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3 Places for the Best Crabbing in Charleston

It’s no secret that the Lowcountry is home to some of the freshest, locally sourced seafood in the Southeast. Sure, you could easily order crab at a restaurant but, if you’re feeling adventurous, you could also attempt catching your own. Read on to learn about the best spots and tours for crabbing in Charleston, SC. Then, be sure to check out our complimentary Kiawah Destination Guide for all the best things to do on and around the island.

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Don’t forget: Be sure to register for a fishing license from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources before going crabbing or fishing in the Charleston area!

1. Blue Crabbing Excursion

With Blue Crabbing Excursion, you will venture out to Capers Island preserve and crab with a hand line and net! At the end of the day, you get to enjoy fresh, steamed crabs served with butter and old bay. This tour lasts for about three and a half hours and is available between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

2. Tideline Tours Crabbing Adventure

If you like the idea of working for your dinner, then check out Tideline Tours’ Crabbing Adventure. Catch your own blue crabs on Folly Beach! This tour takes about two hours and requires a six-person minimum guest list!

3. Casual Crabbing With Tia

For a laidback, local experience, consider booking a Casual Crabbing With Tia tour! Learn to catch your own seafood with nothing but some bait, a net, and a basket! All sessions run for about two and a half hours. Tia typically accommodates only up to eight guests but can run a larger session if you contact her ahead of time!


Maybe you’re a seasoned expert and would rather spend some time crabbing alone. If you have the gear, the knowledge, and the fishing license to go by yourself, then be sure to check out some of our favorite places to go crabbing in the Lowcountry! Stay close to Kiawah or venture to Charleston, James Island, Mount Pleasant, or other neighboring islands to fully experience the beauty of the region. Consider some of the following locales for your crabbing adventure:

  • Kiawah Island
  • Seabrook Island
  • Folly Beach
  • Edisto
  • Shem Creek Park
  • Pitt Street Bridge
  • Mount Pleasant Pier
  • Waterfront Park
  • Brittlebank Park
  • James Island County Park


Rather than staying in the heart of downtown Charleston, consider taking your vacation off the beaten path. Kiawah Island is a quiet, upscale retreat that offers a tranquil experience while still allowing for convenient access to the rest of the region’s major attractions. To make the most of your getaway, settle into our stylish, sophisticated guest rooms and suites at Andell Inn. As a guest, you’ll have access to quality amenities ranging from a saltwater pool to our Porch Bar and more.

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