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About 30 miles southwest of Charleston, Kiawah Island is a renowned Lowcountry barrier island famous for golf and family-friendly outdoor recreation. Inspirato offers eight homes and a hotel in the heart of it all. Laurel, Driftwood Dunes, and Osprey offer the best beach access, while nearby AAA Five-Diamond Award-winner Sanctuary Hotel offers luxury rooms and five championship golf courses, including the world-famous Ocean Course.
Five-bedroom Verbena is the closest standalone home to The Ocean Course, boasting a private pool and screened-in porch overlooking marshlands. Beachcomber and Azalea are both a quick bike ride away from the beach. Sabal is located within the Vanderhorst Plantation, less than a half-mile to Kiawah Island center. Angel Oak, perfect for entertaining, is 10 minutes from the beach and five minutes from the area’s best golf courses.
Kiawah Island is best known for its five championship golf courses, including the Ocean Course, one of four courses to have hosted every major PGA event and has been named America's Toughest Course by Golf Digest. Along with high-end golf and a destination spa, this private community offers a lush, natural habitat flourishing with wildlife and more than 10 miles of secluded beaches where loggerhead turtles nest. Wildlife and natural habitat exploration is a popular activity for the entire family. With golf, wildlife, top-ranked tennis, a five-star spa, and 20-plus miles of bike trails, there simply isn't time to be idle on Kiawah unless by choice.
Learn about Kiawah’s unique ecosystem at the Heron Park Nature Center, focusing on preservation of and education about the landscape. See a variety of animals from local diamondback terrapins to a 10-foot-long Burmese python.
Despite being known as a popular spot, you’ll rarely find a crowd at Beachwalker Park. You will find calm surf, lifeguards, restrooms, a snack stand, and loads of gear available to rent. It’s perfect for a fun day in the sun.
Ocean Course is considered one of the best golf courses in the world, with the most seaside holes in the Northern hemisphere. Play where the pros have played several PGA Championships with incredible views of the Atlantic.
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On a family vacation? We recommend renting bikes for everyone. With more than 30 miles of bike paths, you can find new adventures daily. Cruise together down shady streets and boardwalks and enjoy lunch at Freshfields Village.
Unlike other popular resort destinations, the beaches on Kiawah Island are uncrowded and have nearby parking. While you can rent chairs, we suggest bringing blankets and a picnic, as the island's beaches do not have facilities such as dining or restrooms.
Charleston's culinary and arts scenes, along with its rich history, are well worth the 45-minute drive. The city claims five James Beard chefs, eclectic galleries, mansion tours and wildlife experiences like the South Carolina Aquarium.
Amid the amenities of this resort, you might forget that it offers 10,000 acres of natural woodlands. Nature programs and walking and paddling tours give you a chance to spot alligators, loggerhead turtles, snakes, lizards and bird species.
Nearby Charleston offers great culinary and arts festivals in the spring and fall. Consider the BB& T Charleston Wine + Food Festival in March and the Grits Festival in April. In September catch Mozart in the South and the MOJA Arts Festival.
Kiawah Island boasts an enviable semitropical climate with temperatures that average in the high 80s in the summer and hover around 50 degrees during the winter months. Temperature variations between night and day are usually minimal.