Top Things to Do in Pawleys Island in May

Pawleys Island is the place to be in May when the weather is beautiful and the beach is calling your name. If you’re thinking about visiting Pawleys Island in May, check out this list of 10 things to do while you’re here:


May is the perfect time to visit the beach in Pawleys Island because the weather is just warm enough to go for a dip in the ocean, but not too hot to enjoy a day lying out in the sand. Whether you visit Huntington Beach State Park or you visit the quiet Pawleys Island beach, you will definitely love the warm sand, the beautiful ocean, and the sweet smelling salt air.


Head on over to Murrells Inlet and check out a new attraction called the East Coast BrewBoat! The BrewBoat welcomes up to 10 friends or family members to hop aboard and sit along a mahogany bar top while drinking beer and pedaling to make the boat sail through the inlet. Each cruise lasts about 1 hour and is BYOB (beer or wine). Don’t worry; if you get tired, the boat is equipped with an electric motor so you can safely get back to land.

Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen Gardens is beautiful any time of the year, but in the spring time when the flowers are in full bloom and the beautiful South Carolina sun is shining is one of the best times to visit. Brookgreen Gardens is home to sculptures, gorgeous gardens, and tons of history. This is a must-do while in Pawleys Island. Have kids with you? They’ll love the Lowcountry Zoo!


There’s always something awesome going on along the Grand Strand, and while you’re visiting Pawleys Island in May, you can check out many great events. This year’s events in May include: World Famous Blue Crab Festival; Atlantic Beach Bike Week; Mayfest on Main Festival; Myrtle
Beach Bike Week Spring Rally; Rivertown Music & Craft Beer Festival; Taste of The Market Common; and much more!


Sometimes there is nothing better than spending a relaxing day out on the water fishing by yourself or with friends. Whether you go out on your own boat rental or if you book a charter, fishing in Pawleys Island is always fun.

Hammock Shops

The Pawleys Island Hammock Shops are a must-visit while in town. This pretty outdoor shopping center features specialty shops, dining, and The Original Hammock Shop where you can find the world famous Pawleys Island hammocks!


Just down the road from Pawleys Island is Murrells Inlet, which is home to the ever-so-popular Murrells Inlet MarshWalk! The MarshWalk is a beautiful place for a scenic stroll, dining, live entertainment, and much more. Locals and vacationers alike love the MarshWalk, so don’t be surprised to find a good amount of people here in May.


Pawleys Island is a quiet place that is situated away from the hustle and bustle of big cities like Myrtle Beach, making it the perfect place for a relaxing vacation. Check out this blog post to find out ways to relax while in Pawleys Island.

Visit Georgetown

Pawleys Island is just a short drive away from Georgetown, South Carolina, which is known for its waterfront Harborwalk and dining. Head down to Georgetown in May for gorgeous marina views and amazingly delicious fresh seafood.


From kayaking to stand-up paddleboard and more,Pawleys Island is a wonderful place to try out watersports! Whether you rent from a local watersports company or head down to Murrells Inlet and hop on a parasailing boat, here are some watersports to check out while in town.

Things to Do: Taste of Murrells Inlet

The 2nd Annual Taste of the Inlet, a fundraiser for Murrells Inlet 2020, is being held at Inlet Square Mall on Sunday, January 26, 2014 (no football that day!) from 6:15 pm – 9:00 pm.  Doors open at 6:15 pm.  Enter the Mall via the Books-a-Million entrance.

Savor the flavors from our fine Murrells Inlet and Garden City Beach restaurants and chefs who will be showcasing their signature dishes, as they serve up a delicious feast of hors d’oeuvres, tapas and heavy appetizers.

Event admission tickets cost $8 in advance ($12 at the door).  Beverage and taste tickets will be priced separately, and sold at the event.  Food and dessert tastes will range $2 – $4.  Beverages will include beer, wine, coffee and soft drinks.  Be sure to purchase your tickets early so you don’t miss out!

How to Purchase Advance Admission Tickets

CLICK HERE  to purchase tickets online.

Call 843-357-2007 to order over the phone.

