Destination guide

Nature and heritage collide in Edisto Island

Edisto Island is a secluded South Carolina Sea Island – one of many in South Carolina’s heritage and nature-rich Charleston County – which overlooks the shimmering-blue Atlantic Ocean. Edisto Island vacation rentals range from romantic ocean-view retreats and cozy cabanas to quaint cottages and beachside manors. Wildlife enthusiasts can wander around the state parks and nature reserves, while history buffs get to grips with the island’s Civil War heritage – or maybe you’ll just want to relax on one of the wide beaches with a sweet, fruit-infused cocktail…

Things to do

Plantations and military history on Edisto Island

It may be difficult to leave your Edisto Island vacation rental, but there are plenty of captivating cultural attractions to discover across the island. Brush up on the island’s history at the Edisto Island Museum, which displays artefacts from the old cotton plantations and military relics from the Civil War. For a mix of history and wildlife, explore the Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve and Wildlife Area. Here, you can see 3 preserved timber outbuildings from the original plantation – which date back to the 1840s – and amble through the peaceful pine forest.

Activities

Outdoor adventures around Edisto Island

There are plenty of Edisto Island activities on offer to keep families and energetic outdoor enthusiasts occupied. You can hike or bike through the winding, forest-covered trails of Edisto Beach State Park, spotting birdlife and discovering ancient Native American relics, such as the 2,000-year-old midden, a decorative mound of sea shells. At the beach itself, try your hand at specialist surf fishing – where you wade into the surf and cast a line – or head out into the blue-green Atlantic waters on a kayak or boat trip.

Weather

Edisto Island in fall is bright and balmy

Edisto Island, like all of Charleston County, has a humid subtropical climate, characterized by short and balmy winters and long, hot, and humid summers, with honey-like sunshine and thunderstorms served up in equal measure. The humidity at the height of summer – June through September – can get a little difficult to cope with, although the oceanfront areas of the island do benefit from a cooling sea breeze, and plenty of Edisto Island vacation rentals offer air conditioning. To really enjoy all the outdoor wonders the island has to offer, travel in the fall, when the rain and humidity taper off.

Natural features

Wondrous wildlife in Edisto Island

Edisto Island is based 43 miles southwest of the city of Charleston, the oldest and largest city in South Carolina, with its wealth of museums, historical houses, Southern-cooking restaurants, and live music venues. The northern end of the island is marked-off by the Ernest F. Hollings Ace Basin National Wildlife Refuge – a melee of antebellum plantation relics, mangrove, and live oak – while the Edisto Beach State Park sits toward the southern end of the island’s shoreline. The vast array of wildlife on the island includes alligators, eagles, slithering snakes, and loggerhead turtles.

How to get there

How to get to and around Edisto Island

The nearest airport is in Charleston, SC (CHS-Charleston Intl.), located 27.2 mi (43.7 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Hilton Head Island, SC (HHH), which is 32.5 mi (52.3 km) away.

Where to stay around Edisto Island?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,902 vacation rentals near Edisto Island. From 866 Houses to 153 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Edisto Island for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Edisto Island?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Edisto Island:

  • Jeremy Cay: 15 vacation rentals
  • Downtown Charleston: 676 vacation rentals
  • Folly Field: 963 vacation rentals
  • Historic Old City: 665 vacation rentals
  • West Beach: 720 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Edisto Island?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Edisto Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Edisto Beach State Park: 2,419 vacation rentals
  • Edisto Island Serpentarium: 2,012 vacation rentals
  • Edisto Island Museum: 2,026 vacation rentals
  • Folly Beach Fishing Pier: 4,388 vacation rentals
  • Kiawah Beachwalker Park: 3,361 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Edisto Island listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Edisto Island?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 866 Houses in Edisto Island. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Edisto Island include:

  • Cottages: 153 rentals available
  • Cabins: 153 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 262 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Edisto Island?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,169 vacation rentals with pool available in Edisto Island. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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