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Carolina Travel Planner: Edisto Island, South Carolina: A Hidden Lowcountry Gem

We know that Charleston tends to get all the lovin’ on the coast of South Carolina. But there is another place that is truly the hidden gem of the Lowcountry. Edisto Island, just 30 miles or so further south, is one of South Carolina’s best kept secrets. Whether you are looking to rent a beach cottage, do a little fishing (or seafood eating), take a dip or build a sandcastle along the beach, or kayak in a tidal creek (like the one above from Wendie Smith Photography), Edisto Island has it all in a stunning setting featuring the perfect combination of oceanfront beaches, saltwater marshes and Lowcountry charm draped in Spanish moss.

And the spring is the perfect time to head to Edisto. Because, in addition to all of the natural recreation they have available all the time, they have tons of events planned for the spring that showcase this quiet coastal island destination. Here’s a sampling of some of the upcoming events they have planned (just to whet your appetite):

March 16 – Edisto Eats Food Festival at McConkey’s Jungle Shack features an arts and crafts fair, the 3rd       Annual Chefs Competition, a commuity oyster roast and live music throughout the day.

March 21-24 – Edisto Arts Guild Players present four performances of “The Red Velvet Cake”.

March 30 – Edisto Art Guild’s semi-annual Arts and Crafts Show and Sale at the Edistonian General Store featuring local artisans and their creations.

April 20 – The Edisto Island Historic Preservation Society is hosting their inaugural Spring Tour of Homes showcasing the new homes on the island.

May 4 – Edisto Day Bazaar and the 4th Annual Offshore Fishing Challenge

In addition to these springtime special events, nature lovers can participate in a variety of eco-tours by foot, kayak or boat at Botany Bay Plantation, a wildlife management area set on over 4,000 acres of forest, marsh and beach or sign up for a kayak expedition of Edisto’s most secluded estuaries and beaches.

Looking for a perfect spring break or Easter travel destination? Check out the Lowcountry laid-back charm of Edisto Island.

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