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Kiawah Island is a luxury golf and beach resort destination near Charleston, South Carolina that is a prime place to take a vacation. Here you’ll find 10 miles of picturesque beaches, maritime forests, fun events, and lots of vacation rental properties to choose from. Regardless of whether your travel group is large or small, here are some of the top vacation rentals on Kiawah Island to make you feel right at home when you’re here.
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This vacation property has three bedrooms, has been completely renovated, and is close to the beach. With a location at Night Heron Park, you’ll have a gourmet kitchen here, as well as all-new appliances, a new front deck/porch, and an open living area. Guests enjoy the screened-in back porch and having access to the pool complex and weekly park activities. The cottage sleeps six people; however, pets are not allowed here. There are plenty of resort privileges available to guests too, such as complimentary use of the West Beach Fitness Center, discounted rates on golf and tennis, and on-island transportation.
Here’s a vacation property called Fifty Steps Cottage because it’s about 50 steps and less than a two-minute walk to the beach. This 1,280-square-foot, high-end cottage is on a quiet cul-de-sac and in the West Beach area of Kiawah. The home has hardwood floors, a renovated kitchen, high-end appliances, breakfast bar, flat-screen TV, high-speed internet, and other amenities. Other perks are the laundry machines, screened-in porch, 264-square-foot deck, and private outdoor hot and cold enclosed shower to rinse off after a day at the beach.
This vacation home measures 1,417 square feet and sleeps six people in three bedrooms. It has three bathrooms here in East Beach and is about 250 yards from the beach. The property is in a gated community with 24-hour security. It has a full kitchen, laundry machines, parking for two cars, cable TV, DVD player, and internet. It is also a two-story townhome villa that offers lagoon views from the decks. This is a great place to stay for a few days or even longer to experience the area.
You can also stay at this townhome that sleeps six adults and enjoy lagoon views with your three bedrooms and three bathrooms. There is a queen bedroom on the first floor and a king bedroom and a room with two twin beds upstairs. The beach is close by, as well as Night Heron Park. The vacation rental has security, internet, central A/C, cable TV, a full kitchen, linens and bath towels, and other amenities. You can also park up to two cars here while being in beautiful East Beach.
This vacation rental is a cottage that sleeps six people and has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. It has a large screened porch and deck that overlook the lagoon, as well as a private yard. It’s about 175 yards to the beach and a great place to watch the South Carolina sunset. The cottage has hardwood laminate floors, skylights, ceiling fans, smart TVs, internet, a library, and games. The bathrooms have been updated too with showers and double sinks in the master bathroom. Guests enjoy staying here to explore Kiawah Island and the bike trails, wildlife, and marsh it has to offer.
This 692-square-foot condo sleeps four people in Kiawah Island and has one bedroom and one bathroom. It is a second-floor, one-bedroom villa in East Beach that’s modern and airy. You’ll be near Town Center Marketplace and the Sanctuary when you stay here. Features include a screened porch, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen HDTVs, parking, and 24-hour security in a gated community. It’s a 10-minute walk to the beach access, and dogs are welcome too. The pet fee is included in the total listed cost for a first dog and $20 per additional dog, if approved.
This villa listed on VRBO measures 1,270 square feet and sleeps up to eight people. It has three bedrooms and three bathrooms in the East Beach area of Kiawah Island Golf Resort. The villa has hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, a dining area with lagoon views, a fully equipped kitchen, a full-sized washer and dryer, and Wi-Fi. It is managed by the golf resort, which means that you will have access to resort amenities, including the resort pools. Other amenities are fitness center access, advanced golf tee times and tennis court times, reservation privileges at the resort restaurants, and complimentary island transportation.
This is another dog-friendly option in Kiawah Island and a home that is just 225 yards to the beach. Measuring 1,236 square feet, it sleeps eight people and has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Stay here for a roomy cottage atmosphere that’s secluded and conveniently located. Parking for two cars is provided, there’s a deck with a gas grill, and also a screened porch to relax on. Other perks are the washer and dryer, fully equipped kitchen, 24-hour security in a gated community, cable TV, and internet. The fee for a first dog is included in the list price, and a second dog is $20 extra if approved.
This villa is a great choice for up to four people and has one bedroom and 1.5 bathrooms. It’s on the first level of the Ship Watch Villas that face the ocean and dunes. You’ll get direct access from a private rear deck to the beach boardwalk, and chair and umbrella rentals are located at the end of the boardwalk. The space has a unique floor plan but does not allow pets. There’s a complimentary laundry room facility on each floor and a deck where you can get some fresh air and listen to the ocean.
Another option is this 580-square-foot villa that works well for up to four people and has one bedroom and one bathroom. It’s on the second floor, has a screened porch, and is less than a minute’s walk to the beach. The villa has an open living space, a washer and dryer, high-speed Wi-Fi, and lots of natural light. If you stay three nights or more, you can get a credit to use for beach gear rentals, such as bikes and beach carts. This is a great way to explore the area because there are 30 miles of flat bike trails on the island.
This newly renovated cottage is 1,131 square feet in size and suits up to four people. It has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, and it’s ideal for a week-long stay. The cottage is in the West Beach area and has a screened porch, new kitchen, washer and dryer in the unit, and king-size beds and TVs in both bedrooms. You can walk from here to the new Cougar Point Clubhouse, which serves all meals. Pets are not allowed in this cottage.
This cottage offers accommodations for up to four people and has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. It is 1,026 square feet in size and has been newly updated with porch furniture, new king-size bed, and colorful décor. You can walk to the beach in a couple of minutes from here and enjoy partial lagoon views from the screened porch. Other perks are free Wi-Fi and a 10 percent off bike rental code for guests. The cottage does not have swimming pool access or allow pets.
The last Kiawah Island vacation rental that we’ll highlight here is this condo that measures 1,185 square feet. It has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, and it accommodates six people. You’ll be in the center of West Beach Village and on the first floor with three decks, three TVs, free Wi-Fi, and renovated a kitchen and bathrooms. The beach is just 50 yards away from the condo; however, the villa does not have direct ocean views. If you’re okay with that, this is a great way to save money on accommodations while still being right next to the beach. Guests should also know that there is free parking for two cars, a washer and dryer, linens and towels provided, and a starter supply of paper products and detergents left here for guests to use.