Botany Bay

Visiting Information: 

Botany Bay is FREE and open to the public 
Open every day EXCEPT Tuesdays from Sunrise to Sunset; Closed on scheduled hunt days in the Fall & Winter

Welcome to the serene paradise of Edisto Beach, where the unspoiled wonder of Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve awaits your exploration. Nestled along the breathtaking South Carolina coast, Botany Bay is a coastal wildlife refuge that offers a mesmerizing blend of natural beauty, historical charm, and ecological diversity. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a beachcomber, or a history buff, Botany Bay is the perfect destination to immerse yourself in the wonders of Edisto Island. Come, let’s embark on an unforgettable journey through the pristine landscapes of Botany Bay.

Botany Bay is a hidden gem located on Edisto Island, just a short drive from Edisto Beach. This picturesque coastal wildlife refuge is a sanctuary for wildlife and offers visitors a chance to witness the undisturbed beauty of the Lowcountry landscapes. As you explore the area, you’ll be captivated by the unspoiled shoreline, swaying marsh grasses, and breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Edisto Beach, a quaint coastal town with a rich history, serves as the gateway to Botany Bay. This charming community welcomes visitors with its warm hospitality and deep-rooted connection to the sea. As you venture further, you’ll discover the remnants of historical plantations that tell stories of the island’s past. Immerse yourself in the history of this coastal haven and gain a deeper appreciation for its natural wonders.

Botany Bay is a nature lover’s paradise, boasting a network of nature trails that wind through the maritime forest and lead to secluded beach coves. Lace up your hiking boots and set out on a journey of discovery, surrounded by the diverse flora and fauna that inhabit the region. Keep an eye out for birdwatching opportunities as the refuge is home to various bird species, and you might even spot nesting sea turtles during the right season.

Strolling along the pristine shores of Botany Bay, you’ll be greeted by an abundance of seashells and fossils that have washed ashore. Take a leisurely beachcombing adventure and collect nature’s treasures as souvenirs of your memorable visit. The soothing sound of crashing waves and the cool ocean breeze will make this experience truly unforgettable.

Botany Bay’s untouched allure is a result of dedicated conservation efforts to protect its natural habitats. The refuge serves as a vital nesting ground for sea turtles, and its preservation is crucial in maintaining the ecological balance of the region. As you explore the area, remember to practice responsible tourism and help preserve this coastal sanctuary for generations to come.

Edisto Beach’s Botany Bay is a hidden paradise, inviting you to explore its unspoiled beauty and embrace the tranquility of nature. From the diverse wildlife and historical plantations to the shimmering coastline and seashell treasures, every step of your journey will leave you enchanted. Plan your visit to Botany Bay and experience the magic of Edisto Island, a coastal haven where nature’s wonders come alive.

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Commonly Asked Questions About Botany Bay:

Can I get married at Botany Bay?

Weddings are allowed on Botany Bay. Chairs and decorations are not allowed, only people are. Please contact Botany Bay at (843) 869-2713 for more information on planning a wedding.

Why is shell collection not allowed?

We want Botany Bay to remain untouched, so shell collection and the beach are both strictly monitored by Botany Bay volunteers.

Why is Botany Bay closed on Tuesdays?

There are controlled hunts in Botany Bay every Tuesday. In the Fall & Winter, there are more scheduled hunts, so be sure to check the calendar before you plan your trip.

Are pets allowed?

Botany Bay does NOT allow pets on the causeway to the beach or on the beach.

What else isn't allowed on Botany Bay?

Alcohol, metal detectors, and drones are not allowed. Visitors are not permitted to leave behind any items in the preserve or on the beach.

Is there a fee to enter Botany Bay?

Visitors are not required to pay to enter Botany Bay, however, they are required to obtain a day pass from the kiosk upon entry into the park.

Is the causeway to the beach wheelchair accessible?

Yes, the causeway to the beach is wheelchair accessible.