5 Reasons Edisto Beach Offers the Most Effortless Vacation

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Two words: Effortless. Vacation.

At the magnificently natural Edisto Beach in South Carolina, no planning is needed.

Simply show up and let this hidden gem of a coastal destination draw you in with its slower pace and tourist-free feel.


Why Edisto Beach is the Best, Most Effortless Vacation

1. The National Scenic Byway

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A self-guided tour along the National Scenic Byway is a must when visiting Edisto, and you don’t have to go out of your way to find it. It’s simply a part of the drive from Charlotte onto the island!

From man-made attractions like the Edisto Mystery Tree and the Edisto Swinging Mattress to structures with historical significance like beautiful churches and plantations, the National Scenic Byway takes you through more sights than a typical tour guide could cover in a day.

Allow yourself to be taken back by history as you pass under majestic live oaks paving your journey, and don’t forget to scope out the vast intercoastal waterway as you cross the bridge onto Edisto.

Not a bad way to start a weekend ripe with relaxation.


2. Event calendar full of festivals and fun

2015 Edisto Billfish Tournament

What do dancing, fishing, and BBQ all have in common? Edisto hosts several festivals to celebrate all the wonderful characteristics of the South.

Dance with your special someone under the stars at the Edisto Beach Shag Fest. Join in the competition or watch the weigh-in as larger-than-life billfish are brought to shore for the annual Edisto Governors Cup Billfish Tournament. Or, if eating is one of your favorite past-times, you won’t want to miss out on the mouthwatering BBQ competition that hosts world-renowned Pitmasters at the Cookin on the Creek BBQ Festival.

The planning is done, and good times are on deck. All you have to do is show up.


3. Close enough for a weekend trip by car

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There’s no need to catch a plane or hop on a train—at three-and-a-half hours from Charlotte, Edisto Beach is an easy car ride away, landing you between Hilton Head and Kiawah Island.

For added perspective, it is approximately the same distance from Charlotte as Isle of Palms.


4. Endless natural wonders to enjoy

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Ready to get back to your natural roots?

From eco-tours to fishing charters, Edisto has something for everyone looking to be “one with nature,” no matter what that entails for each individual.

Some ideas:

  • Explore Edisto Beach State Park’s 1,200-plus acres by bike or foot
  • Join a kayak creek tour
  • See natural relics of the past at the undisturbed Boneyard Beach
  • Ride horses through Botany Bay’s 4,500-plus acres of preserved plantation land, or self-tour via car
  • Take a sunset cruise around the island


5. The most laidback beach you could ask for

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Beaches with rules? Boooo.

At Edisto Beach, you can bring your dog, and the leash law is only in effect May through October. Additionally, most other beaches nearby have banned alcohol consumption, but at Edisto, you are still welcome to (responsibly) enjoy your adult beverage of choice with your toes in the sand.

You’d think the easygoing vibe stops there, but it gets even better. Without hotels or crowded shorelines, Edisto offers your group miles of beach to explore and plenty of room to spread out.


Start planning your getaway to South Carolina’s best-kept secret today. Click here to learn more about visiting Edisto Beach.

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