Rice planters who owned nearby plantations settled Pawleys Island in the early 1700s. Believing that it was healthier to live near the seashore during the hottest part of the year, each spring the families and all their necessary belongings would move to Pawleys Island. Then, in the fall, they would return to their plantations. Pawleys Island may be considered the first resort town in America!
Pawleys Island is truly a treasure for those looking to relax. This is a small, somewhat laid-back community that has less than 500 year-round residents. Its narrow roads feature quaint beach cottages, sand dunes, and the occasional bicyclist. Its 3.5 miles of beach is a simply wonderful place to take a leisurely walk, or merely relax under an umbrella. Crabbing and fishing are cherished pastimes.
Although small, Pawleys Island features a Historic District. Of interest here are 12 homes, which date from the late 1700s to the mid 1800s.
Pawleys Island is a barrier island less than 4 miles long and about a half mile wide. Beautiful salt marshes separate it from the "mainland." Two causeways offer access to this picturesque retreat.
Pawleys Island is located 70 miles north of Charleston and 25 miles south of Myrtle Beach.