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Spotlight: Kayaking in Myrtle Beach with J & L Kayak Ecoventures

By Samantha Norton Follow me on Google+

Coming to Myrtle Beach is a yearly adventure for many, and every year couples and families make their first journey to Myrtle Beach. Whether it is your 10th year or your first year, we know you are looking for fun and exciting activities to do while you vacation. The best part about being on vacation is soaking up the sun and relaxing, and the best activities are able to combine those in a more active way than just lying on the beach.

Kayaking is a great activity to get you and your family moving! Getting a little exercise while you are on vacation is a great way to balance out those deliciously indulgent meals, and it is even better when it doesn’t feel like regular boring exercise. Kayaking is somewhat like canoeing, but it can be done completely solo or with a partner. A kayak is pointed at both ends with a smallish space for your waist and your legs go out in front of you. Your paddle is double sided and you then leisurely push yourself through the water towards your intended destination, giving you a great arm, core and back workout.

 Myrtle Beach has a slew of options for various kayaking excursions and outings, so we are going to spotlight our favorite, J & L Kayak Ecoventures.

J & L Kayak Ecoventures is located in Little River, SC and is open for tours all year round. They run three different tour start locations with ten different tour options to suit all moods and mind frames. The sights and wildlife you are sure to see on your kayaking journeys are priceless.

·         North Myrtle Beach (Cherry Grove)

o   Scenic Kayak Tour: Runs daily and year round, the tour lasts approximately one and a half to two hours and is $40/adult and $35/child. This trip is perfect for beginners and takes you through the salt marsh, where you can observe wildlife.

o   Waites Island Kayak Tour: Runs daily and year round, the tour lasts approximately three to three and a half hours and is $55/adult and $45/child. Waites Island is a gorgeous South Carolina gem, with three miles of uninhabited beach perfect for hunting Sand Dollars, Conch and other sea shells perfect for a souvenir.

o   Twilight Kayak Tour: Daily at 7:30 p.m., March 1st-November 1st, the tour lasts approximately two to two and half hours, $45/adults and $35/child. This tour is much like the Scenic Kayak Tour through the salt marshes, but the added element of the spectacular Myrtle Beach sunsets make it that much more memorable.

o   Romantic Couples Tour: This tour is by request, $160/couple and can really be a special moment you and your significant other reminisce about for years to come. There have even been several success proposals on the secluded beaches of Waites Island during this foray! You will float through the creeks of Cherry Grove and stop at Waites Island for a romantic walk, followed by sparkling cider and rum cake to share, while you watch the sun sink below the skyline. Your guide is also equipped with a professional camera to capture every breathtaking moment, and the pictures are included with your package.

o   Kayak Crabbing Adventure: Runs daily, May 15-September 30 for approximately four hours and is $65/adult and $55/child. This adventure is completely exclusive to J & L and will keep your family occupied for hours! Take a leisurely paddle across Cherry Grove Bay to Waites Island for an afternoon of exploration and hunting. The guide will show you where to catch the biggest Blue Crab with a time tested local netting method. You even get to keep the Blue Crab that are at least five inches!

·         Waccamaw River

o   Scenic River Tour: Runs daily and year round, the tour lasts approximately two and a half to three hours and is $45/adult and $35/child. This guided tour sets its’ own pace depending on water height and current. Be prepared to see wildlife right up to the bank looking for food!

o   Kayak Birding Tour: Runs daily, March 1st-June 15th lasting approximately four hours and is $60/adult and $45/child. Get your camera ready for endless photo opportunities while you witness the beauty of birds courting, breeding and nesting.

·         Sunset Beach

o   Blane Creek Scenic Tour: This tour is run less frequently, so call ahead to see when it is running, it has a run time of two to two and a half hours for $40/adult and $30/child.

o   Bird Island Kayak Tour: This tour is run less frequently, so call ahead to see when it is running, it has a run time of three and a half to four hours for $55/adult and $40/child. 

o   Tubbs Inlet Kayak Tour: This tour is run less frequently, so call ahead to see when it is running, it has a run time of three to three and a half hours for $45/adult and $35/child.

o   Twilight Kayak Tour: Daily at 7:30 p.m., March 1st-November 1st, the tour lasts approximately two to two and half hours, $35/adults and $30/child. This tour is much like the Scenic Kayak Tour through the salt marshes, but the added element of the spectacular Myrtle Beach sunsets make it that much more memorable.

J & L Kayak Ecoventures is non-stop fun with a bit of education mixed in. What makes this activity option even more attractive is the great discount you get when you use your VMB Card! Take $5 off per person and free photo CD with the purchase of any guided tour.

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