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Packing Tips From the Pros

Packing

Packing Tips From the Pros

Everyone loves taking a vacation to Pawleys Island. After all, with as hard as we all work in our everyday lives, everyone deserves to take a relaxing trip to this lowcountry paradise! But packing up all your belongings for your getaway can be a drag. You show up in your condo, unzip your suitcase only to find all your beach clothes are wrinkled beyond comprehension. Or, even worse, you forget an essential and now have to spend valuable vacation time shopping for things you already own.

Here are some great tips to ensure that packing for your trip is a breeze and that your Pawleys Island vacation doesn’t hit any snags when you arrive.

Packing

Make a List, Check it Twice

Lists aren’t just for grocery shopping or finding out who’s naughty and nice. The first thing you should do before throwing a bunch of stuff in your luggage is make a list. Having your essentials down on paper and physically checking them off as you go is the foolproof way to make sure the first stop on your Pawleys Island vacation isn’t at Target or Walmart. And once you finish packing, give your list one last review to make sure you’ve got it all.

Know the Limits for Your Carry-on

The last thing anyone wants when they’re checking in for a flight is to find out that their carry-on is too large and must be checked. Limits on bag or suitcase dimensions are easily found on the websites of your airline and ensuring that your luggage isn’t oversize will eliminate the potential of extra luggage fees.

Ditch the Fold, Roll with the Changes

If you’re still folding your clothes when packing, be prepared to get to know your condo’s iron as you spend your trip fighting creases embedded into all your outfits. The way to go is rolling your clothes which results in less wrinkling. To step it up a notch and create more space in your suitcase or duffel bag, try enclosing your clothes in vacuum-sealed bags! This can greatly increase the amount of clothes you can fit in your bags which is a huge advantage if you’re traveling by plane.

Keep Things Fresh

Even if your clothes are recently washed, being packed into an enclosed small space for an extended amount of time can result in some not-so-great smelling shirts and pants. To alleviate this, try inserting a small bag of potpourri or a few dryer sheets between outfits to keep your clothes smelling like they just came out of the laundry!

Bag up those Bottles

Travel-size bottles for toiletries like shampoo, conditioner and lotion are very convenient–until something mashes them in the wrong way and suddenly your clothes are covered in Pantene. By bagging up those bottles in Ziplock-type freezer bags (heavier duty equals safer) you’ll make sure that an accident only results in an extra purchase rather than a day of laundry. For even greater security, use plastic wrap to seal the openings on your travel bottles then screw the lids shut.

Leave Room for Souvenirs

Pawleys Island has tons of great local shopping venues and you’re sure to find the perfect souvenir to remember your trip. And beyond Pawleys Island, the rest of the Myrtle Beach area offers tons of great shopping venues. Make sure you have room to bring these back with you, especially if you’re flying!

With these great packing tips, your Pawleys Island vacation is sure to get off to a fantastic start! If you haven’t planned your spring or summer trip to Pawleys Island, our amazing booking deals will ensure you get first-class accommodations at unbeatable rates. From modern two or three bedroom condos at True Blue Resort to deluxe oceanfront Pawleys Island beach houses at Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort, you’re sure to find the perfect accommodations with the Litchfield Company!
 

Welcome to Coastal Dish: Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort Updates On-Site Restaurant

Exterior of Coastal Dish Restaurant

Welcome to Coastal Dish: Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort Updates On-Site Restaurant

One of the best parts of spending your vacation in the convenience of a beach resort is that you don’t even have to leave the premises to experience a complete and fulfilling getaway. From playing and lounging on the sand at the beach to exercising in the on-site workout facilities to renting bikes and enjoying swimming pools and more, vacation is just easier at a resort! Taking this convenience one step further, Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort also has on-site food and beverage options, including Starbucks, The Deck Tiki Bar, and our newly-renovated restaurant, Coastal Dish Lowcountry Dining.

