Pawleys Island is located at 33°25'59" North, 79°7'17" West (33.433056, -79.121389).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.99 mi2 (2.57 km2). 0.70 mi2 (1.82 km2) of it is land and 0.29 mi2 (0.76 km2) of it is covered by water. The total area is 29.39% water.
Pawleys Island is located in the Eastern Standard Time (EST) timezone, GMT-05:00. It observes Daylight Saving Time (DST).