Although Myrtle Beach is packed with family-friendly fun and delectable dining, sometimes you want to slow things down and enjoy a different pace. Heading south to Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island is the perfect way to kick back and enjoy the simple things. The slower pace offers a welcomed break from the crowded, bustling streets in the heart of Myrtle Beach and the quaint shops offer a completely unique feel.
The Hammock Shops Village
For a truly distinctive shopping experience, head to the Hammock Shops Village in Pawleys Island. Dwarfed by majestic ancient oaks, the Hammock Shops have been in business for over 75 years and have become a local staple. At the Original Hammock Shop, you can find everything from gourmet food items and gifts to handcrafted clothes and accessories. Visitors can also watch as local artisans make what this venue is famous for – hammocks! If you get hungry, grab a bite at the very cozy and quaint BisQit. Here you’ll find southern comfort food with a modern twist from burgers served on biscuits to biscuit sandwiches! As the name suggests, hammocks as well as rocking chairs are plentiful, encouraging visitors to take a seat and enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the heart of the low country.
There is something magical about the atmosphere at Frank’s Outback in Pawleys Island. When you walk into the outdoor dining area at Frank’s you’ll be transported into an oasis of twinkle lights, live music, and cozy intimate seating. Frank’s Outback menu has a mix of cultural flavors from their Pickled Brined Fried Chicken to the Roasted Rack Of New Zealand Lamb. You’ll love the Lowcountry luxury of Frank’s Outback, but be sure to make a reservation as their tables fill quickly.
If you are a visiting nature enthusiast, be sure to stop by Brookgreen Gardens. Located on the southern end of Murrells Inlet, this National Historic Landmark boasts over 15 square miles of beautifully landscaped gardens scattered with handcrafted sculptures. As the nation’s only public sculpture garden, Brookgreen has a lot of offer. In addition to enjoying the scenic gardens and displays, guests can also visit the Lowcountry Zoo, a refuge for local animals. Gaze upon everything from river otters to marsh tacky horses in their natural habitat. This attraction is great for families and couples alike and makes for a wonderful afternoon trip.
For great eats, stop by the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk. Located along the inlet, the Marsh Walk offers a variety of restaurants connected by an oceanfront boardwalk. Enjoy some of the most succulent seafood around as you enjoy breathtaking views. Most of the restaurants offer covered outdoor dining, making taking advantage of the views easy. In addition, most offer live music throughout the week, making Marsh Walk a great place for late-night drinks and music, Bubba’s Love Shak is a favorite. Other popular hot spots include Bovine’s Wood Fired Specialties, Wahoos Fish House, The Claw House, and Wicked Tuna, which boasts some of the best sushi along the Grand Strand. After dinner, enjoy a scenic stroll along the boardwalk and work off those calories.
Crazy Sister Marina
Also located at the Marsh Walk is Crazy Sister Marina. The marina offers tons of wet n’ wild fun for visitors in the form of rentals, tours, and charters. Enjoy an afternoon splashing around on the inlet in a rented boat or jet ski or have a little friendly competition in a rented kayak or paddleboard. Fishing enthusiasts can book a seat on the Inlet Princess, a fishing charter that takes large groups both inshore and offshore fishing throughout the week. Smaller, more intimate charters are also available. Families with kids often enjoy the pirate ship cruise and the dolphin tours. Crazy Sister Marina has something for everyone and the convenient inlet location offers the perfect alternative to cruising the sometimes turbulent ocean.
Huntington Beach State Park
If you’ve never been, Huntington Beach State Park is certainly worth the drive to the south end! There is marsh, beach, trails, and more to explore all in one of Myrtle Beach’s State Parks. Admission into the park is $8 for adults and $4 for children, hours are from 6 AM to 6 PM (10 PM during daylight’s saving). You can play on the beach with the family or enjoy a picnic at one of the picnicking areas. Don’t forget to visit the Atalaya Castle, a perfect place for a photo op!
The south side offers visitors a slower pace and a nice change from the bustling atmosphere of Myrtle Beach. With rich culture and friendly locals, taking a trip to the south side is an absolute must on your next Myrtle Beach vacation. From unique shopping to decadent dining, take a break from the beach and come on down!