Living on Edisto Island & Beach, South Carolina
Life on Edisto Beach (and on Edisto Island in general) is all about appreciating nature. Sure, there are a handful of local restaurants and bars where you can find musicians entertaining tourists and islanders. But the charm of this sparsely populated barrier island is its protected natural space. And therein lies the appeal, say those who choose to make this island paradise their home. The town of Edisto Beach (population 710) sets expectations by writing on its website: "If you have never visited Edisto Beach and are looking for a fast-paced place to vacation with lots of entertainment, Edisto Beach may not be your ideal vacation destination.” But if you are a fan of beautiful beaches, friendly neighbors, Gullah culture, and the occasional alligator sighting, Edisto Island beckons.
Things to Do on Edisto Island
Slow down and savor the surroundings when you arrive on Edisto Island. More than half of the island is protected from development, making it the perfect place for bird and wildlife watchers. You can hop onto Highway 174 just after the McKinley Washington Bridge and drive the Edisto Island National Scenic Byway until the road ends at the Atlantic Ocean on Edisto Beach. Edisto Beach State Park is great for hiking, and many trails are wheelchair accessible. You would also probably always have new sights to see on the 4,600-acre Botany Bay Plantation Wildlife Management Area. It's a nature lover's refuge of pine forests, live oaks draped with moss, historic buildings, and abundant animal life.
Housing on Edisto Island
Find your perfect beach villa, condo, or family retreat on Edisto Island, whether you're looking for oceanfront, second row (near but not on the beach), or marshlands. If you've always pictured yourself enjoying the ideal low-country lifestyle, complete with a big front porch where you can sip sweet tea, sample the catch of the day, and feel the ocean breeze, Edisto Island is for you. Several golf communities can be found near the Plantation Golf Course. Ask a Long & Foster agent who is an Edisto Island expert to guide you in finding your perfect home in paradise.
Transportation and Travel on Edisto Island
Edisto Island is about 45 miles from downtown Charleston via Highway 17 South and SC-174, and it takes a little over an hour to drive in normal conditions. Charleston International Airport is about 46 miles by car, and it takes around 1 hour and 15 minutes to drive.