Murrells Inlet is a small fishing town located in two counties, Horry and Georgetown County, South Carolina. Murrells Inlets is considered to be the "Seafood Capital of South Carolina". The population was 5,519 at the 2000 census. It was once primarily a fishing village, but has grown substantially in modern time, along with the rest of the Grand Strand into a popular tourist and retirement location. It is most known for Restaurant Row a cluster of award-winning seafood and barbecue restaurants on its Main Street. There is also a local island in the inlet named Goat Island.
Business Highway 17 runs through the heart of this old fishing village, lined on the east by aromatic tidal and salt marsh creeks. The otherwise fast-paced thoroughfare meanders under ancient oaks by numerous unique seafood restaurants, ranging from old, weathered, time-honored culinary jewels and those with third generation chefs and proprietors to more recent dining establishments with troubadours to delight evening diners. Founded in the late eighteenth century by a Captain Morrall, Murrells Inlet has supplied the Waccamaw Neck with fresh seafood for over 200 years. Fleets of deep-sea fishing boats lie at anchor here and journey daily to the Gulf Stream, bringing an abundance of offshore delicacies. Just off Murrells Inlet lies Drunken Jack Island, where, according to local legend, a pirate was accidentally marooned with no provisions save his shipmates' excess rum supply. Months later, when the ship returned to load up the rum cargo, all the crew found was case after empty rum case, spent rum bottles all along the shore, and the bleached bones of poor Jack. The treasure of Blackbeard is also reputed to be buried here.
Please email, or contact C. Mark Hardee | Brandon L. Brookshire at 843.945.9006 - 1601 North Oak St., Suite 102, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 -- to learn more about the Murrells Inlet community.