Welcome to South Carolina’s Hammock Coast
Water is the driving force behind South Carolina’s Hammock Coast. It has shaped rivers, marshes, and even Winyah Bay and its Atlantic Ocean. It is important historically and culturally and it is what makes Georgetown County one of America’s most popular vacation spots.
Surfers surf the waves. Kayakers explore tidal creeks. Boaters and fishermen share stories along the rivers. Many others enjoy the sun on the beaches of Pawleys Island and Litchfield, Murrells Inlet in southern Garden City, and the DeBordieu Colony close to Georgetown. South Carolina’s Hammock Coast, located south of Myrtle Beach in the north and north of Charleston, is a perfect spot. It attracts visitors all year.
The Hammock Coast beaches can be used to forget about the stresses of daily life. Many national magazines have noted that the Hammock Coast has some of South Carolina’s most beautiful beaches.
Each beach community has its own vibe and charm.
Murrells Inlet, for example, is home to Brookgreen Gardens, a world-renowned sculpture and botanical show case across 9,127 acres, and Huntington Beach State Park, a USA Today/10 Best nominee where visitors can relax in more than 180 campsites, and offers some of the best birding opportunities on the East Coast. At the 2,000-acre state park, you can even explore historic Atalaya Castle. The Hammock Coast actually has a castle on the beach!
Murrells Inlet has been called the “Seafood Capital of South Carolina.” It was originally a fishing village located on a protected island, and the community is home to some of the finest sea food in the South. The Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk is a half-mile-long boardwalk that allows visitors to explore the salt-marsh ecosystem. There are also shops, parasailing and jetskiing, as well as fishing excursions.
Pawleys Island, America’s oldest seaside resort, is still a great spot to relax and enjoy a peaceful, laid-back vacation. The Pawleys Island handmade rope hammock is a symbol of relaxation. The historic island is free of neon and commercial development (no one has a gas station or store), but there are two historic inns, and many homes available for rent. Just a short distance away are boutique shops and restaurants of first class.
Families have been dedicating themselves to Litchfield Beach since generations. Little wonder, then, that Tripadvisor has named it one of the Top 10 beaches in America.
Award-winning golf, with 13 courses within a 15-minute drive, can be enjoyed on the Hammock Coast, too. Many of these courses are built on former rice plantations and offer a Southern-style golf experience. Three of Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 You Can Play” are here.
For the history buff, Georgetown is South Carolina’s third oldest city, founded in 1729, and the beaches of DeBordieu Colony are just across the bridge. The waterfront historic district is home to five museums, including the South Carolina Maritime Museum. Self-guided walking tours offer insight into the town’s 66 National Historic Register properties. Our rich history is intertwined with the lives of historic American figures like Harriet Tubman and George Washington.
Andrews, located 18 miles inland from Georgetown, offers the perfect place to experience the natural world. Andrews is the ideal place for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy everything from sporting clays to kayaking on the Black River.
Visitors to the Hammock Coast will find delicious culinary delights. If the hardest part about vacation is choosing where to eat, then you’re in the right place! Myriad of eclectic, locally-owned restaurants offer everything from fine dining to Southern-fried goodness.
Rediscover life without schedules on South Carolina’s Hammock Coast. A tide chart is all you need for a plan.
For information, go to www.HammockCoastSC.com
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