Pawleys Island features a truly small-town, non-commercial feeling. Sometimes referred to as being “shabby chic,” it offers incredibly scenic views, beautiful dunes, an abundance of outdoor activities, and award-winning restaurants...not to even mention the ten world-class golf courses and tennis complex within a five mile drive.

Pawleys Island is located 25 miles south of Myrtle Beach and 70 miles north of Charleston. It was settled in the early 1700s by the families of rice farmers, wishing to live in the off-season away from the mosquitos by the rivers. Still in existence in its historic district are several residences from the 1700-1800s. The island incorporated as a town in 1986 in order to establish ordinances forbidding commercial establishments. Their slogan, “Keep Pawleys as it is,” has helped to maintain the pristine feeling that is so prevalent when you’re here.

Naturalists love the feeling of Pawleys Island, which boasts a carefree, laid-back atmosphere. On this family island with just over 100 residents, you can partake in crabbing in nearby creeks or off a crab dock, biking, kayaking, canoeing, and shelling. Serene fishing is available both in the ocean as well as from the two marsh bridges.

Pawleys Island has a beautiful display of long, unspoiled beaches and sand dunes, all whispering to you to just take your shoes off and go for a walk.

Communities in Pawleys Island, SC

PwleysCove_logoThe elegant, but shabby Pawleys Island is the tranquil setting for Pawleys Cove. This famous seaside town is a mere 70 miles north of Charleston and just 25 miles south of Myrtle Beach. Visit the Pawleys Cove Community



Area Information for Pawleys Island, SC

Chatham Glenn Area


  • 25 miles south of Myrtle Beach
  • 10 miles south of the hustle and bustle of Myrtle Beach
  • Nature lover’s paradise


  • Low Country Cuisine
  • Locally owned restaurants

Things To Do

  • Walking/Biking Trails
  • Unique Shops
  • Pawleys Island/Litchfield Beaches
  • Golfing

Arts And Culture

  • Brookgreen Gardens
  • Historic Georgetown
  • Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival

Links of Interest

Area Schools

Quick Move-In Homes