During a recent weekend trip getaway, I was able to discover an exotic local island called Kiawah Island. With its abundant bright colors prevalent around the village, moist, balmy air, and sweltering ocean breeze, there is something special about this island located in South Carolina.
Walking down a long beach pathway, I was in awe of the beautiful South Carolina coast with seashells scattered along the beach, so graciously presented by the Atlantic Ocean, and seagulls which were curiously gazing from up above, oblivious to the breathtakingly stunning sunsets. I am sure that each night, like a painters art, they were completely different.
There are plenty of small, unique restaurants where hungry diners are eager to relax while celebrating local Kiawah Island cuisine. There are too many to list, but our favorite was home-made southern dishes that we’ve picked up at a nearby farmer’s market. We heated them in our hotel apartment and devoured them with pleasure. I guess we like home cooking!
Biking is famous on Kiawah Island, and you can rent colorful bikes in Freshfield Village.
Golf is a classic, themed sport. If you are an avid golfer, you will not be bored on the island. We chose to take long walks and take long rides in our car. However, next time, a bike rental is on my list.
Most people keep their style very casual and “beachy.” They tend to dress up more during the evening for cocktail hour or dining on the island. Hats, baseball caps, flip-flops, and summer dresses were visible throughout. Baseball caps were popular among locals, as well as visitors. I wore my favorite pink baseball cap, which my husband bought for me in Lake Lure, NC. Yes, pink again, I know, I can’t help it!
Nonetheless, I must say, the best accessory I’ve spotted that weekend was a gorgeous, Kiawah Island tan!
There is so much to do and explore. Charleston is only an hour away, so we took a quick ride but quickly came back as the crowds were too much for us.
In the end, our favorite place for touring was a reptile sanctuary. Even though snakes repulse me, I appreciated other beautiful creatures that were living there. Especially the turtles!
Kiawah Island is a place to visit again and again. I quickly fell in love with it! I now call it “American Paradise.” That’s because you don’t have to travel to the Caribbean to be in the beautiful tropics. We have our local paradise right here in the south.
All you have to do is get in your car and discover it for yourself.
Note: This article was originally published in April 2018.
Photography: Caramel Chic
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