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Sunshine, Sandy Beaches and Summertime Fun

Take a 60-smile stretch of white sand beach and cool Atlantic Ocean waters, sprinkle in some sunshine, add a few of your favorite friends and family to enjoy the ultimate summer Myrtle Beach vacation right in the heart of it all the Cottages of North Beach Plantation.

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Ready for a safe and fun summer vacation, just make sure to follow the beach rules.

Before you head out to enjoy the beautiful beach at Cottages at North Beach Plantation, or anywhere along the North Myrtle Beach coastline, this summer, take a few minutes to read up on the rules of the beach for 2017.

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Book Early and Save Big at the Carolina Country Music Fest in Myrtle Beach

The winter cold has set in, and it’s a long time until your next vacation. You need something fabulous to look forward to, a light at the end of the winter tunnel. You need to plan a trip to the Grand Strand and North Beach Plantation for the Carolina Country Music Fest!

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A Thousand Candles for a Thousand Smiles

Besides the miles of beaches and the ocean blue, one of the prettiest destinations in Myrtle Beach is the Brookgreen Gardens, with acres of beautiful flowers, a zoo full of animals and tours to help you navigate everything there is to take in. Along with these scenes and attractions, and as the weather becomes chillier and you hear Christmas carols on the radio, Brookgreen has a special way of putting people in the Christmas spirit.

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Walk Through a Forest of Christmas Joy … Among the Fish!

As the werewolves and jack-o’-lanterns go away and the leaves have all fallen from the trees, it’s only a matter of time before the Christmas specials start filling the TV schedule and jolly holiday tunes are blasted from radio stations. So you’ll need to find the perfect display to subtly put you in the Christmas spirit.

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Five Reasons to Book Your 2017 Vacation Plans at North Beach Plantation

The holidays are here, and a new year will be here before you know it. Winter will start nipping at your nose and your toes, and soon you will be longing for an escape to some sunshine on the South Carolina seashore and the luxurious accommodations at North Beach Plantation. So why wait for the inevitable when you can save yourself lots of money, time and wintertime blues by booking your next vacation early? Here are five reasons to make your plans to visit us at North Beach Plantation:

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710 Bowling: A Great Place to Spend Your Spare Time

For a fun evening of games and good food with family and friends, 710 Bowling is a favorite among Grand Strand locals and vacationers alike. And, as a guest at North Beach Plantation, you are within a 10-minute drive of the entertainment hot spot.

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A Destination for Outdoor Recreation in North Myrtle Beach

The North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex is a beautiful multi-use facility that is home to a range of different events throughout the year, from concerts to athletic tournaments. The complex has eight regulation soccer fields, four regulation youth baseball/collegiate softball fields and two high school/collegiate baseball fields that can be converted to youth baseball/collegiate softball fields based on demand, as well as batting cages and a 25-acre lake for outdoor boating and water activities.

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Myrtle Beach Flea Market Tips and Tricks

Flea markets can be a fun way to take advantage of the beautiful fall weather while grabbing some great deals on hard-to-find treasures. To help guests at North Beach Plantation to work the Myrtle Beach flea markets like a pro, we’ve put together the following tips.

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Little River ShrimpFest Serves Up Jumbo-Sized Fun

The summer season may be over, but there is still plenty of fall fun to be had for guests at North Beach Plantation. Are you already missing all the fresh seafood and the coastal atmosphere? The Little River ShrimpFest is an event that definitely makes it worth coming out to the coast for the weekend. Now in its 12th year, the annual event’s 2016 edition is scheduled for the weekend of October 8 and 9, and it is a fantastic gathering.

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Myrtle Beach International Airport Offers Great Flights, Amazing Location and Quick Service

Being on vacation is fantastic, but sometimes getting to your vacation destination can be a real headache. For guests at North Beach Plantation, however, flying in and out of the newly renovated Myrtle Beach International Airport is now much easier and more convenient.

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Check Out the New Tavern in Town — American Tap House

There is a great new option for guests at North Beach Plantation who are planning to head into Myrtle Beach for a meal or drinks on the town. American Tap House is open for business! Having celebrated its official grand opening celebration in early September, American Tap House is looking forward to becoming a staple part of the Myrtle Beach foodie culture. The new business styles itself as a gastropub, serving excellent food and offering a huge selection of craft beers to go with it.

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Opa! Another Great Reason to Visit Myrtle Beach in the Fall

To many locals, fall is considered the best time of year at the beach. We have the most wonderful weather of all four seasons, less traffic, fewer visitors and, of course, the festivals! If you haven’t had the chance to enjoy one of our many fall festivals, then the very first thing you need to know is which is the must-attend festival — and that is the St. John’s Greek Festival. This year, the festival will run from Sept. 29 through Oct. 2. You must make plans to attend — you won’t be sorry, and you will likely be starting a great new tradition!

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CCU Football Offers Another Reason to Visit the Grand Strand in the Fall

We’ve got spirit, yes we do — it’s football season at CCU! That’s right, Coastal Carolina University is warming up for another season on the field, and if you’re going to be at North Beach Plantation over the weekend this fall, you might want to take in a game.

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Enjoy Your Labor Day Weekend With North Beach Plantation and the Coastal Uncorked Festival

Labor Day Weekend is almost here! It’s the last big weekend of the summer season, and there is no better way to bid summer farewell than by coming down to North Beach Plantation and enjoying the weekend festivities around Myrtle Beach.

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Myrtle Beach Fall 2016 Events

With the summer season coming to an end and the weather finally cooling down, things are just starting to heat up in Myrtle Beach. There are so many great reasons to visit North Beach Plantation in the fall.

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Touring the Pools of North Beach Plantation

North Beach Plantation offers luxurious amenities across the board for the pleasure and enjoyment of guests, and there is no better illustration of this than a tour of all the different swimming pools that are part of the resort.

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Take a Day Trip Back in Time to Historic Georgetown

Guests at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort have so many wonderful options for on-site entertainment that they could spend their entire vacation without leaving the property. But for those who wish to explore the beautiful Lowcountry scenery that surrounds Litchfield Beach, there are even more exciting opportunities, including a unique chance to travel back in time.

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5 Easy-Access Golf Courses for North Beach Plantation Guests

If you’re hoping to get in a round (or five) of golf during your stay at North Beach Plantation, you’re in luck! In Myrtle Beach, golfers of every skill level can find a course that’s fun to play. Here are five amazing choices for a day on the links, all within four miles of the resort:

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Myrtle Beach: A Great Place to Spend Labor Day Weekend

The summer is coming to a close, and whether you pass its final days sunning on the beach or partying the night away, Labor Day Weekend is the perfect time for a beach vacation. There is no better way to say goodbye to one season and welcome the next than by enjoying the beautiful accommodations at North Beach Plantation in North Myrtle Beach!

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Jump, Bounce and Climb at Myrtle Beach’s First Trampoline Park

Myrtle Beach is famous for its wealth of fun-in-the-sun activities, such as parasailing, surfing, golf and beachcombing. But what about when it rains, or when it’s just too hot to play outdoors? Thanks to the recent opening of Rockin’ Jump, Myrtle Beach’s first trampoline park, we’ve got you covered — literally.

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Make Waves at Shark Wake Park

The Grand Strand’s newest attraction is a must-do for adventure-seeking vacationers. Located only a short drive from North Beach Plantation, Greg Norman Jr.’s Shark Wake Park is a cable wakeboarding park — the first full-size cable water sports park in South Carolina, in fact.

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Top Five Myrtle Beach Golf Courses Where Kids Play Free

In the age of cellphones, the internet and social media, finding a fun way to connect with your children can be a tricky proposition. But one of the most popular generational bridges also happens to be one of Myrtle Beach's specialties — golf.

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The 5 Best Places for Oysters in Myrtle Beach

Delicious, fresh seafood meals are one of the delights of a seaside vacation. When it comes to satisfying their seafood craving, guests at North Beach Plantation can suit nearly any taste. The resort itself offers a variety of options, from the casual pool grill and swim-up bar to the elegance of an evening at 21 Main Prime Steak House. If you’re feeling more adventurous, there are restaurants of every description enticing you into the town of Myrtle Beach. Making a selection from among so many delectable options can be difficult, but if you’re looking for the best oysters in town, here is a short list to make the decision a little easier!

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Finding the Quietest Beach Spots on the Grand Strand

It's no secret that July is a great time to visit Myrtle Beach. That's why so many people choose to visit this time of year. While there's something to be said for joining the crowds on the beach — like making new friends over a game of cornhole or watching the kids join in on building a sand castle — sometimes you need an escape from the masses on your own secluded stretch of beach. They are a bit hard to come by in the peak of the season, so the price of privacy may be an admission fee to an oceanfront park or a long hike through the sand.

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Protect Your Skin While Having Fun in the Myrtle Beach Sun

Whether you’re looking forward to making a splash in the water, playing tennis with friends or just relaxing with a good book, your vacation at North Beach Plantation offers an opportunity to spend time outdoors enjoying the resort’s beautiful beaches and outdoor activities. With so much to do and see outside, it’s important to protect your skin from excessive sun exposure so you don’t get sidelined from the fun with a painful sunburn.

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Three Myrtle Beach Cruise Options That Are Sure to Please

The Grand Strand offers many ways to get out onto the beautiful area waters — and its proximity to these waters is one of the many reasons people love to vacation at North Beach Plantation. Resort guests can enjoy a picturesque trip down the Intracoastal Waterway, a Las Vegas-style gambling cruise on the Atlantic Ocean or a romantic sunset cruise in the calm waters of Murrells Inlet without having to travel far. Here is a sampling of three of the most popular cruises the Grand Strand has to offer:

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Pursue Offshore Adventure During Your Grand Strand Vacation

When visiting North Myrtle Beach, it’s a no-brainer that you’re going to want to spend some time building massive sand castles, lying on the beach with a cool drink and swimming in the surf. But the possibilities for adventure in and around the water certainly don’t end there. There are plenty of other ways to explore South Carolina’s beautiful coastline and the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

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Ripley’s Aquarium

If you need a little break from the beach but still want to experience life under the sea, make a point to visit Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach. Located in the Broadway at the Beach shopping and dining district, this attraction offers fascinating daily exhibits, unforgettable behind-the-scenes experiences, and live shows.

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The Claw House Restaurant Adds Unique Flavor to Grand Strand Dining Scene

With more than 1,700 restaurants serving millions of annual visitors to the Grand Strand, it's difficult for an upstart eatery to offer something truly unique. But The Claw House, the latest addition to the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk, has done just that by pursuing a fresh concept amid a sea of other waterfront restaurants in the Seafood Capital of South Carolina.

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Alabama Theatre Reflects Rich Musical History of Myrtle Beach

The Alabama Theatre at Barefoot Landing has been entertaining thousands of fans for more than two decades, but the story behind the popular musical and theatrical venue is even more deeply rooted in the Grand Strand sand, all the way back to the early 1970s.

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North Beach Plantation Named Hall of Fame Award Winner

Known as the “world’s largest travel site,” TripAdvisor is a website that lets people share their travel experiences and rate restaurants, flights, hotels, services and more from around the globe. The better the reviews a business gets on TripAdvisor, the better chance it will get new customers.

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Hope and History in North Myrtle Beach this Summer

Looking to gain some historic knowledge during your exciting vacation on the Grand Strand? Founded in 2013, the North Myrtle Beach Historical Museum is proud to present the exhibit, which celebrates the life and legacy of Bob Hope and examines his entire life.

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The Best BBQ Spots in Myrtle Beach

South Carolina is known for its amazing BBQ, and the Fourth of July is the perfect time to enjoy this all-American meal. After a long day of swimming in the pool or relaxing on the beach at The Strand, you’re sure to be hungry — so here’s a list of a few of the area’s most delicious BBQ joints.

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Fill Your July 4th with Fireworks and Fun at North Beach Plantation

With fireworks and family-friendly festivities planned throughout the Grand Strand, there are few better places to celebrate our nation’s independence this Fourth of July than in beautiful North Myrtle Beach.

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Cast Your Day Away Fishing Under the Carolina Sun

With so many creeks, inlets, ponds, lakes and rivers — not to mention the Atlantic Ocean — located in the Myrtle Beach area, one of the biggest challenges fishing enthusiasts face here is deciding just where to cast a line. The angling-related questions most frequently asked by North Beach Plantation guests revolve around how can they fish out in the Atlantic and which area piers offer fishing passes. Here, we offer a few suggestions related to these questions, as well as some important information to help ensure you have an amazing fishing excursion while visiting Myrtle Beach.

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Myrtle Beach Flea Markets Offer Bargains, Variety

Even the most extravagant of spenders like to find deals, and the flea markets in the Myrtle Beach area are just the place to strike it rich. If you’re looking for massive savings, then come on down and save. Here’s the scoop on some of the top flea markets within a short drive of North Beach Plantation.

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North Beach Surrounded by a Shopper’s Paradise

Guests at North Beach Plantation have virtually everything they need on the resort premises — the beach, a spacious oceanfront pool deck, fine dining at 21 Main and a full-service pampering palace in the Cinzia Spa. Besides going sightseeing to explore all the great things the Grand Strand has to offer, the only real reason to leave the property is to go on a shopping spree. The good news is you don't have to travel very far to find some of the best shopping on the Strand, and you can cover a lot of ground in one retail therapy session. With shopping options surrounding North Beach in every direction but that of the Atlantic Ocean, it's close and convenient to hit a wide variety of retail centers in the neighborhood. Here are five of our favorites:

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LEGO Exhibit Comes to Brookgreen Gardens

While Brookgreen Gardens in nearby Murrells Inlet offers fun activities for the whole family, convincing some youngsters to spend a full day at the botanical sculpture garden might be a challenge. But with the addition of the LEGO Bricks Exhibit to Brookgreen Gardens' summer lineup, the little ones will be lining up to see and build statues with the popular toy blocks. Now through Sept. 5, Brookgreen Gardens is hosting the touring exhibit "Nature Connects: Art With LEGO Bricks" in its Native Wildlife Zoo area. Featuring 12 amazing sculptures built entirely with LEGOs by artist and children's book author Sean Kenney, this display allows kids to get up close and pose for photos with colorful statues of peacocks, flowers and other natural landscapes.

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Play Trivia Six Nights a Week on the Grand Strand

Pop quiz: Which North Myrtle Beach resort is a multiyear recipient of AAA's Four Diamond Award, has the No. 1-rated swim-up bar in the U.S. on a spacious oceanfront pool deck, and offers luxurious oceanfront accommodations and amenities like the on-site 21 Main Prime Steakhouse & Sushi Bar and the full-service Cinzia Spa? If you said North Beach Plantation, you are correct. Now that you’ve discovered the best place to stay for your North Myrtle Beach vacation and proven yourself a quiz whiz, it's time to test your knowledge with a fun-filled night of trivia at one of the many local restaurants and bars that host Team Trivia. Put your heads together with friends and family members, and put all that useless information to work for a fun night out. Many bars offer trivia contests during the happy hour or early evenings, so it's a great way to start out a night on the town. Compete against other teams for prizes, and you might even make a few new friends over some good-natured competition. The Grand Strand offers chances to play trivia six nights a week, with many of the host venues a short distance from North Beach. Here's a schedule of Team Trivia events in the area.

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North Beach: the Perfect Place for Weddings, Receptions

Your wedding should be perfect, so why not hold it at North Beach Plantation, the perfect place for weddings on the Grand Strand? Located on a 7.5-acre "island" in North Myrtle Beach, this AAA Four Diamond Award-winning resort provides the ideal setting, facilities, resources, accommodations and amenities you need to host the wedding and reception of your dreams. North Beach's charm and suitability as a top wedding destination becomes evident as you arrive on the property and cross the bridge over the tidal creek that separates the resort from the mainland. You quickly realize you are entering a different world, one where luxury and elegance abound and the beauty of the oceanfront serves as a scenic backdrop for your special day.

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Five Great Day Trips Within an Hour’s Drive of North Beach

One of the best things about staying at North Beach Plantation is that you can enjoy your entire vacation without ever leaving the resort. Featuring first-class accommodations and amenities — like our spacious oceanfront pool deck and award-winning swim-up bar, fine dining at 21 Main and a full-service spa and salon at Cinzia Spa — North Beach is really among the best places to be on the Grand Strand. But guests who love to go exploring — even beyond all the great attractions, shopping, dining and nightlife the Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach areas have to offer — are still in the right place. Within a 60-mile radius of North Beach, you’ll find some unique locations that seem a world away from mainstream Myrtle Beach. Here are five of our top recommendations for day-trip destinations:

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Celebrate Mayfest on Main in North Myrtle Beach

If the official start of spring is called the vernal equinox and the first day of summer is known as the summer solstice, what do you call the day midway between those two meteorological events? The sumnal solstinox? The vermer equistice? The locals and visitors to North Myrtle Beach have a much better name for it — Mayfest on Main. With the 11th annual celebration set for Saturday, May 7 — exactly midway between the official starts of spring and summer — Mayfest on Main signals the unofficial start of the most fun and sunny days in downtown North Myrtle Beach with a big one-day blowout.

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Top 5 Seafood Restaurants Near North Beach Plantation

Guests at North Beach Plantation are conveniently located amid a sea of excellent Grand Strand seafood restaurants, including the area’s best place for surf and turf only steps away from your room. Like North Beach Plantation, 21 Main Prime Steakhouse and Sushi Bar is a multi-year winner of AAA's exclusive Four Diamond Award, so there's no need to leave the premises to find the highest quality in town. Serving in-house-aged prime steaks, creative sushi rolls and fresh-catch specials in an elegant fine-dining environment, 21 Main attracts surf and turf lovers from all over the Grand Strand — so you owe it to yourself to at least once feast at 21 Main. But for those who want to take their taste buds on a tour, you don't have to travel far to find some great seafood. From Restaurant Row to the Little River Inlet, and from seafood shacks and all-you-can-eat buffets to upscale eateries and sushi bars, North Beach Plantation is literally surrounded by outstanding seafood restaurants. Here are five of our favorites:

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Celebrate the Carolina Country Music Festival at North Beach Plantation

North Beach Plantation guests prefer the finer things in life, like staying at the best resort on the Grand Strand and attending the concert event of the year at the Second Annual Carolina Country Music Festival in downtown Myrtle Beach. And if you think things can't get much finer than that, you can also win two free tickets to the show, courtesy of North Beach. The inaugural Carolina Country Music Festival brought more than 50,000 fans to the Myrtle Beach downtown district to see some of the biggest names in country music last year. Back by popular demand, the encore performance is scheduled for June 10-12 on the 18-acre site that was once home to the historic Myrtle Beach Pavilion and continues the tradition with a lineup that includes Country Music Association award-winning acts like Tim McGraw, Keith Urban and Florida Georgia Line — and those are just the headliners. Other acts include Cole Swindell, Jake Owen, A Thousand Horses, Kelsea Ballerini, Michael Ray, Maren Morris, Chris Lane, Kane Brown, Joe Nichols, Chase Bryant, Lauren Jenkins and more artists to be announced.

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Five Great Ways to Spend Rainy Days on the Grand Strand

People come to the Grand Strand for fun in the sun, but there are also plenty of good times to be had when the weather doesn't cooperate. Guests at North Beach Plantation can stay on the resort and enjoy a wide range of indoor activities, like the indoor pool and lazy river and the on-site Cinzia Spa. But for those who prefer to go off property and explore all the great indoor activities the Myrtle Beach area has to offer, here's a list of our favorite rainy-day pastimes on the Strand:

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Experience a Memorable Easter Holiday in North Myrtle Beach

Enjoy the best of both worlds by spending the Easter holiday at North Beach Plantation in North Myrtle Beach, where you can continue the familiar traditions from back at home while also experiencing the adventures of something new and different on your vacation. It all adds up to a memorable Easter retreat at the Grand Strand's finest resort and nicest neighborhood. Relax in the lap of luxury at the AAA Four Diamond award-winning North Beach Plantation, where world-class accommodations and amenities make it tempting to spend your entire visit on our beautiful 7.5 acre property. But with so many family festivities and Easter events taking place only a short distance away from the resort, guests can also find fun of all kinds and for all ages. Whether you are looking for some familiar holiday events or something completely different, North Beach Plantation and North Myrtle Beach have you covered. Here are some of the memory-making ways to spend the Easter holiday at North Beach:

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Luxury Golf for the Luxury Myrtle Beach Vacation

A vacation spent at North Beach Plantation means only one thing – a luxury getaway through and through. From the amenities provided at North Beach, to the exclusive coastal beachfront, there is nothing that could supplement a luxury vacation on the Grand Strand than a round at one of the premier golf courses only accessible to guests. For the golf-portion of your vacation, look to these three elite courses and facilities, just minutes away, as a place to start:

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Paint the Town Green at the North Myrtle Beach St. Patricks’ Day Parade and Festival

St. Patrick's Day comes early this year in North Myrtle Beach, but the celebration is right on time. Despite falling five days before the actual holiday, the North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival features great family fun and good times for grown-ups unlike many of the same-day festivities held on the Grand Strand and throughout the Carolinas. Commemorating its 28th anniversary, the March 12 North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival is a time-honored tradition as well as a rite of spring on the Strand. An estimated 30,000 revelers are expected to join in the free festivities, which run all day Saturday and are followed by plenty of all-night after parties in the Horseshoe district.

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Horseback Riding is a Great Way to Spend a Day in North Myrtle Beach

The North Myrtle Beach area that surrounds North Beach Plantation offers scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, but there are a few places you can't get to on foot and are best reached on hoof. And there is no better vista of the beaches, wetlands and woodlands of North Myrtle Beach than from high in the saddle aboard a horse. Offering private beach rides, waterway trail tours, and even pony rides for the little ones, Inlet Point Plantation in North Myrtle Beach provides highly trained horses and professionally guided tours of the property and the surrounding trails. Everyone from beginners to experienced pros can find the adventure to meet their comfort level at Inlet Point.

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Myrtle Beach a Hot Spot for Sports Tourism, Facilities

In 2004, Sports Illustrated named Myrtle Beach the Sports Capital of South Carolina, and not just because the magazine was founded at our famed Pine Lakes International Country Club 50 years earlier. The foremost authority in American sports knew what millions of visitors have discovered: Myrtle Beach is a great vacation destination as well as a hot spot for sports. With more than 80 golf courses located within a 60-mile radius of the Grand Strand, and with a 60-mile stretch of white-sand beaches and beautiful Atlantic Ocean in our back yard, the Myrtle Beach area is well known for its golf and watersports opportunities. But fewer know about the abundance of ball fields, sports courts, bike trails and ballparks.

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Where to Find Healthy and Tasty Super Bowl Party Eats and Treats

Super Bowl parties have become as much about food and drinks as the game itself. During a three-hour football game and endless commercials, Americans consume insane amounts of the least healthy food on the planet, washed down by mass quantities of beer and soda. Ironic that a celebration that revolves around an athletic event has become a display of gluttony on greasy, cheesy foods. It doesn't have to be that way, especially with the explosion in healthy dining options that have sprung up on the Grand Strand in recent years. Go out to a restaurant or bar that offers less traditional yet more nutritional dishes, or enjoy the big game on-site in your room or cottage at North Beach Plantation. You don't have to serve pizza, hot dogs and chicken wings to throw a proper Super Bowl party. Check out these restaurants and stores for a healthy and tasty Super Bowl feast:

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The Carolina Opry Comes Alive with New “Thunder and Light” Show

What do you get when you cross the foot-stomping showmanship of popular dance troop All That with the high-tech lasers featured on major concert tours? Then take a little bit of magic and a whole lot of breath-taking action and put them all under one roof? Technically speaking, the answer is "Thunder and Light", the latest show to take the stage and thrill audiences at Myrtle Beach’s Carolina Opry. The Calvin Gilmore production is drawing rave reviews since debuting this season and crowds are taking notice. But the easy answer to the trick question is entertainment for every non-stop moment of the showcase.

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22nd Annual Quilt Gala Blankets the Grand Strand

The Grand Strand is more commonly associated with beach blankets and towels than traditional Southern quilts. But, perfect for the winter season, the Myrtle Beach area becomes home of the popular Quilt Gala on the last weekend of February. Held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26-27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., this event attracts a large crowd of quilt-makers and enthusiasts to see these homemade and handmade blankets on display. Much like the Horry County Museum that hosts the 22nd annual event, the Quilt Gala also has a new location and an expanded lineup to bring more folks into the historic fold.

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Top 5 Limo, Taxi and Shuttle Services on the Grand Strand

Guests at North Beach Plantation rarely want to leave the property. With elegant oceanfront accommodations, award-winning amenities and on-site luxuries like Cinzia Spa and 21 Main Steakhouse and Sushi, everything you need for a wonderful vacation experience is only steps away from your door. Some guests spend their entire stay on the beach or on the premises. But for those who want to go out and about to experience all the great things the Grand Strand has to offer, the best way to travel is in first class. Leave the driving to the professionals while you relax and enjoy your vacation.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Style at North Beach Plantation

Your loved one deserves the best for Valentine's Day, and the best happens to be on the North Beach Plantation property. Located on 7 1/2 acres of prime oceanfront property in North Myrtle Beach, this AAA Four-Diamond Award-winning resort provides the perfect setting for a romantic Valentine's Day weekend without ever having to leave the North Beach premises. Sure, you could stay at a different hotel, drive to a fancy restaurant, drive to a spa, and drive just about anywhere to find romance. But by staying at North Beach, you have all those features right here at North Beach Plantation. Let our friendly and helpful staff at North Beach attend to your every need and leave your car parked for the weekend for a hassle-free Valentine's Day date that allows you and your loved one to focus on each other, not the details. Imagine this Valentine's weekend dream date and make it a reality by reserving your romantic retreat to North Beach today:

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Palmetto Distillery Brings Moonshine to Sun Fun Capital of Myrtle Beach

It's funny how things change over time. Just as the finest whiskeys mellow with age, so do laws and social attitudes. The same moonshine that was illegal to make and distribute generations ago can now be legally purchased at your local liquor store. Visitors to Myrtle Beach can even buy a Mason jar of South Carolina's finest shine at the new Palmetto Distillery. Located on the south side of Myrtle Beach near the Market Common shopping district, Palmetto Distillery is the first legal moonshine maker and distributor in South Carolina and one of the oldest family outfits of making homemade spirits. The new 3,000 square foot facility serves as a moonshine museum paying tribute to the Southern heritage of the founding family.

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Plan Your Family Reunion at North Beach Plantation

Getting the extended family together for a nice dinner or holiday gathering can be difficult enough, but trying to bring the whole crew together for a family reunion/beach vacation can be a scheduling nightmare. But one easy way to make sure your entire family will go to great lengths to attend this family reunion is by holding it at North Beach Plantation. Located on the North Myrtle Beach oceanfront, this 7.5-acre resort features a wide selection of accommodations and world-class amenities to host a successful and memorable family reunion. As a multi-year winner of AAA's prestigious Four Diamond Award, North Beach provides a luxurious setting for any vacation or celebration, but especially for family reunions.

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Carolina Master Chorale is Music to Myrtle Beach’s Ears

The Grand Strand is known for its critically acclaimed live theaters and award-winning music venues. Popular concert spots like the House of Blues and The Palace Theatre, and off-Broadway-style theatres like The Carolina Opry and Alabama Theatre bring entertainment to the masses in Myrtle Beach, playing to packed houses of locals and visitors alike. But some of the best musical performances on the Grand Strand go off with little fanfare and aren't even on the radar screens of many music-lovers. That's because the Carolina Master Chorale, a non-profit group of local singers and musicians, don't often receive the red-carpet treatment or attract the neon-lite attention of a commercial enterprise. But for people who appreciate the purity and power of an acappella performance over the glitz and glamour of a professional production, the Carolina Master Chorale is a diamond in the rough amid a sea of high-profile acts.

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Boating, Fishing, Hunting Highlight Grand Strand Boat Show & Sportsman’s Expo

Virtually all the major boating and fishing events in the Myrtle Beach area take place on the water, such as the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Intracoastal Waterway to the west. But perhaps the biggest aquatic and angling gatherings of the year are held on dry land at the Grand Strand Boat Show & Sportsman Expo at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Jan. 8-10. Featuring three days of all things related to boating, fishing and hunting, the Grand Strand Boat Show & Sportsman Expo is the highlight event of the year for all kinds of outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen. Featuring hundreds of boats, motors and extras for sailing the high seas and the Lowcountry lakes and rivers, as well as countless numbers of fishing and hunting related items, the Myrtle Beach Convention Center lets patrons see it all under one roof and in the outdoor parking lot.

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710 Offers the Four B’s - Burgers, Bocce, Beers and Bowling - and More

The dreaded 7-10 split is the second shot no bowler wants to see, unless you happen to be talking about the new 710 entertainment complex. After a massive renovation project to the old North Myrtle Beach Lanes, the new and improved venue offers a lot more than bowling, such as a full service restaurant and bar, and a high tech arcade and game room. This isn't your father's bowling alley. In fact, unless you are a millennial, it's probably not the kind of bowling alley you are accustomed to either. But places like 710 represent the future of entertainment by providing multiple activities under one roof. In addition to bowling, guests can play bocce, billiards, darts, Foosball, ping pong, shuffleboard and more. And after working up a hearty appetite, enjoy a great meal and drinks beyond the traditional bowling alley fare.

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Five Ways to Bring the Holidays With You to North Beach Plantation

There's no place like home for the holidays, but there's no place like North Beach Plantation either. Guests can experience the best of both worlds by booking a vacation getaway over the holidays and bringing a small slice of home with them to give your oceanfront room a familiar feel. Here are five ways to bring the holidays with you for your Grand Strand getaway:

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Top Places to Watch the NFL Playoffs in Myrtle Beach

This is always an exciting time of year for football fans as the NFL Playoffs and college football bowl games get under way, but never has the Grand Strand been this fired up for some pigskin. Not only is the home team, the Carolina Panthers, making a run for the best record and No. 1 playoff seed, but in-state school and No. 1-ranked Clemson is going for its first national championship since 1981. Needless to say, local folks will be out in force to support their home teams. That's just one more reason to go out and enjoy all the action with fellow football fans. No matter what team you cheer for, you will not be alone as you venture out to area sports bars and watering holes to root for your favorite team. Because the Myrtle Beach area is home to vacationers and transplants from all over the country, all teams are well represented with a loyal fan base. Go out to some of these sports bars, join in the fun and get ready for some football:

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Christmas Mass Schedules for the Grand Strand

Just because you decide to take a vacation to the Grand Strand for the Christmas holidays doesn't mean you have to miss out on your religious traditions from back home. Offering churches of all denominations along the 60-mile stretch of Carolina coastline, the Myrtle Beach area is particularly well represented by Catholicism with a number of local Catholic churches holding special services and Christmas mass. Here's a schedule of holiday events for five nearby Catholic churches:

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Christmas Cheers! The Best Holiday Drinks on the Beach

The holidays are about more than the sights, sounds and smells. Yes the Christmas lights, holiday carols and the aroma of gingerbread cookies fresh from the oven are all familiar holiday rites that excite the senses, so why not enjoy some liquid refreshments to add to the spirit of the season? North Beach guests don't have to go very far to find the ultimate in holiday-themed drinks. In addition to the on-site poolside cafe and 21 Main Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, which serve outstanding food to go with tasty beverages, North Beach is surrounded by great places to have a refreshing drink after a hectic day of shopping or a fun night out on the town. For starters, walk into any bar on the Grand Strand and order up one of these holiday treats: The Christmas Cookie (a blend of Bailey's, Kahlua and Peppermint Schnapps) that tastes surprisingly like a Girl Scout Thin Mint; or the Peppermint Stick (White Creme de Cocao and Peppermint Schnapps) that just tastes like Christmas. For folks with fruitier taste buds, spice up some hot apple cider with a shot of bourbon, rum or even some Fireball, and stir it with a cinnamon stick for a little extra kick. Of course, Christmastime and wintertime are great for hot drinks, especially coffees and cordials. Starbucks offers seasonal specials that include Carmel Brulee Latte, Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha, Gingerbread and Egg Nog Lattes and the popular Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino. The nearby Boardwalk Coffee House, Canoli’s Café, Fresh Brewed Coffee House and Second Cup also serve non-alcoholic seasonal favorites, such as Pumpkin Spiced Lattes and Candy Cane Cappuccino.

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Top Christmas Light Displays in Myrtle Beach

Most people come to Myrtle Beach in search of one light - the sun, and lots of it. But during the wintertime and holiday season, the beauty of the Grand Strand comes alive in the glow of Christmas lights at various spots along the 60-mile stretch of coast. From Pawleys Island to the Carolina border, the Grand Strand is aglow with brightly colored lights and holiday festivities. Here are a few of our favorite Christmas light displays and where you can find them in the Myrtle Beach area:

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Start Planning Your Spring and Summer Retreat to North Beach Plantation

If you can't make it through one more month of wintry weather, there is some light at the tunnel. And that beacon of light is actually a sunny spring and summer day at North Beach Plantation in North Myrtle Beach, the most exclusive resort on the Grand Strand. But if you want to pamper yourself in the ultimate lap of luxury, you need to plan ahead. Here are our top five reasons you should book your spring and summer getaway to North Beach Plantation today:

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Make North Beach Plantation Your Winter Retreat

Snowbirds flying south for the winter won't find a better place to land than the Grand Strand and North Beach Plantation. Located in the heart of the 60-mile stretch of Carolina coastline, this AAA Four-Diamond resort provides a luxurious nest for escaping colder climates and enjoying a relaxing vacation experience you can only get at North Beach Plantation. Featuring elegantly decorated accommodations with private oceanfront balconies, a spacious indoor and outdoor pool deck, and first-class amenities like the on-site 21 Main restaurant and Cinzia Spa, North Beach Plantation offers an upscale oceanfront paradise for peace and tranquility in the offseason. But with lots of winter events going on around the Grand Strand, it's hard not to go exploring for fun. Here's our list of things to do while you are in the area this winter:

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Spend a Splendid Holiday Season in Myrtle Beach

The Grand Strand is magically transformed into a warmer version of a winter wonderland at Christmas time, and The Strand Resort is your holiday home away from home to see and attend all the great events, festivals and shows Myrtle Beach has to offer. Spend all day and night taking in the holiday sights and sounds, then head back to The Strand and relax before doing it all over again. Here’s a list of some of the fun holiday activities on tap this season:

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Celebrate the Holiday Season at North Beach Plantation

Any time of year is a great time for a relaxing vacation getaway to North Beach Plantation, but the holiday season is extra special thanks to the abundance of special events, festivals and shows taking place around Christmas. North Beach guests can catch a Christmas show at the nearby Alabama Theatre, watch a boat parade down the Intracoastal Waterway, and visit a local winery - all within a short drive of the resort. Here's a full list of fun things to do on the Grand Strand for the holidays:

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Nights of a Thousand Candles Brings Holiday Spirit to Brookgreen Gardens

The Grand Strand has some pretty unique holiday traditions, like a Christmas boat parade down the Intracoastal Waterway, a New Year's Day "Polar Plunge" dip in the chilly Atlantic Ocean, and nautical-themed Christmas decorations like anchors and seashells. But none compare to the beauty of "Nights of a Thousand Candles" celebration at Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet. Located on a former rice and indigo plantation about 20 miles south of Myrtle Beach, this 9,000-acre botanical sculpture garden is the largest and oldest on the East Coast. Brookgreen Gardens is open year-round for art and nature lovers, but for nine nights every December it is transformed into a winter wonderland with 5,500 hand-lit candles illuminating the gardens. Held this year on Dec. 3-5, 10-12 and 17-19, Nights of a Thousand Candles attracts large crowds of visitors and locals who enjoy the rare chance to see the gardens at night. Flameless candles line the walkways, and more lights hang from the ancient live oak trees and the approximately 1,400 sculptures that are on display in this scenic Lowcountry setting.

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Experience a Dickens Christmas Tradition in Myrtle Beach

The Grand Strand goes all out for the holidays with dozens of parades, light displays and theatrical performances. But there's one tradition that stands out above the rest - the Dickens Christmas Show & Festivals - which hosts its 34th annual installment on Nov. 12-15. Held at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, which is only a short walk from The Strand Resort, the event features a 100,000 square foot Christmas village filled with decorations, shopping venues and entertainment for the whole family. Based on the timeless holiday classic “A Christmas Carol”, this award-winning, Victorian-themed celebration attracts thousands of visitors to the main exhibition hall to get into the holiday spirit.

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Myrtle Beach Turns on Welcome Sign in Wake of South Carolina Flooding

The historic flooding that hit the state of South Carolina in the first week of October still wasn’t enough to stop the good times from rolling in Myrtle Beach and at The Strand Resort. While record amounts of rainfall caused major flooding across the Palmetto State, the Grand Strand and The Strand Resort came out of the storm in great shape. Just days after parts of the Palmetto State experienced as much as 2 feet of rain in the first week of October, Myrtle Beach was back open for business. "We are fortunate our beaches are up and running and ready for visitors," Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Brad Dean said just days after the storm stopped and the floodwaters subsided. "Anyone who has visited the Myrtle Beach area knows our fall weather is typically gorgeous and sunny. We look forward to welcoming folks back to the beach."

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North Myrtle Beach Open for Business in Aftermath of South Carolina Flooding

North Beach Plantation and the city of North Myrtle Beach are welcoming visitors with open arms in the wake of the heavy flooding that hit parts of the Palmetto State earlier this month. The recent, record rainfall and resulting flooding caused destruction throughout South Carolina, but the Grand Strand area escaped the brunt of the devastation. While some coastal communities saw as much as 2 feet of rain in the first week of October, North Myrtle Beach had some issues in the northern section of town around Cherry Grove Beach and Little River sections, while the southern section around Barefoot Landing and North Beach Plantation, as well as the central Grand Strand, avoided the serious issues in other areas of the state. "We are fortunate our beaches are up and running and ready for visitors," Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Brad Dean said just days after the storm stopped and the floodwaters subsided. "Anyone who has visited the Myrtle Beach area knows our fall weather is typically gorgeous and sunny. We look forward to welcoming folks back to the beach."

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Wedding Showcase the Perfect Place to Plan Your Grand Strand Wedding

It's never too early to start planning your beach wedding. In fact, it's never too early to start planning the planning of your beach wedding. So before you set the date and location for your big day, consider holding an elegant wedding at the Grand Strand's top resort in North Beach Plantation, and make a planning trip to Myrtle Beach for the Jan. 31 Wedding Showcase. Held at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, this annual event features all the most respected professionals and businesses in the local and regional wedding industry. From florist and photographers to dressmakers and DJs, prospective brides and grooms can assemble their wedding dream team by attending this event. Interview exhibitors and gather information from vendors so you can make informed decisions about who to hire and how to ensure that every aspect of your wedding experience is exactly the way you want it.

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Fall is Prime Time for Bird-Watching on the Grand Strand

Seagulls are the most commonly spotted birds in Myrtle Beach during the summer season, and the winter months attract a completely different type of snowbird to the Grand Strand. But in the time between, this 60-mile stretch of Carolina coastline is a major layover site for some of the most rare migratory birds in North America making their way south. For guests at The Strand who are bird enthusiasts or even those who have an appreciation for the beauty of nature, the Grand Strand offers some of the best places on the Eastern Coast to spot a wide range of our fine-feathered friends. Watch these colorful creatures flock to scenic landscapes in the pristine wetlands and maritime woodlands of the Carolina coast.

