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5+ Reasons to Visit Pawleys Island This Fall

By Ashlee Carson • September 15, 2016

If you've been postponing your next trip to Pawleys Island, now's the time to book it and see what the fall season is all about. Our area sees some of the most perfect weather of the year, plays host to dozens of nearby festivals and events and has some of the most unique dining options on the strand.

Here are the Top 5 Reasons we think you should visit this fall:


Temperatures begin to drop but not too much so it’s still a great season to hit the beach. The average high in September is still around 85 and it drops to the high 70s in October - a practically perfect beach


Fall rentals in Pawleys are plentiful as the kids head back to school and rates drop as the season winds down. The area offers a wide variety of accommodations whether you’re looking for a private, oceanfront beach house or a suite at one of the popular resorts in the area. Two popular resorts in the area include The Oceanfront Litchfield Inn and the larger Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort.


If you love surf fishing, fall is the time to do it. Redfish, flounder, trout, bluefish and even sharks can be caught around the island. Tuck yourself away in the inlets for the best finds! If you’re into boating you can hire a local charter service for a different type of fishing experience.


The fall season is buzzing with fun events nearly every weekend and you don’t have to travel too far to find them. The Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Arts is entering its 26th year in the area and will offer live concerts from artists like Peabo Bryson, Shana Tucker and Barrett Baber. They also have a Wine Gala, Chalk Under the Oaks and visual arts galleries. The festival runs from September 24 through October 15. Other popular fall events include the Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival (September 23-25) as well as the Harvest Home Weekend (October 1-2) and Brew at the Zoo (September 24) at Brookgreen Gardens.


Pawleys may not be as busy as its neighbors to the north but the tourists still find time to make their way down to the hot restaurants and attractions. Now that school is in session and summer vacationers are back home it means less crowds at your favorite shopping and dining establishments. Spend your day making your way through the Hammock Shoppes then enjoy a quiet night out Frank’s Outback followed by dessert at Landolfi’s Bakery. If you’re looking for a romantic retreat, the quiet of the fall is the perfect excuse to visit Pawleys Island.


Cooler temperatures in the forecast make for a magical golf season. Check out some of the award-winning golf courses in Pawleys Island but be sure to book your tee times early as weekends tend to fill up quickly. Popular courses in the area include Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, Founder Club, Heritage Club, Litchfield Country Club, True Blue and so many others. Fill up your entire week with a tee time at a new course every day!