Online or phone orders can be mailed (thru 1/18) or held in will call

Stop by the MI2020 office at 4124-B Highway 17 Business (next to Uncle Tito’s)

Starting January 13, 2014, tickets are also available (cash or check only) at

Booty’s in Murrells Inlet

Conway National Bank in Murrells Inlet

Jay’s Hallmark at Inlet Square Mall

Lee’s Inlet Apothecary in Murrells Inlet

Be sure to purchase your tickets early so you don’t miss out on this fun and casual evening of dining with the best restaurants on the beach … all while supporting a great community non-profit organization.

Proceeds benefit Murrells Inlet 2020, a 501c3 non-profit grass-roots community organization,focused on commmunity reviatlization and preservation of the creek.

THANK YOU to our restaurants and businsses for your generous support of our wonderful community and your shared commitment to our mission of making the Inlet a nice place to live, work and visit:

Bliss, Bovine’s Carolina Tavern, Cracker Barrel, Crooked Floor Tavern, Flo’s Place, Frank Theatres CineBowl & Grille, Graham’s Landing, Hot Fish Club, Icons Sports and Spirits, Inlet Crab House, K-Rae’s Waterway Bar & Grill, Lee’s Inlet Kitchen, Murrells Inlet Smokehouse, Nalu’s, On the Half Shell, Salt Creek Cafe, Shell Crackers Grill & Oyster Roast, Twelve, Wahoo’s Fish House

Desserts by

Costco, Fuzzy Peach, Lazy Gator

Beverages by

Costco, Copa di Vino, Landshark Lager, New South Brewing, Pepsi Cola Bottling & The Allstate Ronnie Gasque Insurance Agency

Got Oysters? Murrells Inlet Oyster Roast


Murrells Inlet is firmly established as the “Seafood Capital” of South Carolina, so there’s really no better place to belly up for all-you-can-eat oysters than the annual Murrells Inlet Oyster Roast. This year’s event will be held Nov. 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The reputation for great seafood stems from the town’s history as an authentic fishing village, where you can enjoy the delicacies of the sea directly from fishermen, at area markets and at a wide array of seafood restaurants in town and dotted along the picturesque inlet itself.

This year, the oyster roast will be held in the parking lot of Crazy Sister Marina’s (also known as Captain Dick’s) Wicked Tuna Restaurant, a relatively new addition to the Murrells Inlet dining scene that’s already established itself as a great purveyor of seafood and sushi.

At the roast, oyster lovers will line up to tables for a full-fledged oyster feast. In addition to all the bivalve deliciousness, you will also be able to buy other food items, including: wings; burgers; hot dogs; and chowder. Beverages including beer and soda will also be available. Admission to the event is free, but the all-you-can-eat oyster tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door while they last, with additional food and drinks priced separately.

This event is a favorite for locals and visitors, so plant to come down—and don’t forget to bring an oyster knife (don’t worry, if you forget yours, you can buy one at the roast).


Things to Do: Chili Cook-Off Murells Inlet

wicked tuna

The 14th Annual Lip-Rippin’ Chilympics Chili Cook-Off  will be held on Sunday, October 13th, from noon to 6:00 p.m. at the Wicked Tuna Restaurant parking lot, Murrells Inlet. This annual chili competition will feature categories such as Best Overall, Best Restaurant, People’s Choice, Most OriginalBest Vegetarian, Best Theme, Best Use of South Carolina Ingredients, and Hottest Chili.  Cash prizes go to first and second place winners in each category. Chili samples, beverages and other items will be priced separately. Admission is free and this event is open to the public.  There will be a fabulous line-up of live bands.  There will also be a Kids’ Area with food, soft drinks, face painting and inflatables.

Things to Do: Brookgreen Gardens Cool Summer Evening Programs

Just north of our Lakeside Villa at Litchfield by the Sea on  HWY 17, in Murrells Inlet, SC, is one of this area’s greatest attractions…….. Brookgreen Gardens.brookgreen boat

The Cool Summer Evenings program at Brookgreen offers a  perfect time to visit the after a day at the beach. Concerts, Kids Programs, and dinner at the Pavilion Restaurant can all be enjoyed in the cool of the evening.

On Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays you can go to Brookgreen for dinner and stay for the show when Brookgreen is open until 9 p.m. with live entertainment and cruises down the creeks.



Entertainment and programs are included in garden admission. Creek cruises are $7 in addition to garden admission.

