Waties Island

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Waties (WAY-teez) Island, SC

I recently moved to Ocean Drive Beach in South Carolina, which technically is North Myrtle Beach, SC.  Cherry Grove is the beach just to the north, and technically also North Myrtle Beach, SC.  Regardless of the technical name, both are lovely beach communities.  (This is coming from someone who grew up convinced that Myrtle Beach was a bit on the redneck side - and regardless that this past week was Black Bike Week - I love being here and I am enjoying these beaches immensely!) In addition, over lunch a few days ago, my boyfriend and I noticed a map of an inlet, which happens to be just north of Cherry Grove.  We were immediately excited, and yesterday made the trip to The Point at Cherry Grove.  Prior to that, I went on Google Earth to check out what to expect.  You can imagine my excitement learning that Waties Island, a 2.7 barrier island, lay to it's north!  It's like a mini-Masonboro Island!  I am so flipping excited about this discovery - and can't wait to spend many summer days exploring this fine island: shelling, fishing, and hopefully hunting and gathering in the sound waters behind it.

Aerial Photo (although a bit dated) of Waties Island.  Cherry Grove is just to the left.  Little River inlet is north (right).
The tide was falling when we arrived, and once the tide changed, we headed back, walking across the inlet in the breakers.  We spotted a skate on the way, and the current was subtle yet super strong.  I miss my boat :).  I doubt the siblings would appreciate me bringing it to SC for the summer.  I also managed to find some sand dollars and other treasures.
Waties Gems
The Point at Cherry Grove is a gem itself.  Especially at low tide.  What a beautiful inlet!

The Point at Cherry Grove and Waties Island in the short distance.

I hope you all had a Happy Memorial Day, and I hope you have the best summer yet! 


  1. The island is private property and requires permission to access.

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  2. I am visiting Cherry Grove Beach this August and am super interested in crossing Hog Inlet to check out Hog/Waties Island for shelling and exploring. What was it like to cross the inlet at low tide?

  3. Do not try to cross the inlet by foot. Even at low tide, the currents can be very deceiving and many drown or require rescue trying to cross on foot.


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