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Local Activities and Things to Do

There’s something for everyone in and around Pawleys Island…

Living in the coastal communities of South Carolina you can find endless things to do in Pawleys IslandM. Welcoming, wide-open uncrowded beaches that stretch for miles. No matter the season, it never seem to be busy. But the ocean is only the beginning, surrounded by fresh water lakes and ponds, meandering tidal creeks, acres of golden marshlands, fish filled channels, rivers and the Intracoastal Waterway. Public and community boat landings and docks are loved by boaters. Everything from fishing, shrimping, crabbing and oystering to swimming, watersports, sailing, paddle boarding and kayaking offers unforgettable escapes. Take a guided tour exploring and learning fascinating facts about our ecosystem, wetlands and wildlife. Take an afternoon boat cruise to enjoy a delightful dining experience after playing a leisurely round of golf on one of the areas award winning courses. Cycling, jogging and walking along the scenic trails enjoying the great outdoors and the natural unspoiled scenery.

The charming coastal communities of Murrells Inlet, Litchfield and historic Georgetown are conveniently only a few minutes away, providing a great deal of opportunity for enjoyment besides all the necessities of life, from shopping and dining to healthcare and education. Romantic Charleston, with its exceptional assortment of restaurants, shopping, historic sites and cultural events, is just an hour south. Exciting Myrtle Beach, about 45 minutes north of us, also offers its own amazing array of dining establishments and shopping, nightlife, live entertainment theaters, and more than 100 championship golf courses. Between these two very different coastal cities, you will find quiet fishing villages, pristine beaches, a national forest and seashore, dozens of antebellum plantations, the largest outdoor sculpture garden in America and most importantly, Pawleys Island.

Local Golf

Described as a sportsman’s paradise, your passion to play lives at every turn within our dynamic community.

Choose your course. Choose your challange. Noted golf course architects like Fazio, Nicklaus, Player, Maples, Dye and Bird have used the natural landscape to design challenging but playable courses that wind through the stunning maritime forests and marshlands of Pawleys Island. With each hole, comes a backdrop of salt water creeks, tidal rivers, cypress swamps, and dense natural oak trees. Golf in Pawleys Island can best be described as an exhilarating nature tour, 18 holes at a time.

Local Shops

The charming communities of Pawleys Island, Murrells Inlet and Georgetown provide all the necessities of life and a great deal of enjoyment. Each with its exceptional assortment of restaurants, shopping, historic sites and cultural events.

Whether you are looking for an original work of art, that one of a kind piece of jewelry or fashions for the beach or a formal dining, you will find your heart’s desire in our exceptional selection of fine shops.

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From intimate cafes to award winning establishments, you will find the perfect match for your dining desires.

Among the many reasons to visit our area is the infinite variety of eateries for every taste. You may want to start your epicurean adventure among the fine dining restaurants along the charming boardwalk on the river, or perhaps a restaurant overlooking Winyah Bay in Historic Georgetown would be a better fit. In Pawleys Island and Litchfield, you’ll discover dining in picturesque bistros and cafes surrounded by ancient Live Oaks as unforgettable as it is flavorful. Just a little further up the coast, are the ever popular restaurants of Murrells Inlet which attract seafood devotees from across the globe, making this quaint little waterfront village the “Seafood Capital of the South.”

Local Events

The coastal low country of South Carolina teems with activities and events year round. There are tours of Antebellum Plantations and historic Georgetown, the third oldest city in South Carolina. There are tons of fun things to do from parades, festivals, and concerts to art exhibitions, musicals, plays and marathons. The local folks of Pawleys Island love to have fun and embrace their community through celebrations of art, music and history.

Georgetown even has its very own theater troupe, The Swamp Fox Players at The Strand Cinema year round. They will make you laugh and cry your way to a standing ovation. Other events include the Mardis Gras Parade in March, the Prince George Episcopal Plantation Tours in April, the Blessing of the Fleet and the Shag Festival in July. Also in July, there’s the 4th of July Fireworks and Kaminski House concert. In September, you will find the area’s finest artisans at the Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival. October brings the Wooden Boat Show and the Bridge 2 Bridge Run. In the month of November we have the Taste of Georgetown and Pawleys Island and then in December we have our cherished Christmas Parade, Tree Lighting and Lighted Boat Parade. If you want to be active, the Pawleys Island area is the place for you!

A Few Area Events

Local Fishing

The estuaries of Winyah Bay is feed by four main rivers that include the Waccamaw, Black River, Sampit and Pee Dee. This perfect ecosystem hosts bountiful wildlife including Bald Eagles, Alligators, Ospreys, Dolphin and Pelicans. Here you can fill you boat with Red Drum, Speckled Trout, Flounder, King Mackerel, Tarpon, Cobia, Black Drum, Sheepshead, and Spadefish. Winyah Bay, the jetties, near shore, inshore, and flats fishing along the historic beautiful coast near Georgetown are the perfect places to fish for your favorite catch.

Part of Winyah Bay is North Inlet. Much of the land surrounding the inlet is unpopulated and is set aside as a nature preserve. This makes the local fishing a little tough to get to but the rewards can be incredible. The inlet produces some of the finest Flounder, Speckled Trout and Tarpon that can be found. If isolations and a peaceful retreat is what you are looking for, look no further than a day of fishing in the North Inlet. For even more of this type of fishing, go South of Winyah Bay to the Santee Delta. Here too you will find undisturbed solitude and fishing at its finest.

Local Beaches

From the quiet solitude of Pawleys Island to the natural beauty of Huntington Beach State Park, Georgetown County’s beaches offer wide stretches of sand and beautiful landscapes where it’s impossible not to relax. On our beaches, families enjoy fishing, surfing, paddle boarding or just soaking up the sun. On Pawleys Island known for its carefree, laidback lifestyle, white sand beaches are ideal for walking, and gentle ocean breezes make for great sailing adventures and restful naps in rope hammocks. Come breath in the serenity that only salt water breezes can deliver.