Capt’n Rods Low Country Tours

Visit an unspoiled barrier island. Who knows what Mother Nature has in store? A lighthouse, eagles, dolphin, maybe even a turtle. You Plantationwill have one and a half hours to leisurely stroll an unspoiled beach, accessible only by boat. Peace and quiet galore! One of the most popular tours!

Step back in time with each Bend of the River, as you cruise past Rice Plantations – Cap’n Rod’s Lowcountry Tours enjoy the dark waters of the Pee Dee Lowcountry. View majestic Rice Plantations, trunk gates and slave cabins, moss-laden oaks, all the while enjoying Mother Nature at her finest.

Each of the  Tours offers a relaxing, enjoyable, and educational re-introduction to the History, Mystery, & Legends of lives and times past. You will discover hidden treasures, forgotten pleasures, and even a ghost story or two.

Have a minute? Please take a peek at the Photo Gallery. PatronsYou’ll see some of our favorite places.

The Tour Boat provides safe, comfortable cruising, with shaded deck seating and clean, modern restrooms. Snacks & soft drinks are available. All of the tours are Handicap Accessible.

NEED A PLACE TO STAY?  Lakeside Villa Cottage @ Litchfield by the Sea Pawleys Island, SC


Shopping in Pawleys Island, SC

Pawleys Island is one of, if not the oldest, Southern coastal towns. In spirit of keeping it close to its roots, the people of Pawleys Island have kept large shopping malls and big box stores such as Walmart away from their town. So then where does one shop for clothing, food, and other things?

There are some famous places in Pawleys Island, such as the Hammock Shops Village, that are well-known all along the Grand Strand. But there also places that are less likely to be found by visitors but are coveted by the Lowcountry locals.

For those of you who planning to visit or move to Pawleys Island and are unfamiliar with the area, here is a list of the top 10 places to shop in Pawleys Island:

The Hammock Shops

10880 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island • 800-332-3490 (The Original Hammock Shop)

The story of the Hammock Shops in Pawleys Island began long, long ago in 1889. That’s when Riverboat Captain Joshua Ward created the most comfortable hammock in existence and built what is now known as the Original Hammock Shop. Now arguably the best place to shop in Pawleys Island, the Hammock Shops Village features 22 unique stores as well as a few restaurants to satisfy hungry shoppers. You won’t find your average shopping mall here; instead you will experience the charm of the South Carolina low country while you peruse the variety of merchants.

Pawleys Island Outdoors

9790 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island • 843-979-4666

It is no secret that there are plenty of people who fish and hunt along the Grand Strand. Instead of going to big box stores to buy gear, give Pawleys Island Outdoors a shot. This store offers a variety of equipment for freshwater and saltwater fishing, hunting, as well as other outdoor activities. Stock up on bait, rent a boat, or browse the section of clothing. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Ask the sales associate to special order a product that is not in stock.

Harvest Commons

Since 2012, Harvest Commons has been providing the Pawleys Island area with a different take on shopping. This indoor market houses 50+ vendors that range in specialty. Come to Harvest Commons and search through the myriad of art work, clothing, baskets, furniture, jewelry, photos, candles, antiques, home accessories, and much, much more. With all the eclectic objects to choose from, you won’t leave here empty handed.

Pawleys Island Swimwear

If you’re visiting any place on the Grand Strand, it is guaranteed that you will be swimming at some point. Pawleys Island Swimwear is a boutique in the Fresh Market Commons that has bathing suit options for a wide range of sizes. This store carries the top designer brands, as well as sizes 2-24, and cup sizes up to F. Every girl needs accessories to go along with her fashionable new swimwear, so Pawleys Island Swimwear offers cover ups, sandals, sunglasses and hats. Guys and kids, don’t fret; this swimwear store carries bathing suits for you, too!

The Fresh Market

The Fresh Market is a grocery store that sets itself apart from competition by offering an array of gourmet selections. This store prides itself on providing customers with rare and unique items from around the globe, as well as everyday necessities. As you may infer from the name of this store, everything here is fresh. Instead of packaging meats and seafood in foam and plastic, The Fresh Market keeps all meat, fish, and poultry behind refrigerated glass. If you’re a coffee fanatic, stop by here and try one of the 30 coffee bean choices. You can find everything here, including candy, bulk items, prepared foods, flowers and gifts, etc. If you’re living in or visiting Pawleys Island, this grocery store is the place to go.

