The beaches on the south end are quieter and less crowded, inviting leisurely strolls to find that perfect shell. Surfside Beach, known as “The Family Beach,” is the only non-smoking beach in the area and public beach accesses have parking. Beach wheelchairs are also available through the Surfside Beach Public Safety Department. The iconic Surfside Pier was partially destroyed by Hurricane Matthew but restoration is already underway!
While you are in Surfside Beach, be sure and visit Old Time Pottery (see ad on page 48). You will find everything you need for your home at discount prices!
Garden City Beach is situated in both Horry and Georgetown Counties, and kids young and old love the Garden City Pier and surrounding area. Live music plays each night in the summer on both ends of the pier, and the arcades provide the perfect beach entertainment.
Farther south, Huntington Beach State Park is a paradise for outdoorsmen and women. In addition to gorgeous beaches, weekly kayaking trips give leisurely views of the marshes, and the area is a mecca for bird watchers. Explore Atalaya while you’re there, the former home of Anna and Archer Huntington, and a popular site for weddings.
Brookgreen Gardens (see ad on page 35) is one of the most beautiful outdoor museums in the country, and well worth a visit. Walking through the beautiful gardens and seeing the amazing sculptures is an experience you should definitely put on the to-do list.
Litchfield Beach has wide sandy shores and plenty of public access. Parking rules are strictly enforced, but parking is free. PawleysKayak.com has kayaks, stand up paddleboards, canoes and more for rent for the adventurous beachgoer. The rental price includes delivery and pickup.
In Pawleys Island, call Surf the Earth (843-235-3500), and learn to surf or paddleboard. They also offer a variety of eco-tours including a Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga Tour! Parking regulations in Pawleys Island are also very strictly enforced, but public parking is free.
One of the best kept secrets on the south end is Hobcaw Barony, where visitors can take tours rich in southern history and wildlife conservation. In Georgetown, several boat tours are available. See a lighthouse and find some wonderful shells or learn about the rice plantations that made Georgetown County wealthy before the Civil War.
Whatever you choose, spending the day outdoors on the south end will leave you wanting more – and probably leave you hungry as well – check out our dining selections on page 32!