Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get vacation or retirement information package mailed to me?
What kind of accommodations are there in Murrells Inlet?
Where can we find fishing charters & boat rentals?
We want to get married in Murrells Inlet. What do we need to do?
Where can I go to the beach?
Where is the best place to go crabbing?
Where can I catch a historical plantation river tour?
Can I fish without a fishing license?
Where can I launch my boat?
What can we do if it rains?
We have only 1 day in Murrells Inlet. What should we be sure not to miss?
What is there to do on the MarshWalk?
How long is the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk and what hours is it open?
How do I get a Memorial Plaque?
Where can we rent bicycles?
Where can we park to bike?
Are there any public parks in Murrells Inlet?
Is there public transportation in Murrells Inlet?
Who is Bubba Love?
Why are there goats and peacocks on Drunken Jack's Island?
Is there really treasure hidden somewhere in Murrells Inlet?
Where is Murrells Inlet?

ANSWERS and information

How can I get vacation or retirement information package mailed to me?
Murrells Inlet is split between two counties, Georgetown and Horry. Please use the following contacts to obtain more information about vacation or relocation.

Georgetown County
Visit the Georgetown County Tourism Management Commission and Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce websites to receive a vacation package and learn more about accommodations, attractions, relocation, dining, shopping, golf courses, restaurants, and events in Georgetown County.

Call 843-545-3161 or visit the Georgetown County Economic Development Commission website to learn more about business opportunities in Georgetown County.

Horry County
Call 888-886-9232 or visit the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce website. Tell them you are interested in the Murrells Inlet / South Strand area.

What kind of accommodations are there in Murrells Inlet?
Rental Homes
Dunes Beach & Golf Vacation Rentals
Garden City & Surfside Vacation Rentals
Garden City Vacation Rentals

Hotel/Timeshare Rentals
Inlet Sports Lodge
Brookwood Inn
Hampton Inn - 1-843-651-6687
Holiday Inn Express - 1-843-357-0100
Festiva Resorts, Ellington at Wachesaw East rentals

Where can we find fishing charters & boat rentals?
For boat rentals, jet skis, parasailing and inlet excursions, Crazy Sister Marina featuring the Capt. Dick's Fleet offers plenty of choices.

With over 14 years of experience in the watersports industry, Express Water Sports has everything you need to take advantage of the wonders of the ocean offering a variety of services such as SCUBA Diving, Parasailing, Kayaking, banana boat rides, ocean sightseeing and jet skis.

Book half-day or full-day fishing excursions with some of the best local captains around. Some offer near-shore, in-shore or inlet fishing along with bottom fishing and shark fishing. Check with the captains, find out what's biting and book your trip!
The Possee - David Roper, USCG/Captain, 843-651-1150 or (843) 385-0605
Southern Exposure - Tom Beckham, USCG/Captain, (843) 241-2376
Capt. Shannon's Inshore Fishing - Shannon Currie, specializing in family-oriented, kid friendly fishing fun (843) 450-1430.
Capt. Dick's - (843) 651-3676

We want to get married in Murrells Inlet. What do we need to do?
Murrells Inlet and it's live oaks and beautiful scenery offer a fabulous wedding backdrop.

Morse Park Landing and the Marshwalk are available for rental through the Georgetown County Recreation Department at 843-545-3532.

For a majestic wedding, explore Brookgreen Gardens.

For a Murrells Inlet beach wedding, visit South Carolina Parks.

Atalaya, a National Historic Landmark, stands as monument to the creativity and generosity of Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington. The castle still stands along the seashore today serving as a beautiful and romantic backdrop for weddings and receptions. For more information on an Atalaya wedding, contact Huntington Beach State Park at (843) 237-4440.

Where can I go to the beach?
Huntington Beach State Park and Garden City Beach are just minutes away.

Where is the best place to go crabbing?
For drop basket crabbing, the crab dock at Morse Park Landing or Veteran's Pier walkway are good spots at high tide. 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.

