Restaurant Review – Island Cafe & Deli Pawleys Island

Photo by Becky Billingsly

My in-laws have been raving about Island Cafe & Deli for years.  It is their “go to” place every time they are in the area.  Their prices are reasonable and the menus are varied.  You can order just about anything form Peanut Butter & Jelly to a Filet Mignon or Shrimp & Grits.  Reading some on of the online reviews will tell you that locals in Myrtle Beach, 20 minutes north, enjoy this establishment. too.  Before rambling on……. check out the menus.


Casual Fare           Grill Specialties             Dinner             Drinks & Desserts

Island Cafe & Deli   US 17, Pawleys Island, SC 29585  843-237-9527

REVIEW FROM MYRTLE BEACH RESTAURANT NEWS:  There are a few long-established area restaurants I haven’t yet visited, and when I finally dine at one such as Island Cafe and Deli in Pawleys Island, I have to ask myself, “What took so long?”

And honestly, a friend and I had planned to visit another south strand restaurant on Oct. 19, but when that plan fell through we decided to check out Island Cafe and Deli. Russell Hardee has been the proprietor since 1988.

The building’s decor is much of the charm with quaint murals depicting its kitchen, staff, customers, food and area waterscapes. Out front is a covered outdoor dining area. Inside a bar is to the right, and to the left is a spacious dining room.  Read more…




Discover the Hammock Coast in South Carolina South of Myrtle Beach

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

About Litchfield Beach & Pawleys Island

Litchfield by the Sea in South Carolina is located about 15 minutes south from downtown Myrtle Beach.  Myrtle Beach pulls tons of guests a year who arrive for the resorts, surfing, shopping and many from the other local activeness. Litchfield by the Sea Pawleys Island, SC. Pawleys Island real estate is beautiful, with city improvement; the friendly atmosphere has been kept.

Pawleys Island has a few wonderful first class golf life. Several of the golf courses were built on old plantations and you may also see remains of a few of the elderly rice plantations.

Unlike Myrtle Beach, there are few hotels in the area.  Rather, there is the Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort and other vacation rentals.   Litchfield by the Sea has excellent amenities including golf, tennis, an on-site cafe, Starbucks and spa  to name a few. This is probably the best option for those wanting a vacation.  Litchfield by the Sea also offers private beach access.

Pawleys Island has a low density policy on building.  So the zoning, high rise condos and other development is kept in check.  The result is a beautiful area that is not as touristy as Myrtle Beach.   While there are several locations you should visit around Myrtle Beach section, Litchfield by the Sea is perfect if you enjoy a high quality calm visit away from all of high congestion places but near enough to bask unending choices of fun.

Pawleys Island beach happens to be so isolated ocean turtles have chosen the white exciting beaches to put their eggs. Several of the area folk have been truly protecting over these types of sites where ocean turtle nests have been typically found.

Pawleys Island also has legendary eateries.  The area is popular for shrimping boats that might dock in Murrells Inlet as well as Georgetown.  Murrells Inlet is established just miles from Pawleys Island and it has been named the Seafood Capital of the planet. The town has a variety of seafood cafes that provide great balcony room dinning and  live bands.

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.