Updated: May 21, 2015
Kiawah Island Bike Rentals:One of the best ways to see Kiawah Island is on bicycle. The trails are clearly marked and you can ride for hours if you want - even on the hard packed beaches. The bike trails wind along golf courses, around ponds and waterways, and through neighborhoods and parks. If you drive to Kiawah Island we recommend you take a few bikes and not have to deal with renting them. Perhaps your rental house will come equipped with bikes. No matter what, don't scrimp on the chance to rent bikes and ride around the island itself. Our family of 4 was well prepared to bite the bullet and get rental bikes on Kiawah. The real question is how long do you need them for? A few days? Maybe a week? The rental itself is not bad for a week (7 days) as the per day charge is very reasonable. If you rent from the Kiawah Island Resort you can get bikes by the hour, day, or weekly. Many of the other rental agencies only offer 3 day rentals or 4-7 day periods.
What Type of Rental Bikes are Available? - Since you are in a beach community, the cruiser bike is the most prevalent and they are very easy to ride. No having to change gears and kids love them. With all the flat trails there is no need to have a bike with various speeds. The basic offerings are 26", 24", 20", 16", tow cart, add-a-bike, and tricycles. Most places offer a larger bike with a child carrier if you need it. Our son was 6 and so I got the "Add a bike" which was fun and easy to maneuver. There are over 30 miles of paved trails and 10 miles of beach (hard packed) to ride on. Don't forget those helmets for the kids. Below we have listed the type of bike and the average rental rates on the island:
* 26 Inch Bicycle - $45/week (4-7 days), 3 days is $37, 2 days is $36, and 24 hours is $18. You can get a child carrier on this bike as well.
* 24 Inch Bike - Pricing is the same as above
* 20 Inch Bike - Pricing is the same as above
* 16 Inch Bike - Pricing is the same as above
* Tow Cart - Pricing is the same as above
* Add a Bike - Pricing is the same as above
* Tricycle - Pricing is the same as above
What I liked about renting through Kiawah Island Golf Resort was the no hassle rental. They delivered the bikes right to our Shipwatch Villa and parked the bikes in the bike rack area. They left 2 combination locks along with helmets for the kids. It could not have been easier. On our checkout date, we left the bikes on the racks with the helmets. Kiawah is a small island community so the possiblity of theft is minimal, although you should lock the bikes up wherever you go. You can see all the rental details online at http://www.kiawahresort.com/recreation/kiawah-island-bicycle-rentals.php.