Surf the Earth

47 Da Gullah Way, Pawleys Island • 843-235-3500

Since 1990, Surf the Earth has been making a name for itself throughout surf shops in the United States. It also has become a staple of the Pawleys Island area, serving as one of the top surf shops and eco-tourism spots in the region. Come to this local shop and check out the Surf the Earth merchandise, or choose a rental option. From Surf the Earth, you can rent surfboards, paddleboards, bikes, and kayaks. The fees vary, but the shop provides free local delivery of your gear. Take advantage of the surf camps and surf lessons, or go for an adventure on one of the many eco-tours available.

Pawleys Cottage Furniture

Pawleys Cottage Furniture, also known as, has been serving the Grand Strand since 1990. This family owned and operated business is known for their large and unique selection of furniture, artwork, and décor, all of which give a beachy/coastal feel. Shop the already-made furniture, or request to have something custom made for you. Need a slipcover? Pawleys Cottage Furniture is one of the only places that carries slip covers for furniture of all sizes. If you have something in mind, but can’t seem to find it, let the shop help you locate it. Also, keep in mind that there is an interior designer on staff that will transform your home into the Pawleys Island dream.

Litchfield Books

Don’t let the name deceive you; Litchfield Books, which once was in Litchfield, is now located in Pawleys Island. Everything in this locally owned bookstore has been hand selected by the owners to meet the needs of their customers. While books for every age are available here, Litchfield Books loves to bring literature and authors that celebrate South Carolina history and culture to the forefront. While you’re here, take a look at the stationary and gifts available, or join the Litchfield Books team at one of their “Moveable Feast” events where you will meet an author and taste the cuisine from a local eatery.

Island Art Gallery

10744 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island • 843-314-0298

Housing the works of 24 local and regional artists, Island Art Gallery provides pieces at prices that appeal to the beginner collector as well as the well-seasoned art enthusiast. While each artist represented at this gallery has their own style, the themes of coastal and beach life are prominent here. The eye-pleasing artwork displayed here is sure to entertain you—maybe even enough to purchase your favorite painting. If you feel inspired and would like to try your hand at painting, drawing, or jewelry making, try out one of the many classes taught by Island Art Gallery artists!


Rent or Buy?

Rent or buy?

When talking South Strand vacations, there is no question.

Rent, rent, rent.

Whether it’s too big and bulky to bring from home or so out-of-this-world wild that you’d never own it in the first place, vacation rental accessories can elevate your trip to a convenient and affordable “Best Ever” status.

What are the best items to rent when you’re staying at Litchfield Beach & Golf? Our takes.

1) Kayak: Ever tried to gate-check a kayak? Yeah, us neither. Even if you have one of your own, leave it at home and rent one when you arrive. Most local outlets offer day rates and prices include paddles and a life vests. Kayaking is one of those fantastic activities that is equally fun for beginners or experts, as well as being a great workout. We recommend hitting the placid inlet waters for an outing that is both relaxing and educational —fascinating sea creatures abound. The good spots, like this one, will also clean, deliver and pick-up your rentals for no additional fee.

2) Golf cart: We recognize that a golf cart is basically just a really small car, but why is it that driving one is exponentially more fun? See for yourself and rent one. These definitely come in handy if you’re staying at our Lakeside Villa . This is quick, exciting way to zip from point A to B with gear, small kids or seniors in tow. This spot offers 4- or 6-seaters and will deliver and pick up in Litchfield. Be sure to familiarize yourself with local rules, though before heading out.

3) Corn hole: You read that correctly. They say baseball is the sport of summer, but we in the South Strand beg to differ. If you’re familiar with corn hole, skip the next sentence. If you’re not, it’s essentially Bozo Buckets but infinitely more fun and the perfect way to cap off a day or get a little game in on the beach. Weekly rentals here are quite reasonable, and the equally fun ladder ball game (also known by another moniker we can’t print) is also a great option. They’ve got bocce and horseshoe, too, and offer same-day delivery service (fees apply).

4) Bicycle: Even if you never intend to leave the Litchfield by the Sea vicinity, having a bike is golden. Pedal through the winding resort trails or hit the beach before 10 a.m. or after 5 p.m. for a leisurely (and legal) cruise across the packed sand. We like getting beach cruisers, which are comfortable and uncomplicated and available in different time increments here (also note the rental fee includes helmet and lock). For even more vacation novelty, consider renting a tandem or trailing bike for you and your partner (or child). This is not only fun, but it can be more economical and easier to store than two bikes.