For more information, Email: or visit the website:

1st Annual Taste of the Inlet

bliss restaurant
Murrells Inlet 2020 and Inlet Square Mall invite you to savor the flavors of our Murrells Inlet and Garden City Beach restaurants, on January 27, 2013, 6pm – 9pm, at Inlet Square Mall, located at 12125 Highway 17 Bypass in Murrells Inlet. Guests need to enter the Mall via the entrance located next to Books-a-Million. This premier Inlet culinary competition event allows area restaurants and chefs to showcase their signature dishes, as they serve up a delicious feast of hors d’oeuvres, tapas and heavy appetizers.  Guests will be able to sample and vote for their favorite choices.  The winning restaurants will be presented with trophies.  Over twenty area restaurants will be participating.  Restaurants already committed include Bliss, Bovines, Capt. Dave’s Dockside, Carolina Tavern, Creek Ratz, Dead Dog Saloon, Divine Fish House, Drunken Jack’s, Flo’s Place, Frank Theatres CineBowl & Grille, Graham’s Landing, Gulf Stream Cafe, Hot Fish Club, Inlet Affairs, Lee’s Inlet Kitchen, Mickey’s Tavern, Millardo’s, On the Half Shell, River City, Sara J’s, TGIFridays and Twelve.  The list continues to grow.  Interested restaurants can call 843-357-2007. Event admission tickets cost $5 in advance ($8 at the door).  Ticket sales will be limited, so guests are encouraged to buy their tickets in advance to be guaranteed admission.  Beverage and taste tickets will be priced separately, and sold at the event.  Food and dessert tastes will range $2 – $4.  Beverages will include beer, wine and soft drinks. Proceeds benefit Murrells Inlet 2020, a 501c3 non-profit community revitalization organization, dedicated to making the Inlet a nice place to live, work and visit.  Murrells Inlet 2020 thanks the participating restaurants and its event sponsors:  Inlet Square Mall, WPDE, HTC, US Foods, Costco, New South Brewing and Owens Liquors.

Tickets can be purchased online with Mastercard or Visa.

Guests can also purchase tickets at the Conway National Bank branch in Murrells Inlet, located at 4345 Highway 17 Bypass, or the Murrells Inlet 2020 office, located at 4124 Hwy 17 Business or over the phone by calling 843-357-2007.

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Things to Do in December Around Pawleys Island


  • Atalaya Holiday Celebration

    12/01/2012 11:00 AM – 12/01/2012 04:00 PM

    Celebrate and Experience Atalaya as it comes alive for the Holidays! Refreshments – Live Music All day – Crafts and Gifts Booth – Kids Holiday Crafts – Oyster Roast with Chowder – Lionel Train Club Display and more!

    Sponsored by Friends of Huntington Beach State Park

    City: Murrells Inlet
    State: SC

    Price: $2.00 plus park entrance fee

  • Murrells Inlet Christmas Parade

    12/02/2012 03:00 PM – 12/02/2012 04:00 PM

    Boats and Floats for the Kids!

    Get in the holiday spirit with the Annual Community Christmas parade. Begins at Wilcox Avenue and marches down Hwy 17 Business to Pendergrass Ave. Come join the fun!
    Address: Hwy 17 Business
    City: Murrells Inlet
    State: SC
    Zip: 29576
    Price: Free

  • Georgetown Christmas Parade

    12/01/2012 11:30 AM – 12/01/2012 02:00 PM

    Come enjoy a small town holiday kick-off at the Georgetown Christmas parade! This year with a special appearance from some beautiful SC birds of prey and that other flying Christmas guy, Santa Claus!

    Address: Front Street – downtown
    City: Georgetown
    State: SC
    Zip: 29440
    Price: Free

  • Brookgreen Gardens’ Nights of a Thousand Candles

    12/07/2012 – 12/08/2012

    12/14/2012 – 12/15/2012

    12/20/2012 – 12/22/2012

    Contact: Helen Benso
    Address: 1931 Brookgreen Drive
    City: Murrells Inlet
    State: SC
    Zip: 29576
    Price: $16 adults

    Brookgreen Gardens will come to life amid the soft glow of more than 5,500 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights from 3 – 10 p.m. Walk the paths with a warm cup of cider, hear the sounds of hand bells ringing, carolers singing, and celebrate the season with family and friends.
    This annual event has become a holiday tradition when the gardens become a wonderland of lights and candles and outstanding entertainment. Dinner catered by Inlet Affairs is available in addition to admission prices.

    Purchase Tickets Online