Murrells Inlet

By Leslie Moore

Murrells Inlet

Home to Native Americans for thousands of years and originally settled by Europeans in 1731, Murrells Inlet is one of the oldest coastal communities in South Carolina. Infamous pirates Blackbeard and Stede Bonnet are thought to have been frequent visitors in search of clean water and a site to careen their ships for barnacle removal. Before the Civil War ended the rice trade, wealthy rice planters made the small village their summer home to escape the mosquito borne malaria prevalent farther inland.

In the early 20th century, Murrells Inlet began its journey to the modern resort area it is today, with visitors traveling to the area by steamboat each year. Steamboats were known for their excellent food and many of the boat’s cooks settled in the area, starting the restaurants that would give the area its reputation for some of the best seafood in the state. At that time, there were three large marinas, and Murrells Inlet’s fishing industry thrived with passengers waiting impatiently each morning to board deep sea fishing boats for a day of Gulf Stream fishing.

Today, the restaurants lining the business district of this quaint fishing village offer many different types of cuisine, but delicious seafood, prepared in the traditional Murrells Inlet way, continues to be a generational favorite. Operated by the same family for 68 years, Lee’s Inlet Kitchen still serves the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of their original customers, while new modern restaurants with elegant menus rivaling those in any large city lie just a few blocks away.

The non-profit Murrells Inlet 2020, formed in 1997, works to preserve the Inlet’s history and traditions, and was instrumental in the planning of the popular Marsh Walk and Jetty Walk enjoyed by thousands. On April 6th, the 24th Annual Spring Tide Cleanup, organized by Murrells Inlet 2020, will again draw residents and visitors who love the area to spend the day cleaning the streets and creeks of Murrells Inlet.

On Saturday, May 7th, the annual Blessing of the Inlet returns for another fun filled year. All of us love this event – there are vendors with gorgeous items for sale, live music and delicious food.

Enjoy Murrells Inlet!

Sasee’s Top 10 Murrells Inlet Favorites

The Sasee staff spent some time thinking about their favorite activities in Murrells Inlet – our list went on and on, but we narrowed it down to our Top 10.

  1. The food – the selections are endlessly delicious
  2. Bike riding – get on the bike trail and pedal down to Huntington Beach State Park on cool, shaded bike paths.
  3. Fishing – deep sea and offshore fishing boats offer daily excursions.
  4. Pirate Adventures interactive pirate adventure – this is tons of fun with the kids, board behind Dead Dog Saloon.
  5. Parasailing – Crazy Sisters Marina offers daily parasailing flights, trust me, this is an adventure you won’t soon forget!
  6. Finding a seat in one of Murrells Inlet’s waterfront restaurants and enjoying the gorgeous view, be sure to check out the goats on the island behind Drunken Jack’s.
  7. Strolling the Marshwalk after sunset and listening to the live music.
  8. Shopping – there are some fun, eclectic shops to explore
  9. Park in Belin Church’s marsh front parking lot and enjoy a bag lunch – it’s hard to find a prettier place to eat and enjoy the view.
  10. Stop by Morse Park Landing and visit the awe-inspiring Lost at Sea Memorial.

We would love to hear your favorite things to do in Murrells Inlet! Send them to

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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