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Set Sail for Fun and Relaxation on a Lowcountry Boat Tour

People on a Dolphin Watching Cruise

Set Sail for Fun and Relaxation on a Lowcountry Boat Tour

Whether it’s an inland excursion along the Waccamaw River and coastal inlets or an offshore journey into the sparkling Atlantic Ocean, Pawleys Island and the surrounding south strand area offers several great boat tours that are a fantastic way to spend the day on your Pawleys Island vacation! From swashbuckling adventures aboard a pirate ship to laid-back beer tasting cruises, here’s a sampling of some of the aquatic experiences available during your trip to Pawleys Island.

People on a Dolphin Watching Cruise

Pirate Adventures Tours

Landlubbers of all ages can get a taste of the pirate’s life with a tour from Pirate Adventures! You and your crew will board the Sea Gypsy and set sail for excitement and in search of buried treasure out in the waters of Murrells Inlet. A quick explanation of the pirate code will have you seaworthy in no time. But keep your guard up because other pirates are also on the prowl, and encountering them means taking part in an explosive cannon battle out on the water! If you’re celebrating a special occasion Pirates Adventures tours can be booked for birthday parties or other special events and are sure to be a hit with kids.

East Coast BrewBoat

Looking for a laid-back inlet cruise with you and up to fourteen of your friends or family members? The East Coast BrewBoat is perfect for you! This unique experience puts you in charge of your tour. The BrewBoat is actually powered by cycle stations around a central bar area that you and your patrons team up on to propel the craft through the scenic waterscapes of Murrells Inlet. The craft also features an electric engine for those times when your guests aren’t in the mood to pedal. Each cruise lasts about an hour and you’re able to bring your own beer or wine, food and music to enjoy during your trip.

Express Watersports Dolphin and Sightseeing Cruise

If an offshore excursion is what you’re looking for, one of the best options around is available at Express Watersports! Their ocean sightseeing and dolphin cruise takes up to 49 passengers out into the Atlantic in search of scenic views and pods of dolphins, sea turtles and other ocean wildlife. The crew of the Express Watersports vessels have years of experience and partner with other vessels in the area to make sure each group that goes out gets an amazing up-close experience with dolphins and other aquatic creatures. Express Watersports also offers a relaxing sunset cruise that offers the best sunset views available along the Grand Strand.

With even more offshore, inlet and river tours available than these, there’s no limit to the ways you can explore the ocean and lowcountry wetlands during your trip to Pawleys Island! Our Pawleys Island vacation rentals available at Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort, True Blue Resort and Pawleys Plantation Resort are sure to delight you on your next trip to this special area. Book your trip to Pawleys Island with one of our partner properties and get an first-class vacation at an unbeatable price!
 

Outdoor Excursions in Pawleys Island

Family kayaking on the marsh

Outdoor Excursions in Pawleys Island

If you’re tired of shopping and spending time indoors, don’t worry! When you vacation in the Pawleys Island and Litchfield Beach areas, you’re sure to be within reach of a phenomenal outdoor excursion. With a variety of inlets, rivers, lakes, and of course the Atlantic Ocean nearby, the outdoor adventurer will love all of the options available during your next beach escape!

Visit Surf the Earth in Pawleys Island, South Carolina for all of your Lowcountry outdoor needs! Not only does this local shop offer up retail items like t-shirts and hats, but Surf the Earth also features a variety of equipment rentals, as well as thrilling tours of the area. Take your pick from paddle boards, kayaks, surfboards, bodyboards, and skimboards if you’re looking to rent by the day.

Family kayaking on the marsh

If you’re not quite ready to tame the waves on your own, check out Surf the Earth’s various surf education opportunities. The shop offers 2-hour surf lessons on mornings from 9am to 11am. Lessons take place near 2nd Street in Pawleys Island, but special locations can be arranged in advance. The shop also offers 3-day and 5-day kids’ surf camps, where kids of all ages can learn about water safety, rip currents, wind strength and direction, surfing fundamentals, surf conditions, and much more.

Beyond board rentals and surf lessons, Surf the Earth also offers guests the chance to explore the area through their exciting eco-tours. Current offerings include Sunset/Moon Rise Tours through the Pawleys Island inlets and salt marsh, Early morning kayak and paddle board tours of the salt marsh, and afternoon paddle board tours of the area. See a new side of Pawleys Island whenever you reserve a splendid eco-tour with Surf the Earth Surf Shop.

If biking is more your speed, take advantage of the bike rentals offered by Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, and then head over to Bike the Neck! The Waccamaw Neck Bikeway is a 12-mile paved stretch that parallels U.S. Highway 17 from Murrells Inlet to Huntington Beach State Park. Rated as being an “Easy” trail by SCtrails.com, this bikeway is the perfect way to have a great time exercising while seeing the beautiful natural landscape of the region. Finish off your trek by stopping by Huntington Beach State Park, where you can visit its timeless castle, Atalaya, stroll on the pristine beaches of the park, explore the nature trails in the park, or even get in some birding!

