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Best Beach Gadgets for Your Pawleys Island Vacation

Cell Phone Case

Best Beach Gadgets For Your Pawleys Island Vacation

We’re sure that you’re excited for your upcoming Pawleys Island vacation, and while you might have the basics for a day at the beach, there are plenty of great beach gadgets out there to take your beach-going experience to a whole new level! From games to tech stuff and everything in between, here are some top picks to make your day at the beaches of Pawleys Island even better than you expected.

Cell Phone Case

Lopie Sand-Proof Blanket

Sand is great…unless it is covering your beach towel and sticking to you as you work on your tan. Luckily, the Lopie sand-proof blanket provides enough space for you and your family to stretch out on a one-of-a-kind mesh material that easily rids itself of sand and water. That’s right! If one of your little ones happens to spill their juice the liquid easily slips through leaving the blanket dry. The Lopie sand-proof blanket is available in two sizes (79” x 79” or 79” x 59”) and also features loops at each corner for easy anchoring.

4Patriots Power Cell Solar-Powered Power Bank

There is never a shortage of sunlight on the beaches of Pawleys Island. However, sometimes there can be a shortage of battery power for your smartphone or portable speaker. With the 4Patriots Power Cell solar-powered power bank, you’ll never run low on a charge for your electronic devices! This mighty power pack weighs less than 7 ounces, has a healthy 8.000 mAh capacity and offers 2 USB ports to provide a charge to multiple devices. At only $29.95, the 4Patriots Power Cell is also TSA-compliant, so don’t worry about packing it in your luggage if you’re flying in for your vacation.

Nuwa IPX7 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Every great day at the beach needs a soundtrack, and with the Nuwa IPX7 Bluetooth speaker, your day will be filled with great tunes and peace of mind. The peace of mind comes from the IPX7’s rugged construction that is waterproof, dust-proof, shock-proof and floats to prevent any possible tragedies if the speaker finds itself in the surf. The speaker features crystal-clear sound and a great wireless range of up to 40 meters.

GoSports Portable Cornhole Boards

More often than not, a day at the beach includes some friendly competition, and with the GoSports portable cornhole boards, you and your family or friends can enjoy hours of fun and compete for bragging rights. These high-quality boards include 8 beanbags and are both tough and lightweight, with PVC frames and a total weight of less than 10 pounds. Setup takes less than a minute, so fun competition is literally ready to go at a minute’s notice! The set also includes a carrying case for easy transport to and from the beach.

Hammacher Schlemmer Multi-Person Sun Shelter

After an hour or so on the sunny Pawleys Island shore, you’re sure to enjoy a break from the heat, and the Hammacher Schlemmer multi-person Sun Shelter is one of the best options out there. This lightweight yet durable shelter can accommodate up to six people and is composed of high-quality polyurethane coated polyester that offers UPF 50+ protection. The Sun Shelter also features mesh windows that will allow refreshing breezes to flow through and cool you and your guests. The Sun Shelter is easy to set up in just a few minutes and includes carrying case and stakes.

With these handy beach gadgets, your Pawleys Island vacation experience is sure to be unforgettable! And when you book your accommodations with the Litchfield Company, your getaway is guaranteed to be even better than you could imagine! Our sterling Pawleys Island condos at resorts like True Blue Resort, Pawleys Plantation Resort and Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort are the finest available. Check out our specials page to plan your next Pawleys Island vacation at the best rates around!

Sunset balcony view of ocean from Bridgewater

Next Level Beach Hacks for your Pawleys Island Vacation

Family on a beach towel on sand

Next Level Beach Hacks for Your Pawleys Island Vacation

Let’s face it: to turn a phrase made famous by Reese’s, there’s no wrong way to enjoy a Pawleys Island vacation. But there are always ways to make your already fantastic vacation even better! From finding ways to curb sand that sneaks its way everywhere to quick and easy cures for getting too much sun, there are some great hacks out there to make your trip to Pawley Island even more enjoyable. Here are few amazing tricks to get the maximum enjoyment out of your upcoming Pawleys Island vacation.

Family on a beach towel on sand

Apple Cider Vinegar For Sunburn

You’ll always want to layer up with sunscreen when you take a trip to the beach, but if you still wind up with some sunburn, a spray bottle of apple cider vinegar diluted with water offers a quick and inexpensive way to take the sting out. The nutrients in apple cider vinegar replenish those needed by sunburned skin and aid in the healing process.

