5 Tips for a Babymoon in Myrtle Beach

Warm beaches. Cool waters. Interesting things to do. Budget conscious hotel rooms. Friendly local residents. We may be a little biased, but we think Myrtle Beach is a fabulous destination for your babymoon! 

 

Make the most of your last big trip before the two of you become the three of you with these tried and true tips:

 

1) Travel smart. Consult your physician for a personal recommendation, but The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) advises that the safest time for most pregnant women to travel is between 18 and 24 weeks (second trimester.) If you will be flying to Myrtle Beach, check with your airline to ensure they will allow you on the plane. When driving, be sure to adjust your seat and seatbelt for the best fit according to the latest safety standards.

 

2) Map out the nearest hospital to your hotel. While the vast majority of women won’t need to see a doctor during their trip, a little peace of mind can go a long way. Sit down with your partner and study the local area, noting local ERs and clinics in advance of your arrival. Hint: The nearest hospital to Horizon at 77th is Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, 1.8 miles (4 minutes) away.

 

3) Plan out to do things in advance that require minimal walking. Luckily, there’s plenty to see and do in Myrtle Beach that fits this bill. Lounge on the beach. Float in the pool. Ride the SkyWheel. Catch a performance at The Carolina Opry. Take a scenic drive down Ocean Boulevard – or one of the many other non-strenuous activities in our beachside town!

 

4) Wear comfortable, well-broken in shoes with arch support. Like it or not, you will need to walk at least a little during your visit. When you do, opt for practical over stylish. In the past, flip-flops and heels might have been all you needed for a vacation, but this time pack the tennis shoes. You’ll thank us later!

 

5) Treat yourself to some time alone. We know, we know. The purpose of this trip is to spend time together with your sweetheart. But this may be the last chance you both truly have to both be carefree at the same time in quite some time. Schedule some activities to enjoy apart – you get a massage while he goes fishing or plays golf. It will make coming together again at dinnertime to discuss your adventures that much more romantic! 

 

Learn more about Horizon at 77th.

Best Myrtle Beach Activities for Sports Fans

If you’re reading this article, chances are you — or someone you’re planning to travel with — is a sports fan. 

 

Always optimistic about your chances in the next big game, you rarely go a day without checking some kind of stats or comparing notes with your coworkers. Talking trash about the “other guys” just comes natural. And if we were to look up “loyalty” in the dictionary, we’d find a picture of your face because you can defend any move your favorite player or coach makes (no matter how bad it really was.)

 

Sports enthusiasts, welcome to Myrtle Beach! It’s easy to see why we are emerging as a sports tourism destination:

 

1) Catch a live Myrtle Beach Pelicans baseball game.

The league may be minor, but a Pelicans game at Ticketreturn.com Field across the street from Broadway at the Beach is always major fun! Free parking, cheap tickets, classic food and a family-friendly atmosphere make these games a win for all who attend.

 

2) Attend a Big South Championship basketball game. 

The Grand Strand’s Coastal Carolina University will host this all-important and highly competitive tournament for both men and women’s playoffs through 2015. Come cheer on your college team!

 

3) Perfect your golf swing.

Golfers, listen up. With over 100 quality courses, Myrtle Beach offers such a wide variety of championship and specialty courses that it’s not hard to see why some call us “The Golf Capital of the World.” Learn more.

 

4) Satisfy your need for speed. 

Since it’s opening in 1958, the Myrtle Beach Speedway has hosted many generations of some of the biggest names in racing history. Whether you’re interested in watching a live race, or taking a test drive of your own through the NASCAR Racing Experience, this is the place to be!

 

5) Play in the surf and sand. 

The 60 miles of sand along Myrtle Beach provides many opportunities to participate in waterside sports yourself, including beach volleyball, Frisbee, surfing, swimming, paddle boarding, boogie boarding and skim boarding. Start a pickup game or learn something new!

 

**While you won’t need to spend your entire trip in front of the TV or computer to get your sporting fix, why not choose a hotel that offers free Wi-Fi and Cable TV channels? It is your vacation, after all. Read more about these and the many other amenities that await you at Horizon at 77th now!

