Family Travel 2012

Nichole Livengood



Here's a great place to spot dolphins at play

Posted 7/22/2012 1:10:00 PM

One of my family’s favorite hidden treasures of coastal South Carolina is Breach Inlet, which runs between Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms.

Located on S.C. 703 (Jasper or Palm Boulevard,) you can park in lots across from the Boathouse Restaurant on Isle of Palms or at Thomson Park on Sullivan’s Island and walk down to the waterfront.

Breach Inlet is actually an important historical landmark for our country. On June 28, 1776, during the Revolutionary War, 780 American Patriots commanded by colonel William “Danger” Thomson successfully defeated 3,000 British soldiers, who were determined to capture the unfinished Fort Sullivan by land and make it a base of operations for taking Charles Town (Charleston.) The defeat was a major setback for British efforts to stifle American independence. In 2012, Thomson Park was completed on Sullivan’s Island overlooking Breach Inlet to commemorate the event.

We love visiting the inlet to see the dolphins swimming and playing between the two islands. Every time we cross the Thomson Memorial Bridge that spans the inlet, someone in our car yells, “Look for dolphins!” because more often than not, there are a couple of them swimming around. The Inlet is a fairly easy walk or bike ride from the public beach access or park on Isle of Palms.

Strong currents make the water unsafe for swimming – in fact it is prohibited – but the spot is a favorite for fishermen casting their lines and nets from both the bridge and the beach. It’s fun to see what people pull in: small sharks, crabs, blowfish. The beach is also a fairly empty playground for bicyclists, shell seekers, dogs playing fetch, and families having a picnic and watching the sunset.