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Sleep With the Sharks at Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach

Don't get us wrong. The Strand's friendly staff would love for you to be our guests and spend every night of your Myrtle Beach vacation in our luxurious resort. But we would certainly understand if you decide to check out this unique overnight opportunity at Ripley's Aquarium with the "Sleep with the Sharks" event. The 85,000 square foot facility, which features 1.2 million gallons of water, is home to all kinds of aquatic sea life on display at the Broadway at the Beach Complex. Ripley's Aquarium recently added this sleepover activity to its lineup, giving guests the rare opportunity to sleep with the fishes - not like in the mobster movies, but more like a cross between the classic films "Jaws" and "Night at the Museum.

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North Beach Guests Can “Go Ape” at Local Zipline, Ropes Course

Visitors come to North Beach Plantation to relax and enjoy the comfortable oceanfront accommodations, the first-class amenities and the AAA Four Diamond Award service that all adds up to a luxurious vacation. But for those guests who want to inject some extreme sports adrenaline into their Grand Strand getaway, a new and exciting attraction is only a few trees away. Go Ape Treetop Adventure opened last year at the new North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex, just a few miles inland of the North Beach property. Featuring a series of ziplines and a 40-obstacle ropes course, Go Ape gives adventurous souls the opportunity to play Tarzan for a day by swinging through the trees, working your way through challenging obstacles and soaring over the open waters of the park's 50-acre natural lake.

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Top 10 Myrtle Beach Restaurants with Special-Diet Menus

Need Gluten-free, Vegan or Vegetarian meals in Myrtle Beach? Read on!

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Celebrate the Holiday Season in Myrtle Beach

Trying to decide how and where to celebrate the holidays this season? The 60-day stretch from Halloween to New Year’s is the perfect time to escape to Myrtle Beach and add some salt-air spice to your festivities. Paradise Resort offers the same great accommodations and amenities at low rates, giving your family a home away from home to enjoy the holidays, and Myrtle Beach goes all out to make each one special. Here are five fun-filled reasons to visit the Grand Strand during the holiday season:

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Enjoy Bowling, Movies and More at Frank’s Theatres & Entertainment

Ever have one of these family arguments or date-night debates? One wants to go to dinner and the movies, another wants to go bowling and dancing, and the kids just want to play video games. This common dilemma may be tough to solve in most cities but not during your Myrtle Beach vacation, thanks to a guy named Frank. Frank's Theatres & Entertainment in Murrells Inlet features all of the above and a whole lot more so you and your crew can find something fun for everyone. Located at the Inlet Square Mall, about 15 miles south of Myrtle Beach, Frank's is an entertainment multiplex that is perfect for folks who like to add a little variety to their night out on the town. For those interested in seeing the latest Hollywood releases in a relaxed setting, Frank's features 11 luxurious movie theaters ranging from a restaurant and bar setting to private rooms for larger groups. Utilizing state-of-the-art visual and sound equipment and comfortable seating, Frank's provides the most unique movie-going experience on the Grand Strand.

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Duplin Winery Brings Taste of the Carolinas to Barefoot Landing

Guests at North Beach Plantation don't have to travel very far to experience the fruity flavors of the Carolinas' finest wines. Duplin Winery, the largest winery in the South, has opened an outpost in North Myrtle Beach at the popular Barefoot Landing complex, which is just across Highway 17 from North Beach. Located beside the House of Blues and Alligator Adventure, the new Duplin Winery location opened in the summer of 2015 and has been packing people into the 15,000 square foot facility for wine tastings, a cafe and bar, and wine-making tours that carry visitors through every stage of the process. Duplin Winery even played host to the inaugural Grape Stomp Festival in which contestants added new meaning to the term Barefoot Landing by competing in a grape-smashing contest in giant oak barrels using only their feet.

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Top 5 Reasons North Beach is the Best Resort for a Romantic Getaway

Every happy couple has their own story about plans for a romantic getaway gone horribly wrong. Whether it's lost luggage at the airport, the lack of a babysitter for a nice night out to dinner, or a nightmare problem with a hotel, even bad dates turn into funny stories over time. But you don't have to worry about having one of those bittersweet moments if you spend your romantic retreat at North Beach Plantation in North Myrtle Beach. As a multi-year recipient of AAA's prestigious Four Diamond Award, you can rest assured you and your loved one will have an experience that will be remembered for much better reasons. Here are five reasons why North Beach is the top resort on the Grand Strand for couples to enjoy a relaxing and romantic stay:

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See a Different Side of the Grande Strand - Visit Myrtle Beach State Park

Only a short distance south of Paradise Resort is another sort of paradise at Myrtle Beach State Park. Featuring 312 acres of pristine South Carolina coastline, Myrtle Beach State Park provides Grand Strand visitors with the opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the area before it was developed. South Carolina's oldest state park preserves the white-sand beaches and dunes, the maritime forests with native flora and fauna, and the coastal wetlands that make this stretch of oceanfront special. Built to provide recreational opportunities and easy access to the Atlantic Ocean, Myrtle Beach State Park offers a wide range of activities, such as hiking, fishing, camping, picnicking and unique educational programs. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, Myrtle Beach State Park is minimalist in its manmade structures by design. Much of the park remains untouched except for the trails and bridges that cut through the dense woodlands and wetlands. Visitors can hike through the Sculptured Oak Nature Trail and see a variety of native trees and plants. If you are alert you can spot some colorful wildlife along the way, like otters, rare birds, crabs and turtles.

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Top Six Places to Take Family Photos in Myrtle Beach This Fall

This may be your last Myrtle Beach vacation before winter, so you want to soak up every precious second. The best way to make it last is to capture the experience in pictures with some scenic family photos. Of course, the beach is the obvious choice. The Grand Strand's picturesque white-sand shores, blue-green waters and sea oats-filled dunes provide the perfect backdrop for family and couples photos. The popular group shots where the women wear white dresses and the men don white shirts and khakis, come out so pretty that people will think they came with the frame, so maybe you want to try something a little more original this fall. That's why we're offering these five hot spots for taking cool family photos in Myrtle Beach:

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Beach Ball Classic Brings Top Basketball Talent to Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach may be best known for the multi-colored inflatable beach balls you see bouncing in the air and blowing in the breeze on our white-sand beaches. But for thousands of basketball fans who attend the event every year, the Beach Ball Classic represents the finest holiday high school hoops tournament in the nation. Since 1981, the Beach Ball Classic has been bringing the top-ranked teams and most talented players in the country to compete in a six-day showcase by the sea. The 35th annual installment is no different, and may be one of the best and brightest fields to appear in the Dec. 26-31 event at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. The 16 participating teams have been announced for the 2015 Beach Ball Classic, which includes several nationally ranked teams and top-rated recruits. College scouts and high school hoops fans will flock to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center to get a look at the next crop of talent, and to root for their respective teams.

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Check out These Myrtle Beach Attractions Before They Shut Down This Offseason

The fall is a wonderful time of year to visit Myrtle Beach, but the clock is ticking if you want to enjoy all the great things the Grand Strand has to offer. Sometime between the peak of the tourism season in the summer, when there are more than a half million people on the 60-mile stretch of white sand beaches, and the offseason, when only locals and snowbirds are in town, many of the area's top attractions shut down for the winter. Myrtle Beach used to turn into a total ghost town in the offseason but now there are plenty of year-round alternatives for shopping, dining and entertainment. But it's the outdoor activities that grind to a halt as cooler temperatures and dwindling crowds continue through the autumn. That means it's getting close to last call for Myrtle Beach vacationers this fall. Here's a list of attractions that close down for the offseason:

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Take the Family to Play Par-3 Golf in Myrtle Beach

With nearly 80 championship golf courses within a 60-mile radius, Myrtle Beach is deserving of the nickname "GolfTown USA". Golfers from all over the nation and world come to the Grand Strand just to chase the little white ball, and the fall golf season can be one of the busiest times of year to try to book a tee time. But for casual golfers with families in tow, there's an affordable alternative to let the entire family take a swing at the game while also experiencing a little taste of Myrtle Beach golf. Rather than wasting everyone's time by taking beginners to a busy course with serious golfers, why not take your crew out for a round or two at a local Par-3, a driving range, or even miniature golf? Here are some of the best places for families to sample a small slice of golf on the Grand Strand:

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Top 5 Riverboat Tours on the Grand Strand

Everyone knows about the Myrtle Beach oceanfront. Featuring a 60-mile stretch of white sand beaches, the Grand Strand attracts millions annually to soak up the sun, sand and surf where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Carolina coast. But there’s another side to local life, one that is accessible only by boat through the backwaters around Myrtle Beach. Here are the top five riverboat cruises to take if you want to see a different side of the Strand:

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Carolina Opry Fall Lineup Brings Big-Name Stars, Shows to Myrtle Beach

The Carolina Opry has earned a reputation for bringing some of the best in family friendly entertainment in the nation and world to the stage on the Grand Strand. The lineup for the 2015 fall season certainly fits the bill. In addition to the long running shows that are back by popular demand, the Carolina Opry also adds some fresh performances to the mix to give guests a wide range of entertainment options. Whether you are a little bit country or a little bit rock 'n roll, the Carolina Opry has something for everyone on its autumn schedule. Here's a list of some of the highlights coming to a stage near you at the Carolina Opry in Myrtle Beach:

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Art in the Park Offers Shopping in the Great Outdoors

What to do on a sunny autumn day in Myrtle Beach? Soak up the sunshine in the great outdoors, or go for a full day of shopping at local art galleries and craft studios? Fortunately for vacationers who love sunshine and shopping, you can enjoy both activities at the same time and place at the 43rd Annual Art in the Park event. Held at Chapin Park in downtown Myrtle Beach and Valor Park in Market Common, the two-day event is scheduled for three stops in the fall season - Oct. 10-11 and Nov. 7-8 at Chapin Park and Nov. 14-15 at Valor Park. Both locations offer the opportunity to spend an autumn day outdoors while also shopping for hard-to-find items. Hosted by the Waccamaw Arts Guild, the Art in the Park draws some of the top artists, craftsmen and collectors in the Southeast. The longevity of the event, and the excellent location make this a popular stop on the arts and crafts show circuit as local, regional and national vendors bring their best works to the Grand Strand. Savvy shoppers and bargain hunters flock to this popular event to catch up on the latest trends in art.

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Top 5 Things to do Outdoors with Kids on the Grand Strand

Teaching your children the wonders of the great outdoors can be tricky in the cell phone and video game era. You want them to have the same nature-rich experiences you had as a child but they seem more interested in texting friends and listening to their era buds. A Grand Strand vacation may be just the trick to igniting your kids’ interest in the great outdoors. With so many fun activities for the whole family, you can enjoy being outside with your little ones and make some lasting vacation memories. Here are five fun things to do with kids in the Myrtle Beach area:

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Oktoberfest Brings Taste of Germany to Myrtle Beach

One Oktoberfest celebration is not enough for Myrtle Beach, which hosts back-to-back festival weekends to celebrate the traditional German holiday. Both the Oct. 2-3 Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest, and the Oct. 10-11 Oktoberfest on the Boardwalk feature lots of German food, beer, music and dancing, just like the official festival in Munich, Germany. But there are also plenty of fun activities for kids and adults in a family friendly setting. The 8th Annual Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest will be held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 2-3 at Valor Park in Market Common on the south side of town. Featuring booths serving authentic German and American cuisine and craft beers and vendor tents displaying arts and crafts, visitors can experience a small taste of Germany on this side of the Atlantic Ocean. From 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, live music will be featured on the main stage, offering a mix of modern rock and pop acts and traditional German bands. German oom-pah bands and polka dancers will perform for the crowds, who can join in the fun on the dance floor and learn to do the traditional Chicken Dance and other jigs.

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Little River ShrimpFest features Great Food, Music and More

The nearby fishing village of Little River is known for two things - how to catch and cook fresh local seafood, and how to throw one heck of a party. Those two worlds collide in the town's historic waterfront district for the 11th Annual Little River ShrimpFest. Held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10-11, along the famed Mineola Avenue waterfront, the Little River ShrimpFest honors one of the town's chief exports. Affectionately called "mud bugs" by the area fishermen who harvest them, local shrimp takes center stage at this two-day food festival. Other shrimp recipes will go head to head, but the big winners are the attendees who get to taste the delicious dishes at discounted prices for the cost of festival food tickets.

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Top 5 Places to Watch the Football Games in Myrtle Beach

The 2015 college football and NFL seasons kick off in September, which also happens to be the perfect time of year for a Myrtle Beach fall vacation. But you don't have to choose between a beach retreat and ball game when you spend a weekend at The Strand Resort. With cozy accommodations that include flat-screen TVs and oceanfront balconies, you can keep one eye on the games and the other on the Atlantic Ocean as long as your game is televised. And for those who want to follow a specific game, there are numerous sports bars in Myrtle Beach that can show any game that is being televised anywhere in the world. More casual fans can belly up to The Strand Bar in the resort lobby and get score updates between breaks at the pool or beach. Personalized small screen TVs allow patrons to tune in to the game of their choice from a basic cable lineup. But if your team's game is not on national TV, here are five great sports bars where you can root for your home team:

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Top 5 Watersports in Myrtle Beach

Some of the most fun you can have in Myrtle Beach isn’t on dry land. From the open ocean just offshore to the backwaters of the Intracoastal Waterway, watersports provide guests at The Strand the ultimate opportunity for a splashing good time and a vacation memory that will last a lifetime. Here are the top five watersports activities on the Grand Strand.

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Top 10 Thrill Rides in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach has plenty of things to do for folks looking for a relaxing vacation – the beach, golf, shopping and restaurants. But for those who need a healthy dose of adrenaline to have a good time, Myrtle Beach has you covered too. In fact, there are more thrilling spine-chilling attractions than you can possibly do in a week, so here is our list of the top 10 rides to get your heart rate rising:

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Top 5 Beach-Casual Places to Grab Lunch on Grand Strand

The Jimmy Buffett hit song "Cheeseburger In Paradise" strikes a chord with Parrotheads and all types of beachgoers who have ever experienced that special kind of hunger that comes from a day in the sun, surf and sand. A healthy snack might hold off the hunger pangs for a little while, but eventually your body wants something meaty, cheesy and greasy. North Beach Plantation guests have a nice refuge from the heat at the award-winning swim up pool bar. Named the No. 1 swim-up bar in America by Trip Advisor, this cozy little aquatic cafe serves frozen drinks and light fare for a refreshing fill-up. But if you find yourself out and about and get the urge for a beach-casual dive that is walking distance from the ocean, check out these five hot spots for lunch:

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Hollywood Wax Museum Brings Hollywood Stars to Myrtle Beach

Rub elbows with the stars - but not too hard - at the Hollywood Wax Museum in Myrtle Beach. Featuring more than 100 life-like wax replicas of public figures from the world of movies, music, politics and sports, this new attraction brings the big names from Hollywood to the Grand Strand's most popular entertainment hub - Broadway at the Beach. Situated among several major attractions across Highway 17 Bypass from the main Broadway at the Beach complex, Hollywood Wax Museum stands out in the crowd. Towering over the skyline is a replica of the World Trade Center being climbed by a 40-foot King Kong. The famed gorilla may be the biggest figure on display, but he's not the biggest name. Hollywood Wax Museum is wall to wall with A-list celebrities, spanning from Hollywood's Golden Age to today's multi-media stars. From the Rat Pack characters like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr., to the 1980s Brat Pack of Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald and Rob Lowe, to today's hottest stars like Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Pink, Hollywood Wax Museum has something - or someone - for every generation and taste.

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Myrtle Beach Greek Festival Features Family Fun, Flavorful Food

The ancient Greeks knew how to throw a party, and the modern day members of the Greek Orthodox faith keep that tradition alive with the 24th Annual Myrtle Beach Greek Festival. Held on the grounds of the St. John's Greek Orthodox Church, at the corner of Highway 17 Bypass and 33rd Avenue North near Broadway at the Beach, the Greek Festival has grown into a huge community event. Thousands are expected to attend the four-day fundraiser filled with fantastic food and drink, fine arts and crafts vendors, and fun for the whole family. Scheduled rain or shine for Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 24-27, the Greek Festival is both an indoor and outdoor event. With the mild autumn weather, most of the activities are set up on the spacious lawn area surrounding the church, such as food stations and vendor booths. But tours of the scenic church are available, and a gift shop and coffee room are also located indoors. No matter which you prefer, both are worth the $1 admission charge.

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Cinzia Spa Offers Relaxation, Rejuvenation at North Beach Plantation

If the primary reason you go on vacation is to relax, then North Beach Plantation has the perfect place for you. The on-site Cinzia Spa provides a wide selection of services so you can spend the day unwinding your mind and body without having to leave the resort property. Based in a 3,000 square foot facility on the North Beach premises in North Myrtle Beach, Cinzia Spa offers a variety of body treatments, international rituals, massages and fitness classes. Special day packages are available for guests looking for the ultimate full-service spa experience. Spoil yourself with the assortment of salon treatments available, such as facials and skin care or manicures and pedicures. Skin treatments include Cinzia's Signature European mask and peel, the Diamond Microdermabrasion and the new Advanced Resurfacing Stem Cell package. Enhancements, like the Glycolic Peel and Collagen Mask, along with waxing procedures, are also available. Try the Almond or Tropical Citrus mani/pedi treatment for healthy skin and nails, and receive a French polish to make your fingernails and toenails look fabulous.

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Fall Season is Festival Time in Myrtle Beach

The kids are back in school, you are back at work, and summer vacation is fading into a distant memory. Before you settle back into the daily grind, take some time to unwind at Paradise Resort this fall and soak up the fun of the Myrtle Beach’s fall festival season. A long weekend trip to Myrtle Beach is just what the doctor ordered, and staying at Paradise is the ideal location for a relaxing retreat and visiting all the fun events. In fact, Paradise is midway between Market Common and the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, two of the most popular places for festivals this fall. Food, music and fun are only blocks away.

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North Beach Provides Front-Row Seat to Fall Festivals

Some say Labor Day weekend marks the end of the summer tourism season. But on the Grand Strand and at North Beach Plantation, we say it signals the start of the fall festival season - a time of cooler temperatures, smaller crowds and lots of fun events to attend. Located a short drive to the downtown districts of Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach, the two hottest spots for fall festivals, North Beach Plantation is the perfect place for your autumn getaway. Relax at the Four Diamond resort or head out to events that celebrate local food, music, culture and arts, as well as international-themed festivals.

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Food, Music, Fun Highlight Labor Day Weekend in Myrtle Beach

Labor Day was designed to give hard-working Americans a break from the daily grind before summer fades into fall. Celebrate the occasion with a long weekend in Myrtle Beach filled with lots of fun and free activities. Food and music are the main courses on the menu this Labor Day weekend, along with the usual fun of the beach, fireworks and festivals. Here’s a list of all the action you can cram into a 72-hour getaway to the Grand Strand:

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Top 4 Reasons to Stay at North Beach Plantation

We've narrowed our list of the top reasons to stay at North Beach Plantation to five, but all you really need to know is the number four - as in AAA's prestigious Four Diamond rating. North Beach Plantation has become a mainstay on the travel club's annual citation for excellence, and the honor is well deserved. In addition to the Four Diamonds, here are the top five reasons to spend your next vacation at North Beach:

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Top 5 Seafood Restaurants in Myrtle Beach

The ocean is truly an amazing thing. You can swim in it, sail on it, scuba dive beneath it and surf on top of it. Then, at the end of a long day at sea, you can even feast on its bounty. But for all the fun you can have playing in the ocean during your Myrtle Beach vacation, fresh seafood is the Grand Strand's tastiest and perhaps best asset. Situated midway between two of the most productive fishing ports on the East Coast, Myrtle Beach offers a virtual buffet of restaurants that serve fresh seafood from the local docks. Murrells Inlet, the "Seafood Capital of South Carolina," is located 15 miles south. About 15 miles north is Little River, which is just across the Carolina border from Calabash, NC, the "Seafood Capital of the World." So you couldn't ask for a better location for seafood, and here are five local restaurants that know how to serve it:

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Ripley’s Haunted Adventure Brings Chills, Thrills to Myrtle Beach

Halloween is still a couple of months away, but it's never too early to give your heart a good jolt or your spine a nice tingle. And nowhere else on the Grand Strand offers a year-round scare like Ripley's Haunted Adventure, the spookiest spot in Myrtle Beach. Located in the heart of the downtown district, Ripley's Haunted Adventure is hard to miss - even among the many surrounding neon-lit shops and attractions. Situated in an Ocean Boulevard strip building, this haunted house is like none you've visited before. Curious bystanders stop and gawk at the tattered looking structure with broken shutters and creepy cobwebs, and hear the frightening screams and noises that echo from inside. Shady characters stand outside and dare guests to come inside - at their own risks.

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Tupelo Honey Cafe Delivers Flavors of the South in Myrtle Beach

There's an old Southern expression reserved only for the best country cooking dishes: "These (fill in the blank with biscuits, ribs, collards greens, etc.) are so good they will make you slap your Pappy." If you've never heard it before, there's a decent chance you will overhear it at the new Tupelo Honey Cafe at Market Common in Myrtle Beach. In fact, you might even catch yourself saying it for the first time. This regional chain out of Asheville, NC, is growing like kudzu for its Southern cuisine with a modern twist. It's recent expansion to the Myrtle Beach market has given the Grand Strand a new standard for traditional American comfort foods made from scratch, and its location in the upscale Market Common shopping district has added to the vibrant dining scene. With an atmosphere that stays true to its Southern roots and a creative menu that uses all-natural ingredients, Tupelo Honey Cafe features updated versions of time-tested recipes that yield healthier and more flavor cuisine. The farm-to-table philosophy not only involves the use of local meats and produce, but also fresh seafood straight from the nearby docks and markets.

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Top 5 Must-See Attractions in Myrtle Beach

There are so many fun things to see and do in Myrtle Beach that narrowing the list down to five is a bit of a challenge. But there are a handful of hot spots that aren't just great attractions themselves, but are also home to numerous other attractions to give you even more entertainment options during your Myrtle Beach vacation. Here are our top five:

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Barefoot Princess Offers Fun on the Intracoastal Waterway

Mention the Barefoot Princess and most folks picture Cinderella after she lost her glass slipper at the stroke of midnight. But not on the Grand Strand, where the Barefoot Princess serves as a riverboat that takes passengers on a fairy tale adventure of their own.Docked at the Barefoot Marina beside the popular Barefoot Landing shopping, dining and entertainment complex in North Myrtle Beach, the Barefoot Princess explores the waters of the Intracoastal Waterway and gives guests a one of a kind view of the Grand Strand. The three-story, 64 by 24 foot riverboat can accommodate up to 130 passengers, including enclosed and air-conditioned areas on the first and second floors with small open-air decks on both, and a large observation deck on top where you can see both river banks.

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Top 5 Activities for Less Than $25 in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach's most popular attractions come with varying price tags. Relaxing on the beach, strolling the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and enjoying fireworks shows and concerts are free, while activities like golf, deep-sea fishing and shopping can be expensive. But what about the activities that fall somewhere in the middle, the things to do that are fun and affordable for vacationers on the budget. Myrtle Beach has you covered in that department as well with a plethora of attractions that fall in the $25 range. Here are five of our favorite activities that will put a smile on your face without putting a dent in your vacation budget:

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Medieval Times in Myrtle Beach Offers Food and Fun for Families

For an amazing night out with the family, spend it with knights and the royal family at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament in Myrtle Beach. Located in the Fantasy Harbor section of Myrtle Beach, Medieval Times is housed in a replica of an 11th century Spanish castle that may look out of place due to its authentic Middle Ages appearance. Patrons may feel like they've stepped back in time by 1,000 years to arrive at this unique venue, and the nostalgia for this romantic period in human history only grows as you enter the castle and become part of the show. Pass through the castle gates and explore the period art-covered walls and the ornate halls that lead to the arena. Guests can visit the period-themed bar, hit the dance floor, and check out the Hall of Arms, a museum that displays medieval artifacts and torture devices, before heeding the sound of the horn for the start of the festivities. As patrons enter the arena they get to meet and greet the cast of character actors who are part of the performance, including the king, queen and their court. Staying in character throughout the evening, the cast helps create an atmosphere that makes the show even more enjoyable and adds to the realism with accurate and dramatic performances.

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Learn the Latest Moves with Dance Lessons in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach has lots of great places to hit the dance floor, but you may need to brush up on your moves before you go out on the town. Here are five places to learn the latest steps while you are on your Myrtle Beach vacation:

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Heat Up Your Myrtle Beach Vacation with Cooking Classes

Cooking classes might not be the first activity that springs to mind when you are planning your Myrtle Beach vacation. After all, with all the attractions, entertainment, shopping and watersports options available, not to mention the popular activity of relaxing on the beach, something like culinary courses might get lost in the vacation mix. But with the booming popularity of cooking, such as the growing “foodie” movement and the flood of culinary related TV shows like “Top Chef” and “Hell’s Kitchen”, cooking has become more of an arts and crafts activity than simply a household chore. With that in mind, more and more people are turning to culinary classes as a pastime, every bit as fun and enjoyable as dancing or shopping. If you and other members of your party are looking to try something a little different during your Myrtle Beach vacation, there are a few opportunities to strap on the apron and create some culinary magic. Learn some tips and tricks you can carry with you to use back home, like the proper way to prepare seafood or cooking with local wines. Here are some options for those itching to get in the kitchen:

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Experience the Thrill of Skydiving in North Myrtle Beach

You've heard the old expression "Why would anyone want to jump out of a perfectly good airplane?" It's funny line, but you will never hear those words come from the lips of someone who has been skydiving. For them, the answer is easy: Just for the thrill of it.Skydiving is one of the most popular adventure sports for many reasons, whether it's the adrenaline rush of taking the first step out the window or the incredible feel of freefalling, skydiving provides the ultimate experience for those with enough nerve to try it. Fortunately for guests at North Beach Plantation, you don't have to travel very far to experience the top skydiving outfitter on the Grand Strand. Located at the North Myrtle Beach Airport just 2 miles south of the resort, Myrtle Beach Skydiving can have you can be suited it and soaring through the sky in a matter of hours.

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Top 6 Myrtle Beach Seafood Buffets

The Grand Strand is literally swimming in seafood. Take a few steps into the surf and you are standing in the same body of water as your dinner if you visit one of the many local seafood restaurants. And what better way to fill up than one of the many buffets? Myrtle Beach has so many seafood smorgasbords to choose from that you could eat all you an eat every night of the week and still not scratch the surface. But since you have a limited amount of time (and a limit on how much seafood you can hold), here's our list of the top six seafood buffets. Why top six instead of top five? Because it's a buffet so you always get one extra helping:

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Top 10 Attractions for Large Groups in Myrtle Beach

Vacation is supposed to be for relaxing, but trying to organize an outing for a big group can feel more like hard work. It's hard enough to get a family of four to agree on what to do, and when and where to do it; try getting a large group on the same page. But knowing where to go for a group trip to Myrtle Beach is half the battle, so we have compiled a list of 10 places where the old "the more the merrier" adage applies:

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Five Ways to Beat the Heat in Myrtle Beach

The summer of 2015 has already been a record-setting season for heat in Myrtle Beach, and there's still a lot summer left before we see any relief. The unusually high temperatures and humidity levels have forced locals and visitors to find creative ways to beat the heat without sacrificing valuable beach time. Of course, you don’t want to spend your vacation time stuck in your room. There are many ways you can beat the blazing summer heat. Here are five tips for keeping cool during your Myrtle Beach vacation:

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Top 10 Myrtle Beach Restaurants with a View of the Intracoastal Waterway

Waterfront dining doesn't have to be beachside. For all the oceanfront dining along the Grand Strand offering breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, there are some lesser known but equally beautiful Myrtle Beach restaurants along the banks of the Intracoastal Waterway. The 3,000-mile Intracoastal Waterway, which runs along the Eastern Seaboard and the Gulf Coast from New Jersey to Texas, enters the Grand Strand at the Carolina border in the fishing village of Little River. Running parallel to the coast, the Waterway merges with the Waccamaw River and numerous creeks and tributaries as it passes through the Lowcountry en route to its return to the ocean waters in Georgetown's Winyah Bay. Built primarily to accommodate the shipping industry, the Waterway serves as a center for recreation, watersports and restaurants with beautiful scenery. Its inland location offers better views of sunset than the oceanfront, and the bypassing ships and yachts provide the perfect setting for a romantic meal for two or a festive night out with friends. In fact, those with boats can tie up at the docks for a floating pub and grub crawl down the Waterway. Here are our top 10 stops on the Intracoastal Waterway:

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Celebrate Every Night of the Week at Barefoot Landing’s Summerfest

You can't blame North Beach Plantation guests for wanting to spend a quiet night at the resort. After all, with all the on-site luxury accommodations and award-winning amenities, such as 21 Main Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, pools and swim-up bar and Cinzia Spa, it's understandable to relax at the finest resort on the Grand Strand. However, you can't use the excuse that you can't find anything to do. There are great attractions, dining, shopping and nightlife all over the Strand, and one of the most popular gathering spots is just down the street from North Beach at Barefoot Landing. In addition to the Alabama Theatre, the House of Blues, and dozens of restaurants and shops, Barefoot Landing also provides free family entertainment throughout the summer months. The complex hosts its annual Summerfest event, which features something for the whole family every night of the week through August. Among the festivities are a boardwalk parade led by roving entertainers like stilt-walkers, magicians, clowns, and even jugglers on unicycles and more. Here's the daily breakdown of Summerfest's events:

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Captain Blackbeard Brings More Family Fun at Pirates Voyage

Long before Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand became one of America's top vacation destinations, this stretch of the Carolina coastline was a popular hideout for pirates, including the most feared name and notorious privateer on the high seas - Blackbeard. Nearly 300 years later, "Captain Blackbeard" has returned to his old haunting grounds, but this time to deliver family entertainment instead of stashing buried treasure. The colorful character has joined the cast and crew at the Myrtle Beach Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show. Located near Restaurant Row in Myrtle Beach, less than a mile away from the coastline where the real Blackbeard carried out his legendary acts of piracy, Pirates Voyage offers an extravagant show where the stages are replicas of the old clipper ships that sit above a sea of water and the actors are rope-swinging, sword-fighting swashbucklers.

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Top 10 Old School Myrtle Beach Attractions

The term "old school" gets tossed around so much that it has lost its original meaning. It doesn't just mean old; it means classic. Cars are old; 1965 Mustangs are old school. Now that we've cleared that up, Myrtle Beach is packed with all kinds of attractions. Many of them are brand new, and that's fine. You can have a good time trying out the newest, latest and hottest trends. But to get a true Myrtle Beach experience, you need to go old school. Here are 10 of our favorite old school attractions on the Grand Strand:

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Top 10 Nightlife Options for Young Adults in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach has lots of fun things to do for kids – water parks, thrill rides and go-cart tracks. And the older set has lots of theaters, shops and golf to choose from. But for young adults looking for a good time, you have to know where to go to find the nightlife. Whether you want to dance the night away, go for a pub crawl along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk or Broadway at the Beach, or find a little hideaway in Murrells Inlet or Pawleys Island, there are lots of fun things for young adults to do after the sun goes down. Here are the top 10 places for young adults to have good time out on the town:

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Plan the Perfect Family Reunion at the Beach at North Beach Cottages

The Myrtle Beach area has received numerous awards proclaiming it America's best "family beach," but that title means more than a one-week retreat for the parents and children. The Grand Strand is a great destination for extended families to reunite and reconnect. And there's no better place to host a more uniquely relaxing and entertaining family reunion than The Cottages at North Beach Plantation. Offering a wide selection of luxury cottages of varying styles, sizes and floor plans, North Beach provides the perfect setting for families to stay together and play together on the 60-acre seaside resort. The Cottages of North Beach feature two-, three-, and four-bedroom layouts with an equivalent number of baths and additional living space that can accommodate up to 12. Families of varying sizes can spend quality time under the same roof with plenty of space for privacy, and larger families can reserve cottages in the same neighborhood.

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How to Get the Best out of Your Myrtle Beach Vacation

There are so many great things to see and do in Myrtle Beach, and so little vacation time to see and do it all. To get the maximum enjoyment out of your days on the Grand Strand, you want to experience the best of the best. Of course "the best," like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder, but here is our best-guess list of all the bests:

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Five Best Beachwear Ideas for Your Myrtle Beach Vacation

You are packed and ready for your Myrtle Beach vacation – except for your beachwear. There are a few items you need to pick up before you are truly beach ready, but some of the items might be harder to find at more inland areas. Of course, Myrtle Beach is filled with beachwear stores, surf shops and swimsuit boutiques, so you might want to wait until you arrive before checking off the rest of your list. In addition to the bargain beachwear stores you will find on virtually every corner, there are popular places like the Gay Dolphin Gift Cove, Tsunami Surf Shop, and Tiki Jim’s, where you can stock up on many of your beach needs. Here are some of the items you will need:

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Five Ways to Find Shade on the Beach Despite Tent Regulations

By now you have probably heard that Myrtle Beach and surrounding municipalities banned large tents on the beach in 2014. Both Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach passed ordinances requiring tents to have a center pole no taller than 7 feet, 6 inches with a cover no greater than 9 feet in diameter. Unincorporated Horry County has similar rules. After one year, the ordinance that was designed to provide easier access for emergency vehicles and improve sight lines for lifeguards is still drawing mixed reviews. Many visitors weren't happy about losing the valuable shade, while others have gotten creative to find new ways of escaping the Myrtle Beach sun while also complying with the regulations. Here are five ways to have it made in the shade without worrying about the beach patrol:

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Myrtle Beach Pelicans Offer Baseball, Family Fun

There’s a new game in town, or at least a new home team for Myrtle Beach to support. But Grand Strand baseball fans can expect the same quality teams, talent and family-friendly entertainment at the ol’ ballpark. The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the Advanced Class A minor-league baseball team, made the transition to a new parent club in 2015, becoming a member of the Chicago Cubs farm system. The addition of the Cubs, the top-ranked minor-league system in baseball, according to several recent polls and surveys, means more than great baseball. It also puts a new spin on the long-standing entertainment at TicketReturn.com Stadium.

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Your Myrtle Beach Vacation: To Plan or not to Plan

Myrtle Beach is a popular destination for beachgoers, golfers, shopaholics, foodies, fishermen, sightseers, thrill-seekers and more, but there are really only two types of vacationers: Those who like to plan every detail, and those who like to go with the flow. It takes both types to pull off a fun vacation. Put too many planners in the same party and it becomes a power struggle over the daily itinerary. Put too many followers together and nothing gets accomplished. A healthy balance between the two approaches usually makes for a vacation that is both entertaining and relaxing. So for you control freaks who want a well organized, surprise-free vacation, and for those free-spirited spontaneous types who like to let things happen, here's a few suggestion for some fun things to do that may be right up your alley - whether you planned it that way or not.

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Top 10 Sports Bars in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is famous for its beach bars, and the nightlife scene offers a diverse mix of live music, dancing and general partying. But there’s something special about finding a sports bar where you can catch the big game or mix and mingle with fans of similar sports interests. Fortunately, the Grand Strand also has an abundance of sports bars where visiting and local fans can gather to root for the home team, or the teams from your hometown. Because so many folks move and visit here from all over the country, you are sure to find fans and make friends supporting the same squad. Here are the top 10 sports bars in Myrtle Beach:

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Best Places for Free Entertainment in Myrtle Beach

Everyone has their own idea of fun things to do in Myrtle Beach. From beach going and attractions to shopping and restaurants, the options are aplenty. But there's one thing that everyone in the family can agree on - free. Not only is the price right, but the good times are ready to roll at these free-admission events on the Grand Strand:

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Don’t Forget to Pack These Items for Your Myrtle Beach Vacation

Packing for your Myrtle Beach vacation? Add some of these oft-forgotten items to your check list:

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Free and Affordable Fun for Kids in Myrtle Beach

Taking the little ones out to experience all the attractions, restaurants, shops and shows in Myrtle Beach can get pretty pricy, but it doesn't have to. In fact, some of the best things to do on the Grand Strand are free of charge, or require only a minimal fee. Here are a few of the best ways to show kids a good time in Myrtle Beach on the cheap:

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Myrtle Beach Area Piers Offer More than Just Fishing

The best places to go fishing on the Grand Strand without a boat are one of the nine piers located along the 60-mile stretch of coastline that surrounds Myrtle Beach. They also happen to be some of the best places to go for dining, entertainment and nightlife. Hosting everything from restaurants and bars, gift stores and tackle shops, live concerts and fireworks shows, fishing piers are the places to be even if you never bait a hook. Whether you hope to catch the big one, or you just want to catch the cool sea breeze at an oceanfront bar, here are the best piers for angling and hanging out over open waters:

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Five Traveling Tips for Getting Around Myrtle Beach

Driving in a new city can be difficult, especially a place like Myrtle Beach, where so many people on the road are also from out of town, but that’s no reason to spend your vacation sitting in traffic. To beat the summer rush, follow a few of these tips for getting around the Grand Strand:

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Boathouse Offers Big Names, Outdoor Fun at Summer Concert Series

Millions of visitors flock to the coast to catch concerts on the beach, but the best shows in town are actually on the banks of the Intracoastal Waterway at the Boathouse in Myrtle Beach. Located just below the Highway 501 Bridge, this restaurant/bar transforms into the biggest outdoor show during summer Sunday afternoons.Billed as having “The Best Backyard in Myrtle Beach,” the Boathouse knows how to throw a party. An outdoor stage attracts some big names in the music industry, from national touring artists to local and regional favorites. Hundreds arrive at the Boathouse by land and water to enjoy the festive atmosphere as boaters tie up at the docks and swimsuit-clad patrons take a dip in the Waterway or soak up some sun and live music on the lawn. Best of all, the shows are free. The 2015 lineup features bands you might expect to pay a steep price for tickets or cover charge to see. The annual highlight is JerryFest, a tribute to the life and music of late and beloved Grateful Dead member Jerry Garcia, which will be held on Aug. 9 to celebrate his birthday. The shows are held every Sunday through Sept. 6, although more shows may be added in the early fall. Here’s a look at this year’s schedule:

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Catch a Movie Under the Stars at Market Common in Myrtle Beach

One of the worst things to do while you are vacationing in Myrtle Beach is to go to a movie theater. Unless you are from a small town that has no theaters, why spend your precious time and money in Myrtle Beach doing the same thing you can do back home? But there are a few exceptions, like the "Movies Under the Stars" series at Market Common. For starters, it's free and open to the public, so that will save you valuable money for your vacation budget for other attractions and entertainment option during the week. Another reason to check out the "Movies Under the Stars" series is the movie selection. No first-run flicks that are inappropriate for the whole family. Market Common shows family-friendly classics from the 1980s and '90s, movies parents saw as a child and can now share with their kids.

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Top 5 Beach Games for Myrtle Beach

You really don't have to play games to have a good time on the beach. Between the sand, surf and sun, there's plenty of fun to be had without turning it into a contest. By yourself? Bring a book or fly a kite. Got friends? Toss around the pigskin or a Frisbee. But there's something about the beach that brings out the competitive spirit among family, friends and even complete strangers who become quick friends over a good-natured game. Here are five great ways to enjoy a little friendly competition on the beach:

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The Locals List: Best of the Best in Myrtle Beach

The best way to avoid the pitfalls of tourist traps is to ask a local. The folks who live here year-round know where to go, and more importantly, where not to go. Although these places aren’t exactly secrets, you can at least rest assured of getting your bank for your buck if it also gets a thumbs-up from locals. Check out these local favorites: Attraction: Myrtle Beach SkyWheel. Passengers on this 190-foot high-tech Ferris wheel can see the Atlantic Ocean, downtown Myrtle Beach, and entire Grand Strand, the 60-mile stretch of Carolina coastline. The only thing you won't see is a better attraction.

