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Dec. 3, 2018

Is Living in a Condo Right for You?

Living in a condo can seem like a good idea. Maybe you'd like to downsize, or not have to worry about all the maintenance associated with a house. 

Renting an apartment just isn't your thing so you're looking at buying a condo. 

But is it really a good idea for you? Read on as we weigh the pros and cons of condo living to help you decide. 

Living in a condo

Is Living in a Condo Right for You?

Whether or not living in a condo is right for you is a very individual decision. Let's look at the advantages and disadvantages to help you determine where you fall. 

Advantages

We're positive people, so let's look at the advantages first.  

No Outside Maintenance 

Do you hate yard work? Then you'll love the fact that someone else handles the outside maintenance in a condo. Part of the fees that you pay to the homeowner's association (HOA) covers the cost to have this taken care of. 

The HOA also covers big expenses like having the windows replaced or making repairs to the building after a storm. If the reserves don't cover the cost, they may ask for a special assessment. But the bottom line is that you don't have to pay for everything yourself.

Beware though, just because this is the HOA's responsibility doesn't mean they do their job well. Do your research beforehand to ensure that it's a well-run HOA.

Amenities

Would it be nice to have a pool you don't have to maintain? How about a gym on-site? How about a party room or barbecue spot by the pool? Some condos even have a community theater! 

Many condos have a nice range of amenities that would be expensive to have and maintain at a single-family residence. This cost is included as part of your HOA dues and shared among the owners. 

Of course, you'll have to share them with your neighbors but the more the merrier, right? 

The Perfect Spot

Do you want to live in the heart of a bustling city? In that case, a condo may be your best bet. Not only are single-family homes nearly impossible to find in the city they're also prohibitively expensive. 

Condo fees in a prime location will be higher as well, but still much more affordable than your own piece of land. It's a great way to be near your work and all your favorites hotspots. You may not even need a car since everything is nearby so you can save on gas and car insurance!

Security

Condos provide an added sense of security. Many have a coded entrance visitors must go through before having access to your front door. Fancier condos may even have a security guard at the front. 

If you plan to travel a lot, it's also nice to have your home enclosed and your neighbors close. In this type of space, it's far less likely that your home will be vandalized while you're gone. 

Disadvantages

However, living in a condo is not for everyone. Let's look at some disadvantages so you can decide if any of them are a deal breaker.  

Cost

Depending on where your condo is, the cost can be an advantage. For example, in the heart of the city as we discussed earlier or when living by the ocean. However, in many cases, owning a condo is more expensive than a freestanding house.  

Someone has to pay for the landscaper and maintenance man. Plus, those nice amenities don't come for free. All of those things are paid for out of your HOA dues.  

When special damages happen, like a storm or vandalism you may be required to pay special assessments to cover the cost. Furthermore, you don't get any say in hiring the company to repair the damages. As a homeowner, you'd shop around for the best deal. The HOA may not be quite so diligent. 

You also don't get any say in when repairs happen. Your condo may need new windows, but if the HOA decides it's not a priority it'll be a while before you get them.

Cost Sharing

An extension of the cost is cost sharing. At first glance, this might seem like a good thing. You're not wholly responsible for storm damages etc. 

But what happens when someone damages the common room or breaks the barbecue? It was probably one of your neighbors, but unless they fess up everyone gets to pay for the repair. 

In an ideal community, this wouldn't be a problem. But most communities are far from ideal. There will be at least one neighbor that loves to throw drunken bashes and constantly damages community property.

Appreciation

If your home also doubles as a real estate investment for you, condos are usually not as valuable as a freestanding home.

HOA fee increases may outpace the appreciation of your property. You may be forced to sell your condo for much less than you wanted to entice a buyer to accept the burden of those fees. 

Rules

There are usually rules and regulations that you have to follow in a condo. Quiet hours, pet policies, and parking rules are just a few things that may be in place.  

Depending on what they are, the rules may not be an issue for you. Just be sure you know what you're signing up for.   

Neighbors

It's true that you can't pick your neighbors regardless of where you live. But in a condo, you are more closely tied to them. 

Not only are they (usually) in closer proximity, but also there are the cost-sharing issues we touched on earlier. In a great community, the neighbors will never get to be a problem. But, to be honest, you'd have to be extremely lucky to find a community like that-- and there's no guarantee it would stay that way.  

Next Steps 

What do you think? Is living in a condo right for you?   

If you want to get started browsing beach condos in Myrtle Beach, feel free to check out our listings!  

Posted in News
Nov. 27, 2018

Top 10 Things to Do on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

There's a reason over 14 million people visit Myrtle Beach each year. It's stunning. Myrtle Beach's Grand Strand has miles and miles of white sandy beaches and rolling waves.

Myrtle Beach also offers some great attractions. Take the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, for instance. You'll find plenty of activities to make your vacation memorable.

Or, if you live there, you'll experience beautiful views and beach life every day.

Local or tourist, you still need to know. Where do you go for a great place to eat, nightlife, exciting attractions or shopping? The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is an unbeatable choice.

If you're planning a visit to the boardwalk, check out these 10 things you must experience.

Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

Top 10: Myrtle Beach Boardwalk Attractions

Myrtle Beach Boardwalk offers over a mile of beach views, attractions, food, and shops. It stretches between the 14th Avenue and 2nd Avenue Piers. It's broken into 3 sections.

Scenic views and seating surround the northern section. It includes 14th Pier and Pylar Park.

In the midsection, you'll find exciting attractions and businesses. It's much like a carnival from Pylar Park to 8th Avenue.

The southern section of the boardwalk is all about the oceanfront parklands. 

In 2008, the boardwalk started to receive some much-needed renovations. Then in 2010, a revamped Myrtle Beach Boardwalk reopened to the public. With a clever mix of the old and the new, it was an instant hit.

These are some of the amazing things the boardwalk now offers to locals and tourists, alike. Check them out and you'll see why this beach boardwalk is one of the most loved in the United States. 

1. The Fun Plaza Arcade

What is a visit to the beach without a little family fun? That's exactly what The Fun Plaza Arcade is all about. Kids and adults will both enjoy playing games in this open-air arcade.

With $5 or $10 in quarters, you can have a grand day of fun. Here are some of the games you can expect to see during a trip to this iconic plaza.

  • Skeeball
  • Air Hockey
  • Pinball Games
  • Retro Arcade Games
  • Kiddie Rides
  • Cranes
  • Modern Video Games

Young or old, a trip to The Fun Plaza Arcade will not disappoint!

Address: 902 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

2. Myrtle Beach Skywheel

Skywheel on Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

Looking for an unmatched view of the beach? You'll want to take a ride on the Myrtle Beach Skywheel.

It's a 200-foot high gondola ride with 42 gondolas that seat 6 people at a time. Each gondola is climate controlled and completely enclosed.

Tickets costs around $13 per person. It runs during daylight and nighttime hours. The Skywheel makes a scene when it lights up after dark!

Looking for an even better experience? Try the $50 VIP ticket. You'll get to skip the regular line and get a double length ride in a special gondola. It features a glass floor!

It doesn't matter which experience you choose. The Myrtle Beach Skywheel provides a panoramic view of the entire Grand Strand area. Be sure to bring your camera for some amazing shots!

Address: 1110 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

3. The Pub and Bar Scene

Restaurants and Pubs on Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

Part of the allure of a beach vacation is an interesting nightlife. Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is no exception. There are several popular pubs and bars you can try. Here are some you don't want to miss.

Duffy's Tavern

Duffy's is a relaxed saloon style pub. Come in for drinks, live music and stick around to play some pool.

Address: 110 9th Ave N, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

8th Avenue Tiki Bar & Grill

Who doesn't love a Tiki Bar? This one is a hot spot for both locals and tourists. It's a traditional bar with a great beach vibe.

