When it comes to South Carolina beach vacations, Myrtle Beach is typically the go-to destination; however, the trendy kitsch and crowded shores may not be for everyone. For a more casual, carefree getaway, vacationers are discovering Pawleys Island, 25 miles farther south.
Generations of local families and savvy travelers have made Pawleys Island and Litchfield Beach their vacation destination for over 250 years and yet this Lowcountry coastal region has retained its charm and casual character. Pristine saltmarshes, threaded with winding tidal creeks, thrum with the activity of sea birds, fish, and other local wildlife. Miles of wide, soft sandy beaches stretch from the stone jetty on the north end of Huntington Beach State Park to the southern peninsula of Litchfield Beach. At low tide, beachcombers can practically wade across to Pawleys Island and traverse several more miles along the sandy shore.
Spend your time soaking up the sun on the beach or test your skills at a variety of exciting outdoor activities, such as kayaking, paddle-boarding, crabbing and fishing. Bike ride under moss-draped oaks and along tidal waters or hit the greens on one of the area’s renowned local golf courses. Visit the Pawleys Island Hammock Shops, home of the original rope hammock and a variety of other venues featuring local art and cuisine unique to the coastal Lowcountry.
For a little extra adventure, explore Brookgreen Gardens and Huntington Beach State Park. Brookgreen is a leading cultural and educational institution and National Historic Landmark, featuring over 9,200 acres including a wildlife preserve, sculpture gardens, rice field tours, and more. In addition to its long stretch of beach, Huntington features the historic Atalaya castle and some of the best shorebird viewing on the Grand Strand.
Since 1959, Litchfield Real Estate and Vacation Rentals has been providing “carefree” beach rental getaways that give visitors a chance to experience the Lowcountry coastal lifestyle. Their wide selection of vacation rentals, ranging from cozy one-bedroom condos on the ocean to spacious accommodating beach homes, come with fresh towels and beds made so that you can get on Island Time the instant you arrive. Most are equipped with modern amenities such as full kitchens, washers, dryers, wireless internet, flat-screen televisions, and screened porches or balconies. Some units also have access to community pools and everyone has access to the new public tennis facilities and Bikeway.
“The proximity to the beach and the views of the marsh and creek in the front and back of the house gave us the best of both worlds,” said a guest from Berwick, Pennsylvania. “Quiet and serene 24/7 with kayaks available! What could be better? This is the ideal vacation spot! We would definitely come again!”
Spend your time exploring the rich and diverse treasures of the Pawleys Island and Litchfield Beach area or simply reclining in a rope hammock on the beach. Either way this South Carolina vacation destination will be unforgettable and carefree!