Kiawah Island (pronounced KEE-a-wah) is a windswept island located just 21 miles south of historic Charleston, South Carolina. The island's 10,000 acres are covered with a maritime forest of oak, palmetto, pine, hickory and magnolia trees. Kiawah has over ten miles of beautiful beaches and dunes, which are habitat for numerous species of plant and animal life and a nesting site for critically endangered Loggerhead Sea Turtles. About 45 total miles of shoreline edge lakes, marshes, freshwater estuaries and the Kiawah River, which connects with the Stono River and the Inter-Coastal Waterway. There are over 100 ponds and lagoons on Kiawah Island, 18 species of mammals, including rare bobcats, grey fox and deer, and more than 30 species of reptiles and amphibians. Kiawah is a bird-watching paradise, with numerous species that are year-round residents, like herons and egrets, as well as migrant species like the striking Painted Bunting. More than 220 bird species, including Osprey, wrens, gulls, terns, hawks, owls, and Bald Eagles call Kiawah home.
The island is full of outdoor recreational opportunities. Things to do, besides simply enjoying the ocean views and beachside activities, include golfing on one of the island’s award-winning courses, tennis, walking or biking on the many miles of trails, or visiting the island’s nature center.
Kiawah has several restaurants which offer everything from casual outdoor dining to fine gourmet meals. There are varied shopping opprotunities on-island as well, from gifts, clothing, jewelry and sports equipment to souvenirs, groceries and personal items.
Kiawah Island has a semi-tropical climate with an average temperature of 65 degrees. Kiawah is one of Charleston’s barrier islands, located just south of the city. Spring and summer midday temperatures average in the 80s and 90s, with cooling ocean breezes. In fall, temperatures can range anywhere from the 60s to the 80s. Winters are mild on Kiawah Island, with daytime temperatures usually in the 50s and 60s and occasionally the 40s.