Building Sand Castles, Memories and Family Traditions in Georgetown County, South Carolina


GEORGETOWN COUNTY, S.C., May 17 /PRNewswire/ — Whether it’s building sandcastles, visiting historic sites, dining by the water, or listening to ghost stories on a sunset cruise, Georgetown County — located between Myrtle Beach and Charleston on South Carolina’s coast — offers a laid-back, relaxing beach vacation for the entire family.

Located south of Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet is known for its sumptuous seafood restaurants. This fishing village offers antique browsing, strolling the Marshwalk, jet skiing, championship golf, charter fishing, ecology tours, bicycling and more. An intriguing history including ghosts and the legend of Drunken Jack make “The Inlet” a must stop. Murrells Inlet and Garden City Beach both offer accommodations from beach house and condominium rentals to hotels/motels to suit any budget.

A little further south on US 17, Brookgreen Gardens, located on the site of four colonial rice plantations, is home to trees and plants native to the Southeastern United States and 900 pieces of American figurative sculpture. Huntington Beach State Park offers visitors an up-close glimpse of wildlife and seven miles of pristine undeveloped beachfront.

Continuing south to the Pawleys Island/Litchfield Beach area, a place where families have been building lasting memories for generations, visitors can enjoy glimmering sunsets over salt marshes and white, sandy beaches. This area, known as “the oldest resort area in the nation,” has been a vacation home to families since rice plantation owners came during the hot summers to enjoy the cool ocean breezes.

Fishing, crabbing, boating and building sand castles are favorite pastimes to pass on to children and grandchildren. Kayaking, canoeing, swimming, surfing and jet skiing are also great fun. This area is rich in history and Lowcountry beauty with majestic Live Oak trees, Spanish moss and vast expanses of marshlands. All types of accommodations are available for nightly and weekly rental.

The quality of golf in Georgetown County is unsurpassed, with the list of course designers including Greg Norman, Pete Dye, Tom Fazio, Jack Nicklaus and others. Summer is a great time of year to take advantage of discounts, and some courses even offer free golf for children.

Rated among the top 100 small towns in America, the historic City of Georgetown seaport anchors the county with its tree-lined streets and historic homes. The downtown area offers riverfront dining and shopping as well as plantations and other attractions. Visitors can learn about Georgetown’s extensive history from narrated tram and riverboat tours. Rice was first produced here in 1720. Based on the methodology of wetland rice cultivation and the labor of knowledgeable enslaved Africans, the region once produced more than 50 percent of the rice grown in the Unites States. The friendly town of Andrews is located west of Georgetown and offers visitors a peaceful agricultural alternative, antiquing opportunities and blackwater kayaking.

Georgetown County is a peaceful alternative to the hustle and bustle of its northern neighbor, Myrtle Beach, and is the ideal destination for a family vacation or weekend getaway. For more information, visit www.visitgeorgetowncountysc.com or call toll free 1-866-368-TOUR.

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