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Be a Knight for a Night at Medieval Times in Myrtle Beach

Take one night out of your Myrtle Beach vacation to travel 1,000 years back in history at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. Located in the Fantasy Harbor section of Myrtle Beach, this replica of an 11th century Spanish castle hosts a magical kingdom untouched by time. Once patrons pass through the ornate castle gates they are magically transported back a millennia in time to a romantic age of chivalry and nobility. Staying in character to add to the authenticity of the experience, the cast and crew go above and beyond to treat their guests like royalty. Enjoy a meal fit for a king, and a show that exceeds expectations. Medieval Times' talented cast of actors brings the Middle Ages to life before your very eyes. The royal family greets guests into the arena while the knights compete in dazzling displays of jousting, dueling, and hand-to-hand combat that are so realistic you will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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Top 10 Bars in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is best known for its daytime activities, like the beach, golf and waterparks. But there's also a lot of fun going on after the sun goes down at the local bars, dance clubs and watering holes. Whether you are looking to hit the dance floor at a night club or ride a barstool at a beach bar, you can find the right place to suit your mood in Myrtle Beach. Here are 10 hot spots to hit during a hot summer night out on the town:

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Four Tips to Protect Yourself from the Sun in Myrtle Beach

Each year millions of visitors flock to Myrtle Beach for some hot fun in the summer sun, and some get a little more sun than they bargained for. The worst souvenir you can take home from Myrtle Beach is painful sunburn, especially if it prevents you from enjoying yourself on vacation. Nothing can spoil a trip to the beach like too much sun that forces you to spend your time in the shade or the indoors. Here are five tips for protecting yourself and loved ones from the sun and making sure everyone has a safe and happy vacation:

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Go Scuba Diving in North Myrtle Beach

You've seen the awe-inspiring views of the Atlantic Ocean while standing in the white sand of North Myrtle Beach or sitting on your private balcony at North Beach Plantation. But there's a lot more beauty beneath the ocean's surface just waiting to be explored. Of all the watersports options you can try during your North Myrtle Beach vacation, only scuba diving takes you to the depths of the sea to discover an amazing underwater world. Take private lessons in a training pool before making your big splash in the ocean. Whether you are an experienced diver or a newcomer to the sport, Coastal Scuba in North Myrtle Beach is the place to go to on the Grand Strand for training, certification and trips to the most amazing shipwrecks and artificial reefs off the Carolinas coast.

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Five All-American Ways to Celebrate the Fourth of July on the Grand Strand

Paint the town red, white and blue as the Grand Strand throws several patriotic parties for the Fourth of July. Featuring a military air show in North Myrtle Beach, a boat parade in Murrells Inlet, and free concerts and fireworks shows in Myrtle Beach, there are plenty of places to have a blast while celebrating Uncle Sam’s birthday. Here are five ways to have some All-American fun this Independence Day in the Myrtle Beach area:

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Five Places to Spend the Fourth of July in Myrtle Beach

There's a party every day and night during the summer months in Myrtle Beach, but the Fourth of July is the highlight of the season. That's when all the great things about the Grand Strand come together for one big party along the 60-mile stretch of coastline. From baseball games and boat parades to free fireworks shows and concerts, the Myrtle Beach area goes all out to put on a major birthday bash for America. And with the Fourth falling on a Saturday this year, expect an entire weekend of hot fun in the summertime. Here are five places to celebrate the Fourth of July in true Myrtle Beach fashion:

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Saddle up to go Horseback Riding on the Grand Strand

If you've ever read a romance novel or seen this classic scene on the silver screen, you've probably fantasized about riding a horse on the beach. It truly is a unique experience to gallop on the sand and through the surf from atop a beautiful steed. However, the city of Myrtle Beach and surrounding municipalities have laws against horseback riding on the beach for most of the year. After all, no one wants to trample an unsuspecting tourist. The sport is limited to the winter months (November through February in Myrtle Beach and Horry County) when there's plenty of room to ride a horse. Some outfitters have year-round access to private stretches of beach, while others offer inland trails where you can ride through the scenic woodlands and wetlands of the Carolina backcountry. No matter which view you choose, few experiences can match spending a day in the saddle with a calm and patient four-legged companion.

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Top 5 Breakfast Places in North Myrtle Beach

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially when you are on vacation. Before spending a summer day on the beach or the golf course you need a lot of energy, so fuel up on a fat stack of pancakes, a fluffy omelet filled with tasty ingredients, fresh fruits or a hot breakfast sandwich. North Beach Plantation guests are in luck as the surrounding area is lined with breakfast places and pancake houses where you can load up on a hearty and healthy breakfast. You might as well make it something tasty, and these five breakfast spots will leave you happy and ready to tackle another day in paradise:

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Top 4 Places to get Walkable Meals in Myrtle Beach

The family is hungry, but you are on a tight time schedule to see and do all the great things Myrtle Beach has to offer. These are the perfect occasions to grab something on the go, but it's hard to find a restaurant or cafe that caters to the carry-out crowd. Paradise Resort guests are in luck. Not only do you have access to the poolside Tiki Bar, which offers a wide selection of hot dogs, hamburgers, frozen drinks and snacks you can eat on the run, but the resort is also surrounded by these four walkable feast hot spots:

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Palace Theatre Brings New Shows, Attractions to Myrtle Beach

The Palace Theatre is famous for attracting top entertainment to Myrtle Beach, but this summer's lineup takes it to another level. In addition to the off-Broadway productions it is known for, the Palace Theatre is bringing in some cutting-edge attraction in 2015. From new-age magic acts to a virtual-reality dinosaur exhibit, the Palace is broadening its appeal to provide quality entertainment for the whole family. Even the theatrical shows feature a fairy tale for the kids and a stroll down musical memory lane for adults. Here's a look at the upcoming shows and attractions at the Palace Theatre:

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Top Four Places to Take Cooking Classes in Myrtle Beach

Part of the joy of vacation is letting others cook for you for a change at the more than 1,700 restaurants on the Grand Strand. But if cooking is your idea of fun, Myrtle Beach has that too. From fun cooking programs designed specifically for kids to serious culinary arts programs for adults, Myrtle Beach has a wide range of classes available for foodies. Check out these locations for cooking classes:

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Top 5 Oceanfront Restaurants and Bars in North Myrtle Beach

There’s something special about dining out or having a few drinks while looking out over the ocean. The smell of the salt air, sound of the crashing waves, a feel of the ocean breeze heighten the senses for a cold beer or frozen drink, or a nice surf-and-turf spread. North Myrtle Beach has an excellent selection of both restaurants and bars on the oceanfront. Here are five hot spots where you can feed your body and unwind your mind:

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Five Ways to Unplug from Electronics and Connect With Family on Your Myrtle Beach Vacation

You’ve finally got the whole family together for a Myrtle Beach vacation, and you feel like you are on a trip with a bunch of zombies. The blank stares and unanswered questions are the result of the cell phones, iPads and hand-held video games that can captivate kids and some adults in a land of make-believe instead of experiencing the joy of vacation. You don’t want the trip to turn into a week-long electronics session, so it’s time to set a few ground rules about unplugging from virtual reality and reconnecting with family members by making some real vacation memories:

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Tips for Grocery Shopping for Your Myrtle Beach Vacation

Food is the quickest way to blow your family vacation budget, and it’s also the easiest way to save money. Consider the cost of a family of four at mid-range restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and you can easily spend $200 a day. But savvy shoppers know how to cut that number dramatically, and it all starts with a trip to the grocery store. Start your week by stocking up on food and drinks to fill the fridge and by planning a couple of meals a day in the room. Paradise Resort’s fully equipped kitchen suites allow guests to prepare their own meals and save significant funds that can be better spent at area attractions, shops and entertainment venues. Here are five expert tips for filling the fridge and pantry and saving precious dollars during your Myrtle Beach vacation:

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Learn to Surf in Myrtle Beach

Surfing is one of the few sports you can only do at the beach. Visitors may come to the Grand Strand already knowing how to swim, how to play golf or how to fish, but there’s no way of learning how to surf before you get to the beach. Vacationers have a very short window to learn and master the unique craft of surfing during their time at the beach, so a crash course is the way to go if you want to enjoy your limited time with access to waves. For those interested in scratching surfing off their bucket lists, Myrtle Beach has an abundance of surfing camps and clinics that can have you up and hanging ten in no time. Trained instructors take you through every step of the process, from learning to stand up on your board while it’s still on dry land to putting it into practice in the water. Once you’ve mastered the basics, you are on your way to a vacation filled with surfing. Who knows, you might even decide to stay in Myrtle Beach and become a full-time beach bum. Because the city limits of Myrtle Beach contain more hotels and tourists along the oceanfront, there are designated surf zones where surfers are allowed, and places where there is no surfing during the summer months. Those laws send many surfers and surf camps to other, less populated areas of the Grand Strand, so this may be a good chance to check out surfing towns like North Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach and Garden City Beach. Here are some of the top surfing camps and clinics offered on the Grand Strand:

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Tips for Protecting Your Kids From the Sun During Your Myrtle Beach Vacation

Parents instinctively protect their children from all kinds of dangers. You know the list – Don’t run with scissors, look both ways before crossing the street, don’t talk to strangers. Yet when it comes to the sun, parents often forget the silent skin assassin. Youngsters have more sensitive skin than adults and require extra attention to avoid getting burned. Besides, no one wants to see their child experience the painful 1-2 punch of bad sunburn and a ruined vacation. Here are five tips for keeping your kids safe from the summer sun and making sure they have a Myrtle Beach vacation filled with happy memories:

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Brookgreen Gardens Lowcountry Zoo a Haven for Grand Strand’s Native Species

When most people think of Brookgreen Gardens, just south of Myrtle Beach, images of beautiful blooming flowers and elaborate statues spring to mind. But many are not aware that Brookgreen Gardens is also home to the only accredited zoo by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums on the Carolina coast. The Brookgreen Garden’s Lowcountry Zoo is home to a wide selection of species that are native to the surrounding swamps, salt marshes and tidal creeks of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Featuring a nice collection of wild and domesticated animals, this attraction is perfect for the whole family and is included in regular park admission. The diverse mix of wildlife that can be seen from the winding boardwalk includes the American alligator, the apex predators of the region and a crowd favorite. Left alone to live a normal life in the swamps, the alligators can be seen sunning on the grassy islands or stealthy swimming through the murky waters. Some of the gators that frequent the observation area are longer than 10 feet and plenty fat from the abundance of prey in the environment.

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Top 5 Best Value Attractions in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is home to a lot of great attractions, so it should come as no surprise that there are a few tourist traps in the mix. If you've ever been tricked into paying top dollar for bottom quality entertainment you know the buyer's remorse you feel after wasting your vacation cash on a disappointing experience. That's why we've compiled this top-five list of attractions that deliver the maximum bang for your bucks. There are plenty of fun, family friendly attractions that are worth the price of admission, even some that are absolutely free. Check out this list of local hot spots and prepare to have a good time on the cheap:

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Five Things to do with Dad on Father’s Day in Myrtle Beach

Father’s Day can be the toughest holiday to shop for the honoree. Dad doesn’t ask for much, and has no clue what he wants when you ask him. That’s one of the reasons he ends up getting ugly ties he never wears. Instead, show your father a great time in Myrtle Beach with one of these five ideal Father’s Day gifts:

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June Calendar Events for Myrtle Beach

June marks the start of the summer season in Myrtle Beach, and the Grand Strand offers lots of fun festivals and events for the whole family. If you are in town in June, be sure to check out these highlights:

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Last Minute Info on Carolina Country Music Festival

The inaugural Carolina Country Music Festival is all plugged in and ready for sound check as the city of Myrtle Beach and concert officials are putting the finishing touches on the June 4-7 downtown festival. Four days of live music from more than 35 big-name country music stars, more than 20,000 fans expected to attend the event in the downtown district, and the effort to transform the former Myrtle Beach Pavilion amusement park site into a major concert venue are among the many challenges that are coming together at the last minute. So are some important details that concert-goers need to know before they head to the show:

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Top 10 Beach Reads for your South Strand Vacation

It’s a tradition almost as hotly anticipated as vacation itself (we said almost). Unfolding the beach chair, digging your toes in the sand, and devouring a new book. While there’s a time and place for “War and Peace,” we know the best reads to get are page-turners — think easy laughs, mystery and scandal, and, yes, maybe a bodice-ripper or two. We’ve found recommendations from popular magazines and websites for some of the best beach reads for 2015. Ten, to be exact, and we gave precedence to those set in the south, on the beach, or with some Carolina ties. And for your convenience, we recommend finding these in paperback where possible. It will make your carry-on and beach bags much easier to handle.

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Five Reasons North Beach Plantation is the Top Place to Stay on the Grand Strand

There are a million reasons to spend your Grand Strand vacation at North Beach Plantation, but we can only pick five. It's not an easy list to narrow down, especially for guests who enjoy the finer things in life. You don't get to be a multi-year AAA Four-Diamond Resort without doing something right. Scratch that - without doing EVERYTHING right. North Beach is one of those rare gems that covers all the bases and cuts no corners. From the moment you arrive at the oceanfront property, you will experience luxury at every turn. Here are five reasons to stay at North Beach Plantation for the ultimate Grand Strand vacation experience:

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Take a Ride on the Wild Side on Myrtle Beach Nature Tours

So you have strolled the Boardwalk, cruised the Boulevard, and walked around Broadway. You've been there and done that at all of Myrtle Beach’s major manmade attractions, and even got the T-shirt to prove it. But there's a whole other side to the Grand Strand that you might not have seen yet. In fact, many visitors don’t even realize it exists. But hidden far away from the neon lights and seafood buffets is a much wilder world of Lowcountry wetlands, maritime woodlands, and abundant wildlife. You can’t get there by foot, trolley or a minivan, and even your SUV might be not match for some of the hard-to-reach places. It takes a four-wheel drive Jeep or a four-hoofed horse, and a knowledgeable tour guide to discover some of the Strand’s most scenic and natural settings. Here are four great ways to get back to nature and enjoy the Grand Strand’s great outdoors:

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Myrtle Beach State Park Offers Natural Experience

Once you've had your fill of roller coasters, fireworks shows and water parks, experience a slice of nature during your Grand Strand vacation with a visit to Myrtle Beach State Park. Located on the south end of the Myrtle Beach city limits, South Carolina's oldest and most visited state park offers a tranquil alternative to all the manmade attractions in town. Nestled on a 312-acre stretch of oceanfront property that includes an old-growth maritime forest and pristine beaches, Myrtle Beach State Park provides a small sample of what the Carolina coastline looked like long before it was developed and settled. Featuring a diverse terrain of woodlands and wetlands and an abundance of wildlife, both aquatic and land-dwelling, Myrtle Beach State Park offers a variety of activities for everyone in the family. A nature center serves as an educational display highlighting native flora and fauna in a classroom-style setting, where special presentations and seminars are held on a daily basis.

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Top 10 Gluten-Free Restaurants in Myrtle Beach

Vacationers with gluten allergies should have no problem with dining out in Myrtle Beach. The recent explosion in gluten-free dining has made it possible for patrons to choose from a wide range of restaurants that have responded to the growing trend. Although there are only a handful of restaurants that are completely vegetarian and gluten-free, many more mainstream establishments have started offering special menus to suit your dietary needs restrictions. Here are 10 you should try:

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Children’s Museum of South Carolina Makes Learning Fun

Just because the kids are out of school doesn't mean they have to stop learning. The Children's Museum of South Carolina in Myrtle Beach provides a great place for kids to get creative, use their imaginations and have a good time. Perfect for rainy days or for a change of pace from the waterslides and roller coasters, the Children’s Museum of South Carolina is both entertaining and educational. Of course, the latter might come across as a dirty word to kids fresh out of school for the summer. But don’t tell them they might learn something and they won’t know any better. Besides, they will be having too much fun to worry about the educational aspects of the museum.

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Yuck it up at Myrtle Beach Comedy Clubs

If laughter truly is the best medicine, think of Myrtle Beach is one big comedy pharmacy. In a 12-mile stretch from Restaurant Row down to the south side of Myrtle Beach, there are five comedy clubs where you can get your daily dose of Vitamin C (as in Comedy). Nothing makes for a great night on the town like a big belly-laugh, and there are plenty to be had on the Grand Strand. Here’s a quick preview:

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Enjoy a Night at the Ballpark with Myrtle Beach Pelicans

What do you get when you cross America’s favorite family vacation destination with America’s pastime? The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the Advanced Class A minor league baseball affiliate of the Chicago Cubs and one of the most entertaining venues on the entire Grand Strand. Located across from Broadway at the Beach on 21st Avenue North, the Pelicans Ballpark is a popular gathering spot for both locals and visitors when the team is in town 70 days a year from April through August. Playing in the Carolina League, the Pelicans play host to teams from around the region and fans from all over the East Coast as baseball is as much an entertainment attraction in Myrtle Beach as it is a sport. Opened in 1999 after the old Durham Bulls franchise, featured in the hit movie “Bull Durham,” relocated to Myrtle Beach, the Pelicans have been known for providing family-friendly fun at the ol’ ballpark, which is actually like new by most minor-league baseball stadia. Pelicans Ballpark is repeatedly ranked among the best facilities in the country, and the team’s new partnership with the Cubs, ranked as the No. 1 minor-league operation in all of baseball, gives the Pelicans a solid 1-2 punch of baseball and entertainment.

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Carolina Opry has Proud History of Entertaining Myrtle Beach

As a country music performer, Calvin Gilmore was a popular member of the Grand Ole Opry. But when he came to Myrtle Beach in the 1980s, he brought an authentic slice of the Nashville showcase with him. After opening and playing various venues on the Grand Strand, Gilmore eventually opened the Carolina Opry in Myrtle Beach. The largest country music venue on the East Coast attracts fans from all over the world to experience top-notch entertainment in America’s No. 1 family vacation destination. Gilmore opened the original Carolina Opry in Surfside Beach and delighted fans with an all-country music lineup. He later opened the Dixie Jubilee in North Myrtle Beach, spreading the American roots scene to the entire Strand. The success of those smaller venues convinced Gilmore to open the current Carolina Opry near Restaurant Row in 1993. Located near Myrtle Beach's famed Restaurant Row next to Dolly Parton’s new “Pirates Voyage” dinner theater, this entertainment complex is easily accessible from all ends of the Grand Strand at the junction of Highway 17 Business and Bypass.

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Going off the Grid on the Grand Strand

The Grand Strand is a 60-mile stretch of Carolina coast that surrounds Myrtle Beach. Most of you know about - the white-sand beaches, award-winning golf courses, and neon-lit restaurants, shops and attractions. But there is a large part of the Strand few ever see, or know about. No matter which road you take, you can't get there. It requires some serious off-roading and four-wheeling to weave your way through the backcountry trails and backwater swamps, where some of the most pristine (yet incredibly muddy) wetlands and woodlands in the Southeast serve as nature's playground. Don't forget to bring an experienced guide to help you find your way home. Whether you want some mud-slinging fun or some relaxing exploration, you can find it (if you look hard enough) in the Myrtle Beach area. Here are some of the best places to get down and dirty and go off the Grand Strand grid:

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21 Main Serves Some Amazing Cuisine, Tough Decisions

The only problem with dining at a restaurant like 21 Main is deciding what to order. With so many award-winning options on one menu, you've got some tough decisions to make. The good news is it's hard to go wrong. 21 Main offers some of the best cuisine on the Grand Strand, and its extensive menu and wine list are delicious from A (as in Appetizers) to Z (as in Zinfandel). Here are a few recommendations for 21 Main’s most popular dishes to help you through every course:

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Top 5 Pizza Pies in Myrtle Beach

Pizza, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. New Yorkers swear by thin crust, Chicagoans love deep dish, and sophisticated pallets prefer the new lines of specialty pies that are like a meal on top of a crust. Whichever way you want your pizza, Myrtle Beach is filled with options. Although there seems to be a pizza parlor on every corner, this list has narrowed your choices down to a handful of outstanding pies:

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Top 5 Places to Play Tennis in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is known for golf. With nearly 100 golf courses in a 60-mile radius, it's hard to swing a golf club without landing on the links. But the other popular country-club sport of tennis is a bit trickier to find facilities, at least ones that aren't connected with a private club. Fortunately for visitors to the Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach has lots of places for the general public to hit the hard courts. Although they may be a bit more tucked away than golf courses and other attractions in Myrtle Beach, here are five fun places to play tennis at little or no charge:

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Top 5 Shops on Ocean Boulevard

“The Strip,” as Ocean Boulevard in downtown Myrtle Beach is commonly called, is famous for its oceanfront restaurants and beach bars and neon-lit attractions. But sprinkled in between are some of the Grand Strand’s most unique shopping opportunities. From the basic beachwear stores to one-of-a-kind novelty shops, here are five places you don’t want to skip when you’re on The Strip:

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Myrtle Beach Museums for All Ages

A trip to the museum might not be at the top of your party’s list of things to do in Myrtle Beach. But once you’ve soaked up lots of rays and had all the seafood you can eat, a visit to a local museum is a great way to spend a few hours out of your rainy day. Here are four worth checking out:

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Beach Rules for 2015 in Myrtle Beach

Summertime means more vacationers swimming, splashing and sunning on the beach. In the city limits of Myrtle Beach, the increased traffic also means the addition of new beach rules that are only in affect between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. Here are a few recently added summer beach rules and regulations, along with some long-standing laws you need to know:

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Zip Your Way Around the Grand Strand on Ziplines

One of the latest trends in adventure sports and eco-tourism is the zipline and ropes course. These adrenaline-producing thrill rides give guests the chance to experience flight while they zoom along a high wire from Point A to Point B and take in all the sights along the way. The Grand Strand may have been a little late on joining more rural locales in adding ziplines and ropes courses to its list of attractions, but the area had more than caught up with the recent additions of several venues. Offering views of the Atlantic Ocean, downtown Myrtle Beach, Broadway at the Beach and maritime forests, here are the best places to go ziplining:

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Top 5 Places for Live Music in Myrtle Beach

The Myrtle Beach music scene is happening, if you know where to look and listen. Here are the top 10 music venues on the Grand Strand:

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Five Items to Pack in your Beach Bag

You’ve arrived in Myrtle Beach, you finally get the family down to the beach for a little fun in the sun, and the questions start: “Where are my sunglasses?” “Can I have something to drink?” “Can we do something fun?” Here are five things to bring to keep the complaints at a minimum:

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Top 5 Reasons to Stay on Property at North Beach Plantation

North Beach Plantation, a Four-Diamond full-service resort in North Myrtle Beach, offers so many first-class amenities, guests can spend their entire vacations on the property without missing out. Here are five reasons to spend a week in the lap of luxury at North Beach:

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Five Tips for Sun Safety for Your Myrtle Beach Vacation

Between the beach, attractions, golf, dining, shopping and all the great things the Grand Strand has to offer, it’s almost impossible to have a bad time. But the easiest way to ruin your Myrtle Beach fun is by forgetting one simple product –sunscreen.It may seem odd that the white, sticky stuff can make or break your beach getaway, but it happens all the time to the pasty and unprepared. In their haste to get a “base tan” to kickoff their week in the sun, they get a bad case of sunburn and a shady seat back at the resort for the rest of their vacation. Not exactly the way you want to spend your vacation in Myrtle Beach. But it doesn’t have to be that way if you follow these simple rules regarding sun safety and sunscreen use. By taking a few seconds to coat your skin and regulate your exposure to the sun you can spend the entire week soaking up some rays from the sun and go home looking and feeling great without the uncomfortable sensation of sunburn:

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Carolina Country Music Festival Adds Another Day, More Artists

What could be more fun than three days of country music in Myrtle Beach's downtown district? Try four days of country music in the same scenic setting. The inaugural event, which will be held on the former Pavilion site along Ocean Boulevard and the Atlantic Ocean, has seen such a reaction to the announcement of the event that a fourth day was added to the initial three-day concert. The event is now Thursday through Sunday, June 4-7.

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Top 5 Seafood Restaurants in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is famous for its abundance of fresh seafood and restaurants that serve it, so trying to narrow that list down to a top five is a tall task. It’s sort of like trying to choose your favorite child – they are all special in their own way, but a select few really stand out. So if you are looking for the best seafood in town, this top-five list of popular favorites is a good place to start:

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Mayfest on Main Festival Kicks off Summer Fun in North Myrtle Beach

For many first-time visitors and newcomers to the Grand Strand, North Myrtle Beach is just an extension of Myrtle Beach that offers the same attractions, restaurants and shops. But for those who have been to both coastal communities, you know they have their own distinct identities.For North Myrtle Beach, which is actually made up of four small beach villages (Cherry Grove, Crescent Beach, Ocean Drive and Windy Hill), that means beach music, shag dancing and summertime fun wrapped small-town charm and Southern hospitality. All the things North Myrtle Beach is famous for is on full display at the 10th Annual Mayfest on Main celebration.Featuring a family-friendly environment for all ages, this May 9 festival signals the approach of the summer-tourism season, even though the calendar says the official start of summer is more than a month away. Mayfest on Main is held in the historic Horseshoe section of downtown Ocean Drive, where Main Street dead ends at the beach.

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A Relaxing Mother’s Day Weekend at North Beach

Who kept you fed and warm when you were a baby, taught you how to crawl and walk when you were a toddler, bandaged and kissed your boo boos when you were a kid, and taught you right from wrong as a teenager? Dear ol' mom, for most, and she continues to love and support you as an adult. Here's your chance to pay her back, at least in part, with a perfect Mother's Day weekend at North Beach Plantation. Located in North Myrtle Beach near Barefoot Landing, this is the ideal location for showing mom how much you love her and appreciate all she has done for you in the past. Start with a luxury oceanfront suite in the twin towers with all the creature comforts of home. Mom can sit outside on the private balcony and enjoy the fabulous view of the Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding expanse of beaches. Elegantly decorated and fully furnished, mom can relax in the lap of luxury like she deserves.

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Best South Strand Fishing Charters

It’s not that we’re fishing for compliments, really. But there are some things the South Strand does very well, and inshore and offshore adventures are among them. While staying at Litchfield Beach & Golf, you’re within casting distance of some fun, knowledgeable and reputable charter companies to take you out, hook you up, and reel your catch in for an incredibly memorable outing. This is an especially great option if you’re chipping in with a couple of other adults to defray costs. Flounder, black drum, red drum, sea trout, tarpon and more (and maybe even a shark — eek!) will be swimming right below your feet while experienced guides walk you through the basics, all the way up to advanced technique. They know all the best spots and the tried-and-true tricks, so all you have to do is show up. And have fun. Who to try in or near the South Strand? Read on.

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Six Tips for Getting Your Body Ready for the Beach

So you’ve spent all winter wrapped up in blankets and an extra layer of nature’s insulation, and the closest thing you’ve done to a beach activity is couch surfing. Now it’s time to dig out last year’s swimsuit to see if you can still squeeze into that tiny little number, which seems to have gotten even tinier during the offseason. Face it; it’s time to get back in beach shape by following these six tips.

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Top Cinco Places to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach may be a long way from Mexico, but the Grand Strand knows how to throw a party to celebrate the favorite holiday of our friends south of the border. Featuring all-day bashes that include live music, fun and games, and even a 5K for the fitness-minded, Myrtle Beach's Mexican restaurant and bar community makes sure May 5 doesn't go unnoticed on the Grand Strand. Guests at the Caribbean don’t have to travel far to find the fun. In addition to margaritas and frozen drinks flowing at the on-site Red Parrot Beachfront Grill on the pool deck, several nearby Mexican establishments will be putting on a shindig. Stroll a few blocks down to the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and check out the oceanfront party at Bandito’s, or go a few blocks inland to the festivities at Broadway at the Beach. Better yet, take a cab or catch a shuttle to the biggest Cinco de Mayo party in town at Fiesta del Burro Loco, home of the 18th Annual Cinco de Mayo Burrofest.

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Myrtle Beach Fireworks Extravaganza Lights Fuse on Summer Fun

This summer is going to be a blast in Myrtle Beach - in more ways than one. In addition to all the fun attractions, tasty restaurants and tantalizing shops on the Grand Strand, the skies will light up all summer long with colorful fireworks displays at hot spots up and down the 60-mile stretch of coastline. The summer-long pyrotechnics celebration gets under way Saturday, May 23, at Broadway at the Beach. Scheduled to start once the sun goes down and the sky is good and dark at 10 p.m., this weekly fireworks display (twice weekly once the summer is in full swing) attracts large crowds to the multi-purpose complex to see the professional pyrotechnics shows light up the skies over Lake Broadway.

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WonderWorks Brings Science-Based Fun to Broadway at the Beach

Myrtle Beach is filled with attractions that offer mindless fun. After all, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to slip down a waterslide or rocket down a roller coaster. But there is one attraction that offers some educational value to go with the good times – WonderWorks at Broadway at the Beach.

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Hollywood Wax Museum Brings Stars to Myrtle Beach

Want to snap some selfies with A-list celebrities and rub elbows with the rich and famous? That usually involves a trip to L.A. or New York, but now visitors to Myrtle Beach can get into the celeb-sighting act. The Hollywood Wax Museum, the latest attraction to take Broadway at the Beach by storm, features realistic wax figures of the biggest and brightest stars in show business, including actors, actresses, musicians, athletes and more. Guests are surrounded by so many celebs you will feel like you’ve walked down the red carpet and slipped behind the velvet rope at one of Hollywood’s most exclusive gatherings.

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How to Pack for Your Myrtle Beach Family Vacation

If work, family obligations and life in general don't have you ready for a vacation, packing for your family getaway will. It's a thankless job that can make you the unsung hero of the trip, or have you answering the dreaded "Where's my (fill in the blank)?" question the whole time. How well you pack can make or break the vacation, but no pressure. With a little planning, and by following these five tips, packing for your family vacation will be as easy as an ocean breeze:

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Our Favorite Pawleys Island Area Specialty Shops

Who doesn’t love shopping on vacation? Bringing back mementos and can’t-get-this-at-home gems that keep you in South Strand mode long after you’ve left? There’s nothing better. Sometimes you are looking for something that’s truly special, honestly unique, and quintessentially beach. But where to go? We’ve listed six of the best specialty shops near Litchfield Beach & Golf where you’ll always find the very thing you weren’t looking for. And isn’t that the point of great vacation shopping? Read on.

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Rivertown Music and Arts Festival Puts Conway in Spotlight

For the millions of Myrtle Beach visitors who arrive by car, the city of Conway, South Carolina means the last town on Highway 501 before you can finally start your vacation. Many have passed through it, but few take the time to explore the historic city. Well, here's your chance to see the oldest city and county seat of Horry County on one of its most exciting days - the May 2 Rivertown Music and Arts Festival. Held in the downtown district and along the Waccamaw River in Riverfront Park, this family-friendly festival crams a whole lot of fun into one Saturday.Featuring live music, dance and theatrical performances on two different stages, the Rivertown Music and Arts Festival puts on a wide range of activities to appeal to all ages and interests. Hosted by Conway Alive, a local civic group designed to highlight all the city has to offer, this event has expanded in recent years to add a classic car show and a craft beer tasting to the existing mix of music, arts and crafts. Oh, did we mention food? There's tons of food too. The party gets started at 11 a.m. when the curtain draws on the main and family stages, and the tent flaps are opened to row of arts and crafts vendors displaying their wares. The craft beer tasting and the vintage car show follow, along with fun and entertainment throughout the night. Here's a look at the full lineup and schedule for the Rivertown Music and Arts Festival:

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Five Beach Toys to Keep the Kids Entertained

Even on a Myrtle Beach vacation, it’s not enough just to take kids to the beach any more. The millennial generation needs to be entertained or they are quick to escape back into their cell phones and video games for amusement. But there are several toys and games you can invest a few bucks in to keep them engaged and active on the beach. Not the cheap plastic toys from the bargain beachwear stores that the little ones break almost as soon as they open them. Here are five high-quality toys and games that will keep your little ones (and even the big ones in your party).

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Top 5 Things for Kids to do at Broadway at the Beach

Offering something for everyone, Broadway at the Beach is a great place to spend a day and night as a family. There’s shopping for mom, a surf-and-turf dinner for dad and live entertainment theaters for the grandparents. But the key to everyone having a good time is often the children: If they aren’t happy, nobody’s happy. That’s not an issue at this key Myrtle Beach attraction, where the hardest part about keeping the kids entertained might be deciding which child-oriented attractions to visit. They can burn off some energy at the on-site amusement parks or putt-putt golf, or enjoy some educational-oriented entertainment at one of the many indoor attractions. Cap the night with a free fireworks show and some ice cream and the kids will be ready to call it a night. To make your family outing the best, check out these top five attractions for kids at Broadway at the Beach:

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Top 5 Hiking and Biking Trails on the Grand Strand

Myrtle Beach is famous for having more public beach access and parking than any other major vacation destination, and new roads have made it easier than ever to get around the Grand Strand by vehicle. But there are less populated spots in the area that can only be accessed on foot or bicycle, and they provide great places to get away from it all and enjoy the natural beauty of the area. Although there are more than enough attractions, shops and restaurants in Myrtle Beach to keep you busy throughout your vacation, why not take a day to get away from the neon lights and high-rise hotels to check out the scenic coastal landscape with a nice hike or bike ride. For folks who love the great outdoors or just like to explore, here are the top five nature trails in the Grand Strand:

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Carolina Country Music Festival Coming to Myrtle Beach

With apologies to Nashville, the Sun Fun Capital of Myrtle Beach will double as the Country Music USA for three days in June when the Carolina Country Music Festival comes to the town.The inaugural event will be held June 5-7 in the heart of the downtown district on the site of the former Myrtle Beach Pavilion. More than 20,000 country music fans are expected to pack the old Pavilion site to see some of the biggest names in country music take the stage for a three-day throw down on the beach. The star-studded lineup was already enough to create a huge buzz among country music fans as the early block of pre-sale tickets sold out in a matter of days. But promoters have added even more big names to the bill, creating one of the most impressive outdoor festivals on the country music circuit this season.

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Long Bay Symphony Presents Spring Youth Orchestra Concert on April 29

Myrtle Beach is famous for its live music theaters. Professional theatrical and musical performances can be seen at the Alabama Theatre, the Carolina Opry, Legends in Concert, and the Palace Theatre, just to name a few, not to mention concert halls at the House of Blues and the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. But one of the highlights of the Grand Strand’s annual musical lineup is far from a professional affair. The Long Bay Symphony’s presentation of the Youth Orchestra Spring Concert, which will be held April 29 at the Myrtle Beach Music and Arts Center, features a collection of the most talented high school and middle school student musicians in the Horry County Schools system.

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Five Fun Things For Teens in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is filled with fun activities for everyone in the family - with the possible exception of teenagers. Of course, anything that's fun for everyone else in the family can automatically become "uncool" to eye-rolling teens. But that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of "cool" things for teens to see and do in Myrtle Beach. Mainly they just want a place and some space where they can have good, clean fun without parental supervision, or at least enough breathing room to feel like they are independent. Here are five hot spots for teens where you can feel comfortable giving them a little leeway and alone time:

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Top Places for a Low-Key Night Out in North Myrtle Beach

Everyone knows about Myrtle Beach's most popular attractions. After all, the big-name entertainment venues and shopping centers are more visible, and thereby more heavily attended than some of the more laid-back areas of the Grand Strand. Finding a low-key environment during the peak summer months can be tough with so many tourists in town, but most tend to follow the neon lights like moths to a flame at popular hot spots like Barefoot Landing, Broadway at the Beach, Market Common and the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk - all great places when crowds and traffic are light. Otherwise, a night out needs to be close and not crowded and relaxed.

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Top 10 Places to Shop at Market Common

The Grand Strand is lined with shopping malls, retail centers and outlet stores, not to mention mega-plexes like Broadway at the Beach and Barefoot Landing. But there’s nowhere else in the Myrtle Beach area for shopping like Market Common. In fact, this urban-style village looks closer to something you might expect to find in Malibu instead of Myrtle Beach. Built on the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, this big-city environment is surrounded by lots of green space. The adjoining Valor Park features exercise trails, sports fields and playground equipment – perfect for taking a break from shopping with a picnic lunch while the little ones burn off some energy. Or enjoy a nice lunch or fine-dining experience at one of the many restaurants while the non-shoppers head to the theater to kill some time and catch a flick. But shopping is the main event at Market Common, and there are more than you can shake a credit card at. Apparel, accessories, jewelry, artwork and more are on display along the city streets and sidewalks, including national chain stores, regional gift boutiques and local mom-and-pop shops. Here are 10 to put on your shopping list at Market Common:

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Where to Find or Hide From the Crowds in Myrtle Beach

There are two sides to Myrtle Beach: The one most people know glows in neon lights and features a wide variety of attractions, entertainment, restaurants and shopping; and the one where people go to get away from such popular spots. That's what makes the Grand Strand such a great place to vacation. With 14 million annual visitors invading this 60-mile stretch of coastline, there are places with heavier concentrations of tourists close to all the action, along with countless acres of scenic wetlands and woodlands where you can get away from it all. Here are three hot spots to find the crowds, and three perfect places to escape:

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A Six Package of Shopping Opportunities in North Myrtle Beach

Among the many things guests’ love about staying at North Beach Plantation is the abundance of on-site amenities. You can hit the beach or pool deck within steps of the towers, get in a workout or have a massage at the Cinzia Spa, and have a drink at the swim-up bar or an excellent dinner at 21 Main - all without leaving the property. Shopping is one of the few activities that require leaving the premises, but North Beach Plantation is conveniently located near several major shopping centers, malls and outlets in the North Myrtle Beach area. So get your shopping shoes on (or go shopping for new ones) at these six hot spots for bargain hunters in North Myrtle Beach:

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Top 10 Lunch Spots at Broadway at the Beach

Broadway at the Beach is famous for its attractions and retail stores, but all that fun and bargain hunting can work up an appetite when you spend all day riding and shopping your way around the 50-acre complex in Myrtle Beach. Fortunately, Broadway at the Beach is also home to some of the top restaurants in Myrtle Beach, making it a great place to make a special trip for lunch or to refuel during your shopping spree. Here are the top 10 places to grab a bite to eat while beating the heat:

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Spring at Brookgreen Gardens

When that first warm breeze rolls in, we get out. Get out of the house, get out in the summer clothes, and get out of town to the South Strand where spring means business. The best place to enjoy this most invigorating season is the world-renowned Brookgreen Gardens, right in Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort’s backyard. With its abundant acreage of spectacular flora, impressive art, and delightful zoo and aviary, Brookgreen is a pleasure to visit year round. However, spring is its Super Bowl, so to speak, with the grounds coming to life in a show of magnificent colors and shapes. What to expect this spring at Brookgreen? Read on.