Address: 708 Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Bowery's

A hot, honky-tonk style bar that features live country and rock music. If you like that hole in the wall vibe, you'll want to stop in and check it out.

Here's a little tourist bonus. The famous country band Alabama got their start here! You'll find fun memorabilia plastered all over this bar!

Address: 110 9th Ave N, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Ocean Front Bar & Grill

Open air and ocean breezes abound in this bar and grill. You can get food and drinks, but seafood and beer are their specialties. During summer evenings, this bar offers live music and a great beach bar atmosphere.

Address: 100 9th Ave N, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Hurricane's Daiquiri Bar & Grill

Find great food and drinks, with a feature on their unique daiquiris. Try them all! You'll find all the traditional flavors and a few new ones, too. There are virgin varieties if you'd like to skip the alcohol.

Looking to make yours special? Pick two flavors and make something new with their combo offer.

Not into daiquiris? No worries, they've got drinks for you, too. Choose from a selection of beer, wine, and liquor.

Address: 970 Boardwalk, 916 Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

4. The Sling Shot

This one's off the boardwalk, across Ocean Boulevard. But, if you're looking for a heart-racing experience, the SlingShot is for you! Or, you can ride with a friend if you're scared.

The Sling Shot has two massive towers with a bungee cord attached. There's a seat for two in the center.

When you're released, expect to go as far as 300 feet in the air with speeds up to 100 miles per hour. Then? You'll fall that same distance back toward the ground.

The Sling Shot is not for the faint of heart. Thrillseekers won't want to miss it!

Address: 1201 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

5. Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Ripley's Believe It or Not Myrtle Beach

Ripley's Believe It or Not! at Myrtle Beach has a lot to offer the curious visitor. And it's all accessible from Myrtle Beach Boardwalk! Check out some of these unique Ripley's attractions.

Odditorium

The Odditorium is jam-packed with a strange collection of stuff from around the world. Here you'll see things like shrunken heads and crazy artwork. You can even catch a show!

The building is two stories full of strange and exotic experiences. You'll find artifacts and objects from history, too.

Enter the Odditorium for around $15 per person. Or, check out some of the combo pricing to see more than one attraction. 

Address: 913 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Haunted Adventures

Got a thing for haunts and scary creatures? There are two Ripley's haunted attractions you must try. Both are on Ocean Boulevard, too.

The first adventure takes you on a tour through Grimsby & Streaper Casket Company. It's a massive, multimillion-dollar haunted house filled with live actors and animation. Encounter ghosts and ghouls as you explore the maze and solve a mystery.

Or, you can try your hand at the Haunted Adventure Laser Strike attraction. Love a good laser gun battle? Here's your chance to up the ante. Ripley's Haunted Adventure adds in a darkly-themed race for survival.

Hold on to your laser rifle and prepare for combat! You'll navigate a massive 10,000 square foot arena. It's filled with terrifying creatures and obstacles.

Address: 913 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Moving Theater

Ripley's Moving Theater is a show with a twist. In a motion simulator, you'll experience 3-D viewing like never before! Feel every turn, bump and drop as the simulator takes you along for the ride.

Choose from two 3-D films that include special visual and sound effects. You can ride for about $15 per person.

Address: 913 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Aquarium

Ok, it's not located right off the boardwalk. But, the aquarium is worth mentioning, since we're talking about Ripley's attractions, anyway.

Get an up-close look at sharks, stingrays, jellyfish, and other impressive sea creatures. Ripley's aquarium attraction includes several different exhibit zones for you to enjoy.

Here are a few exhibits you can look forward to at Ripley's Aquarium:

  • Rio Amazon
  • Ray Bay
  • Discovery Center
  • Dangerous Reef
  • Rainbow Bay

It's worth the effort of going. Enjoy Ripley's Aquarium before you leave Myrtle Beach! Now, back to the boardwalk!

Address: 1110 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

6. Fun Fair Food

There is quite an array of delicious fair-style snacks and treats on the boardwalk.

Looking for sugary treats or greasy, cheesy finger foods? You won't regret this! Boardwalk vendors offer everything from funnel cakes to waffle cones to cheese fries.

Speaking of sweets, if you love the sugary stuff you've got to check out I Love Sugar! It's a candy shop featuring anything you could want!

Address: 919 North Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

7. Pier 14

Pier 14 restarant on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

You could take a walk down Pier 14. It's a historic pier that's been around since the mid-1920s in one form or another. There's a restaurant, gift shop, and a bait and tackle shop. You can even do a little fishing off the deck if you want.

If you plan to eat dinner at the restaurant, larger parties need reservations. It's definitely worth it to take in the gorgeous sunset views!

Address: 1306 Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

8. Outdoor and Oceanfront Eateries

Restaurants on the Boardwalk

Hungry? Myrtle Beach has some great places to eat. But, you can also walk down the boardwalk to find a good meal.

You can stop in at some of the pubs we talked about. Bowery's, Duffy's and Hurricane's Bar and Grill are great options for a quick bite to eat. Or, you can check out one these local eateries for a nice change of pace.

Dirty Don's Oyster Bar

Oysters, shellfish, steaks, hot wings, sandwiches, and burgers are among the menu choices. Not to mention sides and a drinks menu, too. You've got plenty of options at Dirty Don's Oyster Bar. 

Address: 910 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Peaches Corner

A local spot, Peaches Corner offers burgers, hot dogs, and grilled sandwiches. It's convenient and reportedly the best burger around! Don't forget to try the fried pickles and cheese fries!

Address: 900 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Mammy's Kitchen

Right around the corner from Peaches, you'll find Mammy's Kitchen. Boasting the Best Breakfast in Myrtle Beach, Mammy's Kitchen is a must visit eatery.

It's a local spot that's been around since the 1950s. Mammy's Kitchen is full of tradition and history.

Address: 1010 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

9. Gay Dolphin Gift Cove

Gay Dolphin on the Boardwalk

Every vacation includes a shopping trip. How else are you going to find souvenirs and gifts for people back home? You'll find no better place than Gay Dolphin Gift Cove.

Think of it as a department store for souvenirs. It offers 26,000 square feet of Myrtle Beach themed items. You'll find shot glasses, sharks teeth, tee-shirts, sea shells, coffee mugs and more.

After you're finished shopping, take a look at the observation deck! You'll love the views from up top!

Address: 910 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

10. Unrivaled Ocean Views

Ocean view from the boardwalk

What's great at the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk? Well, the boardwalk, of course! We can't forget to slow down and take in the beautiful ocean views a stroll on the boardwalk offers.

In the summer months, you can find concerts and events on the boardwalk. Popular seasonal events make the boardwalk a place to hang out at any time of year!

All along the northern area, you'll find built-in benches. There are scenic overlooks and plenty of places to stop and rest.

You can people watch or look out over the beach. There's over a mile of protected views!

Plan Your Trip, Today!

Whether you're a local or a tourist, you must check out Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. It's got everything. Breathtaking ocean views, great attractions, and plenty of places to eat. There's something for everyone!

Looking to move to the Myrtle Beach area? Send us a message! We'd love to help you find your Myrtle Beach home.

Posted in News
Nov. 20, 2018

Top 11 Wonderful Family Activities to Enjoy in Myrtle Beach

There are quite a few reasons why Myrtle Beach made U.S. News and World Report's "Best Places to Live" list for 2018. It has a thriving job market, mild climate, and a lower than the national average cost of living. 

It is also a very family-oriented city, with plenty of natural and man-made attractions that kids and adults alike will enjoy. Whether you're thinking of relocating to Myrtle Beach or planning on visiting for a vacation, here are the ten best family activities to try.

family activities in Myrtle Beach

1. Family Kingdom Amusement Park

Just steps away from the boardwalk area is one of Myrtle Beach's best-known family attractions, Family Kingdom Amusement Park. There are over 35 rides, ranging from gentle kiddie ones to heart-pumping thrill rides and something for everyone in between.