Ziploc Bags Are Your Friend

From sand to saltwater, there are some pesky elements at the beach that can be troublesome to your belongings, especially items like smartphones and sunglasses. A small investment in a few Ziploc bags can help ensure these items don’t get scratched or waterlogged while on the beach.

Baby Powder: Sand's Worst Nightmare

Speaking of sand getting everywhere, while everyone loves going to the beach we usually don’t like to take too much sand back with when we leave. The solution? Baby powder! Just a little sprinkle on those parts of your body that sand is sticking to will have those sticky grains sliding right off like magic!

Keep the Kids Happy and Entertained

It’s a simple equation: happy kids at the beach equal happy parents at the beach. And there are plenty of great tricks and hacks to keep your kids safe and entertained during your day at the beach. For example, if your kids are a little too young to venture out into the ocean, bring along a plastic shower curtain, dig a hole in the sand with them, use the shower curtain as a pool liner and fill the hole with water for a makeshift kiddie pool! Kids need to cool off? The night before your trip fill up water balloons and freeze them. Bring them with you and after they thaw out it will make for a fun way to beat the heat. And when it’s time for a refreshing beverage, frozen Capri Sun pouches are sure to hit the spot!

With these great beach tips and tricks, your upcoming Pawleys Island vacation is sure to be an amazing time! And if for some reason you haven’t planned a summer trip to Pawleys Island there’s still time to take advantage of our summer booking deals to reserve an amazing Pawleys Island beach house or condo for you and your guests. Check out our fantastic partner properties at Pawleys Plantation Resort, True Blue Resort and Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort and make plans to visit Pawleys Island this summer!

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!
 

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 Places for Sushi Near Litchfield Beach

Sushi Roll Up Close

Top 5 Places for Sushi Near Litchfield Beach

The seafood scene on the South Strand is one of the best on the East Coast. From the waterfront restaurants along the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk to the ‘arrogantly shabby’ seafood shacks of Pawleys Island, guests at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort are surrounded by can’t-miss, fresh-catch options. But for those who prefer their seafood on the rare side, as in tasty sushi and sashimi, you need to know where to go. Here the top five places to find great sushi near Litchfield Beach:

Sushi Roll Up Close

#1: Cera Sushi

Located at the Hammocks Shops Village in Pawleys Island, this new-age Asian eatery specializes in sushi. Based on the creations of Chef Saito, Cera Sushi features a full menu of rolls and plates that incorporate fresh local ingredients, including the Spicy Blue (lump crab meat, cucumber and spicy mayo) and the Usuzukuri (fresh, locally caught fish in citrus ponzu). The house pressed-sushi special Pawleys Prime Specialty features a unique combination of tuna, salmon, yellowtail and spicy tuna. Enjoy the modern decor indoors or sit on the outdoor deck and catch live music at the Porch at Prime.

#2: Indo Thai

This Pawleys Island Pan-Asian bistro boasts one of the most unique sushi menus on the Strand. Owned and operated by Indonesian-born chef Laura Smith, this Indo Thai specializes in sushi and dishes from the far reaches of the Far East, including Thailand, Korea, Vietnam and, of course, Indonesia. Indo Thai literally serves sushi by the boatload, as patrons can choose from a variety of rolls to be served in a large, wooden model boat. The Dancing Shrimp Roll features tuna, avocado and crab with shrimp on top, while the Sea Witch Roll includes soft shell crab, spicy tuna, asparagus and cucumber. Non-sushi fans can order entrees like the house special Thai curries or Pad Thai.

#3: Shiki

This new Japanese sushi bar offers great food and a great atmosphere, with a large aquarium filling the fireplace and cozy furnishings serving as ‘tables’ for large parties. For a summertime treat, try the Pink Lady Roll with shrimp and tuna topped with cream cheese and a strawberry sauce, or any of the other artistic rolls on the menu. Shiki also offers traditional Japanese dishes and a wide selection of beer and sake.

#4: Wahoo's Fish House

Located on the north end of the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk, this upscale seafood restaurant serves the best sushi on the waterfront. Innovative creations include the Wahoo Chicken Roll with blackened chicken, cucumber, teriyaki and wasabi ranch sauce, while the Surf and Turf Roll includes Seared beef tenderloin, lobster, asparagus, scallions, and black and red caviar on top. Throw in a raw bar with tasty local oysters, shrimp and more, a full menu of seafood favorites, an extensive wine list and an outdoor waterfront deck with live music, and you’ve got one of the most popular spots on the MarshWalk.

