10 Ways to Have Fun in the Sun (and water!) in Myrtle Beach

It’s about time for fun in the sun in Myrtle Beach.

For some, that means a morning of golf on one of the area’s stellar courses. For others, it’s checking out the shops at Broadway at the Beach. But when summer heats up, watersports fun has an appeal all it’s own.

Vacationers who visit Myrtle Beach often come to make a splash. Trip Advisor rated Myrtle Beach as a top-10 East Coast beach destination for watersports. In this town, there’s a tidal wave of options, from water parks to boat tours to parasailing! Whether you seek thrills or tranquility, there’s a spot for you in Myrtle Beach.

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1. Cap’n Rod’s Lowcountry Tours

For a relaxing time on the water, Cap’n Rod’s is a top choice. Learn about the South Carolina Lowcountry as you visit the Grant Strand. Area native Captain Rod Singleton leads two kinds of tours out his Georgetown location. Take the Lighthouse Shell Island Tour to an unspoiled barrier island. See the lighthouse and some native animals, such as dolphins, eagles, and turtles. Try the Plantation River Tour for a laid back visit of mansions, old oaks, and more.

2. Downwind Sails Watersports

This is your chance to get out there on the Atlantic! Since 1981, Downwind Sails has offered ocean fun such as parasailing, stand-up paddleboarding, jet skis, and more. Or slow down with a banana boat tour, which accommodates six. They have professional skippers who can take you out on a Hobie Cat, or train you to sail one. Take your partner on a double-ocean kayak ride that will give you a workout and lots of great memories.

3. Express Watersports

This family-friendly business has served visitors to Murrells Inlet for 18 years. Scuba diving, parasailing, and jet-ski rentals are just part of Express’s offerings. Visitors love the onsite changing rooms, seating areas, and showers. All craft for rent is United States Coast Guard certified, and crew members are AED and CPR trained. Be sure to take Myrtle Beach’s longest banana boat cruise with Express.

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4. J&L Kayaking

You won’t find a better place for services and unforgettable trips. TripAdvisor ranked J&L No. 1 of 65 outdoor activities in North Myrtle Beach. They’re famous for comfortable, exciting, and safe for adventurers of all ages and experience levels. Expect top-notch service and advice on which adventure would suit you best. They carry basic needs you might have forgotten, such as first-aid, sunblock, or water. No one knows the Waccamaw River better than J&L!

5. Jack’s Surf Lessons and Board Rentals

Catch a wave with Jack’s! Locals and visitors have turned to Jack’s to learn to surf since 2010. Owner/operator Jack Hannigan loves surfing – especially teaching it. His staff also instructs on kayaking and paddle-boarding for all ages. Go on a guided tour, take a lesson, or rent a board. Jack’s Myrtle Beach Surf Camp teaches safety and fundamentals. It includes lunch, surf-tificates, and the help of a skilled and hospitable staff of instructors.

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6. North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex

Out in Little River, you can find a perfect sporting event location. Baseball, soccer, and softball teams come from all over to compete here. But it’s not limited to land fun. The park includes a 25-acre lake for lots of fun in the sun. Take to the water or just chill on the banks. There are three playgrounds, biking and walking trails, and a 3-acre dog park. There’s plenty of events going on all the time, and it’s close to North Myrtle Beach hotels, restaurants, and shopping.

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7. Myrtle Waves Water Park

This radical water park takes you on a wild ride on more than 20 acres of water fun and more than a million gallons of water. The 24 slides and water features bear names such as The Arooba Tooba, Riptide Rockets, and Rockin’ Ray. There’s an ocean in motion wave pool and lazy river, too. Check out Tsunami, South Carolina’s only flow rider surf machine. There are places for younger guests, too, such as Bubble Bay, the Racin’ River, and Saturation Staton.

8. River Island Adventures

Visit the only adventure outfitter on the Waccamaw River. The main attraction: Access to their 48-acre private island on the river, with a boat dock and ramp. Take a kayak or riverboat tour, or go inner tubing on the river. Try the Escape River Island challenge. Teams of two compete against others in challenges to escape a secluded island. You can also plan a custom overnight river camping trip or schedule your birthday or other group events.

9. Outdoor/indoor pool decks

At The Grand Cayman Resort Myrtle Beach, guests can spread out at well-appointed, clean pools, a spacious outdoor hot tub, and three heated whirlpools in a sheltered pool deck. Towel service is a nice touch. Enjoy an extended sun deck and, if you stay in the Savoy tower, a small, private oceanfront pool.

10. Silly Sub Water Park

It’s a one-of-a-kind experience! The Silly Sub Water Park at The Grand Cayman Resort Myrtle Beach features a three-story water slide. Climb in and out of the submarine, but beware buckets of water and hissing serpents! It’s a fun spot for the kids to use their imagination and make some great memories.


The Myrtle Beach area has a ton of water fun for individuals, couples, families, and groups. Whether you need serenity or seek thrills, there’s something for you in Myrtle Beach.

The Grand Cayman Resort Myrtle Beach is a great place to start those adventures, and it’s close to all the cool things here. Book your stay today.

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