Named for the Native Americans who first inhabited it, “Kiawah Island is a barrier island with a maritime forest with a rich maritime habitat and 10 miles of beach. It is a private gated community developed to balance a residential community with the business development of the Island.” Its official website aptly describes internationally known jewel. Even with many who are fortunate enough to retire or spend a large part of the year there, Kiawah has less than 2000 official residents this 13.4 square mile barrier island.
Visitors flock to Charleston County’s Kiawah Island for many reasons other than its awe-inspiring natural habitat and remarkable beaches. Boasting no fewer than seven award-winning golf courses and a history of hosting championships (Ryder Cup, World Cup of Golf, Senior PGA Championship and the PGA Championship), Kiawah is also recognized as a tennis haven and a family resort.