Pawleys Island, SC

Travel Guide
Litchfield Beach showing general coastal views, a sandy beach and a coastal town

The island’s uniqueness invites visitors to relax. Explore its history, walk its beaches and savor Southern food in a world apart.

People have been coming to Pawleys Island, south of Myrtle Beach, since the 1700s because it’s a lovely place to stay. In those early times rice farmers escaped the oppressive heat inland and spent summers with their families on the coast. May to November was the historic time to enjoy this delightful location. Today Pawleys Island is a year-round attraction. Enjoy a relaxed vacation where being shoeless and carefree is expected.

The island is 4 miles (6 kilometers) long and very narrow. Its unique ambiance is immediately discernible upon crossing the causeway from the mainland. The appearance is sometimes described as arrogantly shabby. Enter the Pawleys Island Historic District where 12 early residences still remain. Find a place to park and read the plaques with information about the houses and their inhabitants.

Beach days are common on the wide sand and among the dunes. You may witness the hatching of loggerhead sea turtles in protected areas along the shoreline. Ask questions of knowledgeable volunteers who are often on the beach observing turtle activity.

Purchase one of the unique Pawleys Island Rope Hammocks seen on many island porches. It is a beautiful and functional souvenir or gift for someone back home.

Hotel chains don’t exist on the island, but there are two classic inns. The Pelican Inn was built in the 1840s and the Sea View Inn was built in 1937.

All the conventional conveniences are available on the nearby mainland, in particular Georgetown and Murrells Inlet, 13 miles (21 kilometers) and 10 miles (16 kilometers) away respectively.

Bring your boat and launch it at the public boat ramp or rent kayaks or paddleboards. Fish from Pawleys Island Pier, which extends far out into the ocean. Golf at various Grand Strand courses located within 5 miles (8 kilometers) of the island.

Get to Pawleys Island by traveling south from Myrtle Beach about 23 miles (37 kilometers). Feel your stress slip away as you approach this relaxing getaway destination.

Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort
Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort
3.5 out of 5
14276 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island, SC, 29585
The price is $63 per night from May 18 to May 19
Stay at this 3.5-star beach resort in Pawleys Island. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in ...
3.8/5 Good! (998 reviews)
"Beautiful resort!"

Reviewed on May 6, 2022

Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort
Best Western Pawleys Island
Best Western Pawleys Island
2.5 out of 5
11445 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, SC, 29585
The price is $105 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Stay at this beach hotel in Pawleys Island. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (854 reviews)
"Friendly, clean, comfy beds- hostess at breakfast gave me a hug !!"

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2022

Best Western Pawleys Island
The Oceanfront Litchfield Inn
The Oceanfront Litchfield Inn
3 out of 5
1 Norris Drive, Pawleys Island, SC, 29585
The price is $106 per night from May 18 to May 19
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Pawleys Island. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff ...
3.8/5 Good! (990 reviews)
"ocean view friendly staff quiet location"

Reviewed on May 8, 2022

The Oceanfront Litchfield Inn
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Bridgewater
Bridgewater
4 out of 5
601 Retreat Beach Circle, Pawleys Island, SC, 29585
The price is $223 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 4-star beach vacation home in Pawleys Island. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
4/5 Very Good! (161 reviews)
"Everything was great"

Reviewed on May 11, 2022

Bridgewater
Bridgewater condo in Litchfield by the Sea!
Bridgewater condo in Litchfield by the Sea!
Pawleys Island, SC
Stay at this condo in Pawleys Island. Enjoy free WiFi, an indoor pool, and a water park. Popular attractions Willbrook Plantation Golf Club and North Litchfield ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Nice Condo.
"We had a nice stay at Bridgewater. Small condo but was fine for 2 people. Quite a bit of work being done on the entire building, but it didn’t inconvenience us at all."

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2022

Bridgewater condo in Litchfield by the Sea!
Delightful 3 Bedroom 2 Bath Condo in True Blue Golf Community
Delightful 3 Bedroom 2 Bath Condo in True Blue Golf Community
Pawleys Island, SC
Stay at this condo in Pawleys Island. Enjoy free WiFi, a water park, and a spa tub. Popular attractions True Blue Golf Club and Caledonia Golf and Fish Club ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (4 reviews)
We had an enjoyable visit to Pawley’s Island.
"Overall a good experience."

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2021

Delightful 3 Bedroom 2 Bath Condo in True Blue Golf Community
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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