Located in Colleton County, South Carolina, Edisto Beach has long been the perfect destination for families, couples or individuals looking for a relaxing location to enjoy the beach and surrounding island. It is one of the few remaining non-commercialized family-oriented beaches left on the Atlantic coast. You will not find hotels or high rises here! That is why Edisto Beach is South Carolina's 'best kept secret'.
The number of permanent Edisto Beach residents is only 414 (2010 Census).
Edisto Island has a total area of 67.8 square miles, Edisto Beach-2.3 square miles.
Edisto has a rich history of 18th century plantations growing rice, and Sea Island Cotton. Before that Edisto Native Americans called Edisto home and was the namesake of the island. Artifacts from that period are still found as well as fossils from sharks and dinosaurs from prehistoric times. Many books have been published about the area. The "A.C.E." Basin as named for the three rivers that converge into St. Helena Sound, making the area rich in fishing, mammals, birdlife, and all areas of nature. There are no hotels and extreme development on the island, making Edisto unique and one the last remaining estuaries of its kind on the East Coast.
FINDING YOUR WAY TO EDISTO
Charleston International - 1 hr
Savannah / Hilton Head International- 1 hr, 45 min
Lowcountry Regional, Walterboro (Private/Non-Commercial) - 1 hr*Taxi cabs do NOT operate to and from Edisto. Rental cars are available at the airport.
Charleston Rental Car Services:
Avis - 843-767-7031 / 1-800-331-1212
Budget - 843-767-7051 / 1-800-527-0700
Dollar - 843-767-1130 / 1-800-800-4000
Enterprise - 843-767-1109 / 1-800-736-8222
Hertz - 843-767-4550 / 1-800-654-3131
National - 843-767-3078 / 1-800-227-7368
Thrifty - 843-552-1400 / 1-800-647-4389
Driving Distances:- Charleston, SC - 50 miles
- Beaufort, SC - 69 miles
- Savannah, GA - 106 miles
- Columbia, SC - 136 miles
- Charlotte, NC - 231 miles
- Greenville, NC - 235 miles
- Jacksonville, FL - 238 miles
- Atlanta, GA - 295 miles
- Raleigh, NC - 301 miles
Seasons at Edisto
Edisto enjoys a moderate climate, with average summer temperatures in the 80s, and winter temperatures in the 50s and 60s. This climate makes the off-season very attractive. The Atlantic has a large influence on our climate. It keeps the winters warmer and the summers cooler than they would be otherwise.
Spring is a favorite time for many to be on the beach. The summer crowds have not yet appeared but the climate is perfect to enjoy nature, walks on the beach, trips through the many creeks of the ACE Basin, and the weekend art shows.
Summer months bring the sun, surf, sand, and water activities.
As the seasonal visitors depart and Autumn rolls in, many long time property owners take advantage of the down time. The autumn weather permits swimming, boating, and fishing until late in the season.
Many find the Winter months to be a favorite time to enjoy Edisto. With only a few hundred full time residents, the winter months are perfect for relaxing, listening to the waves on the shore and watching the season change.
NATURE LOVERS WILL ESPECIALLY ENJOY FALL,WINTER,SPRING WITH MIGRATING BIRDS, BUTTERFLIES. NO CROWDS, BETTER RATES, MILDER TEMPS, NO HUMIDITY
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