Can’t-Miss Tips For Family Vacation Fun

School’s out for summer, so it’s time for some vacation fun! We know you’re craving a hassle-free trip that’s affordable, with lots of relaxation for you and plenty to keep the kids active and entertained. If this sounds like your dream vacation, we’ve got a “shore thing” for you.

A great place to start planning your trip is coastal South Carolina, where you’ll find beautiful beaches, endless recreation and that delightful Southern pace that reminds us all to slow down for a spell. The coast is dotted with wonderful getaway spots and private enclaves, like Kiawah Island, with tons to offer. Read on for some stress-free summer inspiration.

You need more than a room to relax. A beach vacation is a natural for summer fun, and it’s even better when you combine it with spacious villa-style lodging that comes with relaxing coastal views and all the comforts of home. A fully equipped kitchen makes it a breeze to ease into the morning with a leisurely breakfast, or wrap up a day at the beach with pizza and movie evening. An what could be better than gazing at the star-studded coastal sky from your own private deck or screened porch? When you’re planning a trip for the extended family, a large villa or private home combines togetherness with private spaces for everyone — and it’s a budget-friendly option than per-night hotel rates too.

Let nature be your guide. It’s well known that spending time in nature can nurture well-being and creativity for adults and kids alike. So make a plan to trade screen time for some real time in the natural world. South Carolina’s beaches and marshes are the place to see dolphin and sea birds, go crabbing and perhaps even spy nesting Loggerhead sea turtles during the summer months. Protected habitats on Kiawah Island are home to white tail deer, alligators, bobcats, raccoons, otters and hundreds of species of birds. Biking and hiking or tours with naturalists are fun ways for everyone to enjoy nature’s sunlight and fresh air, so go a little wild this vacation.

Everyone needs some “me” time. Sure, its fun to have all that unscheduled time to just hang out and do things together. But build in some opportunities for everyone to do their own thing on your trip, especially teens and young adults. Family-friendly destinations such as Kiawah Island Golf Resort offer nature programs, art classes and supervised activities for the kids and teens. This leaves mom free to go to the spa for a well-deserved massage or facial, while Dad gets to tune up his golf game or simply relax with a good read by the pool. And while the kids enjoy Kiawah’s evening dive-in movies, grown-ups have time for a quiet dinner or stroll on the beach.

Go with those in the know. Check out recommendations to help you zero in on the perfect beach vacation that has it all, from villa rentals to recreation galore. For example, Conde Nast Traveler has named Kiawah Island the “#1 island on the U.S. mainland.” This beautiful barrier island is located just a few miles south of historic Charleston and features Kiawah Resort, which offers an array of family-friendly villa accommodations as well as large private homes, perfect for large gatherings and family reunions. Coastal Living has also name it “America’s Happiest Seaside Town,” making it a perfect spot for sun, sand and smiles!

To discover more about this family-friendly beach and explore all there is to do at this coastal South Carolina destination, visit Join Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s E-club to stay up to date on events and receive special offers on vacation rentals and other amenities.