Island, South Carolina, located 70 miles north of
Charleston and 25 miles south of Myrtle Beach, is known
as one of the oldest summer resorts on the East Coast.
The families of rice planters who owned plantations on
the nearby rivers first settled Pawleys Island in the
early 1700's. The planters knew that it was unhealthy
for their families to remain on the rivers during the
summer and that the seashore was much healthier. Even
though they didn't know about malaria in the 1700's,
they knew enough to get away! They moved their families,
horses, cows, bedding, provisions and furniture to
Pawleys in May of each year, where they remained until
the first frost in November!
From this leisurely existence has developed the charm of
Pawleys that still remains. Also still remaining are 12
residences in the historic district, which date from the
late 1700's to the mid 1800's. Pawleys continues to be
known for its shoeless, carefree, laid-back life style,
which includes crabbing in the adjacent creeks, fishing,
the stories of ghosts, the rope hammocks and the
unspoiled, unsophisticated, casual, delightful stretch
of wide beach and sand dunes.
The town was incorporated in September of 1985. The Island is about 4 1/2 miles
Sea Turtles: Pawleys Island beaches serve as a nesting habitat for
Loggerhead Sea Turtles, South Carolina's official state reptile.
They are a threatened species and are protected by state and federal
laws. Report nesting turtles to South Carolina United Turtle
Enthusiasts (SCUTE) 237-9821. Please turn off beachfront outside
lights after 10:00. This deters the female from laying eggs. If
you observe a female turtle on the beach, remain still. Movement
will cause her to return to the water withouot nesting. Do not use
flashlights, flash photography or other lighting while observing the
Speed limit: The 25 mph. speed limit is strictly enforced.
Parking: All vehicles must be parked with all tires off the
pavement. Parking fines are $50.00.
Beach access: Use only the public access walks to the beach. Do
not walk under other homes. Walking or playing on the dunes destroy
the dune structure and carries a fine of up to $200.00. Our dunes
are all that are between us and the Atlantic Storms!
Walking/jogging on the roads: Our roads can get crowded. Please
walk or jog facing the traffic. If on wheels, ride with the
traffic. Please don't walk, bike or run abreast as this impedes
vehicles (which have the right of way).
Motorized cars: These are not allowed on the beaches, dunes or
marsh land areas, except in emergencies.
Golf carts: Are not allowed on the Island.
contact the Town Hall directly at: (843)237-1698. Their mailing
address is: P.O. Box 1818, Pawleys Island, SC 29585. Their e-mail
Fires on the beach: These are allowed with a fire permit from the
Town Hall. You can contact them at 237-1698.
Littering: No littering on the roads or beaches. There are trash
recepticles placed near the public access and bridges. Help us keep
Fireworks: All fireworks are prohibited, fines up to $500.00 will
be charged and/or imprisoned up to 30 days. Our houses are very
close together and we don't want any homes, dunes or marsh grasses
Leash law: Please clean up after your pet at all times. The leash
law is in effect and is enforced. May-October: Pets must be kept
on a leash between 8 am. and 8 p.m. October-May: Pets should be
under voice control.
Boaters and watercraft: This includes jet skies. All boats must
observe safety and wake rules in the creek and ocean. State law
requires idle speed within 50 feet of any dock, anchored boat or
person in the water and within 100 yards of the beach.
Fishing: Surf fishing does not require a license, please be
respectful of people in the surf. If fishing from a boat, you must
purchase a recreational fisheries stamp. Details may be obtained at
the P.I. Supplies Hardware Store. Resident annual: $10.00
Non-Resident: $1.00 (14 days).
Solicitation: No solicitation is permitted on the Island.
Sleeping on the beach: This is not permitted from 9:00 p.m. until
homes are listed as historic and are primarily situated in the
middle part of the island, which is the highest point on the Island.