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Myrtle Beach Calendar of Events for April

Springtime marks the start of the festival season on the Grand Strand, and this year is no different. From free concerts and fireworks shows to several arts and crafts events highlight the Myrtle Beach social calendar this spring. Here’s a list of some of the many fun events this month:

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Oak Ridge Boys Take Stage at Alabama Theatre

When the Oak Ridge Boys take the stage at the Alabama Theatre on Saturday, April 18, their introduction will be a little bit longer and a lot more meaningful. Make that the "Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee" Oak Ridge Boys, who will make a celebratory stop at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach as part of their 2015 tour. Their Alabama Theatre show will be the second stop on their US Tour, and just their second show since the CMA announced their induction in March. The honor has been a long time coming for one of the top crossover gospel acts in country music history. Although the band's origins go back more than 70 years to the original Oak Ridge Quartet, the members that made the band famous are still together after nearly a half-century and will perform live on stage to a sellout crowd.

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Art in the Park Opens 43rd Season in Myrtle Beach

No one should have to choose between a full day of shopping and a beautiful day in the great outdoors, especially in such a sun-soaked and retail-rich location like Myrtle Beach. But for savvy bargain-hunters and outdoor-types, the perfect solution also happens to be a Grand Strand tradition. The 43rd annual Art in the Park series holds its opening weekend on April 11-12 at Chapin Park in downtown Myrtle Beach, followed by a second event at Market Common’s Valor Park on Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19. The doubleheader serves a dual purpose for visitors who enjoy a relaxing day of multi-tasking by shopping for deals and spending some down time in the sunshine.

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Nature Beckons with Black River Outdoors

It’s not so far-fetched, this goal, seeing as Laurent and his crew of experienced guides know all the best spots to visit, have easy-to-use gear, and give the top-of-the-tier tours. Laurent recommends that those staying at Litchfield Beach & Golf try a tour of either the Cypress Swamp on the Black and Waccamaw Rivers or the Salt Marsh at Huntington Beach State Park for a two- or four-hour expedition. Meet-up locations vary, but both of these are close to the resort. The former, he said, with its Spanish moss-draped trees, will make you feel like you were “air-dropped into the wilderness.” And the Salt Marsh tour, not to be outdone, will introduce you to one of the most magnificently unique ecosystems on the East Coast. The waters of Murrells Inlet are pure salt water and have no polluted rivers or streams running into it, he said, resulting in clean and clear conditions.

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Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Odditorium is Myrtle Beach at its Strangest

Most museums are dedicated to displaying famous works of art or wonders of nature. But at the Ripley's Believe It Or Not Odditorium in downtown Myrtle Beach, it's the world's most bizarre people, places and things that take the spotlight. In keeping with the weird and wacky vision of founder and famed cartoonist and world traveler Robert Ripley, who collected curious curio from the four corners of the earth, this attraction features some of the most unbelievable exhibits and displays imaginable. Located in the heart of the downtown district, just across Ocean Boulevard from the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, the building that houses the museum is almost as unusual on the outside as it is inside. A huge jagged crack on the exterior indicates the earth-shattering exhibits that are housed within the walls, and a few sample displays are kept out front to tempt passersby to come inside and see for themselves.

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Ripley’s 5-D Moving Theater Offers Thrills in Downtown Myrtle Beach

Take a wild ride while sitting in your movie seat at Ripley's 5-D Moving Theater in the heart of downtown Myrtle Beach. Giving new meaning to the term “motion picture,” this high-tech theater lets your mind provide the feelings of moving, falling, flying and more – all while safely strapped in to a comfortable chair that adds to the experience. Located in the heart of the downtown district, this one-of-a-kind attraction is one part movie theater and one part thrill ride, using the latest in computer graphics and digital technology to create futuristic special effects. You may have seen some of the same advancements featured in the award-winning movie "Avatar," a science-fiction film that broke the mold for computer-generated virtual reality. Ripley's Moving Theater incorporates the same 5-D (five dimensional) technology to give patrons an adrenaline-pumping experience while sitting on their back sides.

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Top 5 Parasailing Outfitters in Myrtle Beach

Want to make a lasting Myrtle Beach memory by taking the thrill ride of a lifetime? Strap yourself into your safety harness and prepare for takeoff at one of the many parasailing adventure tours located on the Grand Strand. The exhilarating watersport of parasailing allows brave souls to soar like a seagull approximately 500 feet above the Atlantic Ocean with the assistance of a parachute pack and a power boat. Experience the beauty of Myrtle Beach's land and sea as you get a panoramic view of the Grand Strand you can't see anywhere else.

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Celebrate the Start of the Summer Season at Mayfest on Main Festival

While the official beginning of summer is still a month away, the Grand Strand can't wait to get the party started. That's why the 10th Annual Mayfest on Main Festival in downtown North Myrtle Beach marks the unofficial start of the season. Held on Saturday, May 9, in the oceanfront section of Ocean Drive, this all-day street party puts everyone in the mood for summer with great live music and dancing in the streets. Food and drink booths, arts and crafts vendors and a Kids Zone area for the little ones to play are among the many activities of the day. The fun gets started at 10 a.m. on the community stage in McLean Park, which will play host to performances by local youth and civic groups from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. But the headline acts will put on musical performances on the main stage in the Horseshoe section of Ocean Drive, which sits at the intersection of Main Street. With the scenic Atlantic Ocean serving as the backdrop, the main stage will host live music from noon to 6 p.m.

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Springtime is Prime Time at Brookgreen Gardens

More than 14 million visitors flock to the Myrtle Beach area's to experience all four seasons. From the sunny summer days on the beach to the cool fall afternoons when the changing leaves blend in with the evergreens to form a colorful landscape. But for all of Myrtle Beach's year-round beauty, there's no prettier place on the Grand Strand than Brookgreen Gardens, and no better time to visit than the spring. The 9,100-acre botanical sculpture garden is a beautiful any time of year, but the trees, bushes and flowers are in full bloom during the springtime. Built on a former rice and indigo plantation in the Lowcountry section between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, Brookgreen Gardens offers a historic and charming stroll through the sculptures and gardens. Art and nature come together in perfect harmony as the budding landscape provides a picture-perfect backdrop for the more than 1,400 works of art by 350 of famous American sculptors.

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Catching up on New Beach Laws in Myrtle Beach

The City of Myrtle Beach is entering its second summer season of a new law regarding the use of tents on the beach, and there's still confusion among visitors about what is and is not legal once they step from the resort to the sand. Here's a look at the new beach laws and a few oldies you might not know:

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Barefoot Princess Offers Unique View of the Grand Strand

All sorts of sightseeing tours are available on the Grand Strand, giving visitors a scenic view of the area by road, or excellent access to the Atlantic Ocean by boat. But none offer the unique views of the Intracoastal Waterway aboard the Barefoot Princess, a paddleboat-style vessel designed for maximum comfort and entertainment. Located at the Barefoot Landing Marina in North Myrtle Beach, just behind Greg Norman's Australian Grill at the popular Barefoot Landing complex, the Barefoot Princess offers a wide selection of cruises - daytime sightseeing tours, evening dinner cruises and other special voyages that feature live music and entertainment on the main stage. Climb aboard the 64-foot, triple-decker Barefoot Princess and prepare to see the Myrtle Beach area as you have never seen it before. While highways and ocean routes can take you to places with familiar landscapes and seascapes, the Intracoastal Waterway offers ever-changing and breath-taking views as you sail down the man-made river at a leisurely pace to the rarely seen locations and hidden treasures of the Grad Strand.

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Myrtle Beach Offers Wide Variety of Fishing Options

Myrtle Beach may be famous for golf, but fishing may be its best-kept sports secret. Folks know about the fresh seafood in the restaurants and the fishing boats that bring it to shore, but few consider the fun and exciting alternative of catching your own buffet. From the deeper waters far off the coast to the inland streams and rivers, the Grand Strand offers lots of ways to wet a line:

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Wine and Design Lets Guests Explore Their Artistic Sides in Myrtle Beach

Explore your artistic side in a fun and relaxed setting at Wine and Design in Myrtle Beach. This national chain is the first of its kind on the Grand Strand and is quickly gaining fans among folks who prefer to do something different and creative with their free time – all while enjoying a glass of wine. Wine and Design is a burgeoning national chain on the East Coast, but the recently opened art studio is offering a first of its kind experience on the Grand Strand. Wine and Design offers painting parties and art classes for individuals wanting to brush up on their skills, couples in search of a romantic date, or large parties looking for a fun group activity. Located on the north end of Myrtle Beach, Wine and Design is a combination art studio and wine bar, albeit it on a bring-your-own-bottle basis, that has everything else you need to get started – from paint supplies, canvases and easels to corkscrews and wine glasses you can purchase and paint yourself. Enjoy a glass of wine or beverages of your choice while you unwind and let your creative side come to the surface.

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Best Places to Get a Little Bit of Everything on the South Strand

Mom wants sushi. Dad wants shrimp and grits. Kids want the burgers-dogs-chicken finger trifecta. And you’re not making three stops. Lucky you, dear visitor, since the South Strand seems to know what you’re up against. We’re listing five of our favorite local restaurants that have a little bit of everything to please all palates. Here’s where to start, all within a short drive of your stay at Litchfield Beach & Golf.

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Four Tips for Holding Your Wedding at North Beach Plantation

There’s something magical about a beach wedding, and there’s no place more magical to hold one than North Beach Plantation. Located on a scenic “island” in North Myrtle Beach, our upscale resort is separated from the mainland by a tidal creek that gives North Beach an even greater feeling of isolation and seclusion. Include first-class accommodations and amenities to the already beautiful setting and you’ve got yourself the ideal backdrop for tying the knot. Not only does North Beach provide the perfect setting for your ceremony, but our wedding experts are also on hand to make sure everything goes on without a hitch. From the flowers and photos to the cake and the catering, North Beach has a team of on-site experts and reliable outside vendors who can make sure that your wedding goes smoothly.

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Top 10 Places to Shop on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

You can literally shop until you drop on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Featuring 1.2 miles of wooden walkway that stretches along the downtown district’s beachfront, the Boardwalk also leads visitors to plethora of retail outlets, from national chain stores to local mom-and-pop shops. Few shopping trips feature such scenery, with the Atlantic Ocean and white-sand beaches to the east and rows of shops, restaurants and attractions to the west of the walkway. There are free concerts, fireworks shows and festival held regularly along the Boardwalk, perfect excuses to sneak in some shopping during your visit. Here are 10 places you should add to your shopping list:

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Top 5 Watersports to try in Myrtle Beach

There’s nothing wrong with relaxing on the beach and looking out over the Atlantic Ocean. That’s what vacationing in Myrtle Beach is all about, right? Wrong, at least not if you are up for a little high thrills on the high seas. From deep-sea fishing and dolphin-watching cruises to parasailing and kayaking, the Grand Strand is lined with outfitters ready to take you for a wet and wild ride. Here’s a list of the top five watersports to try while you are in Myrtle Beach, and some of the local companies that can make it happen:

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Top 5 Spring Beach Activities

The beach never closes, but it sure seems that way in the winter months when the seagulls and hermit crabs pretty much have Myrtle Beach's sandy shores to themselves. But that changes when spring rolls around and the two-legged visitors start to arrive. The warmer temperatures and sunnier skies attract people to the beach for a number of activities that serve as spring rituals in Myrtle Beach. If simply soaking up some sun isn't enough to keep you entertained, here are the top five spring beach activities:

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Top 10 Sightseeing Tours in Myrtle Beach

As beautiful as the Grand Strand’s white-sand beaches are, for some visitors it’s the only view they get to see. And while there’s certainly nothing wrong with spending a week, you’re missing out on a lot of things to do and see in the Myrtle Beach area, and some unique views. Whether it’s from high in the sky or deep in the blue sea, guests can get a new perspective of the Grand Strand, and perhaps even themselves, by taking a tour and doing something new and different. From dolphin-watching cruises to zipline adventures, the perfect way to spend a day in Myrtle Beach awaits you at one of these 10 tours:

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Top 5 Golf Courses you Haven’t Heard of on the North Strand

With more than 100 golf courses within a 60-mile radius of the Grand Strand, even longtime local golfers can’t play them all. In fact, there are many Myrtle Beach area golf courses you may not even know exist unless you know where to look. On the North Strand, for example, there are many layouts that are tucked away off the main roads and built upon former farms that now grow birdies and eagles instead of tobacco and cotton. If you are looking for a real golf adventure around the Carolina border, keep your eyes open for these hidden gems. You are sure to have a good time even if you’re not on top of your golf game:

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Learning how to Shag in Myrtle Beach

In most parts of the country, you might slap a total stranger who asks you if you want to shag. But on the Grand Strand, and more specifically the historic dance clubs of North Myrtle Beach, such a request is merely another way of asking if you want to dance. The Carolina shag, the official state dance of South Carolina, was born and bred right here on the beaches of the Grand Strand back in the 1940s, '50s and '60s. Eager teens used to hitchhike their way to the Ocean Drive section of North Myrtle Beach to spend their summer days on the sand and surf, and spend their nights on the dance floor. The couples dance, which involves a series of spins and turns to the tunes of old-school beach music, continues to fill the clubs and dance floors along the Strand. The love of the dance and the longing for the glory days have kept this traditional alive for future generations. Have you ever heard of another dance craze that lasted 60 years?

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Get a Bird’s-Eye View of Myrtle Beach with Helicopter Tours

Watching the sun rise over the Atlantic Ocean from your hotel balcony; now that's a beautiful view. Seeing a colorful sunset from the top of the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel; that's a beautiful view too. Even the short glimpse while parasailing high above the sea is breathtaking. But for THE most scenic view of the Grand Strand, nothing can match the bird's-eye view offered from a helicopter. These whirly birds zip up and down the Carolina coast with regularity, offering visitors the rare chance to see the Grand Strand from the sky. See the beaches, ocean and attractions that surround the Myrtle Beach area and fly over the golf courses, pine forests and wetlands of the inland areas. Fly north to the barrier islands of North Carolina, or south to the South Carolina Low country swamps.

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Easter Mass, Events Scheduled for Myrtle Beach Catholic Churches

Spring has arrived on the Grand Strand, and that means Easter is right around the corner. The Grand Strand boats several Catholic churches that will be holding special services and festivities to celebrate the holiday. Easter egg hunts are scheduled throughout the week to give the little ones a chance to have a good time, and special Masses will be held throughout the weekend to give everyone the chance to worship. Special sunrise services and late-night masses are available at different church locations. Here’s a look at the Easter schedule for several local Catholic churches:

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Five Things You Need To Rent in the South Strand

Whether it’s too big and bulky to bring from home or so out-of-this-world wild that you’d never own it in the first place, vacation rental accessories can elevate your trip to a convenient and affordable “Best Ever” status. What are the best items to rent when you’re staying at Litchfield Beach & Golf? Our takes.

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Runners off to the Races in Myrtle Beach Area

It's time to lace up those sneakers and get in a good stretch for the busy part of the running seas in the Myrtle Beach area. With springtime bringing milder temperatures that are perfect for competitive running, the Grand Strand has a long list of upcoming races to choose from. Whether it's a serious competitive event or a fun fund-raiser, the Myrtle Beach running scene has it all. Here's a list of upcoming racing events:

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Top 5 Things to do in Myrtle Beach This Spring

Myrtle Beach boasts more to see and do than anyone could cover during one spring break. Between the beach, golf courses, shops and restaurants, there’s no problem keeping busy. But for those looking for a little something different, somewhere you won’t get lost in the crowds, check out this list of five places that are perfect for a spring break excursion:

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Myrtle Beach SkyWheel Offer Best Seat on the Grand Strand

If you have ever been anywhere near the downtown district at night, you have seen the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel. In fact, even during the daylight hours it’s hard to miss the towering structure that hovers over the heart of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. But the 190-foot, high-tech Ferris wheel really shines after the sun goes down and the flashing neon colors light up the downtown skyline. But as pretty as the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel is at ground level, it’s nothing like the view from the top of the largest observation attraction on the East Coast. Unlike the scenic but one-sided sightline from your private oceanfront balcony at the Caribbean, the SkyWheel offers a 360-degree, panoramic view of land and sea. On a clear day or night, passengers can see as far north as the Carolina border and as far south as Pawleys Island. You can also get a unique perspective of the downtown district and beyond the Intracoastal Waterway.

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What to bring for a family day at the beach

Packing for a day at the beach sounding a little daunting? We understand; you want to be prepared for all possibilities so you bring… a lot. What if it’s too hot? Too cold? Too buggy? Too muggy? What if we get hungry? Thirsty? Sunburned? Bored? Tired? When all scenarios are accounted for, you might as well rent a U-Haul to accompany you and your family for a day at our beautiful South Strand beaches. So how to pack a better beach bag? Bring only the essentials and make do without the rest. Here’s how.

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Top 5 Fine Dining Restaurants in North Myrtle Beach

Fine dining is never far away for guests at North Beach Plantation. With Restaurant Row to the south, Ocean Drive to the north, and Barefoot Landing just across the street, visitors have lots of options for upscale dining in the neighborhood. Here’s a list of the top five fine-dining establishments in the North Myrtle Beach area:

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Myrtle Beach’s Comedy Clubs Offer Lots of Laughter

Looking for a good laugh during your Myrtle Beach vacation? From traditional stand-up acts to theatrical improve and outrageous hypnosis shows, Myrtle Beach’s comedy club scene has lots of ways to tickle your funny bone. Check out these comedy clubs and prepare to get your giggle box going:

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Myrtle Beach Speedway Offers Fast Cars, Festivals, Concerts

For more than a half-century, Myrtle Beach Speedway has played host to thousands of NASCAR-sanctioned races and entertained countless numbers of fans. But today, the high-speed, high-drama action on the race track has been expanded to include a number of concerts and festivals, transforming this historic venue into a multi-purpose hot spot for outdoor entertainment. In addition to putting on a full slate of Saturday night racing under the lights, Myrtle Beach Speedway also has a solid lineup of non-racing events, from arts and crafts fairs to major concerts. The green flag drops on the races in April, while country music stars Charlie Daniels and Travis Tritt kick off the 2015 concert calendar with a big show on May 15. The show is only part of the festivities for the annual Harley-Davidson Bike Rally held at Myrtle Beach Speedway, where motorcycles take over the race track.

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March Calendar of Events in Myrtle Beach

It’s not just the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees that get active in the springtime. So does the Grand Strand’s social calendar, which really gets busy in the month of March. Here are some fun festivities for the whole family this month in the Myrtle Beach area:

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Myrtle Beach Boardwalk Offers a Buffet of Dining Options

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk has been much more than a great way to get around downtown. The increased foot traffic along the 1.2-mile stretch of oceanfront has also led to the opening of several new restaurants and cafes offering excellent food and an even better view. Just try not to fill up at one spot because there are several tasty stops along the way. Here are a few of the culinary highlights along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk:

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St. Patrick’s Day in the South Strand

They say that everybody’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. We say that everyone is welcome here at the beach. Put those two things together and we’ve got the makings for one seriously fun holiday.

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Five Things to Pack for Your Spring Vacation in Myrtle Beach

Packing for your spring break getaway in Myrtle Beach can be as tricky as the weather. Still unpredictably stuck somewhere between winter and summer, you might need clothes and gear for both occasions, but you don’t want to bring your entire wardrobe. Just follow these five tips for things to bring to for your Myrtle Beach vacation this spring:

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in North Myrtle Beach

You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and you don’t have to wait to until March 17 to get into the holiday spirit. In fact, guests at North Myrtle Beach have plenty of options for green-filled gatherings within a short distance of the resort, including the biggest St. Patrick’s Day party on the Grand Strand.

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Best Places for Large Groups in Myrtle Beach

Traveling with large groups can be lots of fun, and create lots of headaches for whoever is in charge. The old adage "the more the merrier" certainly applies in Myrtle Beach, where there are plenty of things to do and see for everyone in your group. But that same blessing can be a curse when half your party wants to go this way and the others choose to go the opposite direction. That's why it's important to find places that cater to a wide range of interests and tastes. Here are a few helpful suggestions for keeping everyone in your large group both happy and together:

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Art Appreciating in Pawleys Island

It’s no wonder that the South Strand destination that plays host to a famously popular art and music festival every year also lays claim to some fabulous galleries in which we can view and buy art. But contrary to its stuffy reputation, art buying, especially here in Pawleys Island and Litchfield, can be a fun and affordable way to broaden your mind, beautify your home, and bank away a vacation’s worth of memories. Not in the market to buy? You can count on that southern hospitality to avoid any awkward no-thanks-I’m-just-looking exchanges with curators. Gallery owners and employees down here are happy to have you, regardless if you walk out with a purchase or not. Here are a few of our favorite spots to peruse or purchase art.

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Five Tips for Traveling With Kids

Family vacations are when lifelong memories are made, so make sure they are good ones by setting a few ground rules with your kids. Nothing major; vacation is supposed to be fun so you don't want to make their eyes roll even before you roll into Myrtle Beach. Here are a few tips for making sure everyone in the family has a good time together:

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Top 5 Ways to Spend St. Patrick’s Day in Myrtle Beach

If you are lucky enough to be in Myrtle Beach around St. Patrick's Day, spend it by celebrating the luck of the Irish at one of several events planned on the Grand Strand. Although St. Patrick's Day falls on Tuesday, March 17, festivities are scheduled days in advance if so you have lots of opportunities to enjoy some corned beef and cabbage and wash it down with a few green beers. Or if you are really in the holiday spirit, pack plenty of green clothes and hit several events. Here are the top five places for St. Paddy's Day parties:

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Alabama Theatre Brings Top Entertainment to North Myrtle Beach

Many visitors are surprised to discover that the Alabama Theatre is located on the South Carolina coast. Of course, they are also surprised to learn that the country music group by the same first name got its start on the Grand Strand. Before the good ol’ boys from the multi-Grammy Award winning band Alabama were inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame, they served as the house band for the legendary Myrtle Beach honky-tonk The Bowery in the downtown oceanfront during the 1970s. Years after the band hit the big time, the group decided to pay tribute to their roots by opening the palatial Alabama Theatre in North Myrtle Beach’s Barefoot Landing complex. In keeping with the spirit of the founding crooners, the Alabama Theatre stands as a shrine to country music on the Grand Strand. National and regional touring acts make regular stops before sellout crowds at the 2,000-seat, state-of-the-art venue, and touring companies provide off-Broadway-style entertainment on the stage. The intimate seating and quality sound and lighting make this one of the best places to see live music or a show on the Strand.

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Carolina Opry Offers Wide Range of Entertainment in Myrtle Beach

The Carolina Opry, the largest country music theater on the East Coast, has a secret. With apologies to Donnie & Marie Osmond, it's a little bit country and a little bit rock n' roll. That may be a different image than most vacationers have about the traditionally country/western venue. Founded by country music star and former Grand Ole Opry performer Calvin Gilmore, the Carolina Opry was originally based in Surfside Beach and boasted an all-country lineup, as did the Dixie Jubilee that Gilmore opened in North Myrtle Beach a few years later. The sellout crowds at both venues led him to open his current and largest theater to date in 1993. The 2,200-seat location near Myrtle Beach's famed Restaurant Row shares a scenic and convenient location with Dolly Parton’s Pirates Voyage theater at the northern junction of Highway 17 Business and Bypass.

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T.I.G.E.R.S. Preserve Brings Wilds of Africa to Myrtle Beach

The national ad campaign “Be Together, Not the Same” has gone viral for its humorous and touching video clips showing animals of different species playing and cuddling together. Four of the featured performers hail from right here on the Grand Strand at the T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station and Myrtle Beach Safari. If you haven’t seen the commercial, which was unveiled during the Super Bowl, it’s worth Googling. The 18-second mark shows Suryia the orangutan playfully chasing Roscoe the blue-tick hound, followed by Bella the black lab diving into the Intracoastal Waterway from the back of Bubbles the elephant. The ad closes with Roscoe standing beside Suryia, who performs a flawless Nestea plunge onto the lawn at T.I.G.E.R.S, which stands for "The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species."

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Top 5 Places for a Romantic Date in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is known as a family town, but there are also plenty of places for couples to enjoy. Hidden among the many water parks and amusement rides are some special places for couples to have a good time together and make a romantic connection. Guests at the Paradise Resort already have the options of a late-night stroll along the beach or a cuddle session on their private oceanfront balcony. But for those who want to get out and explore the Grand Strand, romantic date opportunities abound. Here's a list of five places to take the one you love for some quality alone time:

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Top 5 Ways to Celebrate Your Child’s Birthday in Myrtle Beach

Every day is special when you're on vacation in Myrtle Beach. But make it a birthday and it's cause for an extra special celebration. If your child is lucky enough have a birthday in Myrtle Beach, or close enough that you can postpone the party until your trip, the birthday boy or girl will have plenty of options for a fun way to spend the day. Whether it's a crazy day of thrills or a night out on the town, you can find the perfect way to give your child a memorable birthday celebration. Here's a list of five popular places for kids to enjoy their special day:

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Top 10 Chain Restaurants in Myrtle Beach

A vacation to Myrtle Beach means the chance to try new things, and that includes restaurants you haven’t visited before. Why come all the way to Myrtle Beach if you’re going to dine at the same chain restaurant you go to all the time back home? Given the Grand Strand’s status as a national vacation destination, you will find restaurants that you won’t see anywhere else in the region. Here’s a list of the top 10 chain eateries in Myrtle Beach:

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Top 5 Ways to Spend Mother-Daughter Bonding Day in Myrtle Beach

Thanks to changing attitudes about gender roles, girls now can do anything the boys can do - sometimes better. No more sitting on the sidelines while the guys play golf, go hunting and fishing, or any of the other activities previously labeled as "man stuff." But does that equality mean women should abandon all the "girly things" in life? Just because you can hang with the guys doesn't mean you have to, especially for mothers and daughters. A girls day out is great opportunity to reconnect with your feminine side. Myrtle Beach is a great place for moms and their daughters to spend some quality time together while exploring a new destination and sharing new experiences. Leave the boys to play ball on the beach while you two sneak off for some mother-daughter time. Here's a list of suggestions for great ways to spend a full day of mother-daughter bonding:

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Top 5 Places to go for a Progressive Dinner in Myrtle Beach

The latest trend in dining is called “progressive dinner,” but the concept has been around for a while in drinking circles as the “pub crawl.” For foodies, however, it’s more like a grub crawl where diners stroll from restaurant to restaurant to taste the best each has to offer. Myrtle Beach was made for this kind of four-course moveable feast. Filled with complexes and developments that place a number of dining options within close proximity, visitors can sample dishes from some of the best establishments on the Grand Strand. Here are five places that are perfect for a progressive dinner and a fun night out on the town:

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A Six-Pack of Places for Craft Beer in Myrtle Beach

Going out for a beer used to be simple. With a limited number of options to choose from, you could order from a handful of national brands, and they were so similar that any old beer would do. Fortunately for those with particular taste buds, those days are over. The growing trend of the craft beers has seen an explosion of microbrews reach the national market. Ordering a beer may be a bit more complex than it used to be, but the taste is well worth the effort. The Myrtle Beach area has also seen a boom in the microbrew business, with recent changes in state law opening up new opportunities for on-site brewing. Bars and restaurants also have expanded their selection of off-brands to respond to changing customer demands. The result is a thriving local market for microbrews, and more chances for thirsty patrons to wet their whistles with something different. Here's a six pack of places to try unique craft beers in Myrtle Beach:

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5 Rainy Day Activities in North Myrtle Beach

North Beach Plantation guests have the best amenities on the Grand Strand when the sun is shining - secluded beaches, plenty of pools and the best swim-up bar in the nation. But on those rainy and cloudy days, it's a good time to get out and explore the best that North Myrtle Beach has to offer, or at least the indoor attractions. While no one wants to see a rainy day on their vacation, here are five fun and dry places to visit:

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Top 5 Historic Sites in Myrtle Beach

There's a lot more to Myrtle Beach than meets the eye, especially if you happen to be a history buff. Before the Grand Strand became a popular vacation destination, the area cultivated a rich history that's still on display today. You just have to know where to find it. From the native people of the Waccamaw and Winyah Indian tribes to the early European settlers, evidence of the Grand Strand's place in history can be discovered throughout the 60-mile stretch of Carolina coastline. Colonial era rice plantations, elusive bands of pirates and determined founding families all led to the establishment of Myrtle Beach as a tourist town. So enjoy all the attractions, golf, shopping, dining and nightlife has to offer, but set aside some time to learn about the area's unique history. Here are five places to go to gain an appreciation for the past while also having a good time in the present:

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Palace Theatre Brings Off-Broadway Entertainment to Broadway at the Beach

Broadway at the Beach wouldn’t be the same without off-Broadway entertainment, and the Palace Theatre is where you will find it. The beautiful 1920s-style theater-house structure is home to performances by the top touring companies on the circuit, as well as special concert events. The venue adds another dimension to every performance, proving the perfect backdrop for an evening of live entertainment. The 2,600-seat theater is just the right size for an intimate performance as there truly isn’t a bad seat in the house. In addition to its many award-winning shows that have called the Palace Theatre home, the concert hall also has played host to big-name musical artists and comedy acts, including singer-songwriter icon Willie Nelson, blues legend B.B. King, and popular comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White.

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Top 5 Buffets in Myrtle Beach

Google "Myrtle Beach Buffet" and you get flooded by all-you-can-eat seafood restaurants, and rightfully so. The close proximity to "The Seafood Capital of South Carolina" in nearby Murrells Inlet to the south, "The Seafood Capital of the World" just north of the Carolina border in Calabash, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east makes Myrtle Beach a mecca for seafood smorgasbords. The Grand Strand is like one big 60-mile seafood buffet table. But lost amid the sea of seafood eateries are some "land food" buffets that are also top-notch, especially if you need a break from the fresh catch of the day. From American country cooking to good ol' Southern barbecue and from Asian to South American cuisine, Myrtle Beach has a wide variety of all-you-can-eat establishments to choose from. Here's a list of the best buffets in the Myrtle Beach area:

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Top 5 Nightlife Hot Spots in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is famous for its fun in the sun. But for grownups who still feel young at heart, the real fun starts when the sun goes down at the many nightclubs on the Grand Strand. From dancing and socializing to live music and karaoke, Myrtle Beach has a wide range of bars and activities to keep you going all night long. The best way to find the best in local nightlife is to follow your nose to other popular gathering spots on the Strand. For instance, places like Barefoot Landing and Broadway at the Beach that are hot spots for shopping, dining and attractions, also happen to be among the top places for nightlife. Here are five places to have a good time at night time in Myrtle Beach:

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Top 5 Fun Things to do at Myrtle Beach Area’s State Parks

Myrtle Beach is popular for its many manmade attractions, such as thrill parks, restaurants and shopping centers, but the natural beauty of the Grand Strand is its best kept secret. The South Carolina coastal region, known for its sandy beaches, tidal creeks and salt marshes, is one of the most scenic in the United States, and is perfectly preserved at two local state parks. Myrtle Beach State Park is located on the southernmost end of the Myrtle Beach city limits and offers 312 acres of pristine maritime forest. The land was donated by the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base and continues to serve as an island of conservation amid surrounding major development, such as Market Common and the Myrtle Beach International Airport.

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Can-Am Days Festival Returns to Myrtle Beach

What happens when the True North meets the Deep South? Eight days of springy, beach-y, good neighborly fun, that’s what. The 54th Annual Can-Am Days Festival returns to Myrtle Beach March 14-22, and promises all the fun, beauty and hospitality the Grand Strand is known for. Not to be overlooked, all activities are easily accessed from the idyllic (and slightly quieter) perch of the Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort.

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Five Reasons why Myrtle Beach is the Ultimate Spring Break Destination for Families

Even among the Southeastern United States there's a bit of a language barrier. Some say "y'all," others say "you'uns" and many correctly say "you." The same is true of the term "spring break." Say it in Florida and images of wild college crowds come to mind. But say it in South Carolina, and more specifically in Myrtle Beach, and you'll find a fun, family friendly atmosphere in the spring months. While other warm-weather destinations cater to the college kids, Myrtle Beach offers a spring break experience designed for the entire family. Guests at Paradise Resort can find lots of fun in the sun without leaving the resort, but there's plenty to do and see for those who venture off the premises. Here are five fun spring break activities:

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Sample Seafood and More at Taste of the Marshwalk

The toughest thing about visiting the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk is trying to decide which one of the award-winning waterfront restaurants to go to for lunch or dinner. It's a good problem to have because it's hard to go wrong at any of these eateries. Located along the inlet and the Crazy Sisters Marina, this wooden walkway carries visitors from door to door of some of the best seafood and family-casual dining on the Grand Strand. Stroll alongside the shore where fishing boats dock after a day at sea and deliver their fresh catches directly to the kitchens of these establishments. But you don't have to like seafood to find something your taste buds will love at the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk, and you won't have to choose just one if you attend this year's Taste of the Marshwalk on Feb. 7-8. Visitors can sample cuisine from all seven of the participating restaurants as chefs create their favorite dishes for the event.

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Catch a Concert at House of Blues in 2015

The House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach opened in 1997 at Barefoot Landing, and the Grand Strand music scene has never been the same. The lack of a viable, mid-sized concert venue cost the Myrtle Beach music scene as touring acts frequently bypasses our corner of the South Carolina coast. But the House of Blues changed all that. The main concert hall, which holds more than 2,000 spectators, began booking major musical acts to its stage, and locals and visitors hungry for live shows responded in kind, packing the venue for all kinds of shows over the year. 2015 is no different. The HOB recently released its lineup for the new year and it looks like another winner for local music fans. From country music to R&B and from hard rock to alternative, the HOB has a diverse collection of artists ready to bring down the house:

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Tips for Planning your South Strand Summer Wedding

With a sparkling ring on that finger and a lifetime with your beloved to look forward to, it’s easy to forget that wedding planning is hard work. But it can be fun, too, as long as you get organized, stay calm, and plan ahead — and remember that a summer wedding in the Myrtle Beach area is as beautiful as they come.

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Top 10 Myrtle Beach Vacation Must-Dos

The Grand Strand has thousands of things to do and see, more than you could ever do in a one-week vacation. But there are a few things you absolutely have to do to get the full Myrtle Beach experience. Here are 10 things you must do while you're in town:

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5 Things North Beach Plantation has that Other Resorts Don’t

If you think all oceanfront resorts are the same, you haven't stayed at North Beach Plantation. Not only is it one of the few resorts on the Grand Strand to earn AAA's prestigious Four Diamond rating for multiple years running, but North Beach also boasts many amenities that you won't find at any other resort. Here are the top five:

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Ripley’s Aquarium Brings the Ocean to Dry Land in Myrtle Beach

You don't have to go scuba diving to discover the wonders of the ocean in Myrtle Beach. A short trip to Broadway at the Beach will do for a day of fun at Ripley's Aquarium. See sharks, stingrays, jellyfish, eels and rare species of fish - all on dry land. Rated as Myrtle Beach's No. 1 attraction in recent years, Ripley's Aquarium offers the unique experience of getting up close and personal with some of the most interesting creatures in the sea. Exhibits canvas the waters from the four corners of the earth to bring their inhabitants to light and give guests a first-hand view of their beauty. More than 1.5 million gallons of water are pumped through the facility each day to recreate the natural environments of the animals. The crystal-clear walls allow visitors to peer inside their worlds and gain a new perspective on the world's oceans, rivers and estuaries, along with the diversity of life that lives within them.

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A Romantic (But Low Key) Valentine’s Day in the South Strand

Oooh la la, zee love, zee romance, zee passion … zee Valentine’s Day. OK, we’ll can the bad French accent for a minute in order to relay to you some legitimate good news about spending February 14 in the South Strand: it’s fun, it’s gorgeous, and it’s not at all cheesy. So whether you’re a “Gimme a dozen red roses and keep ‘em coming” kind of person or more of a homebody, we’ve got some great ways to feel the love — morning, noon and (wink, wink) night

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Best Places to get Valentine’s Day Gifts in Myrtle Beach

Valentine’s Day is approaching fast, and this is one holiday you don’t want to let slip up on you. Doing something special for your loved one, whether it’s a romantic weekend retreat to Myrtle Beach or a gift they will remember and cherish forever, this is your chance to set the tone for the next year of your relationship, so don’t blow it. Play it safe and do all of the above – flowers, chocolates, jewelry, the works – along with a relaxing weekend at Bayview Resort. Staying in Myrtle Beach will give you ample opportunity to shower your loved one in gifts, as well as make some lasting memories, like a romantic dinner for two at Sea Captain’s House and a scenic ride on the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel. Here’s a list of five things to do for your loved one this Valentine’s Day, and where to find it:

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Planning the Perfect Valentine’s Day Date in North Myrtle Beach

Planning the perfect Valentine's Day Date is easy if you're staying at North Beach Plantation, where you can have a romantic couples retreat without leaving the resort. Spend the day with a relaxing couples massage at The Cinzia Spa, enjoy a romantic dinner at 21 Main, and retire to your elegantly decorated room with an ocean view. It's the ideal Valentine's Day experience without the headaches of battling the crowds. But if you do want to venture off the property to add to your Valentine's Day weekend, there are several events and activities you can add to your perfect date. Here's a list of things to do on the Grand Strand to complete your Valentine's Day celebration:

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Five Highly Unique Myrtle Beach Attractions

Everyone knows about Myrtle Beach's thrill rides, water slides and miniature golf courses, but there are a lot more fun things to do on the Grand Strand than amusement parks, water parks and putt-putt parlors. In fact, some of the most unique attractions are also among its best-kept secrets. Why not try something different while you're on the Grand Strand, things you can't do anywhere else? Here's a list of five uniquely Myrtle Beach attractions for the adventurous at heart:

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Where to Dine in Myrtle Beach with your Large Group

There's nothing like a gathering with a large group at the beach ... until it's time to go out for dinner. The hostess shoots you a dirty look when you tell her you need a table for 20-something, and after an hour wait your party finally ushered to a corner with several tables pushed together for the chaotic taking of everyone's orders. Whether it's a family reunion, a wedding party, a golf group or a club outing, your function deserves better during your visit to Myrtle Beach. While some restaurants are built for smaller parties and operate under the "turn and burn" method of getting guests in and out quickly, others cater to larger groups and have the space and staff to accommodate parties of any size. Here are five places perfect for your group dinner:

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Top 5 Ways to Spend Your Tax Return Money in Myrtle Beach

We've all been there before, waiting by the mailbox in hopes of a special delivery from Uncle Sam. Normally a letter from the government is a bad thing, except when it contains a big, fat check for your tax return, and that time of year is here again. If you are like many Americans, that check is spent before it arrives. Whether it’s catching up on bills or being earmarked for special projects, the tax return often goes directly into the front door of the bank and straight out the back door to creditors. Although fiscally responsible, what kind of fun is that? You worked all year to build up that nest egg, and you ought to be the primary beneficiary. Rather than buy something tangible, why not do yourself a favor with a relaxing Myrtle Beach vacation?

