Duneside Dr. (TRI-072)

Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Photo by Carly Hill

The Duneside Dr. access point is a private ADA accessible entrance to the beach, and is primarily for those staying in the Duneside Villas. The villas have rental options and grant access to the community pool (West Beach Pool) and the Cougar Point Clubhouse. There are trashcans and dog waste bags available along the beach and showers along the boardwalk. If you’re staying at the Duneside Villas, this is a great spot to spend some time at the beach!

The majority of Kiawah Island is a private gated residential community. Its 10-mile long sandy beach is known for its natural tranquility. The only public access to the beach is at Beachwalker Park. During the summer, the park is open from 9AM-8PM. The park has ADA accessible bathrooms, changing rooms, showers, parking, and ramps to the beach. Parking is $8 for standard vehicles. Lifeguards are on duty in the swimming zone during the summer. Dogs must be leashed at all times. Boats, surfboards, and motorized watercraft are not permitted in designated swimming zones. Do not litter, bring glass/plastic/polystyrene on the beach, or disturb sea turtle nests or dunes. If you are visitor, Beachwalker Park is a quaint area to spend some fun, relaxing time on the beach!

For more information about the park visit http://www.ccprc.com/index.aspx?nid=1411.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on May 3th, 2022. Charleston Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on May 6th, 2022 at 9:09 AM.
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Current Weather
23°C
Clear and sunny
Monitoring Frequency

Duneside Dr. (TRI-072) is sampled bi-weekly from May 1st to October 1st.

Source Information

Through its Beach Monitoring Program, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) monitors the level of enterococcus bacteria at 122 sites along South Carolina’s coast. Testing is conducted during the beach season from May 15th to October 15th. Monitoring levels of enterococcus bacteria is the best way to determine whether disease-causing pathogens may be present in ocean water.

DHEC monitors 27 sites at our local beaches (Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Folly Beach, Kiawah, and Seabrook). Monitoring sites are located near public access points to ensure the public’s safety. DHEC monitors our local beaches twice a month. When sample results are published on the Program’s website, Charleston Waterkeeper updates Swim Guide.

A “Green” site = test result of 103 MPN/100 mL or lower OR a test result between 104 and 500 MPN/100 mL followed by a test result the next day of LESS than 104 MPN/100 mL

A “Red” site = a test result of 500 MPN/100 mL or higher OR a test result between 104 and 500 MPN/100 mL followed by a test result the next day of 104 MPN/100 mL or GREATER

A “Gray” site = no test result

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Water Quality Graph

Duneside Dr. (TRI-072)

Kiawah Island, South Carolina

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on May 3th, 2022. Charleston Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on May 6th, 2022 at 9:09 AM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
23°C
Clear and sunny

Photo by Carly Hill

The Duneside Dr. access point is a private ADA accessible entrance to the beach, and is primarily for those staying in the Duneside Villas. The villas have rental options and grant access to the community pool (West Beach Pool) and the Cougar Point Clubhouse. There are trashcans and dog waste bags available along the beach and showers along the boardwalk. If you’re staying at the Duneside Villas, this is a great spot to spend some time at the beach!

The majority of Kiawah Island is a private gated residential community. Its 10-mile long sandy beach is known for its natural tranquility. The only public access to the beach is at Beachwalker Park. During the summer, the park is open from 9AM-8PM. The park has ADA accessible bathrooms, changing rooms, showers, parking, and ramps to the beach. Parking is $8 for standard vehicles. Lifeguards are on duty in the swimming zone during the summer. Dogs must be leashed at all times. Boats, surfboards, and motorized watercraft are not permitted in designated swimming zones. Do not litter, bring glass/plastic/polystyrene on the beach, or disturb sea turtle nests or dunes. If you are visitor, Beachwalker Park is a quaint area to spend some fun, relaxing time on the beach!

For more information about the park visit http://www.ccprc.com/index.aspx?nid=1411.

Monitoring Frequency

Duneside Dr. (TRI-072) is sampled bi-weekly from May 1st to October 1st.

Source Information

Through its Beach Monitoring Program, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) monitors the level of enterococcus bacteria at 122 sites along South Carolina’s coast. Testing is conducted during the beach season from May 15th to October 15th. Monitoring levels of enterococcus bacteria is the best way to determine whether disease-causing pathogens may be present in ocean water.

DHEC monitors 27 sites at our local beaches (Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Folly Beach, Kiawah, and Seabrook). Monitoring sites are located near public access points to ensure the public’s safety. DHEC monitors our local beaches twice a month. When sample results are published on the Program’s website, Charleston Waterkeeper updates Swim Guide.

A “Green” site = test result of 103 MPN/100 mL or lower OR a test result between 104 and 500 MPN/100 mL followed by a test result the next day of LESS than 104 MPN/100 mL

A “Red” site = a test result of 500 MPN/100 mL or higher OR a test result between 104 and 500 MPN/100 mL followed by a test result the next day of 104 MPN/100 mL or GREATER

A “Gray” site = no test result

Read more
Water Quality Graph

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