Destination guide

Experience the best of South Carolina in Pawleys Island

Most people know Myrtle Beach for spring break and a non-stop nightlife, but few realize that just a few miles down the coast there exists a town with a far more laidback vibe—Pawleys Island. Big parties make way for small-town charm, and there’s a range of fantastic cultural attractions, independent boutiques, and fantastic seafood restaurants. Whether you’re basking on the glorious sands of Litchfield Beach or out on a private fishing charter with your family, booking Pawleys Island vacation rentals are ideal for those seeking a leisurely vacation.

Things to do

Discover the local art of Pawleys Island

Atalaya Castle deserves a place on the itinerary of any Pawleys Island visitor. Set on the edge of Huntington State Park, this beautiful historic building and its grounds are open all year round. If you’re visiting during the summer, you can take a tour courtesy of the knowledgeable docents. With many galleries in the area, lovers of art won’t be disappointed. Cheryl Newby Gallery presents the work of both established and emerging artists from the South, and has a great many items for sale. There’s also Island Art Gallery, which showcases the work of the best local artists across a variety of mediums.


Golfers are spoiled for choice in Pawleys Island

Golf is popular here and there are plenty of Pawleys Island vacation rentals to choose from, near the area’s numerous clubs. Whether you want to get a quick 9 in or spend an entire day playing, all the courses make use of the picturesque landscape to provide the perfect backdrop for a relaxing day’s play. Take a trip out to the ocean to watch playful dolphins frolicking, or hit the surf with some fun lessons from one of the surf schools. Inland, you can take a kayaking tour through the beautiful salt marshes or hit one of the many hiking trails in the area.


Book a trip to Pawleys Island in any season

The weather throughout the year in Pawleys Island is pleasant: even in winter, the temperatures rarely hit freezing point. If you’re looking to take part in the many outdoor pursuits available, then anytime from spring to fall is a good time to book Pawleys Island vacation rentals. April through May and September through October provide comfortable temperatures of 65-75°F. The summer months—June-August—are the best time to go if you want to make the most of the beach, with high temperatures of around 90°F.

Natural features

Explore the flora and fauna of Pawleys Island

Pawleys Island lies between the Atlantic Ocean and inland South Carolina, with its dramatic coastline providing not only incredible panoramas but an abundance of activities. At Huntington State Park, you get the chance to see the local wildlife and it also boasts its own beach, which is more natural and far less crowded than most along the coast of South Carolina. Head into the park on one of the many hiking trails and you have a good chance of spotting numerous different animals—from alligators to turtles.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Charlottesville

Fly into Charlottesville, VA (CHO-Charlottesville-Albemarle), the closest airport, located 7.7 mi (12.3 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Weyers Cave, VA (SHD-Shenandoah Valley Regional), which is 27.9 mi (45 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, you can make your way to Charlottesville Station.

How many vacation rentals are available around Charlottesville, VA?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 298 vacation rentals around Charlottesville. From 45 cabin rentals to 147 house rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

Can I rent a mountain-view property in Charlottesville?

Get a load of that view! That's what you'll be exclaiming when you head for the hills and treat yourself to a memorable high-altitude getaway. Vrbo has no less than 81 alpine getaway rentals available. Open to more ideas? Vrbo has loads more property options to explore, including:

  • 75 rural vacation rentals.
  • 32 town vacation rentals.
  • 30 city-center vacation rentals.

Can I rent a house in Charlottesville?

If you want an authentic vacation experience and don't feel like sharing space with strangers this time round, renting a whole house is the way to go. There are 163 houses currently listed on Vrbo. Prices start from $75 per night. If that doesn't suit your squad's taste, we have a range of different rental options to choose from, such as:

  • Apartment: 34 vacation homes. Prices start from $69 per night.
  • Hotel: 30 vacation homes. Prices start from $55 per night.
  • Cottage: 29 vacation homes. Prices start from $111 per night.

Can I stay in Charlottesville in a large group?

Whether you're going on a special trip with the extended fam or spending a week away with your old school gang, it's always heaps of fun staying in a new place together! And the good news is that Vrbo has places to suit. House vacation homes are the top choice here for big groups of guests. Our database presently has 38 available. The rental properties that are suitable for large groups around here include:

  • If yours is a squad of 6, we've got 57 vacation homes ideal for that size. Book a night from just $100.
  • Looking for a place for 8 people? We have 37 that will work well. You can get one for as little as $134 per night.
  • Organizing a trip away with a group of 10? We offer 28 vacation homes that will suit. Prices begin at just $80 a night.

You and all your besties will be in good hands when you arrange your Charlottesville travels through us!

Where are the cheapest rentals in Charlottesville?

Reduce your accommodation expenses with a little help from Vrbo. You'll find a range of unique rentals and save heaps! When it comes to finding a great deal, your first stop ought to be Treeloft. Here, Vrbo has 106 rentals at an average price of $194 a night. Chestnut Springs is another place to check out. Vrbo has 137 rentals here, and the average price is around $235 per night.