It’s a relaxed beach island that’s unapologetically “arrogantly shabby.” You’ll find Pawleys Island about 20 miles south of Myrtle Beach, flanked by the communities of Litchfield Beach to the north and DeBordieu to the south.
You’ll fall in love with Pawleys, which hosts only 200 year-round residents, but thousands of visitors over the summer. The beaches have beckoned folks since the 1700s, when plantation owners would move their families, livestock and workers over to the island to escape the mosquitoes. That tradition is timeless, as Pawleys Island still features miles of private, pristine beaches, and laidback activities like crabbing off the dock, shelling, biking, canoeing and kayaking through the salt marsh, fishing from the surf, the pier or the marsh bridges. If that’s not enough, here are some more attractions that both locals and visitors can’t get enough of:
*Award-winning golf: Reserve a tee time at any of the nearby courses, some of the nation’s most awarded by top golf publications like Golf Digest and Golf Magazine, such as Pawleys Plantation.
*Dinner fit for a foodie: Includes this eclectic mix of Pawleys Island restaurants, such as Chive Blossom, Websters, Bistro 217, Roz’s, Quigley’s Pint and Plate, Sanfords Smokehouse, Pawleys Island Tavern, Island Bar & Grill, Frank’s, Grouchos Deli, Hanser House Seafood and many more.
* Historic homes and sites on Pawleys Island, including the Sea View Inn and the old Pawleys Island Chapel.
*Shopping: Stop in at White Harvest, The Hammock Shops (home of the Original Pawleys Island Roper Hammock), the Sweetgrass Shops and the Shops at Christopher’s, to name a few.
*Art offerings: Purchase unique art from Gray Man Gallery, Cheryl Newby Gallery, The Litchfield Exchange (art mall) or one of the many galleries found in Pawleys.
*Litchfield Racquet Club: One of the many fine amenities at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, voted a “Top 50” club in the U.S. by Tennis Magazine. 17 Har-Tru courts, 3 lighted for night play, allow players of all levels to come out for a match or join in scheduled round robins, clinics.