South Carolina’s Hammock Coast

February 23, 2013 | By and | Comments (4)
Photo by Peter Frank Edwards/Redux

Photo by Peter Frank Edwards/Redux

In our March issue we offer up a drive from Mount Pleasant to Murrells Inlet that takes you away from popular Charleston and Myrtle Beach to the fishing villages and tranquil beaches in between. These coastal outtakes have us wanting to jump into our cars straight away.

The Marsh Walk, a harbor-side boardwalk, at Murrells Inlet is pretty for a nighttime stroll. During the day you’ll see goats and peacocks on “Goat Island,” a small patch of land behind Drunken Jack’s restaurant. Every spring, a Drunken Jack employee puts the goats and peacocks on the island where they remain until fall.

Photo by Peter Frank Edwards/Redux

Photo by Peter Frank Edwards/Redux

So chill is this part of South Carolina, that cotton hammocks were invented here. Marvin Grant at The Original Hammock Shop on Pawleys Island has made hand-woven hammocks for more than 20 years.

Photo by Peter Frank Edwards/Redux

Photo by Peter Frank Edwards/Redux

Huntington Beach State Park near Murrells Inlet is home to Atalaya, a Moorish-inspired home on the north end of the beach.

Photo by Peter Frank Edwards/Redux

Photo by Peter Frank Edwards/Redux

This is just a taste of the abundance of fresh seafood you’ll find in this area. Pictured above, grilled shrimp with black eyed pea salad, T.W. Graham & Company in McClellanville.


  1. Librarienne

    We were just there in February, staying on Pawley’s Island. Brookgreen Garden was the coolest place I’ve been in a while!

    March 23, 2013 at 1:55 pm
  2. Barb Ryburn

    When we are in that area, we also like to spend time at Shem Creek. Good eating and drinking establishments along the Creek. We like watching the boats going in and out while sipping cool beverages!

    February 25, 2013 at 2:38 pm
  3. mikol perna

    James. true that Francisco`s bl0g is cool, last wednesday I got a new Mazda since getting a check for $7890 this munth and just over 10 grand last-munth. no-doubt about it, this really is my favourite job Ive ever had. I actually started 4 months ago and right away started making a cool over $69, per/hr. I work through this link…………

    February 24, 2013 at 7:28 pm
  4. sonoshu6293

    I am wanting to take this trip now. It’s been over 20 years since we’ve seen the east coast. One of my most favorite memories is a trip with my mom to Huntington Beach SP. It was just the two of us on the beach and we were greeted by some dolphins playing in the surf. I will never forget that!

    February 23, 2013 at 5:31 pm

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