We decided to try something different this year, and gave up a day to drive to Georgetown for “Cap’n Rod’s Lowcountry Tours. Frankly… it’s one of the best things we’ve ever done on a Myrtle Beach trip. We did the Shell Island/ Lighthouse tour, and would recommend it to anyone of any age.
The tour time is based upon the tides (it’s either a 4 hour morning tour or a 4 hour evening tour). We were fortunate enough to get a morning tour last Friday that departed at 9:00 am. The drive from our hotel on Shore Drive took about 1 hour and 15 minutes. And it’s a beautiful drive for those of you who don’t venture south towards Huntington Beach, Litchfield, and Pawley’s Island.
This is a popular tour, and sells out quickly (we didn’t get the day we preferred because it was sold out, and our tour was also sold out). The price is $35 per person, and you can get a $2 off coupon in any of the coupon books. And I’ll tell you… it’s worth every penny.
The boat is a pontoon and has a small restroom. They sell concessions (drinks and snacks, all $1). All of the money collected from the concessions goes to a charity in Georgetown County. It’s a very smooth and easy ride, and very comfortable even on a hot day like we had.
The tour starts off with a one hour trip through Winyah Bay. Cap’n Rod is very funny, very personable, and very knowledgeable. He made sure that we were the first boat to Shell Island, and he gave us 90 minutes to explore. We found many conch shells and other beautiful shells on a very pristine beach. It was fantastic.
Upon boarding the boat for the return, Cap’n Rod takes you up the other side of the Bay and shows you areas of old forts, plantations, and many other historical places. He also took us to see wild Gators, dolphins, pelicans, and many others.
It truly was 4 hours and we truly got our money’s worth.http://www.lowcountrytours.com/