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 unbelievable.  

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

  • Edisto Island Chamber of Commerce, 430 Hwy. 174. (843) 869-3867. www.edistochamber.com

  • Edisto Island Serpentarium, 1374 Hwy. 174 (843) 869-1171. Reptile farm, gardens and nature exhibits.

  • Edisto Island Museum, 2353 Hwy. 174. (843) 869-1954. www.edistomuseum.com

  • Edisto Island Tours & T’ings, 8069 Point of Pines rd. (843) 1110. Edisto Island guided tour.

  • Pon Pon Guides Unlimited, P.O. Box 441. Edisto Island, S.C. (843) 869-7929, Guided boat tour.

  • Edistonian General Store, 406 Hwy. 149, (843) 3139. General store with a variety of everything.

Edisto Island Dining

  • The Old Post Office Restaurant, Hwy. 174 @ Store Creek, (843) 869-2339, Upscale Lowcountry Cuisine.

  • The Sunset 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 Salads.

  • Gallery Restaurant, 114-I Jungle Rd. (843) 869-JAVA, American-Continental Cuisine. 

  • Po’Pigs Bo-B-Q, 2410 Hwy. 174. (843) 869-9003. Excellent Southern –Style Bar-B-Q.

  • Pavilion Restaurant, 102 Palmetto, (843) 869-3061. Scenic ocean view, Seafood, Steaks, Blue-Plate Lunch.

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