Pawleys Island is a thin, barrier island on the South Carolina coast. It’s barely a quarter of a mile wide in spots. The island lies along the northern coast of South Carolina that curves inward forming Long Bay. The curved shape of the bay and Pawleys Island’s famous hammocks give the island the nickname “The Hammock Coast”.

Pawleys Island is bordered by two inlets, Midway Inlet to the north and Pawleys Inlet to the south. Instead of a sound, the influx of water from these two inlets creates a slender, salt-water creek called Pawleys Creek. Marsh grasses line this tidal creek, with a navigable portion on each end for very small boats and kayaks.

We’ve kayaked the southern portion with friends, paddling down to the tip, beaching the boats for an hour to walk the shoreline and search the tidal pools for shells and treasures, and then riding the incoming tide back to the boat launch.

We’ve also done a little kayak fishing on the northern end in Midway Inlet. While getting out of the kayak, I realized there was a flounder on my rod. That was a nice surprise, especially when locals sitting on their porch gave a round of applause!


The simple beauty of Pawleys remains because there is no commercialization on the island. There are two inns, which occupy historic homes or lodges, and one quaint, little chapel local photographers adore. It’s a quiet, peaceful island sanctuary with a few beach accesses for those of us not fortunate enough to live there. Several homes are available for vacation rentals so we can all get a taste of a South Carolina paradise!

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There’s lots of shallow landings along Murrell’s Inlet and Pawleys Creek to put a kayak or small boat into the creeks to paddle the marshlands.

Whether you want to fish, paddle around the marsh, or get an up-close view of the wildlife, we have plenty of opportunities here on the Southern Strand. Murrell’s Inlet is just south of the Myrtle Beach area, and Pawleys Island is about 20 minutes further south.

Here are a few of the landings we have used or visited:

Morse Park Landing off Hwy 17-Bus in southern Murrell’s Inlet, (top photo and sunrise photo above). Morse Park Landing is a small park with limited parking. There is no access here at or near low tide. You can see the jetties in the view from the dock beside the palm trees. There is also a beautiful memorial to the fishermen and women who have been lost at sea from the area.

The Oyster Recycling Road Boat Launch just south of Murrell’s Inlet on Hwy 17 is part of Huntington Beach State Park. At the end of a narrow road, the landing opens up to a peaceful section of the inlet and state park area. Free access while the gate is open, which is usually from dawn to dusk. Paddling to the right will take you right up to the state park walkways, depending on the tide. Lots of fishing going on from here.

Pawleys Island Boat Launches To the North – there are two areas to the north of the causeways into Pawleys Island with parking where kayaks can be launched into Pawleys Creek. The 3rd Street boat launch is on the left, heading north on Myrtle Avenue. The northern most is the last short street on the left off of Atlantic Avenue, with parking on the street. There is a beach access to the right. All vehicles must be parked behind the marked lines on Pawleys Island.

To the South – Driving south of the causeways onto Pawleys Island, there is a boat launch to the right on Pritchard Street with marked parking spaces. There is also a whole parking lot on the very southern end of the island with free parking (as of now), but no parking for trailers.

There are several local companies who will drop off kayaks, SUP boards, and small boats for half-day and full-day rentals.

We have used Pawleys Kayaks several times while paddling with friends or fishing for the day on Pawleys Island. They drop off and pick up right on the island. It’s super convenient and makes for a great beach date.


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For a fun taste of Low Country Living, Murrell’s Inlet and Garden City offer an annual Fourth of July Boat Parade.

Decorated boats line up at high tide at the southern tip of Garden City and cruise down Murrell’s Inlet. Docks along the inlet are decked out in flags and all things red, white, and blue to put everyone in a patriotic spirit.

Kids shoot water cannons at the boats as they pass. Everyone waves flags and cheers at the boats as they sail down the inlet.

The marsh is a beautiful setting to see everyone celebrate freedom!!

This year’s celebration begins around 9:00 am, according to the official Murrell’s Inlet Boat Parade Facebook page, found at this link:

Great places to see the boats go by are along the Murrell’s Inlet Marshwalk, Morse Park Landing, and the Belin Methodist Church area. Nance’s Restaurant has a nice area at the back of their parking lot to view the marsh if it’s still allowed.

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Found the perfect spot

to sit and ponder.


Water lillies, Spanish moss and beautiful sculptures make for a serene, contemplative walk through the gardens this time of year.


Brookgreen Gardens in Murrell’s Inlet, South Carolina



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Summer Flowers

July 28, 2018



Pretty, pink flowers 

in the Low Country

Of South Carolina today.




Sunrise at the Jetty

December 15, 2017

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An added bonus of getting up early

to go fishing off the Jetty

in Murrell’s Inlet, SC.



Shrimp boats in Georgetown SC

Shrimp boats and an old steel mill

on the Sampit River

in Georgetown, SC.

Riverwalk at Conway

June 9, 2017

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The Riverwalk 

in Conway, South Carolina,

along the Waccamaw River,

leads to the City of Conway’s Riverfront Park.

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A beautiful stroll along the river

with swings and park benches to enjoy

the quietness and beauty of the area.




Palmetto Style

April 21, 2017


Enjoying a relaxing weekend

Palmetto Style,

along the Ashley River

Charleston, SC



Winter at Midway Inlet

March 2, 2017

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There’s always something magical 

about a winter sunset at

Midway Inlet



photo by Reid Edwards


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