27 Affordable Beach Resorts
Evans Pelican Inn
Pawleys Island, South Carolina
WHAT IT'S LIKE: Just south of Myrtle Beach is Evans Pelican Inn, an informal antebellum beach house. All nine of the simple rooms have ceiling fans and screened windows to make the most of the salty sea breeze (there is air-conditioning, too). The Southern-style breakfast includes biscuits, grits, and crab salad. The inn fills up fast during the summer months, but spring is actually the most pleasant time to go, because average temperatures range between 68 and 83 and the humidity is low.
WHAT TO DO: The best way to see this narrow barrier island, which is squeezed between a salt marsh and the Atlantic, is by bicycle. Rent one from Pawleys Island Beach Service (10570 Ocean Hwy.; 843/237-4666) and spend the day exploring. Also, check out the weavers at the nearby Hammock Shop (10880 Ocean Hwy.; 843/237-9122). —Shane Mitchell