Kiawah is a barrier island located on the South Carolina coast near Charleston. In a word, Kiawah is about Golf. So for you golf fantatics out there who want to retire on the east coast, Kiawah is probably as close to Nirvana as you are going to get. Play golf right along the ocean. Primarily consists of rather pricey gated communities but hey, if you love golf, want to live on an island and have the money, it's pretty darn nice. Again, you've really got to love golf because that's mainly why people go there.