Pawleys Island is 25 miles south of Myrtle Beach and 70 miles north of Charleston. It is a barrier island home to a very unique settlement. It's one of the oldest resorts in the southern United States, but not one of the best known, giving it an edge over other crowded beach resorts in the south. For three centuries, visitors have explored beaches on Pawleys Island and the low-key, relaxed atmosphere that fills the island air. There are many modern conveniences found throughout the cay offering guests a self-sufficient environment. Though many have resided on the island for centuries, and Pawleys Island rentals have been available for many years, the island remains largely untouched by modern times.
Pawleys Island history begins with Winyah and Waccamaw Native Indian settlement. By the turn of the twentieth century, the Grand Strand, as South Carolina's coastline is called, attracted scores of tourists eager to experience southern coast life, even if just during a vacation to Pawleys Island. The island's popularity even attracted the likes of George Washington, Franklin Roosevelt, and Winston Churchill. Today there are plenty of weather-beaten homes on the island, battered over the years by bad storms, yet they remain a piece of something greater than mere real estate.
Pawleys Island rentals are available throughout the year. There is a good choice of privately owned villas, cottages, and even residential homes. Though Pawleys Island rentals don't compare in numbers to other areas such as Seabrook Island, the trade off is the undisturbed nature of the town. Private rentals vary greatly. Visitors will find properties to suit large, extended families as well as small, cozy cottages perfect for a quiet vacation to Pawleys Island. There is also a quaint inn offering accommodation and dining as well as a condo complex extending your options for Pawleys Island rentals. Though some private rentals are on the rustic side, most exude a historical charm and a welcoming atmosphere.
Seeing shoeless residents isn't a rare sight. Residents are exceedingly laid back and many visitors adopt this relaxed attitude while visiting, which makes a vacation to Pawleys Island a perfect option for an affordable island getaway. With a rental secured, heading out for some great South Carolina fishing, seaside crabbing, shopping or just kicking back on the beach is top priority. Of course, golfing is always on the agenda and easy to do with two great area courses open to the public. There are many things to do for all ages. Cycling paths offer a great way to explore the area more. Many visitors want to see the famous Pawleys Island rope hammocks being made first hand. Called the original rope hammocks, the weather-resistant levees are sold around the world.
Less than a 40-minute drive separates Pawleys Island from Myrtle Beach where visitors can soak in the exciting atmosphere, shop, explore, and take tours. The beauty of the short distance means the best of both worlds are accessible; one private and tranquil, the other boisterously awash with people. From the island there are numerous day trip possibilities aside from Myrtle Beach. If aspiring to keep inline with the quieter side of things, Edisto Island, Hunting Island, and Seabrook Island are ideal. Georgetown and Greenville are both less than a half hour away, opening up even more possibilities to diversify a vacation to Pawleys Island. On the other hand, you may not ever want to leave the island.