The perfect beach vacation doesn’t just happen in the summer. Located just 45 minutes south of Charleston, SC, Edisto is the hidden gem of the Sea Islands and like no other beach destination. With miles of beautiful beaches and an average temperature of 60 degrees in the offseason, you can spend your days on the beach, golf course, or head to the creeks for fishing. This pet friendly beach makes for the perfect getaway for the entire family.
Unlike many coastal communities, Edisto has remained relatively undeveloped over the years. Edisto Island and Edisto Beach are separated by a short causeway with a breathtaking view of the marsh. On Edisto, you won’t find neon lights and high-rise hotels blocking your views. In fact, Edisto has no hotels at all. The restaurants and stores are locally owned and operated and just a bike ride away. That’s all part of the charm and why visitors return – year after year.
Aside from the pristine beaches, Edisto is proud of its grand state park that covers over 1200 acres. Beachfront camping and creekfront cabins are just two of the many exciting things that place Edisto Beach State Park at the top of so many lists. There are miles of trails to explore, historic sites and monuments, and the enlightening Edisto Island Interpretive Center, an interactive museum and eco-learning center for all ages.
Edisto is unique in that it is greatly untouched and much of the island is agricultural and actively farmed. There is only one small town grocery store and several family-run farmers markets selling locally grown produce, eggs, meats, seafood, freshly milled stone-ground grits, bread, soaps and much more. Winter time on Edisto means oyster roasts! Buy a bushel from one of the local seafood markets, and know the oysters were just harvested fresh from the local waters.
Feeling bold? Take an adventure with a local tour boat captains and discover the island’s rich history and diverse ecological system. Get an upfront encounter with the lovable bottle-nosed dolphins as they flip and roll through the waters. If you are lucky, you just might see dolphins “strand feeding” in the secluded creeks – a unique activity among dolphins in the Lowcountry. A tour of the ACE Basin by boat provides an awe-inspiring opportunity to see one of the largest estuaries in the world. Millions of birds and wildlife call the waterways and land around Edisto home.
If keeping your feet on dry land is more your style, make sure to hone your swing at one of the two world-class golf courses on and near Edisto. With 18 holes surrounded by saltwater ponds along with majestic live oaks swinging with Spanish moss, you will enjoy the cool salt breezes and the stunning landscape as much as you enjoy your game. Take a break at the 9th hole with a cold beer or fresh margarita at the local taco spot located directly on the golf course.
Edisto offers amazing dining options. Visitors will find the restaurant selections delightful any time of day. From comforting breakfast and brunch selections, to cocktails overlooking the water, fried shrimp at a world-renowned seafood dive, or fine dining at a chef’s table, the local establishments strive to offer the best in local culinary delights.
Discover South Carolina’s best-kept secret – Edisto Beach. Once you experience this small town’s charm, beautiful beaches, and peace and quiet, it will become your secret too. For More Information visit www.edistochamber.com/