Kiawah Island, South Carolina

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.

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High-End Escape in Lowcountry

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.

Quick Facts

  • Suggested Airport
    Charleston International Airport (CHS)
  • Average Water Temperature
  • Average Temperature
    85°F in summer; 63°F in winter
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  • Closest Big City
    Charleston, South Carolina

Destination Highlights

  • Heron Park Nature Center

    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.

  • Beachwalker Park

    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

    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.


Featured Activity

  • Kiawah Island lays claim to five championship golf courses, making it one of the premier golf resorts in the country. Your Destination Concierge can arrange tee times at your convenience. Here's a primer for the links enthusiast who doesn't plan on five full rounds.

    The Ocean Course by Pete Dye.  Framed by panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and nestled between the beach and the tidal marshland, the 18-hole Ocean Course trumpets beauty. Golf Digest named it "America's Toughest Resort Course," and it's also one of only 16 five-star courses in North America.

    Jack Nicklaus' Turtle Point. Jack Nicklaus designed this course to flow through forests and along backwater lagoons to finish at three spectacular holes along the ocean. Tight fairways with challenging hazards earned Turtle Point four stars in Golf Digest's "Best Places to Play."

    Tom Fazio's Osprey Point. A Tom Fazio masterpiece, this guest favorite sits amid pristine lagoons, marshes and maritime forests offering picturesque views from every hole. Osprey Point earned 4 1/2 stars in Golf Digest's "Best Places to Play" survey.

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Kiawah Island Travel Tips


  • Forecasting Your Kiawah Island Vacation

    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.


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