Discover a selection of 2,000 vacation rentals in Kiawah Island 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 $168 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

Don't worry, the gators won't getcha. Probably.

Situated 45 minutes from Charleston, Kiawah Island serves as a barrier island for the South Carolina coast, and operates largely as a resort island, full of gated communities and protected lands. Along the island's coast, you'll find miles upon miles of broad, sandy beaches, lined with dunes, seagrass, and loggerhead turtle nests. Much of the central island is forested, with lush palms, or comprised of marshland. The occassional paddleboarder may be spotted floating along the ponds, and it's just as likely you'll see an alligator ambling by.

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, SC (CHS-Charleston Intl.), located 19.7 mi (31.6 km) from the city center.

How many vacation rentals are available around Kiawah Island?

Our 2021 property listings offer a large selection of 2,084 vacation rentals around Kiawah Island. From 1,715 house rentals to 481 villa rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.