Walking along this 10-mile stretch of undisturbed Atlantic beach, guests find it hard to believe that the City of Charleston is a mere 21 miles away. The island abounds in natural beauty, from endless acres of marsh to thick forests of pines, magnolias, and massive live oaks.
Whether you stay at the oceanfront Kiawah Island Inn or a privately owned home, villa, or cottage, you’ll be a short distance from the challenge of championship golf, award-winning tennis, an assortment of specialty shops, and one of the finest stretches of white sand beach on the East Coast! You’ll enjoy especially memorable dining, from a Lowcountry oyster roast and barbecue to an opulent Sunday brunch at the Inn’s Jasmine Porch restaurant. Like the beach itself, the opportunities to enjoy this beautiful island are virtually endless.
Night Heron Park is home to Kiawah Island Resort’s highly acclaimed recreation program. Along with 21 acres of playing fields, picnic areas, and a pool complex, a number of supervised and nature oriented participatory activities are planned throughout the summer months and holidays for children of all ages, teens and entire families.
Kiawah Island is a private community with access limited to property owners and guests of the resort or rental agencies. Public access to the beach is available at Beachwalker County Park, located on the west end of the island.
If you’re a golfer you will have an unequaled selection of award-winning courses on which to test your skill: Oak Point by Clyde Johnston, Turtle Point by Jack Nicklaus, Cougar Point by Gary Player, Osprey Point by Tom Fazio, and the famed Ocean Course by Pete Dye, which served as the site of The 1991 Ryder Cup Matches and the 1997 World Cup of Golf. Televised around the world, these two prestigious tournaments are considered the premier events in international golf. The Ocean Course received further recognition by Golf Digest as “America’s Toughest Resort Course” and by Golf Magazine as “one of the world’s top 100.” For tennis buffs, there are two complete tennis centers, with fully staffed pro shops, extensive instructional facilities, and a zoned practice court with an automated ball machine. Kiawah’s tennis facility was recently ranked #3 by Tennis Magazine in its ratings of the “Greatest U.S. Tennis Resorts.”