Edisto is one of my favorite places in the world. You may recall from following along over the years that we head out there a good bit to stay with our friends at their family’s beach house. Those are seriously some of my favorite weekends. Edisto is such an escape! But of all of our visits there, I haven’t ever been to Botany Bay until this past Sunday when my mother-in-law wanted to go for her birthday. The weather was 70 and sunny. Didn’t have to ask me twice!

Botany Bay used to be a sea island cotton plantation in the 1700s and early 1800s. It was deeded to the state of South Carolina in the 1930s, when it became the 3,363 acre wildlife preserve that it is today.

Thanks to my phone, I was able to take photos all along the way…

These photos were taken on a preserved beach that is accessed by a half mile trail. You aren’t allowed to take shells or other natural items from the beach, so there were more shells than I’ve ever seen on any other beach! 

Aren’t the trees on the beach beautiful? It’s crazy how skeletons of trees can be so stunning. I wish we would have been able to see it at high tide… just look at these photos!

If you ever find yourself in this little part of the world, Botany Bay is a must see! And as for all of you Charleston locals, the ride out to Edisto is quick and beautiful, right? There’s more than just a beach…there’s an area where you can launch your kayak, things to see, like ruins of the old mansion and various other structures, areas for catch and release fishing, season hunting, and a driving trail. A perfect day trip! 



  1. March 10, 2015 / 1:09 pm

    Whenever we go to Charleston, we always stay on Edisto. It is so quiet and relaxing! I'll have to check this out next time we're there!

  2. March 10, 2015 / 1:29 pm

    This place looks amazing!! Great photos – love the trees in the middle of the beach! 🙂

  3. March 10, 2015 / 3:42 pm

    Botany Bay is seriously the most magical place. Our sweet labrador puppy's name is Botany, and you wouldn't believe how many people think it is the weirdest name they have ever heard. I always think, "gosh, if only they knew…".

  4. March 10, 2015 / 3:59 pm

    Edisto is a hidden gem! My parents have a house there and my husband and I got married at Cypress Trees Plantation. Love it!

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