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Hang out along SC's Hammock Coast

Photo courtesy of South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism

(The following story appears in the March/April 2020 issue of AAA Go magazine. All rights reserved ©2020. For this and more stories like it, contact

Between Myrtle Beach’s high-rise condos and Charleston’s Southern city charm lies the “Hammock Coast,” a moniker to spotlight Georgetown County towns for the many tourists attracted here.

Visitors find more elbow room and an easy going vibe in the communities of Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island/Litchfield, Georgetown, Garden City and inland, Andrews.

A map shows this coastal stretch along U.S. Highway 17 does resemble a hammock swinging into the ocean. It’s also home to Pawleys Island’s darling roadside attraction: The Original Hammock Shop. It dates to 1938 and has grown into a collection of shops on many must-do lists.

But what also awaits is three centuries of history — Georgetown is South Carolina’s third-oldest city. You’ll also discover stunning sunrises and sunsets, watersports, hunting and fishing, coastal dining, fantastic bird watching, golf, Lowcountry and plantation tours and even pirate tales and ghost lore (like that of the Gray Man of Pawleys Island)...

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