Condé Nast Traveler likes to take the pulse of their readership once a year. They ask about favorites: hotels, restaurants, cities, cruise lines, and more. More than a million people cast their votes in 2014 and some of the results were surprising!
Frequent favorite Charleston, SC topped the list of American cities once again, as the #1 City in the United States. While that is the more noticeable headline, it was its little island, Kiawah, that turned heads. Kiawah was named #2 Island in the World, doing far better than any other island in the United States. For those who have visited Kiawah, this should come as no surprise. Here is why:
Kiawah is an easy drive from the coast of South Carolina. Accessible to all, it is small enough to feel private and special. 1.5 miles by 10, Kiawah is home to 30 miles of paved trails and 10 miles of beautiful sandy beaches. The weather is perfect for most tastes, topping out at about 85F in the summers and dropping to only 60F in the winters.
For nature lovers, Kiawah has a lot to offer. Responsibly and sustainably developed from the very beginning, Kiawah is home to 300 species of birds, 18 mammals, and 30 reptiles. Its greenery and flora have been conserved in specific regions to remain just as they appeared centuries ago. These include marshes, a river, creeks, water forests, and much more.
For people who want to get back on the beaten path, there is plenty of golf and tennis, biking and jogging, to be had in the beauty and privacy of Kiawah’s visitor-focused recreation areas. Water lovers can swim, fish, boogie board, boat, kayak, canoe, and just about any other water sport you can dream up. Sporting locations are prestigious, The Ocean Course being a PGA stop past and future.