The park has been in business for over 45 years and is one of the few seaside amusement parks in the country. While you're there, go for a ride on the Swamp Fox, one of the few remaining wooden roller coasters still operating in the U.S.

One of the best things about the park is the free admission; you pay only for rides you want to go on. When you're tired of the thrills, games, and concession stands, visit Splashes, the water park section. Attractions here include speed slides, water flumes, lazy river, and a children's splash area.

2. Alligator Adventure

Alligator Adventure bills itself as the "reptile capital of the world," and it's easy to see why, given that it's home to nearly 1,000 alligators plus snakes, lizards, frogs, turtles, and tortoises. The 15-acre park gives visitors a chance to see the animals enjoying a natural habitat environment and learn more about the fierce creatures through live feedings and handling shows.

If you dare, say hello to Utan, affectionately known as "The King of the Crocs." He is believed to be the world's largest crocodile in captivity, weighing in at a whopping 2,000 pounds and measuring 18 feet in length. Live daily feedings with the monster croc from mid-April through mid-October never fail to astound park visitors.

Over 200 species of animals call Alligator Adventure home, so in addition to reptiles, you and your kids can see monkeys, flamingos, owls, lemurs, and hyenas. You'll also have the chance to get up-close and personal (as in holding) snakes and baby alligators and learn more about these creatures.

A bonus of visiting the gator park is that it's located next door to Barefoot Landing, Myrtle Beach's shopping and dining complex. This is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat after a day of reptile watching. 

3. WonderWorks

WonderWorks Myrtle Beach is one of six locations across the country where kids and adults alike can nurture their inner Einstein. Part museum and part amusement park, the facility has over 100 interactive exhibits that will get visitors thinking, engaging, and learning.

In addition to exhibits that teach about space exploration, light, sound, and natural disasters, guests can test their physical skills in the indoor ropes challenge or experience the thrill of motion simulation in the 6D extreme motion theater. The small theater stimulates the exciting feeling of moving fast even though you're sitting still in your seat!

The staff here is extremely friendly and patient and passionate about seeing kids explore new concepts. Virtually all of the exhibits are hands-on and encourage touching, which is a bonus if you're visiting with very young children.

The unique upside-down building exhibit will have adults and kids alike talking about it for weeks afterward. You can also try your luck at laser tag. An outdoor zip line ride will have your adrenaline racing before or after you visit the museum building.

There's so much to see and experience at WonderWorks that it takes at least three hours to truly experience it all. When the kids are tuckered out, take them to Broadway on the Beach for a respite and a bite to eat.

Wonder Works Myrtle Beach

4. Ripley Aquarium

Part of the Ripley's Believe It Or Not franchise, Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach does not fail to delight with its array of sea creatures, ranging from jellyfish to several species of sharks. You can see poisonous frogs and ferocious piranhas in the Rio Amazon exhibit and greet green moray eels, sea turtles, and sharks in the Dangerous Reef section.

The aquarium strives to be interactive and offers several experiences that allow visitors to get a little closer to the animals. These include a glass bottom boat trip, a chance to swim with stingrays, and (for certified divers) a dive with sharks. Ripley's Aquarium also holds birthday parties, sleepovers, and other special events.

Take in a live show where you can watch aquarium employees feed sharks, jellyfish, octopi, stingrays, sea dragons, and more. Your pass is good for the day here and allows for reentry on the same day. The aquarium is also very stroller-friendly.

If you visit during the holiday season, don't miss the spectacular annual Festival of Trees event that takes place at the aquarium. It features dozens of twinkling Christmas trees decorated in every theme imaginable, making it a must-see holiday event in Myrtle Beach.

Myrtle Beach Aquarium

5. Paradise Adventure Mini Golf

There are three mini golf facilities in Myrtle Beach managed by Paradise Adventure Mini Golf where you can test your putting skills. Cancun Lagoon is one of the most popular, perhaps because of the 50-foot Mayan temple that towers over players as they try to navigate the outdoor course. On sweltering days, cool off inside with an indoor course.

There are two other impressive mini golf locations. One is Molten Mountain in North Myrtle Beach, which actually features an "active" volcano. The other is Mutiny Bay, a 36-hole Caribbean-themed outdoor course situated next to a giant pirate's ship.

Can't get enough mini golf? Grab a three-day pass that provides unlimited play at all three locations. 

family attractions in myrtle beach sc

6. Hollywood Wax Museum

So maybe you and the kids will never make it to Hollywood or encounter one of your favorite celebrities for a selfie. Fear not, for you can live your fantasy at Hollywood Wax Museum.

The museum features over one hundred amazingly lifelike wax sculptures of your favorite celebrities, including Scarlett Johansson, Clint Eastwood, George Clooney, Bradley Cooper, Marilyn Monroe, and more. Sculptures span notable celebs from the worlds of movies, television, music, and NASCAR.

After saying hello to the stars, you and your kids can set off to save Princess Hannah in the interactive exhibit Hannah's Maze of Mirrors. She is trapped in a mirror maze, and it's up to you to find and rescue her as you navigate your way along hundreds of mirrored walls.

Older kids may also enjoy trying to save the world from zombies in the creepy Outbreak exhibit. This realistic exhibit features live actors as well as animatronics to produce some real chills.

The museum is open 365 days a year, making it an ideal Myrtle Beach activity for winter. It's easy to spot from Broadway at the Beach; look for King Kong climbing the outside of the building.

7. Brookgreen Gardens

Spanning over 9,000 acres, Myrtle Beach's natural wonder called Brookgreen Gardens offers a lot for families to see and do while soaking up the surrounding natural beauty. For starters, it's home to four historic plantations, a zoo, sculpture garden, and wildlife preserve. You can also hop in a jeep or take a boat ride to learn more about the area's animals and ecosystem.

The zoo itself houses native animals who were injured or bred in captivity and cannot survive without human assistance. Children age 12 and up can sign up for the Zookeeper for a Day program, where they'll gain hands-on experience from a zoo employee about the care and feeding of the animals.

Several excursions allow you to delve deeper into Myrtle Beach's history. One of these, the Creek Excursion, takes you into low country creeks on a 48-foot long pontoon boat. You'll learn about the rice plantations and how they were harvested by slaves in the 18th century.

When you're done with your excursion, check out the sculpture garden. It's the largest of its kind in the U.S., containing over 2,000 works by hundreds of artists. There's also plenty of blooms and butterflies to be spotted in Brookgreen Gardens.

Family Fun in Myrtle Beach

8. Broadway Grand Prix Family Race Park

Feeling the need for speed? Broadway Grand Prix Family Race Park will have you feeling like a NASCAR champion in no time. Seven go-kart tracks offer thrills for all skill levels starting with a kids track all the way up to the Grand Prix Pro Track. The vehicles are easy to operate and children must meet a height requirement of 40" to drive them.

A family track features two seated go karts so mom or dad can ride alongside their junior race car driver. There's also a sky coaster that allows you and other family members to safely soar like an eagle above the park. A rock climbing wall challenges climbers of all abilities, and there's even a retro style arcade featuring old-school favorites, such as skeeball.

The park also features bumper cars and an 18-hole mini golf course. Access to all attractions is included with the cost of the all-you-can-ride armband. A season pass is also available for those who plan on returning for the fun throughout the operating months.

9. Broadway at the Beach

Broadway at the Beach is the place to go before or after one of your family adventures for some great food, shopping, and downtime. Although, there's so much to see and do here at Myrtle Beach's most popular tourist stops that it's downright easy to make a day of it here.

When you're not grabbing a bite to eat at one of the dozens of restaurants serving American fare, pizza, seafood, and more, you'll be picking up mementos to bring home from any number of specialty shops and boutiques. Grab some candy or enjoy an ice cream cone in between visiting stores.

