Sullivan's Island

A charming community that proves good things come in small packages

Home to magnificent wildlife and 10 miles of protected shores, Kiawah Island remains an unspoiled sanctuary. Here, the world is your oyster; spend the day soaking up the sun on a private beach, tee off on a championship seaside course or retreat to an award-winning resort.

Perfect Day on Sullivan’s Island

Where to Stay

While there are no hotels on Sullivan’s, the peaceful island offers an exclusive selection of vacation houses for guests in search of a longer stay.

Sullivan's Island House Rentals

Sullivan’s Island’s vacation rentals are overseen by two local, family-owned companies, offering a wide portfolio of beautiful beach and marsh-front properties. With condominiums, cottages, and homes ranging from one to ten bedrooms, the perfect oasis for your group awaits.

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Sullivan's Island History

Sullivan’s Island is more than a lovely vacation spot—it’s one of Charleston’s most storied shores, with history dating back to the country’s origins. One of the beach’s key sites, Fort Moultrie held strong in Revolutionary and Civil War battles, and now exists as an educational National Monument. The island has a special literary connection as well. Author Edgar Allan Poe was stationed at Fort Moultrie from November 1827 to December 1828 and used Sullivan's Island as the setting for his famous short story, The Gold Bug. Today, the Edgar Allan Poe Library at Battery Gadsden pays tribute to the famed writer.

Wild Wonders

Sullivan’s Island offers a rich ecosystem for a host of native plants and animals. The island’s beaches, marshlands, and maritime forests are home to a slew of species—loggerhead sea turtles, dolphins, marsh hens, ospreys and more—as well as lush vegetation that supports this biodiversity and offers a natural protective barrier against beach erosion and hurricane surges.

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