Kiawah Island is mostly private. There is a very nice park near the entrance to the residential community that provides public access and parking for non-residents. The Island Course was home to the Ryder Cup in 1991. The lodging is mostly vacation rental homes, both houses and villas. There is also The Sanctuary at Kiawah Resort. We had the opportunity to tour The Sanctuary and I'd like to tell you, whatever claims that you hear or read can't compare to what you'll experience. It is obscenely excessive and opulent and undoubtedly worth every penny. There are two ocean view restaurants, a state of the art spa facility, and every amenity imaginable designed to spoil all six of your senses.