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Kayaking in Myrtle Beach: Where to Go

Located along the glittering coastline of South Carolina, Myrtle Beach may be most famous for its SkyWheel and endlessly entertaining boardwalk. But behind all that glitz and glamor is the area's natural beauty, a watery space best explored on, you guessed it — a kayak.

Luckily, a life-enriching kayaking adventure is just a paddle away for those booking a stay at The Caravelle Resort. To prove it, we've created a guide to steer you through the best spots to dip your oar. We’ve also highlighted the most reputable Myrtle Beach kayak tours, the experience levels each caters to, and the best times to embark on your journey.

First time kayaking? No worries! It doesn’t matter if you're a seasoned expert in kayaks and paddleboards or a total newbie — the waters of Myrtle Beach have something for everyone.


Where to Go Kayaking in Myrtle Beach

Let’s be real; Myrtle Beach has no shortage of fantastic kayaking opportunities. In fact, there are so many options that picking the right one can be a bit daunting.

So, let’s start with the four big ones, beginning with The Waccamaw River, and work our way backward from there. And if you aren’t into the crowds, we’ve thrown some hidden gems at you near the end.

Waccamaw River

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The Waccamaw River is one of the most serene kayaking spots in Myrtle Beach. This waterway winds through lush landscapes and historic plantations, all to the soundtrack of local wildlife. Who needs to share the beach with other sun worshippers when you can escape here?

Murrells Inlet

Photo Credit: Elena Simona Craciun

Next up is Murrells Inlet, a popular spot amongst kayakers in SC. This narrow body of water is celebrated for its bustling salt marsh ecosystem, filled with birds, fish, and the occasional alligator. Don’t let that spook you, though, because its calm waters are perfect for all skill levels, making it an ideal spot for families.

North Myrtle Beach and Little River

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Now that we’ve covered the tranquil and wildlife-rich experiences offered by the Waccamaw River and Murrells Inlet, let’s talk about North Myrtle Beach and Little River. These waterways extend the kayaking adventure into the northern stretches of the Grand Strand.

Here, the kayaking journey transcends from the open and expansive settings of rivers and inlets to the intimate and diverse ecosystems that define the northern coastline.

Hidden Gems

  • Waites Island allows you to kayak to an undeveloped barrier island.

  • Cherry Grove Marsh is perfect for beginners and those interested in bird watching, as it's a habitat for herons, egrets, ospreys, and pelicans.

  • North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve stands out for its ecological beauty, offering guided kayak tours that provide insights into coastal conservation.

  • Hog Inlet presents a peaceful kayaking experience through the coastal wilderness.

  • South Carolina's Intracoastal Waterway offers a diverse kayaking experience with views of the Atlantic Ocean.


Kayaking Tours in Myrtle Beach

Express Watersports

Photo Credit: Kelly Lee

Express Watersports’ kayak rentals are nestled in the heart of Murrells Inlet and curate guided tours that allow you to immerse yourself in the area's rich saltwater ecosystems. Their guides promise encounters with the local wildlife that inhabits these landscapes. Talk about a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

River Island Adventures

Photo Credit: Michael F

River Island Adventures provides a blend of land-based leisure and waterborne exploration on the Waccamaw River. They offer two unique kayak adventures where you can paddle down and visit their private 48 acre island located in the middle of the river!

Trailblaze Adventures

Photo Credit: Matt Mahon

Trailblaze Adventures tempts you with scenic tours that range from relaxing paddles in salt marshes to exhilarating expeditions to uninhabited islands, suitable for kayakers of all experience levels. The Private Island Adventure Tour even has a sunrise or sunset edition out to Waties Island!


Best Time of Year for Kayaking Myrtle Beach

Are you all hyped up about kayaking but worried you're not going at the right time of year? Fret not, friend. This breakdown will tell you everything you need to know about navigating kayaking season-to-season at Myrtle Beach.


Is Spring the best time for kayaking in Myrtle Beach? We’d say so. Spring offers visitors a sweet deal thanks to its lower humidity levels and less crowded waterways. If you’re looking for a calmer, more comfortable setting for your adventure, consider going in May or April.


Summer is the peak season for kayaking in Myrtle Beach. If you can't handle crowds, you might want to avoid booking during this time. However, the vibrant atmosphere and warm ocean waters make it an ideal time to combine beach activities with kayaking adventures.


Myrtle Beach gets a bit milder From September to February, with temperatures dropping into the mid-50s to upper-60s. But, many consider the cold more ideal for kayaking. Why? The fall months offer gorgeous vistas of colorful trees along the waterline and a refreshing breeze for those tired of the summer heat. Still, the herds of water enthusiasts start to thin out during these seasons.

It’s the perfect time for those looking to trade the bustle of tourist season for a more relaxed experience on the water who don’t mind wearing a light jacket.

Best Months:

  • September is a particularly good month for visiting Myrtle Beach. You'll catch the late summer warmth and miss the bustling crowds. This makes it an excellent time for kayaking enthusiasts who are perhaps more introverted or prefer privacy.

  • May and April also deserve a shout-out. May offers summer-like weather without the sweat, and April, thanks to its sleepy atmosphere, supplies some of the most pleasant kayaking conditions.


Book Your Kayak Trip with The Caravelle Resort

Kayaking in Myrtle Beach gives you a unique perspective of the natural beauty of the South Carolina coast.

For those staying at The Caravelle Resort, adventure is always just steps away from your cozy and spacious accommodations. Wake up to gorgeous views of the ocean and venture off on a kayaking trip after breakfast.

Sick of practicing your paddling technique in the bathtub? Then book your stay at The Caravelle Resort today and discover the best kayaking spots the Grand Strand has to offer. Don't miss out on the adventure of a lifetime—reserve your suite today.

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