Kiawah Island Beach Activities

Beach Activities

Unlike most beaches, Kiawah’s beach is never too crowded. That’s because there are more than 10 miles of pristine beach to spread out on! See below for our list of favorite Kiawah Island beach activities.  

Kiawah Island Beach Activities

A lone bicycle stands on the smooth sands at the end of the beach on Kiawah Island, symbolizing peaceful solitude.

Go Beach Biking

Kiawah Island’s beach has 10 miles of bike-able flat, hard-packed sand. Simply situate yourself with your back to the wind and sail down the beach! Rent your beach bikes here.

A sunny day at Kiawah Island with multiple blue beach umbrellas and chairs along the shoreline, dunes with green vegetation in the foreground. Title: Serenity at Kiawah Island Beach

Relax Under a Umbrella

Nothing is better than a relaxing day on the beach under an umbrella with your toes in the sand.

A child's hand holding a sand dollar found on Kiawah Island's beach, a treasure of the local marine ecosystem.

Hunt for Sand Dollars

During low tide you’ll be able to walk out into the ocean and search for sand dollars with your toes.

Picnic table by the tranquil waters of Beachwalker Park on Kiawah Island, inviting visitors for a picturesque outdoor meal.

Picnic at Beachwalker Park

Kiawah’s Beachwalker Park is a short stretch of Kiawah’s 10-mile long beach where everyone, even people without access to the rest of the island, can access the beach. With lifeguards manning the beach during peak seasons, parents can allow their children to take to the waters without worrying about safety. There is a picnic area complete with grills so you can create your favorite barbecue to enjoy. The dressing area and clean restrooms all help to make the beautiful Kiawah Beachwalker Park more attractive to visitors not staying on the island. The ramp and boardwalk are both handicap accessible so everyone can enjoy the beautiful sights this stretch of sand and water offer.

A stargazer on Kiawah Island beach at night, with the Milky Way arching overhead in a clear night sky.

Enjoy the Sunrise, Sunset and Stars

Kiawah’s beach runs East-West, so in the morning bring your portable beach chairs and watch the sun rise on one end of the beach. Return in the evening with your chairs and a glass of wine to watch the sun slowly sink below the horizon. Stay even later to see the stars begin to pop out in the sky. It’s magical – so don’t be in a hurry.

Beach Chair Rental

Guests can rent beach chairs through Kiawah Island Getaways.

Two children with boogie boards preparing to enjoy the waves on Kiawah Island's beach.

Go Boogie-Boarding

Both kids and adults will enjoy boogie boarding in the Kiawah surf.

Boogie Board Rental

Guests can rent boogie boards through Kiawah Island Getaways.

A family enjoying the shallow waters of tide pools on Kiawah Island, a perfect spot for children to play.

Let Your Children Splash Around the Tide Pools

At mid-tide you’ll notice the water line rises closer to the dunes and small tide pools begin to form where the ocean water gets trapped between mounds of sand. The tide pools are the wonderful for toddlers to play with the slurry of sand between their fingers. Bring some plastic cups and they’ll be endlessly entertained filling them with ocean water and sand, then dumping them out again.