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These are the 10 best beaches in SC for 2024, says USA Today. Do you agree with choice #1?

There are so many sayings associated with Pawleys Island: arrogant shabby, we love the people who love Pawleys Island and the blood pressure drops as soon as you cross the causeway.

Here’s a new one: South Carolina’s best beach, according to USA Today readers.

Even as large new homes have been built along the Atlantic Ocean – some as a result of the hurricanes that hit the island – Pawleys is in many ways a throwback to what all beaches once were. Peaceful and undeveloped.

Located on South Carolina’s Hammock Coast, it is only one house wide in many places. There are few commercial businesses on the island itself.

About 100 people live there full-time, but in the summer legions of people flock to rental properties or old family homes to sunbathe, swim, surf and of course crab on the quay on the salt marsh. It is 6.5 km long and some of the houses date back to the 18th century.

Number 2 on the USA Today list is North Myrtle Beach.

“Known for its wide sandy beach and family-friendly atmosphere, North Myrtle Beach is a gem along the South Carolina coast,” the newspaper said.

The city has 50 public parking locations, making beach access easy, the newspaper said. In addition, Cherry Grove Pier is ready for hurricane season, which starts Saturday, city officials said. Hurricane Ian hit the old pier in 2022, it was rebuilt and opened in March.

When you’re not at the beach, activities include Barefoot Landing, Alabama Theater, House of Blues, and Alligator Adventure.

Hunting Island State Park was ranked No. 3. It has more than a million visitors annually and in addition to the beach, it also has campsites with beach access, a fishing pier, nature trails and South Carolina’s only lighthouse open to the public, according to the newspaper. said.

No. 4 is Litchfield Beach, adjacent to Pawleys Island.

“Once home to vast rice plantations, the Litchfield Beach area is now a top destination for tourists on South Carolina’s Hammock Coast, thanks to its relaxing atmosphere and breathtaking scenery,” USA Today said.

The others on the list are:

5. Huntington Beach State Park, east of Beaufort

6. Cherry Grove Beach in North Myrtle Beach

7. Surfside Beach in Horry County, known as the family beach

8. Central Myrtle Beach

9. Folly Beach, south of Charleston

10. Kiawah Beachwalker Park, also south of Charleston

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