Leisure Activities on the Hammock Coast®

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 If you’ve decided on a trip to the Hammock Coast® for some downtime and a low-stress getaway, you chose the right destination! From Murrell’s Inlet to DeBordieu, there’s no shortage of ways to leisurely spend your days on the Grand Strand. Make the most of your stay and unwind with a round of golf, a luxurious spa treatment, or forest bathing on a nature walk. To help you feel inspired and experience the best leisure activities the Hammock Coast® has to offer, browse our guest’s favorite ways to relax when they stay at one of our South Carolina beach rentals. 

Two golfers high five after a round at sunset



When it comes time to T-off, nowhere can stand up to the Hammock Coast’s golfing opportunities. If you’re planning the golf trip of a lifetime or just a weekend getaway, the award-winning courses, comfortable climate, and stunning landscapes of the South Carolina Coast are sure to leave a lasting impression!   


Whether you’re taking your first swing or a pro golfer, you’ll love these premier courses



With such a biodiverse environment and hundreds of species of birds, it’s no surprise that birders and nature lovers come from near and far to visit the Grand Strand! It’s considered to be the best birding area in South Carolina and some of the best in the Southeast, so it’s easy to find a nature trail teeming with local wildlife. Take a leisurely stroll and feel your shoulders loosen as the sound of bird songs and waves lapping the shore fills the air. If you’re looking for popular birding locations, try Huntington Beach State Park, Brookgreen Gardens, and Hobcaw Barony!

 Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach in Merrell’s Inlet is a beautiful place to go birding and enjoy nature. Here you will find 3 miles of beaches, trails with panoramic vistas, wildlife such as loggerhead turtles, and 330 species of birds, including the difficult-to-spot roseate spoonbill and piping plover! Head to Sandpiper Pond Trail and explore the boardwalks that reach into the freshwater lagoon and salt marsh, you might even see an alligator on the trail!

Brookgreen Gardens

At the stunning Brookgreen Gardens, there are even more opportunities for sightings in their manicured gardens. They even offer daily bird of prey shows at its Lowcountry zoo.

Hobcaw Barony

Birders also should not skip the Hobcaw Barony near Georgetown. Its location on Winyah Bay is home to thousands of acres of preserved ecosystems. This area full of longleaf pine forests has the perfect habitat for Bachman’s Sparrow and is also host to Red-cockaded Woodpecker colonies. 

A child watches birds with binoculars
A man helps a child reel in a fish


Want to kick back and cast a line from the beach during your stay? Or maybe you’re itchin’ to get out on the open water with a Charter. No matter how you like to make your catch, South Carolina’s Hammock Coast is an angler’s playground. There’s fresh and saltwater fishing along its five rivers and countless saltwater creeks, along the shore, or on a boat on the Atlantic Ocean, we’re certain you’ll find the perfect way to fish the day away.

Check out these 7 tips for planning a Hammock Coast fishing trip >>
Then check out these local fishing hot spots >>  

Want to find a marina, enter a tournament, or hire a charter?

Browse the Hammock Coast Fishing Directory here >>



If you prefer your adventure on land, bring your bike (or rent one) and hit the Waccamaw Neck Bikeway. The Waccamaw Neck Bikeway is a flat, 12-mile, multi-purpose path that runs parallel to U.S. 17 from Murrells Inlet to Huntington Beach State Park. The ride provides Share the Road routes through a maritime forest of pristine pines, oaks, and wetlands.


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Two people ride bikes along a shore path