Exterior of Coastal Dish Restaurant

Coastal Dish can be found in the same place as our previous restaurant, Webster’s, and has undergone construction and design updates, as well as a reboot of the dinner menu. With a focus on family-friendly atmosphere and Lowcountry cuisine, you’ll find a wide variety of culinary options. Choose from appetizers like Coastal Nachos topped with BBQ chicken and the works, Pimento Cheese-Stuffed Jalopenos, and unique starters like Chicken Fried Bacon with Pepper Gravy or Hushpuppied Shrimp with Comeback Sauce. Entrees are impressive as well and feature a range of seafood options like Fried Flounder and Shrimp, Shrimp and Grits, Swordfish, and more. Food selections from the land include slow braised Lamb Ribs, Lowcountry BBQ, and Chicken Alfredo among other favorites. Choose accompanying sides that include macaroni and cheese, french fries, creamed spinach, lima beans, rive and gravy, cole slaw, and more!

If you’re looking for something lighter, Coastal Dish offers a variety of salad and sandwich options. From the Blackened Chicken Cobb to the Coastal Caesar, there’s an option for all salad lovers. Likewise, diners will find a wide range of sandwiches, including our Lowcountry Crab Cake Sandwich, Coastal Burger, Pulled Pork Sandwich, Shrimp Po’ Boy, and much more!

If you’re looking to grab something quick and return to your condo, be sure to browse our delicious pizza menu, where you can order a customized pie made with our delicious house-made red sauce.

Close up on a pepperoni pizza

In addition to our new, exciting dinner menu, Coastal Dish will continue to serve breakfast daily, with a full buffet spread, including morning meal favorites like omelets, grits, eggs, bacon, sausage, oatmeal, fresh fruit, pastries, juice, and coffee. Breakfast hours are from 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday-Saturday, and from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sundays, so stop by for a quick fill-up before heading for an amazing Pawleys Island beach day!

Stay tuned for future updates on special menu offerings and holiday events. Remember to experience the deliciousness of Lowcountry cuisine at Coastal Dish during your next vacation experience at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort in Pawleys Island, South Carolina.

Set Sail for Fun and Relaxation on a Lowcountry Boat Tour

People on a Dolphin Watching Cruise

Set Sail for Fun and Relaxation on a Lowcountry Boat Tour

Whether it’s an inland excursion along the Waccamaw River and coastal inlets or an offshore journey into the sparkling Atlantic Ocean, Pawleys Island and the surrounding south strand area offers several great boat tours that are a fantastic way to spend the day on your Pawleys Island vacation! From swashbuckling adventures aboard a pirate ship to laid-back beer tasting cruises, here’s a sampling of some of the aquatic experiences available during your trip to Pawleys Island.

People on a Dolphin Watching Cruise

Pirate Adventures Tours

Landlubbers of all ages can get a taste of the pirate’s life with a tour from Pirate Adventures! You and your crew will board the Sea Gypsy and set sail for excitement and in search of buried treasure out in the waters of Murrells Inlet. A quick explanation of the pirate code will have you seaworthy in no time. But keep your guard up because other pirates are also on the prowl, and encountering them means taking part in an explosive cannon battle out on the water! If you’re celebrating a special occasion Pirates Adventures tours can be booked for birthday parties or other special events and are sure to be a hit with kids.

East Coast BrewBoat

Looking for a laid-back inlet cruise with you and up to fourteen of your friends or family members? The East Coast BrewBoat is perfect for you! This unique experience puts you in charge of your tour. The BrewBoat is actually powered by cycle stations around a central bar area that you and your patrons team up on to propel the craft through the scenic waterscapes of Murrells Inlet. The craft also features an electric engine for those times when your guests aren’t in the mood to pedal. Each cruise lasts about an hour and you’re able to bring your own beer or wine, food and music to enjoy during your trip.

Express Watersports Dolphin and Sightseeing Cruise

If an offshore excursion is what you’re looking for, one of the best options around is available at Express Watersports! Their ocean sightseeing and dolphin cruise takes up to 49 passengers out into the Atlantic in search of scenic views and pods of dolphins, sea turtles and other ocean wildlife. The crew of the Express Watersports vessels have years of experience and partner with other vessels in the area to make sure each group that goes out gets an amazing up-close experience with dolphins and other aquatic creatures. Express Watersports also offers a relaxing sunset cruise that offers the best sunset views available along the Grand Strand.

