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Here Now - Have Questions

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Here Now - Have Questions

Arrived yesterday, lovely vacation rental on Seabrook Island. Went on a carriage ride & spent some time in Charleston today. Beautiful.

Thinking of driving to Sullivan's Island tomorrow & maybe Ft Moultrie.

I thought I saw where dolphins are often sighted there. Can anyone tell me what area we should checkout to maybe look for dolphins?

Is there a good beach area to explore? Any lighthouses? What else can we do on Sullivan's island (other then going to Ft Sumter)? We've got our 2 yr old grandson with us.

Where do we eat lunch? Poe's?

Thanks for any suggestions.

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1. Re: Here Now - Have Questions

Find out how to get out to the beach at Captain Sam's Inlet (between Kiawah and Seabrook), right there on Seabrook, you can usually see dolphins right there. That was were we saw our first dolphin "stranding" (it's a feeding technique that is unique to the southeast US coast, not found anywhere else in the world, Animal Planet and a couple others have been there to film it).

You've got lighthouse viewing from the north end of Folly Beach, park at the end of the road, maybe a quarter mile walk out to the beach (mostly paved), it's the Morris Island Lighthouse, you can't reach it by walking, just by boat.

If you take the drive to Sullivan's Island, yes, Poe's is the place for lunch.

Edited: 21 March 2011, 10:43
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2. Re: Here Now - Have Questions

Also consider a dolphin tour, they leave from either Bohicket Marina or Cherry Point Landing.

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You might be able to see dolphins at Ft. Moultrie. You can also park at Breech Inlet by the bridge on the Sullivans side and walk up onto the bridge. You may see dolphins there too. You'll have to take a boat from the Charleston side to get to Ft. Sumter.

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4. Re: Here Now - Have Questions

I was just out to Ft. Moultrie yesterday and saw a couple of pods surfacing near the beach as you face Ft. Sumter. They appeared to be sitting in one spot as the tide was going out... much like birds that drift on thermals. Definitely hit Poe's on a weekday as it appears to be constantly at capacity during the weekends.

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5. Re: Here Now - Have Questions

The pods hang around where they find easy fishing. Like people, pods of dolphins won't turn down a good cheap buffet when they find it.

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6. Re: Here Now - Have Questions

Consider stopping at Shem Creek to or from Sullivan's Island. Great for lunch, drinks or dinner, and dolphins and pelicans love the area around the shrimp boats and restaurants. Can't go wrong at Waters Edge http://www.waters-edge-restaurant.com/ or Red's Ice House http://www.redsicehouse.com/

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7. Re: Here Now - Have Questions

Sullivan's and not see dolphins - very very rare! Often they are so close to shore it's surprising. Try walking towards the "bend" - towards Ft. Sumter - and just watch. We see them on IOP as well; all over. Wild Dunes and Breach Inlet is where we see them the most.

At high tide the other day I saw dolphins at Breach Inlet. Also saw them while crossing the James Island Connector on Saturday. Have seen them from the Ravenel Bridge (easier to see while walking!) The only place I don't often see them is crossing the (???) bridge to West Ashley, but that doesn't mean they're not there.

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8. Re: Here Now - Have Questions

We were at Folly Beach (viewing the lighthouse) last week and saw dolphins very close to shore there.

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