The Best Family-Friendly Beach Houses and Vacation Rentals on Kiawah Island (December 2021)

Kiawah Island is one of the best beach resort areas in the southeast, especially for families. The gorgeous beach is just the beginning, as the island also has swimming pools, tennis, bike trails, golf courses, a resort area with kids' activities, nearby shopping and dining in a family-friendly atmosphere, and more. It's also not very crowded, as the island's homes and condos are spread out amongst the palm and pine forest that is intertwined with tidal creeks and beautiful marshland. So you'll have the quiet relaxation that you need while still having plenty of nearby activities. And with Charleston not too far away, you can always make a trip into the city for some great cuisine, interesting history, and boutique shopping.

Kiawah Island is the perfect family getaway, and this article will help you find the perfect spot to stay during your vacation.

Places to Stay on Kiawah Island

Kiawah Island has a variety of types of accommodations on AirBnB and VRBO. From condos to smaller cottages to larger individual houses, families of every size can find something that's perfect for them. Many of the condominium and cottage areas have shared amenities such as swimming pools and tennis courts. Parking is included for the condos and villas, too. Some also provide access to the golf courses. The private homes vary in size (and price), and some have their own swimming pools, too. The location of the private homes will vary, and those closest to the beach tend to be the highest in price.

Condos & Villas

Several different condominium complexes can be found on the beach on Kiawah Island. These units are quite nice, but vary depending on how the individual owners have decorated them. Some are very luxurious and are priced higher. Many of these condos have beachfront views.

With 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms being the norm, these units are terrific for smaller families. They are very close to the beach if not right on it, and also have access to the fantastic swimming pools, tennis courts, bike trails, and more.

Windswept Condos

One of the best options is one of the "Villas" (large condos) in the Windswept complex, which have very spacious layouts with upgraded kitchens, ocean views, and easy access to the tennis, golf and the swimming pool.

5103 Windswept

East Beach, Kiawah Island, South Carolina
This property is a nice and affordable villa for a smaller family. The 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom oceanfront villa has a great location. This amazing villa has everything you need, and provides it all with style, too. This villa has a terrific ocean view as you're right by the beach. The kitchen in this villa is very nice and modern, and with a dishwasher, refrigerator, and stove you'll be able to cook for everyone. You'll also find amenities such as laundry, television, and parking.



Spectacular 1-Bedroom, Oceanfront Villa

East Beach, Kiawah Island, South Carolina
Guests love this updated and renovated 1-bedroom condo, as it's a little more affordable but still has plenty of luxurious amenities.



Fairway Oaks

In the middle of the island, a short walk from the beach, lies this complex of modern and secluded condos with nice amenities.

Coastal Calm

West Beach Village, Kiawah Island, South Carolina
Here's a great 3-bedroom condo in Fairway Oaks. Guests enjoy the full kitchen which is great for preparing home cooked meals. This is a great option for a family as there's room for everyone. And more amenities are found here such as laundry, parking, internet, and a coffee maker. For the price and everything that's included, this rental is a great option.



Comfy, Renovated Condo

West Beach Village, Kiawah Island, South Carolina
Wow! Staying here will make your trip to Kiawah Island fun and convenient. This 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom beach villa can fit 4 people. With just the right amount of space, this villa is a good option for a family or even a couple. This property is located conveniently close to the beach, too. Guests appreciate the convenience of this property's full kitchen which has a dishwasher, refrigerator, and stove. There's also plenty of space in the dining area and living room, too. At this place, you'll also have laundry, television, and parking. Kiawah Beachwalker Park, Bohicket Marina, and The Ocean Course are within a short drive of this condo. Add this one to your list of favorites!



Cottages & Townhouses

Throughout Kiawah Island you can find several complexes of standalone houses or garden-style townhouses that are large enough for a small to medium sized family, as most have 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Each of these properties is reasonably priced, while the specific styling and level of luxury depends on the property owner. These cottages have access to a shared swimming pool and are just a few minutes on foot to the beach. Within a short distance are the tennis and golf facilities, as well as some shopping and dining options. They also have some nice features such as plenty of parking, in-house washer and dryer, spacious kitchens, and porches or decks.

Closest Cottage to the Beach

West Beach, Kiawah Island, South Carolina
The list goes on and on with this delightful cottage in Kiawah Island, so add this one to your must-see list. The location of this vacation rental is perfect. There are a number of things to do nearby including fishing, golf, kayaking, and shopping. The dishwasher, refrigerator, stove, and oven in the full kitchen will let you cook all of your meals if you like. There's even more space to hang out in the dining area. With space for the whole group, this is a great vacation rental for the entire family. There's a king-sized bed in one of the bedrooms. The cozy queen-sized bed will let you relax and enjoy your trip. Laundry, television, parking, a grill, and a coffee maker are also on the list of amenities. This one is a good find for anyone headed to Kiawah Island.



