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10 Things to Do in Pawleys Island in August

By Marissa Polascak • July 05, 2017

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful summer weather in Pawleys Island during the month of August! While many people are leaving town to send their kids back to school, others pack their bags and head to Pawleys Island for a late summer hurrah. If you’re planning to visit Pawleys Island this August, check out this list of 10 things to do:

Total Solar Eclipse

If you’re in town on August 21, 2017, then you’re in luck! On this day, a total solar eclipse will take place, and those staying in Pawleys Island only have to take a short drive south to Georgetown or Charleston to be able to witness the event. This is rare event that is worth the short travel to see!

Back to School Shopping

Shoppers love August along the Grand Strand because of South Carolina Tax Free Weekend! This year’s shopping event takes place from Friday, August 4 – Sunday, August 6. Shoppers will be delighted to find back to school items such as clothing, school supplies, computers, and more, tax free during this time. Some stores even provide extra discounts.


Dig into some deliciously fresh seafood while you’re visiting Pawleys Island. There are tons of awesome restaurants right in town, but you can also hop in the car and drive south to the Georgetown Marina for fresh caught meals. Or, head up to Murrells Inlet to the MarshWalk and find fresh-off-the-boat seafood there, too. Check out our dining page for inspiration on where to eat while you’re on vacation.

Have a Few Drinks

You’re on vacation, so you may as well treat yourself to a cocktail or two while you’re in Pawleys Island! One of the top places to grab a drink is the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk. This popular attraction is home to many restaurants and bars that offer beer, wine, and signature drinks to quench your thirst and help you relax. Sit back, cool off with a frosty beverage, and enjoy unbeatable waterfront views.

Enjoy Waterfront Views

Pawleys Island offers perhaps the most gorgeous oceanfront views along the Grand Strand. Set up camp on the island beach and enjoy listening to the waves roll in. Or, you could head over to Huntington Beach State Park, walk some nature trails, and end your day by the Atlantic. Those who are looking for other waterfront options can enjoy spending the day down by the Georgetown Harborwalk or the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk.

Discover Georgetown

Many people who visit Pawleys Island don’t think about checking out the city of Georgetown. However, Georgetown is a cool place to visit for an afternoon out on the Harborwalk. Here, you can learn history about the area in museums, see fishing boats, try fresh seafood, and have fun in the sun.

Enjoy Nature

Pawleys Island is full of beauty, so instead of spending your vacation inside, be sure to plan some time outside among the Lowcountry nature. Visit places like Huntington Beach State Park or Brookgreen Gardens to immerse yourself among plants, animals, and the water. Visitors may also book an eco-tour with a local company such as Cap’n Rod’s Lowcountry Tours, or a kayaking excursion with Black River Outdoors Center.

Play in the Water

Hop in the pool, the ocean, or spend the day at Wild Water & Wheels and stay cool under the summer sun. In Pawleys Island, there are so many ways to play in the water on your vacation. Visitors may be interested in checking out water sports offered at the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk, or just spending the day jumping through the waves of the Atlantic.

Live Music

If you go to the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk for food or drinks, chances are you’ll also get to hear some live music! However, the MarshWalk isn’t the only place to catch live music this August. Check out this list of places to see live music in Pawleys Island.

Relax at the Beach

Of course, the best way to enjoy Pawleys Island is to spend as much time on the beautiful sandy beach as possible. Pawleys Island beach has a way different feel than the rest of the Grand Strand, as there are no high-rise hotels or big attractions in the area. Spend days basking in the sun, splashing in the water, and having no worries at all.