The Island Life

The Island Life

The “Kiawah lifestyle” means something different to everyone because the Island has so much to offer: endless beach, breathtaking vistas, winding waterways, spectacular golf courses, luxurious island properties, beautiful wildlife, gourmet dining, as well as an endless array of activities such as bicycling, boating, outdoor concerts, barbecues, and more. Though our residents come from all over the world, they all find Kiawah is the perfect place to relax, enjoy the natural environment, and create lifelong memories with family and friends.

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Kiawah Lifestyle

The Island Life  - Living Here

Living Here

Kiawah is near excellent schools, leading-edge medical facilities, and a variety of luxury coastal homes

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The Island Life  - Nature & Beauty

Nature & Beauty

Lush maritime forest, tidal creeks, freshwater ponds, peaceful marsh, and a beautiful river

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The Island Life  - People & Community

People & Community

A vibrant community of people with a zest for living and a love for the Island’s simple pleasures

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Plan a Visit

Kiawah sits just 21 miles south of historic Charleston, offering convenient access to one of the most charming and celebrated cities in America and countless options for award-winning dining, theater, art, entertainment, shopping, businesses, medical centers, schools, and more. How to get to Kiawah Island? It’s easy… a perfect start to your relaxing stay.

The Island Life  - Kiawah Island Resort

Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Kiawah Island Golf Resort offers a variety of exceptional accommodations, from a luxury suite at The Sanctuary hotel to a private home with views of the fairway

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The Island Life  - Charleston


A top U.S. cultural and culinary destination just 21 miles away

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About the Island

There’s no other island quite like Kiawah. A careful and deliberate long-term master plan has always set Kiawah Island apart from other coastal communities on the Eastern Seaboard. A keen respect for nature and a strong emphasis on preservation has protected the Island’s natural environment while allowing for the development of a golf, tennis, and resort destination of international prestige.

The Island Life  - Managing Partners

Managing Partners

Developer Kiawah Partners and Kiawah Island Real Estate work with a strong team of experts, including the Town of Kiawah, The Kiawah Island Community Association, and Kiawah Island Golf Resort to ensure life on the Island runs smoothly. Other managing partners include the following organizations.

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The Island Life  - The Town of Kiawah Island

The Town of Kiawah Island

The mayor and four council members set overall policy in matters concerning the operation of the Town’s affairs and ensure that the policies established by the Town Council are performed effectively.

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The Island Life  - Kiawah Island Community Association

Kiawah Island Community Association

This is a mandatory-membership, not-for-profit corporation that manages the businesses and properties that contribute to the overall ambience and property values of Kiawah Island. Its duties include maintenance of the roads, ponds, landscaping, leisure trails, other common areas, and facilities including The Sandcastle, the Cinder Creek Pavilion, and Rhett’s Bluff. This infrastructure and these facilities are owned in common by all Kiawah property owners.

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The Island Life - Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Manages The Sanctuary Hotel, The Sanctuary Spa, Kiawah Island Golf Resort property rentals, the Kiawah Island Tennis Resort, The Golf Learning Center, Night Heron Park, and the four resort golf courses on the Island (The Ocean Course, Turtle Point, Osprey Point, and Cougar Point) and one just minutes off-Island (Oak Point).

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Island Timeline & Facts

Kiawah Island’s rich history spans centuries. View our timeline to learn more.

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