Family riding bikes at Litchfield
From walking the trails at Huntington Beach State Park to learning how to Surf, you’ll never run out of outdoor adventures when you bring your next beach vacation to Litchfield Beach. Plan ahead and make the most of your exciting getaway!
 

Top 5 Live Music Venues Along the Hammock Coast

View of The Deck Bar at Litchfield

Top 5 Live Music Venues Along the Hammock Coast

What better way is there to wind down after a long day at the beach or on the town than by enjoying live performances from some of the best local talent around? We’ve pooled together some of the best venues for Live Music in the area, so plan ahead and check out some of these fabulous Litchfield Beach area hotspots!

View of The Deck Bar at Litchfield

The MarshWalk

The MarshWalk is a 1/2 mile stretch of shopping and dining establishments that hug the inlet, giving visitors an outstanding view of the natural beauty of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. Throughout the Summer, you’ll find live music nightly at a majority of the restaurants along the MarshWalk, and conveniently, many of them feature bands or live-shows year-round as well. There is never a cover charge, so enjoy the music without breaking the bank! Check out Bubba’s Love Shack, Bovine’s, and Dead Dog Saloon for plenty of live entertainment options as you stroll the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk.

The Deck at Litchfield

The Deck Tiki Bar at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort features fabulous Happy Hour deals and offerings, as well as Live outdoor performances on Friday and Saturday nights. Visitors will enjoy Lowcountry appetizers and small plates, in addition to The Deck’s specialty cocktails, including Litchfield Sunrise, Pawleys Punch, and our refreshing Shark Bite! This venue is perfect for winding down outside and enjoying the sights and sounds of Litchfield Beach. Ideal for your next Litchfield beach escape, you won’t even have to leave the resort to experience a relaxing evening of live music during your stay.

Island Bar & Grill

Located just by the Hammock Shops Village in Pawleys Island, visit Island Bar & Grill for plenty of live entertainment to take your beach vacation up a notch! This full-service restaurant offers up friendly customer service and outstanding food selections. The outside patio is known to host performances throughout the year, so visit their event calendar regularly to stay on top of all upcoming entertainment. For an evening that is laid-back and filled with great food and great music, visit Island Bar & Grill during your Litchfield Beach stay.

Hot Fish Club

The history of the Hot Fish Club dates back to the late 1700s, when the planters of All Saints Parish founded a social club that was dedicated to gourmet foods, strong drinks, and festive times. Though it has since been relocated away from the shifting shores of Huntington Beach, visitors can find the Hot Fish Club off of Highway 17 Business in Murrells Inlet. Still a place for lively gatherings, this establishment features live performances from a variety of musical acts throughout the year. If you’re looking for Live Music in a historic setting, be sure to visit this outstanding Lowcountry restaurant and club.

Pawleys Island Tavern

Take your beach vacation off the beaten path when you visit Pawleys Island Tavern, a local favorite tucked away in the woods behind the Island Shops. Affectionately known by regulars as the PIT, Pawleys Island Tavern combines the eclectic feel of an old-timey juke joint with laid-back feel of a creekside seafood hut. The PIT features live music on the weekends, as well as a wide-range of events and performances throughout the year. Stop by for live entertainment on Thursdays and Sundays from 8pm to midnight and on Fridays and Saturdays from 9pm to 1am.

Make it a total beach experience when you discover all of the best Pawleys Island, Murrells Inlet, and Litchfield Beach hotspots for live music. Relax and unwind after a long day, and enjoy the sights, sounds, and atmosphere of this lovely Lowcountry destination.
 

Top 5 Places for Sushi Near Litchfield Beach

Sushi Roll Up Close

Top 5 Places for Sushi Near Litchfield Beach

The seafood scene on the South Strand is one of the best on the East Coast. From the waterfront restaurants along the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk to the ‘arrogantly shabby’ seafood shacks of Pawleys Island, guests at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort are surrounded by can’t-miss, fresh-catch options. But for those who prefer their seafood on the rare side, as in tasty sushi and sashimi, you need to know where to go. Here the top five places to find great sushi near Litchfield Beach:

Sushi Roll Up Close

#1: Cera Sushi

Located at the Hammocks Shops Village in Pawleys Island, this new-age Asian eatery specializes in sushi. Based on the creations of Chef Saito, Cera Sushi features a full menu of rolls and plates that incorporate fresh local ingredients, including the Spicy Blue (lump crab meat, cucumber and spicy mayo) and the Usuzukuri (fresh, locally caught fish in citrus ponzu). The house pressed-sushi special Pawleys Prime Specialty features a unique combination of tuna, salmon, yellowtail and spicy tuna. Enjoy the modern decor indoors or sit on the outdoor deck and catch live music at the Porch at Prime.

