02:27 EST High Tide 6.45 ft | 08:41 AM EST Low Tide 0.86 ft
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The legend of the Salty Dog Cafe is a tall one; a famous tale fraught with peril and daring deed that holds fast (with wet paws) to the etchings it has inscribed in sea lore. It was a day John Braddocks will never forget. The day his tiny boat flipped in twenty foot seas and all hope was lost. The day his brave dog, Jake, tossed into the sea as well in the unexpected storm, led his owner, for three days and three nights, back to shore. The townsfolk built a gathering place in Jake’s honor. They named it The Salty Dog Cafe. Today, Jake’s iconic portrait — a dog in a yellow sou’wester hat — can be seen all over the world.
In 1987, The Salty Dog Cafe opened along the docks of South Beach Marina deep inside Sea Pines Plantation. Things were quiet back then, the views were magnificent. Fishing boats rocked gently at their moorings. The sun performed it’s daily dance to a symphony of cackling wildlife and breeze-ruffled palm leaves. The sea blanketed everything in its hypnotic duality of harmony and danger. It was a perfect place for shrimp salad and frosty beers. And t-shirts.
Inevitably The Salty Dog Cafe grew. We outgrew the original bar. We outgrew our original menu. We outgrew our plain, white, Salty Dog T-shirts. We started out small, but as we grew, we had to get a kitchen. Then we started serving hot food. Then we had to get a t-shirt shop. Then we had to move to a warehouse to get the job done. We just continued to grow year after year.
Today the Salty Dog Cafe serves hundreds of patrons a day in the summertime. Most of them are visiting families. There’s live musical entertainment from spring to fall with Dave Kemmerly or Bruce Crichton, clowns, pictures with Jake The Salty Dog, webcams on the website, shopping along the marina, idea after idea, improvement after improvement. The landmark marina has shifted from fishing dock to not to be missed destination place while on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.