Charming Cottage with Big Deck

West Beach, Kiawah Island, South Carolina
If you're looking for comfort and convenience, this is a great vacation rental. This 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom beach place can fit up to 6 people. With space for the whole group, this is a great vacation rental for the entire family. Guests love the convenient location near the beach. You can relax on the king sized bed, too. The cozy queen-sized bed will let you relax and enjoy your trip. The fully equipped kitchen has everything you need such as a dishwasher, refrigerator, stove, and oven. Everyone can also relax in the dining room and living room. You will also find laundry, television, parking, internet, and a grill at this vacation rental. With golf, boating, and kayaking nearby, this is the perfect location to use as your home-base. Add this one to your wish list!



Renovated 3-Bedroom Cottage

West Beach, Kiawah Island, South Carolina
A popular vacation rental in Kiawah Island is this roomy 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom house that has room for up to 6 people. There's plenty of space here for the whole family or group to hang out. Places like this get booked up quickly. This place also has a great balcony where you can relax and enjoy the nice views.

For those who enjoy cooking, there's a full kitchen with a dishwasher, refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, and coffee maker. With a dining room, porch, and living room, there is enough space for guests to relax and hang out. Couples appreciate the large king-sized bed in one of the bedrooms. The cozy queen-sized bed will let you relax and enjoy your trip. Included with this property is laundry, television, parking, internet, and a grill.



Spacious, Waterfront Home

East Beach, Kiawah Island, South Carolina
This waterfront home is a great place to base yourself during your time in Kiawah Island. This location is also close to fishing, golf, and kayaking. Why not spend some time out on the balcony with a meal, your morning coffee, or to take in the evening weather? Featuring 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, there's plenty of room for up to 6 people here, so add it to your bucket list. There's plenty of space here for the whole family or group to hang out. Enjoy cooking your meals in the kitchen, which has modern appliances including a dishwasher, refrigerator, and stove. This place also has a dining room and living room, which will let you relax comfortably on your trip. The comfortable king-sized bed in one bedroom is perfect for couples. This place also has modern amenities such as laundry, television, parking, and internet. This place will quickly feel like a home away from home.



Houses

Kiawah Island is fairly large and offers a wide variety of houses available as vacation rentals. These houses come in all different sizes and locations. Some are right on the beach, while others are tucked a few blocks back into the palm forest or on the golf course. As the island is somewhat narrow, all of the houses are not far from the beach. Furthermore, the golf and tennis facilities are spread throughout the island, so no matter which area you find yourself in, you're not far from what you need.

A few of our favorite houses are the ones that have their own swimming pools.

Custom Designed House

East Beach, Kiawah Island, South Carolina
Wow! For the price and everything that's included, this gorgeous remodeled house is a great option. This 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom house can fit up to 6 people. It looks like it came out of a design magazine. But it's also practical, as it's a family-friendly place with enough room for everyone. Or, it could be good for a group of friends. The house also includes laundry, television, parking, and internet. Nearby is Kiawah Beachwalker Park which is 2.4 miles away and Angel Oak Tree which is 8.2 miles away. There's also fishing, golf, and boating in the area. Add this one to your list of favorites!



Spacious with Private Pool

Vanderhorst Plantation, Kiawah Island, South Carolina
This large Kiawah Island vacation rental has a number of comfortable touches and a relaxing atmosphere. The 6-bedroom, 5-bathroom vacation rental has a nice long list of features and has room for up to 14 people. This is a family-friendly place with enough room for everyone, or it could be good for a group of friends. If you just want to eat in, the fully-equipped kitchen with its dishwasher, refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, and coffee maker will let you cook all of your meals. Enjoy meals or relaxing in this property's dining room and living room.

With a private pool, you can relax, swim, and enjoy everything the area has to offer. Wake up in the morning with your coffee on the balcony, or unwind with a glass of wine in the evening. The house also includes laundry, television, parking, and a garage. This one is a good find for anyone headed to Kiawah Island.



Private 7-Bedroom Villa

West Beach, Kiawah Island, South Carolina
Guests love this house and it makes a great place to stay for your vacation in Kiawah Island. The 7-bedroom, 5-bathroom vacation rental has room for 14 people. This property would be an amazing option for a large group with all of its extra space. Multiple bedrooms in this house have king sized beds, which is a nice luxurious touch that is hard to find elsewhere. Enjoy cooking your meals in the kitchen, which has modern appliances including a dishwasher, refrigerator, stove, oven, and microwave. You'll be able to spread out through the dining room and living room here, too.

At this place, you'll also have laundry, television, parking, a garage, and internet. Places like this get booked up quickly. The property is conveniently close to fishing, surfing, boating, and kayaking. You'll also find Kiawah Beachwalker Park, Beach, Bohicket Marina, and The Ocean Course less than 5 miles away.



Fully Renovated Waterfront Kiawah House

Vanderhorst Plantation, Kiawah Island, South Carolina
This beach house is a great place to base yourself during your time in Kiawah Island. Guests love the convenient location near the beach. Featuring 4 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, there's plenty of room for up to 8 people here, so add it to your bucket list. There's plenty of space here for the whole family or group to hang out. The kitchen is well stocked with a dishwasher, refrigerator, and stove. There's even more space to hang out in the porch. As an added bonus, this place has more than one king-sized bed.

Included with this property is laundry, television, parking, internet, a grill, and a coffee maker. Places like this get booked up quickly.