Experience a Girls Getaway in Myrtle Beach

Ladies, when it comes to friendship, no one else is there for you like your girls. They’ve had your back through messy breakups, rough days with coworkers and adventures gone awry. You’ve been through it all!

 

So whether you currently plan an annual trip together every year, or have never even considered the idea before, now is the perfect time to plan a girl’s getaway to Myrtle Beach!

 

Grande Shores Ocean Resort has everything you need:

 

An Oceanfront Location: Just imagine having the sun, sand and surf only steps from your oceanfront or ocean view room!

 

On-site Restaurant and Lounge: Our very own Shoreline Café restaurant serves classic American and seafood fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and features a popular happy hour with great drink specials.

 

Comfortable Accommodations: From floor-to-ceiling windows and high-speed Internet, to in-room refrigerators and Cable TVs, these guest rooms are perfectly suited for unforgettable stays.

 

Other Activities Nearby: In addition to Myrtle Beach itself, there’s also plenty more to do here, like lounging poolside, floating along one of our on-site lazy rivers, taking in a theater show, going mini-golfing and shopping at one of several nearby outlets and malls!

 

A Great Deal: Find the ultimate in comfort and convenience at Grande Shores Resort when you book the Girlfriend Getaway package!

 

A bottle of wine paired with a fruit and cheese plate will be waiting in your room when you arrive. You’ll also receive a voucher redeemable for a coupon book filled with savings at Tanger Outlet mall. Plus, everyone will enjoy a full Southern breakfast buffet each morning and a wonderful dinner one evening – all without breaking the bank!

 

Learn more and see current rates for this package now.

Hotspots in Myrtle Beach by Category

It’s almost time for your vacation to Myrtle Beach! After choosing to stay at an oceanfront resort, you’re already off to a great start. Make it even better when you add these must-see hotspots to your itinerary! There’s something here for everyone:

 

The Thrill Seekers

 

The History Buffs

 

The Cultural Enthusiasts

 

The Nature Lovers

 

The Casual Crowd

 

The Whole Family

 

See our complete list of even more things to do in Myrtle Beach near SeaSide Resort!

Can’t-Miss Summer Family Events in Pylar Park, Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach offers plenty of things to do as the temperatures rise, but the Oceanfront Merchants Association’s annual “Hot Summer Nights” are not to be missed!

 

Lucky for visitors, this event lasts all summer long – June 2 through August 31, 2014! Outdoor events are scheduled nightly at Plyar Park, the northernmost point on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade that stretches 1.2 miles along the Atlantic Ocean. The result is an experience that is part concert series, part community fair, and all fun!

 

Come enjoy:

  • Free seaside open-air concerts every night
  • Carnivals games and rides
  • Activities for children
  • Fireworks over the ocean (*select nights)
  • Street performers along the boardwalk walkways
  • Nearby restaurants and gift shops
  • Unbeatable ocean views

Another perk of this event? It is completely free! 

 

Children will love the festive atmosphere and walking along the boardwalk. Adults will enjoy local talent playing a variety of rock and roll, country, alternative, reggae and more. And everyone is invited to ride the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel (*fee), share an oceanfront meal or shop for unique souvenirs to bring back home among the beach shops. 

 

At the end of it all, return to the luxury condominiums of SeaSide Resort  for upscale designer furnishings, complimentary Internet and affordable rates!

 

Learn How to Surf in Myrtle Beach

Poolside sunbathing. Boutique shopping. Creative dining. Boat tours. Carnival rides. Exciting watersports. There’s so much to do in Myrtle Beach!

 

Among one of the most popular activities during a stay at Prince Resort is learning to surf. With small to medium-size waves that are ideal for first-timers – or “not-in-a-long-timers” – the East Coast calls out to all who are willing to listen.

 

But surfing is more than a sport: it is an appreciation of the harmony between man and nature. For many South Carolina locals, a happy and healthy surf life also involves a commitment to keeping the environment clean and treating others with respect.