Where can I catch a historical plantation river tour?
Don't forget about the beautiful freshwater river of Murrells Inlet. Catch a tour from Wacca Wache Marina on "The Waccamaw Lady" - a 60' pontoon boat that cruises 15 knots and holds 70 passengers. Your narrator is a local historian and will educate you on the history, mystery and legends of the Rice Plantations. Call 843-651-2994 for more information.

Can I fish without a fishing license?
You will need a saltwater fishing license to fish off of the Veterans Pier, any dock, bridge or jetty, or private boat in the Murrells Inlet estuary. The only time you may not need a license is when you are fishing aboard a charter or head boat or off of a paying fishing pier such as Garden City Pier. Also, check with your marina if you rent a boat; you may be covered through their rental. In-state licenses are $10 annually and expire June 30th. Out-of-state saltwater licenses are $11 for 14 days or $35 annually. We recommend either calling DNR's automated system to get a license with a credit card at 866-714-3611 or purchase online at www.dnr.sc.gov/purchase.html. For the latest fishing reports, visit the SC Fishing Report website.

Where can I launch my boat?
Wacca Wache Marina
DNR Boat Landing
Marlin Quay Marina

What can we do if it rains?
So it's raining cats and dogs.  How about a day of antiquing at one of the Inlet's Antique Shops, or browse Lazy Gator Gifts or Ebb & Flow Art Co-op and enjoy a variety of local art and a cup of coffee. Brookgreen Gardens, along with their beautiful outdoor gardens, has several indoor sculpture exhibits. Huntington Beach State Park also boasts a 2,500-square-foot Education Center featuring a saltwater touch tank and a live baby alligator among its exhibits.

We have only 1 day in Murrells Inlet. What should we be sure not to miss?
Of course, you must enjoy a seafood dinner in the "Seafood Capital of South Carolina".  Be sure to take a stroll along the scenic Murrells Inlet MarshWalk, take in the sights at Brookgreen Gardens, or go shopping for a piece of local art to take home with you. 

What is there to do on the MarshWalk?
The Murrells Inlet Marshwalk is a haven for nature lovers and history buffs and souls in search of peace. The boardwalk overlooks a pristine salt marsh brimming with oyster beds, Spartina grass and fishing hot spots. Home to flounder, crabs, clams, egrets, osprey, pelicans and shrimp, the Inlet is rich in wildlife. Take a self-guided tour. Ecology signs offer information about the local shellfish, inlet birds and fishing industry. The views are extraordinary.

The Veterans Pier walkway anchors one end of the Marshwalk and is dedicated to boat captains of yesteryear. Numerous waterfront restaurants are easily accessible from the Marshwalk, an award-winning project of the community revitalization group Murrells Inlet 2020.

Murrells Inlet, where Native Americans once lived off the land, is now the only salt marsh between North Inlet in Georgetown and NC that still supports recreational and commercial shellfish harvesting.

From the Marshwalk, you can watch boats unloading their catch, inquire about fishing charters, parasailing and jet skis. Bring the family, and plan a day of fun and relaxation in this village known for its charm and Southern hospitality.

How long is the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk and what hours is it open?
The MarshWalk including the Veteran's Pier is 1/2 mile long. The MarshWalk is open to the public sunrise to midnight, 7 days a week. It is a free boardwalk with several entrances and exits, and is wheelchair accessible.

How do I get a Memorial Plaque?
Memorial Plaques are available for purchase only through Murrells Inlet 2020. Plaques can be hung on the Jetty View Walk on the south end next to Morse Park Landing, the Crab Dock at Morse Park Landing, the Veteran's Pier walkway and the Marshwalk.  This program serves as a fundraiser for our nonprofit organization, making a portion of your plaque purchase tax-deductible. The bronze plaques make great gifts, are a nice way to remember loved ones, revere the past or honor your family or business.

CLICK HERE for a Memorial Plaque order form.
CLICK HERE for Frequently Asked Questions about ordering a Memorial Plaque.

Where can we rent bicycles?
Rentals are available at Grand Strand Bicycles. Get a bike and enjoy the East Coast Greenway. Bike The Neck has more information on bicycling in the area.

