Kiawah Island, SC
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- KEE-a-wah (Kiawah)
- 21 miles south of historic Charleston ... on the South Carolina
- 10,000 acres, of which the permanent open space is a key element
contributing to the Island's ambiance ... over 10 miles in length
... 1.5 miles at the widest point.
- over 10 miles along the Atlantic Ocean with a width at low tide
approaching 100 yards ... bordered by protective sand dunes.
- Marshes, Lagoons
- about 45 miles (72.4 kilometers) of high-land edge overlooking lagoons,
marsh, fresh water estuaries and the Kiawah River, which connects with
the Stono River and the Intracoastal Waterway ... all together
65 ponds or lagoons on the Island.
- a maritime forest dominated by oaks, palmetto, and pines ...
hickories, sweetgum, and magnolia in the subcanopy ... redbay,
sassfras, wax myrtle and yaupon holly in the lower understory
... sea oats along the dune areas.
- 18 species of mammals including whitetail deer, raccoon, opossum
and squirrel ... more than 30 species of reptiles and amphibians including
alligators and sea turtles ...
SPECIAL NOTE: Kiawah's effort to protect the Atlantic Loggerhead
Sea Turtle received national acclaim in 1981 when the Izaak Walton League
honored Kiawah's program with a National Conservation award ...
Kiawah's environmental protection efforts also include the Kiawah Island
Wildlife Committee whose purpose is to enhance
and protect Kiawah's wildlife and fish species and to promote
education, understanding and enjoyment of the natural environment on
- more than 190 species of birds including the Brown Pelican, Wood Ibis,
osprey, duck, sea gulls, terns, herons, hawks and egrets.
- spring and summer midday temperatures in the 80s and sometimes
90s ... fall temperatures in the 80s, 70s, and 60s ...
winter temperatures in the 60s, 50s, sometimes 40s and
- named for the Kiawah Indians who inhabited the Island up to the 1600's
... deeded to George Raynor in 1699 by the Lords Proprietors ...
has changed hands only four times since then ... the prominent
Vanderhorst family of Charleston kept the Island for 180 years
before selling it to C.C. Royal of Aiken in 1950 for
hunting and fishing ... the Kiawah Island Company Ltd. bought the
Island from the Royal family in 1974 ... Kiawah Resort Associates
bought the Island in 1988 and is Kiawah's developer.
- homes and homesites in private neighborhoods and behind the second
security checkpoint in Vanderhorst Plantation, the Island's largest
private residential area ... home designs must be approved by the
Kiawah Island Architectural Review Board prior to construction ...
lot sizes range from about one-quarter acre to over one
- Property Owners
- over 3,300 properties owned ... owners from 46 states and 21 foreign
countries ... nearly 400 families make Kiawah their year-round home.
- everything from gourmet to casual outdoor dining ... total of five
restaurants: West Beach - you may choose from Sundancer's,
The Jasmine Porch, Sweetgrass Café
... East Beach - Heron Park Grille, The Indigo
House Seafood Restaurant, and a Food Court at Town Center.
- Kiawah logo items, clothing, jewelry, home furnishings, sports
equipment and apparel, gifts, cards, photographic supplies
and services, books, toys and personal items are
available at The Straw Market shops ... sporting apparel and
equipment are also available at the golf and tennis pro shops ...
groceries, gasoline, and some health and hardware items
at the General Store located just outside the Main Gate ...
the Ship's Store at the Inn offers souvenirs, gifts and personal
items ... additional shopping facilities on nearby Johns Island.
- ocean swimming popular April through October ... eightyish degree
water common in May ... a property owners-only pool in the West
Beach Village ... the Turtle Point pool is located in East Beach
Village adjacent to the Turtle Point pro shop ... an eight lane,
25-meter pool is part of the Night Heron Park recreation complex.
A daily or weekly charge may apply.
- Other Activities
- summer Youth Recreation Program for ages 4 through 17 (supervised
by trained counselors), bicycling on more than 30 miles of paved
bicycle trails, sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, fresh and
saltwater fishing, crabbing, shrimping, hiking, strolling
or jogging, deep sea fishing, tours of historic Charleston,
or just simply relaxing ... the Kiawah Kollege program, open
to all ages, conducts salt marsh and beach participative
tours led by naturalists ... annual events such as the Kiawah Island
Marathon, outdoor concerts
by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra,
Summer Festivals in the Night Heron Park and traditional
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