I also posted this in the Kiawah forum.
My husband and I usually go to Captiva Island, Florida for vacation, which we love. But this year we are visiting our friend who lives in Fayettevillle, NC in June, so we are looking into a place we can drive to from Fayetteville. Also this year we are taking our 8 year old son, which I'm very excited about because it would be his first beach vacation.
Now, I don't want to depress anyone but I have to mention that our son is severely disabled. He has quadriplegic cerebral palsy, so we push him in a wheelchair or carry him. He cannot tolerate cold water (in the pool or the ocean) and we would need a lot of paved areas to take him. Kiawah sounds great because of all the bike paths! How do the "paved areas" compare on Kiawah vs. Wild Dunes/IOP?
But, Wild Dunes/Isle of Palms is closer to more stores, restaurants, etc. it sounds like. Maybe at Wild Dunes we would have more access to heated pools?
How do the beaches on Wild Dunes and Kiawah differ? Does one have warmer water? Are we going to think it's freezing because we're used to Captiva? Plus is the sand on Kiawah more packed than at Wild Dunes, so it would be easier to take a beach wheelchair?
TIA for any advice!