Pawleys Island is located in coastal South Carolina, about 25 miles South of Myrtle Beach. The resort island, itself, is a small barrier island less than 4 miles long, with approximately 150 full-time residents. The only commercial properties on the island are vacation rental accommodations, including one inn. The absence of commercial development makes Pawleys Island an excellent beach choice for families looking for a relaxing vacation with uncrowded beaches. Fishing and crabbing in the beautiful marsh area behind the island is a favored activity by both locals and vacationers. The island is connected by two causeways to the nearby mainland area of Pawleys Island and Litchfield, which offers many dining and shopping opportunities, along with hotels, vacation resorts and other accommodations.

Pawleys Island is considered by many to be one of the oldest resort areas in America. Rice plantation owners built beach houses on the island, in order to take advantage of the ocean breezes and escape malarial mosquitoes present on the inland plantations during the summer months. Twelve beach houses dating from the late 1700's to the mid 1800's still remain in the historic district of the island. Pawleys Island's motto of "Arrogantly Shabby" reflects the outward appearance of these historic residences. Since Hurricane Hugo rearranged the furniture - houses and all - in 1989, many of the beach houses have become much more "Elegantly Shabby".

There are plenty of nearby fishing spots, golf courses, parks, nature walks, shopping and dining, all within a short drive from the beach. Both Murrells Inlet and Georgetown are only a few minutes away and well worth a visit for sightseeing, a little shopping and excellent dining opportunities.