With even more offshore, inlet and river tours available than these, there’s no limit to the ways you can explore the ocean and lowcountry wetlands during your trip to Pawleys Island! Our Pawleys Island vacation rentals available at Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort, True Blue Resort and Pawleys Plantation Resort are sure to delight you on your next trip to this special area. Book your trip to Pawleys Island with one of our partner properties and get an first-class vacation at an unbeatable price!
 

Outdoor Excursions in Pawleys Island

Family kayaking on the marsh

Outdoor Excursions in Pawleys Island

If you’re tired of shopping and spending time indoors, don’t worry! When you vacation in the Pawleys Island and Litchfield Beach areas, you’re sure to be within reach of a phenomenal outdoor excursion. With a variety of inlets, rivers, lakes, and of course the Atlantic Ocean nearby, the outdoor adventurer will love all of the options available during your next beach escape!

Visit Surf the Earth in Pawleys Island, South Carolina for all of your Lowcountry outdoor needs! Not only does this local shop offer up retail items like t-shirts and hats, but Surf the Earth also features a variety of equipment rentals, as well as thrilling tours of the area. Take your pick from paddle boards, kayaks, surfboards, bodyboards, and skimboards if you’re looking to rent by the day.

Family kayaking on the marsh

If you’re not quite ready to tame the waves on your own, check out Surf the Earth’s various surf education opportunities. The shop offers 2-hour surf lessons on mornings from 9am to 11am. Lessons take place near 2nd Street in Pawleys Island, but special locations can be arranged in advance. The shop also offers 3-day and 5-day kids’ surf camps, where kids of all ages can learn about water safety, rip currents, wind strength and direction, surfing fundamentals, surf conditions, and much more.

Beyond board rentals and surf lessons, Surf the Earth also offers guests the chance to explore the area through their exciting eco-tours. Current offerings include Sunset/Moon Rise Tours through the Pawleys Island inlets and salt marsh, Early morning kayak and paddle board tours of the salt marsh, and afternoon paddle board tours of the area. See a new side of Pawleys Island whenever you reserve a splendid eco-tour with Surf the Earth Surf Shop.

If biking is more your speed, take advantage of the bike rentals offered by Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, and then head over to Bike the Neck! The Waccamaw Neck Bikeway is a 12-mile paved stretch that parallels U.S. Highway 17 from Murrells Inlet to Huntington Beach State Park. Rated as being an “Easy” trail by SCtrails.com, this bikeway is the perfect way to have a great time exercising while seeing the beautiful natural landscape of the region. Finish off your trek by stopping by Huntington Beach State Park, where you can visit its timeless castle, Atalaya, stroll on the pristine beaches of the park, explore the nature trails in the park, or even get in some birding!

Family riding bikes at Litchfield
From walking the trails at Huntington Beach State Park to learning how to Surf, you’ll never run out of outdoor adventures when you bring your next beach vacation to Litchfield Beach. Plan ahead and make the most of your exciting getaway!
 

Top 5 Brunch Spots on the South Strand

Outside of the salt water creek cafe

Top 5 Brunch Spots on the South Strand

Salt Water Creek Cafe

Located at 4660 Highway 17 Bypass in Murrells Inlet, Salt Water Creek Cafe offers up an impressive brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am – 2pm. Get your mid-morning / early-afternoon off to a great start when you sample one of the Cafe’s range of fancy Eggs Benedicts, including Filet Mignon, Surf and Turf, Crab Cake, Shrimp, and Smoked Salmon. Salt Water Creek also serves up tasty Omelets like the Lox, Chives and Cream Cheese Omelet, served with a grit cake and topped with Creek gravy. You can also find delicious standbys like fluffy eggs, pancakes, bacon, and ham. Your taste buds will dance with delight when you give Salt Water Creek Cafe a try on your next Litchfield Beach vacation.

