With its pristine beaches and small-town beauty, South Carolina’s Hammock Coast is one of the state’s most beloved areas. Six communities stretching from Garden City Beach to Georgetown offer their own unique personality and charm. With quiet, breathtakingly beautiful beaches, rivers filled with wildlife and unique sights and adventures, the Hammock Coast is waiting to become your favorite destination.
The third oldest city in South Carolina, Historic Georgetown boasts homes that hosted George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette, and the infamous pirate Blackbeard could once be found lurking offshore. Rice was the major cash crop in South Carolina, and Georgetown produced more than half of the nation’s entire crop. At the southernmost point in the county you can tour Hopsewee Plantation, one of the South’s major rice plantations and the birthplace of Thomas Lynch, Jr., a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Mansfield Plantation to the west is recognized as “one of the most architecturally intact rice plantations in South Carolina.” While history abounds, Georgetown today enjoys the ideal balance of historical presence and progressive culture. Great shopping, dining and an unparalleled quality of life make Georgetown a must-see destination.
Eighteen miles inland you will find the small town of Andrews and the beauty of the Black River, a favorite of locals and visitors for boating, fishing and scenic trails. And for those brave souls seeking an extreme adventure, look no further than the SC Skydiving, located in Andrews.
Garden City Beach, the northern most point of the Hammock Coat, is a great spot for a family vacation or getaway. From swimming in the warm Atlantic to kayaking on the waters of the inlet, Garden City Beach offers countless ways to make your vacation unforgettable. Secluded enough to enjoy starlit nights and the sounds of crashing waves, Garden City Beach offers a slower pace of life to help you unwind and relax.
Litchfield Beach is close enough to enjoy the area’s attractions, culture and entertainment while offering quiet beaches and awe-inspiring natural scenery. Biking or hiking along designated paths found throughout the area provides a unique vantage point for enjoying the scenery. A little further south you’ll find America’s oldest vacation destination – Pawleys Island. With breathtaking beaches perfect for taking away the cares of everyday life, Pawleys Island is home to quintessential beach cottages, some dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Shell hunters are amazed by the variety of offerings they discover.
If creek life is more your style, look no further than Murrells Inlet. Make your way down the beautiful Marshwalk and enjoy the culinary pleasures of South Carolina’s Seafood Capital. Spend the day – rent a kayak or experience the thrill of parasailing over the ocean. Murrells Inlet is also home to Brookgreen Gardens, one of America’s finest outdoor museums featuring the largest collection of American figurative sculpture in the country, displayed in a stunning garden setting, and the only accredited zoo on the Carolinas’ coast.
And if golf is your bag, the Hammock Coast is your perfect destination. Nearly a dozen courses collectively known as the Waccamaw Golf Trail are located along the Hammock Coast. Enjoy the unique experience of playing some of America’s top courses set among the beauty of moss-draped oaks and tidal rivers.
Discover adventure on our waters – including our beautiful beaches and five scenic rivers–look for the perfect shell, tee up on a favorite course, learn about the area’s rich history, shop in our unique stores, dine in our exceptional restaurants – or do nothing at all. The Hammock Coast has your perfection vacation ready and waiting.