If the smell of pluff mud automatically relaxes you, the idea of playing golf year-round makes you giddy or the beach is your heaven on earth, you might be planning a move to the Pawleys Island area.
Life on the southern end of the Grand Strand means small-town living, friendly people, peacefulness, endless natural beauty. The property taxes are a fraction of those in many Northeastern locations. Hardware stores are stocked with cast nets and beach chairs rather than snow shovels. And there are so many wonderful things to do.
Boating, fishing, kayaking, paddleboarding or just riding the waves at the beach – water is the center of most outdoor activities in this area. It is everywhere – ocean, five rivers, bays, tidal creeks. And a comfortable water temperature, even during the cooler seasons, makes it inviting.
Average Water Temperature
Winter – 53 Spring – 72 Summer – 81 Fall – 64
Fishing is the number one recreational water activity in the Pawleys Island area. It’s always fun to have a charter guide take you out (Fishing on page 37), but Georgetown County also has 23 public boat landings if you have a boat and are ready to strike out on your own.
If you’re not playing in the water around Pawleys Island, chances are you’re on a golf course. The entire Grand Strand is famous for its renowned, award-winning golf courses, and the Murrells Inlet, Litchfield and Pawleys Island area have more than a dozen of the finest (Golf on page 39).
Average Air Temperature
Spring 83 45 Summer 91 67
Fall 85 46 Winter 63 37
In addition to golf and recreational opportunities, there are many other perks to living in a town that has to keep thousands of tourists engaged and happy every year. The Pawleys area is filled with world-class cuisine (Restaurants on page 46) and an abundance of charming boutiques (Shopping on page 60).
Making the Move?
Here are some local businesses that may help.
Bellamy Law Firm: A full-service firm, Bellamy Law Firm was founded in Myrtle Beach in 1962 and recently merged with a firm that has been in existence in Pawleys Island since 1993. Bellamy offers outstanding individual lawyers that provide a depth of talent. This allows clients to benefit from the strength of many attorneys practicing diverse, yet complementary areas of law, including: real estate closings and development; corporate law; wills, trusts and estate planning; family law; and probate law. Located at 239 Business Center Drive in Pawleys Island. www.BellamyLaw.com (843) 237-3400.
Field Insurance Agency: A multi-line agency offering competitive insurance products for Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Hilton Head and the surrounding areas of South Carolina, Field Insurance is committed to providing their clients with outstanding service and coverage. With an emphasis on quality coverage, competitive rates and an overall simplification of insurance, its mission is to identify and minimize each client’s exposure to risk. Field Insurance will analyze your complete insurance needs, design a responsible protection program and place the coverage with the company offering the most cost-effective protection for every situation. Located at 810-A 6th Avenue South in Surfside Beach, 29575. www.field insuranceagency.com (843) 238-2411.
Grayman Climate Control: This family owned and operated company has two generations working to serve all your heating and cooling needs. Doing business in Pawleys Island and the surrounding areas since 1989, Grayman Climate Control offers service on most makes and models, and well as installations, replacements, ductwork, dehumidifiers, inspections, service agreements and more. Situated in the heart of Pawleys Island, Grayman does its best to offer same-day service to their customers, and they provide 24-hour, on-call emergency service. Find them on Facebook (graymancc). Located at 87 Capers Way in Pawleys Island. www.graymanclimate.com (843) 237-3055.
Hamilton Electric & Plumbing, Inc.: Since 1984, owner David L. (Dee) Hamilton, Jr., a Citadel Graduate with a BS in Electrical Engineering, has been serving residents and vacationers of Pawleys Island with plumbing and electrical needs. The goal of everyone at Hamilton is to provide knowledgeable and professional service. Hamilton Electric & Plumbing specializes in residential service work and new construction, and they strive to stay up to date on all of the latest equipment, materials and techniques. Their fully stocked and clearly marked vans arrive on site ready to deliver friendly, dependable service. Located at 172 Archer Road in Pawleys Island. www.hamiltonelectricplumbing.com (843) 237-8885.
Island Floors & More: This locally owned design center has been flooring the beach with a unique approach since 1984. Visit their beautiful, new showroom, which features current, trending and timeless products. Browse for carpet, wood, tile, custom area rugs, stair runners, cabinets, countertops, back-splashes and more. Island Floors & More offers basic design help, free estimates and can install most of their products. Island Floors & More’s custom rug shop has offered cleaning and repair services for more than 30 years. They look forward to seeing you soon! Located at 131 Library Lane in Pawleys Island. www.IslandFloorsandMore.com (843) 237-4704.
