Kiawah Island view of beach

A Seasonal Guide on When to Visit Kiawah Island

Kiawah Island offers an unmatched Lowcountry experience! Visitors to the island will find we are at the crossroads of Lowcountry charm and modern luxury. The island is within a short distance of Charleston but far away enough to unplug and enjoy the unspoiled beauty of the South Carolina coast. Planning a trip to the island means knowing the best time to visit. The short answer is anytime! This blog will cover all the seasons and how each offers something different for travelers. Start planning the details of your trip with our Destination Guide! This guide contains all the top activities, from places to grab a bite to self-care experiences and the top golf courses to enjoy. No matter when you visit Kiawah Island, there will be something special waiting for you!   

How to Decide the Best Time for Your Kiawah Island Vacation  

Kiawah Island Weather  

Before we dive in, one of the most important considerations is the weather. Kiawah Island experiences weather changes depending on the time of year. Winters are cool and comfortable, spring is warm and cozy, summers are hot and humid, and fall is crisp and cool. Overall, the climate here is generally mild.   


Cooler temperatures are the norm on Kiawah Island this time of year. Average highs are in the low 60s, and lows are in the low 40s. If you’re visiting in the winter, pack a jacket and some long pants to stay warm! Activities during winter are centered on enjoying indoor activities and exploring some of Kiawah Island’s famous restaurants. 

Top winter activities  

  1. Dine at a Freshfields Village restaurant 
  2. Visit The Great Room and The Gallery Hall 
  3. Attend a SEWE event  
  4. Be dazzled at the Festival of lights  
  5. Catch a show during the Charleston Comedy Festival  
  6. Attend a Kiawah Island Arts & Entertainment event 


Spring in Kiawah Island is also comfortable, but temperatures rise a bit. Daytime temperatures reach the low 70s and in the 50s at night. This is the best time to visit if you’re looking for a landscape that is coming alive and flourishing with natural beauty! Get outside and explore the area; there is so much to do!   

Top spring activities  

  1. Check out the Flowertown Festival and run the Cooper River Bridge Run   
  2. Enjoy a game of golf at one of the five championship golf courses  
  3. Entertain your inner art enthusiast at an event during Spoleto Festival   
  4. Visit one of the best Charleston plantations  
  5. Go horseback riding!  
  6. Go dolphin-watching!  
  7. Attend a Kiawah Island Arts & Entertainment event 


Top summer activities  

Summer on Kiawah Island is incredible! During this time of year, temperatures rise into the 80s and 90s during the day and lower into the 70s at night. Even though this is the most popular time to visit Kiawah, and there will be more crowds, it is still well worth the visit. Hit the beach, take a culinary tour, or peruse the goodies sold at the Charleston Farmers Market.  

  1. Hit one of the most beautiful beaches in the area  
  2. Dine at the Ocean Room 
  3. Dine at the Atlantic Room 
  4. Dine at Hege’s Restaurant 
  5. Weekly summer farmers market


Like spring, fall offers some relief from the summertime temperatures and crowds. Visiting Kiawah Island during his time means spending more time outdoors exploring the beauty of the Lowcountry! As the brisk evenings begin, attend a festival, pick out your favorite pumpkin, or stroll downtown Charleston.   

Top fall activities  

  1. Pick pumpkins at Boone Hall Plantation’s pumpkin patch   
  2. Stroll along the Battery and enjoy the refreshing weather 
  3. Head back to the golf courses!  
  4. Experience the Kiawah Island Marathon Weekend


At Andell Inn, our guests enjoy easy access to natural beauty, relaxing recreation, and fun activities. Whether you’re visiting during the warm and lively summer or the relaxed and laid-back winter months, you’ll have an unforgettable experience on the island. Our accommodations offer the perfect sanctuary after a day of fun. Make your getaway even more special and add on one of our getaway packages! We can’t wait to welcome you to the South Carolina shore.

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