With a little bit of planning, your vacation to the Pawleys Island area can be much more than just a trip to the beach. Pull out your cameras as the whole family flies 500 feet over the Atlantic, searches for dolphins, kayaks down winding creeks or learns to surf. And there is nothing like the smile on a child who just caught their first fish or crab. The hardest part will be choosing which photo to frame first!
When your kids have to write next fall’s “summer vacation” essay, they can honestly claim they swam with the fishes and learned to fly. Express Watersports has an extensive menu of the best ways to catch some waves (or some air!). Join skilled captains on a parasailing excursion and see the stunning Atlantic Ocean up to 500 feet in the air. Or show your children a different view of the sea! Scuba lessons are offered by expert teachers to adults and children age 8 and older. Watch dolphins playing and feeding in the wild on the Ocean Sightseeing and Dolphin Watch cruise. The Express Banana Boat lives up to its name – a giant, inflatable banana pulled by a super-fast jet ski; it’s the perfect family activity for a hot summer day! Jet skis, paddleboards and kayaks are also available for rent.
Even the most well behaved kid sometimes wants to act like a pirate! Crazy Sister Marina has one of the most unique, memorable, child-friendly events in the Lowcountry. Aboard the replica pirate ship Sea Gypsy, your brood will embrace their swashbuckling nature and provide you with amazing vacation photos. The event starts with face painting and pirate costumes. Once on board the boat, the crew will find a map to hidden treasure, get a message in a bottle and even battle the evil “Pirate Pete” with real water cannons. Kids as young as 2 are easily entertained. For more modern adventures, Crazy Sister offers parasailing for kids age 5 (or about 45 pounds) and up, jet-ski tours, banana boat rides, private and head boat fishing charters and boat, kayak and paddleboard rentals.
Feed those hungry minds, and venture out on the water! It offers an entirely new perspective of the world. Kayaks can go where no other boat can and are the best way to explore local creeks and rivers. Watch the wonder on your child’s face as she has a close-up encounter with a great blue heron or dolphin! Pawleys Kayaks has everything you need with the guaranteed lowest prices in the area. Clean, premium equipment, including life jackets and paddles, is delivered right to your rental home. Go exploring and bring the camera! This is an adventure your kids will never forget.
For a nature-powered adrenaline rush, Surf the Earth will entertain your kids and get them moving! Aspiring young surfers can learn to hang ten at one of the famous Surf the Earth five-day surfing camps (ages 7-15) or in an affordable private surfing lesson (boards are included). Surf the Earth also offers paddleboarding and kayak tours though the marshes of Pawleys Island and Litchfield. If your family would rather choose its own adventure, rental equipment including surfboards, paddleboards and kayaks is available.
Pawleys Island Beach Service offers kayak, canoe and paddleboard rentals – an adventure waiting for every day of the week! It also rents safe, easy-to-ride beach cruiser bicycles in sizes for every member of the family, so you can all explore the island with the wind in your hair. Jogging strollers, beach chairs and umbrellas are also available for rent. And stop by the retail store for beach games and toys that will keep kids active and spark their imagination!
I ONCE CAUGHT A FISH
Boating, fresh air and the possibility of catching dinner! A family fishing trip always becomes a happy memory. It also builds confidence in children and helps them develop a respect for the environment.
Georgetown Charters offers inshore, near shore, offshore, jetty and flats fishing charters for families of all sizes. Captain Matt Wilkinson has the knowledge and equipment to find the best spots possible and 36 years of experience guiding sportsmen young and old. Imagine the proud smile on your child’s face when she catches her own fish! All you have to do is bring a cooler and write your own family fish story.
If any place knows about fishing in the Pawleys area – it’s Pawleys Island Outdoors. They offer just about any kind of fishing charter that interests you, including crabbing trips. The only limit is your imagination! If you have your own gear (or want to buy some) and prefer to explore independently or fish without a guide, Pawley’s Island Outdoors offers johnboat rentals, fishing instruction and is the place to pick up a fishing license. They also have a variety of fishing supplies, including crabbing and shrimping gear.
Back in the day when kids were more “free-range,” one of the favorite activities of island munchkins was crabbing in the local creeks. Parents might faint at the idea of allowing children to go out the door in the morning with nothing but a “Bye Mom” now, but that doesn’t mean little ones can’t experience the thrill of netting their first crab! Pawleys Kayaks rents crab traps and crab line kits (six weighted crab lines with handles, net, bucket and shell gauge) that are just waiting to create your family’s next adventure.
Fishing trips are a great way for parents and children to spend time together, and a beach vacation never seems complete without one. O-Fish-Al Expeditions and Captain Dan Connolly will make your excursion a favorite family memory. Captain Dan knows the ins and outs of every local creek, and he can find the fish! All equipment, bait and licenses are included. You just need to show up ready to have fun.
Older children can get a true back-to-nature experience with kayak fishing! Black River Outdoors Center offers half-day trips that go into shallows where the big fish feed and powerboats can’t go. Experienced guides will lead the adventurous family down hidden saltwater or freshwater creeks with some of the best fishing in the area.
For kayak anglers who know the area and want to venture out on their own, Surf the Earth and Pawleys Kayaks offer fishing kayaks for rent.