Outside of the salt water creek cafe

Gulfstream Cafe

When you sleep late but wake up with breakfast on your mind, the best solution is brunch! When you travel to the Litchfield Beach area, you are within close proximity to hundreds of dining establishments, each with their own style and presentation. If you’re looking for the best brunch spots on the Hammock Coast, in the Pawleys Island and Murrells Inlet areas, then try out one or all of the following local hotspots:

Enjoy your brunch from the picturesque Gulfstream Cafe whenever you visit Garden City during your next beach getaway. With stunning views of the inlet, you may want to stick around for lunch and dinner too! When it comes to brunch, Gulfstream offers up a buffet spread, featuring all of your favorite brunch classics, including fresh fruits, eggs, grits, hash browns, pancakes, and more. Visit the Bloody Mary bar and Omelet Station for customizable additions. Get there at 10:30 and ask for a seat with a view!

Rustic Table

Providing diners with a family-friendly environment and Southern foods made from scratch, Rustic Table is now serving brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Featuring an impressive menu, brunch focuses on the savory, but there are numerous mouth-watering sweets and desserts to try as well. Keep an eye out for delicious morning specials like Shrimp ‘n’ Gritz, Corned Beef Hash ‘n’ Eggs, and Blueberry Pancakes. You also might want to go for the “Comfy,” which features chicken breast served open faced on a homemade biscuit, with creamy sausage gravy and fries. Your stomach will thank you!

BisQit

Nestled in a cozy corner of the Pawleys Island Hammock Shops, BisQit is an eclectic eatery that boasts of its unique sandwich and burger creations. However, it’s not all about lunch and dinner at this Lowcountry dining establishment, as their breakfast selections are enough to put your taste buds into a frenzy! Check out “The Usual” classics like BisQits and Gravy with bacon crumbles, pancakes with bacon or sausage, or healthier options like house-made granola or seasonal fresh fruit.

Charlie's Studio Cafe

For an artsy, eclectic feel, stop by Charlie’s Studio Cafe, where the decor is beautiful and the customer service is outstanding. The breakfast menu here is two pages of traditional and delicious favorites. First, Charlie’s offers a few different styles of Omelet, like Denver and Western. They also serve a variety of breakfast wraps and bagels, for those looking for something a little lighter. On the sweet side, Charlie’s has Belgian Waffles, Pancakes (plain or with fruit), and French Toast. Bacon, sausage, and egg add-ons are available, so make it a balanced meal! If you’re looking for something a little more substantial, try the Farm House Breakfast, featuring a fried pork chop, home-fries or grits, and a biscuit. Better yet, get a sampling of sweet and savory with The Starving Artist breakfast, which consists of 2 eggs, bacon or sausage, home-fries or grits, French toast or biscuits and gravy or 3 pancakes. Under no circumstances should you leave Charlie’s still hungry!
 

Stay Active During Your Beach Vacation

Woman getting ready for a run

Stay Active During Your Beach Vacation

Sure, vacation usually means relaxing by the pool, indulging in delicious dinners, and enjoying escaping from the everyday stresses of life, but when you stay in the Pawleys Island area near Myrtle Beach, there are plenty of experiences that will keep you active while enjoying your much-needed vacation. If you’re looking to burn some calories while having fun in Myrtle Beach, check out our Top Ways to Stay Active during your Grand Strand condo rental vacation.

Woman getting ready for a run

Walking / Running / Beachcombing

When you take a vacation to the beach, one of the most alluring parts of the trip is being near the ocean. Take advantage of lovely coastal views, sunny skies, and the beauty of nature while staying active when you spend some time walking or running along the coast. Start off on the beach at 2nd Avenue Pier, and make your way north to Pier 14. This one-mile jaunt allows you to experience the excitement of the ocean, while getting in some quality exercise! Keep an eye out for seashells and other marine treasures as you walk, jog, or run parallel with the coast.

Sticking closer to Litchfield? Try out the trails at Huntington Beach State Park or bike along the Waccamaw Neck Bikeway for a day of fitness and activity.