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Top 5 Indoor Activities in North Myrtle Beach

So what if it's cold and rainy outside. There's still plenty of fun to be hand indoors in North Myrtle Beach, where there are as many things to do under the roof as there is under the sun. That's especially true for visitors staying at North Beach Plantation. If the weather dictates an indoor play date and you don't feel like leaving the resort property, make it a spa date at the on-site Cinzia Spa for a relaxing ritual treatment or a romantic couple’s massage. Enjoy a delicious meal at 21 Main, get in a workout at the state-of-the-art fitness center, or take a dip in the heated indoor pool. But if you prefer to use the cold and rain as an opportunity to try some indoor activities in North Myrtle Beach, you're in luck. Nearby Barefoot Landing and downtown Ocean Drive are home to several entertainment options. Here are the top five places to stay warm and dry and have a good time in North Myrtle Beach:

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Top 5 Places to see Live Animals in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is a great place to see wildlife, and we’re not talking about the spring break crowd at Senor Frogs. Several Grand Strand attractions provide visitors the opportunity to connect with nature by getting up close and personal with wild animals from all walks of life, whether they are native to the depths of the ocean, the heights of the sky and the terra firma in between. Children always get a kick out of watching animals play, and the interaction even seems to bring out the kid in the adults. For a great family outing and an educational experience that feels more like fun than learning, check out the top five places to see wild animals in Myrtle Beach:

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Beach Rules for Winter and Spring in Myrtle Beach

It doesn't have to be summer to enjoy a relaxing day on the beach. In fact, many Myrtle Beach visitors have discovered that more moderate temperatures can be a better way of enjoying a day in the surf and the sand than during the dog days of summer. And the milder weather isn't the only reason to check out the beach in the winter and summer months. Sure, you might need to wear a few more items of clothing to be comfortable, but the smaller crowds and more lax beach rules make it worth a trip. The Grand Strand, the 60-mile stretch of coast that surrounds Myrtle Beach, is made up of several different municipalities with their own set of beach rules. Since Paradise Resort is within the city limits of Myrtle Beach, we will list the dates that apply, but be sure to check local beach rules if you travel outside of Myrtle Beach proper. Here's a look at the Myrtle Beach regulations for visiting the beach in the offseason:

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Top 5 Places for Live Music in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is famous for its sand and surf, its amusement rides and water slides, its fresh seafood and refreshing ocean breeze, and its championship golf courses and putt-putt palaces. But one of the Grand Strand's best-kept secrets is a bustling music scene that is as diverse as it is unique. From the country roots of South Carolina and the beach music of the Carolina coast to the rock-and-roll, reggae and rap genres all rolled into one, the music of Myrtle Beach has a rhythm and sound as recognizable as the crashing waves.

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Best Ways to Beat the Wintertime Blues in Myrtle Beach

The old story goes, as told by longtime Myrtle Beach residents, someone could lie down in the middle of Ocean Boulevard after Labor Day and not have to move out of the way until Memorial Day weekend the next year. Aside from the fact that no one would dare try the nine-month test, there was a bit of truth to the overstatement. Myrtle Beach used to turn into a ghost town in the offseason.

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Top 5 Places to Watch the Super Bowl in North Myrtle Beach

Are you ready for some football? Not just any kind of football, but the biggest football game of the season and the most popular sporting event of the year – Super Bowl XLIX. Although we still don’t know which two teams will be making the trip to Glendale, Arizona for the Feb. 1 affair, we do know that millions of Americans and billions around the world will tune in to see the showcase, even if it’s just for the commercials and the halftime show.

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Spend a Rainy Day at the Children’s Museum of South Carolina

Myrtle Beach is famous for its fun in the sun. Whether it's splashing in the surf, sliding down the water slides or taking a refreshing dip in the Paradise Resort's pools, Myrtle Beach offers lots of ways to stay cool on sunny days and have a good time in the great outdoors.

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Top 5 Tips for Saving Money on Your Upcoming Myrtle Beach Vacation

With holiday bills and tax time rolling around, it may seem like a tough time to start thinking about - much less saving and planning for - your Myrtle Beach vacation. But it will be here before you know it, and now is the perfect time to start shopping around for the best deals on the Grand Strand. There are lots of ways to save money on your upcoming trip Myrtle Beach if you follow a few simple rules and suggestions:

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Shag dance competition heats up in North Myrtle Beach

If you love dancing, you won't want to miss the National Shag Dance Competition in North Myrtle Beach this year. Preliminary rounds of competition take place at the end of January, with finals scheduled for March. Some of the top dancers in the country will perform for crowds and judges to determine who are the best shag dancers in the nation.

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Visit famous WWII battleship outside Myrtle Beach

Just over an hour northeast of Myrtle Beach is anchored a piece of history, the famous World War II battleship USS North Carolina. Now a museum and memorial, the ship is anchored at the seaport of Wilmington, North Carolina and is a popular tourist draw.

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Kick off the New Year at the Boat & Sportman Expo

The Grand Strand Boat & Sportsman Expo is returning in its 31st year on January 9 through January 11 and bringing with it more boats, more gear, more vendors and simply more to do with your family. If you’re into the outdoorsy thing, you’re going to want to be here.

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Top 5 Places to get Coffee in Myrtle Beach

Nothing goes better with a cool morning on the beach than a hot cup of coffee. It warms the body and soul inside and out and gets you ready to start another day in paradise, aka Myrtle Beach. But coffee is not just for breakfast anymore. The explosion of the coffeehouse movement has made its way to the Grand Strand and several unique java joints have sprang up in the area offering coffee and conversation all day and night.

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Top 5 Places to see Holiday Movies in Myrtle Beach

Christmas memories are often made up of the movies that commemorate the holidays. Whether it's children's favorites like "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas" and "Home Alone," adult comedies like "Bad Santa" and "Planes, Trains and Automobiles," or inspirational classics such as "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Miracle on 34th Street," they serve as bookmarks from our Christmas past ... and our Christmas future.

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Top 5 Places for Kids to Spend Some Holiday Cash in Myrtle Beach

Give a child a gift, watch him play with the empty box. But showing a kid a good time and letting them spend their own holiday cash is something special, and something memorable. Here are five places where you can take the kids for a little holiday fun:

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Springmaid Beach Arts & Crafts Festival a Holiday Tradition

You can shop till you drop at the big-box stores, stand in lines at the malls and order cookie-cutter items online to purchase gifts for everyone on your shopping list, but you won't find the unique items or get the unique experience of attending the 28th Annual Springmaid Beach Resort's Arts & Crafts Festival.

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Healthy Tips for the New Year

If there’s one thing worse than heading out on that great (as in big, vast — not wonderful) new year’s pledge known as the “I’m Getting Healthy Once and For All” routine, it’s being reminded of ways in which we can get healthy once and for all.

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Women’s Leadership Conference Brings Successful Women to Grand Strand

History has been slow to recognize the role of women in our society, and Myrtle Beach does its part to correct the oversight by recognizing the successful women of today. The Fifth Annual Women's Leadership Conference and Celebration of Inspiring Women will be held Thursday and Friday, Feb. 12-13, at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel. The two-day event will feature keynote speakers and seminars designed to help women overcome the obstacles to become leaders in business, politics and all aspects of life. The Women's Leadership Conference, hosted by Coastal Carolina University in nearby Conway, features a collection of women in various leadership roles to share their inspirational stories aimed to educate, motivate and prepare women to make changes in their personal and business lives, their communities and hopefully all over the world.

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Top 5 Restaurants for Valentine’s Day Dinner in Myrtle Beach

Valentine’s Day can be a tricky one when it comes to buying gifts for loved ones. Flowers and candy can be classy or cliché, but trying to find something unique runs the risk of being inappropriate for the holiday. Finding just the right present for just the right person that sends just the right message can make it a tough call. But there are at least two sure-fire gifts that can’t go wrong. With Valentine’s Day falling on a Saturday in 2015, it’s the perfect time for a romantic weekend getaway to North Beach Plantation. Enjoy a stroll on the secluded beaches, watch the waves roll in from your private balcony, and get a couples’ massage at the on-site Cinzia Spa. It’s an ideal weekend for any couple and won’t that will be remembered for years to come.

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Taste of the Inlet Serves Savory Samplings of Lowcountry Cuisine

They call Murrells Inlet "The Seafood Capital of South Carolina," and for good reason. The rich waters of the Lowcountry creeks and estuaries combined with the fishing fleets that sail out to deeper waters provide a perfect 1-2 punch for fresh local seafood. The fishing and shrimping boats, the crab trappers and the oyster diggers literally deliver dinner to the local docks and directly through the kitchen doors of the many restaurants that call this small fishing community their home. Add a dash of Southern hospitality and a pinch of creative cuisine and this town is teeming with delicious seafood. Murrells Inlet also has lots of "landfood" offerings for a surf-and-turf feast.

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Inaugural Myrtle Beach Preseason Classic Tees off on Grand Strand

Myrtle Beach’s spring golf season tees off a little bit sooner and is a whole lot sweeter in 2015 with the addition of the inaugural Myrtle Beach Preseason Classic. The three-day, 54-hole tournament will bring 200 golfers to six of the area's top courses to tee off the upcoming spring golf season with fun and friendly competition. The Myrtle Beach Preseason Classic will feature three days of golf under different rules formats, meals and parties for all tournament participants, and gifts, contests, drawings and giveaways. Most of all, the tourney will provide lots of good camaraderie among golfers from all over the country who share the common love for the game.

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Myrtle Beach Marathon Brings Love for Running on Valentine’s Day

In most people’s minds, the ideal Valentine Day in Myrtle Beach might involve a romantic dinner for two, a live show at one of the many local theaters, and maybe a late-night drink and dessert at a bar or coffee house before returning to your oceanfront room. Running for 26.2 miles and sweating like crazy in the dead of winter usually doesn’t make the list. But this year, with the 18th Annual MyrtleBeach.com Myrtle Beach Marathon falling on Feb. 14, that’s exactly what more than 5,000 runners have in mind when they invade the streets of the Grand Strand. Forget about flowers and chocolates and bring on the power gel and water, and make that romantic meal a heaping helping of pasta as participants carb load for the race. But it’s the love of running that brings them back every year, and it was that same passion for the sport by five local runners that brought this popular event to town in 1998. Local organizers also happen to be dedicated runners who formed a Leukemia and Lymphoma Society "Team in Training" group in the mid 1990s. They traveled to races all over the country, turning marathons into opportunities to travel visit and explore other cities. It didn’t take long for them to realize that Myrtle Beach would be the perfect place to host a race, so they returned home to start planning the first Myrtle Beach Marathon.

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New Year’s Eve in Myrtle Beach near the Driftwood

“Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and … something something something!” OK, so we’re a little fuzzy on the lyrics, but rest assured we know where the party is on New Year’s Eve — that is, everywhere in Myrtle Beach. When staying at the Driftwood, options abound for some midnight revelry that are close by — just a short cab ride away, in fact. The following are some good options.

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Top 5 Places for Dance Lessons in Myrtle Beach

Nothing beats a night out on the town of dancing with your favorite dance partner. One problem: You’ve got two left feet and the rhythm of a rodeo bull. Never fear, a long list of dance classes and lessons are offered on the Grand Strand to help get you on the floor and moving like a seasoned pro. Whether you want a more formal setting and top-notch instruction or you prefer to work it out on the dance floor with an experienced partner, here are five places where you can learn how to cut a rug:

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Elvis Lives’ Makes Myrtle Beach Debut at Legends in Concert

Elvis might have left the building, and the planet, for that matter, but his music lives on the latest hit production of "Elvis Lives: The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Event," which will take the stage at Legends in Concert in Myrtle Beach on Jan. 6-8.

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Did You Know? Top 10 Trivia Facts about Myrtle Beach

You know about the beaches, the golf courses, the restaurants and shops. But how well do you really know Myrtle Beach. Here are 10 trivia facts you may not know about this vacation hot spot:

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Top 5 Places for Dining on Christmas Eve, Day

Nothing spoils the perfect Christmas celebration than a kitchen full of dirty pots, pans and plates, especially if you’re the one in charge of clean-up duty. If Santa Claus has you on his nice list this year, maybe he will treat you to a day or night out for the holidays. But your options are limited as most restaurants close their doors for Christmas Eve and Day. Fortunately, some of the Grand Strand’s best eateries stay open for those special dates. Here’s a list of the top five places to enjoy Christmas lunch or dinner in Myrtle Beach:

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Shagging, stomping and stamping on the Grand Strand

Who says the winter time is the offseason on the Grand Strand? For three straight weekends in the dead of winter, the Myrtle Beach area will host a trio of unique and long-running events that promises something for everyone. Sure, the weather can be iffy in January and February, but these indoor events will keep you warm and active until spring rolls around. While there’s plenty to do and see on the North Beach Plantation property, like a relaxing day at the Cinzia Spa or a hearty feast at 21 Main, you can also check out the pageantry of the 40th Annual Carolina Square and Round Dance Convention in Myrtle Beach, the 32nd Annual Shag Dancing Championship Preliminaries in North Myrtle Beach, or the 23rd Annual Myrtle Beach Stamp & Postcard Show for a fun way to shake off the winter time blues. Here's a look at all three upcoming events:

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Brookgreen Gardens’ Nights of a Thousand Candles

One of the most magical sights on the South Strand is but a few steps away.Brookgreen Gardens’ Nights of a Thousand Candles is back this year, and visiting the expansive garden grounds by twinkling lights is a must-do when staying at Litchfield Beach & Golf. Well, anywhere really, but you’re so close right now that it would be a shame not to.

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Christmas Mass Schedule for the Grand Strand

Spending the holidays on the Grand Strand is a great idea for families, couples and groups looking to celebrate the season with a little rest and relaxation at the beach, and there are plenty of Christmas and New Year’s activities to keep you and your loved one busy and entertained. But just because you are away from your home and church doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the reason for the season. For Catholics who are accustomed to attending Mass for Christmas and New Year’s, here’s a list of local churches offering a wide range of services to meet your schedule:

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Beach Ball Classic Brings Top Hoops Teams and Talent to Myrtle Beach

Say the phrase "Beach Ball" to a tourist and the bouncy, colorful inflatable spheres of summer come to mind. But say the same to a longtime local and they will know what you're talking about - the nation's finest holiday high school basketball tournament. Celebrating its 34th anniversary this season, the Beach Ball Classic is a holiday tradition on the Grand Strand. Local hoops fans mark their calendars for the day after Christmas through the day before New Year's as the week to flock to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center's Lambo Arena to see some of the top teams and talent in the country.

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Elvis visits Myrtle Beach

Whatever you do, don't step on his Blue Suede Shoes! Elvis is coming to Myrtle Beach as Living Legends In Concert presents "Elvis Lives." This major national theatrical and musical hit has been touring the nation since 2013, but is being presented for the first time in Myrtle Beach. The production is coinciding with Elvis' 80th birthday, and it is a show to impress the most ardent Elvis fan, or the young soul who has never seen what made the King of Rock N Roll what he was. The show runs through Jan. 6, so don't miss this opportunity to see some of the best Elvis impersonators in the business.

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Holidays shows throughout Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is chock full of special shows that will tickle your holiday fancy. From traditional Christmas songs to legendary performers to Christmas comedy that will have you in stitches, you'll find a Christmas show that will be the icing on your holiday vacation cake.

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Christmas Mass in North Myrtle Beach

Many visitors to North Myrtle Beach will want to celebrate Christmas while they are here. For Catholic visitors in particular, celebrating Mass on Christmas or Christmas Eve is a solemn and special rite to mark this wondrous holiday. For visitors who want to celebrate Mass on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, several churches in the Myrtle Beach area will meet your spiritual needs this Christmas season.

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Christmas Mass and Services South of Myrtle Beach

It is the reason for the season, after all. Christmas is one of the two most popular days of the year to attend Mass and worship, and most churches accommodate the larger crowds by offering multiple services on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or both. The numerous churches within a short drive of Litchfield Beach and Golf area are no exception, and we’ve assembled a list of times and web links for Catholic, Episcopalian, Lutheran, Methodist and Presbyterian churches in the area. All are welcome to celebrate the arrival of the Christ child.

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Top 5 Places to Escape to Nature in Myrtle Beach

Everyone knows the side of Myrtle Beach with the neon lights and man-made attractions. But there's a more natural side beyond the roller coasters and putt-putt golf courses that some never see. For many, the natural beauty of the Grand Strand is a bigger draw than the amusement rides and water slides. Here are five of the area's most scenic spots on the Strand that are a short drive away from Bay View Resort:

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Top 5 Places for Fine Dining in Myrtle Beach

Guests at Island Vista Resort don't have to travel very far to find some of the best fine dining on the Grand Strand. In fact, just go to the elevator and press G. That's where you will find the Cypress Room, Island Vista's on-site restaurant with excellent food to match the oceanfront view. This elegantly decorated restaurant specializes in fresh local seafood and Lowcountry cuisine that will melt in your mouth. Island Vista guests also can enjoy a great breakfast at the Cypress Room, and when you order your lunch at the poolside bar, the tasty treats come from the same kitchen. But evenings are when the Cypress Room shines with nightly specials and a nice happy hour. However, if you insist on going out for a night of fine dining, there are several top choices within a short drive. With Restaurant Row just to the north and Broadway at the Beach and downtown Myrtle Beach to the south, there are lots of upscale establishments with great menus and venues. Here are the top five places for fine dining in Myrtle Beach:

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Top 5 Holiday Shows in Myrtle Beach

The same live theaters that entertain Myrtle Beach visitors year-round also do their part to spread some holiday cheer by presenting their own special Christmas shows. The holiday performances are among the most popular of the year for local theaters, who go the extra mile to make Christmas extra special for audiences with awe-inspiring showcases that are sure to get you in the holiday spirit. Whether you prefer a more wholesome, country Christmas like Alabama Theatre’s “The South’s Grandest Christmas” or the retro-cool of the Legends In Concert’s “Christmas with the Rat Pack,” you will leave the theater a lot merrier than when you arrived. Here’s a list of the top five Christmas shows on the Grand Strand with a brief preview:

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WonderWorks Brings Weird Science to Broadway at the Beach

If the upside down WonderWorks building looks like the result of a bad lab experiment, that’s because it is. At least that’s the premise of this Broadway at the Beach attraction that injects some weird science and oddball activities into a family fun encounter. Towering over the Broadway skyline is the ground floor of this science laboratory, where a failed science experiment exploded and dropped the building on its roof on top of a seafood shack. The result is an attraction filled with more than 100 wacky exhibits and interactive displays that boggle the mind and excite the imagination.Best of all, guests at Long Bay are already one step of the way there just by checking in. Included in your Splash Pass packet you receive upon your arrival is one free ticket to WonderWorks, as well as other popular attractions, such as Ripley’s Aquarium and Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. Use your freebie to let one member of your party check it out, or spread the savings across the whole group for an affordable day of family fun.

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Experience the Great Outdoors Indoors at Grand Strand Boat Show & Sportsman Expo

Perhaps no other event in the Myrtle Beach area is as underrated and more modestly named than the Grand Strand Boat Show & Sportsman Expo. Yes, there are boats, and lots of them. And, of course, there are lots of sportsmen on hand to check out the latest in outdoor sports.But this 31st annual event, held Jan. 9-11 in the main ballroom of the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, has so much more than the name indicates. Featuring a wide selection of fishing, hunting and other recreational-sports related gear and gadgets, the Grand Strand Boat Show & Sportsman Expo is the ultimate place to be for folks who truly believe life is better outdoors. Rated as one of the largest boating and fishing expos in the Southeastern United States, this three-day event attracts not only the most popular outfitters and manufacturers displaying their wares at booths throughout the convention center, but it also brings in hundreds of shoppers to snap up some of the best boating bargains. Event organizers say this year’s installment will see more boat manufacturers and other vendors than ever before, and that’s saying a lot.

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Best Holiday Shows in Nearby Myrtle Beach

It’s not Christmastime until the first carols are sung, right? Nearby Myrtle Beach has some of the best holiday shows in the country at which we find the joy of the season crooned out by incredible talent. Grab a loved one or two, put on your holiday best, and get ready to smile. Grinches and Scrooges need not apply.When staying at Litchfield Beach and Golf, a number of fabulous Christmas performances are just a hop, skip and a sleigh ride away up Route 17. Here’s an overview of some of the best.

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Myrtle Beach Casino Boat Allows Gambling on High Seas

Guests at North Beach Plantation have a limited number of options when it comes to casino-style gambling: You can travel thousands of miles west to Las Vegas, hundreds of miles north to Atlantic City, or just three miles offshore into international waters. While casino gambling is illegal on South Carolina soil, the Big M Casino sails out of nearby Little River six days a week, giving Grand Strand visitors and locals the opportunity to legally gamble in a fun and adventurous environment. Departing from its docking station on the Little River waterfront, the massive, 186-foot yacht heads out to the high seas for approximately five hours of gaming fun and sightseeing. The ship also has a scenic rooftop observation deck with a restaurant bar. Guests can take a break from the action inside and enjoy the ocean view and fresh air.

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Top 5 Myrtle Beach Winter Activities for Families

Don’t let the calendar or the thermometer keep you indoors during the winter months. Myrtle Beach has plenty to do and see during the winter time, including many days when it’s warm enough for outdoor fun as well as indoor entertainment. Here’s a list of five great ways to spend the day with the family during the cooler months in Myrtle Beach:

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Long Bay Symphony a Harmonic Choice for Island Vista Resort Guests

Why go out for a pricy dinner and show at one of the local restaurant/theaters when you can put together your own combination just a short distance from Island Vista Resort? After a nice dinner at the on-site Cypress Room, one of the top restaurants in town, it's just a couple of miles to the Myrtle Beach Music and Arts Center to catch the Long Bay Symphony, a collection of local musicians who put on truly magical performances. The local orchestra plays throughout the year round at the Myrtle Beach High School venue, which is only a couple of miles away from Island Vista Resort. Guests can take a short cab ride to experience an evening of live classical and contemporary music.

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Frequently Asked Questions at North Beach Plantation

Come read up on some frequently asked questions regarding our resort policies, procedures, and offerings.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Come read up on some frequently asked questions regarding our resort policies, procedures, and offerings.

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Myrtle Beach A to Z

Getting ready for a trip usually employs some form of organization, and what’s more orderly than the alphabet? Inspired by our good old ABC’s, we’re taking you on a 26-letter tour of our great city. Because hey, we’ve got it all.

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Top 5 Places to Ring in the New Year in North Myrtle Beach

Americans love to ring in the New Year in their own unique ways. In New York City’s Time Square, they drop a big ball. In Atlanta’s it’s a giant peach. And Las Vegas puts on a pyrotechnics display that makes the strip look tame. Although North Myrtle Beach has no tradition of dropping or blowing up things to signal the start of a new calendar, it does carry on the rites of having a good time Grand Strand style – with live music, dancing, food and fireworks. Say goodbye to 2014 and hello to 2015 with a smile on your face at one of these five North Myrtle Beach hot spots:

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Where to Watch the College Bowl Games in Myrtle Beach

Late December and early January are the holiday season for more reasons than one for sports fans. Yes, there's Christmas and New Year's, but it's also the college bowl season. It's a fortnight of non-stop fun and football, if you know where to go. The Grand Strand is filled with sports bars and cafes that are perfect places for fans to gather and root for their team. Whether you are cheering for the Clemson Tigers or the South Carolina Gamecocks, or for any of the schools fortunate enough to earn a bowl invitation, you are sure to run into others who couldn't make the trip to the game. From the no-name bowls where the smaller schools play to the big one in the Big D, be sure to join in the fun and festivities along with fellow wayward fans. Here is a list of the top five places where you can catch the bowl games and join in the action:

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Where to Shop for the Holidays South of Myrtle Beach

Attention all visitors to the Grand Strand for the holidays: Do not — we repeat — do not bring gifts from home. Why? Because we’ve got you covered. The communities south of Myrtle Beach — think Pawleys Island and Murrells Inlet-area — have an abundance of unique, locally owned shops that will cover all your gift-giving needs. Read on.

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Where to Take Kids In Myrtle Beach in Wintertime

Some folks may scoff at your idea of a cold-weather getaway to the beach — but then they may be forgetting that our definitions of “cold weather” vary a bit. (Our average daily high in December is 60 degrees; In Chicago, for example, it’s close to 36 degrees.) So what do with your brood in the (more or less) out of doors when most of the country is shivering and you’re in a light jacket? Quite a bit. Read on.

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Have your Picture Taken with Santa in Myrtle Beach

So Myrtle Beach isn’t exactly a winter wonderland. It only takes a few flakes of snow to send locals scurrying to the grocery store for non-perishable goods. But the Grand Strand does have one thing going for it during the Christmas season – a steady number of visits from Santa Claus himself. It seems even the Jolly Ol’ Elf himself loves to vacation in Myrtle Beach, and here’s your chance to snap a few elf selfies with Santa. Here’s a list of places where you can take the kids (and in some cases, your four-legged loved ones) to get a souvenir snapshot with Santa and to whisper a few gift ideas in his ear:

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Houses of Worship Abound in Myrtle Beach

Just because you are taking a vacation from work or school doesn’t mean you have to take a vacation away from church, especially for those visiting the Grand Strand. The 60-mile stretch of coastline and the inland areas are filled with houses of worship for virtually every religion and denomination, and many make it easy for vacationers to attend by offering everything from beachfront services to come-as-you-are dress codes. Such is the case for the Barefoot Church in North Myrtle Beach, one of the many non-denominational churches that have boomed in recent years. The casual atmosphere and laid-back attitude have struck a chord in the community with both locals and visitors. Featuring contemporary services that include live music and lively sermons, Barefoot Church appeals to less traditional churchgoers, and more traditional ones looking for a relaxed environment.

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Top 5 Myrtle Beach-Related New Year’s Resolutions

Why do New Year's resolutions have to be so negative? Stop doing this and stop doing that. Is that any kind of way to start out the New Year, vowing to do less in 2015? No matter how healthy and well-intentioned those resolutions may be, why not take a few affirmative vows too? Do something good for yourself that takes you to that happy place, whether that be inside your mind or on the sunny, sandy shores of Myrtle Beach. So if you're ready to treat yourself and pursue happiness in 2015, take one of these Myrtle Beach-related New Year's resolutions. You will thank us next year:

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Top 5 Places to go Holiday Shopping in Myrtle Beach

You’re treating yourself to a brief Christmas break in Myrtle Beach, but there’s no time for fun and games. This visit is all about holiday shopping for others and finding the best ideas and gifts for the loved ones on your list. The Grand Strand has you covered no matter how many or how hard the people on your shopping list are to satisfy, you will find everything you are looking for and more at the shops and stores of Myrtle Beach. And not only can you pick up gifts, you can also get into the holiday spirit at these hot spots. Here are five places to purchase all your holiday needs and to pick up a heavy dose of the Christmas spirit:

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Ripley’s Aquarium Hosts Festival of Trees

Ripley's Aquarium is famous for its amazing display of sea life, but the holiday season sees the addition of plant life to its lineup with the annual Festival of Trees event. This popular Broadway at the Beach attraction gets into the Christmas spirit with a tribute to the United States of America. Fifty trees representing all 50 states are decorated with ornaments that represent the character that makes each state unique. The South Carolina tree, for example, is adorned with sea shells, golf balls and other items related to the Palmetto State. Guests can find the trees from their home states and children can learn a lot about states they've never visited by touring the exhibit, which highlights the diversity and celebrates the rich heritage of the United States.

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An A to Z of North Myrtle Beach

A is for Animals -- Lots of creatures to see and interact with in North Myrtle Beach. At Inlet Point Plantation Stables, you can take a one- or two-hour horseback ride on the beach. And TIGERS Preservation Station is an incredible animal conservation exhibit where you can get up close and personal with live tigers, apes and other animals.

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Visit Greg Norman’s Australian Grille

When golf great Greg Norman and local businessman Sammy Puglia decided to open a restaurant on the Grand Strand, they pulled out all the stops. Since 1999, Greg Norman's Australian Grille in Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach, has provided innovative cuisine in an elegant and spectacular space that will make you feel like you are dining in the finest waterfront restaurant in Sydney, Australia. Of course, the highlight of an experience at Greg Norman's Australian Grille is the menu, a considered collection of rustic Mediterranean dishes, wood-grilled classics and authentic Australian cuisine, all complemented by an extensive wine list that has garnered the restaurant the prestigious Wine Spectator Magazine Award of Excellence each year since 2002. "The influences of Australian cuisine are as culturally dynamic and diverse as the country in which it originates," the restaurant explains on its website. "It is the goal and the pleasure of Greg Norman’s Australian Grille to share with you the fusion of cultures, flavors, and textures that make this food both exotic and comforting."

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New Year’s Eve in Myrtle Beach

Want to ring in the New Year in style? We've got you covered. There are plenty of parties and events in the Myrtle Beach area to help you celebrate the beginning of 2015. Plan now for your spectacular Myrtle Beach New Year. Here's a selection of events:

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Top 5 Places for Southern Cooking in Myrtle Beach

When most people think of dining out in Myrtle Beach, seafood understandably comes to mind. After all, the pond in our backyard happens to be the Atlantic Ocean, so it only makes sense that seafood takes center stage. But often overlooked in this little corner of South Carolina is our local tradition for Southern cuisine. Country cooking, soul food, Lowcountry dishes - you name it, Myrtle Beach has it. Although there are lots of little meat-and-threes where you can find a wholesome meal for cheap, these five stand out above the rest:

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Top 5 Myrtle Beach Holiday Gifts

One of the best ways to find the right Christmas gift for someone who is tough to shop for is to ask one simple question: "What do they love?" If the answer for your loved one happens to be "Myrtle Beach," then we have the perfect shopping list for you. Lots of people love Myrtle Beach and spend all year counting down the days till their annual vacation to the Grand Strand. What better way to make your Christmas gift extra special than to tie it to the place they dream about? Check out these five Myrtle Beach-related gift ideas:

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Top Holiday Events on the Grand Strand

The Christmas season is starting to spring up around the Grand Strand. From decorations on palm trees to snow men replacing sand castles, the signs of the holiday season are unmistakable around Myrtle Beach, which is making the magical transformation from beach town to winter wonderland. Here's a list of local holiday events you don't want to miss:

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The Only Vacation Checklist You Need for a Great Week in Myrtle Beach

So much to do and see, so little time. That's about the only complaint you hear from folks following an exciting week in Myrtle Beach. No matter how many fun things you find time to do, there are always many more you couldn't squeeze into your trip. That's why we've put together a list of the most important things you should do during your visit to the Grand Strand. Just consider it your "sand bucket list" of the top five ways to spend five days and nights, plus another day to recover from all the fun:

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Holiday shopping at Barefoot Landing

If you want to make a dent in your holiday shopping, you can't beat Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach. This shopping, dining and entertainment destination has it all -- great shops, unique gifts and plenty of places to get a bite to eat to sustain your shopping appetite, all in a beautiful setting beside a lovely lake.

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Holiday shopping on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

You'll find tons of shopping opportunities in Myrtle Beach, whether you want to work on your holiday shopping list or just browse for souvenirs. But few places are as great for shopping that the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade, a 1.2-mile boardwalk with lovely ocean views on one side, and activities, shops and restaurants lining the other side. And what shops! When it comes to holiday shopping, you are sure to find something for everyone on your list as you hit the stores along the Boardwalk. Plus, you couldn't ask for a prettier setting in which to do your shopping. Even in the winter, the beach is beautiful. We've pulled together a list of some of the great shopping destinations along the Boardwalk in Myrtle Beach. Walk, browse, shop, and rest assured that you can get your holiday shopping done on the Boardwalk.

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New Year’s Eve in Myrtle Beach

Want to ring in the New Year in style? We've got you covered. There are plenty of parties and events in the Myrtle Beach area to help you celebrate the beginning of 2015. Plan now for your spectacular Myrtle Beach New Year. Here's a selection of events:

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North Myrtle Beach New Year

If you're going to be in North Myrtle Beach for the New Year, you can chose from a number of events and activities where you can raise a glass and toast the beginning of 2015. Plenty of parties will be taking place in bars and restaurants all over town -- and even more in Myrtle Beach just to the south -- but if you want to stay local, you are still sure to find a great event right in North Myrtle Beach. Here are a few special events we thought you'd want to know about:

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“Top 5 Christmas Gift Ideas for Myrtle Beach Lovers”

The chill of the holiday season may seem far removed from the sunny summer days in Myrtle Beach. But the two may be closer than you think, especially if you happen to have a big Myrtle Beach fan on your Christmas shopping list. Here's a list of five great Christmas gift ideas for loved ones who also happen to be Myrtle Beach lovers:

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Wine and Design Offers Artistic Fun in Myrtle Beach

For a glass of wine and an artistic good time, Myrtle Beach now has the perfect place to catch a creative buzz. Wine and Design, a growing national chain on the East Coast, is offering a first of its kind experience involving painting parties and art classes. Located in the Ocean Forest neighborhood on the north end of Myrtle Beach, this art studio also doubles as a wine bar, forming the perfect place for a romantic date or to host a special occasion. Guests can bring their own wine or other beverages, along with some pallet-cleansing snacks, and unwind while you put your vision on canvas. Let the wine help bring out your creative side, or at least put down your guard long enough to give it a good effort. You never know what kind of artist is living inside. Trained art instructors and party hosts offer guidance and support, but the goal is to let each guest express themselves in a way they might have never imagined or dreamed to try before. Whether you are an aspiring artist or you've never so much as picked up a brush, Wine and Design will help you harness your hidden artistic talents and tap into your own creative energy. It’s all about finding your true colors as an artist.

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Top 5 Myrtle Beach Attractions in the Winter

Longtime locals and visitors of Myrtle Beach used to joke that you could lie down in the middle of Ocean Boulevard after Labor Day and not have to move until Memorial Day. That's not the case these days in Myrtle Beach, which has grown into a year-round destination. With more than 14 million annual visitors to the Grand Strand, many of those are snowbirds and savvy shoppers who have found it the best time to visit. Smaller crowds, cheaper hotel rates and more year-round attractions are major draws. Visitors come to Myrtle Beach in the offseason for the mild climate, great deals and to check out some of the great attractions that may have longer lines during the busier months. Although the warm-weather venues like amusement rides and waterparks pull the plug in the offseason, there are still plenty of attractions to keep you busy all winter. Here's a list of five Grand Strand attractions that are open year-round:

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Top 5 Sports Bars in Myrtle Beach

The NFL is hitting the home stretch, the NBA and NHL are scoring and skating, and the college football season is crossing over with college hoops. Sounds like the perfect time of year to plant your backside on a bar stool and watch all the action at once on multiple big-screen televisions. Let someone else pour you a cold beer and serve you a plate of hot wings while you try to digest five different sporting events at the same time. Here are the top five sports bars for game-watching in the Myrtle Beach area:

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Top 5 Places for Live Music and Dancing in Myrtle Beach

The sound of the waves crashing on the beach and the sight of sunlight dancing off the ocean are not the only ways to find great song and dance in Myrtle Beach. In fact, the Grand Strand has a proud history of music and dancing that are still alive and kicking. South Carolina's state dance, the shag, was born on the shores of North Myrtle Beach back in the 1950s and '60s, and large crowds still make regular visits to dance on the same saw-dust covered floors from a half century before. And country music super group Alabama used to be the house band at The Bowery in downtown Myrtle Beach back in the 1970s. Those scenes are still going strong, along with new venues for song and dance. Whether you are into country, pop, rock, blues or good ol' Carolina beach music, you are sure to find a place where they are playing your tune and doing your dance. Here's a list of the top five places for great live music and cut a rug in Myrtle Beach:

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Oyster Roast 101: How to put out a Seafood Spread like a Seasoned Pro

It's oyster season in Myrtle Beach, and there's no better way to celebrate the occasion than by throwing your very own oyster roast. What's that, you don't know how? No worries, as we say here at the beach. These tips on how to hold an oyster roast will have you serving up this tasty and time-honored seafood spread like a seasoned pro. First step, of course, is finding the oysters. Sure, you can dig around in the pluff mud for hours digging up these juicy mollusks, or you can find them at any local seafood market. But be sure to buy South Carolina oysters fresh from local waters. South Carolina oysters are different from the more popular Apalachicola Bay (FL) variety. They are smaller but come in large clusters, so a savvy shucker can find a handful in one block. They are also juicier and saltier, with a flavor that tastes just like the sea.

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North Beach Plantation Has It All

Imagine a Grand Strand vacation filled with four-diamond accommodations, excellent fine dining, a full-service spa and an award-winning swim-up bar. Now imagine enjoying all these things and more at one location – North Beach Plantation in North Myrtle Beach. There’s no imagining required at this magical resort, although it does have a too-good-to-be-true feel. As you cross over the causeway and see the twin towers high above the 60-acre oceanfront property, you realize you have arrived someplace special. Situated on an island separated from the mainland by tidal creeks, North Beach Plantation keeps the pleasant surprises coming once you get over your breathe-taking arrival. It all starts with the first-class accommodations, which range from condo-style units in the 18-story towers to beach cottages and houses with up to five bedrooms. A three-time recipient of AAA's exclusive Four Diamond rating, North Beach Plantation offers luxury accommodations with private balconies overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, fully equipped kitchens, modern fixtures and furnishings. Houses, condos and cottages feature a mixture of features, including patio decks with hot tubs, barbecue grills and hammocks.

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North Carolina Winery Opening New Store on Grand Strand

Like a fine wine, Barefoot Landing is also getting better with time. After celebrating its 20th year of business, the North Myrtle Beach entertainment, shopping and dining complex is getting a new neighbor from North Carolina in the form of Duplin Winery. The 40-year-old winery, located just north of Wilmington in the tiny town of Rose Hill, is expanding its operations to the Myrtle Beach area to gain name recognition with the Grand Strand's tourism market. The 15,000 square foot facility is being built between the House of Blues and Alligator Adventure and is expected to open in the spring of 2015. The Duplin Winery expansion project plans to give visitors a behind the scenes look at the wine-making business, from the smashing of grapes to the bottling of wines to the tasting of the final product. Guests will take tours of the facility and participate in the process until the final and most fun step - sampling the many varieties of wines.

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Brookgreen Gardens Lights Up the Night for Holidays

Any time of year is a great time to visit Brookgreen Gardens, but that's especially true during the Christmas holiday season. That's when the botanical sculpture garden lights up the night with its annual "Night of a Thousand Candles" holiday display. The 9,000-acre sculpture garden, the oldest and largest on the East Coast, goes all out for Christmas time by decorating the already beautiful park. The existing merger of art and nature gets an even prettier makeover for the holidays as thousands of visitors flock to the gardens to get a major dose of the Christmas spirit. Located on a former rice and indigo plantation in Murrells Inlet, about 20 miles south of downtown Myrtle Beach, Brookgreen Gardens is a year-round attraction featuring more than 1,400 sculptures and statues, colorful plants and flowers and ancient live oak trees that pre-date the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

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Christmas Shows Highlight Winter Theater Scene in Myrtle Beach

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the performance theaters in the Myrtle Beach area, where the holiday celebration begins earlier than anywhere else on the Grand Strand. While the unofficial kickoff of the Christmas shopping season is the “Black Friday” after Thanksgiving, the theatrical crowd gets started even earlier with the Christmas showcases getting under way in early November and running through the end of the year. Several theaters are also hosting touring concerts and shows throughout the holiday season to mix things up a bit. Here’s a list of the top five shows on the Grand Strand you don’t want to miss this winter:

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Top 5 Steakhouses in Myrtle Beach

The Myrtle Beach restaurant scene may be best known for its fresh, local seafood, but those who prefer "land food" don't have to look very far to find excellent steaks and chops. And if you enjoy a nice surf-and-turf dinner, you've come to the right place. The Grand Strand, the 60-mile stretch of coastline that surrounds Myrtle Beach, is lined with great steakhouses, but there are a handful that stand out above the rest. Here are the top five places on the Grand Strand to get a juicy, delicious steak:

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Top 5 Mini-Golf Courses in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach may be best known for big-time golf, but it's also a mecca for mini-golf. Sure, the Grand Strand has more than 100 championship courses featuring oceanfront and Intracoastal Waterway layouts surrounded by maritime forests and Lowcountry wetlands. But Myrtle Beach also has more than 50 putt-putt courses featuring make-believe dinosaurs, volcanoes, waterfalls and pirates. Serious golfers come to Myrtle Beach to test their skills against the best, and the same is true of scratch putt-putters. The Grand Strand hosts the annual US Open of Prominigolf and the Masters of Mini-golf, and is home to the US Mini-golf Olympic Training Facility. Believe it or not, there is such a thing a pro putt-putt golfer.

