Want the perfect beach family vacation? Come to Georgetown County and the Hammock Coast. When folks say they have been coming to the beaches here for generations, they really mean it! A tradition, particularly on Pawleys Island, is that extended families have been coming together every summer for generations. Often the family matriarchs who either started the tradition back in the 40‘s, or even coming as children themselves, are now coming back for their 7th decade with their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
If you’re vacationing along the Hammock Coast and want to make the most of your beach vacation with memories to last a lifetime, make sure to take note of these beach vacation tips:
1. Sail out of the Wacca Wache Marina on the The Waccamaw Lady, a 60‘ Pontoon Boat, for the Plantation River Tour. From the shaded deck you’ll cruise along the river as a historian narrates your cruise about the history, myster, and legends and Rice Plantations that once graced the river banks. Along the ride you will see remnants of the south’s most notorious rice plantations, trunk gates, slave cabins, moss-laden oaks, alligators, eagles and osprey.
2. Hobcaw Barony – Hobcaw Barony, a natural preserve and wildlife refuge, is also the winter residence of presidential advisor and Wall Street millionaire Bernard M. Baruch. Open to the public through guided tours, you see the 13,500 sq. ft. mansion he called home and where he hosted such visitors as President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Sir Winston Churchill. Other stops in the 17,500-acre refuge include the grounds and stables of Bellefield Plantation, a ride through the only existing slave street left on the Waccamaw Neck, and a stroll along a salt marsh boardwalk. the Visitors Center features a small nature/history museum with two alligators, a saltwater touch tank, a touch table, videos and many other exhibits to entertain adults and children. Please call for more information.
3. Surf Lessons – learn how to ride the waves with a personal surf lesson from Surf The Earth.
4. Kayaking, canoeing or just relaxing in the sun. Pawleys Island Beach Service is just one of the local businesses that offer all the outdoor rentals you need to enjoy the great outdoors – chairs, bikes, kayaks, umbrellas, canoes and beach supplies. Also check out Crazy Sister Marina in Murrells Inlet for kayaks, paddleboards and more.
5. Pirate Adventure in Murrells Inlet – Watch your lil’ pirates transform with dress-up, FREE face painting and tattoos and learn some pirate lingo before setting sail on an hour and fifteen minute long action packed pirate adventure. Once on board, young pirates will learn the rules of the Sea Gypsy pirate ship, read a treasure map, discover a secret message in a bottle, and work as a team to defeat the enemy pirate with our famous water cannons! The mates will use all of their might to hoist the treasure from the seas below. Each child takes with them a handful of loot and a lifetime of authentic pirate tales to tell.
6. Wildlife Dolphin Encounter – Located right up the road in Murrells Inlet at Capt. Dick’s Marina Blue Wave Adventures offers truly unique opportunity for almost everyone in the family to experience the most intimate dolphin encounter on the Grand Strand.
7. For the water sport enthusiast check out Express Watersports or Crazy Sister Marina in Murrells Inlet for Parasailing, kayak Rental & Tours, Banana Boat rides, Paddleboard rentals, Ocean Sightseeing & Dolphin Watch, Scuba Diving Charters, lessons, and rental
8. Go Crabbing! For drop basket crabbing, the crab dock at Morse Park Landing or Veteran’s Pier are good spots in Murrells Inlet. For hand line “old-style” crabbing, the best place is at the oyster shell recycling area. This area is just south of the southern split of Highway 17 Bypass and 17 Business.
10. Fun for the whole family – spend the day at Brookgreen Gardens. Spend the day exploring the gardens, admiring the sculpture and taking the children to the area’s only lowcountry zoo. Special guided nature cruises and Trekker tours wind through the tidal creeks and abandoned rice fields for a closer peek at the area’s history and wildlife.