Golf / Mini Golf

Arguably one of the most sought-after sporting experiences in Myrtle Beach is golf, and the courses here draw in thousands of visitors every single year. Enjoy a casually-paced excursion to one of the many premier golf courses along the Grand Strand, where you can keep active while challenging yourself and having a great time. If you’re not confident in your golfing abilities or are travelling with a family group, take advantage of the mini-golfing opportunities that are scattered all along the coast. Try out Hawaiian Rumble Mini-Golf, which hosts the Mini-Golf Masters Championship each year. Show off your putting skills, while staying active with golf during your Myrtle Beach vacation!

Outdoor Ropes Courses

If you’re looking for a real challenge that burns calories like crazy, try out Radical Ropes in Myrtle Beach or Go Ape in North Myrtle Beach, for a tree-climbing good time. Put your fitness to the test when you attempt to complete the entire courses. This outdoor adventure will keep you immersed in the sights and sounds of the Grand Strand, while pushing your physical and mental limits!

Watersports / Swimming

Grab a boogie board, paddleboard, or surfboard, and make your way into the waves for a fun-filled, action-packed day in Myrtle Beach. Use your balancing and swimming skills, as you stay atop of the surf. If you’re more interested in swimming, just remember to be safe, as rip tides have been known to take swimmers away from their point of origin. Always swim parallel to the coast if you feel that you’re being caught up in the wrong current. You can also visit Litchfield’s on-site fitness centers like the Beachside Health & Fitness (membership is required).

Best Ways to Watch the Sunrise and Sunset Along the Grand Strand

Sunrise over the ocean waves

Best Ways to Watch the Sunrise and Sunset Along the Grand Strand

One of the most majestic parts of vacationing near the beach is being able to see the sunrise over the horizon, as it unleashes its colors upon the morning sky. And although it doesn’t set over the ocean, the sunrise is something truly special to behold as well. In Myrtle Beach, there are plenty of places to take advantage of this picturesque view. Here are our Top 5 Places to Watch the sunrise or sunset in the Myrtle Beach area.

Sunrise over the ocean waves

2nd Avenue and Cherry Grove Piers (Sunrise)

Get there early and let the beautiful sights take your breath away! The 2nd Avenue Pier is located at 110 North Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach and opens every morning at 7 a.m. Situated on the South side of the Boardwalk, 2nd Avenue Pier offers up fishing, dining, and sightseeing for visitors. You’ll be out on the ocean as you watch the sunrise from this fabulous locale.

If you’re on the North end of the Grand Strand, head up to Cherry Grove Pier for a lovely morning with the sun. This pier opens to the public at 6 a.m., so you’ll have plenty of time to get your cameras and breakfast picnic ready before the sun comes up!

Your Balcony (Sunrise)

What’s better than waking up and having a morning coffee from your own private balcony, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean? In the comfort and privacy of your own Myrtle Beach condo rental, you can experience the glorious South Carolina sunrise as it shimmers over the water and up higher above the horizon. Keep your eyes peeled for fins popping out of the waves, as guests sometimes report seeing dolphins frolicking in the early morning. Enjoy the sunrise in relaxed seclusion when you watch it from your balcony.

Myrtle Beach Boardwalk (Both!)

If you’re visiting Myrtle Beach on vacation, it’s very likely that you will visit the Boardwalk area at some point during your stay. Located in the heart of Downtown Myrtle Beach, this area has been known for decades as a hotspot for tourists and locals alike. With its thoughtful landscaping, scattered Palmetto Trees, and open view of the coast, the Boardwalk area is perfect for early morning sunrises or even sunsets. The sky’s hues will melt before your eyes, as you start off or end your beach day.

Murrels Inlet (Sunset)

For an outstanding view of nature like no other, stop by the Murrels Inlet MarshWalk before sunset when you’re on the South end of the Grand Strand. The stretch of shopping and dining establishments scattered along this route have a beautiful backdrop of the most vivid pinks, oranges, and purples that you can find anywhere. The reflections on the inlet waters make for a romantic and charming end to a hot, summer day in Murrels Inlet.

