Frequently Asked Questions
The West Beach Area is the original part of Kiawah – it was developed in the early 70’s in a manner that would allow you to easily walk or bike to everything – beach, tennis, golf, restuarants, shopping, etc. It is the site of the old Kiawah Island Inn which closed in 2004 (and was later demolished) and the Straw Market; which is a small shopping area with a restaurant, shops and an ice cream shop (closed in the off-season). West Beach is home to the villas and cottages of Shipwatch, Seascape, Courtside, Sparrow Pond/Duneside (offers a community pool), Beach Townhouses, Fairway Oaks and Greenslake. Once the heart and soul of Kiawah, West Beach, compared to East Beach, is now the smaller, quieter part of Kiawah.
East Beach is a “newer” area, which was developed in the 80’s. East Beach has a large park in the center – Night Heron Park, which is the location for family social events throughout the summer. Night Heron also offers a basketball court, a soccer field, a small area that you can grill/picnic, a large lagoon and also the pool/splash area that is only available to guests renting through the Kiawah Island Golf Resort (not our guests). The Sanctuary, a high-end swanky hotel, opened in 2004 and is located in East Beach. Besides three wonderful restaurants, the Sanctuary also offers shopping and a spa. The hotel’s lobby and courtyard is a must-see when vacationing on Kiawah. East Beach is home to the cottages and villas of Windswept, Mariners Watch, Night Heron, Parkside and Maritime, to name a few. Windswept is a rather large complex of buildings/villas. There are Windswept villas overlooking the park’s lagoon, there are the woodland suites Windswepts, and there are five oceanfront Windswept buildings. One of the Windswept buildings towers above any other structure on Kiawah – this is affectionately named “The Highrise”. East Beach also offers tennis, golf and the East Beach Conference Center, which has a small grocery store and a food court.
If you are traveling with kids who want to spend lots of time at the pool, or if you are a group of men ready to play golf everyday and the comfort of your accommodations is not a high priority, then the Kiawah Island Golf Resort is a perfect match for you. Be sure to read Kiawah Island Golf Resort Guest reviews.