Kiawah Island Beach Life: 5 Ways the Livin’ is Easier Here

From Maine to Florida, there are a lot of lovable beaches on the East Coast. We might be biased, but we’ll say it anyway: Kiawah Island’s beach truly stands apart from the rest.

With bikeable sand, friendly folks, mouthwatering eateries, and natural beauty, the Kiawah experience is one-of-a-kind. Want to find out more? Keep reading for the five ways livin’ is easier here on Kiawah Island’s beach.

Kiawah Island beach biking

There are 10 miles of beach on Kiawah Island—and you can bike the whole stretch.

With a whopping 10 miles of scenic beach, there’s plenty of space on Kiawah to spread out and catch some rays. Some never tire of lazy afternoons spent soaking in the sunshine and splashing in the surf—and we don’t blame you!

But Kiawah Island’s beach is uniquely suited for those who crave a little more action on their seaside getaway. It’s made up of hard-packed sand, so you can ride your bike along the whole 10 miles. Pedal beside the ocean from one tip of the island to the other, and stop for lunch, an ice cream cone, or a refreshing drink at the Sanctuary Hotel along the way.

Kiawah Island beach bird

You’re bound to spot something wild.

Kiawah Island’s beach is not like those at other resort destinations. We pride our island on its wildness. There are no mega-hotels or flashy amusements to distract you from the natural beauty.

Because of its back-to-nature charm, Kiawah Island is home to a thriving population of wildilfe. It’s not uncommon to see Kiawah’s resident deer prancing around the dunes at sunrise, or to spot an alligator sunbathing on the bank of a lagoon. Keep an eye on the ocean and you may glimpse dolphins playing in the surf.

And, of course, there’s Kiawah’s darlings: the loggerhead turtles. Visit during the summer and you might have the chance to watch as baby loggerheads emerge from their nests and make their first trip down to the sea.

Drinks by Kiawah Island Beach

Here, breezy beach living meets southern hospitality.

Visit once and you’ll see it for yourself: the people of Kiawah Island know how to take care of their guests. (This is the South, after all!)

You barely have to leave the beach to enjoy delicious food and drinks at the Loggerhead Grill at The Sanctuary. You’re bound to be welcomed with a smile—and treated to a beachside lunch that beats soggy cooler sandwiches by a long-shot.

Just a short ride away from the Kiawah Island beach, Bohicket Marina offers a selection of restaurants that are just as suited for happy hour as they are for sit-down dinners. Enjoy water views and end your meal with something sweet at The Ice Cream Boat.

Kiawah Island beach golf

You can tee-off steps from the tideline.

Where can you tee-off on a PGA championship course while admiring the rolling waves? Right here on Kiawah Island, of course!

Scheduled to host the 2021 PGA Championship, and the only course to have hosted each of the PGA of America’s major championships, the Ocean Course isn’t just a pretty place to practice your swing. It’s a seriously respected course, and it’s nestled right along Kiawah Island’s beach.

With several oceanside holes and an intense wind factor, this famed course is bound to both challenge and reward dedicated golfers.

Villa view of Kiawah Island beach

Private villas offer unbeatable views of Kiawah Island beach.

True bliss is waking up to ocean views. Book an oceanfront rental and start every day with a sunrise over the Atlantic. Sneak out to your balcony before the world wakes up—it’ll be just you and the Kiawah deer watching the waves as you sip your morning coffee under a pink and orange sky. 

Having an entire oceanfront villa or penthouse to yourself unlocks completely new ways to enjoy Kiawah Island’s beach. Wander down for a last-minute sunbathing session in the late afternoon. Book a private chef to whip up a locally-sourced dinner and enjoy it in an ocean-view dining area. Or sneak out to watch the stars come out before snuggling up for a family movie night.

Ready to book your getaway on Kiawah Island’s beach? Browse our rentals on the beach and start planning.