"Edisto" Edisto Beach by hobgoblins

Edisto Beach Travel Guide: 13 reviews and 14 photos

Let's go to the beach.

I've visited Edisto Beach, South Carolina every spring, for as long as I can remember. It's my favorite place in the world, and for good reason.

Edisto is unlike most spring break destinations, especially for 20-somethings. It has somehow avoided the commercialism that pollutes other east-coast beaches. However, I'm not sure how long this untouched beach will last.

An Evolving Island

In the past few years, both Patti Labelle and Mel Gibson have purchased beach houses on the island. Hollywood has arrived. The only grocery store remains to be the Piggly Wiggly, but the island officially has a gas station. That's a sure sign that the end is near, right?

The main "downtown" of Edisto Beach consists of a few surf shops, a few souvineer shops, the Piggly Wiggly, Subway, the gas station (if it's still in business), and a video rental shop. Nearby are a few other quirky shops, but Edisto is definately not the place to go if you consider vacation a time to shop until you drop.

So Why Go?

I've never been to Edisto in the summer, and I'm thankful for that. Word is, the beaches become more and more crowded with inlanders each year. Edisto before May is gorgeous. The beaches are full of shells and other treasures, the relaxed atmosphere is wonderful, and you feel like you have all the time in the world to lounge about and soak it all in.

Come to Edisto - just don't tell everyone else where it is!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Gorgeous, Uncommercialized, Great Shelling
  • Cons:Little Shopping, Little Nightlife
  • Intro Written May 11, 2007
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