#2: Indo Thai

This Pawleys Island Pan-Asian bistro boasts one of the most unique sushi menus on the Strand. Owned and operated by Indonesian-born chef Laura Smith, this Indo Thai specializes in sushi and dishes from the far reaches of the Far East, including Thailand, Korea, Vietnam and, of course, Indonesia. Indo Thai literally serves sushi by the boatload, as patrons can choose from a variety of rolls to be served in a large, wooden model boat. The Dancing Shrimp Roll features tuna, avocado and crab with shrimp on top, while the Sea Witch Roll includes soft shell crab, spicy tuna, asparagus and cucumber. Non-sushi fans can order entrees like the house special Thai curries or Pad Thai.

#3: Shiki

This new Japanese sushi bar offers great food and a great atmosphere, with a large aquarium filling the fireplace and cozy furnishings serving as ‘tables’ for large parties. For a summertime treat, try the Pink Lady Roll with shrimp and tuna topped with cream cheese and a strawberry sauce, or any of the other artistic rolls on the menu. Shiki also offers traditional Japanese dishes and a wide selection of beer and sake.

#4: Wahoo's Fish House

Located on the north end of the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk, this upscale seafood restaurant serves the best sushi on the waterfront. Innovative creations include the Wahoo Chicken Roll with blackened chicken, cucumber, teriyaki and wasabi ranch sauce, while the Surf and Turf Roll includes Seared beef tenderloin, lobster, asparagus, scallions, and black and red caviar on top. Throw in a raw bar with tasty local oysters, shrimp and more, a full menu of seafood favorites, an extensive wine list and an outdoor waterfront deck with live music, and you’ve got one of the most popular spots on the MarshWalk.

#5: Wicked Tuna

Located on the opposite end of the MarshWalk at the Crazy Sister Marina, this restaurant’s stilted structure overlooks Murrells Inlet and the many boats moored in the harbor. Many of those same boats deliver seafood directly to the docks, and Wicked Tuna incorporates local ingredients into many of its rolls, such as the house special Wicked Tuna Roll with tempura shrimp and spicy tuna. The Lobster Roll is another favorite among lobster lovers, and the expansive menu offers more traditional seafood dishes. Wicked Tuna has one of the best combinations of food and views on the Strand.

Stay at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort!

After a nice night out for fresh sushi, come back to Litchfield Beach and let the sea of flavors settle in your stomach. Or, for those who prefer wood-fired food to raw, check out the on-site Webster’s Lowcountry Grill for some land food and drinks. Whether you prefer surf or turf, you are sure to find excellent option for both when you stay at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort.

Top 5 Ways to Stay Cool This Summer at Litchfield Beach

Morning sunrise over the ocean waves

Top 5 Ways to Stay Cool This Summer at Litchfield Beach

As the summer temperatures rise on the Grand Strand, so does the demand for cool entertainment options. Locals and visitors alike seek relief under the shade of a sprawling live oak tree or in the cool waters of the Atlantic Ocean, and guests at Litchfield Beach & Golf Club can hit the indoor and outdoor pools on our oceanfront deck to take a quick dip. But there are lots of other alternatives that aren’t quite so obvious. Here’s a look at five of our favorite hot spots for staying cool:

Morning sunrise over the ocean waves

#1: Murrells Inlet Marshwalk

The weather is always a little bit cooler right along the coast, and this waterfront walkway leads to some of the coolest places on the South Strand. With more than a dozen seafood shacks and watering holes easily accessible from the wooden boardwalk, visitors can dine inside or find a shady spot in the sea breeze outdoors to enjoy a cold drink, listen to live music, and simply kick back in a lounge chair or hammock and watch the fishing boats return from a day at sea while the sun sets to the west.

#2: Parasailing

Looking for a little adventure during your vacation? A parasailing voyage not only provides some exciting thrills, but also some satisfying chills to lower your body temperature on a hot summer day. Sailing out of the nearby Crazy Sisters Marina, several outfitters offer parasailing trips that lift you high in the sky to soar like a seagull high above the ocean waves. Your driver can even drop you down for a dip in the cool water or launch you higher into the sky. Other watersports offered by local outfitters include Banana Boat rides, jet-ski rentals, kayak and paddleboarding tours and more.

#3: Wild, Water, & Wheels

This Garden City Beach waterpark offers lots of thrills and chills for folks looking to beat the heat and boredom. Featuring more than a dozen water slides, speed chutes and flumes that range from easy to off the chain, Wild Water & Wheels is a great place for families with diverse tastes. Let the youngsters experience the thrills of tackling some of the more challenging slides and rides while the little ones splash and play on the aquatic playgrounds. Meanwhile, adults can relax in the wave pool, lazy river or hot tubs and watch the kids have a blast. Go-kart racing, putt-putt golf, bumper boats and an arcade are also on the property, and the ‘Live After Five’ Friday afternoon parties are legendary, with half-priced admission after 5 p.m. and live music playing poolside.

