5 Tips for Planning a Myrtle Beach Wedding

He finally asked – and of course, you said “Yes!” You couldn’t wait to tell your parents and make it “social media official.” You’ve already chosen your color scheme and started determining a budget. And now it’s time to select your date and book the perfect Myrtle Beach wedding venue!

 

Consider choosing a venue that offers:

 

Friendly & Professional Staff: Look for a venue with an expert event team that you get good vibes from right away. Sit down and tell them your vision – they should be willing to hear all of your ideas outright, not matter what they are. If it seems like what you want doesn’t fit one of their standard packages or the budget you’ve set up, they should be highly responsive and quickly suggest alternatives that will fit your needs.

 

An Oceanfront Location: While there may appear to be many “beach hotels” along The Grand Strand, there are fewer true hotels on the beach. If your heart is set on having the sun, sand and waves of Myrtle Beach as the backdrop for your ceremony and reception, but sure to see the venue for yourself or on Google maps before booking to ensure you’ll enjoy easy beach access and unobstructed views.

 

Customizable Catering Packages: Standard menus are a good place to start, but look for a catering staff that will partner with you to strike a balance between the impressive and the practical. Sometimes even substituting or subtracting just one or two items from the menu can make a huge difference in your final cost.

 

On-site Wedding Coordinators: The best Myrtle Beach wedding venues offer dedicated event staff to walk with you through the entire process, from the first pre-planning discussions through the final dance of your big day. These staff should be experts in what they do, so ask them plenty of questions up front before signing a contract for the venue.

 

Affordable Accommodations for Your Guests: If planning a destination wedding, keep in mind that your guests will already be spending money to get to the beach. Be considerate of their time and costs by selecting a hotel venue for your reception and arranging a discounted group room block (usually 10 hotel rooms or more) in advance for their convenience. Bonus: Look for a resort that offers convenient amenities such as complimentary wireless Internet, swimming pools with hot tubs and an on-site restaurant! 

 

Find all of these features and more at Prince Resort at Cherry Grove Pier. Located in two towers, one directly on the water and the other just across the street, this oceanfront resort offers three reception venues for your dream wedding in Myrtle Beach! 

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!

Top Relaxation in Myrtle Beach

True relaxation awaits you in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Of course, there are many things to see and do around town, but sometimes a deep massage at your hotel or rejuvenating facial at the spa down the street is just what you really need to let go of the cares of everyday life. Whether you’re visiting us for just a few days, or a local resident looking for a healthier way of life, here are some of the top spas and places for relaxing in Myrtle Beach:

 

Thai Massage at Grande Shores Ocean Resort

201 77th Ave. North, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

Make an appointment: At check-in or learn more by calling (855) 707-4712!

 

Melindas Day Spa And Salon

505 Hwy 17 North, North Myrtle Bch, SC

Make an appointment: (843) 663-1307

 

Adam & Eve Day Spa Massage

1029 Hwy 17 South, North Myrtle Beach, SC

Make an appointment: (843) 361-8888

 

Amazing Face & Body

421 79th Ave N., Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

Make an appointment: (843) 467-2639

 

Touch MedSpa

702 6th Ave S #5, North Myrtle Beach, SC

Make an appointment: (843) 249-5433

 

Exclusively You Salon & Spa

3310 Highway 17 S, North Myrtle Beach, SC

Make an appointment: (843) 361-8080

 

Vania Spa

7901 N Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

Make an appointment: (843) 839-3355

 

Kiva Day Spa

6507 N Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

Make an appointment: (843) 467-2778

 

Need additional assistance selecting the perfect way to relax in Myrtle Beach? The friendly staff at Grande Shores Ocean Resort is always ready and willing to help guests. Begin planning your stay and contact them today!

Have Your Dream Wedding in Myrtle Beach

You have the perfect partner and the perfect ring – now it’s time to plan the perfect wedding to celebrate your love! And what better place than on one of the most beautiful beaches in the United States?

 

Picture this: Waves roll gently onto the shoreline as seagulls fill the air with the sound of laughter. Your guests begin to truly relax as the music plays. Your vows are said against a backdrop of cool green-blue waters and warm cream-colored sands, and sealed with the kiss you’ve been dreaming of. The photos that follow are nothing short of gorgeous, and afterwards everyone moves indoors to get the party started!