#5: Wicked Tuna

Located on the opposite end of the MarshWalk at the Crazy Sister Marina, this restaurant’s stilted structure overlooks Murrells Inlet and the many boats moored in the harbor. Many of those same boats deliver seafood directly to the docks, and Wicked Tuna incorporates local ingredients into many of its rolls, such as the house special Wicked Tuna Roll with tempura shrimp and spicy tuna. The Lobster Roll is another favorite among lobster lovers, and the expansive menu offers more traditional seafood dishes. Wicked Tuna has one of the best combinations of food and views on the Strand.

Stay at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort!

After a nice night out for fresh sushi, come back to Litchfield Beach and let the sea of flavors settle in your stomach. Or, for those who prefer wood-fired food to raw, check out the on-site Webster’s Lowcountry Grill for some land food and drinks. Whether you prefer surf or turf, you are sure to find excellent option for both when you stay at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort.

Top 5 Ways to Stay Cool This Summer at Litchfield Beach

Morning sunrise over the ocean waves

Top 5 Ways to Stay Cool This Summer at Litchfield Beach

As the summer temperatures rise on the Grand Strand, so does the demand for cool entertainment options. Locals and visitors alike seek relief under the shade of a sprawling live oak tree or in the cool waters of the Atlantic Ocean, and guests at Litchfield Beach & Golf Club can hit the indoor and outdoor pools on our oceanfront deck to take a quick dip. But there are lots of other alternatives that aren’t quite so obvious. Here’s a look at five of our favorite hot spots for staying cool:

Morning sunrise over the ocean waves

#1: Murrells Inlet Marshwalk

The weather is always a little bit cooler right along the coast, and this waterfront walkway leads to some of the coolest places on the South Strand. With more than a dozen seafood shacks and watering holes easily accessible from the wooden boardwalk, visitors can dine inside or find a shady spot in the sea breeze outdoors to enjoy a cold drink, listen to live music, and simply kick back in a lounge chair or hammock and watch the fishing boats return from a day at sea while the sun sets to the west.

#2: Parasailing

Looking for a little adventure during your vacation? A parasailing voyage not only provides some exciting thrills, but also some satisfying chills to lower your body temperature on a hot summer day. Sailing out of the nearby Crazy Sisters Marina, several outfitters offer parasailing trips that lift you high in the sky to soar like a seagull high above the ocean waves. Your driver can even drop you down for a dip in the cool water or launch you higher into the sky. Other watersports offered by local outfitters include Banana Boat rides, jet-ski rentals, kayak and paddleboarding tours and more.

#3: Wild, Water, & Wheels

This Garden City Beach waterpark offers lots of thrills and chills for folks looking to beat the heat and boredom. Featuring more than a dozen water slides, speed chutes and flumes that range from easy to off the chain, Wild Water & Wheels is a great place for families with diverse tastes. Let the youngsters experience the thrills of tackling some of the more challenging slides and rides while the little ones splash and play on the aquatic playgrounds. Meanwhile, adults can relax in the wave pool, lazy river or hot tubs and watch the kids have a blast. Go-kart racing, putt-putt golf, bumper boats and an arcade are also on the property, and the ‘Live After Five’ Friday afternoon parties are legendary, with half-priced admission after 5 p.m. and live music playing poolside.

#4: Frank's Theatre & Bowling

This Inlet Square Mall complex has something for the whole family, and we’re not just talking about the air conditioning. Part movie theater, part restaurant, part bowling alley and part arcade, Frank’s gives visitors lots of entertainment options under one roof. Catch a movie while enjoying a surf-and-turf feast and a cold beer; rent some shoes and knock down some pins at the modern bowling alley; or enjoy some friendly competition on the billiards tables or the latest high-tech video games. Win or lose, at least you will stay cool.

#5: Brookgreen Gardens

This nearby botanical sculpture garden has plenty of shady spots where you can take a break from the summer heat, but the highlight of the season is Brookgreen Gardens’ ‘Cool Summer Evenings’ program. Held each week, Cool Summer Evenings see the gardens’ gate stay open later. Live music is played on the main stage under the stars, refreshments and dinner are offered at the Pavilion Restaurant, and boat rides tour the surrounding inlets through the old rice fields of this former working plantation.

Litchfield Beach guests have lot of options for beating the heat this summer. Whether it’s the thrills and chills of watersports or a waterpark or a relaxing rest in the sea breeze on the waterfront, you’re sure to have a cool summer vacation at Litchfield Beach.