Where do you go for the best ‘Fall Beach Destination’? Right here on the Hammock Coast!

28 Jul

Where do you go for the best ‘Fall Beach Destination’? Right here on the Hammock Coast!

Southern Living, one of the most respected names in lifestyle and travel journalism, has unveiled its list of “Our 25 Favorite Fall Beach Destinations,” and, according to the venerable publication, two of South Carolina’s premier beaches are located along the Hammock Coast.

Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet was ranked 10th on the prestigious list while Pawleys Island checked in at No. 18, making them the Palmetto State’s two highest rated destinations.

Huntington Beach State Park on South Carolina’s Hammock Coast ranked at No. 10 in Southern Living’s Top 25 list of Favorite Fall Beach Destinations. (Photo by Chris Rogers/Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce)

“The beaches of the Hammock Coast have a timeless appeal, combining the natural beauty of the coast with the casual environment that has long made the area so popular,” said Mark A. Stevens, director of tourism development for the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce. “It says a lot about the attraction of our beaches here along the Hammock Coast that an authority like Southern Living has ranked them as the best in South Carolina for travelers looking to enjoy a fall trip.”

Southern Living editors were singing the praises of Huntington Beach State Park and its natural appeal.

“Camp among the sea breezes at Huntington Beach State Park, a greenspace along South Carolina’s coast where you can find sandy beaches, salt marsh, sea turtles, egrets, and herons,” Southern Living wrote. “Bring your walking shoes to explore the Sandpiper Pond Nature Trail and Kerrigan Nature Trail. Visit Atalaya, the Huntingtons’ home and a National Historic Landmark, at any time, or plan your visit for the Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival in the fall.”

The magazine was no less effusive in its assessment of Pawleys Island, perfectly capturing the virtues that have long made it one of the most popular vacation spots in the South.

Pawleys Island has long been a favorite beach destination. (Photo by Chris Rogers/Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce)

“Pawleys offers a serene Lowcountry experience—the kind of place where you rent an oceanfront cottage for a week and completely forget what you do for a living,” the magazine gushed. “Sounds like a dream, right? When you’re ready to pull yourself out of your beach chair, check out the kayaking, fishing, shopping, and island nightlife.”

The Hammock Coast is one of South Carolina’s leading destinations, wowing visitors with some of the South’s premier beaches, Lowcountry charm and abundant eco-activities. At the heart of the area’s popularity is the relaxed environment it provides, delivering a surplus of family friendly activities without the crowds its nearby neighbors – Myrtle Beach and Charleston – attract.

With average high temperatures of 77 degrees in October, 70 in November and 63 in December, the Hammock Coast is an ideal location for a fall trip. From golf groups to couples in search of a weekend escape, the Hammock Coast has something for everyone.

Other accolades

This is not the first time these locales on the Hammock Coast have received accolades. Check these out:

Southern Living says Huntington Beach State Park among best in the South

Huntington Beach State Park gets stamp of approval from AAA magazine

Huntington Beach State Park nominated again in USA Today’s Best Park contest

Magical and cutest: Pawleys Island makes 2 best-of lists

Golfweek ranks 3 Pawleys Island courses tops in the Palmetto State

Golf in the Pawleys Island area and state earns worldwide recognition

About South Carolina’s Hammock Coast

Georgetown County’s casual charm and Southern hospitality earned it the nickname Hammock Coast. Adventure and relaxation blend together in perfect harmony, like the flowing and ebbing of waves on the county’s famed beaches. With six communities – Garden City, Murrells Inlet, Litchfield, Pawleys Island, Georgetown and Andrews – comprising the pristine coastal area between Myrtle Beach and Charleston, visitors can experience South Carolina’s Hammock Coast like never before.

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