Edisto, South Carolina
Only an hour
or so south of Charleston, but light years away in relaxation and
serenity, is beautifully scenic Edisto Island. Just follow Highway
17 South and turn left onto Highway 174. Proceed approximately one
hour and you’ll cross over the McKinley Bridge, which crosses the
Intracoastal Waterway and you’re on Edisto Island. You have just
traveled onto an absolutely gorgeous subtropical island, known for
its tranquil natural beauty, marshes, bays, inlets and fantastic
beaches of course. Everyone on Edisto knows each other personally,
so it’s a bit like one big family. The natural beauty of Edisto is
Originally founded in 1520 by Spanish explorers;
Edisto Island has a long history full of discovery. The original
explorers named it Oristo, which means gold in Spanish. Edisto is
small, only approximately sixty square miles, 650 permanent
residents and 2500 islanders total, but has five miles of the most
excellent pristine beaches found on the east coast. A favorite
nesting spot of the Loggerhead Turtles, Terns and Pelicans, Edisto
teems with life around every corner. Renowned for its excellent
boating, fishing and beaches, which are among the favorite local
activities, Edisto offers no bright city lights and noise, just
tranquil beauty with the sound of nature all around you. Edislow
time describes the local’s attitude toward life and Edisto offers
visitors the opportunity to enjoy one of the most laid back
locations anywhere. Edistonians live a slowed down lifestyle,
accustomed to enjoying what nature has to offer and not in the least
interested in big city trappings.
Edisto does offer island tours,
by bus and boat, which takes you on an adventure discovering
Edisto’s history, plantations, churches, graveyards, folklore, ghost
and pirate stories. Edisto Island is a treasure, dotted with beach
houses, antebellum, plantations, churches, restaurants, galleries
and miles of undisturbed beaches.
A trip worth
taking, Edisto offers you absolutely fabulous views of an unspoiled
bio-diverse ecosystem situated in the ACE Basin of South Carolina.
Discover Edisto Island, you’ll be glad you took the time to relax
and enjoy one of the truly finest natural coastal islands and all
that it has to offer.
Edisto Island Attractions
Island Chamber of Commerce, 430 Hwy. 174. (843) 869-3867.
Island Serpentarium, 1374 Hwy. 174 (843) 869-1171. Reptile farm,
gardens and nature exhibits.
Island Museum, 2353 Hwy. 174. (843) 869-1954.
Island Tours & T’ings, 8069 Point of Pines rd. (843) 1110. Edisto
Island guided tour.
Guides Unlimited, P.O. Box 441. Edisto Island, S.C. (843) 869-7929,
Guided boat tour.
General Store, 406 Hwy. 149, (843) 3139. General store with a
variety of everything.
The Old Post
Office Restaurant, Hwy. 174 @ Store Creek, (843) 869-2339, Upscale
Grille, 3702 Docksite Rd. (843) 869-1010, Salads, Sandwiches, Meat
and Seafood selections.
The Sea Cow
Eatery, 145 Jungle Rd. (843) 3222, Burgers, Fish, Sandwiches and
Restaurant, 114-I Jungle Rd. (843) 869-JAVA, American-Continental
Bo-B-Q, 2410 Hwy. 174. (843) 869-9003. Excellent Southern –Style
Restaurant, 102 Palmetto, (843) 869-3061. Scenic ocean view,
Seafood, Steaks, Blue-Plate Lunch.