 

So who will teach you this way of life? While there are many options in and around town, we recommend Kokopelli Surf Camp. Located on our property beside the Cherry Grove Pier, the surf shack offers: 

  • Summer surf camps (May through August)
  • Year-round surfing lessons
  • Year-round SUP paddleboarding lessons and tours
  • Board rentals
  • Board repair
  • Surfing gear and souvenir t-shirts

Adults and children of all ages can participate in learning awareness of ocean waves and control of the board from professional surfers. The Kokopelli staff are experts in teaching both the fundamentals and progressive ways of surfing and paddle boarding! Backing up a lifetime of surfing and ocean experience with surf instruction accreditation’s, CPR/ First-Aid certifications, licenses and insurance, safety always comes first at Kokopelli Surf Camp.

 

Isn’t it time you planned your surfing adventure? Call ahead to (843) 340-9565 for a reservation or walk-up to the shack to inquire about day-of availability. Email kokopellisurfcamp@gmail.com for more details.

10 Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Myrtle Beach

Bringing the whole family on a trip to Myrtle Beach this summer? Here are 10 things to do with kids during your visit:

 

1. See who can build the most artistic sandcastle or ride the most waves on a boogie board at the beach.

 

2. Feed the ducks, get lost in a maze of mirrors, watch a movie on the big screen, purchase a souvenir, or get ice cream together at Broadway at the Beach.

 

3. Grab an inflatable tub or raft and float down the lazy river at Horizon at 77th.

 

4. Let the kids learn while they touch, play and explore a variety of interactive exhibits at the Children’s Museum of South Carolina.

 

5. Meet Bengal, Siberian, White and Golden Tabby Tigers up close at T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach.

 

6. Learn something new about the natural world at WonderWorks.

 

7. See over 10,000 exotic sea creatures at Ripley’s Aquarium.

 

8. Test your putting skills with a game of mini-golf at one of over 50 locations in and around Myrtle Beach.

 

9. See the ocean from way up high on the enclosed-car and air conditioned Myrtle Beach Skywheel at the boardwalk and promenade. 

 

10. Get your kids saying “Aye Aye, Captain!” at Pirates Voyage: Fun, Feast & Adventure, a popular dinner theater show with daily performances.

 

 

Questions about other things to do with your children during your stay? Ask the staff of Horizon at 77th now.

 

Top 3 Myrtle Beach Attractions for Nature Lovers

Myrtle Beach is home to a wide variety of attractions and fun things to do – including several attractions nature lovers are sure to enjoy. Whether you want to see wildlife up close and personal, or simply get away from it all for a few hours, this is the place to be. Here are three unbeatable attractions for nature lovers visiting The Grand Strand:

1. Ripley’s Aquarium
1110 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Phone: (843) 916-0888

The most visited attraction in South Carolina, this 85,000 square foot facility gives visitors the opportunity to see over 10,000 exotic sea creatures comprised of 350+ species. Touch live sharks and stingrays, and glide down a moving path through an underwater tunnel filled with colorful fish and dangerous predators. Grab a bite at Feeding Frenzy restaurant or explore dozens of other fascinating exhibits!

Hours of Operation

Sunday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Open 365 days a year!

2. Myrtle Beach State Park
4401 S Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29575
Phone: (843) 238-5325

Find the perfect natural escape in the middle of the tourist area. This Grand Strand state park offers plenty of walking trails, a boardwalk, a pier and a pristine beach. Go for a swim, fish from the pier, soak up the sun with a good book or take a walk along the ocean that lasts for miles! Children and families will especially enjoy the nature center, playground, pavilions with picnic tables and seasonal park programs.

Hours of Operation

Daily, March – November: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Daily, December – February: 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.

3. T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station & Preserve Tour Experience
*Two Locations
Phone: (843) 361-4552

The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species offers nature lovers the chance to see, touch and even play with exotic animals. There are two ways to experience T.I.G.E.R.S. 1) Watch the animals for free or take a photo (*fee) with a tiger cub or an ape by visiting the Preservation Station at Barefoot Landing or 2) Tour the full 50-acre preserve in North Myrtle Beach to meet an African elephant, grey wolves, many different apes and over 60 big cats including tigers and a liger.
*Proceeds benefit work to save rare species around the world.

Hours of Operation

Mid-March to mid-October

Please call for current hours of operation: (843) 361-4552
Save time and money during your trip to Myrtle Beach. Learn more about the accommodations at Grande Shores Ocean Resort, only 10 minutes from Ripley’s Aquarium and 20 minutes from Myrtle Beach State Park!