Take a ride on the 118-foot-tall Ferris wheel that offers panoramic views of the 350-acre shopping complex and surrounding areas. A dinosaur exhibit lets kids of all ages dig for dinosaur bones or sit on life-sized replicas of the ancient reptiles.

 Best activities in Myrtle Beach for families

10. Myrtle Beach State Park

Sometimes, the best family experiences happen away from the lines and artificial simulations. Visit Myrtle Beach State Park. It was the city's first park, opening in 1936.

The crown jewel of the state park is Grand Strand, a 60-mile stretch of beach that is perfect for some sun and relaxation. Take the kids for a walk along its glittering white sands to hunt for seashells and sharks' teeth. You may just spot bald eagles and turtles in several areas of the park.

You'll find plenty of beachgoers tanning, swimming, surfing, and building sand castles. There are also hundreds of campsites available in the park, and over a hundred include hookups for electricity, water, and sewage.

The sculptured oak nature trail will take you nearly three-quarters of a mile through a maritime forest that features wetlands and magnolia trees. A scenic overlook at a pond awaits you at the end of the trail, or you can make a turn toward the beach.

Whatever you decide to do at the state park's beaches, spending time at the ocean is sure to offer amazing health benefits.

11. Myrtle Beach Pinball Museum

Myrtle Beach Pinball Museum is located at 607 N 27th Ave Myrtle Beach, SC 29577  

http://www.myrtlebeachpinballmuseum.org/

Myrtle Beach Family Activities

Which Myrtle Beach Family Activities Will You Try?

As you can see, there's no shortage of family activities in Myrtle Beach for families of all sizes and children of all ages. There's so many that it's literally impossible to try them all in just one visit to Myrtle Beach.

In which case, perhaps you are thinking about relocating to the Myrtle Beach area. We can help you find the perfect Myrtle Beach home to rent or buy. Start by conducting a real estate search on our site, or contact us at 843-839-9870. 

Posted in News
Nov. 9, 2018

T'is the Season: 10 Must-See Holiday Events at Myrtle Beach

We might be biased, but we think that a Myrtle Beach Christmas is the best Christmas.

Besides the fact that Christmas in South Carolina is objectively superior to places where you have to dig your car out of three feet of snow, Southern Living named Myrtle Beach one of the best towns to celebrate Christmas in the South.

New to the area? Visiting for the holiday? Make sure to catch these great holiday events!

holiday events

1. The Snowball Drop

Who says you have to wait until New Year's for a drop?

For the last 10 years, Conway Downtown Alive has hosted an annual Snowball Drop, in which 1,500 ping pong balls with store names and prize numbers are fired from a "snowball cannon."

After catching their "snowballs," participants are invited to take a stroll and visit various shops to collect their gift, special offer, or coupon.

Sounds pretty fun, right? 

Just make sure to be punctual--the blizzard starts at 10 AM sharp! 

If you want to bring the family, make sure to come early, as the first launch is for kids only and features small prizes from Conway Alive, while the remaining launches are for adult prizes at 40+ Conway businesses.

2. Broadway at the Beach

Who needs the Big Apple when you've got Broadway at the Beach?

This place has a little (or a lot) of everything, with 20 popular attractions, more than 100 shops and boutiques, and over 20 restaurants and nightclubs, Broadway at the Beach has something festive for everyone.

Besides standard fare, it offers a few special holiday events like a tree-lighting ceremony with live entertainment and the annual holiday parade featuring Santa Claus, marching bands, classic cars, and more.

Broadway at the beach

3. Nights of a Thousand Candles

If you want something for the adults to enjoy while the kids stay home with Grandma and Grandpa, make sure to check out the Nights of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens, one of the best winter events in Myrtle Beach.

Brookgreen Gardens is a National Historic Landmark about 15 miles south of Myrtle Beach. On each of the Nights of a Thousand Candles, the gardens come alive with 4,500 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights while warm cider, hand-bell choirs, and live carolers add to the festive atmosphere.

It's a lovely holiday date night combining beautiful gardens, an esteemed sculpture collection, and a healthy dose of holiday spirit. 

Night of 1000 candles

4. Intracoastal Christmas Regatta 

You've seen plenty of Christmas parades in your lifetime. What about changing it up a little and seeing a Christmas parade on the water? 

This boat parade on the Intracoastal waterway occurs the first Saturdays after Thanksgiving. If you love Christmas but wish there was a way to incorporate a nautical flair, then you'll want to see the Intracoastal Christmas Regatta, as some of the area's best boats are decked out and on display for the occasion.

For the best dry-land viewing, grab a seat at one of the restaurants lining the waterway (plus, you can have dinner and a drink while you watch!)

5. The Market Common Holiday Bazaar

If your favorite part of the holiday season is a good holiday market, then you'll want to head over to the Market Common Holiday Bazaar.

Held on the esplanade on Howard Avenue each Saturday from November 3rd to December 15th from noon to 4 PM, the Holiday Bazaar features homemade food, live greens, and seasonal crafts, all provided by local businesses.

Not only is it a great way to spread the holiday cheer, but it's also a great way to show your support for the local Myrtle Beach small business community--and really, what's more in the holiday spirit than that?

6. A Grand Strand Holiday

Okay, there are many places you ought to visit in Myrtle Beach, but if you really need evidence that you don't need snow for a fantastic Christmas, then the Grand Strand Holiday is one of the annual events you can't miss.

This is the home of many of the area's best holiday events, from the Intracoastal Christmas Regatta to two different tree lightings (the North Myrtle Beach tree lighting and the Surfside Beach tree lighting).

It has Christmas-themed events all holiday season, so make sure to do the full tour of everything they have to offer, from entertainment at the Alabama Theatre to the Christmas Towne event, a Myrtle Beach favorite.

7. Ripley's Festival of Trees

Even during the non-holiday season, the Aquarium is one of the places in Myrtle Beach you have to visit.

During the holiday season, Ripley's Aquarium is transformed into a celebration of the great diversity of the United States.

The Festival of Trees features more than 75 beautifully decorated and themed Christmas trees, with 50 trees to represent each state. There's a Mardi Gras tree with masks and beads and a Las Vegas tree with a feather headdress.

We're partial to the South Carolina tree, with a mixture of seashells, magnolias, golf balls, and a bit of USC representation, of course.

8. Beach Ball Classic

Finally, late in the holiday season (the day after Christmas, in fact) is the Beach Ball Classic. If you know Myrtle Beach, then you know that the week between Christmas and New Year's holds a special place on the Myrtle Beach calendar.

The day after Christmas kicks off one of the biggest high school basketball tournaments in the whole country. This is where you'll see future stars of the NBA go head-to-head, so make your way to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center to get in on the action.

Want to Celebrate Holiday Events as a Native? 

If all these holiday events make you itch to stay in Myrtle Beach full time, we can hardly blame you. 

If you're ready to move, we're ready to help make your dream come true. Check out our current homes or condos for sale, or read up on why you should consider Myrtle Beach real estate when looking for your next dream home.

Posted in Myrtle Beach
Nov. 1, 2018

10 Amazing Health Benefits of The Ocean

Living next to or even just near the ocean can be an absolutely amazing experience. It's great to be able to wake up every morning and look at the ocean while you're enjoying a hot cup of coffee and reading the newspaper.

But living near the ocean will provide you with more than just beautiful scenery. There are also so many health benefits of the ocean that you'll get to enjoy, too.

Whether you're swimming in the ocean or just sitting near it, you can make a positive impact on your health when you're anywhere in the general vicinity of salt water. Here are 10 benefits of the ocean that you'll get access to when you purchase real estate in a place like Myrtle Beach.

benefits of the ocean

1. Reduces Anxiety Levels

Almost 20 percent of Americans suffer from an anxiety disorder at this time. As a result, anxiety disorders have actually become the most common type of mental illness in the country.