The SkyWheel (Sunset)

The SkyWheel is one of Myrtle Beach’s premier oceanfront attractions, and it offers the perfect viewing location for the Atlantic Ocean. Since it doesn’t open until 11 a.m., you won’t be able to view the sunrise aboard this enormous ferris wheel, but it stays open late, making it the perfect place to experience the sunset. Climb aboard as you’re taken 187 feet into the air on one of the SkyWheel’s special “flights.” You can see for miles down the coast when you take part in this thrilling adventure. Make it even more special when you partake in a flight around sunset and see how the colors of the beach come to life.

Make sure you are able to witness one of Myrtle Beach’s gorgeous sunrises or sunsets during your beach vacation. Maybe you can make the day EXTRA special by experiencing both! 

Top 5 Advantages of Staying on the South Strand

Drone of Litchfield Beach

Top 5 Advantages of Staying on the South Strand

What we refer to as the Grand Strand includes dozens of miles along the East Coast of South Carolina, jutting inward a few miles throughout the region. This area is filled with thrilling attractions, superb dining establishments, and plenty of golf courses for impeccable play. Although the hustle and bustle of downtown Myrtle Beach may be perfect for some visitors, there’s nothing like the beauty and tranquility of our Myrtle Beach vacation rentals along the South Strand.

Also known as the Hammock Coast, the Southern portion of the Grand Strand includes the areas of Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island, and Georgetown, which can be found just miles south of Myrtle Beach. There are countless advantages of selecting this area as your vacation destination, and here are our Top 5:

Drone of Litchfield Beach

#1: Fewer Crowds and Less Traffic

Sometimes you want to be in the middle of all of the chaos and action, but at other times, not so much. The South Strand gives you the perfect combination of privacy and relaxation, with less crowded beaches. The family-friendly atmosphere of Pawleys Island and Murrells Inlet are perfect for groups looking for an easygoing and laidback trip. If you’re longing for quiet days on the beach, our South Strand vacation rentals are the perfect option.

As well, nothing is more frustrating than wasting most of your precious vacation time in traffic. While certain areas of Myrtle Beach may create nothing but headaches when it comes to navigating the area, the Litchfield /Pawleys Island / Murrells Inlet areas rely on one main highway (HWY 17) and a myriad of smaller, easy-to-access roads and streets. You’ll find it much quicker simpler to get around the South Strand.

#2: Sightseeing and Natural Beauty

Tired of looking at paved parking lots and hotel construction zones? When you stay in one of our South end vacation rentals, you’ll be surrounded by the natural beauty of the coast. Check out the MarshWalk, where you can gaze out over the inlets, as the sun rises over the horizon. Or make the extremely short trip to Huntington Beach State Park or Brookgreen Gardens to take in the sights and sounds of native coastal South Carolina animals, plants, and majestic sceneries. Spend a day roaming the castle ground at Atalaya, or go on a bike ride along the nature trails that pepper the coast. You won’t be disappointed in the natural beauty of the South Strand.

#3: Golf

There are more than 80 golf courses within a 60-mile radius of Myrtle Beach, but the vast majority of the top-rated layouts are located on the South Strand. The Waccamaw Golf Trail, a series of courses from Murrells Inlet to Georgetown, includes some of the most acclaimed layouts in the Carolinas. Award-winning courses like Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, True Blue Plantation, The Tradition, Pawleys Plantation, The River Club, TPC of Myrtle Beach and Willbrook Plantation are among the best courses on the coast, and our guests are only a short drive away from them all.

#4: Dining

There are more than 1,700 restaurants on the Grand Strand, and some of the best are located on the south side. From the ‘Seafood Capital of South Carolina’ in Murrells Inlet to artistic culinary centers in Pawleys Island, South Strand guests have a wide selection to choose from. The Murrells Inlet Marshwalk offers a dozen excellent restaurants along the waterfront, and Pawleys Island and Litchfield Beach have such award-winning hot spots as BisQit, the Chive Blossom, Frank’s, Nosh, Pawleys Island Bar & Grill and, of course, Coastal Dish Lowcountry Dining on the Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort property.