Best Places to Fish in Myrtle Beach

From the visiting first-time fisherman to the expert local sportsman, almost anyone can find success while saltwater fishing in Myrtle Beach.

With immediate access to the Atlantic Ocean, the area is home to some of the largest and most prized catches in South Carolina during the warm seasons, including Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, Pompano, Marlin, Sailfish, Flounder, Tuna, Swordfish, Mahi Mahi, Black Drum, Red Drum, Trout and many others. Pick up a pole and choose from among deep sea charter fishing, pier fishing or event fishing to start! Top local recommendations include:

Favorite Charters:
Hurricane Fleet | 9975 Nance Street | Calabash, NC 28467

Longway Fishing Charters | 4499 Mineola Ave. | Little River, SC 29566

Lucky Strike Charters | 3312 Hwy. 50 | Little River, SC 29566

Reel Action Fishing Charters | 2201 Little River Neck Rd | Little River, SC 29566

These top-rated charters are less than 20 mins from Avista Resort, which offers clean, comfortable condominiums with free Wi-Fi at affordable rates year-round.

Local-Recommended Piers:
Myrtle Beach State Park Pier | 4401 South Kings Hwy. | Myrtle Beach, SC 29575

Apache Pier | 9700 Kings Rd. | Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

Cherry Grove Pier | 3500 N. Ocean Blvd. | North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

Springmaid Pier | 3200 South Ocean Blvd. | Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

*No license is needed to fish from public piers in Myrtle Beach, but individuals 16 years of age or older need a license to fish from the surf.

Annual Competitive Events:
Grand Strand Fishing Rodeo: Spring King Mackerel Tournament
May 10 – 11, 2014

Take A Kid Fishing Tournament
October 2014

Grand Strand Fishing Rodeo: Fall King Mackerel Tournament
Date TBD

If fishing on your own, be sure to do your research and consult one of the local bait or tackle shops on the times and locations for recent catches. They may also recommend the best bait for your desired catch. Heeding their advice may pay off with a legendary catch that you’ll want to tell all of your friends about – and at the very least, you’ll spend some quality time relaxing on the water enjoying the The Grand Strand coast!

Ask the staff at Avista Resort
for additional fishing recommendations upon check-in, or contact the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.

Shop ‘til You Drop in Myrtle Beach

Whether you want to window shop, treat yourself or find the perfect gift to bring home for that special someone, Myrtle Beach offers plenty of opportunities to shop ’til you drop! In fact, a stay at SeaSide Resort will put you close to many of the area’s best shopping malls, factory outlets, specialty shops, local markets and more.

Barefoot Landing

Address: 4898 Highway 17 South, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
Travel Time: 5 minutes

Find excellent dining, nightlife and over 100 specialty and retail shops offering apparel, accessories and gifts along the intracoastal waterway of Myrtle Beach at Barefoot Landing!

Myrtle Beach Mall
Address: 10177 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
Travel Time: 8 minutes

From department stores and hobby shops to sporting goods and even a movie theater, the Myrtle Beach Mall has it all.

Tanger Outlets
Address: 4635 Factory Stores Boulevard, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
Travel Time: 9 minutes

Stylish deals at the Tanger Outlets come in the form of discounted prices and the most popular name brands, including Banana Republic Factory Store, Kenneth Cole, Tommy Hilfiger, Nine West Outlet, Crabtree & Evelyn, Harley-Davidson, Sunglass Hut, Forever 21, American Eagle Outfitters and dozens more.

Broadway at the Beach
Address: 1325 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Travel Time: 19 minutes

Broadway at the Beach features stores and boutiques filled with all kinds of apparel, accessories and gifts alongside popular entertainment and nightlife venues, so there’s even something for the non-shoppers in your group to do nearby while you browse.

Coastal Grand Mall
Address: 2000 Coastal Grand Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Travel Time: 23 minutes

This upscale shopping mall features 130 shops and restaurants, so you’re sure to find something you’ll love during your visit!

The Market Common
4017 Deville St.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Travel Time: 29 minutes

Located in a beautifully designed village area, The Market Common not only offers exceptional shopping, but also luxurious dining and entertainment experiences.

Learn more about the many things to do at and around SeaSide Resort now.