Kiawah Island

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Kiawah Island, approximately 300 miles from Gwinnett, is located just outside of Charleston, South Carolina, and has been named one of America#s top beaches for 2002 by renowned beachologist Stephen P. Leatherman.

This 10,000-acre island is a natural haven for wildlife, and its 10 miles of pristine beach are perfect for fun in the sun and relaxation during the spring months.

Beach chairs, umbrellas, boogie boards and surf kayaks are available for rental on the beach, and the water temperature is usually warm enough for swimming as early as April.

Bicycling is one of the most popular activities on Kiawah Island with more than 30 miles of flat, paved trails providing access to virtually the entire island. Bike rentals are available with child seats, tow carts, helmets, jogging strollers and three-wheelers at almost every location.

Night Heron Park offers 21 acres of playground equipment, volleyball and soccer fields, a fishing lake, leisure trails and more. In addition, the park has a swimming pool for those looking for some salt-free swimming.

Kiawah is also home to five championship golf courses designed by the world#s leading golf course architects: The Ocean Course by Pete Dye, home of the 1991 Ryder Cup and the 1997 World Cup; Osprey Point by Tom Fazio; Turtle Point by Jack Nicklaus; Cougar Point by Gary Player and Oak Point by Clyde Johnston.

You#ll find fabulous accommodations on the island as well. The Kiawah Island Inn (AAA four diamond) is a recently renovated 150-room oceanfront hotel. The Villas at Kiawah Island Resorts, also AAA four diamond, offers nearly 600 charming villas and private luxury homes.

There are also plenty of great dining options and family activities including oyster roasts, festivals, arts and crafts and more. Watch for more information on Kiawah#s designation as a top beach on The Travel Channel#s Beach Week in early March.

For more information about Kiawah Island, call 1-800-654-2924.