Kiawah Island

Kiawah Island is a city in Charleston County, South Carolina

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The nearest airport is Charleston International which is a 30 to 45 minute drive from the island. You can also fly in to Savannah but this is much further away.

From Charleston International Airport (CHS IATA), you will need to drive out to Kiawah Island. You can either:

  1. Rent a car at the airport and drive to Kiawah following the directions below starting from I-526,
  2. Taxi (typically costs $62 to get to the Kiawah Island main gate), or
  3. Allow the Kiawah Island Golf Resort to coordinate transit from executive transportation providers. Call (843)412-4971. (Rates start at $95 for two guests).

Chartered flights have access to Charleston Executive Airport (JZI  IATA), a small airport located 18 miles from Kiawah Island on neighboring John’s Island.

To drive to Kiawah Island:

  • Take Interstate 95 to 26 East.
  • I-526 West towards Savannah.
  • At the end of the interstate, turn right onto Savannah Highway/US 17 South.
  • Continue on US 17 South for five miles. At the 5th traffic light, turn left onto Main Road. (Landmark is the BP Gas Station on far corner).
  • Continue on Main Road for 15 miles (it becomes Betsey Kerrison Parkway), after which you will arrive at a circle.
  • Stay in left lane as you enter the circle and go 3/4 way around to exit onto Kiawah Island Parkway.
  • Once on the island, you will pass through the security gate (stay in the left lane).
  • If you are heading to The Sanctuary, drive 2 miles past the gate and turn right at the sign for The Sanctuary.

It is a good idea to have your own transportation although the island does offer a shuttle service. There is an Enterprise car rental at Charleston airport. Visitors can travel by car across the island’s well-maintained roads and to nearby locations outside of Kiawah.

While on the island though, bicycles are a popular mode of transportation. 30 miles of paved bike paths and 10 miles of hard-packed sand beaches allow visitors to easily traverse Kiawah Island by bike.

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