Edisto Beach

Sandy beach
1404 Palmetto Blvd, Edisto Island, SC 29438, USA
30 miles from Charleston, SC
Water quality
Grades suggested by our reviewer
Water Quality
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Beach amenities

  • Pet friendlyBring your little friends!
  • RestaurantsF&B places nearby
  • ParkingCar parking nearby
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About this beach

Warnings and hazards

There are no lifeguards – be mindful of strong currents and rip tides.

No watercraft are allowed on the beach.

No glass containers are permitted.

Located at the point where the 206-mile Edisto River meets the Atlantic Ocean, Edisto Beach is one of the few remaining family-oriented and not too commercialized beaches on the eastern coast of South Carolina. It is a relaxing place full of beach-lovers.

Edisto Beach offers such simple outdoor activities as sunbathing, swimming, surfing, jogging, kayaking, playing volleyball, or golf. Beautiful, friendly, and relaxing, the beach is usually not too crowded making it easy to find a quiet spot.

Location and Beach Access Points

Edisto Beach is located on Edisto Island, South Carolina. The town has 37 public beach access points (at each intersection on Palmetto Boulevard). There is a lot of free parking so finding a parking space isn’t going to be a problem. Note that parking is allowed at beach access points from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.


There are several restaurants close by and a beach bar for evening cocktails.

Sand and Water

The beach is clean and quite spacious, good for long relaxing walks – usually, there aren’t many people and the atmosphere is very tranquil. It’s a great spot for shell collectors.

The water is clear and bright blue – very inviting! However, there are no lifeguards, so swimming is at your own risk. Please be mindful of strong currents and rip tides. You can check information on the current beach conditions here.


There are inshore fishing and nearshore reef fishing tours offered by local fishing companies. You can fish for flounder, whiting, redfish, seatrout, trout, red drum (spot tails), sharks, and other species.

Dog Policies

Dogs are allowed on Edisto Beach on a leash from May 1 to October 31 and off-leash from November 1 to April 30. Most beach access points provide doggy-waste bags.

Driving Time

  • 1 hour 10 minutes from Charleston, SC
  • 1 hour 50 minutes from Savannah, GA
  • 3 hours from Augusta, GA

Hotels and rentals

If you're considering staying for one or even a few nights, there are plenty of options available near the beach. Chose your preferred accomodation type and your favourite room provider:

Beaches nearby

Additionally, there's a number of beaches near Edisto Beach which you can visit:

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Edisto Beach information boardSunny day on the beachRocky jetty on the seashoreSun shining over a grassy beachSeashells on Edisto BeachDeep blue sky and clouds over the beach
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Visitor questions:

Question: My dog and I are staying in a condo on Edisto in May. Is the State Park the only beach access with a restroom and do you pay to get in the park and for the use of the restroom?
Asked by Kevyn 4 months ago
Answer: Sadly enough, Edisto beach lacks restrooms, meaning that the State Park is the only known beach access that has one. Entrance costs $8 per adult and $4 per child (in May, the prices may change). You may probably visit the restroom in the Edisto Island Beach Welcome Center. Please contact them at (843)869-21-56.

Edisto Beach videos

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A serene drone made video of the beach
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A nice video of the beach and its fauna

Weather conditions

Current weather at the beach and 3 day forecast

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Beach map and directions
The beach is located in Edisto Beach, South Carolina 1404 Palmetto Blvd, Edisto Island, SC 29438, USA (Open on Google Maps)
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Reviewed on: June 30, 2020