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.
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.
- 1 hour 10 minutes from Charleston, SC
- 1 hour 50 minutes from Savannah, GA
- 3 hours from Augusta, GA
Additionally, there's a number of beaches near Edisto Beach which you can visit: