Hammock Coast beaches dominate Southern Living’s list Of South Carolina’s best

Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet is one of three Georgetown County beaches to make Southern Living’s list of 7 best beaches in South Carolina. Other Georgetown County beaches along South Carolina’s Hammock Coast making the list include DeBordieu and Pawleys Island. (Photo by Mark A. Stevens)

Georgetown, S.C. — Southern Living, one of the most respected names in lifestyle journalism, has unveiled its list of “7 South Carolina Beaches Perfect for a Relaxing Lowcountry Getaway,” and Georgetown County’s Hammock Coast dominated the list of the Palmetto State’s best. 

In fact, three of the seven South Carolina beaches – Pawleys Island, DeBordieu and Huntington Beach State Park – featured in the Southern Living article are located along the Hammock Coast.

Robert Bilsky snapped this stunning photo of the beach on Pawleys Island.

Pawleys Island, which is just one square mile in size, is long on beauty. The barrier island is almost devoid of commercial business, enhancing its stunning natural scenery. 

Located in Murrells Inlet, Huntington Beach State Park is home to the best-preserved stretch of beach along the South Carolina coast, and visitors get to enjoy one of the state’s best parks, too.

Southern Living said of DeBordieu, “One of the best-kept secrets along the South Carolina coast, DeBordieu is a tucked-away community that teases visitors with the ultimate natural escape.”

“We have long believed the beaches of the Hammock Coast to be South Carolina’s best, and it’s certainly gratifying to receive this type of recognition from Southern Living,” said Mark A. Stevens, director of tourism development for the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce. “With the summer season on the horizon, we can’t wait to welcome vacationers in search of a beach that is as beautiful as it is relaxing.”

The beach along DeBordieu Colony in Georgetown County was included in a list of 7 best beaches in South Carolina by Southern Living. (Photo from www.debordeiu.com.)

South Carolina’s Hammock Coast may not receive the notoriety of its neighbors – Charleston to the south and Myrtle Beach to the north – but savvy travelers have long been aware of the destination’s considerable charms. 

Composed of five seaside communities, Garden City, Murrells Inlet, Litchfield, Pawleys Island and Georgetown, as well as the inland town of Andrews, the Hammock Coast is an oasis for vacationers in search of a relaxing destination, eco-activities and superior dining. 

For more information, visit www.HammockCoastSC.com.

Shelling is a favorite pastime on the beaches that make up South Carolina’s Hammock Coast in Georgetown County. (Photo by Mark A. Stevens)

About South Carolina’s Hammock Coast

Georgetown County’s casual charm and Southern hospitality earned it the nickname Hammock Coast. Adventure and relaxation blend together in perfect harmony, like the flowing and ebbing of waves on the county’s famed beaches. With six communities – Garden City, Murrells Inlet, Litchfield, Pawleys Island, Georgetown and Andrews – comprising the pristine coastal area between Myrtle Beach and Charleston, you can experience South Carolina’s Hammock Coast like never before.

Georgetown County offers an abundance of accommodations for guests, including beachfront homes and condos, hotels, cozy bed and breakfasts and camping. No matter where you stay along the Hammock Coast, the area’s stunning natural beauty is never far away.