5) Stand-up Paddle Board: Clear tomorrow’s schedule, because you may need to rest those abs. Paddle boarding has become huge the last few years because it’s both relatively easy and athletically challenging. Sound contradictory? Well, if you can stand, you can be on a paddle board. And if you can paddle, well, there’s your workout. Newbies might want to keep it easy and stay on the inlet, while more experienced folks can take to the seas. This awesome place offers free delivery and can even throw you a lesson (price extra) with one of their experienced, helpful and friendly staffers. Weekly or daily rentals available, catered to your experience level and intent.


MacKenzie Beach Pawleys Island, SC

Going south on Highway 17 from Litchfield Beach into Pawleys Island, just past Sam’s Corner and before the Fresh Market, on the left side of 17 off of Beach Road, there is a broken down building and a magnificent beach view just beyond.

Going south on Highway 17 from Litchfield Beach into Pawleys Island, just past Sam’s Corner and before the Fresh Market, on the left side of 17 off of Beach Road, there is a broken down building and a magnificent beach view just beyond. – See more at:
Going south on Highway 17 from Litchfield Beach into Pawleys Island, just past Sam’s Corner and before the Fresh Market, on the left side of 17 off of Beach Road, there is a broken down building and a magnificent beach view just beyond. – See more at:
Going south on Highway 17 from Litchfield Beach into Pawleys Island, just past Sam’s Corner and before the Fresh Market, on the left side of 17 off of Beach Road, there is a broken down building and a magnificent beach view just beyond. – See more at: south on Highway 17 from Litchfield Beach into Pawleys Island, just past Sam’s Corner and before the Fresh Market, on the left side of 17 off of Beach Road, there is a broken down building and a magnificent beach view just beyond.

The dilapidated motel is all that remains of one of the most popular black resorts of its time. The beach was named after Frank McKenzie, one of the resort’s founders. He and Pawleys Island native Lillan Pyatt acquired the land in 1934 and began developing shortly thereafter. McKenzie and Pyatt envisioned a place where blacks, without fear of racial discrimination, could visit the beach, enjoy great food, strong drinks and live music.

In the mid-1930’s, construction began on the causeway that would run across Midway Creek and connect the mainland to the south end of Litchfield Beach. Over the next few years, they would complete the causeway, while adding a pavilion and 15 cabins. Word spread quickly and by the late 1930’s, popular musicians such as Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker were playing there on a regular basis.

The resort continued to grow until 1954, when Hurricane Hazel destroyed the causeway, pavilion and most of the cabins. McKenzie dissolved his relationship with Pyatt and opened a small motel and bait shop on the mainland.

While the resort regained popularity, things were never the same. McKenzie sold the property due to financial hardship in the late 1960’s. The new owners closed the access to the beach and let the hotel fall into disrepair. Though uninhabited, there is a majestic beauty that surrounds the ruins and evokes a natural energy of years long passed.

McKenzie dissolved his relationship with Pyatt and opened a small motel and bait shop on the mainland. – See more at:
Going south on Highway 17 from Litchfield Beach into Pawleys Island, just past Sam’s Corner and before the Fresh Market, on the left side of 17 off of Beach Road, there is a broken down building and a magnificent beach view just beyond. – See more at:
Going south on Highway 17 from Litchfield Beach into Pawleys Island, just past Sam’s Corner and before the Fresh Market, on the left side of 17 off of Beach Road, there is a broken down building and a magnificent beach view just beyond. – See more at:

Photographs courtesy of Native Isle Photography & Graham Ladd Photography, Pawleys Island, South Carolina. 843-237-5805



Spring Break at the Beach


If you’re looking for a fun family getaway for your kids’ spring break, look no further than the family paradise that is Pawleys Island, South Carolina. There are plenty of reasons this area tops the list of favorite family destinations year after year for trips any time of year, whether spring, summer, fall or winter. Here are a few of the reasons it’s such an excellent choice:

1. Amazing parks
The Grand Strand is full of fun attractions that both kids and parents can enjoy together. One of the biggest and best is Family Kingdom seaside amusement park in Myrtle Beach. You can ride the classic wooden roller coaster with ocean views, enjoy kiddie rides, or simply enjoy a carnival-like atmosphere. The park begins opening for limited hours in early April, and by the last week in May is open every day of the week.

