Discover a selection of 2,500 vacation rentals in Kiawah Island, SC that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including swimming pools and private pools. Prices start at $134 per night, and houses and villas are popular options for a stay in Kiawah Island. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Paradise in Kiawah Island vacation home rentals

Situated 25 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina, Kiawah Island is a laid-back, family-friendly barrier island, featuring world-class golf courses, lazy rivers made for paddleboarding and kayaking, and expansive, sandy beaches. Hike or bike along the trails that wind around the island and through the charming neighborhoods, or spend the day bouncing between the beach volleyball court and your boogie board. Just ask yourself one question: should your Kiawah Island vacation rental to be a charming bungalow nestled among the palms, or a sprawling waterfront home towering above the dunes?

Things to do

Attractions near Kiawah Island vacation rentals

Most of Kiawah Island's top attractions revolve around its natural beauty and the stunning outdoors. From world-class golf courses to beautiful parks and nature walks, there's plenty to see and do outside your Kiawah Island Vacation Rental. But because you'll likely have a car with you (you'll need one to fully enjoy the destination), don't rule out a trip into nearby Charleston. Here, you'll find the Old Slave Mart Museum, documenting Charleston's role in American slavery, as well as the Gibbes Museum of Art, the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry, and a variety of stunning historic homes.

Activities

Things to do near Kiawah Island vacation homes

With its nature reserves, sandy beaches, dramatic dunes, and consistent waves, Wildwood is perfect for an outdoor adventurer. Bird-watching, nature walks, hiking, biking, horseback riding, swimming, surfing, and other watersports are popular activities for travelers. You can also golf, fish, or relax in the sun by the water for a more leisurely experience. Whatever your inclination, you can find plenty of outdoor fun near your vacation rental.

Day trips

Day trips from Kiawah Island vacation homes

Kiawah Island serves as a great base camp from which you can explore the sights of Charleston. Vacation rentals put you within reach of can’t-miss attractions like Fort Sumter National Monument, a sea fort with ruins, gun emplacements, and a museum, and the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, a lush garden with pre-Revolutionary war structures, a petting zoo, and train and boat tours. You may also enjoy the South Carolina Aquarium, a massive aquarium with interactive exhibits of marine life.

Weather

Local weather for your stay in Kiawah Island vacation homes

Kiawah Island is best enjoyed from April through June, or for the month of October. This is when you'll find warm days meant for swimming, and cool nights, ideal for bonfires on the beach. Visitors in July and August will find high temps and higher humidity, while September travelers may find swarms of local "lovebugs," a type of fly that travels attached to its mate and is nearly unavoidable for most of the month. The winter is pleasant but cool, so while a dip may not be possible, you can still enjoy much of the island.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Kiawah Island

Travelers enjoy Kiawah Island for its island views and seaside. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to take in the scenery, Kiawah Island is a great place to get out in nature. Here are a few of the area's most stunning natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Folly Beach County Park (7.7 mi / 12.4 km)
  • Angel Oak Tree (7.8 mi / 12.6 km)
  • Botany Bay Plantation (8.9 mi / 14.3 km)
  • Edisto Beach State Park (14.1 mi / 22.7 km)
  • White Point Gardens (14.9 mi / 24 km)
  • Waterfront Park (15.5 mi / 25 km)
Beaches

Beaches near Kiawah Island vacation homes

Kiawah Island has gorgeous beaches for sun and fun. Vacation homes are available near places like the Kiawah Beachwalker Park, an ocean beach with picnic areas and soft sand for sunbathing, and Seabrook Beach, a sandy beach with golf courses and tennis courts. You could also spend the day at Folly Beach, a quiet beach with calm waters for swimming.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Kiawah Island

The nearest airport is in Charleston Intl. Airport (CHS), located 19.7 mi (31.6 km) from the city center.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near Kiawah Island?

From lavish condos to rustic cottages, Vrbo has properties to match all tastes and budgets. Pack your bags and check out these top vacation rentals in Kiawah Island:

  • "Sunroom With Lagoon Views To Enjoy Nature For Long": If you're looking for somewhere in East Beach with 1 bedroom and plenty of charm, this getaway will tick your boxes. Amenities include a washing machine and an ice maker.
  • "Family Retreat - - Closest Oceanwoods Rental To Beach": Located in West Beach, this home away from home has 3 bedrooms and plenty of handy amenities. Nearby birdwatching activities and a DVD player are among them.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect Kiawah Island vacation rental for you.

What are the best tiny house vacation rentals in or near Kiawah Island?

For an out-of-the-box experience, book one of Vrbo's tiny house rentals in Kiawah Island. Be warned though — after you've experienced life in a tiny house, the temptation to move into one of thes fun-sized digs will be hard to resist!

  • Get ready for a simpler way of life at "Cottage/tiny House Living Accommodation In Beaufort For Cost". Amenities at this hideaway in Pigeon Point include WiFi and coffee and tea making facilities.
  • "Romantic Shabby Chic Tiny House By The Marsh" offers conveniences such as lowered locks and a microwave oven. Located in Beaufort, you'll be able to live large in this small but well-designed abode.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in or near Kiawah Island?

