Land and sea tours of Sandbridge Beach help you learn more about the history, culture, and ecology of the area. Taking a local tour will help you get to really know a place more than you ever would on your own. Whether you love the land, the water, or both, Sandbridge Beach has a variety of local tour options to match your sense of adventure.
Standup Paddleboard (SUP) Tours
Paddleboarding is a peaceful way to spend a few hours exploring the wildlife along the water, whether in the ocean or through Back Bay. Since paddleboards move slowly and do not make a lot of noise you won’t startle birds, dolphins, or other wildlife. If you are lucky you may have a few curious dolphins come up and swim right alongside of you.
On average a Standup Paddleboard Tour lasts about 2 hours. You can choose from an ocean tour or through the Back Bay.
There are many different Kayak Tours offered in or around Sandbridge. You can spend a tranquil morning or afternoon along the Back Bay Wildlife Refuge, search for dolphins in the ocean, or add a little excitement and try to catch some fish in the ocean or Back Bay. You can also take a tour to grab a bite to eat at Blue Pete’s for lunch or dinner.
The freshwater creeks of Back Bay and First Landing are flat and calm, making for an easy paddle. You will have prime views of birds, deer, turtles, and of course fish.
If you are looking for more of an adventure the ocean kayak tour is the trip of a lifetime. You will learn how to paddle through the surf. Once you are beyond the breakers, you will be able to see dolphins, turtles, schools of fish and more.
Even if you have never kayaked you can enjoy the simplicity of fishing like the good old days. Fishing from a kayak allows you to access protected coves and no motor means you won’t scare the fish away. You can catch striped bass, speckled trout, flounder, and much more!
On average the Kayak Tours last for about 2.5 hours. There are some tours like the fishing or the half-day eco-tours that last longer.
Dolphin Watching Tours
If there’s one thing that makes people smile universally, it’s dolphins. A dolphin-watching tour is not only a sure way to spot these fascinating, intelligent creatures, it’s the best way to learn about their habits and habitats. Dolphin tours are perfect for the whole family!
On average these tours last up to an hour and a half. First Landing Charters offers a tour that lasts up to 3 hours. What is so great about most these tours is if you do not see a dolphin on your trip, they will take you out again for free.
Biking Sandbridge Beach is the best mix of adventure and exercise. There are two types of tours offered, you can either bike semi-paved trails through Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge or cruise the beach on a fat-tire sand bike.
With each tour, you will see local wildlife such as deer, foxes, birds, and dolphins depending on which tour you take.
Wildlife Tram Tours
Take a tram tour through Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge down to False Cape State Park. With this tour you get to explore land and water. On the trip through Back Bay you will be able to see birds, fish, and reptiles local to the area. The tram driver will talk about the wildlife you encounter and the history of both the refuge and state park. Once you arrive to False Cape State Park you will have the option to go on a one-mile hike to the historic Wash Woods cemetery. Along this hike you will likely glimpse deer and birds.
This tour lasts up to 4 hours. They offer a morning tour daily and then on Wednesday they offer a special evening tour. The morning tour is a first-come, first-served situation and reservations are not allowed. The evening tour that is offered on Wednesday requires a reservation.
If are you real adventurous you can always go on a self-guided tour through Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge or False Cape State Park.
Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge offers over 8 miles of scenic trails. Not only are there trails through the bay but there are trails to the ocean as well. The trails are open from dawn to dusk daily. You are able to bike or hike the trails.
False Cape State Park is one of the last remaining undeveloped areas along the Atlantic coast. In order to get to False Cape State Park you have to bike or hike from Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. They have a trail open daily which will lead you to False Cape State Park. Once you make it from Back Bay to False Cape you will have 6 miles of hiking and biking trails to explore. The trails are open daily from dawn to dusk.
By taking one of these guided land or sea tours of Sandbridge Beach you will learn local knowledge about the history and wildlife of the area. Don’t forget to bring your camera and binoculars! Make memories that will last forever when exploring the area!