DescriptionPrior to the Civil War, Pawleys Island served as a summer hamlet for wealthy rice planters in search of cooling ocean breezes. The beach community remains remarkably untouched, a laid-back spot with shabby-chic “cottages” and unspoiled coastline perfect for casting a line or strolling. The golfing here rarely disappoints. And when it comes to shopping and cuisine, there’s a smorgasbord of one-of-a-kind boutiques and restaurants along US 17 (Ocean Highway). A Pawleys Island hammock, a sturdy cotton creation created by riverboat captain Joshua John Ward in 1889, may be the perfect keepsake to remind visitors of the relaxing pace of this Lowcountry resort.
ShoppingPawleys Island and the Litchfield Beach area (just north of Pawleys Island) are dotted with upscale boutiques and galleries along Ocean Highway (US 17) selling unique items. The handwoven hammocks that the island is known for can be purchased at The Original Hammock Shop in the Hammock Shops Village (10880 Ocean Hwy.). The retail village also contains quaint eateries and several other specialty stores selling jewelry, clothes and gifts. The Village Shops , adjacent to Hammock Shops Village, and the Island Shops across the street both present a handful of businesses in brightly painted clapboard structures.
NightlifeWhen the sun goes down, the island entertains by way of cozy bistros that frequently offer live entertainment. The Island Bar & Grill , in the Village Shops at 10744 Ocean Hwy., has an outdoor deck where you can sip a drink while enjoying occasional karaoke and live bands; phone (843) 235-3399. Local musical talent playing blues or rock is typically on the roster at Pawleys Island Tavern on Ocean Highway from Thursday through Sunday; phone (843) 237-8465. Quigley's Pint & Plate (257 Willbrook Blvd.) serves beers crafted at its on-site brewery, with a daily happy hour and other drink specials; phone (843) 237-7010.