This is my blog about all things Edisto related. While I have been fortunate enough to travel to many of the world’s great beaches — from Africa to Hawaii to Costa Rica to the Bahamas and others — I can truly say that there is no place like Edisto Beach and Edisto Island, South Carolina.
My husband grew up in the South Carolina lowcountry not far from Edisto and introduced it to me more than 40 years ago. For many years, it was our vacation of choice before becoming our permanent residence. We love living at Edisto and think you will too.
Edisto has a distinct style that doesn’t appeal to everyone but is a hidden treasure for those of us who aren’t looking for roller coasters, traffic, and high rise hotels. If you can imagine a family beach in the 1950s, you start to picture Edisto today. Not only does Edisto have no high rise hotels, it has no hotels at all. If you want to visit Edisto and don’t own a home here, you will need to rent one. Fortunately, there are many rental options available from large beach front homes to one bedroom condos on the golf course. Edisto Homes for Sale does not offer rentals but many real estate agencies on the island do.
Edisto does have one grocery store that used to be a Piggly Wiggly, is now a Bi-Lo, and in a few weeks will become a Food Lion. It also has an ample supply of restaurants ranging from fried seafood joints (Whaleys, McConkeys) to burgers (Sea Cow, Dockside) to really nice meals (Ella and Ollie’s, Roxbury Mercantile).
What Edisto has in spades is peace and quiet and a relaxed lifestyle. Edisto sits in the heart of the ACE Basin (more on that later) that is the terminus of the Ashepoo, Combahee, and Edisto Rivers (ACE — get it?). Edisto is blessed with abundant wildlife. Don’t be surprised to see deer in yards and even on the beach. Dolphin will swim quite close to shore both on the front beach and in the adjoining creeks. Egrets, Heron, Pelicans, Wood Storks, Painted Buntings and many other birds adorn the skies, the marsh, and the trees of Edisto.
There is truly no place like Edisto and we look forward to welcoming you as our neighbor.
Jill and John Moylan