#5: History

The city of Myrtle Beach is only about 80 years old, becoming a popular vacation destination in the 1950s. Settlement of the South Strand, however, dates back to the early 1700s, when rice and indigo plantations lined the coast and the area served as a Colonial era retreat for the wealthy. Our guests are in close proximity to some amazing remnants from that period, including plantation homes and grounds at Hobcaw Barony and Hopsewee Plantation and old churches and beach homes in Georgetown and Pawleys Island.

Of course, we and our guests believe that staying and playing at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort is the main reason to vacation on the South Strand. Our wide variety of first-class accommodations, outstanding amenities like golf, tennis, cycling and swimming, and on-site restaurant and spa make Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort the perfect place for you to spend your next vacation getaway!

 

Discover the Bike Trails at Litchfield Beach

Man and woman riding bikes on bridge over marsh

Discover the Bike Trails at Litchfield Beach

Imagine waking up to a bright, sunny morning and walking outside to breathe in the clear, crisp air. Fortunately, on a day that’s too nice to stay indoors, the bike trails in Pawleys Island and Murrells Inlet offer up a picturesque excursion for your Hammock Coast vacation. The Waccamaw Neck Bikeway is the perfect activity to take advantage of all year long.

Man and woman riding bikes on bridge over marsh

Paralleling the coast and Highway 17, the bikeway is a part of the developing East Coast Greenway, a 3,000-mile stretch of trails that runs from Calais, Maine to Key West, Florida. Be on the lookout for this twelve-mile stretch of flat, paved trails, which provide you with a pathway from Litchfield to south of Murrells Inlet. The bikeway takes riders into Huntington Beach State Park, where you’re sure to see the beauty of nature. For the small price of admission, access to the park will give you the chance to view the salt marsh and freshwater lagoon and potentially observe more than 300 species of birds.

There are plenty of places to park, while you venture into the Waccamaw Neck Bikeway. Some of the best public parking spots include the following locations: Morse Park Landing in Murrells Inlet, Huntington Beach State Park (admission fee to the park is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 to 15), the north parking lot at the Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, the Piggly Wiggly and Bi-Lo grocery stores in the Litchfield community, and the Food Lion at the South Causeway.

When you need a break from the complexities that clutter your daily routine, give the Waccamaw Neck Bikeway a chance. Explore these natural scenes and see the wonders that surround us each and every day. Whether you’re walking, jogging, or biking, the bike trails near Litchfield Beach are sure to impress!

Top Beach Games for Tweens and Teens

Teens playing beach volleyball

Top Beach Games for Tweens and Teens

While some of us may be satisfied with nothing more than a towel and a stretch of beach for lying in the sand, there may be members of your family who are looking for a little bit more entertainment while they hang at the beach. And if you’re traveling to the beach with teens and tweens, it’s best to keep them occupied, rather than have to listen to complaints about boredom … this is a vacation, after all!

So here are a few of our favorite beach games for tweens and teens. They’re not guaranteed to keep them from being bored, these are teenagers we’re talking about, but we’re fairly confident that between the waves and the games, you’ll all be in for a good time:

Teens playing beach volleyball

Bocce Ball

Bocce ball is one of our favorite Italian-inspired pastimes! You can pick up a set that can be played both at home on the lawn and on the beach. You split up into teams if you have a larger group, or if there are only a few each person plays solo. A small jack/ball is thrown first, and then each subsequent player tries to throw his or her ball as close to the jack as possible. Sand provides an element of unpredictability that’s fun, and so does the idea of using your ball to knock another player’s ball out for the way for a win!

Burying Contests

If you have a few teenagers, a burying contest can be fun. They can split up into teams and bury a person, or find two sticks of the same height, stand them up in the sand, and have a contest burying the two.

Beach Olympics

You set the course! Some of the best competitions for the beach are disc toss and long jump, but don’t be afraid to add in your own favorites, like limbo!

Beach Dodgeball

If you have enough space on the beach to spread out, Dodgeball is a super fun game that’s well suited to a day at the beach. Divide your group into two and place them across the “court” from each other (you may have to mark out your court in the sand). Of course, if the beach is crowded, this may not be the best choice.

Sand Sculpting

You can either break into two teams and have them compete against one another, having an impartial mom or dad be judge, or all collaborate on one mega-sculpture. The choice is yours!