USA Today/10 Best Names Pawleys Island the Best Beach in South Carolina

Pawleys Island has long been a beloved gem of the South Carolina coast, and now it’s officially recognized as the best beach in the state by USA Today/10 Best. This esteemed award is a testament to the island’s natural beauty, rich history, and commitment to preserving its unique charm. Located in the heart of the Hammock Coast, Pawleys Island is a tranquil and picturesque destination that offers a perfect blend of relaxation, recreation, and cultural experiences. From its pristine beaches to its historic landmarks, Pawleys Island is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience the best of South Carolina’s coastal charm. Not only did Pawleys Island take the top spot, but two other gems of the Hammock Coast, Litchfield Beach and Huntington Beach State Park, also powered into the Top 5, securing the fourth and fifth positions respectively.

Why Visit This Award-Winning Beach Town?

A Haven for Beach Lovers

Pawleys Island’s stunning beaches are a major draw for visitors from around the world, hence it winning so many awards. With gentle waves, pristine sand, and picturesque dunes, the island’s beaches create a tranquil atmosphere that’s perfect for relaxation. Whether you’re looking to soak up the sun, take a leisurely stroll, or try your hand at water sports, there’s something for everyone on Pawleys Island’s beaches. The island’s unique geography also creates a variety of unique ecosystems, from salt marshes to tidal creeks, that are home to an abundance of wildlife and marine life.

A Rich History and Cultural Heritage

Pawleys Island has a storied past that dates back to the 1700s. The island was once a popular retreat for families seeking refuge from the heat and humidity of the inland plantations. Today, visitors can experience the island’s rich history and cultural heritage by visiting historic sites, museums, and landmarks. The Pawleys Island Historic District is a must-visit destination, featuring charming homes and buildings that date back to the 1800s. Visitors can also explore the Pawleys Island Museum, which showcases exhibits on local history, marine life, and Native American culture.

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A Taste of the South

Pawleys Island is renowned for its delicious seafood, Southern comfort food, and upscale dining options. From casual beachside eats to fine dining experiences, the island’s culinary scene is sure to satisfy even the most discerning palate. Be sure to try some of the island’s signature dishes, such as Shrimp ‘n’ Grits or Lowcountry Boils. 

Adventure Awaits

For those looking for more than just relaxation, Pawleys Island offers a range of exciting activities and attractions. From kayaking and paddleboarding to golfing and nature walks, there’s something for every interest and skill level. Visitors can also explore the island’s many nature trails, which offer stunning views of the surrounding marshes and creeks.

Plan Your Getaway & Stay at The Litchfield Inn

Ready to experience all that Pawleys Island has to offer? Book your stay at Litchfield Inn, a luxurious beachfront hotel located in the heart of the Hammock Coast. Enjoy comfortable accommodations, top-notch amenities, and easy access to all the island’s best attractions and activities. From planning your daily itinerary to booking your next meal reservation, our team is here to help you make unforgettable memories!