Clock off on Friday afternoon and then forget the real world. If you're craving some fun and relaxation, these rentals in and near Kiawah Island are the ideal weekend getaway:

  • Located 19 miles to the northeast of the center of Kiawah Island, "Studio On Shem Creek With A Deep Water Dock And Views Of Freshwater Lake" is a favorite with adventurous types and nature lovers. Get out and discover nearby outdoor attractions, including Botany Bay Plantation and Kiawah Beachwalker Park. If you're up for more, try kayaking or golf.
  • "Charming Mid 1700s Kitchen House" is another great setting for a fun few days away. Around 16 miles northeast of Kiawah Island, use it as a base to do a little water skiing or sailing. Sullivan's Island Beach and Isle of Palms County Park should also be on your must-do list if you stay here.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in and around Kiawah Island?

Studio apartments are a hard act to beat when it comes to convenience, location and affordability. Choose one of these studio apartments for rent in or near Kiawah Island and immerse yourself in the buzzing local vibe:

  • Wake up, go exploring and then do it all over again at "Studio On Shem Creek With A Deep Water Dock And Views Of Freshwater Lake". This vacation rental is a terrific base for seeing the sights and offers amenities including a firepit and a fireplace.
  • Alternatively, spend your escape at "Sunroom With Lagoon Views To Enjoy Nature For Long", which comes with conveniences including a TV and a stovetop.

With the cash you save on your studio apartment, you can afford to see even more of Kiawah Island. Cultural attractions like Columbia Marionette Theater and Town Theatre will help you get a feel for the character of this destination.

Can I find short term rentals in or near Kiawah Island?

Whether you're after a studio apartment or a house large enough to fit the family, you'll find the ideal place on Vrbo. Squeeze in a quick break at one of these retreats in or near Kiawah Island:

  • For a fantastic few nights away, it's tough to beat "Castle By The Sea 7br/8ba Luxury Home With Elevator". It's near the center of Kiawah Island, along with lots of things to put on your itinerary.
  • Alternatively, spend a couple of nights at "9 Wisteria Ln - 1 Level Renovated Home". This comfy, centrally located property will feel like your home away from home.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in or near Kiawah Island?

Forget flowers and chocolates. Sometimes all you need is a weekend away, just you and your sweetheart. At Vrbo, we've got romantic getaways in and around Kiawah Island that would make even old Cupid green with envy. Here are some we think you'll be enamored with:

  • Around 9 miles from Kiawah Island, "Lovely Folly Beach Home Just Steps To The Beach" is an ideal place for lovestruck couples. Beauty services and a fireplace are some of the many amenities here.
  • Alternatively, spend a few days sipping wine and canoodling at "Mid 1700s Carriage House With Courtyard", around 16 miles from Kiawah Island. Shopping facilities and air conditioning will help set the mood for romance.

Are there mansions for rent in or near Kiawah Island?

If you're searching for somewhere to reconnect with the family this vacation, why not go all out? These mansions for rent in or around Kiawah Island will fit your whole crew while doing it in style:

  • Located around 5 miles to the north of Kiawah Island, "Private 16 Acre Mansion, Pool Beach" is the perfect place to relax in total luxury. Nice touches here include concierge services and a swimming pool.
  • Another popular option is "Luxurious And Spacious Antebellum Mansion". Approximately 16 miles to the northeast of Kiawah Island, this swanky vacation rental is the crème-de-la-crème of homes and comes with golf, beauty services and more.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in or near Kiawah Island?

Share your stay and have even more fun. Whether you're organizing an active getaway with your best friends or a big family get-together, you'll have your choice of large group vacation rentals in and around Kiawah Island:

  • A wealth of amenities including a swimming pool and an ocean view make "Luxury, Elevated Pool, Ocean Views" a top pick for groups. This expansive getaway has 7 bedrooms and accommodates up to 15 people. From Kiawah Island's center, it's around 20 miles away to the northeast.
  • "Ocean's Song" Luxury 5br/6ba Home" is another fantastic option. It's around 20 miles to the northeast of Kiawah Island, has 5 bedrooms and welcomes up to 12 guests. A fireplace and a kitchen are just a couple of things that'll help make your group vacation even more memorable.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in or near Kiawah Island?

A pool is often a must-have when deciding where to stay on vacation, particularly if you're bringing the kids along. Check out these houses with a pool in or near Kiawah Island and spend your days splish-splashing around:

  • Treat your loved ones to a memorable stay at "Mid 1700s Carriage House With Courtyard". There's plenty to love about this retreat besides its pool, such as a separate dining area and a fridge.
  • Otherwise, unpack your suitcase at "Charming Mid 1700s Kitchen House". Along with a refreshing pool, make use of a microwave oven and a separate dining area.

Kiawah Island has a humid subtropical climate, with average summertime temperatures ranging between 75 ºF and 85 ºF. But you don't have to wait until summertime to visit. Check out the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find the perfect Kiawah Island vacation rental and plan your escape for whatever season you like.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in or near Kiawah Island?

Whether your ideal getaway is up in the mountains or near the beach, you'll have so much more fun if you share it with family and friends. Book one of these large family vacation rentals in or near Kiawah Island and bring along the whole gang:

  • Get your nearest and dearest under the same roof at "Lovely Folly Beach Home Just Steps To The Beach", which has 4 bedrooms that sleep up to 10 guests. This escape is located 9 miles to the east of Kiawah Island and features amenities such as a garden and cable/satellite TV services.
  • Another popular option is "Luxury, Elevated Pool, Ocean Views". This large rental is 20 miles northeast of Kiawah Island and comes with coffee and tea making facilities, a DVD player and more. With 7 bedrooms accommodating up to 15 people, there's no need to leave anyone off your invitation list.

If you want to see some family-friendly attractions around the area, there's no shortage of choice. Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park and South Carolina State Fairgrounds promise lots of fun for all ages.