In addition to Family Kingdom, families can also enjoy Pavilion Nostalgia Park for good old fashioned amusement park rides, including a historic carousel. Plus, it’s located right inside one of the biggest family attractions in Myrtle Beach …

2. Broadway at the Beach
Just 20 minutes north of Pawleys Island is Broadway at the Beach which is a destination in itself. There’s shopping, tons of food and entertainment, and super fun family attractions from ziplines to helicopter rides and jet boat rides. There’s really nothing else that compares to all Broadway at the Beach offers for families looking for entertainment and fun. Give yourself plenty of time to explore, because you won’t run out of things to do, see and check out any time soon.

3. Mini golf
The Grand Strand is, of course, the golf capital of the world, and adults and older kids can surely enjoy spending time together on golf courses in the spring at any of the more than 100 area golf courses. But if your family isn’t quite ready to step up to full-sized golf, you can always give the miniature variety a try: There are dozens of choices for minigolf in in the area, from Captain Hook’s Adventure Golf to Mount Atlanticus Minotaur Golf. They all offer a great opportunity to get outside with your family and enjoy some time together!

4. The beach!
Of course the number one reason people keep coming back to Pawleys Island for spring break, summer vacation and fall and winter getaways are the amazing white sand beaches that the Grand Strand is famous for. You can toss a Frisbee or ball on the beach, build a sandcastle, go for a long walk, or take a dip in the beautiful Atlantic Ocean! The average air temperature in April is 76 degrees, and the water gets up to 66 degrees, on average, which means you can expect some sunshine while you’re playing with your family in the sand!

HINT: Stay at Litchfield by the Sea and enjoy private beach access.  There is a large deck for sipping cocktails too.  Enjoy the convenience of showers and bathrooms too.

NEED A PLACE TO STAY?  63A Lakeside Villas

Restaurant Review: The Wicked Tuna – Murrells Inlet

The Wicked Tuna is the newest restaurant added to an already awesome restaurant community in Murrells Inlet. A million dollar makeover of the former Spud’s into the new Wicked Tuna is sure to make a big splash along the waterfront. Anyone expecting to see just a basic name change from Spud’s will be surprised at the transformation.

They offer Asian Sushi as well as big city casual dining to Murrells Inlet without compromising the traditions and price ranges in Murrells Inlet. The Wicked Tuna offers a menu based on Southern style seafood and features a sushi bar. Dinner offerings include grilled fish, scallops, crab cakes, crab legs, burgers and sandwiches, chicken, ribs and beef kabobs. Owner Erez Sukarchi has taken extraordinary care to bring in a renowned sushi chef and culinary team

With three full bars, including a ground-level outside Tiki Bar and stage, Wicked Tuna is gearing up for a huge inaugural season on the Grand Strand, and has joined the Marsh Walk Committee made up from owners of the seven restaurants sharing the creek-side boardwalk.

More reviews at Trip Advisor

4123 Hwy 17 Business  Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

(843) 651-9987


NEED A PLACE TO STAY?  Lakeside Villas at Litchfield by the Sea – Pawleys Island

Things to Do: Blessing of the Inlet in Murrells Inlet

The 16th annual “Blessing of the Inlet” celebration takes place on May 5th! As always, it is held the First Saturday of May.  Belin Memorial United Methodist Church is so excited to be hosting this event. Saturday, May 5th, 2012 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. With over 60 arts and crafts vendors showcasing their wonderful handmade goods a virtual treasure trove awaits you. Whether it is the beautiful paintings or handmade jewelry, there is something for everyone! Don’t forget about all the delicious food prepared by some of Murrells Inlet’s finest restaurants!  Also,  they have incredible children’s events:  face and hair painting,  numerous bouce houses / inflatables, climbing wall, and popular “Dunking Tank” where they can take turns trying to “dunk” your friends.

There will also be a full day of outstanding entertainment featuring dance troops, gospel choirs, contemporary Christian musicians, and more. This festival is highlighted by the “Blessing of the Inlet” Ceremony which starts at 11:30a.m. The blessing will be administered by the Reverend Dr. Mike Alexander and the Reverend Marty Nason. There is no admission or parking charge and the event will be held rain or shine.