Huffington Post Ranks Pawleys Island #1

4 Unexpected Southern Coastal Retreats That Won’t Break the Bank

 If you’re ready to shake off those work shackles and switch into relaxation gear, there are a few overlooked spots along the southern coasts awaiting your discovery. I grew up in North Carolina, and I’ve had a lifetime to search for getaways that meet my criteria of beauteousness and off-the-beaten-path allure.

We’re going to be passing by all things neon and tacky and heading off to the quiet, low-key, undiscovered places where, if I could magically snap my fingers, I would be folded into a hammock with a dog-eared novel and a red-eye (that’s light beer and tomato juice for the uninitiated). Damn the high gas prices — full steam ahead to some serious summer indulgence.

1. Pawley’s Island, South Carolina

Just a half-hour down the highway from the honky-tonk hedonism of Myrtle Beach is a quiet, laid-back paradise where seekers of tranquil beaches and cool summer winds have been coming for three centuries. You will find nary a high-rise hotel. What you will find is the Sea View Inn, a rustic, old-school delight of a summer retreat with the Atlantic Ocean as your front yard. This is anything but your typical hotel experience, and if fancy frills are your thing, the Sea View is not for you. Think of it as summer-camp-at-the-shore, where down-home low-country meals –think fresh biscuits, grits and scrumptious local catch — are served three times a day, air conditioning is the ocean breeze, and the use of laptops and cell phones is restricted to certain out-of-view areas (the WiFi works just fine, if you must have it).

The day’s activities consist of sitting on the pearly sand beneath an umbrella, strolling past weather-cured historic homes, and watching the sun put on a show-stopping display each evening as it sinks beneath the horizon. There’s a communal vibe among guests which is inviting without being oppressive. (I have stayed at Sea View both solo and with a friend, and have always found my quiet time respected and my desire to chat up fellow guests indulged.)

If you can tear yourself away from the beach, nearby Brookgreen Garden features an extensive outdoor sculpture collection and wildlife enclosures where you can meet owls, herons, otters, and other local beasts. Bonus: the area is known for the Gullah or Geechee culture associated with descendants of former coastal slaves, complete with its own creole language and fascinating traditions and foodways. If you want to take a short roadtrip, head to Charleston, an open-air museum of a city that boasts some of the finest walks and best-preserved historic homes in the country. To sample some of America’s top regional cuisine, stop at the Hominy Grill for addictive shrimp-and-grits and buttermilk pie, or the fancier Peninsula Grill for fine wine paired with mouth-watering local specialties (the chefs here can make black-eyed peas taste like ambrosia).

One thing that often surprises visitors to the area’s preserved plantations is that it’s not all about the Civil War. At Middleton Place, near Charleston, you can behold the stupefying wealth of the southern signers of the Declaration of Independence, including Arthur Middleton, who had his garden designed by the very man who designed the pleasure gardens at Versailles. ‘Nuff said.

Read the rest of the top 5 places HERE

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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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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 rentals@cabanaboy.net.

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 rentals@cabanaboy.net.

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 rentals@cabanaboy.net.

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The Beaches at Pawleys Island & Litchfield Beach

Area Beaches

PAWLEYS ISLAND BEACHES

One of the remaining pristine public beaches uncluttered by high rises and unspoiled by overcrowding and commercialism, Pawleys Island, South Carolina is a longtime favorite to locals and out-of-state visitors alike.

The beaches at Pawleys Island in South Carolina are situated on the Atlantic Ocean between Charleston and Myrtle Beach. There are two causeways that access the beach: one located at the north end of the island between Highway 17 North, otherwise known as Ocean Highway, and across from Waverly Road; the other causeway is south of the island from Highway 17 North and veers off to the right at the traffic light before the Food Lion Shopping Center on to South Causeway Road.

Once on the island, beach goers can go north or south and find beach access along the oceanfront. There is limited public parking on the island and visitors who are not staying on the island need to beware of frequent ticketing of vehicles not utilizing parking locations. There are limited public restroom facilities at the south end of the island only. The best beach access is from one of our rentals homes either oceanfront or off ocean.

Since the island of Pawleys Island itself has no commercial properties, visitors can venture across the causeways to Pawleys Island mainland to find restaurants, gas stations, grocery stores, boutiques, beach services, boating and fishing equipment and services, and many other retail establishments that offer anything one might need for their beach experience.

 

LITCHFIELD BEACHES

Go north on Ocean Highway from Pawleys Island and you’ll enter the area known as Litchfield. There are three distinct areas of this community: South Litchfield, Litchfield by the Sea, and North Litchfield. South Litchfield is accessed from the south portion of the island along Litchfield Drive. Once on the island, there are beach access points between various homes. The parking is also very limited. The solution? Stay at one of the various vacation rentals at Litchfield by the Sea such as  63A Lakeside Villas. Litchfield by the Sea offers plenty of parking, amenities and PRIVATE BEACH ACCESS.

Photos: Litchfield by the Sea Improvements

Litchfield by the Sea is using this winter season to make some great looking improvements to the property.  If you have not heard about Litchfield by the Sea, you need to check it out.  The development offers a wide variety of vacation rental options including the popular Lakeside Villas.  This guard gated resort offers a wide array of amenities including private beach access, a variety of pools, on site restaurants, on site Starbucks, tennis courts, golfing options and more.  Miles of walking and bike trails are throughout this great piece of property.  Click for photos of the progress being made on the improvments:   LBTS project Jan 30

NEED A PLACE TO STAY?  63A LAKESIDE VILLAS

Tip: Pawleys Island Beach Service

You don’t have to bring all of your beach gear with you.  Pawleys Island Beach Service can make your packing and planning a lot easier.  Get all of your beach supplies at reasonable prices at this unique beach shop that carries a wide variety of beach items and T-shirts plus rents and sells beach chairs, bikes, umbrellas, and kayaks.

Pawleys Island Beach Service
10570 Ocean Highway
Pawleys Island, SC
843-237-4666

NEED A PLACE TO STAY? LAKESIDE VILLAS AT LITCHFIELD BY THE SEA

Average Annual Temperatures for Litchfield Beach / Pawleys Island

Average Seasonal Temperatures

High    Low

Summer 91º F    67º F

Fall 85º F    46º F

Winter 63º F    37º F

Spring 83º F    45º F

In the Georgetown/Pawleys Island/Litchfield area, the weather is delightful all year round. The Gulf Stream modifies both the winter’s cold and summer’s heat. Fresh ocean breezes blow almost constantly in summer. The heavy rains are in the hottest months.

The normal July temperature is 80.3 °F, and in January it is 48.8 °F. There is an average of 300 clear days a year, snow is seldom seen, and the annual precipitation is 50.73 inches.

In summer, the normal high for this area is around 85ºF and the usual low around 70ºF.  In June, 85% of the time it will be mostly sunny and humid with a few late afternoon storms. During the summer months, the ocean water is about twenty degrees warmer than the ocean water along New York beaches.  The lowest temperature this area ocean water has reached is 47ºF in January, and the highest is 88ºF in July.


Fall is the prettiest season of the year. September days are fine and warm, and the nights are beginning to cool.  October and November have temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s.  Nightly lows range from the 40’s to the 60’s.  March and April are some of the wetter months, but there is still more sunshine than rain during the spring.  In March, temperatures average around 70ºF during the afternoon and 48ºF at night.

Now you just need to book a place to stay.  Consider Litchfield by the Sea.  Click HERE.