Kiawah Island, South Carolina
With 10 miles of undisturbed Atlantic beach and five world-renowned golf courses, including serving as host to the 2012 PGA Championship, it's no wonder so many visitors come to Kiawah (pronounced KEE-a-wah) Island and decide to make it their home. Only 21 miles from historic Charleston, much of Kiawah Island, South Carolina is privately owned, but visitors are welcome! Come stay at the award-winning Sanctuary Hotel, or opt for one of the home or villa rentals.
What to Do in Kiawah Island, South Carolina:
If you're looking for the finest recreation, shopping and dining in South Carolina, Kiawah Island is a good place to start. Canoe through marsh-lined creeks and waterways or play tennis at the two Kiawah tennis centers, ranked among the top 50 tennis resorts in the U.S.
With great restaurants at the islands resorts, special children's programs, as well as great shopping and dining options at Freshfields Village, Kiawah Island, South Carolina is a perfect choice for family vacations.
Did You Know?
Kiawah Island is widely recognized as one of the best beaches in South Carolina - or anywhere, for that matter. Bride’s Magazine named the Charleston area, highlighting Kiawah Island, as one of the world’s best honeymoon destinations. National Geographic Traveler called Kiawah Island the "Second Most Romantic Beach in America," and the Travel Channel honored the island as one of the "Top Ten Beaches for Families.
Kiawah Island, South Carolina History:
Named for an Indian tribe that throughout the 1600s inhabited this area of South Carolina, Kiawah Island was granted to George Raynor, a supposed pirate, in 1699. The island was handed down through two different families for the next 250 years until 1951, when it was bought, then sold again to a real estate developer who began developing the island into a world class resort with one of the best beaches in South Carolina.