The road leading to one of my favorite places ever - Kiawah Island, South Carolina.
KIAWAH ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA, U.S.A.: Sunrise over the 15th hole
KIAWAH ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA, U.S.A.: Buck on the beach
KIAWAH ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA, U.S.A.: Your friendly neighborhood alligator
KIAWAH ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA, U.S.A.: Inside The Sanctuary Hotel
KIAWAH ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA, U.S.A.: Night on the beach
KIAWAH ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA, U.S.A.: Seagulls in flight
KIAWAH ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA, U.S.A.: Oaks and Spanish moss
PHOTOGRAPHIC SPAM: KIAWAH ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA, U.S.A.
Located 21 miles south of historic Charleston on the South Carolina coast, the island was named for the Kiawah Indians who inhabited the Island up to the 1600’s.
The island was deeded to George Raynor in 1699 by the Lords Proprietors and has changed hands only four times since then. The prominent Vanderhorst family of Charleston kept the Island for 180 years before selling it to C.C. Royal of Aiken in 1950 for hunting and fishing. The Kiawah Island Company Ltd. bought the Island from the Royal family in 1974. Kiawah Resort Associates bought the Island in 1988 and is Kiawah’s developer.
The island is 10,000 acres, over 10 miles in length and 1.5 miles at the widest point and is bordered by protective sand dunes. The island consists of marshes, lagoons and fresh water estuaries and the Kiawah River, which connects with the Stono River and the Intracoastal Waterway, all together there are 65 ponds or lagoons on the Island.
The island has a maritime forest and there are 18 species of mammals including whitetail deer, raccoon, opossum and squirrel, more than 30 species of reptiles and amphibians including alligators and sea turtles that inhabit the island.