Best Ways to Beach It Before School Starts on the Hammock Coast

Get back to the beach before the kids go back to school. The beautiful Hammock Coast boasts the ideal spot for the perfect family getaway. Whether it’s the sandy beaches, the small-town atmosphere or the southern hospitali-ty, generations of families have flocked to this South Carolina coastline. Before school is back in session, treat your family to a getaway where you can all rest, relax and create happy memories.


Surf, sunshine and saltwater await at the beautiful hamlets you’ll discover along our shoreline. Pawleys Island, for example, lies off a narrow peninsula between the Atlantic Ocean and Waccamaw River. It’s only about 30 minutes from bustling Myrtle Beach, but feels like a trip back in time with its laid-back charm. It’s the perfect spot to slow down before the schedule gets hectic.


Pawleys Island’s wide public beaches are ideal for families with plenty of spots for sandcastles, lounges and pic-nicking. Check out those sweeping views and ocean breezes for a relaxing day of fun in the sun. Pawleys Island Beach Service can provide you up with chairs, umbrellas and baby strollers to make your beach getaway hassle free. After sunning and splashing in the waves, explore the area by bike or paddle our waterways. You can also rent bicycles, kayaks and paddle boards.


While out and about, browse the quaint stores at Hammock Shops Village that offer an eclectic mix of gifts, chil-dren’s clothing, home furnishings and more. It’s also the home of the original Pawleys Island hammocks, created in 1889 by a riverboat captain. 


Of course, summer wouldn’t be the same without ice cream, so hit up Gilbert’s Ice Cream for homemade goodness in flavors ranging from the traditional to Southern bourbon butter pecan, brown sugar cookie dough, banana bark, mango coconut and more.


Book a stay in a classic beach cottage or an upscale condo. Our two-bedroom Weehawka condo offers a quiet, peaceful retreat with all the amenities you want, including a pool, fitness room and close proximity to the beach. For larger groups, stay in an old-school beach cottage like Sunset Lodge, with gorgeous ocean front views, a private creek dock for crabbing and fishing and two screened porches. 


A family vacation to the oceanside is truly a magical experience. Come build lasting summer memories before the school bell beckons the kids back to the books.