Updated: May 21, 2015
Kiawah Island Lodging Options:Back in 1997 I had visited Kiawah Island, which is just 30 minutes south of Charleston South Carolina. My wife and I had always said we would return and the opportunity arose in 2011 when our children were 10 and 6. We live on the West Coast so vacationing to South Carolina isn't all that convenient, but our memories of Kiawah Island brought us back. The island has changed a lot in 14 years and the amount of homes has increased quite a bit. There is a new Sanctuary Hotel that is located right past Night Heron Park and near the Windswept Villas and Mariners Watch Villas. The Vanderhorst Planation section is huge and offers lots of private homes for rent via the Kiawah Island Golf Resort itself or through websites like VRBO.com. The resort is right on the Atlantic Ocean and water temperatures in June (when we were there) were above 80 degrees. Kiawah is a great vacation spot for families and couples that live on the East Coast since it is so accessible.
Places to Stay on Kiawah Island - The one thing that we were looking for when choosing our accommodations on Kiawah Island was a condo or home that was near the ocean. We wanted to be able to walk from our rental unit right to the beach. One of the best spots is near the Straw Market in West Beach Village. You have the Shipwatch Villas, Seascape Villas, Beach Townhouses, and Duneside Villas. All offer up boardwalks that let you walk across the dunes to the beach. We ended up at Shipwatch Villas and were able to secure a "Premier" property rental which allowed us access to the Night Heron Pool complex. If you are thinking about renting a house on Kiawah Island, Eugenia Avenue is loaded with rental homes that are just off the beach. Same goes for Surfsong Road which is past East Beach Village and located in the Vanderhorst Plantation. If I had to choose, I would go with the Windswept Villas as they are in a great central location to the beach, pool, stores, golf, and tennis. You can view an interactive map of Kiawah Island at http://www.kiawahresort.com/kiawah-island-south-carolina-map/. Pricing for the houses is often $3000 or more for 1 week during the peak summer months. You can get a 4 or 5 bedroom place that is within walking distance to the beach. You will pay a premium for those that are oceanfront or with ocean views.