Your weekend guide to Murrells Inlet, SC

There’s nothing like getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city to treat yourself to some well-deserved relaxation elsewhere. Nestled just under half an hour south of Myrtle Beach is Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. This town is the perfect coastal getaway for someone who prefers a quieter vibe with still plenty to do. Loaded with delicious Southern restaurants, local shops, beaches, nature destinations, and waterfront restaurants with live bands and dancing, this destination is a fun, laid-back getaway any time of the year. Read on to learn more about Murrells Inlet and to plan your weekend there.

About the city

Murrells Inlet is one of the oldest coastal communities in the state. It is located on the southern part of the “Great Stranda 60-mile stretch of the Carolina coast from Brunswick County to Georgetown County. Murrells Inlet is known as the seafood capital of South Carolina, and the Seafood-and the fishing-centric lifestyle here dates back to 1731 when it was founded by English settler John Morrall, who historians say is the town’s namesake. At the time, this convenient coastal location made it an essential port for transporting various goods to the northern colonies and Britain.

The place was also known to be a hangout for pirates, where Blackbeard, Drunken Jack and others would stop from time to time. As the years passed and the land became more developed, this area grew from a small village to the fun destination it is today. Besides being a historic fishing village, Murrells Inlet is known for its ghost stories, delicious silent puppies served at every meal, coastal vibes, numerous golf courses, Carolina Palmetto trees and friendly neighbors.

Murrells inlet South Carolina

There is always something to do here and the Winter the months are mild. Visiting during the shoulder seasons means guests can enjoy all there is to do without the southern humidity. Murrells Inlet is about a half hour drive from the Myrtle Beach airport. A direct flight to Myrtle Beach from Newark takes approximately 90 minutes. The drive from North Jersey to Murrells Inlet takes approximately 10 hours.

What to do

Brookgreen Gardens | 1931 Brookgreen Garden Drive

Brookgreen Gardens Murrells Inlet

Brookgreen Gardens has a lot to offer: botanical gardens, sculptures, a small zoo, and it’s listed as a National Historic Landmark in addition to being listed on the National Register of Historical Places. It is known as a cultural hub for the community, with new events and exhibits for each season. The vibes are amazing here and the variety of Southern flowers are stunning.

Garden City Pier + Beach | South Waccamaw Parkway

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Garden City is the closest beach to Murrells Inlet, with five miles of white sand beaches. The waterfront is lined with colorful coastal homes and the beaches are teeming with seashells. Animal lovers can bring their dogs for walks on the beach. Besides the beach itself, the area surrounding the pier has several local spots for coffee, boardwalk-style food, souvenirs, and more. Upstairs, on the pier, visitors will find a large archway to shelter a little from the sun, and there is the possibility of walking to the end and admiring the Atlantic Ocean views outside.

Huntington Beach State Park | 16148 ocean highway

Another beach option is Huntington Beach State Park, which is also a campground and a National Historic Landmark. There are three miles of beach and over 2,500 acres of land to explore at this state park, with tons of wildlife to see. Many species of birds frequent the beach here, as well as alligators, turtles, and other species native to the area. The views of South Carolina nature here will not disappoint.

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Mini golf | Various places

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If there’s one thing Murrells Inlet doesn’t lack, it’s golf courses, and that includes mini-golf. To Gilligan’s Island, located at 3215 US-17 Business, golfers can choose from two different 18-hole courses and are surrounded by bright blue water and palm trees. Inlet Adventure, located at 3009 South US-17 Business, is another tropical paradise and features an on-site ice cream shop for the ultimate beach fun.

Murrells Inlet Swamp Walk | 4025 Highway 17 Business

Murrells Inlet Swamp Walk

The Marshwalk is Murrells Inlet’s highest point, for good reason. There are nine residents to eat options to choose from here, all overlooking the marsh that leads to the bay. Fun fact: in spring and summer there is an island right next to the swamp which is home to goats, the locals call it “goat island”.

Goat Island Murrells Inlet

There’s always something to do here, with a promenade to connect it all. During the day, choose from brunch on the water and shopping in designer clothes from local restaurants during the day. At night, visitors can dance to local bands, dine al fresco, and more.

