The Purple Pearl
Sea Shells on Botany Bay Beach – Edisto Island, South Carolina. With more than 4,600 acres of maritime forest, beach, freshwater ponds, and historical buildings on the property, this working plantation is a must see. The Spanish-moss draped live oak trees, pine-needle cushioned trails, and untouched beach provides a glimpse of the unspoiled lowcountry.
This beach is accessible via a half-mile walk across a shell-packed trail across the marsh and winds through a maritime forest. It’s common to see numerous birds, fiddler crabs, and other native animals during the walk to the beach.
Botany Bay’s beach is stunning. Many refer to it as “Boneyard Beach” due to the fallen trees – whitened by the sun – that rest in the sand and weather-worn trees that stand in the water. This untouched beach shows nature at its finest. The beach itself has sun-bleached white sand, tide pools filled with sea creatures and seashells, and endless views. Collection of seashells, shark’s teeth, or anything else on the beach is strictly prohibited and a $490 fine per item removed is imposed.
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