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11/17/2009 Backgrounder

Edisto Chamber of Commerce
Media Kit: Backgrounder

Set in a rare, sparsely-developed corner of the world, Edisto, with its vast green spaces, ancient live oaks, wide open marsh views, and quiet, pristine beach, is a coastal island experience uncommon among Eastern seaboard communities. Visitors and residents alike enjoy a slower pace of life coupled with a broad range of year-round recreational activities, all set in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

Steeped in cultural and natural history, Edisto offers a rich and varied experience in sea island life. With expanses of marsh and green space draped in centuries-old live oaks, visitors can travel back in time as they visit historic island churches, local roadside markets, antebellum plantations, or experience the wonder of Botany Bay’s Natural Wildlife Refuge.  The primary road that travels over the island, SC Highway 174, was recently designated by the U.S. Department of Transportation as a National Scenic Byway, making it one of only four roads with this designation in the state and one of 151 in the country.

Easy access to the area’s rivers and the uncrowded shell-rich beach gives the Edisto explorer a wealth of opportunities for boating, fishing, crabbing, shrimping, kayaking, bird-watching, or just lounging by the surf.  With a wide array of activities and recreational opportunities available, Edisto is revered by individuals and families, golfers and boaters, and eco-travelers who seek to escape the hustle of everyday life. 

The naturalist comes looking for ospreys, blue herons and snowy egrets. Others seek out the painted bunting, which the area is known to be a habitat for, and the kayaker searches out a scenic river to paddle beside dolphins as the sun sets over the marsh. Loggerhead turtles have nested at Edisto for millennia, and enthusiasts seek opportunities through local organizations to learn more about the turtles, their nesting practices, and their preservation. The history buff seeks a glimpse of coastal living untouched by time. For these travelers and more, Edisto has become known as a place to re-balance and reflect on life’s simple pleasures. It’s said to have the ability to transform one’s state of mind, and the climate allows that to be a year-round experience.

Though best known for its natural beauty and quiet pace, visitors to Edisto can also enjoy play on the newly refurbished and acclaimed golf course or dine in restaurants on the beach or island. Those seeking a wider selection of sights and Southern cuisine will find them just a short day trip away, as Edisto is located just an hour from Charleston, with its celebrated culinary scene, and 90 minutes from the scenic town of Beaufort, S.C.

The range of accommodations at Edisto is as diverse as the environment on the island itself – with well-equipped, primarily single family homes, quaint cottages or villas along the beach and rivers, or campsites under the stars at the Edisto Island State Park.

Edisto today is a quiet family island, and its inhabitants remain dedicated to preserving its natural beauty. Visitors to Edisto feel they’ve returned to a simpler time and slower pace of life. For more information, contact the Edisto Chamber of Commerce at 843-869-3867 or 1-888-333-3781 or visit

  Edisto Chamber of Commerce
42 Station Court
P.O. Box 206
Edisto Island, SC 29438


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