The Marshwalk is also the starting point for several excursions, including a beer boat, jet skis, sin charters, and more.

what to eat

Costa Coast Kitchen + Bar | (Attached to Inlet Sports Lodge) 4606 US-17 Business

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Costa is an Italian restaurant with a coastal flair (hence the name). The place has a laid-back vibe that can also be romantic, making it a good spot for any occasion. The menu consists of coastal dishes Italian fusion, with plates like crab cakes, calamari and clams for starters. Main courses have options like chicken or veal saltimbocca on the land side and pan seared dive scallops on the sea side from the menu.

dead dog show | 4079 US-17 Business

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Dead Dog is a typical Southern food spot known for its bar and live music. The outdoor patio offers stunning views of the marsh, in addition to ample indoor seating. On the menu, diners will find pub fare like macaroni and cheese bites, wings and mini cheesesteaks as well as rotating draft beers and signature cocktails.

hot fish club | 4911 US-17 Business

Almost every bar and restaurant in Murrells Inlet hosts live music, and the Hot Fish Club is no exception. Formerly called the Hot and Hot Fish Club, this restaurant dates back to the 1700s, making it the oldest in the area. The menu here is huge and full of seafood – blue crab dip, Lobster pot pie, a hot fish platter and seafood steamers to name a few.

Grill J. Peters | 4037 US-17 Business

J. Entrance Peters Murrells

Peters has a good full menu. The meal begins with honey-butter some croissants delivered to the table. The salads that come with the entrees are delicious, topped with eggs, bacon bits, etc. Consider trying the Blackened Chicken Alfredo with broccoli, tomatoes and grated Parmesan for a non-seafood option, or seafood dishes like fried flounder or fresh Atlantic salmon.

Luna Mexican Bar + Grill | 4450 Highway 17 North Bypass

Luna Murrells Entrance

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Luna is a casual restaurant that sits away from the busier Marshwalk area. The eclectic decor matches the vibe and the menu includes Mexican dishes. Fries with various salsas are a good starter, and entrees include fajitas, enchiladas, tacos, carne asada, and more. The guacamole is prepared at the table, and the bartenders have perfected the margarita, which is handmade with freshly squeezed lime juice.

The Champions Pub at TPC Myrtle Beach | 1199 TPC Blvd.

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This casual restaurant is part of the TPC Myrtle Beach Golf Course, and it’s a great spot for breakfast, lunch, and happy hour. Guests can enjoy Margarita Mondays, Wine Wednesdays, and a sports game on multiple TVs. The pub overlooks the 18th hole of the Golf of course, making it a pub with a view. The Pub is open to customers with or without departure on the course.

Wahoo’s Fish House | 3993 US-17 Business

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Wahoo’s menu highlights freshly caught South Carolina seafood, which guests can enjoy during a sit-down dinner while watching local bands play. In addition to the featured fresh catch selections, there are also Fried Shrimp, Bourbon BBQ Mahi, Shrimp and Grits, and more. The drink menu is endless, from specialty cocktails like Wahoo’s Lemonade and Strawberry Lemon Drop to make-your-own mules, daiquiris, Beerand wine.

Or buy

Entrance square mall | 12125 US Highway 17 South Bypass

Inlet Square Mall is made up of many local stores. It’s good for a day of shopping if the weather is uncertain or you forgot your bathing suit. Choose from stores like Captain Murrells Antiques and Uniques, Moon Beach Studio, Ally’s Art House, and more.

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Jaws Resort Apparel | 3055 US-17 Business

jaws resortwear murrells inlet

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The Jaws name does not come from just anywhere. Buyers can see baby live the Sharks here while browsing memories, and the selection is endless. Shop for clothes, glasses, keychains and literally anything you can think of here.

Lazy Alligator Gifts | 3986 US-17 Business

lazy alligator Murrells Entrance

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Lazy Gator is a popular local spot, and it’s the only place that exclusively carries Murrells Inlet branded products. It has an upscale vibe, with an entire section of coastal decor, gifts, art, and garden accessories. The store carries jewelrymugs and cups, clothing, Christmas decorations, stickers, shells, fudge and much more.

Southern Splendor | 4640 US Highway 17 South Bypass

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Southern Splendor is a quaint local store with a coastal vibe. The store sells charming Southern merchandise, including residence decor. Here, shoppers can find gifts with various South Carolina town names, including Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, as well as candles, cookware, pillows, and more.

The bookworm | 10799 SC-707, Unit 17

Murrells bookworm entrance

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The Bookworm is a local business library it’s a Myrtle Beach area favorite. Books are offered at 50% – 75% off the original cover price. The store carries over 25,000 books and offers store credit for bringing in your used books. Some of the fun aspects of this place include a $1 book section, a shelf of recommendations for customers and staff, a “blind date with a book” section, and book-themed giveaways. .

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