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Top 5 Free Activities in Myrtle Beach

One of the best things about vacationing Myrtle Beach is you don't have to have a lot of money to have a good time. Sure, you may have to shell out a few bucks for room and board, but the sun and much of the fun are free. Here’s a list of five free things to do and see during your Myrtle Beach vacation:

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Top 5 Places for a Romantic Myrtle Beach Date Night

Myrtle Beach is a great place for couples to visit for a romantic getaway, and there are lots of opportunities to make some long-lasting memories with an ideal date night. Forget the old dinner and a movie standard. Myrtle Beach allows couples to get creative and make a fun and romantic date out of local attractions, restaurants and night clubs. Where to go and what to do largely depend on where you are staying or want to explore. The Grand Strand, the 60-mile stretch of coastline that surrounds Myrtle Beach, offers a unique combination of activities to create some magical moments and memories. Here are five suggested date nights that, depending on your tastes, are sure to please both parties:

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Alabama Theatre Brings Holiday Spirit to Grand Strand

If you're having a hard time getting into the holiday spirit, the Alabama Theatre is serving up heaping helpings with its annual production of "The South's Grandest Christmas" show. For guests at North Beach Plantation, holiday cheer is only a short distance away. Located at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, the Alabama Theatre has made a name for itself with this traditional Christmas showcase. Highlighting the wonders of a country Christmas below the Mason/Dixon line, this award-winning performance has been known to put a smile on the faces of even the biggest scrooges in the audience.

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Get started with your holiday shopping in Myrtle Beach

You know Myrtle Beach is a top destination for beaches, dining, night life and entertainment. But did you know it's also one of the best shopping districts in the region? From specialty shops to large-scale malls to niche boutiques and themed gift shops, the Myrtle Beach area has everything you need to get started on your holiday shopping list. You'll find something for everyone in Myrtle Beach. Here are a few highlights for your Myrtle Beach shopping experience:

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Swinging on Through the Hammock Shops

They call it “mall exhaustion.” We are all familiar — when shopping till we drop turns into frustration, fatigue, and eventually flopping out on one of those chairs in the middle of a store while our partner combs the sale racks… again. Bad Muzak, heavy perfume smells, and too many people all add up to swearing off shopping entirely. Beleaguered retail-phobes of the world take heart! There is hope!

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Best Breakfast in North Myrtle Beach

A fancy dinner with fine wine is great, and a highlight of any nice vacation. But for breakfast lovers, nothing beats the first meal of the day. Breakfast has so much to offer, from the sweetness of pancakes, waffles and French toast to the savory goodness of eggs and bacon to Southern classics like biscuits and grits. For your best bet on a morning meal, we've compiled some of the best breakfast restaurants in North Myrtle Beach. The hard part is going to be choosing which one (or five!) to try.

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Whispering Pines in New Hands for More Green

When a golfer lands at Myrtle Beach International Airport, it takes everything he or she has not to lace up the spikes and run to the nearest golf course. Good news — the nearest course is really, really close. We’re talking next door close. Whispering Pines Golf Course, the plush city-owned spot right by the airport, welcomes traveling golfers in — and sends them off — with a relaxing and enjoyable 18 holes that won’t break the bank. The traditionally designed, tree-lined course is peppered with challenging lakes, sand and slopes but isn’t prohibitively difficult for novices. Residents and visitors alike love coming here for its easy access, helpful staff and delightful golf experience.

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Souper Supper Serves Great Soups, Great Times

Perhaps a famous old ad slogan said it best: "Soup is Good Food." And that point has been served up in heaping helpings to Grand Strand residents and visitors for the past 18 years at the annual Souper Supper event. Scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 2, at the Market Common's Valor Park, the Souper Supper event features more than 50 chefs, restaurants and culinary arts students preparing and sharing their best soup recipes for hungry patrons on a cool autumn day in Myrtle Beach. Souper Supper allows patrons to sample a wide selection of soups, broths, bisques and chowders, ranging from traditional favorites like chicken noodle and Italian wedding to more creative concoctions, such as Smoked Grouper Chowder and Pumpkin Bisque.

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Couple Stumbles into Paradise in Myrtle Beach

Talk about a pair of accidental tourists. Colette Nichelle Erck and her boyfriend Cory had no plans to visit the Grand Strand when they're plane touched down in Charlotte in mid-September. Yet they wound up spending much of their vacation at the Paradise Resort in Myrtle Beach. "We were trying to decide where to go for vacation. I love beaches and he loves barbecue, so we figured Texas or the Carolinas," said Erck, who hails from Moorhead, Minnesota. "We had been to Texas before so we decided to try North Carolina." But the more they traveled from Charlotte to Asheville, NC, visiting several popular BBQ restaurants along the way, the more they heard about Myrtle Beach, SC. The Midwesterners didn't realize at the time just how close Myrtle Beach is to the Carolina border.

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Cypress Room Serves Four-Course Feast for Thanksgiving

There's nothing like Thanksgiving dinner at home, especially if you make Island Vista Resort your home away from home for the holidays, and let the on-site Cypress Room be your kitchen. Enjoy a four-course Thanksgiving feast fit for a king and stretch out for a nap in your king-sized suite while someone else does the dishes. Now that's a good reason to be thankful. Families, couples and groups have been flocking to Island Vista for generations to celebrate the holiday with a little rest and relaxing at the beach and to experience one of the best Thanksgiving dinners in Myrtle Beach at the oceanfront Cypress Room.

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Cypress Room Staff Gives Island Vista Local Flavor

When the Cypress Room menu boasts about its use of excellent local ingredients, it's not just talking about the food. In fact, the chef and staff at the family owned and operated Island Vista Resort's on-site restaurant also bring a local flavor to the table, with several employees serving the same roles and guests for several decades. "I was born and bred here in Myrtle Beach and I've been working for (the Chapman family) since 1973," said server and guest favorite Phillip Cooper, "so I've seen three generations of families. It's always great to see the same faces come back every year." Cooper has had many jobs over his 40-plus-year career, but only one employer. He worked in the kitchen and dining room at the historic Chesterfield Inn until its closure before moving to the old Sea Island Resort, which was leveled to make way for the new Island Vista. During construction, Cooper personally crafted the rich woodwork that lines the walls and ceilings of the Cypress Room, where he also serves as a fixture to repeat guests.

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South Carolina vs. Clemson: It’s a Palmetto State Thing

If you're a visitor and not a resident of the Palmetto State, you might not think much about the Clemson-South Carolina rivalry. After all, the state's two major universities may seem just like any other intra-state football feud, like Georgia-Georgia Tech, or North Carolina-North Carolina State. But there's more to this than just the annual gridiron rivalry, although tensions do seem to get higher in the fall as the Nov. 29 showdown approaches. The truth is these two schools have been at odds way before there was college sports, and that theme is still the underlying issue between fans and alumni of both colleges.

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Michigan Couple Discover Love, Luxury at North Beach Plantation

It's safe to say that Dr. Chris Quinn has a true love affair with North Beach Plantation - in more ways than one. Not only did he and his wife, Jenna, fall in love with the elegant North Myrtle Beach resort the first time they visited, they also subsequently held their wedding at North Beach, and recently returned to celebrate their first year together at their favorite place on the planet. "I brought my then-girlfriend, Jenna, there for the first time and it was just perfect," recalled Chris. "Just driving down the road and crossing the bridge that leads to the towers is so fantastic. You can tell you are arriving someplace special. We absolutely fell in love with it."

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Top 5 Things to Pack for Your Myrtle Beach Vacation in the Fall and Winter

Everyone knows what to pack for a summer vacation in Myrtle Beach. Throw in a couple of swimsuits, kick on some flip-flops, grab a toothbrush and you’re pretty much done. With warm temperatures and virtually no dress codes, you could fit all the things you need in a grocery and and still feel overdressed. Not so in the fall and winter months, when the Sun Fun Capital gets a bit more brisk as the clouds thicken and the crowds thin. Although the Grand Strand continues to get warm, sunny days well into December, the chillier nights and cool ocean breeze call for a totally different wardrobe in the offseason. The change in seasons also opens some new opportunities not available in the summer. Smaller beach crowds and more relaxed beach rules and regulations may allow you to bring along some items you wouldn’t dream of packing during the summer time. Here’s a list of things you might want to pack for your fall and winter getaway to the Myrtle Beach area:

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Top 10 Places for Thanksgiving Dinner on the Grand Strand

No one wants to spend Thanksgiving working over a hot stove and rattling pots and pans, especially while vacationing. Never fear, at least not with all of the Myrtle Beach restaurants serving traditional holiday meals to celebrate the special occasion. Whether you are looking for a large family feast of the traditional turkey with all the trimmings or a more unique approach to Thanksgiving dinner with fresh local seafood and a Lowcountry twist, the Grand Strand has a wide selection of restaurants all tastes and price ranges. Reservations are strongly encouraged and required at some of the more popular restaurants. Here's a list of 12 can't-miss places to enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner in Myrtle Beach:

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Experience a Taste of Brazil at Rioz in Myrtle Beach

When was the last time you had a truly unique dining experience? Not just a great meal in a great environment, but something that was also unlike anything you have had before? If it's been a while, then you haven't been to Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse in Myrtle Beach. Located across from the popular Broadway at the Beach complex, this authentic "churrascaria" - a Portuguese word that roughly translates as "barbecue" in English - brings a new concept in food service to the Grand Strand that can best be described as a mobile buffet. At Rioz, the guests remain seated while the servers, or gauchos, deliver a steady stream of grilled meats and vegetables directly to your table. Use the green "go" sign on your table to signal the gauchos that you want more, or the red sign to say "no más."

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Top 10 Places for Thanksgiving Dinner in Myrtle Beach

Everyone loves a homemade Thanksgiving feast … except the ones who have to spend all week preparing it and the rest of the weekend cleaning and recovering from it. That’s one of the reasons families have begun turning to a holiday meal at a nice restaurant in recent years. Show up, sit down, chow down, and stagger back home for a long, relaxing nap. No cooking, no cleaning, no problems.That trend is particularly true of parties who take advantage of the holiday for a mini-vacation in North Myrtle Beach. With so much to see and do, and without all the cooking comforts of home, guests have started celebrating Thanksgiving dinner at a fine-dining establishment or a country-cooking hot spot for maximum convenience and excellent cuisine.

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Grand Strand Turkey Trots and Other Running Events

Ahhhh, Thanksigiving. Or as we like to call it, “Christmas for Eaters.” While we take a guilt-free break to simply enjoy all the trimmings this day has to offer, we love the tradition of starting it all out with a run to merit some of that binging. The Grand Strand offers a couple of great Turkey Trot options to enjoy on Thursday, November 27, and it doesn’t matter if you’re an elite runner or a newbie — you’ll get ‘er done and be filling your plate in no time.

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Thanksgiving dinner in North Myrtle Beach

Most visitors won't want to cook a full Thanksgiving meal during their holiday, but that doesn't mean they have to miss out on the food, fellowship and family that we all love about the holiday. Plenty of restaurants in North Myrtle Beach will open their doors for the day and serve a traditional Thanksgiving feast. For many, in fact, it's an annual tradition that sees the same families return year after year.Reservations made ahead of time are usually recommended. Most restaurants listed can accommodate large parties. Here are a few of the best North Myrtle Beach restaurants for your Thanksgiving dinner:

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Barefoot Resort’s golf courses reviewed

Barefoot Resort & Golf includes four of the top-rated golf courses in the Myrtle Beach area. Designed by golf's foremost course architects, the courses range from the beautiful to the challenging to the sublime and will challenge and impress even the most experienced golfers. Barefoot Resort & Golf opened its four championship courses simultaneously in 2000, a move that was unheard of in golf circles, before or since. The golf resort has been rated as having the Golf Course of the Year in the Myrtle Beach area and South Carolina state, and is among Golf Digest’s Best Places to Play and Top 100 Courses in America. Here's a look at the courses:

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Thanksgiving dinner in Myrtle Beach

Traditional Thanksgiving holidays spent at home are nice, but why not let someone else do the cooking? Myrtle Beach restaurants have you covered, and if you're lucky enough to be at the beach over the holiday, there's no reason you and your family can't enjoy a spectacular meal courtesy of one of the many fine dining options in the area. Many restaurants require or request reservations for Thanksgiving, so be sure to call early if you want to visit one of these eaterie. Most restaurants can accommodate large parties, so don't hesitate to bring the whole family.

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What to pack for fall and winter in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is known for its year-round mild climate. While beach season is at its peak in the hot summer months, don't discount the fall and winter as a lovely time of year to visit. We'll help you put together a packing list to make sure you get the most of your trip.

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Top 5 Winter Outdoor Activities in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is much more than a summer destination. In fact, there are several outdoor events set for winter that is sure to get your heart pumping. Here’s a list of five fun events held on the Grand Strand in the winter time:

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Testimonial: Davis Family Makes Driftwood at the Boardwalk a Vacation Tradition

When Joseph Davis was a child, making trips to Myrtle Beach was a family tradition. Now that he is grown with a family of his own, Davis continues that ritual, along with his own twist - staying at Driftwood at the Boardwalk. "I have been going to Myrtle Beach for over 20 years when I had a friend point me to the Driftwood," said Davis. "Since then, I always book our room at this exceptional hotel. I love the Side View Deluxe suite that gives you a great view of both the ocean and the Boulevard." In addition to the excellent accommodations and amenities offered by the Driftwood, Davis loves the location. Convenient to all the attractions, shopping and restaurants he grew up visiting as a kid, the Driftwood is also near the many new developments that have sprung up over the year.

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Enjoy the Arts at Burroughs and Chapin Museum in Myrtle Beach

Often overlooked amid the neon lights and dazzling attraction of Myrtle Beach is one of the Grand Strand's best-kept secrets - the Burroughs and Chapin Art Museum.Tucked away behind sprawling live oaks on the south end of Ocean Boulevard sits this charming 1920s-style beach cottage that was converted into an art museum in 1997. Filled with art galleries and touring exhibitions, the building alone is worth a visit as it represents much of the history, people and architecture of Myrtle Beach.The three-story structure was once a beachfront cabana located near the old Ocean Forest Hotel. Once slated for demolition, a local group of artists and historical preservationists joined forces to save the building and have it serve as a much-needed art museum. The land where it currently sits, across from Springmaid Beach Resort and Pier, was donated by namesakes and city founding fathers Franklin G. Burroughs and Simeon B. Chapin.

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Top 5 Reasons to Spend Thanksgiving at the Beach

Traditionally, Thanksgiving has meant a gathering at one unlucky family member's home and a full day of cooking for a 30-minute feast, followed by a full day of cleaning. Not exactly what most people would consider a holiday, especially if you're the one doing all the cooking and cleaning.That's one of the many reasons families have started to take a more relaxing approach to the holiday with a visit to Myrtle Beach. Not only is the weather still warm well into November, but there's a whole lot of fun and festivities taking place during the four-day weekend. Here's a list of five things to do in Myrtle Beach on Thanksgiving:

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North Myrtle Beach has Couples Covered for Every Occasion

North Myrtle Beach is a popular place for a couples retreat, in part because of the wide selection of activities available for parties of two. While there's plenty of things to see and do for families, golfers and large groups, North Myrtle Beach is especially suited for couples looking to spend some quality time together, no matter how you define "quality time." From romantic dancing and dining hot spots to outdoor activities designed for making memories, you'll find it all in North Myrtle Beach. Here's a list of suggestions for couples looking to have a special getaway you will remember for years to come:

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Celebrate Veterans Day in Myrtle Beach

The Grand Strand has a long, proud history of honoring America's military service men and women. The former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base hosted thousands of troops between World War II and its closure in 1994, and holidays like Memorial Day and Veterans Day are greeted with parades and other celebrations, giving military members a great place to relax and enjoy the freedoms they helped our nation preserve. Such is the case for Veterans Day 2014, which falls on Tuesday, Nov. 11, but will be observed Monday and throughout the week on the Grand Strand. Numerous events and festivities are scheduled for the holiday that was founded to commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I but is today a tribute to all those who served. If you are planning to be in Myrtle Beach this Veteran's Day, you can celebrate the day by honoring veterans at a variety of special, planned events that are taking place in the area. Here's three Veterans Day events on the Grand Strand:

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North Myrtle Beach From A to Z

A is for Alligator Adventure, a zoological park at Barefoot Landing with thousands of gators, crocs, reptiles and other unusual critters. B is for Barefoot Landing, the entertainment, dining and shopping capital of North Myrtle beach. C is for Calabash-style seafood, made famous by the city just north of the Carolina border but available at seafood buffets throughout North Myrtle Beach. D is for Dancing, a popular pastime in North Myrtle Beach. In fact, South Carolina's state dance, the shag, was popularized in the clubs of Ocean Drive in the 1950s and ‘60s.

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Top 5 Places to See Animals in Myrtle Beach

One of the most curious creatures on the planet is the human being, in part for our desire to watch other animals do what they do best. Although the Grand Strand doesn’t have a major zoo like San Diego or Cincinnati, the Myrtle Beach area does have a unique collection of specialized facilities that give guests an up-close look at various species of animals, from aquatic critters to land-dwellers and high-flying birds. Here’s a list of five places to see unusual animals on the Grand Strand:

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Top 5 Must-Do Events in Myrtle Beach This Fall and Winter

The summer may be over in Myrtle Beach, but not the party. In fact, fall is the peak of the social season on the Grand Strand, when cooler temperatures and smaller crowds are all the more reason to throw a shindig. Here are five dates to circle on the remainder of your 2014 calendar, and five events and festivals this fall you don't want to miss:

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Calling All Golfers: Myrtle Beach Fall Classic Opens Top Courses for Play

Imagine playing the Grand Strand's best courses - all in one week. Here's your chance with the inaugural Myrtle Beach Fall Classic, and upstart tournament that will be held at eight of the top-rated layouts among the more than 100 golf courses in the Myrtle Beach area. Scheduled for November 17-20, the Myrtle Beach Fall Classic allows golfers to take their best shots the Grand Strand's best courses for a $325 entry fee, which includes four rounds of golf, two post-round functions with food and drink and a gift bag loaded with Myrtle Beach golf apparel and memorabilia.

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Top 5 Events on Myrtle Beach’s Fall Events Calendar

Just because the summer is over doesn't mean the fun has to be. The Myrtle Beach area features lots of festivities throughout the fall with a series of events meant to keep the party going. From food festivals to holiday-related events, the Grand Strand goes the extra mile to keep offseason visitors entertained. Here is a list of the top five events on Myrtle Beach's autumn social calendar:

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Top 10 ways to Celebrate Halloween on the Grand Strand

Most people come to Myrtle Beach to have fun, not to be frightened, but the two emotions come together in October with a trick-or-treat bag full of festivals and special events. Here are the top 10 ways to celebrate Halloween on the Grand Strand:

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Top 5 Attractions for Large Groups in Myrtle Beach

They say the more the merrier, and that's certainly the case for large groups visiting the Grand Strand. Whether it's a family reunion, a golf gathering, a big wedding or just a group of strangers taking a bus tour, there are plenty of fun activities in the Myrtle Beach area that will be a hit with everyone in your party - even the party poopers. Here are the top five places for large groups to have a big time:

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Get a Jump on your Christmas Shopping with a Myrtle Beach ‘Shop-cation’

The explosion of retail shopping centers in Myrtle Beach has created a new phenomenon among offseason visitors: the Grand Strand "shop-cation." Part vacation and part shopping trip, savvy spenders have discovered the tempting combination of enjoying the mild fall weather while also shopping for bargains for the upcoming holidays. The idea is to save money by hitting all the retail stores on the Grand Strand and relaxing the rest of the time by hitting the beach in the offseason. The decreased crowds and lower hotel rates combined with the increase in shopping malls, outlet shops and shopping districts equals a great opportunity to sneak in a mini-vacation and knock out all that holiday shopping that causes so much stress later in the year. Pack light so you can go home with a full load and an empty shopping list.

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Coastal North Town Center Brings More Shopping to North Strand

For years, visitors and residents on the north end of the Grand Strand have been largely left out of the retail-shopping center boom. With the Barefoot Landing, Broadway at the Beach and Market Common mega-plexes to the south, along with Coastal Grand Mall, Myrtle Beach Mall and two Tanger Outlets, those living and staying in the downtown North Myrtle Beach and Little River areas have had long drives to get some serious retail therapy. But that is changing with the recent opening of the new Coastal North Town Center, a 368,000-square-foot retail district featuring dozens of national and regional outlets - some of them making their debuts on the Grand Strand. With stores like the Hobby Lobby and Publix grocery store, which have no other locations on the 60-mile stretch of the Grand Strand, Coastal North Town Center may be giving residents and visitors on the south side of the Strand good reasons to make the drive to North Myrtle Beach.

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Trick-or-Treating in Myrtle Beach

There is no more sublime tradition for a kid than Halloween trick-or-treating. A spooky costume, glowing jack-o-lanterns, and the candy…Oh, the candy! Myrtle Beach has a treasure trove of sugary stops, in addition to your standard neighborhood, um, haunts. While counties and cities have their own official trick-or-treat start and stop times, area businesses and attractions take part, too. Here are some best bets.

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Myrtle Beach Biking and Walking Trails

A leisurely stroll or cycle on a scenic path is one of those pleasures of life that is undeniable —it’s a little exercise, a little beauty, a lot of enjoyment. The Grand Strand has a lot of great trails that are both accessible and approachable, meaning you’re not going to be ascending a mountain or zigzagging through a rocky forest (although, you can if you want). Here are some Myrtle Beach trails best bets, and if you’re heading out on bicycle, don’t forget riding appropriate clothing, and most importantly, your helmet.

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Where to Buy Halloween Costumes in Myrtle Beach

What is it about dressing up in costume that’s so much fun? Is it the thrill of being someone (or something) different for a night? Is it the pageantry? Or is it just that great feeling of being like being a kid again? Whatever it is, the Grand Strand is a Halloween-lover’s dream, with tons of great trick-or-treating options, parties and events at which to get your spooky thrills. But first, you’ve got to find that perfect costume. Where to go? Here are some ideas.

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Conway Ghost Walk A Must-Do for your Thrill-Seeking Crew

There are those of us who love a good rom-com, prefer the door locks double-bolted, and like to keep talk of spirits either at the bar or church on Sunday. Then there are those who go on the Conway Ghost Walk. It’s spooky, it’s spine-tingling, but mostly it’s just pretty, interesting, and a great taste of some Lowcountry history.

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Top 5 Haunted Houses in Myrtle Beach

The fall is haunted house season, and the Grand Strand has you covered on all sorts of scary structures. From the staged haunted houses featuring actors and special effects to historic homes that are said to be inhabited by ghosts, the Myrtle Beach area offers all kinds of thrills and chills. Here are the top five places to put a shiver in your spine on the Grand Strand.

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Eat, Drink and Be Merry at 31st annual Taste of the Town

The highlight of the fall social calendar in Myrtle Beach is the Taste of the Town culinary event at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, where food takes center stage. More than 10,000 pack the Convention Center's exhibition halls each year to sample some of the best cuisine in town. More than 50 restaurants participate in the annual fundraiser for St. Andrews Catholic School, which has seen this event grow from a small gathering in the school lunchroom in 1984 to perhaps the most popular festival on the Grand Strand in 2014. Visitors purchase food tickets for $1 apiece and roam the rows the food booths and drink vendors in search of satisfying their taste buds. There are plenty of different types of cuisine available to choose from, including seafood, sushi and steak dishes for the adults, and pizza, hamburgers and ice cream for the younger set. There’s also a kids play area to keep the little ones entertained, and live music plays on the main stage, where the winning dishes are announced later in the evening.

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Grownups get in the Halloween Spirit in Myrtle Beach

Halloween is all about the kids, with complimentary candy and cute costumes around every corner for the occasion. But there's also room for the more mature set, or at least adults who still act and feel like kids themselves, to enjoy the spooky holiday. And since Myrtle Beach is already a bit of a playground for the young and the young at heart, it only makes sense that Halloween is a major play date for all ages. For those who enjoy dressing up and cutting loose for the festive affair, we have plenty of places to celebrate Halloween with kindred spirits, along with some adult spirits. Here are five parties you don't want to miss in Myrtle Beach this Halloween:

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Take the Kid Trick-or-Treating in Myrtle Beach

Taking the little ones trick-or-treating while vacationing in an unfamiliar city can be the scariest thing about Halloween, but not if you know where to go. The Grand Strand is filled with established neighborhoods where you will feel safe and welcome, and there are also various events held around the Myrtle Beach area where you and your children can have a happy Halloween. Most of the major shopping centers offer trick-or-treating, as well as special events for a unique Halloween experience. But for those who prefer to show their children a good, old-fashioned Halloween, find a neighborhood that has year-round residents rather than seasonal housing developments to avoid ringing a lot of unanswered doorbells. Finding the right place to take your kids trick-or-treating can make or break their Halloween. Here's a list of five family-friendly activities and neighborhoods to celebrate the holiday Myrtle Beach style:

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Trick-or-treating and more for kids in Myrtle Beach

There's plenty of family fun to be had in Myrtle Beach, and Halloween is no exception. There are lots of great places to take your little ones trick-or-treating. But lots of other fun kids’ activities are on tap this Halloween as well, from kid-friendly "haunted" houses to fun fall events to costume parties for the whole family. Here's a roundup: Boo! It's the Howl-O-Scream! The North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex will become North Myrtle Beach's favorite "haunt" on Saturday, Oct. 25 for this all-ages event. Free to the public, this event takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. The city's Parks and Recreation Department partners with Coastal Carolina University's Recreation Management class to convert the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex into a Halloween venue for hay rides, pumpkin painting, marshmallow roasting, trick-or-treating and more. Unique to this event are the "scare" and "scare-free" zones, so no matter the age of your child, they are sure to have fun. Check the recreation hotline at 843-280-5570, ext. 1, for weather updates -- a rain date for this event will be Sunday, October 26.

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Conway Ghost Walk will delight with ghost stories

In towns as old as Conway, South Carolina, there are bound to be some ghost stories. Visitors can enjoy these spine-tingling tales each year during the Conway Ghost Walk, an annual event taking place just before Halloween that takes advantage of the historic nature of Conway and some of its more colorful tales. Professional storytellers will walk participants through the dark streets of downtown Conway, weaving ghost tales from history that are sure to have your heart racing. What kind of stories? For one, there's the tale of Brookie Beaty, a local favorite. Mary Elizabeth Brookman Beaty was the wife of Horry County pioneer Thomas Wilson Beaty and mother to five children. Tragically, all five children died at young ages in the mid 1800s, two of the girls having drowned in the lake behind their home on the same day, two girls dying of diphtheria, and the youngest child, a boy named Brookie, becoming the subject of an enduring Conway ghost tale.

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Halloween for grown-ups in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach has a ton to offer for adults who want to have a little fun on Halloween. From parties to zombies to costume contests, there's a lot to do! Many local bars and restaurants are offering music, specials and costumes contests. Haunted houses abound. Read on for details.

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Top 4 Places to Watch the World Series, MLB Playoffs in Myrtle Beach

The fall is all about football in the South, but there are still a few places in America that keep up with America's pastime. Particularly the Fall Classic, Major League Baseball's biggest time of year with the American and National League Playoffs and the World Series. Myrtle Beach may be a bit guilty of falling head over heels for football before the baseball season has run its course, but visitors who prefer baseball can still find some great places to watch the Grand Ole Game on the Grand Strand. Exactly where may depend on which teams make the playoffs. Because so many people move to the Myrtle Beach area from other cities and bring their baseball allegiances along with them, sports bars and restaurants that cater to those crowds tend to go all out when their hometown teams make the postseason. Bars frequented by fans of the Yankees, Phillies, Red Sox and Cardinals have held celebrations for their teams over recent years.

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Play Golf Like a King or Queen at Crown Park Golf Course

Discover a side of the Grand Strand that many do not know exists by playing a relaxing round of championship golf at Crown Park Golf Course in the rural community of Longs. Located on the north end of the Grand Strand in nearby Longs, Crown Park allows golf-playing guests to escape the noise and neon lights of the more popular coastal cities to a rural stretch of farming communities along the Carolina state lines.Built among the dense hardwood and pine forests off Highway 9, just inland of North Myrtle Beach and Little River, Crown Park is a pleasant surprise given its stark surroundings and lack of commercial development. Crown Park may not be one of the most popular courses on the Strand, which makes it the perfect place to get away and play.

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Have a Good Time Getting Lost at Local Corn Maze

Experience an old-timey autumn tradition of finding your way through a corn maze at Thompson Farm & Nursery in Conway, about a 20-minute drive from Myrtle Beach. Every weekend in October, Thompson Farm transforms into a fall festival for visitors looking to escape the commercialism of Halloween candy and haunted houses for a more grassroots sort of celebration. Not only does Thompson Farm boast the largest corn maze in the state of South Carolina, the 165-year-old homestead also pulls out all the stops to show its guests a good time in a rural setting.The maze isn't your traditional corn field with a path cut through it. Sponsored by WPDE-TV and Ripley's Aquarium, the maze features the sponsors' names and an aquatic design of fish and sea creatures carved into it from an aerial view, which guests can see from atop a silo stand. But the sneak peek doesn't help to find your way through the corn once you're inside the maze and looking at ground level.

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See Reptiles and More at Alligator Adventure

Guests at North Beach Plantation might be horrified to learn that there are hundreds of alligators, snakes and other rare reptiles within short distance of the exclusive North Myrtle Beach resort. Fear not; they are confined to the 15-acre property at Alligator Adventure, just across Highway 17 at Barefoot Landing. And while you don't have to worry about encountering one of the man-eating crocodiles in the wild, Alligator Adventure gives visitors the next best thing: the chance to get up close and personal with the ancient creatures.Featuring various species of alligators, crocodiles, venomous snakes and other rare reptiles, Alligator Adventure is most popular for the animals that take top billing on the marquee - gators, and lots of them. From the popular American alligator to the endangered Albino alligator, this wildlife refuge is literally wall to wall with gators.

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Celebrate Oktoberfest at Market Common in Myrtle Beach

In Germany, small towns and villages gather together to celebrate their heritage at Oktoberfest. Myrtle Beach brings the same neighborly spirit to the Bavarian holiday at the Market Common, an urban-style shopping and dining district that hosts a local Oktoberfest event in scenic Valor Park. Held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3-4, Market Common's Oktoberfest is a lower-key version of the more boisterous celebration on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Yes, both festivals cover the basics - beer, German food, beer, German music, beer and, of course, German beer. Oh, and did we mention that beer will be available? More than 20 craft breweries, in fact, along with all the popular domestic and imports. Many microbreweries will be rolling out their special autumn brews for Oktoberfest and visitors can purchase special tasting steins to sample them all.

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Two Cultures Collide in Fun at North Myrtle Beach’s Irish-Italian International Festival

You've been to Irish-themed festivals, with their green beer and good cheer. And you've been to an Italian celebration, filled with grape-stomping and spicy grilled sausages. But an Irish-Italian festival? They go together like potatoes and pasta, right? Actually, it turns out to be one of the highlight events on the busy social schedule in North Myrtle Beach, a town that knows how to throw a party and bring people together.That's the underlying theme of this 11th annual Irish-Italian International Festival, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 27 in the downtown intersection of Main Street and Ocean Drive. By combining two distinct cultures into one big block party, North Myrtle Beach celebrates its ethnic diversity and brings all kinds of backgrounds to the table for a unique event of food and drink, arts and crafts, and song and dance.

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Art in the Park Offers Manmade and Natural Beauty

Experience manmade and natural beauty in one unique setting at the 42nd annual Art in the Park series, which is held at Chapin Park in downtown Myrtle Beach on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11-12. Hosted by the Waccamaw Arts Guild, Art in the Park provides a great opportunity for local, regional and national artists to shop their wares in the scenic setting of Chapin Park, which is located behind the Chapin Memorial Library at the corner of Kings Highway and 16th Avenue North. Stroll along the sidewalks of Chapin Park and explore the booths set up by some of the finest artists and craftsmen in the business. Shop around for paintings, glasswork, pottery, jewelry, photography and other hand-crafted pieces that you won't find anywhere else. Talk to the artists who made them for added insight into your one of a kind piece.

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What to Pack for Your Myrtle Beach Fall Vacation

Packing for a summer vacation in Myrtle Beach is easy: Swimsuit, check. Flip-flops, check. T-shirts and shorts, check, check. And with high temperatures in the 90s during the summer months, it's pretty hard to be underdressed no matter where you go. But it's a different deal in the fall, which features a wider variety of weather than the predictably hot and humid summertime. September sees warm and sunny days without the humidity, and autumn gradually slips into significantly cooler in late November. So exactly when you decide to visit Myrtle Beach in the fall can go a long way to determining exactly what and how much you need to pack for your autumn retreat. Here's a list a tips for things you might want to add to your suitcase for an excellent fall getaway:

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Take a Walk on the Mild Side in Myrtle Beach

Just because you’re going on vacation in Myrtle Beach for a week or so doesn’t mean you have to take a break from your exercise schedule. In fact, a trip to the Grand Strand may be just the change of pace you need to keep your workout routine fresh, especially if walking is on the agenda. Instead of looking at the same scenery every day, take advantage of the different landscape on the many walking trails the area has to offer. First and foremost, the best walking trail on the Grand Strand isn’t a trail at all; it’s the beach. While walking on the loose sand is a difficult chore for most, stick to the packed-down sand below the high-tide line and experience a soft surface that’s much better for your feet than concrete, not to mention the beautiful beach scenery and the crashing waves at your feet. But for those who prefer a little more greenery to their scenery, the Grand Strand has a wide range of options for walking, hiking and biking. Here’s a list of five great places to go for a walk in Myrtle Beach:

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Sweet Sounds and Seafood on Tap at Little River Shrimp & Jazz Festival

The Little River Shrimp & Jazz Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary in October, and the two-day party filled with live concerts and fresh seafood has already become a popular tradition on the Grand Strand. Thousands pack the downtown streets and fishing docks of the historic Little River Waterfront to celebrate two of the town's biggest treasures - seafood and music. The first part of the "Shrimp & Jazz" honorees is obvious. The peak of the fall shrimp season brings boatloads of shrimp to the docks and dining rooms of Little River's many seafood restaurants. Also known for producing large quantities of fresh catch of the day fish and blue crabs by the bushels, Little River features all kinds of seafood at this festival.

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Take a Stroll on the Scary Side at Conway Ghost Tour

Forget about the phony haunted houses that pop up around Halloween every year. If you want real spine-tingling chills that are rooted in haunted history, be sure to check out the Oct. 23-25 Conway Ghost Tour in the Horry County seat's downtown district. Draped in Southern charm and Spanish moss hanging from the ancient live oak trees that line the city streets, Conway comes across as a traditional South Carolina town by day. But at night, when the street lights cast dark shadows and some of the city's dirty secrets are shared with visitors, Conway can be downright scary.

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Which Myrtle Beach Attractions Close for the Winter?

Talk to longtime Myrtle Beach residents and they will tell you about the days when the town would roll up the sidewalks after Labor Day. You could lie down in the middle of Ocean Boulevard in the middle of September and not have to worry about being hit, they say. But that was back before Myrtle Beach became a year-round tourism destination, or at least a popular destination for nine months of the year. The so-called "shoulder seasons" of spring and fall have grown broader in recent years as more and more businesses manage to maintain a full-calendar schedule.

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Fall Festival at Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen Gardens in nearby Murrells Inlet is beautiful year-round. But for frequent visitors and permanent residents who have their choice of when to visit, there's no time like the fall, especially the highlight event of the autumn season - the Harvest Home Weekend Festival. This two-day festival features a wide range of activities for the whole family, along with the usual beauty Brookgreen Gardens has to offer. The East Coast's largest and oldest botanical sculpture garden merges art and nature into 900 acres of beautiful scenery in a Lowcountry setting.

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Ten Advantages of Fall Over Winter in Myrtle Beach

For the majority of the continental United States, winter is “Why Do I Live Here?” season. However, not in Myrtle Beach, where the fair weather and infrequent snowfalls make it a delight to reside in year round. With that said, we locals adore autumn and recommend it over winter for visitors looking to escape the encroaching cold. Here’s why.

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How to Best Enjoy/Avoid Myrtle Beach’s Fall Bike Week

For many good folks, it’s the reason to come to Myrtle Beach. But for many others, it’s the event to avoid. Myrtle Beach’s Bike Week Fall Rally, while considerably smaller than its nearly 75-year-old, 300,000-person-draw springtime cousin, is still a big deal, flooding Grand Strand streets, restaurants and bars with all manners of two-wheeled motorized vehicles and the men and women who love them. Between September 26 and October 5, expect to welcome between 20,000-25,000 leather-clad visitors to our fair city. Motorcycle enthusiasts cite the freedom, excitement, camaraderie and adrenaline rush of riding as reason to love it. But the noise, crowds and traffic are a large part of loathing it, too. Regardless of which camp you belong to, we’ve got your plan.

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Top Five Restaurants for your Anniversary Dinner in North Myrtle Beach

North Myrtle Beach has always been a great place to hold a beach wedding, so it's no surprise that it has also become a popular place to celebrate a wedding anniversary. Because North Myrtle Beach has fewer restrictions on beach weddings than some surrounding cities on the Grand Strand, it has become a hot spot for couples to exchange their vows with the Atlantic Ocean serving as the perfect backdrop. Many of those couples return to year after year to revisit the site of their special day, and to add some new memories to their marriage. Another draw to North Myrtle Beach is the abundance of romantic accommodations and restaurants. Guests at North Beach Plantation know there's no finer place on the Strand for a romantic retreat, and they don't have to go very far to find the ideal restaurant for a memorable anniversary dinner to mark the occasion. Here is a list of the top five places to enjoy an anniversary dinner in North Myrtle Beach:

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Take a Climb on the Wild Side at New Go Ape Attraction

There are plenty of places to get wet and wild on the Grand Strand, where waterparks and watersports outfitters located all along the 60-mile stretch of the Atlantic coastline. But few places offer the chance to stay high and dry in the treetops for a thrilling adventure ... until now. The Sept. 1 grand opening of the Go Ape Treetop Adventure at the North Myrtle Beach Sports and Recreation Park brought a new type of extreme sports and eco-tourism attraction to the Strand. Carved out of the hardwood forest west of the Intracoastal Waterway, Go Ape gives thrill-seekers an outlet in a natural and scenic atmosphere.

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See the Secret Side of the Grand Strand on Area Hiking/Biking Trails

The Myrtle Beach area is filled with neon-lit attractions that aren't very hard to find. But the best-kept secrets are a bit more tucked away, where you can only go by foot or bike. Although well-disguised by all the restaurants, shops and entertainment venues, the Grand Strand is home to some of the most scenic natural landscapes that have been set aside for those who prefer life on the quiet side. Through maritime and hardwood forests and Lowcountry woodlands and wetlands, Myrtle Beach and the surrounding areas have several trails that are hiding and waiting for hikers and bikers to discover. From the sand hills on the North Strand to the swamps of the South Strand and even the unique Carolina bays farther inland, outdoors-minded locals and

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Oktoberfest returns to Myrtle Beach’s Market Common

Have a hankering for a fun family event that includes German music, Bavarian costumes, fun and games for children and, for grown-ups, a wide selection of amazing beer? Consider The Market Common's seventh annual Oktoberfest celebration, taking place Oct. 3-4 in Myrtle Beach. This popular festival of Bavarian beer, culture, music and more has been filling The Market Common with visitors since 2008. They come for the food, the beer, the music, the activities and everything else that makes an Oktoberfest celebration a memorable family event.