Where can we park to bike?
Murrells Inlet is a part of the East Coast Greenway. A bike path runs along Highway 17 Business and connects to the Murrells Inlet Bike bridge. Parking is available at Morse Park Landing or inside Huntington Beach State Park.

CLICK HERE for a Map of the East Coast Greenway.

Are there any public parks in Murrells Inlet?
Wachesaw Park, Old Kings Hwy behind Waccamaw Hospital, features 11 acres including a playground, 2 baseball fields, basketball court, soccer field and picnic shelter.

Morse Park Landing, Highway 17 Business Nestled along the beautiful salt marsh across the street from Russell's Seafood Grill - Morse Park Landing is an oasis much-loved and much-used by families, bicyclists, boaters and crab fishermen. Boasting picnic tables, a crab dock and a boat ramp for launching kayaks and small vessels at high tide, the Park is home to the Lost-at-Sea Memorial. It's also an East Coast Greenway trailhead with bike lanes running north towards the Marshwalk and south towards Huntington Beach State Park.

Is there public transportation in Murrells Inlet?
Coast RTA is a dependable, trustworthy source of public transportation in Horry and Georgetown counties.
Creekside Cab

Who is Bubba Love?
Perhaps you've seen the statue of Bubba on the MarshWalk near Drunken Jack's. Bubba is the self proclaimed mayor of Murrells Inlet. The 46-year-old single kitchen worker is actually named Jerome Smalls, but through the years his nickname became Bubba Love.

His duties at Drunken Jack's restaurant, which is waterfront in Murrells Inlet, includes duties that make him visible, such as feeding the goats at nearby Goat Island.

A few years ago the folks at Drunken Jack's decided to memorialize Bubba Love with a statue of himself. His notoriety grew, and now the restaurant next door to Drunken Jack's, Capt. Dave's Dockside Restaurant, has remodeled its screened-in dining porch to become Bubba's Love Shak.

Why are there goats and peacocks on Drunken Jack's Island?
"Goat Island" is just behind Drunken Jack's Restaurant on the MarshWalk. For over 25 years, the owners of Drunken Jack's Restaurant have kept the two unlikely breeds together on the island to keep the underbrush down. They are put on the island during mid-Spring and taken off during late Fall. Bubba Love, a Drunken Jack's employee, cares and feeds for the goats each day. During a hurricane evacuation, the goats are taken off the island to safe ground.

In the summer of 2006, the peacocks were added where they live in harmony with the goats. The beautiful plumage of the male peacock is an amazing sight to see. Ducks, egrets, herons and pelicans also enjoy the island from time to time. Sitting on the back deck of Drunken Jacks', it's a conversation starter, and it's definitely "an Inlet Thing."

Is there really treasure hidden somewhere in Murrells Inlet?
Named after a notoriously brutal pirate, Capt. Murrell, who used the quiet inlet as a home base between pillaging trips, the village of Murrells Inlet looks out onto Drunken Jack Island. Legend has it that a mutinous pirate named Jack was marooned on the sandy spit of land by his shipmates with nothing but his wits and a few bottles of rum to get by. When his ship returned several months later, his former mates found the beach littered with empty bottles and a pile of sun-bleached bones, presumably Jack's. Local legend also asserts that the infamous Blackbeard hid his ill-gotten booty somewhere on the island. Despite several archaeological digs, no treasure has been found...yet!

Where is Murrells Inlet?
Murrells Inlet is nestled in between the hustle and bustle of Myrtle Beach and the historic City of Georgetown SC. Just a few miles down the road...but worlds away.

MILES TO:

 

Myrtle Beach, SC...10 miles
Charleston, SC.......80 miles
Columbia, SC.......150 miles
Florence, SC..........75 miles
Charlotte, NC...191 miles
Raleigh, NC......186 miles
Atlanta, GA......342 miles
Augusta, GA....195 miles
Conway, SC..........25 miles
Georgetown, SC....20 miles
Greenville, SC......250 miles

 

 

 


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