A Stunning Island Getaway In South Carolina — Just One Hour From Charleston

A travel expert’s socially distanced guide to Edisto Island

Travel looks a bit — or rather, completely — different this year. Instead of making big vacation plans, many of us have been staying home for the safety of ourselves and others. But if you’re feeling stir-crazy and are able to take the necessary safety precautions, luxury travel expert Carla Thorson of Protravel has created road trip guides for sites within a few hours of major cities.

Very important: Be sure to keep a six-foot distance from others and wear a face mask in public, among other travel guidelines. Plus, check out the latest local guidance, and read on.

About the Destination

Edisto Island is a barrier island an hour south of Charleston. It is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the beauty of the South Carolina coast. We’re well into September, but you can get one last taste of summer here. Spend the day on the beach — fishing, swimming or reading in the sunshine.

Beaches to Lounge

  • Edisto Beach State Park:8377 State Cabin Road, Edisto Island, SC.
  • Gray’s Beach: Perfect waves for kids and ideal for walking or running. 2501 Point St, Edisto Island, SC.
  • Driftwood Beach: One of the most remote beaches in South Carolina. It’s great for walks and pictures. 1066 Botany Bay Rd, Edisto Island, SC.

Nature to Explore

  • Shell Island, Edisto Beach State Park: Find a treasure of shells on this little inlet. Ideal for long walks and picturesque views, you might be tempted to walk straight across onto the island, but stray away from doing so. The currents are too strong and a more enjoyable way to reach Shell Island is via boat. Call Captain Ron Elliott at (843) 869–193, and he’ll pick you up within two hours.
  • Point Street and Beyond: The surf is gentle and there are dozens of precious tidal pools.
  • Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Reserve: The reserve has more than 4,600 acres of forest, beach, freshwater ponds, and historical buildings. 1066 Botany Bay Rd, Edisto Island, SC. Plus it even offersdolphin watching:Due to Covid-19, all tours are currently private. Slip D2, 3702 Docksite Rd. 843–469–0052.

Food to Grab

Make sure to pick up meals along the way. (Keep an eye on the CDC’s latest restaurant guidance.)

First, coffee!

  • One 4 CoffeeA definite stop! 114 Jungle Rd #F, Edisto Island, SC. 843–631–1452.

Great breakfast and lunch suggestions that offer both takeout and outdoor seating…

  • Sea Cow Eatery: A local breakfast spot. 145 Jungle Rd #A, Edisto Island, SC. 843–869–3222.
  • Roxbury Mercantile: For sixty years the Barnwell family’s country store, Roxbury Mercantile served as the social hub for Edisto. Now, Barnwell’s community store is a restaurant serving low country southern food. 4398 Highway 174, Meggett, SC. 843–880–0044.
  • Whaley’s Store Seafood: Self-described seafood dive serving local catch, plus beer and spirits, out of an old filling station.” 2801 Myrtle St, Edisto Island, SC. 843–869–2161.

This originally appeared on Medium.