I was lucky enough to visit Savannah and Charleston last fall but one of the highlights of my Southern road trip was discovering quaint seaside towns outside of the big cities. About an hour and a half outside of Charleston, you’ll find the teeny tiny town of Pawleys Island and Murrells Inlet right next door.
The locals are friendly, the beaches are breathtaking, and the quiet, laid-back vibe is absolutely contagious. While most people would be perfectly content to lounge on the beach all day, there’s plenty to do in these charming seaside towns if sunbathing isn’t your thing. In my very short two days there, I went on a marsh walk, saw a few alligators (terrifying), took way too many photos on the beach, and even explored a castle! The majority of these events took place in Huntington Beach State Park where you could easily spend a few days getting wonderfully lost.
The moment I left South Carolina, I was already dying to go back. Perhaps after reading this photo essay, you’ll understand why!
While Charleston is beautiful, historic, and definitely worth a visit, I’d highly recommend breaking out of the city and spending time exploring Pawleys Island and Murrells Inlet. These peaceful towns are a breath of fresh air and I’m almost hesitant to share them with others. I feel as if they’re a well kept secret! Nothing to see here… move on to Myrtle Beach…
Have you explored these seaside towns? Or do you have another favorite you’d like to share? I’d love to know. I promise I won’t tell anyone