiawah (ages 3-7), Camp Xtreme (ages 8-15), and Adventure Camp (ages 8-15), are nothing short of outstanding! Located in Night Heron Park, these summer camps allow the kids to explore the island’s natural beauty, learn about the local wildlife, go on scavenger hunts, play sports, participate in team-building games, paddle the waterways, or even learn to surf! The summer Kid’s Night Out programs (ages 5-12) mean you even get a night (or two!) out on the town while the kids dive into an evening of fun at a pool party!
Summer Events & Festivals
Summer is a fun and festive season on Kiawah Island! Stroll the farmers’ markets, enjoy free live music every Saturday on the Grand Lawn of the Sanctuary Hotel, reserve a spot for the famous Mingo Point Oyster Roast and BBQ, or hop on your bike and head to Freshfields Village. Freshfields Village hosts Music on the Green every Friday, a Lowcountry farmer’s market, car shows, spirit tastings, wine dinners, and so much more throughout the summer months.
Where to Shop, Eat & Drink
Indulging in classic Lowcountry cuisine is a must-do on Kiawah Island! The Kiawah Dining Collection at Kiawah Island Golf Resort offers a diverse selection of restaurants and bars ranging from casual cafes at Night Heron Park and West Beach Village to spectacular golf course restaurants and Forbes Four-Star dining at The Sanctuary Hotel. You’re also only a quick drive or bike ride from the open-air market at Freshfields Village where you can shop, drink, dine, and dance till you drop with picture-perfect sunsets, southern hospitality, and Lowcountry charm.
Now you have an idea of how to fill your summer days on Kiawah Island, it’s time to find a home away from home that meets the needs of you and your travel companions. Escape to Kiawah Island with our team at Kiawah Exclusives – we’ve been locally operated since 1978, represent an exclusive collection of 100+ of the finest rentals on Kiawah, and will leave you with something to look forward to for summer 2023.
Book direct online or call our reservation team today at (843) 768-0273 to match you with the Kiawah summer home of your dreams