Unwind and relax on the shore at Edisto Beach, a town nestled on the southeastern edge of South Carolina. This beach community sits on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and offers all of the perks of a Southern beach town. From friendly locals to acclaimed restaurants serving fresh seafood, Edisto Beach is the perfect getaway. Browse through plenty of incredible vacation rentals at Edisto Beach and book a stay today. Here are the most unforgettable communities to visit in and near this South Carolinian town.

1. Edisto Beach

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Wake up each morning and go out on the deck to enjoy your morning cup of Joe while watching the waves crash against the beach. During the day, explore the town and island of Edisto on a bike. You can bring bikes from home or rent them from a local outfitter. The beach is the most popular local attraction for natives and tourists alike whether it’s just to catch some rays or to splash in the surf.

2. Edisto Island

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Just a few minutes north of Edisto Beach is Edisto Island that has vacation rentals along rivers, creeks, and beaches along the Atlantic Ocean. For a pristine beach, grab your beach chair and suntan lotion for a day at Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve and Wildlife Management Area. While there, take a tour of the two Colonial-era plantation homes, Sea Cloud Plantation and Bleak Hall Plantation.

3. Seabrook Island

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As a barrier island, Seabrook Island sits on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. While vacationing in the area, Lazy Loggerhead Rentals can bring you beach chairs and umbrellas to your vacation rental for use during your trip so you can read your book under cover while the kids play in the surf or try their hand at paddle boarding on the ocean. One of the local outfitters rents golf carts and scooters if you want to get around the town of something faster than a bike.

4. Rockville

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Just over the inlet from Seabrook Island is the town of Rockville. You can feel time slowing down as you enter the town and wave back to the locals. After parking your car, spend the rest of your vacation biking around the area. If you feel the need to drive, take your kids to Edisto Island Serpentarium for an up close look at some creepy crawlies and let them enjoy the show that teaches them about the world of reptiles.

5. Wadmalaw Island

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Enjoy a week along the Wadmalaw River, a creek, or one of the tributaries of the river on Wadmalaw Island. With a diverse landscape of wooded and wide open field to rivers and creeks, you can choose the vacation rental that most appeals to you to settle in for your vacation. Pass your days’ biking, fishing, boating or taking a tour of the island or an eco tour on kayaks. Take a tour on a tractor at the Charleston Tea Plantation and learn more about how they process tea.

6. Kiawah Island

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This island offers vacation rentals primarily in the gated community, where you can pass your days on the beach, biking around the area, enjoying a game of tennis, or swimming in the community pool. This planned community also has an award-winning golf course. Take the kids to Night Heron Park to swim in the pool or enjoy the kids’ area with fountains that spray water as little ones squeal in delight.

7. Johns Island

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North of Edisto Beach sits Johns Island that has many creeks and tributaries crossing the community and famous oak trees. This is your chance for a laid back vacation, where all you need to do is swim, fish, bike, or whatever else strikes your fancy. Learn a little about local history at The Progressive Club, where Esau Jenkins provided lodging, financial assistance, legal aid, and adult education to the poor and minorities in the area.

8. James Island

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Settle into James Island located between Charleston Harbor and the meandering Stono and Folly Rivers. The island features its own unique and rich history. Test your courage at the Wild Blue Ropes Adventure Park, where you dangle high above the ground or hang out at Splash Zone Waterpark and taking your turn sliding down the water slides.

9. Folly Beach

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As a beach town located on a barrier island, Folly Beach offers many vacation rentals close to the water’s edge. Fill your days by building sand castles, kayaking and canoeing on the ocean, and riding bikes around town. Hire a boat or take a tour out to Fort Sumter, home of the first battle of the American Civil War to see the remaining ruins and battlements.

10. Folly Island

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Located near Charleston and along the Atlantic Ocean, Folly Island is one of the barrier islands. When you’re out on the beaches, look down and you might see loggerhead turtles making their nests at the right time of year. For great fishing, spend your days fishing off the Folly Beach Pier and taking plenty of pictures to prove your fish was this big. Spend an afternoon taking a guided kayak tour around the island with Charleston Kayak Company.