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Pawleys Island, S.C.

Area Overview

"Arrogantly Shabby" Pawleys Island is a beach community on the south end of the Grand Strand

The Pawleys Island & Litchfield Beach sections of the Grand Strand are known for their “arrogantly shabby” oceanfront accommodations and laid-back beach lifestyles.

The Town of Pawleys Island, incorporated in 1985, consists only of the island itself and carries a modest population of about 100 proud year-round residents, although locals commonly refer to the area west of the two connecting causeways as Pawleys Island.

Litchfield Beach, located slightly north of the island, includes rows of beach and channels houses along the coast and tidal creeks that separate it from the mainland.

Boat docks and fishing piers are about as common as mailboxes in these two coastal communities. Residents often go fishing, shrimping and crabbing in their own back yards and cook up a seafood feast for dinner.

There are several upscale restaurants on the mainland for those rainy and unlucky days, such as Frankís Restaurant/Frank’s Outback, as well as unique local shops, including the famous Pawleys Island Hammocks Shops.

Golfers are also in luck, with the famous Waccamaw Golf Trail running right through the middle of the two towns. Caledonia, True Blue, The River Club, and the Litchfield Golf and Beach Club are among the top courses on the entire Grand Strand, which boasts more than 100 links.

The mainland areas were once rice plantations from the Colonial era to the Civil War, and Pawleys Island was the summer home of many wealthy plantation owners looking to escape the heat and the disease-carrying mosquitoes of the marshlands.

The area made the transition to full-time settlement in the 1900s, but remains unincorporated except for the island itself.

The Town of Pawleys Island has its own police department, but the mainland communities are serviced by the Georgetown County Police and Fire & Rescue units.

All public school students attend the award-winning Waccamaw schools, and Lowcountry Day Academy caters to private school children.

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Where to stay

Hotels in Pawleys Island, S.C.

Here's a look at some of the best accommodations in Pawleys Island, S.C.:

Dieter Company Beach Rental
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Plan your vacation at the uncrowded beaches of Pawleys Island and Litchfield with help from The Dieter Company. The …

Great vacation — Sandra L

Dunes Beach Home Rentals
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Offering quiet beach home rentals in Pawleys Island and Litchfield Beach, Dunes Beach Home Rentals has the solution …

Amazing Garden City Pier — Easter Myers

Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort
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If a “get away from it all” experience in a true resort setting sounds good to you, plan your stay at L …

Fabulous pool, in house bar/grille & great golf near by-Contn.Brkft & a Starbucks onsite. — Beach Lover

Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club

Pawley’s Plantation Golf & Country Club, set among 200-year-old moss-draped oak trees, is an ideal setting fo …

The Oceanfront Litchfield Inn
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Escape the neon lights and loud noise of Myrtle Beach by staying 15 miles to the south at the Litchfield Inn. Locat …

Can’t wait to come back — Richard L.


Restaurants & Attractions in Pawleys Island, S.C.

Here's a look at some of the best places to eat and things to do in Pawleys Island, S.C.:

Sam’s Corner

For years, Sam’s Corner has been serving up affordable meals to  locals and tourists to the Myrtle Beach are …

Cap’n Rod’s Lowcountry Tours

Whether you are interested in learning about South Carolina’s beautiful Lowcountry atmosphere and culture, or if …

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Indo Thai

Boasting a variety of homemade cuisine, Indo Thai is the perfect place for those seeking Pan-Asian dishes. While mo …

Island Bar & Grill

Opened in 2007 as a sports bar, Island Bar & Grill has stayed true to its focus of serving sports fans througho …

Chive Blossom Cafe

Chive Blossom Café is a quaint eatery located in Pawleys Island. This little restaurant is housed in a building th …

Caffe Piccolo

Located in Pawleys Island, Caffe Piccolo is a quaint little eatery that serves up big taste. Priding themselves on …


Visiting Pawleys Island, S.C.

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Ribbit the Exhibit

Brookgreen Gardens is home to Ribbit the Exhibit from now until July 9, 2017!