Morning beach walk: Pawleys Island, South Carolina

No matter how many years (more than 30 now), we’ve walked the beach at the South End of Pawleys Island, we never tire of the early morning spectacular.  Pawleys is our place.  Our home away from home.  Where for one week, we kick back, walk barefooted along the shore, reflect on the past year, and plan for the next one.

Walking the beach at Pawleys

Walking the beach at Pawleys

According to a sign near the causeway, Pawleys Island is the oldest seaside resort in America. With a few remaining homes built in the late 1700s, this little town about 25 miles south of Myrtle Beach has the feel of an old beachy place with a laid-back attitude.  It’s just the way it was and still is, and that’s how we like it.

Morning sun on Pawleys beach houses

Windows glow with the morning sun at Pawleys Island

Walking the beach in early morning has become a ritual.  And no two mornings are alike.  Today, the sun’s peeking through clouds.  A few people pick up shells washed ashore in the night.  Others sip coffee and watch the day unfold.

View from Widow's Walk

Early morning view from our widow’s walk at the South End of Pawleys Island

It’s just Pawleys at its best, and we count our blessings each year — the last week in July — that we can still head to our rental house and leave our cares behind.

Fences at the South End, Pawleys Island

Fences at the South End, Pawleys Island

Good morning, Pawleys Island!

40 thoughts on “Morning beach walk: Pawleys Island, South Carolina

    1. Rusha Sams

      And I want to see Cannon Beach, OR!!! The whole state of Oregon is on our Bucket List. We’ll be lucky to see Portland and maybe the coast . . . someday. Thanks for reading/commenting. Means a lot.

    1. Rusha Sams

      It really is a pretty place, and this year I was determined to see more sunrises than ever. They were all gorgeous . . . even on the foggy day when the sun looked like a snowball! Thanks for visiting!

    1. Rusha Sams

      Thanks for reading. I love my morning walks — in fact, I think this is the first year that I’ve seen the sun rise each day we were there. Whoa!!! So lovely!

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    1. Rusha Sams

      It really is gorgeous. This is the first vacation week that I’ve seen each sunrise! So, I have lots of pictures — just not sure what to do with all this beauty!!! 🙂 (Nice problem to have!) Thanks for reading.

  2. gallivance.net

    What a lovely tradition, Rusha. And you’ve obviously discovered the perfect place. You just can’t beat sunrise on the beach in the Carolinas, and Pawley’s has retained its natural beauty and serenity. As you and Bert walk the beach are you seeing any of the loggerhead turtle nests? ~Terri

    1. Rusha Sams

      We haven’t seen any nests this year; however, last year, we saw where several had been moved to higher ground. The process is fascinating as the volunteers painstakingly move each egg careful to reposition it in the bucket with the same orientation the mother left it in. But no nests this year . . . so far! Thanks for commenting.

    1. Rusha Sams

      Many homes did survive, Curt, but many were also destroyed. When you come to Pawleys, you see remnants of Hurricane Hugo still standing but you also see newly built, stronger, taller in many cases homes right beside them. We’re just hoping a hurricane of that magnitude doesn’t happen again! Thanks for looking, commenting!

      1. Rusha Sams

        We’ve thought of that many times — another devastating hurricane. I would imagine insurance is sky high, but rightly so. Many of these homes cannot sustain another big gust. Sometimes I’m glad just to be a renter!

    1. Rusha Sams

      We love Pawleys also. And it’s not because there is much to do — it’s the lack of much to do that draws us there. It’s just us, a few other people, the beach, and the ocean! Thanks so much for reading/commenting.

    1. Rusha Sams

      We’re working on that enjoyment part. We’ve had mostly sun with an afternoon shower each day. However, that’s when we head inside, eat, and possibly nap — can you imagine that? I think I could get used to this lifestyle!!

    1. Rusha Sams

      We hope you do get to see Pawleys some day. It’s one of the unspoiled beaches in America — so laid back that some people might not like it. But we think the do-nothing lifestyle is really what brings us back year after year. Just long strolls, reading a book while the ocean laps over our feet, and looking for an occasional dolphin constitute a great day at the beach!! Thanks for reading.

  3. Vicki Fagan Thompson

    We just got back from our yearly trip. Our family just loves the “do nothing” pace of the world there.

    1. Rusha Sams

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting. Pawleys is indeed a special place, and so many people from Knoxville enjoy it. Word gets out, I guess, and we know where to find peace and quiet — and natural beauty.

    1. Rusha Sams

      Thanks! I don’t mind getting up early on my vacation because I’m usually rewarded with a beautiful view! Each morning is different, so it never gets old. Thanks for reading!

    1. Rusha Sams

      Thanks for the burger place recommendation. We tend to stay at the beach house and cook in simply because we’re too lazy to get cleaned up and wait for a table at a restaurant! Having said that, we also eat out at least a couple of nights anyway, so this just might be the spot this year!

    1. Rusha Sams

      It really has been a great week so far. A little rain each day, but mostly beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Can’t get upset with natural days like that, right?

  4. Shirley Underwood

    Love the coast at sunrise. Your pictures are great; your adventures are greater. I always enjoy your observations and your masterful use of language. Continue to enjoy. Be safe and happy.

    1. Rusha Sams

      Thanks, Shirley. We love this place, and even though we just rent for a week (and we’re borrowers of sorts), we feel as if it is ours! Appreciate the comment!

    1. Rusha Sams

      Thanks so much. It’s easy to take pictures here — everything seems so unspoiled. I’ve got more from other perspectives, so stay tuned! And, as always, thanks for reading/looking/commenting.

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