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The Top 10 Restaurants at Market Common

Market Common may be best known for its shopping, with more than 100 outlets located within the urban-style commercial district. The development on the site of the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base is also the home to several popular festivals, including the Beach Boogie & BBQ Festival, Music on the Green and the Family Fourth at the Common. But perhaps the best-kept secret of Market Common may be its stellar dining lineup. Featuring a diverse selection of cuisine, including Italian, Japanese, Mexican and more, Market Common is like an international tour of dining options over a six-block area. Here's a list of the top 10 restaurants at Market Common for your dining pleasure.

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The Top Five Theaters in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach may be way, way off-Broadway, like 500 miles away from the bright lights of the Big Apple. But the Grand Strand can hold its own when it comes to live theater. From musicals and theatrical showcases to off-Broadway plays and live concert performances, the arts and theater scene in Myrtle Beach is surprisingly strong for a relatively small town. Of course, some have their own Southern spin and other border on Las Vegas bizarre, but there's enough to go around to keep people of all theatrical tastes entertained. Here's a list of the top five places to take in live theater in the Myrtle Beach area.

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Myrtle Beach From A to Z

We have most everything covered from A to Z when it comes to Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand. From attractions to golf, to restaurants and more, enjoy reading through our alphabetical list of things to do, eat and see!

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Myrtle Beach Mini-Marathon Features Fun and Fitness

Start training now for the Fifth Annual Myrtle Beach Mini-Marathon, which has quickly become one of the most popular half-marathon and 5K race weekends on the East Coast. Scheduled for October 18-19, perfect fall weather for a brisk run on the beach, this event attracts thousands of runners from all over the country and abroad to take party in a festive weekend filled with activities that go well beyond the race course itself.

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New Beach Rules Take Effect for Fall

The falling temperatures and leaves aren't the only changes that come to Myrtle Beach in the autumn. There are also some rules and regulations regarding local beaches that take effect in the month of September, and most of the changes fall in favor of beachgoers. Summertime restrictions have been enacted because of the larger crowds on local beaches, and those rules are relaxed once the calendar strikes September. The post-Labor Day changes effect rules regarding beach tents, lifeguard service, surf zones, parking and dogs on the beach

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Celebrate Greek culture in Myrtle Beach

The 23rd annual Greek Festival will kick off in Myrtle Beach Sept. 25 for four days of Greek food, music, dancing, activities and more. The popular festival draws thousands of visitors to St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, a classical Greek church on 33rd Avenue North on Bypass 17. The event is one of the cultural hallmarks of the area, celebrating the distinctive food, dancing, music art and other aspects of Greek Orthodox families and the their home country. St. John's dates back to the early 1960s, when local Greek Orthodox families started gathering for Orthodox services in borrowed worship spaces. By 1976, they had their own church and in 1991, St. John's opened its beautiful current church building. Today, the parish serves several hundred families in its beautiful church and fellowship hall.

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Top Five Reasons to Visit Myrtle Beach in the Fall

We’re about to let you in on a little secret. The best time to come to the Grand Strand may very well be… autumn. Yes, the beach is typically a summer thing, and folks with kids tend to have more vacation flexibility in the warmest months, but fall? It’s a truly fabulous time to visit if you can. Here’s why.

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A Walk Through Broadway at the Beach

New York City has Times Square. Chicago has Navy Pier. Here in Myrtle Beach, we have Broadway at the Beach. Deemed the top attraction in South Carolina, the sprawling entertainment complex comprises dining, shopping, rides and games, shows, a top-rated aquarium, nightlife and more. Much more. This place is huge, folks, and has something for everyone. But where to even begin? With the kids, of course, then we’ll move on up the age ladder. Here we go:

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Hot Summer Nights continues

You still have time to enjoy Myrtle Beach's Hot Summer Nights entertainment, offered throughout the summer each year just steps away from the Driftwood at the Boardwalk. Hot Summer Nights offers free nightly fun, music and activities for all guests and visitors along the Boardwalk. Driftwood guests are just moments away from the fun and entertainment, so don't miss it!. This year, Hot Summer Nights -- taking place at Plyer Park and along Ocean Boulevard -- offers tons of activities, so there will be something new every night. Enjoy free outdoor concerts by the seaside, featuring a variety of different kinds of music. Or take the kids to a carnival to experience stilt walkers, inflatables and more. Here's a look at what's going on this week for Hot Summer Nights:

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Top 10 Reasons to Visit Myrtle Beach in the Fall

Myrtle Beach is famous for its fun in the summer sun, but the best time of year to visit the Grand Strand might actually be the fall. Here are 10 reasons to come to Myrtle Beach in the autumn.

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Top 5 Myrtle Beach Activities

The trouble with Myrtle Beach is not finding something to do on vacation, it's in narrowing down the tons of events, attractions, activities and destinations to a reasonable amount to fit into a vacation! We're here to help. We've combed through the hundreds of options and narrowed it down to the top five must-do Grand Strand activities.

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Seven Best Seafood Restaurants in Pawleys Island and Murrells Inlet

While, yes, the beach and golf and sunshine play a big, big part in the decision to visit the Grand Strand, the fact that we also happen to be home to some of the freshest, most incredible seafood in the country ought to weigh in, too. With the abundance of grouper, flounder, drum, trout, mackerel and more packing our waters, not to mention shrimp and inlet oysters, coastal Carolina has a lot to boast. And don’t we reap the benefits! We like to venture down Route 17 in the Pawleys/Murrells corridor to hit some phenomenal but off-the-beaten-path options. Here are seven — out of MANY — of our faves, in no particular order:

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Top 5 Things You Wish You Had Packed for your Fall Vacation

The Grand Strand welcomes millions of visitors to its sandy shores every summer, but the crowds drop off significantly after Labor Day and gradually throughout the months that end with "ber". That's a shame, because any local will tell you that fall is the best time to be in North Myrtle Beach. Smaller crowds, lower humidity, empty beaches and no-waiting restaurants are just a few of the fringe benefits of booking your Grand Strand vacation in the fall.

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Grand Strand’s Top 5 Places for Wine

Wine is many things to many people, but perhaps famed author Ernest Hemingway said it best: “Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.” Like Hemingway, the Grand Strand also has a great appreciation for wine, and several places to enjoy the experience. From a pair of classic vineyards along the state line to trendy new wine boutiques in Myrtle Beach, wines are celebrated, swirled, sniffed, sipped and tasted all over the Grand Strand, Here are the top five places on the Strand to enjoy he experience.

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Top 5 Places to Watch Football in Myrtle Beach

Are you ready for some football but not sure where to go to watch the big game? Like other sports fans on the Grand Strand, visitors at the Paradise Resort are in luck. Because of the high number of out-of-town visitors and transplants from other parts of the country, Myrtle Beach caters to a diverse crowd with sports bars that carry all the games. Be sure to choose a place with multiple TVs and the NFL Sunday Ticket to ensure you get to watch your team in action.

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Out and About in Pawleys Island

You know we love Myrtle Beach. Like, love. But we also enjoy getting out a little, venturing off the beaten path, reveling in some quieter corners of the Grand Strand. Which is why we really love Pawleys Island. But what to do? Where to start? And how do we get there? Easy. Follow us.

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Prestwick Country Club a Golfer’s Paradise

Guests at the Paradise Resort in Myrtle Beach looking for their own slice of paradise on the golf course have plenty of options that are within a short distance of the property. Whispering Pines Golf Club, Myrtle Beach's only municipal golf course, is located just across Kings Highway from Paradise Resort, and the Midway Par-3, which also features a driving range and a practice putting green, is just a few blocks away down Ocean Boulevard.

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Top 5 Places for Sushi in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is famous for its seafood restaurants, which is understandable given its close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. But when it comes to tastes from the Pacific, especially the quality of seafood that is required to create great sushi, visitors have fewer options. But never fear, sushi-lovers; The Grand Strand has some outstanding Japanese and Asian fusion restaurants where you can get your fix for raw fish. Here are the top five sushi establishments in the Myrtle Beach area.

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The Witch Offers True Test for Golfers

With more than 100 golf courses in the Myrtle Beach area, guests at Bay View Resort on the Boardwalk have a lot options when it comes time to book a tee time. Bay View has several golf packages available, and the friendly and knowledgeable staff can set you up at some of the most luxurious courses on the Strand, or at more affordable layouts that offer a stiff challenge without the steep greens fees. One of the best combinations of quality and affordability features an appropriate name for the havoc it can wreak on your golf game. The Witch, located in nearby Conway, offers a high degree of difficulty in beautiful setting among wetlands and woodlands.

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Myrtle Beach Getting Revved Up for Fall Bike Rally

The Myrtle Beach Fall Bike Rally has long been known as the little sister event compared to the more popular Harley-Davidson Spring Rally. But, just as actual little sisters also eventually hit a growth spurt, the Fall Rally is closing the gap on big brother. With the upcoming 2014 edition scheduled for Sept. 26 through Oct. 5, the Fall Rally still draws significantly smaller crowds than the more established, 75-year event in May. But while the Spring Rally has held steady in numbers over recent years, the Fall Rally has seen a gradual increase in attendance the last few years for several reasons.

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Make a Trip to the Border Towns of Calabash and Little River

On the northern end of the Grand Strand resides "A Tale of Two Cities" with a twist. It's always the best of times at the Carolina border towns of Calabash and Little River. Located just 20 miles north of Myrtle Beach, these two tiny fishing villages sit just across the state line and the Intracoastal Waterway from one another. Although both are famous for their seafood restaurant, marinas, golf courses and laid-back lifestyles, each has its own distinct flavor and rich history that make them hidden gems in the far corners of their respective states.

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How to Celebrate Your Anniversary in the Grand Strand

It’s happening. The calendar date has been circled. The kids are with a sitter. You’re both ready to be together… alone. Your anniversary has arrived — how are you celebrating? The Grand Strand is chock full of festive, romantic outings and restaurants that will stoke that marital fire — or just take the edge off the nuttiness of family life — that are easy to access and easier to love. The following is a day to remember.

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Spend a Relaxing Day in Historic Conway

The neon lights and high-rise hotels of Myrtle Beach is only 15 miles away from the peaceful, riverfront town of Conway, SC, but the contrast in scenery makes it seem like it’s a world away. Far removed from the attractions and tourism-related businesses of the Grand Strand, Conway is a small Southern town of 18,000 that is rich in history and Southern charm. Located on the banks of the Waccamaw River, the city was originally established as the village of Kingston back in 1732 and grew into a major economic hub in the 19th century due to trade and commerce via the river and railway systems. Producing lumber and turpentine used for shipbuilding, as well as tobacco and other agricultural products, Conway was the center of economic power in the county before the development of the coastal areas as tourism destinations.

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Top 5 Pizza Pies in Myrtle Beach

Politics, religion and pizza: Three topics not to be discussed in public unless you’re looking for a fight. Deep dish or thin crust? Pepperonis only or the works? New York-style or Chicago? The debate is as old as time. Because Myrtle Beach is a bit of a miniature melting pot, drawing visitors and transplanted locals from all over the nation, the Great Pizza Debate is particularly hot and saucy. Unlike other regions of the country that have reached a consensus on how they prefer their pies, the Grand Strand is a virtual Pizza-Palooza of options. Thin-and-crispy peacefully co-exists with thick-and-gooey, no matter how wrong the other side may be.

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Historic Pine Lakes Golf Just a Short Driver Away from Island Vista

Before Myrtle Beach was known as the “Golf Capital of the World,” and before there were more than 100 golf courses on the Grand Strand, there was Pine Lakes International Country Club, the first golf course – and still one of the best – in the Myrtle Beach area. Affectionately nicknamed “The Granddaddy” for its role as the course that started it all for Myrtle Beach as a premiere golf destination, Pine Lakes opened in 1927 as part of the old Ocean Forest Hotel property. The Ocean Forest, which was located just a couple of blocks south of Island Vista, has long since been torn down, but the golf course remains and contains a great deal of the area’s history.

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Five Cheaper Options for Eating in Myrtle Beach

One of the easiest ways to blow the family vacation budget is by dining out without doing some homework. It doesn't take long to literally eat up all your fun money, especially at some of the more expensive fine-dining restaurants on the Grand Strand. You go out for what you think is an affordable family meal and wind up spending double and triple what you had planned. Do that three times a day and it adds up quickly, but not if you know where to go to get a great family feast for only a few dollars a head.

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Top 5 Live Music Venues on the Grand Strand

Myrtle Beach may be better known for its sights than its sounds. And while it's hard to compete with the Atlantic Ocean, the beach and all the attractions, the Grand Strand also has a pretty impressive musical lineup and history. From the beach music and shag dancing days in the 1950s and 60s, to country-music super group Alabama getting its start here in the 1970s, Myrtle Beach has a strong musical heritage and an even stronger local music scene. From the shag clubs in North Myrtle beach to the beach bars in Myrtle Beach, there's a lot of great music going on. Ranging from modern concert halls and theaters to hole-in-the-wall watering holes, here are five hot spots to check out when you want to hear some great live music on the Grand Strand.

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Myrtle Beach an Aquatic Playground for Watersports

Myrtle Beach may be best known for its golf, but it's far from the only game in town. In fact, some of the most popular sports on the Grand Strand aren't played on dry land. With the Atlantic Ocean in our backyard and the Intracoastal Waterway on our front porch, it's no surprise that watersports is a common pastime for locals and visitors alike. From tamer activities like a deep-sea fishing voyage or a dolphin-watching excursion to more extreme sports like surfing and parasailing, Myrtle Beach offers a whole host of watersports to get wet and wild. Here are five you just have to try.

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North Myrtle Beach Throws Big Parties in Summer, Fall

If you’re looking for a good time during the final days of summer and early days of fall, look no farther than North Myrtle Beach. From free concerts and movies to dance and heritage festivals, North Myrtle Beach has a full calendar of fun set for August, September and beyond. Here are five you don’t want to miss.

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Broadway at the Beach Filled with S.A.N.D. – Shopping, Attractions, Nightlife, Dining

Millions of visitors come to Myrtle Beach each year for the sun, surf and sand. But at the popular Broadway at the Beach complex, crowds come for a different kind of S.A.N.D. Although technically not located on the beach, Broadway at the Beach's brand of S.A.N.D. - which stands for "Shopping, Attractions, Nightlife and Dining" - makes it the most visited location on the Grand Strand, primarily because it has something for everyone. Whether you're into shopping at the more than 50 stores, dining at more than a dozen restaurants, seeing some of the area's top attractions or taking a pub crawl around the Celebrity Square district, you'll find it and a whole lot more on the 350-acre property. Here are some of the highlights Broadway at the Beach offers in each category.

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Island Vista the Ideal Retreat for Anniversaries

If you are looking to celebrate an anniversary or some other romantic occasion, you've come to the right place. Not only does Myrtle Beach’s Island Vista Resort offer luxurious accommodations and amenities for the perfect couples retreat, but it's also located near Restaurant Row and some of the finest fine-dining establishments in Myrtle Beach, along with other activities sure to make your getaway a memorable and romantic one.

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Find Fun for the Little Ones in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach has championship golf course, first-class restaurants and award-winning theaters for adults, and roller coasters, thrill rides and water slides for the teens and tweens. But what about the little ones, who aren’t quite tall enough to board the rides and are still too young to old enough to enjoy dinner and a show? Never fear; Myrtle Beach has lots of fun things to see and do for young children beyond the beach and hotel kiddie pool. Here are five fun and safe attractions to keep the little ones entertained.

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Myrtle Beach Puts on the Works for Labor Day Weekend

It's the best of times and worst of times on Labor Day weekend in Myrtle Beach. Unfortunately, it's the unofficial end of the summer tourism season. But on the other hand, the Grand Strand celebrates the sad occasion by going out with a bang over the three-day weekend. From fireworks and food to concerts and competitions, Myrtle Beach is the place to be for Labor Day weekend. Here are five of the highlights of the holiday.

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Spend the Dog Days of Summer at the Hot Summer Nights Festival

The dog days of summer coincide with the Hot Summer Nights Festival in downtown Myrtle Beach. The summer-long celebration begins to wind down in the month of August, and the oceanfront party saves some of the best concerts, fireworks and fun for the final month. Centered around Plyler Park in the heart of the 1.2-mile Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, the Hot Summer Nights Festival has events scheduled seven nights a week from June through August, including live entertainment, awe-inspiring pyrotechnics and kid-friendly fun.

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Favorite Travel Apps

There are thousands of apps out there dedicated just to travel, and it's always hard to decide which ones are worth the $0.99 or the space on your phone. Here's a list of our favorites that you may find pretty nifty:Trip Journal, Postagram, and TripAdvisor.

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Our Three Favorite Spring Events in North Myrtle Beach

Spring is a very special time here in North Myrtle Beach. If you've never been, we have to say: you're missing out. The weather is terrific, the chill of winter is gone, and yet it's not too hot yet. It's warm enough to walk barefoot on the beach, but you don't have to take refuge from the sun-you can simply bask in its glory.

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Learn to Paddle Board on Your Next Vacation

Have you always wanted to try paddle boarding while on vacation? There are many places in North Myrtle Beach that offer beginner lessons, one-on-one lessons and tours. Paddle boarding is a fun and relaxing way to play on the water. Here are two of our favorite spots to check out: Kokopelli Surf Camp and Cherry Grove Paddleboard Adventures.

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There’s More to Calabash than Seafood

Mention the word "Calabash" around Myrtle Beach and you're sure to see mouths start to water. That's because most vacationers know Calabash as a style of seafood, not the fishing village with the same name. Located just north of the Carolina border, about a 20-minute drive from Myrtle Beach, the tiny town of Calabash, NC, is famous for the lightly battered and deep-fried shrimp, fish, oysters and clams that come from the local waters and docks where the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean intersect.

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‘Mayfest on Main’ Welcomes Summer to North Myrtle Beach

The start of summer on the Grand Strand is cause for celebration, and no town does it quite like North Myrtle Beach and its annual MayFest on Main festival, which will be held Saturday, May 10. Serving as the unofficial kickoff to the summer season on the Strand, MayFest on Main is also a throwback to the good old days of dancing in the downtown clubs of Ocean Drive. Beach music and the shag, the state dance of South Carolina, have been a part of the history and culture of North Myrtle Beach since the 1950s, and they are mainstays of the MayFest on Main shindig.

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What to Know About Myrtle Beach Surf-casting

Not much beats casting a line in open water. And doing it right from the gorgeous shores of Myrtle Beach? Well then, we've got ourselves a vacation highlight right there. Surf-casting, or surf fishing as it's also known, is fishing from the beach, rather than a boat, dock or pier. It's growing in popularity because it's both easy to access and fun to do. However, there are some things to keep in mind before hitting the shores and reeling ‘em in.

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La Bella Amie Hosts Key West Wine & Music Fest

Celebrate the lifestyle of America's southernmost city on the northern end of the Grand Strand at the Key West Wine & Music Fest on Saturday, May 3, at La Belle Amie Vineyard in Little River.Located in a rural section of Horry County, known as the Independent Republic, La Belle Amie Vineyard magically transforms into the Conch Republic for this popular one-day festival that features live tropical-themed music, a wide selection of food and, of course, excellent wines that are made on site.

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Seven Items Your Beach Bag Must Have when visiting Myrtle Beach

Oh, the beach bag. When summertime arrives and we pull it down from the back of the closet, isn't there just the most wonderful thrill? Summer's here! We're headed to the beach!

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Top Activities for Teens in Myrtle Beach

Family vacations evolve over time … it seems like it was just yesterday your kiddos were splashing in their water wings, and all of a sudden they're teenagers and would rather just borrow the car! Fortunately, Myrtle Beach is the kind of family vacation destination that grows with your family. There's plenty to do when they're toddlers, and the fun continues on in the teen years.

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Maps and Planning

Planning a trip to North Myrtle Beach? These tips will help you plan a vacation that's fun and memorable for the whole family.

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Fresh Seafood Markets

If you want to prepare your own seafood dinner, North Myrtle Beach offers several places to buy fresh ocean fare. Catch your own dinner by fishing off the pier, or booking a charter boat excursion.

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Family Restaurants in North Myrtle Beach

No matter what your family's tastes, you'll find great family and kid-friendly dining in and around North Myrtle Beach. From seafood to pizza, there's something for everyone.

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The Latest Seafood Suggestions

You'll find great seafood restaurants throughout North Myrtle Beach. Many serve turf as well as surf, for those who have more land-based pallets.

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Cast Your Line off North Myrtle Beach Fishing Charters

Whether you're an experienced fisherman, or a novice angler, there's a charter fishing excursion for you. North Myrtle Beach boasts some of the Atlantic's most experienced captains.

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Test Your Game with a Round of North Myrtle Beach Golf

If you like to golf, North Myrtle Beach is the place for you. Over 100 golf courses dot the area, with 85 championship courses designed by some of the world's most legendary golfers.

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Enjoy the Perfect Winter Weather of North Myrtle Beach

Enjoy a temperate climate in North Myrtle Beach, particularly in late fall and early spring. Temperatures at these times reach the mid 60s to mid 70s, while dipping down only into the mid 40s and mid 50s.

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Explore a Warmer Side of Christmas at North Myrtle Beach

Spend the holiday season in North Myrtle Beach. There's plenty to do to make your yuletide merry. Watch the annual tree lighting, Christmas parade, and much more.

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Top 5 Golf Courses to Play While Staying at North Beach

While enjoying your stay at North Beach Plantation, be sure to swing on by some of the area's top golf courses. With more than 100 championship golf courses along the Grand Strand, North Myrtle Beach plays host to some of the best. Here's a list of the top five places to play golf on the North Strand:

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Quiddich World Cup Heading to North Myrtle Beach in April

Did you know that Quiddich, the game played by Harry Potter in the books and movies, is an actual sport? There's no flying involved, but there are brooms, quaffles, bludgers, hoops and snitches. In fact, the sport of Quiddich has an International Quiddich Association, a nonprofit that has put on a World Quiddich Cup for the last six years-and this year, for the seventh, the cup is coming to North Myrtle Beach!

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Myrtle Beach’s Freshest Markets

Ok, we absolutely love the explosive popularity that farmers markets and other specialized retailers, such as fishmongers, are enjoying these days. Fresh, local and delicious? Sort of perfect, right? Lucky for us, Myrtle Beach is firmly entrenched in the movement and hosts markets all over town featuring the best Lowcountry farmers have to offer — in addition to those established vendors that feature the best seafood of the area. Even for out-of-towners, a quick trip for a bag of peaches or corn for the grill will delight you; and if you have a big kitchen in your hotel in which to spread out, get some fish, steaks, sausages, cheeses and more.

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North Beach Plantation Offers Ultimate Penthouse Experience

North Beach Plantation has created the ultimate oceanfront penthouse for those with an appreciation for the finer things in life. Officially known as "The Bridge," this 5,500-square-foot condo sits high above the Atlantic Ocean like a luxury nest. Spanning the space between the top floors of the Jasmine and Indigo towers, The Bridge serves as the most coveted piece of real estate on the Grand Strand market at one of its few Four-Diamond resorts. Featuring seven bedrooms, including a master's suite fit for a king and queen, 7 1/2 spacious baths with granite countertops and a Jacuzzi tub, and a long list of amenities you won't find anywhere else on the Strand, The Bridge is the new place to stay for special occasions.

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Top 5 Places for a Cold Beer on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

There's nothing like having an ice-cold beer at the beach, and nowhere better to do so than along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. The 1.2-mile oceanfront walkway not only provides excellent views and easy access to the beach, shopping and other downtown attractions; it's also your trail to some of the best places on the Grand Strand to enjoy a cold one. Starting at the northernmost point at 14th Avenue North and running to the southernmost point at Second Avenue Pier, here are the perfect places to complete a pub crawl of the Boardwalk.

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WonderWorks a Real Blast at Broadway

You don't have to be a rocket scientist to find one of Broadway at the Beach's best attractions, especially after a botched science experiment gone horribly wrong landed the WonderWorks building upside down on top of a crab shack. That's the premise for this unique attraction that towers over the Broadway at the Beach skyline. Featuring uprooted and inverted palm trees on the top floor and a smashed-in roof on the ground floor, WonderWorks Myrtle Beach features three stories of interactive activities that are both scientific-based and entertaining.

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USA Today Ranks North Beach Plantation No. 1

USA Today and 10Best.com confirmed what guests of the North Beach Plantation have known all along; you can’t beat it for the ultimate vacation experience on the Grand Strand. The popular newspaper and web site selected North Beach Plantation as the No. 1 Luxury Hotel in the Myrtle Beach area in a recent article. The story cited the resort for its Four-Diamond Rating from AAA, as well as its “upscale accommodations and first-class amenities.”

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Island Vista ranks top in USA Today

Island Vista Resort has been named among the Top 10 luxury hotels in Myrtle Beach, according to a recent travel ranking. As one of the few family-owned resorts on the Grand Strand to have earned a AAA Four-Diamond rating, Island Vista certainly deserves the honor. With its motto of "barefoot luxury," Island Vista offers the best in casual relaxation paired with world-class amenities and accommodations.

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A Full Day at the Beach in Only Two Hours

So you say you don't have time to go to the beach? Maybe you just aren't using your beach time wisely. After all, the beach is open 24/7. You only need to find two hours to squeeze in a good visit. Here’s a brief itinerary for your family’s 120-minute beach trip.

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A Tween-ager’s Guide to Fun in Myrtle Beach

"O-M-G, I am sooo bored!" If you have kids in their tweens, that tricky 10 to 12 age group, you've heard it hundreds of times. You can recommend cleaning their rooms to cure the boredom but you only get that blank stare, if you can get them to glance up from their cell phones long enough to give you "the look."

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The Top Five Waterslides in Myrtle Beach

So many waterparks, so little time. The Grand Strand is loaded with water-themed amusement parks, from the familiar classics like Myrtle Waves and Wild Water and Wheels to several newcomers to the scene, such as Splashes Water Park at Family Kingdom. In fact, several resorts have recently opened their own on-site water parks so guests don’t even have to leave the property to experience the thrills and chills of an aquatic roller coaster.

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Myrtle Beach has Hot Spots for twenty-somethings

Myrtle Beach is known for its fun in the sun, but the real party starts after the sun goes down. If you’re in your 20s, or your 30s and still living like it, Myrtle Beach has a thriving nightclub scene for those looking to hit the dance floor and have drinks with friends. Here are five local hot spots for the young and young at heart:

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The Top 5 Places for Chicken Wings in Myrtle Beach

Like most great inventions, the chicken wing was born out of necessity. The kitchen was closed at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, N.Y., when the owner needed to feed some hungry patrons fast, so he seasoned some leftover wings, dropped them in the fryer, and an American culinary favorite began. Today chicken wings are served all over the world, particularly in Myrtle Beach, where visitors flock to restaurants and sports bars in search of the ultimate wing experience. You can get them almost anywhere, but here are the top five places that are worth crossing the road to try the wings:

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Laugh and Learn at the Children’s Museum of South Carolina

Myrtle Beach has lots of great places for kids to have fun in the sun but few where they exercise their minds, That’s the role and the goal of the Children’s Museum of South Carolina. Located downtown and adjacent to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, this 7,500 square foot facility features wall-to-wall activities for kids. More than 100 interactive exhibits and play stations make up this center that was designed to make learning fun for children and spark their imaginations by looking at the world a different way.

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Catch Free Shows at The Boathouse’s Summer Concert Series

Rock out on the dock to some of the top local, regional and national musical acts at The Boathouse's annual Summer Concert Series in Myrtle Beach every Sunday. Located on the Intracoastal Waterway beside the Highway 501 Bridge in Myrtle Beach, The Boathouse attracts big names and even bigger crowds to the outdoor concerts. Fans arrive by land and by boat, with some folks tying off their kayaks, canoes and paddleboards to the dock. But no need to worry about gate-crashers because there is never a cover charge for the Sunday afternoon showcase.

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Arts & Crafts Festival Returns to Myrtle Beach

If you’re looking for that one of a kind item you can’t find anywhere else, or if you just have an eye for art and an appreciation for craftsmanship, the Myrtle Beach Convention Center is the place to be Aug. 1-3. The 31st Annual Craftsman’s Classic Arts & Crafts Show returns to the main showroom at the Convention Center for one of the top events in the Southeast. Owned and operated by Gilmore Enterprises in North Carolina, this regional tour circuit brings works by some of the top artists in their fields, many of whom are on hand to demonstrate their craftwork and provide insight into the inspiration for their artwork.

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Family Fun and a Meal in One – Fun Places to Eat in Myrtle Beach

Dinner time doesn’t have to be that boring thing between the beach and bedtime for your kids during your Myrtle Beach vacation. In fact, the Grand Strand is packed with places that offer a great meal with excellent entertainment for the whole family. Here are five hot spots the kids will love as much as the adults.

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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in North Myrtle Beach

It used to be that St. Patrick's Day was just for the Irish, but now it has become a holiday for everyone! This holiday has been celebrated the U.S. for centuries, encouraging people to wear green, eat, drink and enjoy an infinite amount of parades. Here in North Myrtle Beach we continue the tradition of hosting the annual St. Patrick's Day parade and festival.

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Myrtle Beach on the Cheap

We’re all on a budget these days, and as much as a vacation should be a worry-free splurge, our internal cost calculator is still working on hyperdrive. However, a Myrtle Beach vacation can be remarkably affordable and even more so with a few insider tips. Exhale and read on.

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Myrtle Beach has cure for World Cup Fever

America has caught World Cup fever, and the Grand Strand is no different. In fact, with so many different nationalities living in and vacation in Myrtle Beach, there’s a vibrant soccer community supporting the USA and its surprising run through the “Group of Death” to the knockout round. The US begins its quest for advancing in the 2014 FIFA World Cup bracket in Brazil at 4 p.m. Tuesday against Belgium. The world’s most popular sporting event concludes with the World Cup Final on July 13. Experience the thrill and patriotism of rooting for the red, white and blue with your fellow countrymen at one of the following bars and restaurants on the Grand Strand.

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Celebrating the Fourth on Grand Strand

The Fourth of July is not only the day we celebrate American independence, it’s also the peak of the tourism season in Myrtle Beach. That means lots of people and lots of parties on tap for the Fourth. If you’re visiting the Myrtle Beach area for the holiday and you’re looking for something fun to do to celebrate, you don’t have to look far. In fact, if you don’t want to brave the crowds and the traffic, you can simply stroll down to the beach and catch the fireworks shows held on the oceanfront all along the Strand. But for those looking to get and take part in the biggest bash of the summer, here are three great ways to do so.

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Surfside’s “Movies After Dark” Lights Up Vacation Nights

It’s a treat without equal: cuddling up with your kids and watching a movie … under the stars. Pack your lawn chairs and blankets and head on over to the beautiful Surfside Beach on Thursday nights to partake in their second annual Movies After Dark series. A host of family-friendly films are projected onto an inflatable screen at Martin Field, where families have plenty of room to spread out and have fun. But mainly, the kids do something extraordinary — nothing.

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The Cypress Room—Fine dining at Island Vista Resort

A sophisticated menu and old-fashioned Southern charm are the hallmarks of The Cypress Room Restaurant at Island Vista Resort. Service French-inspired new American cuisine, The Cypress Room is the elegant on-resort restaurant with reasonable prices and a casual, friendly feel that represents the best of low-country dining. Cypress panels harvested from local trees line the ceiling and walls, giving this lovely restaurant its name, but it's the floor-to-ceiling windows facing the sea that will knock your socks off -- the ocean view can't be beat, unless you choose patio seating so close you can hear the waves break while you enjoy your meal.

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Enjoy ‘Landfood’ on the Beach at Damon’s Oceanfront Grill

Most restaurants on the Myrtle Beach oceanfront specialize in seafood. After all, where else can you "see" where your "food" came from? But "landfood" lovers can enjoy beachfront dining too at Damon's Oceanfront Grill in Myrtle Beach. Located in a beach house-style structure right on the Atlantic Ocean, Damon’s features spectacular views both from the open-air patio deck and the large pane-glass windows in the dining room. There’s not a bad seat in the house, nor a bad item on the menu.

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Good Times, Great Food Await at Bandito’s Cantina, Myrtle Beach

Depending on your perspective, the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk either begins or ends at Bandito's Cantina. Either way, there's no better place to start or finish your stroll down the beach than this Myrtle Beach restaurant hot spot. Since its grand opening in 2012, Bandito's has become a popular hangout for locals and visitors, and for high rollers and beach bums. Some see Bandito's as a night out on the town while others use it for a refreshing break from the heat on the beach. The diverse crowd creates a great vibe at this oceanfront cantina that looks like it belongs in Cancun.

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Riding High on the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel

One of the most spectacular sights on the Myrtle Beach skyline also happens to offer one of the most scenic views. See the entire Grand Strand from atop the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, a 190-foot, modern-day Ferris wheel that allows passengers a birds’-eye view of the Atlantic Ocean and the downtown Myrtle Beach district.

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Top 5 Unmissable Attractions on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

There are lots of words to describe the sights and scenery along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Subtle is not one of them. Yes, the eastern view from the Boardwalk is a beautiful as it gets – undulating dunes, white-sand beaches and the Atlantic Ocean. But turn to the west and you will see some of Myrtle Beach’s man-made wonders, often lit up in neon so you’re sure to see them. Here are five places along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk you don’t want to (and can’t help but) miss. Be sure to take a camera for some uniquely Myrtle Beach memories:

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Relax your Body and Unwind your Mind at Stox & Co.

One of the great ironies of taking a vacation to relax is that many travelers often return home more stressed out than when they left. That's not an issue for guests at the Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, especially those who visit the Stox & Co. Salon, Day Spa, Wellness Studio & Gift Boutique. Located on the Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort property, Stox & Co. offers a wide range of services for body, mind and spirit.

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Experience Lowcountry Nature, History at Hobcaw Barony

Tucked far away from the development of the Grand Strand is Hobcaw Barony, a 16,000-acre former rice and indigo plantation that has been transformed into a nature preserve and education center. Located in Georgetown County, about 30 miles south of Myrtle Beach, this scenic stretch of South Carolina coastline includes all the ecological diversity of the Lowcountry, including swamps, salt marshes, wetlands and woodlands. It also preserves the history of this 18th century plantation, including antebellum homes and slave quarters that have been preserved for historical reflection.

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Relax in the Lap of Luxury at the Cinzia Spa in North Myrtle Beach

There's no more relaxing place to stay on the Grand Strand than North Beach Plantation, and there's no more relaxing place in North Beach Plantation than the Cinzia Spa. Located on the 7.5-acre "island", this secluded, luxury North Myrtle Beach resort is home to the full-service Cinzia Spa, which offers a wide range of treatments as well as a modernly furnished and fully outfitted fitness center to help you make the most of your vacation.

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Have a Blast and a Splash at Myrtle Beach’s Family Kingdom

There’s only one place Myrtle Beach visitors can experience breath-taking thrills and wild-water chills in one place, and that’s the Family Kingdom Amusement Park and Waterpark. Located in the heart of the downtown district on Ocean Boulevard, Family Kingdom offers two parks in one. The 13-acre Family Kingdom amusement park, the only oceanfront amusement park in Myrtle Beach, is just across the street from Splashes, the only oceanfront waterpark in Myrtle Beach.

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Island Vista has hot summer entertainment!

We know you're going to have a great time at Island Vista Resort in Myrtle Beach. Between the gorgeous beach, fun pools, great restaurants and full-service resort amenities, how could you not? But we're going to make your vacation even better with a fabulous entertainment lineup all summer long.

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What’s Close to Driftwood at the Boardwalk?

So what’s close to Driftwood and the Boardwalk? The name kind of gives it away, but this year the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is even closer than ever. The 1.2-mile wooden walkway was extended a block to Bandito’s on 15th Avenue North, making the northern end of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk right next door to the resort and providing easy access for guests to take a stroll downtown. That opens up a world of opportunities for attractions, dining, shopping and nightlife – all within walking distance of your hotel door. Here are some of the highlights you will want to hit.

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North Beach Plantation To Open Ultimate Accommodation

It’s luxury unlike anything we’ve seen on the Grand Strand. And it’s coming in July. North Beach Plantation is soon unveiling its newest and cushiest accommodation, “The Bridge” at North Beach.. This expansive penthouse joins the resort’s two towers (hence the name) and has been coined “floating oceanfront elegance” by its owner and developer of North Beach Towers. It may be the largest, most luxurious resort stay on the Southeast coast.

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How to Grocery Shop For Your Myrtle Beach Vacation

You touch down in Myrtle Beach, check in to your hotel, then speed away to the nearest supermarket to stock your vacation kitchen's fridge. The temptation to get every fun snack under the warm Grand Strand sun is large, but so are the chances you'll be tossing a lot of uneaten food at the end of your stay. How to remedy that? Consider your group, your intentions, your fridge size, and your budget. Scale back and shop smart. Here are some tips.

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Holiday Parades in Myrtle Beach

The holidays are a wonderful time to be at the beach-there's really nothing like Christmas with southern charm. There are plenty of fun activities planned throughout the season, including several terrific holiday parades! Check out a few of our favorites: 29th Annual Intracoastal Christmas Regatta Boat Parade, Murrells Inlet Christmas Parade, Myrtle Beach Christmas Parade, North Myrtle Beach Christmas Parade and the Surfside Beach Christmas Parade.

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Driftwood at the Boardwalk offers many room choices

Whether you want to accommodate a large family or just the two of you on a romantic vacation, there's a room, suite or condo that's just right for your trip at Driftwood at the Boardwalk, Myrtle Beach. The Driftwood features 90 units ranging from one-room efficiencies to suites and condos featuring up to three bedrooms. Many of these have their own private balconies overlooking the ocean in one of the most popular spots on the Grand Strand.

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What Surrounds Island Vista?

One of the biggest parts of Island Vista Resort’s appeal is its isolation. As the only oceanfront hotel for nearly a mile in either direction, Island Vista provides a secluded stretch of beach for those looking to get away from the bright lights and loud sounds of downtown Myrtle Beach for some tranquil relaxation. Fortunately, Island Vista offers quality accommodation and amenities that make it hard to leave the resort. With an indoor/outdoor waterpark, poolside entertainment and the award-winning Cypress Room restaurant, who would want to leave? But if you do, there’s a lot of charm and history in the surrounding Ocean Forest neighborhood, one of the oldest and most prestigious on the Grand Strand. Here are some of the highlights that are within hiking, biking or walking distance of Island Vista.

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What’s Close to North Beach Plantation?

North Beach Plantation in North Myrtle Beach offers so many first-class amenities that there’s really no need to leave the property. But if you do decide to venture out, you don’t have to go very far to find great food, fun and attractions. Here’s a list of places to visit within walking distance of North Beach Plantation.

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Six tips for protecting your kids from the sun in Myrtle Beach

Too much of a good thing can be bad. Such is the case for summer fun in the Myrtle Beach sun. Summertime is upon us, and that means painful sunburns and peeling skin ... but it doesn't have to. Not only is the sun closer and stronger during the summer months, but being around the water, whether in the ocean or the hotel pool, reflects and intensifies the more harmful rays. Protecting yourself and your children from the sun without sounding like the fun police can be a bit of a trick, but not if you follow these simple tips to a great but safe family summer in Myrtle Beach.