If your anxiety levels are through the roof, a trip to the beach might be exactly what you need. Simply sitting by ocean water can relax your body and mind and cause anxiety to drift away.

Anxiety can also be reduced by getting into the ocean and splashing around in the water. The magnesium that is present in ocean water has been shown to help those suffering from anxiety disorders.

2. Clears Up Skin

If you ever have a cut or a scrape, jumping into the ocean can work wonders for it. The combination of the salts in ocean water and the sun can help you regenerate new skin cells and promote healing.

But ocean water can help with more than just cuts and scrapes. It can also clear up acne, ulcers, and other skin conditions when you spend a lot of time swimming in the ocean.

You could spend days and even weeks at a time covering yourself in different lotions and ointments to treat these conditions. But why bother when you can let Mother Nature heal you by using one of the biggest benefits of the ocean?

3. Improves Breathing

Do you have asthma? Or are you simply dealing with a nasty cough or a respiratory infection right now?

Breathing in the salt air that surrounds the ocean can make it a lot easier for you to breathe. It can attack any toxins in your respiratory system and allow you to start breathing like normal again.

benefits of living by the ocean

4. Builds Up Immune System

If you have a weak immune system, you're probably the type of person who gets sick all the time. This can make it tough for you to live a normal life when you're constantly trying to get over being sick.

Swimming in the ocean has shown to increase the number of red and white blood cells in a person, which can really come in handy for those with weakened immune systems. It's also a godsend for anyone who routinely encounters elevated blood sugar levels or anemia.

5. Prevents Kidney and Liver Problems

Those living with kidney and liver problems like cirrhosis have responded well to the benefits of the ocean in the past.

Saltwater can speed up the cell regeneration that takes place in your body and help you manage the side effects of cirrhosis. It can also help flush out the excess water that can build up in your body due to conditions like cirrhosis.

Cirrhosis is a potentially deadly disease that affects more than 80 million Americans. If you've been diagnosed with it, moving near the ocean can help.

6. Eliminates Stress

Stress is something that's pretty much unavoidable in this day and age. About eight out of 10 Americans report feeling stressed regularly.

In addition to knocking down your anxiety levels, the ocean can also help combat stress. It won't get rid of it completely, but it can make it a lot easier for you to manage your stress moving forward.

Ocean Reduces Stress

7. Increases Vitamin D Levels

Most of the benefits of the ocean that we've mentioned so far are a direct result of exposure to salt water. But you'll benefit from more than just the salt water during a trip to the beach.

You'll also get plenty of sun when you're near the ocean. The sun can provide your body with all the vitamin D that it needs.

Vitamin D can promote bone growth within your body. It can also reduce the risk of you encountering everything from high blood pressure and heart disease to diabetes and cancer.

8. Cleans the Large Intestine

It's not necessarily a great idea to drink a bunch of ocean water. But while you're swimming in the ocean, you will undoubtedly ingest just a little bit of it. And even just a small amount can benefit you in a big way.

Saltwater can clean out your large intestine and colon. It can also detox your digestive system and make you feel more energetic.

9. Lowers Risk of Depression

Most people feel great after spending a day at the beach. It boosts their mood and wipes away many of the side effects that come along with depression.

The ocean isn't a cure-all for those dealing with clinical depression. But it can help improve your mood in many instances.

10. Wards Off Insomnia

Do you have trouble sleeping at night? Try spending some time by the ocean to see if it helps.

When you're on the beach, you'll keep your blood pressure within a healthy range. That in and of itself will likely help you sleep better at night.

Getting rid of anxiety, stress, and depressive symptoms at the beach can also play a big part in you getting more sleep when you lay down at night.

Take Advantage of the Benefits of the Ocean Today

As you can see, there are so many health benefits of the ocean that you'll get to enjoy when you decide to move near it.

Search through some of the available listings in Myrtle Beach today to see what you might like. You could be living near the ocean and reaping the rewards of it in no time.

Learn about some of the other great things to do in Myrtle Beach, too, and contact us today to start shopping around for homes.

Posted in Myrtle Beach
Oct. 29, 2018

10 Surprising Thing to do in Myrtle Beach in Winter

Everyone wants to visit Myrtle Beach in the summer. But did you know there are tons of things to do in Myrtle Beach in winter?

Myrtle Beach is one of the most popular beach destinations in America. They get about 15 million visitors every year in this South Carolina town.

During the summertime, the city comes alive. The beaches are full and there are lots of activities. That's why it's easy to think that the winter months are boring.

Residents of Myrtle Beach can tell you that's the furthest thing from the truth. Whether you love golfing, boating, or strolling on the beach, there's always something to do.

If you're thinking of buying a house at Myrtle Beach, you have to think things to do in winter as well as summer.

Don't worry, we have a whole list of things to do in Myrtle Beach in winter.

10 Things to Do in Myrtle Beach in Winter

Many people look at moving to South Carolina for retirement. The beach is a tempting destination, but is it as much fun in the winter as it is in summer? Check out our list of ten things to do in Myrtle Beach in winter to find out.

myrtle beach in winter

1. Take Advantage of Off-Season Discount

If you love Myrtle Beach but don't love the prices, winter is a good time to visit.

Myrtle Beach is a top tourist destination on the East Coast. When so many people visit in the summertime, businesses raise their prices for the season.

In the wintertime though? Hotels and attractions will lower their prices to attract winter customers. This includes golf courses that lower the rates on their services.

You'll also have less wait times at restaurants, so take advantage of that!

2. Visit Indoor Water Parks

Just because it's winter doesn't mean you can't go swimming! No, the beaches aren't exactly appealing in January. That's why you can visit indoor water parks to enjoy the water.

These are impressive water parks, too. There are water slides, wave pools, and heated water areas.

Kids and grandkids will love the fun slides and water toys at these indoor parks. Plus you won't have to worry about sunscreen!

3. Collect Shells and Stroll on the Empty Beaches

The waters in South Carolina are pretty cold during the winter time, but the beach isn't only about water.

Take advantage of empty beach space to do... well, whatever you want!

You can host bar-b-ques or bonfire parties with your friends. Go running on the shore without worrying about dodging sun-tanners. Search for shells for hours if that's your style.

If you have a dog, winter is the perfect time to beach-train them. That way they can join you in the warmer months without running off.

There are lots of things to do in Myrtle Beach in winter, you just have to get creative.

Collect Seashells

4. Ride the Skywheel... Without the Lines

For an amazing view of Myrtle Beach, you have to ride the Skywheel.

The Skywheel takes you about 200 feet in the air. At the highest point, you can see the beach for miles in all directions.

They take you up at all times of the day, including night rides to view the stars. Visit the Skywheel in December to see holiday lights from a whole new angle.

5. Visit the Brookgreen Gardens

The Brookgreen Gardens is one of the best sculpture gardens in the entire United States. It's a former rice plantation that transformed into a year-long garden attraction.

You can throw on a light jacket and explore their 9,100 acres of flowers and sculptures. Plan a visit in December to see their Night of a Thousand Candles event. You can also take classes about gardening with the experts.

Plus by exploring the gardens in the winter, you can show off all the best routes to your friends in the summer.

6. Go Golfing All Year Round

Myrtle Beach has more golf courses in the area than you can shake a stick at. During the winter months, you have your pick of the best courses in America.

The number of great golf courses makes Myrtle Beach a perfect retirement destination. Like we said earlier, golf courses will offer discounted rates. That means you can spend all day perfecting your swing for less than your summer friends.Myrtle Beach in the winter

7. Enjoy the Chocolate Walk at Conway

Fifteen miles west of Myrtle Beach is Conway, South Carolina. Most of the year, it's a cute destination with a nice downtown area.

During February, it's an amazing chocolate getaway. Small businesses offer craft chocolates as well as other items and confections. Stock up before Valentine's Day hits, or take a romantic trip with your partner.

