Pawleys Island Crowned Best Beach in South Carolina by USA Today/10 Best

It’s been the best-kept secret since the 1700s, but now it’s official. Pawleys Island has been named the “Best Beach in South Carolina” by USA Today/10 Best, triumphing over 16 other contenders from the Palmetto State. This accolade is part of a broader effort to identify the best beaches across several states, including North Carolina, Florida, Texas, California, New Jersey, and Michigan. 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 Pawleys Island is a Must-Visit Destination

A Rich History and Timeless Charm

Pawleys Island has been a haven for vacationers since the 1700s. Initially, it was a retreat for families seeking respite from the inland plantations’ humidity and mosquitoes. Today, it attracts visitors from around the globe, drawn by its laid-back beach vibes and historic charm. In 2022, Garden & Gun Magazine ranked Pawleys Island as the No. 2 Best Beach Town in the South, and in 2023, Condé Nast Traveler named it one of America’s Best Beach Towns.

Stunning Beaches

Pawleys Island boasts some of the most beautiful and serene beaches on the East Coast. The pristine sands and calm waves make it a perfect spot for families, couples, and solo travelers looking to unwind and soak up the sun. The beach’s natural beauty is complemented by its commitment to preserving the environment, ensuring it remains unspoiled for future generations.

Delicious Dining

When it comes to food, Pawleys Island does not disappoint. The local dining scene offers a variety of options, from fresh seafood caught daily to Southern comfort food that will make your taste buds dance. Whether you’re in the mood for a casual beachside eatery or a fine dining experience, Pawleys Island has something to satisfy every palate.

Exciting Activities

For those looking for adventure, Pawleys Island has plenty to offer. Water sports enthusiasts can enjoy kayaking, paddleboarding, and fishing. Nature lovers will appreciate the nearby Huntington Beach State Park, also recently named the best state park in South Carolina by Southern Living, where they can explore diverse wildlife and scenic trails. For golfers, the Hammock Coast is home to some of the most beautiful and challenging golf courses in the country.


Stay at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort

Ready to experience all that Pawleys Island has to offer? Make your stay even more memorable by booking a stay at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort. Located just a stone’s throw from Pawleys Island, this resort offers luxurious accommodations, top-notch amenities, and easy access to all the incredible activities and attractions of the Hammock Coast.