Vanderhorst Plantation Vacation Rental

Vanderhorst Plantation, Kiawah Island, South Carolina
If you're looking for a vacation rental in Kiawah Island, this 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom house is a great option. This amazing house has everything you need, and provides it all with style, too. This property would be an amazing option for a large group with all of its extra space. You can either go out to eat or just stay in and cook all of your meals in the kitchen. It's equipped with everything you need with a dishwasher, refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, and coffee maker. You'll be able to spread out through the living room here, too. Also on the list for this house is laundry, television, and parking.



Golf Course Home

West Beach, Kiawah Island, South Carolina
Right on the golf course, this roomy house is a popular option in Kiawah Island, as it has 3 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. With space for the whole group, this is a great vacation rental for the entire family. The master bedroom has a king-sized bed and nice furnishings, so you'll be able to relax in style. One of the bedrooms also has a queen-sized bed. Guests enjoy the full kitchen which is great for preparing home cooked meals. With a dining room and living room, there is enough space for guests to relax and hang out. You'll be able to relax at this rental as you're right by the beach. Other amenities include laundry, television, parking, internet, and a grill. You can also enjoy the nearby activities such as fishing, boating, and kayaking. Staying here will make your trip to Kiawah Island fun and convenient.



Luxury Home with Pool

West Beach, Kiawah Island, South Carolina
The list goes on and on with this delightful house in Kiawah Island, so add this one to your must-see list. The location of this waterfront vacation rental is perfect. You'll also be very close to Kiawah Beachwalker Park, Angel Oak Tree, and Beach. Also nearby is fishing, horseback riding, and golf. With a nice balcony, you can relax and enjoy the weather. Everyone needs their own private pool while on vacation, and this large house has one that is amazing! For those who enjoy cooking, there's a full kitchen with a dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker. There's also plenty of space in the dining area and living room, too. With space for the whole group, this is a great vacation rental for the entire family. You'll be living in luxury as several bedrooms have king-sized beds. Also on the list for this house is laundry, television, parking, a garage, and internet. This place will quickly feel like a home away from home.



Lofty Home

West Beach, Kiawah Island, South Carolina
This large 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom house is gorgeous as well as affordable, and has room for up to 7 people. This place will quickly feel like a home away from home. This house is perfect for a large family or friends group.

The kitchen is well stocked with a dishwasher, refrigerator, stove, oven, and microwave. You'll be able to spread out through the dining room and living room here, too. The master bedroom has a king-sized bed and nice furnishings, so you'll be able to relax in style. The cozy queen-sized bed will let you relax and enjoy your trip.

And more amenities are found here such as laundry, television, parking, internet, a grill, and a coffee maker. There are a number of things to do nearby including fishing and shopping.



Short Walk to Beach - Golf Course View

West Beach, Kiawah Island, South Carolina
With room for up to 12 people, this is a 5-bedroom beach house that makes for a perfect Kiawah Island vacation rental. The location is nice, not far from the beach.

As for the interior, this house has all of the comforts you need. The kitchen is well stocked with a dishwasher, refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, and coffee maker. As an added bonus, this place has more than one king-sized bed. One bedroom has bunk beds which the children will love. This house also has a dining room, porch, and living room, which will let you relax comfortably on your trip. This is a large space and would be perfect for a big family, or multiple families on vacation together. At this place, you'll also have laundry, television, parking, a garage, internet, and a grill. This location is also close to fishing, golf, and surfing. It's hard to find a place like this, so check it out before it's booked up.



Multi-level Home with Pool

Vanderhorst Plantation, Kiawah Island, South Carolina
Need a house in Kiawah Island? Add this one to your list of favorites, because it has plenty of great features. This large house is perfect for a big family or group of friends. For the price and everything that's included, this rental is a great option. This house has a wonderful private pool which is great for adults and kids alike. The extra space of this 5-bedroom house is an added bonus. Several bedrooms have queen sized beds, which is great for everyone to relax. They are very well furnished. And with the nice dining room and living room where you can spread out, this house will let you relax and unwind.

For those who enjoy cooking, there's a full kitchen with a dishwasher, refrigerator, stove, and oven. You'll also find Folly Beach County Park and Beach less than 5 miles away. Have some wine on the balcony in the evenings. For the price and everything that's included, this rental is a great option.



Spacious, Waterfront Home

Vanderhorst Plantation, Kiawah Island, South Carolina
A popular vacation rental in Kiawah Island is this large 5-bedroom, 6-bathroom house that has room for up to 12 people. With so much space, everyone can relax, hang out, plan the day's activities, and have a memorable vacation together. This one is a good find for anyone headed to Kiawah Island. The beach is so close that you'll find this place to be very convenient. Relax on the balcony and enjoy the views. Angel Oak Tree and Kiawah Beachwalker Park are also very close by.

The kitchen is convenient, well stocked, and of course has everything you need to cook all of your own meals with a dishwasher, refrigerator, stove, and oven. Enjoy meals or relaxing in this property's porch. The bedrooms are very well furnished, as you'll find more than one bedroom with a king-sized bed. Other amenities include laundry, television, parking, internet, and a grill.



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