8. Take the Kids to the Hollywood Wax Museum

Have you ever wanted to take a selfie with your favorite celebrity? While we can't offer a chance to meet Sylvester Stalone in person, there is the Hollywood Wax Museum.

This would be a fun trip to take with the kids or grandkids. Break out their phones and create a whole photoshoot of the experience.

9. See the Animals at the Waccatee Zoo

The Waccatee Zoo is a wonderful Myrtle Beach attraction for adults and kids. You can see bears, monkeys, and other animals in this natural-setting zoo.

It's open daily unless there's some bad weather. You can also buy a bag of peanuts to feed the animals!

10. Pick Out a Boat at the Grand Strand Boat and Sportsman Expo

One of the things to do in Myrtle Beach in winter is the Grand Strand Boat and Sportsman Expo. If you're looking for a boat for the summer, visit the Myrtle Beach Convention Center in January.

There you'll see a wide variety of boats and other sportsman tools. You can also browse for bikes, ATV's, and other outdoor equipment.

One day at the expo can set you up for a year full of entertainment. Don't miss out!

Things to Do in Myrtle Beach in the Winter

PS: Bonus Thing To Do In The Winter in Myrtle Beach, The Myrtle Beach Pinball Museum!  Great place to relive the days of your youth and actually play pinball. This is a fun interactive museum for all ages. Check the website for days and times during the off-season. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face. 

Looking for a Place in Myrtle Beach?

Now that you know all the things to do in Myrtle Beach in winter, are you ready to move?

Of course, you are! Who doesn't want to live by the beach?

Check out our website to find your dream home today.

Posted in Myrtle Beach
Oct. 23, 2018

Top 7 Golf Courses in Myrtle Beach

Golf enthusiasts know the best courses offer their own unique experience as well as variety. Perhaps that's why so many bring their clubs to South Carolina.

Our golf courses in Myrtle Beach are well known for their quality. With more than half of the locations featuring four stars or more, it's the perfect retreat for those who know how to swing.

But with so many options, where do you start? We've put together a cheat sheet for first-time visitors so you can experience the best of our greens.

Golf Courses in Myrtle Beach

Good Swings: Our Top 7 Golf Courses in Myrtle Beach

Below you'll find some of the greatest greens Myrtle Beach has to offer. We break down each location's finest features, as well as what makes them unique.

As you read on, don't forget to have your pen and paper handy! We doubt you'll be able to make it through this list without wanting to try a few of them--at least!

1. World Tour Golf Links

Golf fans can't resist a visit to World Tour Golf Links. This incredible 18-hole location brings the best courses from the World Tour into one thrilling game.

Experience firsthand the recreation of holes featured on the Augusta National to even the Old Course at St. Andrews! You'll travel the world without ever leaving Myrtle Beach. The course provides ambassadors to guide you every step of the way while making you feel like a pro.

The facilities, too, are stunningly prestigious. Beyond the courses, World Tour Golf Links offers an incredible golf shop that has ranked within the top 100 for 5 years.

2. Wizard Golf

Are you looking for a whimsical green with devilish elevation changes? If so, The Wizard is the perfect challenge. Located conveniently between Myrtle Beach and Conway, just off of Highway 501, this course is a popular one.

This course is tough to beat and a pleasure to look upon. You'll find more than 800 different species of vegetation across the berms and mounds, including flowers, ornamental grasses, and plants.

The staff and accommodations are bound to impress as well. The location boasts of raving reviews for its service, accommodations, and course designs. If you're an experienced golfer looking for something different, The Wizard will surely enchant you.

3. Willbrook Plantation Golf Club

Established in 1798, Willbrook Plantation Golf is a Founder's Collection course rich in history. Rated 4.5 stars by Golf Digest, this course offers 18 pristine holes in a traditional South Carolina plantation setting, including Lowcountry wetlands and marshes.

These holes frame scenic bodies of water but don't fret. Their distance from the hole makes them a minimal risk when swinging and putting. In fact, guests give this golf club 8's and 9's across the board for its tees, greens, fairways, pro shop, grill, and staff.

The course is well-maintained while providing a challenge to even the most seasoned of golfers. The holes are also fairly fast to play. If you're looking for a traditional golf setting with immaculate greens, you'll want to book a game at Willbrook.

4. Whispering Pines

Deemed a local favorite back in 2003 by the Myrtle Beach Sun News poll, Whispering Pines is an escape from the bustle of Myrtle Beach into a golfer's paradise. Found on the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, the green is surrounded by peaceful wilderness.

With fairways lined in tall forest trees, wetlands, and signs of wildlife, it truly lives up to its name. Visitors can also enjoy the driving range, pro shop, custom fitting services, and more.

Most of their pro shop prices either meet or beat your usual outlet locations, and the selection is worth browsing. Many players also enjoy grabbing a drink at The Pub before or after a game.

With a great menu and plenty of cold drinks, it's the perfect place to wind down before reemerging into the tourist area of Myrtle Beach.

5. True Blue Golf Club

True Blue Golf Club is one to rave about, and Golf Magazine, the Golf Channel, and Golfweek all have by ranking it in their top 100 public courses. With courses designed by Mike Strantz, its located on a former indigo and rice plantation.

Stunning fairways and spacious greens offer a long, scenic course that you'll enjoy exploring as much as playing. True Blue offers a very natural setting, rich with native plants and vegetation.

There is also an 18-acre practice facility used by The Steve Dresser Golf Academy. There, you can find their pro shop and a grill room that is well worth the visit.

6. Tiger's Eye Golf Links

If you're looking for a course that forces you to think about every swing, shot, and putt, look no further than Tiger's Eye. Although relatively new, this course has found national acclaim as one of the best in the country thanks to its stunning Tim Cate design.

Its awards include a 4.5 rating by Golf Digest as well as being ranked among their "Top 100 Public Golf Courses in America". Golf Magazine also named it among their "Top Courses You Can Play State-by-State".

Players will enjoy the colorful setting of natural flowers, waterfalls, mighty pines, and oaks, as well as marshlands. Overall, it echoes the classic style of Pinehurst.

While the greens are fast-paced, you won't want to rush your plays. With strategically placed water and sand hazards, you'll find yourself constantly thinking about your strategy.

7. Tidewater Golf Club

Another one of Golf Digest's "Top 100 Public Golf Courses in America", Tidewater Golf Club is unique in that it offers plenty of challenges while still accommodating every skill level.

This location earns its reputation through both its scenic design and well-crafted playing experience. They keep their greens and fairways immaculate and you never have to worry about it punishing a well-hit shot.

It's a location that awards great plays. Tidewater offers TifEagle greens and a stunning view of the Atlantic Ocean from the 13th green. It's truly a course that you'll want to come back to again and again, bringing new friends so you can relive the stunning experience.

This course has won multiple awards since its creation in 1990 from Golfweek, Golf Magazine, Golf Digest, and more. With nearly 400 reviewers across Google, Facebook, and other platforms giving it an average of 4.88 stars, you must add this to your courses to visit in Myrtle Beach.

Find a Home by the Green

For some, golf isn't just a hobby. It's a lifestyle. Make the green part of your routine by moving to our South Carolina haven.

We'll help you find the perfect property near your favorite golf courses in Myrtle Beach. With so many scenic properties in this favored retirement spot, you're bound to find the perfect match.

Explore what's on the market via our online listings today.

Posted in Myrtle Beach
Oct. 15, 2018

10 Best Myrtle Beach Restaurants You Have to Check Out

Tourists come to Myrtle Beach for the sand and sea, but they stay for the food. With an emphasis on fresh seafood, there's something for every taste and preference.

Besides the art on your plate, Myrtle Beach offers gorgeous scenery and ambience. Every meal is an experience that makes your vacation even more amazing.

