Pawleys Island Top 10 Winter Beach Town

Top Beach Towns for the Winter

Yahoo! Contributor Network By Sylvia Cochran, Yahoo! Contributor Network- Tue, Oct 04, 2011 12:38 PM EDT

Snowbirds in search of America’s top beach towns have their picks of secluded locales where white sands and cries of seagulls are the main attractions. In the alternative, there are other warm weather winter travel destinations that offer luxurious resort-style surroundings — without destroying the small town look and feel.

Dauphin Island, Alabama

The “Heart of Dixie” attracts tourists following in the footsteps of French colonists. The state enjoys humid subtropical weather and Dauphin Island is no exception. With only 1,300 year-round residents, it is a wonderfully relaxing destination.

Visit the Dauphin Island Sea Lab for its estuarine wildlife display. Then, take a tour of Indian Shell Mound Park for the fauna and flora that teem there. For history lovers, remember American Civil War history with a visit to Fort Gaines.

Cayucos, California

The Golden  State enjoys a Mediterranean-like climate, especially along its generous coastline.  Cayucos prides itself on being “America’s coolest small town.”

Take some time to tour the Cass House and come face to face with the town’s founder. During the day, hike the bluffs of the northern hills or explore Whale Rock Reservoir and its surrounding trails.

Cedar Key and Apalachicola, Florida

Offering a sub- and true tropical climate, the Sunshine State is a must-see for snowbirds. There are two perfect beach towns for the winter visitor.  Cedar Key is excellent for the beach lover. When it is time to leave the gorgeous sands behind, a trip to th e Cedar Key State Museum allows for nature exploration and light hikes.

Another option is Apalachicola. Enjoy locally caught oysters and shrimp. The shores of the Apalachicola River offer wonderful areas for walking, leisurely biking and artistic sketching.

Tybee Island, Georgia

The resort town used to be called “Savannah Beach,” but the moniker just wouldn’t stick. Today Tybee is a welcome getaway for history lovers and lighthouse fans.

Take a tour of the Fort Screven Historic District and be transported back in time, or at sunset, visit the 154-tall Tybee Lighthouse for an unforgettable view.

Grand Isle, Louisiana

The humid subtropical climate of Louisiana endears the state to tourists fleeing cold weather. Grand Isle is ideal for anglers.

Tourists can play and relax all day on Grand Isle State Park beaches, which have been numbered among top winter beach retreats in 2010. If you’re up for more adventure, go fishing right on the beach or set up a tour boat for a larger group.

Pawleys Island or Kiawah Island, South Carolina

The quintessential Deep South humid subtropical climate is once again exemplified in South Carolina. Two destinations beckon the  traveler in search of winter beach towns.  Pawleys Island is tiny but first-rate for the tourist who wants to get away from it all. Rest in a hammock, go fishing and fit in some crabbing — then repeat.

The traveler favoring a resort feel is sure to appreciate Kiawah Island. Although small, it is associated with a luxurious golf resort.



Town of Dauphin Island, image Jeffrey Reed; Cayucos by the Sea, image Adam Sofen; Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce, image Dockstreet Zdv, Apalachicola Bay; City of Tybee, image Brian Stansberry; Town of Grand Isle, image Karen Apricot; Town of Pawleys Island, image iStock jumpan44; Town of Kiawah Island


Pawleys Island Perfect Vacation Destination

Looking for a beautiful beach community on the east coast of the USA as your next holiday destination? The Pawleys Island may be the place you are looking for. Located about 25 miles south of Myrtle Beach on the South Carolina coastline, Pawleys Island is a small, historic town, which became a prime vacation spot as early as the 18th century. Pawleys Island is a perfect destination for all types of people looking to relax, unwind, rest and get away from everyday life.

Pawleys Island offers an array of small to large vacation rentals. There are small one-bed roomed houses to large ocean-front houses that can house up to 20 people. You may be looking for a romantic long weekend away or a week on the beach with your kids, or even a fishing trip with a group of friends.  Not to mention golf.  The area boasts some of the best golf courses in the United States.  Pawleys Island caters to all of these, and more.  A vacation on Pawleys Island is very affordable and enjoyable, and perfectly relaxing for all ages. How about a nice two bedroom condo in the community of Litchfield by the Sea?

Once you have got your Pawleys Island beach rental sorted out you can go and enjoy the attractions that surround you.  Maybe you want to head up the coast to Myrtle Beach for a day to enjoy the bustle and the fun of the boardwalk; and then spend the rest of your vacation sunbathing on the beach, fishing in the creeks, kayaking with the family, and eating some Palmetto cheese as this is where it comes from! Don’t forget to check out the local fish and seafood restaurants too.  And maybe, late in the evening, a local will tell you all about the Pawleys Island ghost stories around a beach campfire! No historic town is complete without its ghost stories!

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5 Things You Must Do at Huntington Beach State Park

On your next trip to Huntington Beach, make sure you print and take along this list of the 5 Things You Must Do at the park!

