Historic Pawleys Island

Historic Pawleys Island

Hidden from the hustle and bustle of everyday life is historic Pawleys Island, one of the oldest seaside destinations in the nation, The four-mile-long island is completely uncommercialized and feels like a true step back in time. Lined with understated vacation homes, there are no grocery stores, gas stations, or even hotels – aside from the two classic inns, The Sea View Inn and the Pelican Inn.

The Sea View Inn features rustic rooms with relaxed decor and ocean views. All meals are included for those who don’t want to worry about cooking or driving. Best of all, the quaint atmosphere includes plenty of rocking chairs, a library, and a cozy living room where you can curl up and relax.

The Pelican Inn is an eight-room bed-and-breakfast that overlooks the island’s stunning salt marsh. Breakfast and lunch are served to guests, and a boardwalk offers direct beach access with a private dock and hammocks ideal for a day of total bliss.

In the 1700s, plantation owners began moving their families to the island to escape mosquitoes and take respite from the heat. An ocean breeze was just what they needed, and that hasn’t changed today. All these years later, the island is lovingly referred to as “arrogantly shabby” and is famous for its cypress cottages and for being the birthplace of the Pawleys Island Rope Hammock that was specially created in the late 1800s for catching the sea breeze.

Visitors can experience privacy and tranquility as they stroll along the quiet, pristine coastline, or experience activities such as crabbing, fishing, shelling, biking, canoeing, and kayaking through the salt marsh. If shelling is on your itinerary, he sure to look for the famous Pawleys Island shell. These beautiful shells are only found along the coast of the island, and legend has it that if you find a shell, your trip will be doubly blessed.

While its exclusivity and secluded sands make the island unique, the modern conveniences and comforts of home are not far away. Those wanting to venture a little farther out can make the short drive down the causeway to take advantage of the Hammock Coast’s best restaurants and shops – and even take home a piece of Pawleys by purchasing an original rope hammock! For the golfing enthusiast, some of the nation’s most awarded golf courses are close at hand, too.

With plenty of cottages and beachfront properties to choose from, there’s no better place than Pawleys Island to gather your family and friends for quality time and an unforgettable getaway. Go to for more details.


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