Condé Nast Traveler is a great travel publication that uses its broad reader base to find out people’s favorite places and experiences in the world. Cruise lines, resorts, hotels, it’s all grist for the mill. But what we’re concerned about is Condé’s readers’ favorite islands in the world. This year, America nearly topped the list.
Charleston, South Carolina has been a favorite among Condé readers before. In 2014 is was the #1 City in the United States yet again. But perhaps more significantly, it’s most famous island, Kiawah, was named #2 Island in the World this time as well, outperforming any other island in the United States. There are many reasons why; here are a few.
Kiawah is the perfect size and climate for an island getaway. Just 10 miles by 1 and a half, this little island is jam packed with walking trails, amenities, lodging options, and recreation activities. The weather is accommodating year round, with winter lows of 60F and summer highs of 85F.
But for all of the activities and accommodations which have been constructed for visitors, much of the island has been untampered with over the generations. The freshwater ponds, marshes, river, creeks, and forest look much as they did centuries ago. This has left the more than 400 unique animal species to survive and thrive just as they did before the island was colonized, a sign of responsibly and sustainably developed land.
Visitors enjoy hiking, fishing, biking, and exploring. For the more competitive, golfing and tennis are also a big plus. The golfing is some of the best in the world. The Ocean Course, in fact, played host to the PGA Championship in years past, and will do so again in 2021.