1.  Walk “the square”, a two-mile loop made by walking from the south beach access across to the causeway to Terrapin Drive, then down the historic straight road and back to south beach.  View wildlife along the way.

2.  Take a self-guided audio tour or docent-led tour of Atalaya, a National Historic Landmark.  The picturesque, Moorish-style home was the winter retreat of renowned 20th-century sculptor, Anna Hyatt Huntington and her husband, philanthropist and Spanish scholar, Archer Huntington.

3.  Visit the Education Center to pet a stingray or horseshoe crab in the touch tank, see a baby alligator or diamondback terrapin up close, or learn about the variety of threatened and endangered species that inhabit the park.

4.  Explore everything the 3 miles of pristine, wide open beach has to offer like swimming or running, fishing, or just relaxing with a book.

5.  Take in a Coastal Exploration program with a naturalist to experience more of our abundant wildlife or learn a new hobby such as kayaking, beachcombing or birding.

Just in Time For Summer – Enhancements at Litchfield by the Sea

Photos are worth a 1000 words.  Check out just a few of the enhancements that have been completed during the “off season” at Litchfield by the Sea.

Paula Deen at Coastal Uncorked in Myrtle Beach

May 8 – 15, 2011

May 14 – Paula Deen Cooking Demonstration

Experience a fine southern cuisine cooking demonstration with Paula Deen at the Alabama Theatre on Saturday, May 14th. During this hour long demonstration you will see Paula at her finest paired with an area chef cooking up some delicious dishes. Tickets are $75. Purchase Tickets Now!

May 8 – 15 – Coastal Uncorked Restaurant Week

Coastal Uncorked Restaurant Week will feature local cuisine from participating restaurants along the Grand Strand from May 8-15. This event includes several different dining options to choose from including wine dinners, beer dinners, three course $20.11 chef’s tasting menus, and Coastal Casual’s from 5-7 p.m.

May 12 – Coastal Uncorked Golf Tournament

Hit the links in 2011 for the Coastal Uncorked Golf Tournament being held at the Myrtle Beach National South and West courses. Tickets for single player $150; team $400. Purchase Tickets Now!

May 13 & 14 – Tasting Trolley Signature Event

All aboard! It’s time for the Coastal Uncorked Tasting Trolley event. Your all-inclusive trolley pass gets you unlimited access to the trolleys on both Friday and Saturday from 12 pm – 5 pm. Don’t miss this exclusive tasting event. Tickets are $75. Purchase Tickets Now!

May 15 – Food Challenge & Tasting Finale Event

Join the elite culinary Grand Strand community for the Coastal Uncorked Finale Gala & Food Challenge at the Marina Inn. Prepare to watch six of the area’s top chefs square off in an iron chef style competition. This finale event will include tasting tables from area restaurants, specialty desserts, drinks silent auction, live entertainment, tastings and more. Tickets are $75. Purchase Tickets Now!

TIP: Shop for Groceries Online at Piggly Wiggly

Your vacation time is valuable.  One thing to make the most out of your vacation is to shop for your groceries online at the Piggly Wiggly.  They will be ready when you get to Pawleys Island.

If you are looking for a place to stay, click HERE – 2 Bedroom Lakeside Villa at Litchfield by the Sea.

Click HERE to shop

115 Willbrook Blvd Suite Y, Pawleys Island, SC, 29585
Phone: (843) 235-9434


Sunday: 6:30 AM – 11:00 PM
Monday: 6:30 AM – 11:00 PM
Tuesday: 6:30 AM – 11:00 PM
Wednesday: 6:30 AM – 11:00 PM
Thursday: 6:30 AM – 11:00 PM
Friday: 6:30 AM – 11:00 PM
Saturday: 6:30 AM – 11:00 PM

Insider Tips: Happy Hour

South Strand (Surfside, Murrells Inlet, Pawleys)

Backfinz – 7.5
Bliss Restaurant & Lounge – 7.7
Blue Crab – 6.9

Borgata – 8.0
Bovine’s Wood Fired Specialties – 6.7
Brick House Lounge – 7.0

Captain Dave’s Dockside/Bubba’s Love Shack – 6.8

Causeway Grill & Raw Bar - 6.6
Charleston Cafe – 6.7

Cooter’s Backyard Bar – 7.2

Creek Ratz - 5.8
Crystalite Cafe – 7.5
**Dead Dog Saloon - 7.1
Garden City Beach Bar & Grill – 6.9

Gilligan’s Steamer & Raw Bar – 7.2
 Hannah Banana’s Sunshine Cabana – 6.3

Island Bar & Grill (North) – 8.2
Island Bar& Grill (South) – 7.7
Jackson’s Inlet Bar & Grill – 6.6
Jasper’s Sports Grille – 7.3

K-Rae’s Pub - 7.3
La Playa - 6.3
Marlin Quay Bar – 7.1
O’Keefe’s Irish Pub  – 7.4

On The Half Shell – 6.6
Pawleys Island Tavern – 7.3
Quigley’s Pint & Plate  – 7.8
Salt Creek Cafe
 – 7.7
Sandy Monkey – 6.3
Scotty’s Beach Bar- 6.1