The Lakes at Litchfield: The number one goal at The Lakes at Litchfield is to help their members live longer, healthier and happier lives. Anyone, at any age, in any condition, can improve the quality of their life. This is achieved here by embracing a wellness philosophy in everything they do – award-winning wellness programs, gourmet dining, never ending social calendars and services that allow members to stay independent in their own home. The Lakes at Litchfield offers a continuum of living options, including independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing. Located at 120 Lakes at Litchfield Drive. Call or visit them online to schedule a tour. www.Lakes-Litchfield.com (843) 353-6040.
Pawleys Island Pharmacy: Pawleys Island’s original, locally owned and operated, independent pharmacy has two locations to serve the area. If you forgot to pack your medicine – no worries! Just stop by either location of Pawleys Island Pharmacy; they’ll take care of you. Pawleys Island Pharmacy proudly provides personal and professional service to every customer. Free delivery is available in the Pawleys/Litchfield area. Located at both 9710 Ocean Highway in Pawleys and 115 Willbrook Boulevard in Litchfield. www.pawleysislandpharmacy.com Pawleys Island: (843) 235-4666 Litchfield: (843) 314-0498.
Rinehart Dentistry: The entire team at Rinehart Dentistry takes pride in providing high quality dental care coupled with a friendly, pleasant atmosphere. The practice includes general and cosmetic dentistry and provides many specialized procedures, such as implants, root canals and TMJ treatments. Dr. Brandon Rinehart and Dr. Blake Burnett are both natives to the Pawleys Island area. After receiving degrees from the Medical University of South Carolina, they each made their way back to the Grand Strand and are proud to be practicing dentistry back home. Located at both 419 Wood Street in Georgetown and 10185 Ocean Boulevard in Pawleys Island . www.rinehartdentistry.com (843) 545-1295 and (843) 314-3935.
Rothrock Collection: Inside a 15,000-square-foot showroom, find one-of-a-kind English and French furnishings, fine art and decorative items acquired and hand-selected throughout Europe, in addition to striking examples of fine Georgian, Victorian, Art Deco and Semi-Modern furniture and accessories. Browse through an excellent inventory of quality oriental rugs, beautiful solid wood sideboards, tables, desks, armoires, chairs, bureaus, campaign chests, tapestries, canopy beds, Venetian glass chandeliers, as well as lots of silver, brass and bronze accessories. Discriminating collectors, dealers and interior designers with an eye for excellence are sure to find treasures at Rothrock Collection. Located at 14319 Ocean Highway in Pawleys Island. www.rothrockantiques.com (843) 520-9965.
South Atlantic Bank: Formed in 2007, South Atlantic Bank has convenient locations in Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island and Georgetown. Their veteran bankers have strong ties to the local community, and they offer a full range of financial products and services that come with extra benefits but no extra fees. South Atlantic Bank has the accounts and banking technology to meet every banking need, including help with a mortgage loan. Their local decision making and friendly, dedicated staff offer the best in community banking. South Atlantic Bank is chartered by the state of South Carolina and fully insured by the FDIC. Murrells Inlet: 11019 Tournament Boulevard (843) 848-2000 Pawleys Island: 10970 Ocean Highway (843) 848-2049 Georgetown: 1187 North Fraser Street (843) 436-6800. www.southatlantic.bank.
Winyah Surgical Specialists – Body Contouring: Winyah Surgical Specialists is a Coolsculpting-certified practice. The FDA-cleared Coolscuplting technology safely delivers precisely controlled cooling to gently and effectively target the fat cells underneath the skin, with no surgery and no down time. This procedure eliminates stubborn fat that resists all efforts through diet and exercise. The results are proven, noticeable and lasting – and you will look great from every angle. Located at 14490 Ocean Highway in Pawleys Island. www.winyahsurgicalspecialists.com (843) 545-8850.
Winyah Surgical Specialists – General/Vascular and Bariatric Surgery: Winyah Surgical Specialists is committed to excellence in General Surgery and patient care. Their surgeons, Dr. deHaas and Dr. Garner, are experts in a full range of routine and emergency surgical procedures, including advanced laparoscopic procedures, vascular, general (colon resections, hernia repair and gallbladder disease) and bariatric weight loss surgeries. They work with their patients’ primary care physicians and other medical specialists to diagnose, treat and manage a variety of diseases and conditions. Located at 14490 Ocean Highway in Pawleys Island. www.winyahsurgicalspecialists.com (843) 545-8850.