Who knows, you might love the food so much you'll want to move here. Don't believe it's that life-changing? Keep reading for ten of the best Myrtle Beach restaurants you need to try.

Myrtle Beach Restaurants

1. Drunken Jack's

As the name suggests, dinner at Drunken Jack's is like dining with a pirate. The d?cor immerses you into life in on a ship. The Inlet views make you feel like you're literally off at sea.

Then, the food doesn't disappoint. They serve hearty seafood dishes like the Flounder Platter and Crab Cakes, and don't hold back on the booze. The drink menu has over 20 different on-brand cocktails.

For a fun night out in Myrtle Beach, make Drunken Jack's your first stop.

2. The Chesapeake House

If you're not into pirates, head over to The Chesapeake House for a more traditional Myrtle Beach experience. Since 1971, this hallmark of South Carolina dining has built up a following.

You're likely to see tables of locals dining here, which tells you the food must be great.

Diners rave about the seafood stew. Don't bother trying to replicate this meal at home because it's a secret family recipe!

3. Sea Captain's House

There's something so quintessential about eating brunch in a waterfront cottage. At Sea Captain's House, you get that experience and more.

Although the dinner menu is awesome, breakfast is what this joint brags about. Watch the waves crash onto the sand as you sip a strawberry mimosa. When you finish your food, head down to the shore for a late-morning swim.

Sea Captain's House makes you feel like you're in a seaside paradise.

4. River City Cafe

All that swimming causes a roaring appetite. Luckily, the River City Cafe is ready to quench your hunger. It's a simple high-quality burger and fries joint.

But, forget the cheap ingredients and excessive grease you'll find in other burger places. At River City Cafe, you get a never-frozen beef patty and hand cut fries.

Oh, and you can throw your peanut shells on the ground. How cool is that?

5. Collector's Cafe and Gallery

Are you in Myrtle Beach for business? Or maybe you're meeting your girlfriend's parents for the first time. Collector's Cafe is the best spot for a classy and professional meal.

The walls have plenty of unique and captivating art for sale. The menu boasts sauteed scallop cakes and filet of beef carpaccio. Enjoy captivating conversation in an ambient and classy restaurant.

6. Fire and Smoke

Despite the abundance of seafood in Myrtle Beach, sometimes all you want is a juicy cut of steak. For the best land-animal dishes on the coast, check out Fire and Smoke.

This gastropub serves up a warm and cozy atmosphere. Meats get cooked over a wood fire, and burgers have a gourmet twist. The beer and wine list are extensive allowing you to pair the perfect brew for your meal.

Servers are very knowledgeable about the ingredients and beverage pairings. It's considered an upscale bistro, so prepare for excellent service.

7. Carolina Roadhouse

Some of the most common visitors to Myrtle Beach are golfers doing a "boy's trip". To cater to this group of travelers, Carolina Roadhouse curates the perfect menu.

Expect giant, man-sized portions and hearty flavors. Think rack of ribs, foot-long hot dogs, and rich chilis. They also specialize in Southern cuisine, so make sure you try one of the chicken platters.

After a long day on the greens, there's nothing like a hearty and filling meal. It's impossible to leave this joint still hungry.

8. Gulfstream Cafe

Looking for a family-friendly restaurant to celebrate a birthday? Locals and visitors alike flock to Gulfstream Cafe for its casual and welcoming feel.

The rooftop deck is the perfect place to watch the sun go down. It also makes the best scenery for eating Alaskan crab legs. If seafood isn't your thing, they also have legendary Southern dishes.

They even hold weekly special events. Thursdays in the fall are for the annual Oyster Roast. Every Saturday evening has live music.

9. Margaritaville

You can't come to Myrtle Beach without dining at Margaritaville. If you don't, did you even go to South Carolina?

This infamous joint has attracted visitors from all over the world. The cuisine is a mix of Mexican and Southern with lots of seafood. The bestsellers range from volcano nachos to shrimp scampi linguine.

Expect awesome cocktails, especially margaritas. And, don't forget to check out the gift shop for a souvenir. Everyone needs a Jimmy Buffet vacation tee!

10. Abuelo's

Speaking of Mexican cuisine, you can't go wrong with Abuelo's. This family restaurant introduces authentic Mexican flavors with traditional American favorites. Think espinaca stuffed mushrooms, enchiladas, and chimichangas.

Make sure you sample the traditional flan dessert. It's made from Mexican egg custard and has won awards in the culinary field.

Since so many families enjoy eating here, they have a full kid's menu. Items are still Tex-Mex-esque but will simpler flavors. For example, cheese quesadillas and tamales.

Ready to Check Out One of These Myrtle Beach Restaurants?

If you weren't sure about coming to Myrtle Beach before, you're probably convinced now. The foodie scene in this beach town is thriving and growing every year.

It's not only the tourists who embrace all the different restaurant options. One of the best reasons to live in Myrtle Beach is the extensive dining choices. No matter what cuisine or ambience you're looking for, you'll find it here.

For more information on moving to Myrtle Beach and picking the right home for you, check out the blog.

Sept. 25, 2018

Top 10 Things to Do In Myrtle Beach

Want the fun of a Californian pier atmosphere mixed with good, home, southern values? What about a vacation spot that understands the value of vintage but avoids kitsch?

Yes? Well then put Myrtle Beach, SC on your to-travel list. There's something for every generation of your family, perfect for a family reunion.

What kind of things to do in Myrtle Beach can you enjoy? Everything from the beach to baseball, to classic rock music. You won't run out of choices.

Want more information? We're profiling our top 10 activities below.

myrtle beach things to do

1. Myrtle Beach Pinball Museum

What's better than a cool museum you can look around? A cool museum you can play around! There's nothing not to love about this nostalgic family-friendly attraction. Trip Advisors top attraction in Myrtle Beach!

Take a break from the beach and dive into the air conditioning with historic games from the 80's and 90's. You can show your kids how to play the game you loved as a kid or battle your now-grown sibling.

Leave your quarters at home - once you pay admission you've paid to play every game in the museum!

It's low-cost, high-fun, and only four blocks away from the beach. Start stretching your thumbs, you have to prove you've still got it!

Pinball Museum

2. Myrtle Beach Beach!

It shouldn't surprise you that an attraction in Myrtle Beach is . . . the beach! Yes. There's a reason it's a summer vacation spot for sun-loving families.

This beach on the South Carolina shore has everything a family can want for a beach day. We're talking about mild waves, enjoyable temperatures, and fishing opportunities.

It's the perfect place to teach little ones how to fish, especially from a dock in Myrtle Beach state park (more on that later).

The mild waves aren't great for major surfers, but it's a great place for kids to learn. Or adults! There are opportunities for water sports at almost every beach stretch along the sand.

Bring your boogie board or sand skimmer, you'll find with affordable accommodations down the beachside, you can bring more toys. No more lugging beach gear miles down the road!

The beach in Myrtle Beach

Accommodations

We recommend shelling out (see what we did there?) the extra for a beachside accommodation. Parking and public restrooms can be difficult to find in high-season without a close-by home hub.

Most public beaches along the 60 mile Myrtle beach stretch have manned lifeguard stations. You still need to keep an eye on the kids, but it's nice to know there's an expert in case anything goes awry.

Weather

The best time to visit the beach is the high season, which lasts from June to August. Though there are the most people there then, you'll relish in temperatures hot enough for the beach, but a break from the southern heat.

In late summer, you can expect some late-day rain showers, which are common in the South. From about 3:30-5, there are usually clouds and a chance for rain.

This is a great time for the family to take a nap and break from the sun after playing at the beach all day!

3. Myrtle Beach State Park

On the South side of the city, away from all the hustle and bustle, you'll find Myrtle Beach State Park. These protected waters are under the caring hand of local government.

Some sources call this an ocean forest site - there's so much natural (underwater) foliage. Motorboats and commercial fishing aren't allowed in these protected waters.