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How to Keep Kids Entertained at the Beach

You've heard the old saying about how you can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink. The same can be true of taking children on vacation; you can lead them to the beach but you can't make the have a good time. But there are many family-friendly activities you can use to engage your children and keep them entertained. Although you might expect the combination of sand, surf and sunshine to be enough to keep kids busy for more than a week, in the age of cell phones and video games, some children need a reminder of the fun that can be had at the beach with a little imagination.

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Best Happy Hour Cocktails for Myrtle Beach

You've got your Myrtle Beach vacation check list: Swimsuit? Check. Flip-flops? Check, check. Blender? Oh no, we forgot to pack the blender. Never fear, you can always head to the hotel pool bar and order up something special. Or hit one of the many happy hours around town. Whether you make your own or go out for a few afternoon cocktails, it's always happy hour in Myrtle Beach when you have a tall glass of these popular drink favorite.

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Top 5 Must-Pack Beach Items

You've been planning for months, looking forward to a fabulous beach vacation. You've planned your itinerary, booked a great hotel and you're ready to relax on the warm sand of Myrtle Beach. Don't let a few easily overlooked items put a damper on your trip -- look over this checklist of items that can be easy to overlook, but can make the difference between a great vacation and the best vacation. Top 5 must-bring beach vacation items.

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Where to Stay At North Beach Plantation

One of the many perks of choosing North Beach Plantation for your Grand Stand stay is there truly is no bad room. Not even close. With that said, newcomers often benefit from a little help in choosing accommodations for vacation; which tower to choose? Suites or houses? One bedroom or more? North Beach’s Denise Clarke, the front desk manager, expertly guided us through the selection process.

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Upcoming Events at North Beach Plantation

We have some good news for y’all headed to North Beach Plantation this summer: You picked the right place to stay on the Grand Strand. The luxury oceanfront resort is planning the return of some popular events — with a twist — as well as introducing some new perks that will no doubt be popular ones.

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Shrimp & Grits the House Special at Webster’s Lowcountry Tavern and Grill

Diners at Webster's in Litchfield often have a hard time choosing between the many unique dishes on the menu. But ask executive chef Sean Thomas for a recommendation and he may send you back to the basics. "I just love our shrimp and grits," said Thomas, the magician in the kitchen who created the menu. "What can I say? I am crazy for the classics."

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North Beach Plantation Kids Club Is Parents’ Dream

We love our kids more than anything, we do. But sometimes… well, we need a break. Even if it is just for 15 minutes. North Beach Plantation resort, thankfully, delights kids and parents alike with its Kids Club, a daily diversion that occupies the little ones and gives mom and dad a breather. Club supervisor Allison McCarthy said the resort offers five or six activities a day for the children staying at the resort, comprising crafts, games and other fun. Once a week they will showcase a magician or an animal show, bringing in live reptiles and other creepy crawlies at which kids can marvel.

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Kids Club Has Tons of Fun at Island Vista

Kids love Island Vista Resort for many reasons. The beach, the pool, family fun, great summer weather -- can it get much better? Yes it can! Say hello to the Kids Club, Island Vista's complete schedule of fun and supervised activities for kids age 5-12.

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Bike your heart out at Pawleys Island

South Carolina's famed cycling opportunities can give you just the outdoors experience you are looking for on vacation, whether it's taking in the fabulous Waccamaw Neck Bikeway from Murrells Inlet to Sandy Island Road, or taking a leisurely ride up and down the beach. If you are in the Litchfield Beach or Pawleys Island areas, you can easily rent a bike -- along with any other needed gear -- to take advantage of spectacular biking trails and beach cycling. We've rounded up the best places for you to rent cycling gear in the area.

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Great Buffets in Myrtle Beach - Hold the Seafood

Say the word "seafood" in Myrtle Beach and the mind leaps to "buffet" - and vice versa. The two seem inseparable, and for good reason. There are dozens of great all-you-can-eat seafood smorgasbords on the Grand Strand, such as Crabby Mikes, Original Benjamin’s Calabash and Phillips Seafood, just to name a few. But man does not all-you-can-eat feast by seafood alone.

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Sea Captain’s House: a Historic Myrtle Beach Landmark

If modern progress had its way, one of the Grand Strand’s oldest and most popular restaurants would be just another high-rise hotel on the Myrtle Beach oceanfront. But, as fate and the current owners of Sea Captain’s House Restaurant would have it, this world-famous eatery is still serving up some of the freshest seafood on the Strand for more than a half century. After all these years, it’s hard to believe that the Sea Captain’s House almost didn’t happen.

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Lots to See, Do, Shop and Dine Near Driftwood At the Boardwalk

The Driftwood at the Boardwalk has been a fixture on the oceanfront for more than 70 years, but this summer we're even closer to the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. That's because the wooden walkway has been extended by one block to provide guests with direct access to the 1.2-mile corridor.

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Top Three Restaurants on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is one of the Grand Strand's hottest spots for hitting the beach and the downtown district. But the 1.2-mile walkway has also become a major thoroughfare for some of the best oceanfront restaurants in Myrtle Beach.

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Spend a Day (and Night) at Myrtle Beach’s Market Common

Take a vacation from your Grand Strand vacation with a visit to Market Common, an upscale shopping, dining and entertainment district that looks more like a scene from Manhattan than Myrtle Beach. Built on the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, Market Common features rows of brownstone-style buildings that serve as storefronts, patio cafes and boutiques. They form an urban village that span about five square city blocks. Sidewalks and pedestrian crossings make the Market Common easy to hop from shop to shop and restaurant to restaurant as if going for a stroll through the neighborhood.

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Head South for a Fun Day in Georgetown

Many guests at the Litchfield Beach Resort take a short trip north to Myrtle Beach for a full day of attractions, shopping and dining. But for an equally enjoyable but completely different experience, take the short drive south to the historic port city of Georgetown and the lovely Lowcountry scenery.

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Seven Places to Spend Your Stay in Pawleys Island

Myrtle Beach gets all of the glory, but the hidden gem of the South Carolina shoreline is Pawleys Island. It’s only about twenty miles south of Myrtle Beach, but to those in the know, it feels like an entirely different world. The Island is more laid back and less crowded–the kind of place where you can stop to appreciate a beautiful sunset, and Pawleys has plenty of those to spare. But that’s not all it has. Check out more of the many reasons to visit this seaside escape

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5 Tips for the Best Myrtle Beach Sand Castles

For classic beach time family fun, you can't beat building a sand castle. Follow these handy tips for the best castle you can build.

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Myrtle Beach Bans Tents But Not Good Times

Slather on some extra sunblock, beachgoers. Myrtle Beach City Council saw you coming from a mile away. You were going to drive down on Memorial Day, lug your thirteen-foot aluminum tent onto the beach, fill it with chairs, coolers, surfboards, little Timmy’s favorite SpongeBob towel, and all of the friends and family that thing could possibly fit. You’ll have to rethink that plan this summer, though, after the city passed a ban on beach tents from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

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Keeping Kids Hydrated In the Myrtle Beach Sun

It's easy to forget about some things when you're busy having fun at the beach. Work? A distant memory. Chores? What chores? Stress? Not here. Unfortunately, it's also easy to forget about proper hydration when all you want to do is have fun in the Myrtle Beach sun. This is especially true of children. Particularly when they are out of their normal routines, it's easy for kids to forget to drink enough water to keep them healthy and happy. So here's our guide to vacation hydration!

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What You Need For a Day At The Beach

Heading to the beach for a day requires a few items, but it does not require renting a U-Haul to get them all there. Outings on the Grand Strand’s beautiful beaches are what make Myrtle Beach vacations so memorable, and being prepared helps immensely. Armed with the “essentials” and a few other perks, we have compiled some must-haves (and must-not-haves) for a perfect day at the beach.

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5 Ways to Make Any Beach Your Personal Paradise

Every summer, locals and tourists alike flock to the beautiful waters of the Myrtle Beach area. Surfside Beach, Garden City Beach, North Myrtle Beach–each has its own charm, and everyone has their favorite. But how do you make sure the flock doesn't spoil your fun in the sand? Here are five ways to create your perfect beach spot.

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Stay Cool With Myrtle Beach Umbrella Rentals

A day at the beach under the hot summer sun is PERFECT. You can make it even more so with the addition of a beach umbrella to your vacation kit. But don't worry about acquiring your own -- Myrtle Beach has several options for you to rent an umbrella and/or beach chair virtually out the back door of your hotel or condo.

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Farms Head To Myrtle Beach At Popular Weekly Market

One of the best ways to get to know a spot like Myrtle Beach is through its food. And when that food is the freshest organic produce and delicious meats and dairy, we know we’re in for something special. Myrtle Beach’s weekly Ovis Hill Farmers Market has for the last 12 years been offering residents and visitors alike the pick of the south, which is why we pick it when we want the very best of the season.

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Top 3 Places to Play Putt Putt Golf

Myrtle Beach is famous for golf, with more than 100 championship courses on the Grand Strand. But the area also is home to the miniature variety, putt-putt golf, for those who prefer the sillier side of the sport. But putt-putt is serious business in Myrtle Beach. The self-proclaimed "Golf Capital of the World" has also gained fame as a putt-putt destination.

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Five Great Restaurants for Your Next Seafood Stroll at Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk

You may have heard of a pub crawl, but a visit to the Murrells Inlet, just south of Myrtle Beach, is more like a scenic seafood stroll. Located along a wooden walkway that borders the inlet, the Marsh Walk gives visitors that chance to take a leisurely jaunt from restaurant to restaurant, each offering their own unique Lowcountry dishes and atmosphere. The one thing they share in common: They all serve fresh local seafood that you can watch being unloaded on the nearby docks. Try to hit them all, but make sure not to miss these five eateries.

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Visiting North Beach Plantation With a Large Group: What to Expect

North Beach Plantation is a popular destination for groups, and no wonder! Between the amazing cottages at North Beach, where you can enjoy all the comforts of a private residence by the sea with luxury style and some extra amenities and the high end oceanfront towers, you’re sure to find something that’s perfect for a long and relaxing group vacation. That’s true whether you’re coming to North Myrtle Beach for a wedding, a family reunion or with a traveling sports team.

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To cab or not to cab … this is the question on your next Myrtle Beach vacation

The question of transportation on vacation is a big one. How best to get to your destination is quickly followed by how best to get around once you’re there. Because transportation can make a big difference in the quality of your stay … unless all you plan on doing is lounging by the pool. And if that’s the case, we don’t blame you. That’s why we even have a restaurant right onsite—we don’t want you to have to go far if you don’t want to.

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Top Three Breakfast Restaurants in Myrtle Beach

One of our favorite things about being on vacation is the change to really enjoy the activities we’re always in too much of a hurry to appreciate in our daily grind. That’s why we love breakfast on vacation—when we’re home, it’s so often a bite to go on the way out the door, but when you’re on vacation it’s a chance to enjoy delicious food and conversation and set out our plan for the day … even when that plan consists of a whole lot of nothing. Here are our picks for three of the top breakfasts in Myrtle Beach, in no particular order.

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Summer is Coming! Here are Our Top 6 Beach Safety Tips

What’s more delightful than spending long and languid days of summer in Myrtle Beach, spread out on the beach soaking up sunshine? Pretty much nothing. But it’s important to remember that as much as we enjoy the beach, we also have to respect the power of the ocean—it’s a natural force with which we need to remember to practice great care! Here are five key beach safety tips we urge you to consider as you make your way to Myrtle Beach’s sandy beaches this summer.

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Top Five Locals’ Happy Hour Spots in Myrtle Beach

Most visitors want to know: Where do the locals go? Most visitors quickly notice that there are a variety of restaurants and bars to choose from and deciding on a destination can be overwhelming. You also know that with so many choices, if the locals hang there, it MUST be good. From best bar prices to excellent, low-priced fare, here are the top five spots you can count on for happy hour!

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Top Five Water Sports to Try in Myrtle Beach

If a relaxing vacation sounds like a bore to you, how about trying some of these local water sports. We will tell you where, when and how to get started!

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Top Five Places for Sushi in Myrtle Beach (and beyond)

Sushi is firmly established as one of the hottest trends in the food and beverage industry. People of all ages and backgrounds are looking for the freshest and most unique twists to their favorite Japanese fare. Here are the top five places on the Grand Strand to enjoy sushi.

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Spend An Afternoon At The Hammock Shops

The Hammock Shops in Pawleys Island is the perfect place to spend an afternoon—and it’s located only 4 miles from Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort. Take your pick from the specialty stores, boutiques and dining options. These shops were established in 1938 and every storefront has something unique to offer. Plus, the area is beautiful, with its Savannah-style brick walkways and ancient Spanish moss-strewn oaks … it all offers up a relaxed atmosphere that’s perfectly Pawleys.

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Myrtle Beach Activities Sure to Keep your Tween Entertained on Vacation

“I’m bored!” This saying has become a proverbial catch phrase in every household since … when, the beginning of time? Why not break the cycle? Fix this problem by loading up the car and driving to Myrtle Beach for a much-needed family vacation. Everyone in the family has been cooped up in the house since winter began, but signs of spring are here, and they signal to us the start of another season of fun in Myrtle Beach. Be first in line to ensure your kids have the time of their lives this year.

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5 Myrtle Beach Hidden Gems

If you’ve been to Myrtle Beach before, you likely know all about the big attractions. You’ve been to the beach, you’ve done Broadway at the Beach, and you’ve done some shopping at the Tanger Outlets. But there are plenty more places you may not have had the opportunity to check out, some hidden gems tucked into less-explored parts of town. Here are some insights into a few of our favorites:

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New Hammock Shop Restaurant BisQit for Unusual Flavors and Spiked Shakes

Longtime visitors to Litchfield and Pawley’s Island have likely visited the Hammock Shops many times, and perhaps eaten at one point at the now-defunct Roz’s Rice Mill Café, which was housed in a mid-1800s-era building that once served as a post office. But the former Roz’s has a new identity as a biscuit, burger and shake shack that’s capital-Q quirky (in the best possible sense).

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What to Expect From Fall Weather in Myrtle Beach

Fall is a great time to visit Myrtle Beach. While things can vary from year to year, and even from week to week, here’s what to expect when you come to Myrtle Beach in the fall.

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What to Pack for Fall in Myrtle Beach

If you’re planning your first trip to Myrtle Beach in the fall, the first thing you should know is that you’re in for a treat. The crowds thin out, the traffic is more manageable, and you get great rates on your Myrtle Beach hotels.

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Classes, Equipment and More: Enjoy Our Boutique-Style Fitness Facility

If you’re the kind of person who needs to stay active and fit, even on vacation, you’ve got to check out Beach Fit, the state of the art fitness center at North Beach Plantation.

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Heading to Myrtle Beach for Halloween? Try on these Costume Ideas for Size!

Myrtle Beach is a great place to spend Halloween. There’s trick-or-treating for kids—one favorite haunt is the shops at Broadway at the Beach—and of course there’s also a few options for adults. The winner, again, is Broadway, which hosts a huge Halloween party and costume contest every year. The winner of Broadway’s costume contest takes home BIG prizes!

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Where to Practice Yoga When You’re in Myrtle Beach

If you’ve got a consistent yoga practice at home that you don’t want to let go while you’re on vacation or if you’re just getting started and want to try out something new while you’re in Myrtle Beach, there are plenty of great options!

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Freebie Alert! Free rides, Medieval Times tickets and more

Did someone say free? That’s right, we did! If you stay with us in Myrtle Beach this fall—and let’s face it, you know you could use an autumn getaway to the beach—you’ll automatically get a free Sun & Fun Bonus with free unlimited DVD rentals throughout your stay, a free admission to NASCAR SpeedPark's minigolf course every day of your stay, a free unlimited ride wristband at NASCAR SpeedPark, and a free ticket to Medieval Times!

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How to Stay Cool in the Hot Summers at the Beach

We love a hot summer day as much as the next person, but we also know that sometimes hot is just too hot. So, take a look at this list if you’re headed to Litchfield Beach for some hot summer fun. It’ll help you keep your cool so you can enjoy your vacation!

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Oceanfront Amusements on the Agenda at Myrtle Beach’s Family Kingdom

When you come to visit Myrtle Beach on a family vacation, we know the pool and the beach are always at the top of the agenda. But don’t forget that Myrtle Beach offers up a wide array of fun activities for the entire family, including Family Kingdom for old-fashioned amusement park fun!

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Top Beach Games for Tweens and Teens

While some of us may be satisfied with nothing more than a towel and a stretch of beach for lying in the sand, there may be members of your family who are looking for a little bit more entertainment while they hang at the beach.

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Myrtle Beach Vacation Tips: Best Beach Toys

When you’re traveling with your family, it’s often nice to pack a few fun toys that will help keep the trips entertaining, and help extend your beach fun. Here are a few of our favorite beach toys, broken down by age group:

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Get Ready for a Toe-Tappin’ Good Time at Myrtle Beach’s Carolina Opry

Who doesn’t love a good live show when they’re on vacation? Here in Myrtle Beach, we offer up some seriously outstanding entertainment, and the Carolina Opry always tops the Grand Strand’s “Best Show” lists. Next time you’re here, you really should check out the live music and variety show.

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Is Your Sunscreen Safe Enough for Myrtle Beach?

There are few vacation-destroying adversaries more quick and effective than a wicked sunburn. That’s why sunscreen is such an essential item on your Myrtle Beach vacation packing list!

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Six Tips for Saving Money on Your Next Vacation

Family vacations can be a big drain to the finances if you’re not careful. But being frugal really pays off, as it means you can start saving up for your next vacation sooner!

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Blow Your Mind (Garden-Wise) at Brookgreen Gardens

Picture a vast garden filled with lush flowers, dotted with ancient, moss-strewn oaks. Now drop in majestic sculptures of larger-than-life horses, ancient gods, and music playing nymphs. Add in some playful water features, and leisurely paths where you can wander at your own pace. There is really so much to see at Brookgreen Gardens, and so many constantly changing events and programs, that many visitors to the area return year after year—or even many times a year when they visit Myrtle Beach!

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Get Up Close & Personal with Gators at Alligator Adventure in North Myrtle Beach

Does the idea of a 15-foot-long alligator leaping into the air and snapping its enormous jaws down on a hunk of fresh meat entice you? At Alligator Adventure in North Myrtle Beach, you can get up close with alligators during feeding time. But don’t worry—it’s perfectly safe!

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Five Beach Toys that’ll Keep Your Kids Entertained In Myrtle Beach

While all you may need to be happy at the beach is a chair and an umbrella, there’s a good chance your kids will do better—and last longer without getting overly antsy or bored—at the beach if you bring some toys along. Of course, not all beach toys are made equal. So check out this list of the best beach toys that will keep your kids entertained, and keep you at the beach as long as you’d like!

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Finding the Best Shells in Myrtle Beach

We’ve never really been able to ignore a great shell on the beach! It’s hard not to pause, to pick it up, and to wonder at the beauty floating around in the sea! If you want to increase your chances of finding a really great shell when you go seashell hunting, follow these tips.

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A meal with a view: Enjoy The Cypress Room’s tasty meals at Island Vista Resort

One of the beauties of staying at Island Vista Resort is that while you are here, you really never have to leave our grounds. All the fun and entertainment you need is right here onsite. We even serve top-notch breakfast and dinner at The Cypress Room—and every meal comes with a perfect oceanfront view, framed by generous floor-to-ceiling windows!

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Myrtle Beach fishing adventures

Fishing can be a relaxing way to pass the time, meditating on the light’s reflection on the water, it can be a thrilling adventure and it can be a way to catch your own dinner! There are several options for fishing in Myrtle Beach, from deep sea charters to a simple day holding a rod on a pier. Here are a few ideas and tips.

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Find Myrtle Beach shopping, live entertainment, restaurants and more at Broadway

Sometimes, when you’re on vacation, it’s hard to get everyone to agree to do the same thing. Mom wants to see a show. Dad wants to go for a walk and do some window shopping. Someone’s hungry. And someone else wants to check out some amusement park rides. When a problem like that comes up on a Myrtle Beach vacation, the answer is usually Broadway at the Beach. Broadway is one of the most concentrated entertainment, shopping and dining attractions on the Grand Strand.

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Myrtle Beach Vacation Tips: 5 Rules for Beach Safety

Along with all the wonders of spending time at the beach comes the responsibility of being so close to very powerful natural forces. The ocean has to be respected for the sake of safety. Fortunately, by following a few precautions and practicing common sense, the beach can be incredibly safe—the millions of visitors to the Grand Strand can attest to that.

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How Did Myrtle Beach Get its Name?

The community that grew around the timber transport business Burroughs and Collins was originally called Withers—with the post office being established in “Withers” in 1888. But in the early 1900s, the budding community decided it needed a new name, and a contest was held.

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See Myrtle Beach on Foot from Driftwood on the Boardwalk

When you finally get to your summer vacation destination after battling traffic, airports, and, of course, after getting through those last long days at the office leading up to your time away, there’s a good chance the last thing you’re going to want to do is get back in the car to drive to the attractions and entertainment you’re after. That’s why it’s important to choose a hotel with a great location right in the middle of it all—like Driftwood at the Boardwalk!

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Myrtle Beach tips: Six items your beach bag needs

Too often there’s some key item forgotten, and an afternoon at the beach is interrupted with a run to the room (this is where staying at an oceanfront resort is key – at least you won’t have to run far).

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Things to do in Myrtle Beach: Family Kingdom Amusement and Water Park

There's plenty to do if you do decide to leave the resort! Myrtle Beach has plenty of shopping, dining and entertainment, and a perennial favorite is Family Kingdom amusement park and its water park, Splashes.

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North Beach Plantation Wins TripAdvisor’s 2013 Certificate of Excellence

North Beach Plantation is currently rated the number one hotel in North Myrtle Beach on TripAdvisor in the top 10 percent of businesses worldwide on TripAdvisor. The award is only presented to resorts that consistently earn outstanding reviews on the site from travelers.

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The View: Top Five Places to Enjoy the Sunsets in Myrtle Beach

We don’t know where the magic comes from exactly, but it’s a well-established truth that Myrtle Beach has some of the best sunsets you’ll ever experience. The locations to watch the breathtaking setting are countless … but we couldn’t help consulting some locals and pulling together a list of native favorites. Here are our top 5 best locations to view the sunset in Myrtle Beach.

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Myrtle Beach Rainy Day Plans: Fun things to do when it’s raining

Myrtle Beach is the kind of place where there’s so much to do and see, it’s not the end of the world when you end up having a rainy day. We’ve got galleries, indoor opportunities for fun and adventure galore where you can set your imagination free to heaps of amusement centers and theaters.

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Dunes Village Kids Club: Join Us for Fun All Year Long!

There are many benefits to staying at the Dunes Village Resort for your Myrtle Beach vacation, from our great oceanfront location to our indoor water park to our giant lazy river, but the action-packed, year-round kids club is another big perk.

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Myrtle Beach restaurant finds: Come down to The Patio Café and Bar!

Looking for a casual, affordable place to hang out with a great view of the ocean? Give the Patio Café and Bar at Palmetto Shores Resort a try. It’s the kind of Myrtle Beach restaurant that visitors come back to year after year for the comfortable atmosphere, great food and drinks and for the personable service. And throughout the summer, you can also enjoy entertainment while you’re enjoying your food and drink!

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Flying with Children: Getting to Myrtle Beach by Air

Traveling with kids can bring added challenges. But plane treks are often a much better choice for travel to Myrtle Beach. They can be more affordable, save time or both, which translates to more time at the beach! Being prepared can help you avoid some of the headaches that often accompany flying with children. Here are few tips and things you should know.

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Myrtle Beach Watersports: Rent Jet Skis to Cool Off with Flair!

There are plenty of ways to get your heart pumping when you’re visiting the beach, but few compare with the thrill of the fastest watersport in Myrtle Beach: letting the throttle out on a jet ski!

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Restaurant Review - Ultimate California Pizza

Ultimate California Pizza offers a huge variety of traditional and non-traditional pizzas and toppings, that the whole family is sure to love!

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Banditos adds Latin flavor, food and fun to Ocean Boulevard

From the earthy and elegant décor to the refined and rustic food, Banditos Restaurant & Cantina On The Boardwalk is a Myrtle Beach Mexican restaurant distinctively different yet pleasingly familiar. Located at 1410 N. Ocean Blvd. in Myrtle Beach, Banditos, which seats 268, debuted to the public Monday, Aug 6 and revealed an ambience that is festive, homey and hip.

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The Gay Dolphin Myrtle Beach - The Oldest & Largest Gift Shop on the East Coast

Take care of all your vacation and souvenir shopping needs at one place - the historic Gay Dolphin Gift Cove in downtown Myrtle Beach.

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Coastal Grand Mall Cinemark 14 Theatre

While enjoying your vacation, make sure and catch those blockbuster movies at Coastal Grand Mall Movie Theatre in Myrtle Beach.

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Enjoy a Classic Collection of Amusement Rides at Pavilion Nostalgia Park in Myrtle Beach

For over 58 years the Pavilion in Myrtle Beach was one the hottest vacation spots in South Carolina.Pieces of that history are still around and nothing could be more fun than taking a walk down memory lane at Pavilion Nostalgia Park.

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Restaurant Review:  Liberty Steakhouse and Brewery, Myrtle Beach

A lot of good restaurants have come and gone at Broadway at the Beach over the years, but Liberty Steakhouse & Brewery has stood the test of time.

Since opening at same time as the popular dining, shopping and entertainment complex in 1996, Liberty has been a mainstay on Broadway at the Beach's diverse restaurant menu.

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Southern Drink Recipe of the Month: Summer Peach Tea Punch

Try this recipe for a sweet, but refreshing punch on your next vacation.

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The Hammock Shops in Pawleys Island

No Myrtle Beach vacation is complete without a visit to the Hammock Shops Village, located in historic Pawleys Island.

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Mini Golf Review:  Mount Atlanticus

If you are looking for the largest and most visual mini-golf course in Myrtle Beach, look no further, Mt. Alanticus is in the heart of downtown. It sits high above the area with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. You will enjoy the challenges and adventures on the 36 holes of the best of the best mini golf course around.

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Dunes Village Ranked by TripAdvisor.com Among America’s Top 25 Large Hotels and Resorts For Families

Dunes Village Resort Ranked #17 Of Top 25 Family-Oriented American Resorts

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21 Main Prime Steakhouse and Sushi Bar Now Open

Top North Myrtle Beach Hotel According To TripAdvisor Adds New Prime Steakhouse To List Of Exquisite Guest Amenities

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North Beach Plantation Swim-up Pool Bar Ranks Among World’s Best on TripAdvisor.com

Myrtle Beach’s Top Hotel Has #6 Pool Bar In World, #1 In United States

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Dunes Village Resort Ranked #17 Of Top 25 Family-Oriented American Resorts

Dunes Village Ranked by TripAdvisor.com Among America's Top 25 Large Hotels and Resorts for Families

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The Cottages at North Beach Plantation Now Available For Family Vacations

New 60-Acre Development Offers Wide Array Of Accommodation Styles Myrtle Beach, S.C.—Representatives of Brittain Resort Management announced that The Cottages at North Beach Plantation are now open and ready for vacation bookings. They are the latest addition to a wide range of Four Diamond luxury vacation accommodations by the acclaimed North Beach Plantation, located in North Myrtle Beach.

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Tanger Outlets have two locations in Myrtle Beach.

Come to the place everyone loves to shop. Tanger Outlets offer over 100 brand name manufacturer and designer outlet stores.

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The South’s Grandest Christmas Show at Alabama Theatre

Celebrate the holidays in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with the Alabama Theatre's award winning production, The South's Grandest Christmas Show

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Stox & Co. Now Offering Golfer Massages!

Golfers are learning they don't need to be a pro to benefit from massage therapy. Massage helps everyone from all walks of life but for the athlete or weekend golfer, it relaxes tension, and relieves painful, sore, or stiff muscles. Golfers can enhance their game and swing by relieving soreness or stiffness or pain through regular therapeutic massage. Stox & Co. located right here at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort can help!

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Historic Place that is brought to life with year-round events, The Myrtle Beach Train Depot

The Myrtle Beach Train Depot is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1937, the Depot was restored and re-opened in 2004 and is available for events and gatherings. The original ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Myrtle Beach Train Depot was May 6, 1937, the year before Myrtle Beach officially became a town. Atlantic Coastline Railroad and The Chapin Company jointly built the Depot to provide a much-needed transportation link between the mainland and the beach. Although based on ACL’s standard station design, structural enhancements gave the depot some Mediterranean features that reflected the local architecture of the day.

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Do you want Fresh Produce when visiting Myrtle Beach?  Make sure to visit Myrtle’s Market.

For the freshest seasonal fruits and vegetables make sure to visit Myrtles Market on Mr. Joe White Avenue at Oak Street.

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Tennis Anyone?

Looking for some great tennis right here in Myrtle Beach?

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Wall of Service at Warbird Park in Myrtle Beach, SC

The Wall of Service is located at the entrance to the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base.

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Check out some awesome barc parks in the Myrtle Beach area

Myrtle Beach has two off-leash dog parks where owners may let their pets run and play. Both parks are fully fenced and offer separate areas for large and small dogs.

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Take a spin when you are in the Myrtle Beach Area.

In this article there are a list of suggested bicycle trails and paths that wind along the Grand Strand. If you are looking to bike the beach, a paved road or in a state park there are several options here in the Grand Strand area.

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Do you want to learn to Shag?  Come to the Myrtle Beach Area and they can show you how.

Ready to start shagging? First learn the history about shagging, here on the Grand Strand.

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Some Great Tips to Find that perfect shell while visiting Myrtle Beach.

Find out the best spots and how to find the best shells along the shores of Myrtle Beach.

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Come cruise the Winyah Bay and take home some great memories and amazing seashells.

Take a trip out of Myrtle Beach area and drive on down to Georgetown, about 45 minutes away. Take the Rover Boat Tours, it is the best, most relaxing and carefree way to experience historic, unspoiled Lowcountry nature surrounding Georgetown and Winyah Bay.

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Myrtle Waves Water Park Will Surely Cool You Down

MYRTLE WAVES WATER PARK, South Carolina's largest water park, presents 20 acres of swerves, curves, waves and chutes and more than one million gallons of water.

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Mini Golf Review:  Captain Hooks Adventure

Take a fantasy golf adventure into Never-Never Land. Play either of our two 18-hole courses, Hooks or Lost Boys. Beware of the roving pirates, animated crocodiles, and secret caverns. You can even walk through a smoking 15 foot skull. Go ahead…the Captain dares you!

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Everyone seems to want to know … How did Myrtle Beach Get its name?

First Long Bay, Then Withers, Finally Myrtle Beach.

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A Hidden Gem in Myrtle Beach ... the Franklin G. Burroughs Art Museum

The Art Museum is dedicated to being one of the finest visual arts museums in the Carolinas. In their 10 galleries art exhibits change throughout the year. At any given time you might enjoy watercolors, oils, textiles, sculpture, ceramics or photography. They also periodically feature selected exhibits from the Museum's Permanent Collections. Although the museum is small, it has the southern charm of a much bigger museum right on the beach.

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Family Kingdom Amusement park in Myrtle Beach, SC

Family Kingdom Amusement Park has the perfect location for those who are staying at the beach since the park resides in the center of Myrtle Beach, just across from the ocean, and its a name locals and tourists have come to know as a true main attraction in Myrtle Beach, with rides for kids and adults to enjoy.

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What you need to know about Pier Fishing in Myrtle Beach, SC

The Myrtle Beach area offers several piers where you can walk or fish (or both!) Where you stay will probably have a bearing on which pier you use. Some piers are free to walk; others have a small fee. Most of the piers have a bait shop (including fishing equipment) on location, available to rent and/or purchase.

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Bodacious Bob’s Bike Rentals and Tours in Myrtle Beach

The only bicycle tour company in the Myrtle Beach are where everyone loves to go for vacation. They offer guided tours as well as self-guided adventure tours, exposing groups to history and nature. You will see George Washington's trail; a Civil War cemetery; a farm for berry picking and animal petting; the planetarium for a variety of shows; the beach full of nature and sea turtle nesting sites. There are art galleries and ice cream stops, grassy fields and cypress swamps. All tours include map and bike rental with helmet and a safety t-shirt. There are special rates for those of you who have your own bicycles. Rent beach cruisers, multi-speed beach or comfort bikes and of course, road bikes with treaded tires. They offer group discounts as well as family discounts. Please specify when calling and scheduling your adventure. All scheduling is done by phone and payments can be made on line. So get your church group, family reunion, anniversary, bowling league, little league, dance partners or fellow halloween gobblins and lets ride! They offer kayak adventures down the Waccamaw River and much more.

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Ready to ride the waves this summer in Myrtle Beach?  Here are a few tips on how to select the best

Boogie boards, which were originally introduced by Tom Morey in 1971, are small foam boards used for body surfing throughout the world. When you select the right boogie board, you will need to take your body size, riding style and even the surf conditions into consideration.

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The best sand toys to get when heading to the beach this summer.

Ready for some fun at the beach while visiting Myrtle Beach? We have got some great suggestions for you for buying your favorite sand toy.

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Shelling in the Grand Strand, where to find the best shells

The Myrtle Beach area is made up of miles of shoreline. And along the shoreline you will find many different types of shells. Whether you are a collector or just out to see what you can find, you will enjoy hunting for them here.

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ARRRGH you ready for a Pirate Adventure, right here in Myrtle Beach?

New for 2011! Welcome to Pirate Adventures, a place where children come to experience the magic of sailing away in search of buried treasure. Come aboard the pirate ship and get caught up in this real life adventure and be amazed as our crew taps into the wonder of a child's imagination.

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Are you ready for the World’s Largest Speed Boat?

Right here in Myrtle Beach, you need to experience the Sea Screamer Dolphin Cruises.

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A Great New Diner Right on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach

A Great new diner right on Ocean Boulevard and it even has an awesome view of the Atlantic - Welcome LuLu's Diner to Myrtle Beach.

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Ripley’s Master Moving Theatre along the Boulevard.

Check out of of Ripley's most fun and thrilling attraction here in Myrtle Beach.

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Mini Golf Review:  Mt. Alanticus Minotaur Golf.

Wow, this mini-golf course is noticeable from across town. It sits high above the downtown area. You will enjoy challenge and adventure on the 36 holes of the best of the best golf holes anywhere. As mysterious and captivating as the lost continent of Atlantis, these holes feature audacious evidence that proves many ancient legends to be true. Something cool that came directly from their scorecard ...

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Carlos and Charlie’s a great new edition to the restaurants here at Broadway at the Beach.

Long a favorite of travelers to major tourist destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean, Carlos’n Charlie’s has moved north of the border, bringing its unique combination of food and fun to Broadway at the Beach. Now visitors to the South Carolina coast can find out for themselves why a visit to Carlos’n Charlie’s is unforgettable!

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The truth about suncreen and the importance of using it during your vacation here in Myrtle Beach

When you are visiting here in Myrtle Beach, we definitely recommend you use the appropriate sunscreen and make sure to use it often. Some things you will want to understand before you purchase the right sunscreen to protect yourself against.

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Myrtle Beach Segway offers an Eco-Friendly transport.

Myrtle Beach Segways, which is located in the Market Common are offers a variety of tours, rentals & events suited to your needs. "Think Green" is their philosophy. A Sampling of their tours: The Market Common District Tour and the Huntington Beach State Park Tour.

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How to pack for a day at the beach.

When you are visiting the Myrtle Beach area, I know the first thing you can't wait to do is to take the kids to the beach. BUT, you need to know what to bring to make sure the day is enjoyable for the entire family. So, with a little advanced planning you will be ready to go and happy you took the extra time to get ready.

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Get Hooked to Deep Sea Fishing in Myrtle Beach Area with Captain Dicks

Are you looking to catch the big one? Or are you wanting to have an adventure and enjoy a day out on the water fishing with your best friend, wife or the little ones. Captain Dicks in Murrells Inlet, just south of Myrtle Beach can accommodate any size group for whatever adventure you are up for.

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Get Soaked in Myrtle Beach at one of the most exciting waterparks in the Myrtle Beach Area.

Wild, Water and Wheels has is all - they are a family fun park for all ages. Mostly it is a waterpark, but you can also enjoy driving go carts, 18 holes of mini-golf, bumper boats and fun picnics the entire family will enjoy. Make sure you get there early and get your spot all set-up. There are huge umbrellas and lounge chairs throughout the park so there is plenty of space for your family to have a place to meet up and relax in between the fun.

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Ready to schedule Myrtle Beach’s Most Unique Tour & Dinner Boat?

Make sure to reserve your spot on the Barefoot Princess Cruise. This is a dinner, sightseeing and entertaining cruise along the intracoastal waterway.

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Are you ready to start surfing in Myrtle Beach this Summer?

Surfing in Myrtle Beach can look so fun and exciting, so make sure you take lessons to learn how.

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Spend the Day at Myrtle Beach State Park

While you are visiting Myrtle Beach, make sure to take a day to visit the Myrtle Beach State Park. A wide, open beach, fishing pier full of anglers and stories, campgrounds in the oceanfront woods, all in the middle of it all in Myrtle Beach.

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Head to the beaches of the Grand Strand and be ready to get wet while having fun!

Sixty miles of oceanfront paralleled by an equal stretch of the Intracoastal Waterway, along with rivers and tidal creeks, make the Grand Strand the ideal place for watersports. Whether your passion is to float high above the ocean, dive to explore shipwrecks, or simply paddle through the tidal marsh, you’ll find businesses up and down the coast ready to help you see Myrtle Beach from a whole new perspective.

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A trip to La Belle Amie Vineyards

Make sure to add La Belle Amie Vineyard to your things to do list while you are visiting Myrtle Beach.

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5 Round Signature Package With FREE Round

Myrtle Beach’s most popular golf package. Choose from 15 Award Winning Prime Time Signature Courses and receive a FREE Afternoon round. Courses include King’s North, Pawleys Plantation, Willbrook Plantation, River Club, TPC of Myrtle Beach, Blackmoor, and more all rated 4 stars or better by Golf Digest! Plus each foursome receives $280 in gift cards for golf merchandise and dinning this FALL as an added bonus.

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Myrtle Beach is Famous for the Sun, Sand and Surf of Summer.

Myrtle Beach is famous for the sun, sand and surf of summer, but the best times to hit the Grand Strand without straining your family budget are the spring, fall and winter.

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Great Ways to Save Money on a Beach Vacation

While most American families will spend an entire year saving money for vacation, they often overlook the equally attractive alternative of saving money while on vacation.

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You Don’t Have to Spend a lot of Money to Have a Good Vacation

You don't have to spend a lot of money to have a good time vacationing on the Grand Strand. Here's a list of things to do in Myrtle Beach for free or on the cheap:

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What Myrtle Beach has to offer for a family vacation

Some vacation destinations specialize in entertainment and attractions, others in nightlife and restaurants and some in watersports and golf. Or you can visit one that has it all - Myrtle Beach.

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SkyWheel Myrtle Beach Takes Guests to New Heights

The newest attraction in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, area, the SkyWheel Myrtle Beach will stand more than 187 feet above the beautiful Atlantic Ocean and serve as the anchor attraction to the new 1.2 mile Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Boardwalk and Promenade.

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