Pawleys Island Beach is in Georgetown County, south of Myrtle Beach on South Carolina’s famous Grand Strand. The barrier island is also sometimes referred to as Litchfield Beach with which it shares the immediate area. Officially, Pawleys Island includes both the barrier island and the area just off the island on the mainland, where most of the bigger, commercial developments are on Ocean Boulevard. Pawleys is set on the south end of the Grand Strand and is one of the oldest resort communities near Myrtle Beach.
The East Coast summer resort of Pawleys Island was originally inhabited by Native Indians, then families of rice planters, and today it is an upscale beach resort exhibiting rich history through a designated historic area and top-notch beach recreation. Salt marches and other natural areas are home to wildlife professionally managed and protected by the island. The carefree, laid-back lifestyle of island residents and visitors is the island’s greatest appeal aside from the scenic beauty. Aptly, it is famous for island rope hammocks that have been made there for decades.
Four pristine miles of beaches in Pawleys Island South Carolina are mostly private, clean and natural, and lauded for excellent surf. Dual marsh bridges offer anglers the prime island spot for fishing. Surf fishing is also permitted and very popular. Two boat ramps create opportunity to bring in private or rented boats easily and conveniently. Along the beach, families enjoy canoeing and kayaking independently or on tours during high tide through beautiful salt marshes, crabbing from the designated crab dock, shelling for unique ocean treasures, and cycling along the beach. The many private vacation rentals on Pawleys Island Beach offer immediate access to the sandy beach from accommodations. At the southern tip of Pawleys Island there is the sole area for public beach access.
Pawleys Island is also part of an area called the Hammock Coast, which includes neighboring Litchfield Beach, Murrells Inlet, and Garden City Beach, and even extends as far as Georgetown and Andrews. Some of the nicest nearby beaches are at quiet Murrells Inlet and Garden City. The Hammock Coast is specified as a peninsula between the Atlantic Ocean and the Waccamaw River. Tidal creeks, blackwater rivers, and permeating natural scenery are the most attractive features. Within six miles of Pawleys Island and inside the Hammock Coast area, golf reigns, with ten championship courses to choose from.
There are many special events and activities celebrated on Pawleys Island. The annual Rice Festival, garden exhibitions, and community food festivals are most popular. It’s these events that illustrate the tight-knit community’s devotion to maintaining a family-friendly island lifestyle. Dining is another highlight, with wonderful waterfront seafood restaurants, casual bistros, quaint eateries, and first-class fine dining. Restaurants are within family-style island resorts and also independent. They offer convenience to visitors renting beachfront homes and cottages as well as hotel guests.
Many attractions near the beaches in Pawleys Island South Carolina offer endless entertainment. Brookgreen Sculpture Gardens, ocean cruising tours, the National Historic Landmark of Hopsewee Plantation, and Huntington Beach State Park offering activities on and off Pawleys Island Beach.