#4: Frank's Theatre & Bowling

This Inlet Square Mall complex has something for the whole family, and we’re not just talking about the air conditioning. Part movie theater, part restaurant, part bowling alley and part arcade, Frank’s gives visitors lots of entertainment options under one roof. Catch a movie while enjoying a surf-and-turf feast and a cold beer; rent some shoes and knock down some pins at the modern bowling alley; or enjoy some friendly competition on the billiards tables or the latest high-tech video games. Win or lose, at least you will stay cool.

#5: Brookgreen Gardens

This nearby botanical sculpture garden has plenty of shady spots where you can take a break from the summer heat, but the highlight of the season is Brookgreen Gardens’ ‘Cool Summer Evenings’ program. Held each week, Cool Summer Evenings see the gardens’ gate stay open later. Live music is played on the main stage under the stars, refreshments and dinner are offered at the Pavilion Restaurant, and boat rides tour the surrounding inlets through the old rice fields of this former working plantation.

Litchfield Beach guests have lot of options for beating the heat this summer. Whether it’s the thrills and chills of watersports or a waterpark or a relaxing rest in the sea breeze on the waterfront, you’re sure to have a cool summer vacation at Litchfield Beach.

 

Top 5 Ways to Celebrate Fathers Day with Dad

Father and Sons on the Beach

Top Five Ways to Celebrate Fathers Day with Dad

Whether you are doing something special for your own dad or the father of your children, you will find a wealth of opportunities on and around the Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort property. Book him a tee time at the adjoining Litchfield Country Club, treat him to a delicious meal at the on-site Webster’s Lowcountry Grill, or let him spend a relaxing day at the beach and oceanfront pool deck. But for dads who prefer a little adventure, venture off the resort premises to one of these five fun activities sure to put a smile on their faces for Father’s Day:

Father and Sons on the Beach

#1: Brunch or Dinner

All dads love to eat, and the Hammock Coast area that surrounds Litchfield Beach is a bounty of seafood restaurants and country cooking cafes to satisfy the heartiest of appetites. At the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk, several waterfront restaurants are offering Father’s Day specials, such as an all-you-can-eat brunch at the Dead Dog Saloon or a surf-and-turf dinner special at Bovines/Wahoos. More fine dining establishments like Frank’s in Pawleys Island, Litchfield Fish House in Litchfield Beach, The Claw House in Murrells Inlet and Gulfstream Cafe in Garden City Beach are sure to serve your father a feast fit for a king.

#2: Fishing

Most dads will use any excuse to go fishing, and our guests are surrounded by nice opportunities to wet a line. Ports in nearby Murrells Inlet and Winyah Bay in Georgetown offer full- and half-day fishing trips in the Atlantic Ocean, and other outfitters take anglers to the unique fishing grounds around the Waccamaw Neck. Landlubbers can go fishing off the jetty at Huntington Beach State Park, or at nearby fishing piers in Garden City Beach and Surfside Beach. Surf fishing off the coast of the Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort is also permitted away from swimmers.

#3: Golf

Dad will love you for giving the gift of golf, especially at the award-winning courses in the Lowcountry. Located in the heart of the Waccamaw Golf Trail, Litchfield Beach guests can play several top-rated layouts, including Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, True Blue Golf Links, The River Club, Wachesaw Plantation, Willbrook Plantation and many more. Perhaps putt-putt golf is more your speed, and there are several courses on the South Strand at Mutiny Bay and Gilligan’s Island Funland. For a more relaxing day of golf, find a nice place to watch the final round of the US Open, which takes place on Father’s Day.

#4: Racing

Dads with a need for speed can find plenty of options for putting the pedal to the metal for Father’s Day. Myrtle Beach Speedway holds a special night of racing on Saturday evening, and the track also hosts the Richard Petty Driving Experience so dad can get behind the wheel of a real NASCAR racing machine. Local go-kart tracks also offer a fun way for some friendly Father’s Day competition.

#5: Waterpark

or dads who are still kids at heart, a trip to the waterpark goes a long way on Father’s Day. Check out Wild Water & Wheels in Garden City Beach for a day of waterslides, speed chutes, lazy rivers and a wave pool. In addition to a dozen water attractions, fathers can also spend their special day by racing go-karts, riding the bumper boats or playing video games in the arcade.

Spend Father's Day at Litchfield!

After a fun-filled Father’s Day on the South Strand, bring dad back to Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort for a relaxing evening. It’s the perfect way to make your dad feel like a king on Father’s Day.