Important Information & Safety Tips

We want to keep you safe and happy during your vacation. Pawleys Island, Debordieu, and Litchfield have some specific policies that we want to make sure you are aware of when deciding to book your vacation rental. Below are a few of the policies and safety tips for you review:


S.C.U.T.E. is a non-profit organization formed in response to the need for better protection of sea turtles that nest on Pawleys Island. Over 40 local residents volunteers serve as stewards to protect the sea turtles nesting habitats and work as educators as well. The volunteers monitor the beach from May until the last nest hatches. To help the sea turtles, please follow these rules:

- Remove all trash, toys, and other items from the beach at the end of the day
- Remove all beach chairs and umbrellas at the end of the day
- Please fill in any of your digs
- Please turn all beach facing lights out by 10:00pm
- Do not disturb the sea turtles or any sea turtle nests

Thank you for helping us keep our beach sea turtle friendly. If you would like to find out more information regarding nesting, nest inventories, or more, please visit S.C.U.T.E. Facebook page or Town of Pawleys Island S.C.U.T.E. page.


Rip currents are very dangerous. They can easily carry a strong swimmer away from the shoreline. If you are caught in a rip tide, swim parallel to the shore. Do not panic, stay calm and do not fight the current. If you are unable to swim out of the current, float or calmly tread water.


Jellyfish want to be on Pawleys too! Due to certain currents and warm water temperatures, jellyfish may frequent the area. It is easy to spot a jellyfish due to their umbrella-like shape; however, the stings can be painful. Please note that rubbing alcohol, urine, cleaning supplies, etc., on a sting is NOT recommended. These items may cause infection. A few suggestions to reduce the pain or stinging would be to:

- Rub shaving cream on the sting and use a razor to remove any remaining cells
- Make a paste with baking soda and water to put on the wound
- Apply Benadryl cream to the irritated skin
- Pour white vinegar on the sting to help reduce pain


While walking or jogging along the road, please go against the flow of vehicular traffic and wear bright clothing after dusk. As the roads are narrow, please walk in a single file. If riding a bicycle, please obey the same traffic regulations as vehicles. Helmets and reflective gear are encouraged.


Occasionally, there will be high tides which falls on a full moon otherwise known as King Tides. These tides can cause water from the creek to go over the road. If you must drive through the water, please make sure to thoroughly wash your car including the under carriage. The salt in the water can be very damaging to vehicles.


While we all want a good tan, please be aware of the amount of sun you are receiving. We recommend you use plenty of sunscreen and reapply throughout the day to minimize the risk of sunburn. Wearing a hat will help protect your head. If you do receive too much sun, you can take an ibuprofen and use aloe to reduce the pain.

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This is an age old, commonly asked question. We love the beach, our four-legged friends do too! There are leash laws in effect during certain times of the year. All dogs must be on a leash from May 1 - Sept 30 (8 am - 8 pm). Please be courteous to others and pick up after your pets. Doggie bags are provided at the public beach accesses. We want everyone, people and pets alike to enjoy the beach. Continue Reading