If you're looking for a secluded and picturesque Lowcounty sea island to visit, Edisto Island is the place to go. The island is located between the mouths of the North and South Edisto Rivers approximately 45 miles south of Charleston. The island derives its name from its initial inhabitants, the Edisto Indians. In the 1500s the Spanish arrived, followed by the English in the late 1600s. By the late 1700s English planters had developed sea island cotton, the crop that brought wealth to the area. Some of the beautiful plantations built during this era are still standing and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Today, visitors enjoy the slow pace and casual lifestyle. This 68-square-mile sea island is mostly undeveloped with a rich cultural heritage, excellent outdoor recreational opportunities, local seafood restaurants, marina, a golf course and rental beach houses.