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The Lowcountry is known for its rich history, unmatched cuisine, and waterside views. We just so happen to enjoy our views from the water—and we aren’t the only ones. For every 10 people in the Palmetto State, there is a boat. Being on the water is a part of our culture, and living in the Lowcountry makes it easy to float into the lifestyle. From a dolphin cruise on Hilton Head to paddle boarding in Palmetto Bluff, here are some of the best ways to get on the water in the Lowcountry!

Freedom Boat Club
1 Waterway Lane
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

Owning a boat is a commitment. It requires maintaining, finding space for, and repairing your vessel—which eats up time and energy that could be put toward actually actually being out on the water! With Freedom Boat Club at Hilton Head, you’re given an easy solution to boat ownership. By becoming a member, you will have access to their entire fleet of boats without the stress of maintenance or choosing the right boat to fit all occasions. The possibilities are endless. You could take a day trip all the way to Beaufort or Savannah, or simply spend an afternoon idling in the waters off the shores of Hilton Head. To learn more about how the Freedom Boat Club works, click here.

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Silva Dollar Fishing Charters
405 Squire Pope Rd
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you know we recently shared an amazing interview with Fuzzy Davis that focused on fishing in the Lowcountry during winter. To say we are fans of this amazing fishing guide and his charter company is an understatement! If you’re at all interested in fishing in the Lowcountry, Fuzzy is your go-to guide. Looking to reel in redfish? Trout? Shark? Then a fishing charter is the perfect way to get started.

Vagabond Dinner Cruise
149 Lighthouse Rd.
Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928

Maybe you don’t want to be behind the wheel of a boat or the reel of a rod. In that case, the Lowcountry has an abundance of relaxing cruises and tours to get you on the water. The Vagabond Dinner Cruise is a great way to unwind, relax, and sample a bit of Lowcountry cuisine while also taking in a famed South Carolina sunset.

Outside Hilton Head Dolphin Tour
50 Shelter Cove Lane
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Looking to learn more about the local aquatic wildlife? On this tour, you’ll cruise through the salt marshes of Palmetto Bluff and then into the Calibogue Sound as you watch for dolphins and birds. This family-friendly adventure is sure to captivate locals and visitors alike.

Historic Yacht Experience

Amid the many modern fishing boats and kayaks that dot the waters of Palmetto Bluff, you may catch a glimpse of the Grace—a 60-foot gas-powered vessel that is sea-bound again more than a century after her maiden voyage. After a colorful life with a variety of owners, this antique yacht was restored to her former glory and is available for tours and private charter.

Stand Up Paddle Board Instruction
50 Shelter Cove Lane
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

This water sport has exploded in popularity in recent years—and for good reason. It’s excellent for your health, great for socializing, and a versatile way to explore the salt marshes and rivers that weave throughout the Lowcountry coastline. Outside Hilton Head’s staff includes certified instructors who can take you out on an excursion any day of the year. Adventure (and an afternoon of great exercise) awaits!


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