This could be your wedding in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. 

 

A popular wedding reception venue in North Myrtle Beach, the oceanfront Avista Resort offers:

  • Your choice of ballroom spaces (seat up to 200 guests) or 3500 Ocean Grill restaurant space (seats up to 100 guests)
  • Professional wedding specialists on staff
  • On-site catering services
  • On-site audiovisual equipment
  • Complimentary high-speed Internet access
    Free parking
  • Porter service
    Affordable overnight group rates for attendees
  • Customizable wedding reception packages, which may include:

A dance floor
A head table or Sweetheart table during reception
A cake table with service ware
Table centerpieces (silk floral or pillar candle with hurricane globe or seashell globe, on mirrored circle)

Ivory rose linens for reception and choice of standard napkin colors

A Honeymoon Suite for the bride and groom on the evening of your wedding

In-room champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries for the bride and groom

A full breakfast buffet for the bride and groom on the morning after your wedding
   

See the complete list of wedding packages offered by Avista Resort and banquet menus.

 

Find all this and more at Avista Resort, a sophisticated yet affordable wedding venue on beautiful Myrtle Beach! Call 1-877-238-4487 to speak with an agent.

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.

10 Places You Must Eat in Myrtle Beach

After a beautiful day exploring Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, you’re sure to be in the mood for something delicious. Fortunately, there are many fine dining restaurants and bars in North Myrtle Beach with exceptional service and even better menus. Sip and savor every moment when you select from one of these 10 popular must-eats during your visit:

1) 3500 Ocean Grill
3500 North Ocean Blvd., North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Phone: (843) 417-1300 Ext. 7181

With an exquisitely crafted menu using fresh and creative ingredients, 3500 Ocean Grill serves enticing seafood, beef, chicken and pork dishes on a breezy outdoor terrace and at an indoor bar which offers captivating Atlantic Ocean views through floor-to-ceiling windows.

2) Just Off Main
300 North Ocean Blvd., North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Phone: (800) 968-8986 Ext.15507

Locally authentic dishes, unique specialties and an inspired wine list come together at Just Off Main on the beach – the only thing missing is you!

3) SeaBlue
503 Hwy 17 N., North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Phone: (843) 249-8800

Both a luxurious wine bar and full restaurant, SeaBlue’s menu goes beyond the mainstream into extraordinary, so guests can drink, dine and discover!

4) Tree Top Lounge
300 North Ocean Blvd., North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Phone: (800) 968-8986 Ext. 5061

This fourth floor lounge provides the perfect opportunity to unwind in a casual Art Deco environment with drinks, flat-screen TVs, pool tables, happy hour specials and views of Ocean Boulevard through large windows.

5) Villa Tuscanna
97 Highway 17 N., North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Phone: (843) 280-2288

Villa Tuscanna is an authentic Italian restaurant in downtown North Myrtle Beach that serves homemade Italian food prepared fresh every day in a fine dining setting.

6) Sea Merchants Restaurant
1104 Hwy. 17, S North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582‎
Phone: (843) 272-5835

The place locals go for the freshest seafood on the beach, Sea Merchants is a family-owned and operated dining experience like no other!

7) Joe’s Bar and Grill
810 Conway St., North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Phone: (843) 272-4666

A local favorite, Joe’s Bar & Grill serves a variety of high-quality seafood, beef, poultry and more in a casual atmosphere with cozy indoor or breezy outdoor seating with water views.

8) Aspen Grille
5101 N. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Phone: (843) 449-9191

With a sophisticated yet simple menu, this grille stands out among the traditional dining experience as a place where music and conversation fill the air and fresh flavors are enjoyed by all!

9) Collector’s Cafe
7740 N. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
Phone: (843) 449-9370

This combination restaurant-meet-art gallery combines world-class Mediterranean cuisine with beautiful works of art for sale in each room in a European coffeehouse environment that serves fresh fish, scallop cakes, lamb, beef and more.

10) Filet’s on the Water
2120 Sea Mountain Hwy., #1100, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Phone: (843) 280-5200

Located directly on the waterway of Harbourgate Marina, fun is always on the menu alongside steak, seafood and sushi in a casual atmosphere with live music and happy hour specials.

With so many exceptional choices for dining in Myrtle Beach, you’re sure to find your new favorite spot on your next stay along The Grand Strand!