Southside Pattys  – 6.6
Southside Raw Bar – 7.1

Spencer’z - 7.4 
Stadium Club – 6.3
Suck Bang Blow – 7.0
Surfside Live / It’s Beer 30 – 6.6
Uncle Tito’s – 6.2
Vienna’s Pizzeria & Sports Pub – 7.8
Webster’s Tavern – 6.6

** The Dead Dog experienced a fire on 2/22/12 that will temporary close the restaurant.

Pamper Yourself at the Beach

“A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.” – Robert Orben
Tired of bringing everything plus the kitchen sink to the beach? Let Cabana Boy do the work for you. Cabana Boy will set up and tear down a 15 x 15 beach tent for you every day without any effort from you. It’s your vacation and we want you to enjoy it.
Seaside Lunch Delivery ($10.00 per lunch)
Have your personal Cabana Boy deliver a gourmet lunch to you while you’re working on that sought after South Carolina tan. Lunch will be delivered to your Cabana Boy tent at a pre-arranged time. Please order 24 orders in advance from your Cabana Boy or call (843) 742-1134.

Sandwich options (subject to change):

Turkey & Provolone with pesto mayo

Ham & Swiss with Carolina Sauce

BLTP – Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato & Pimento Cheese

Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato, Romaine with pesto mayo

Peanut Butter & Jelly

Beach Chair Rental ($25.00 per chair per week)
Add chairs to your Cabana Boy Tent Rental for an even easier trip to the beach. Call (843) 742-1134 for details or email

Cooler delivery ($50.00 per week)
Add a cooler to your Cabana Boy tent rental. Get a cooler with ice set up under your tent every morning. Cooler holds up to 12 cans of beverages. Call (843) 742-1134 for details or email

Beach Storage
Is a visit to Pawleys Island a yearly tradition? Is the only bad part packing the kitchen sink? How about showing up at your house and having your beach toys, bikes, kayaks, grills, etc…already there? Cabana Boy Beach Services offers beach storage with delivery and pick up for a low monthly cost based on the items you need stored and delivered. Call (843) 742-1134 for details or email


Carolina Gourmet at the Hammock Shops in Pawleys Island

Amid the moss-draped oaks of the Hammock Shops in Pawleys Island, a store designed to tempt your taste buds awaits. Carolina Gourmet at Pawleys is a southern-style gourmet food, cookware, and kitchen gadget store that offers a selection of mouth watering options and gift giving selections.

Owned by Mike Clingenpeel and his wife Judy Clingenpeel, Carolina Gourmet at Pawleys is filled with a vast medley of gourmet food brands, kitchen gadgets, cookbooks, serving ware, gift baskets, entertaining essentials, and much more. Situated diagonally from The Freckled Frog, tucked under oak trees, this store is a haven for bakers, chefs, and foodies alike.

Producing a delicious list of jellies, jams, preserves, sauces, dressings, relishes, and marinades under its own label, Carolina Gourmet, this store also carries a broad selection of well-known gourmet food brands. Positioned among the white-washed walls and hardwood floors you’ll find shelf after shelf filled with Wind & Willow dip mixes, Gullah Gourmet soup and bread mixes, Charleston Original Sauces, Braswell’s Seasonings, Blue Ridge Jams, Bone Suckin’ Sauces, and many more. Carolina Gourmet at Pawleys also carries celebrity food product lines from Barefoot Contessa and Paula Deen, as well as an exquisite line of teas, coffees, drink mixes, and gourmet chocolates.

In addition to scrumptious selections of foods, Carolina Gourmet at Pawleys also offers a tasteful line of cookware including collections from Chantal and Le Creuset, cutlery from Wusthof, as well as a variety of bakeware, aprons, cookbooks, recipe boxes, napkins and a colorful assortment of placemats. There is also an extensive selection of kitchen gadgets and serving ware pieces available. Platters, chip and dip sets, bowls, stemware, wine racks and serving utensils in a variety of designs including floral and seascapes are charmingly displayed throughout the store.

Carolina Gourmet at Pawleys also has the perfect gift for the foodie in your life thanks to its Gift Basket program. Along with a pre-selected array of gift baskets available, Carolina Gourmet at Pawleys can also assist you in creating and customizing any gift basket from small to large.

Carolina Gourmet at Pawleys is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The store is located in the Hammock Shops, 10880 Ocean Highway #7, Pawleys Island. For more information, call 237-1999, or visit


Litchfield by the Sea Enhancement Project Update

The enhancement of the common areas of Litchfield by the Sea continue.  Shown here are some updated photos.  The project includes a new beach house, updated landscaping including fountains, repaved roads with new curbing, wooden walkways including a pier/dock and a new grand entrance.

Litchfield by the Sea is a great resort for families, couples, golfing buddies and snow birds.   If you need a great two bedroom Lakeside Villa, check out our website for a great place to stay.


CLICK HERE for photos, rental calendar with rates, things to do, traveling tips, etc


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