That doesn't mean you can't fish, though. Visitors are welcome to try their hand at catching dinner - just make sure you check local regulations for throwing back certain fish!

Find local permit information here.

If you're so inclined, you can camp in this beautiful natural park. This is an affordable way to stay close to the beach, with rental fees all under $50 per night.

You have gas hookups at some, but it's worth making a reservation or calling ahead to check you'll have all the access you need.

There are integrated activities at the park, but some cost extra - so budget in some petty cash expenditures.

4. Pelican Ballpark

Did you now that the Chicago Cubs have a connection to Myrtle Beach, SC? It's true! The Cubs pull some of the best talents from their affiliate, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.

The SC team is a Class-A advanced affiliate, which means they partner with the Cubs to nurture players not quite ready for the big-city team yet.

The park is officially TicketReturn.com Feild, but that doesn't roll off the tongue. You're more likely to hear it called the "Field of Dreams" or "Pelican Park".

The history of the stadium location and the team goes back to 1945 - when there was the Historic Carolina League.

If you're trying to convince a non-sporty family member to go to a Pelican game, you can encourage them to learn about the league's history. Learning and sports - there's something for everyone!

Be sure to check their website before you attend a game. Tickets are usually easy to get, so wait until you see the web offering a promotional special. You'll find things like BOGO hot dogs or $1 beer games.

Get your ball-park on!

Myrtle Beach pelicans baseball

5. The Carolina Opry

You've heard of the Opry if it's the Grand Ole, but what about its Carolina cousin? The Carolina Opry isn't as expansive as the Nashville attraction but in a good way!

If you've been to the Nashville Opry, you know you could get lost trying to find your way around the country-music indoor theme park.

The Carolina Opry isn't that overwhelming. Yes, it's beautiful and historical, but it's an afternoon attraction - not a week-long project.

It's been open since 1986 and their Christmas Special regularly sells out by September. Recent visitors who've seen non-Christmas shows report back that they're "Broadway Quality".

To find the Opry dates, check out their website which has their selection of shows.

You'll find the attraction to the North of the strip, so plan for a little traffic time if you're camping at our #3 attraction.

Carolina Opry Myrtle Beach

6. The Aquarium

Did you get stuck on a rainy day? The weather doesn't have to bum out your whole family. Ripley's Aquarium at Myrtle Beach takes up a hefty spot at Broadway on the Beach.

You'll pay a little more for this attraction than the others on this list, at about $30 per adult ticket. Kids are $17.99 each at the time of this writing.

What do you get for that entry price? About the coolest dangerous exhibit and encounter, you'll ever feel safe in.

"Dangerous Reef" is a three hundred plus square feet underwater tunnel you walk through (and under). Above and beside you swim some of the fiercest predators in the sea.

Sharks, eels, anything you'd avoid on the beachfront is enclosed in glass for your viewing pleasure.

Kids who are more hands-on can hang out at the Discovery Center, where there are horseshoe crabs to touch. Other hands-on animals include starfish and puffer fish, though the animals rotate.

Want a more immersive (literally) experience? You and your family can pay an extra fee to do things like swim with stingrays and get behind the scenes tours.

Since the aquarium is owned by Ripley, you can get combination tickets for the other Ripley attractions in town.

This includes the Ripley's Believe it or Not! Museum and their haunted tour offering. If you've never been to Ripley's museum, we suggest it for kids 6-10 years old. Everyone will enjoy it, but that's when their imaginations and gullibility peak.

7. Mount Atlanticus Mini Golf

A mountain at the beach? Not the type you'd find on a map, but it's the name of the most popular mini golf place in Myrtle!

Locals and returning visitors find the Mt. Atlanticus course the one they keep coming back to. Even though there's plenty of healthy competition in town.

You can choose between two eighteen hole mini-courses, the Conch and the Minitaur.

Both paths have water features, creative hole options, and cartoon creatures. Kids will have fun checking out the course decor, even if they're tripling the expected par.

You won't pay out the nose for this attraction either. It's around $10-12 for kids to play and $14 for adults.

If you want to hit the green after a long day at the beach, prices go down after six pm.

Eat too much seafood at dinner? The course is open until midnight, so you can walk off those crab legs and butter.

If you manage a hole in one on the courses hardest hole, you could go home with free golf for life! Will you earn the honor?

Mt Atlanticus Mini Golf

8. Grown Up Golf Courses

If you're looking for a golf course with more sand pits and putting greens instead of windmills, Myrtle has those options too.

We could write another top ten article, just with golf course choices.

To save you that trouble, here are a few choices to check out.

Caledonia Golf Course

Want a new-course amenity with old-course charm? Caledonia has only been played for 19 years, but you'd never know it if we didn't tell you.

There are the classic southern trees, old and swinging with Spanish moss. You'll find yourself having visions of Gone With the Wind while you take your swings.

Dunes Golf & Beach Club

If you have the connections, you'll want to play out at the Dunes Club. Guests can play by arranging a tee time here.

This course is older than Caledonia, by a good bit. It opened in 1948 and boasts a course offering dubbed "Waterloo".

You'll play around lakes and elevated greens while enjoying the South Carolina sunshine.

Barefoot Resort

Want a cheaper option than the greens fees in the hundreds at the first two choices? Check out Barefoot Golf on a Wednesday. That's the day they discount their fee for all their courses all throughout the year.

You'll play in the site of a re-created plantation house, that has the right (and politically correct) type of southern charm.

You'll want shoes on the green - regardless of the course name. When you get there, you'll have four courses to choose from.

Myrtle Beach Golf

9. The Alabama Theater

Are you a country music fan? Or maybe you couldn't get tickets for the Carolina Opry for the time you're there?

You can try out the Alabama theater. It's the location of the classic country band Alabama's famous 1993 show. Even though they retired a few years ago, the band paid homage to their home by sponsoring the Alabama theatre.

Now, the theater boasts guest performers and their regular ONE: The Show. ONE: The Show is a combination of about every music genre out there - all the family-friendly ones anyway. During a ONE show, you can hear everything from country, to gospel, to classic rock music. You usually find adults here sans-kids, but well-behaved children are welcome.

This is a great way to end your trip, with everyone getting dressed up and seeing a show. Some shows go late, so it's perfect to keep kids up so they'll sleep on the car or plane the next day.

Alabama Theater

10. Myrtle Waves Water Park

Was the ocean not enough of a watery thrill for you? Don't sweat it. Myrtle Waves Water Park is the biggest in South Carolina.

We're talking over thirty slides and other water-based attractions.

Those under forty-two inches tall can play in the mild (not wild!) wave pool and splash park. There's a small area for toddlers and they get discounted rates.

Seniors can expect a price cut as well, so if Grandma's willing to go to the water park, bring her along!

 

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If you're looking to get a vacation house, buy something in the area, or even just rent a hotel room - Myrtle Beach, SC won't steer you wrong.

There are tons of things to do in Myrtle Beach for the whole family. You can have a relaxing vacation or pack every night for two weeks with fun.

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Aug. 28, 2018

6 Annual Events In Myrtle Beach You Can't Miss

Have you ever wanted to visit somewhere that combines the relaxing vibes of a beach town with the hub of a fun city? In Myrtle Beach, you can get the best of both worlds. With so much to do and plenty of sunshine to soak in, it's hard not to adore this city.

It's estimated that more than 18 million people visit Myrtle Beach each year. Once you visit our white sandy beaches and explore our rich city culture, it's not hard to see why Myrtle Beach is a dream destination for so many people.

If you want to know the best annual Myrtle Beach events, here are 6 that you should definitely mark on your calendar.

Myrtle Beach Events

1. Beach, Boogie, and BBQ Festival

Labor Day is a holiday everyone can look forward to. The long weekend and the wonderful weather sends many Americans flocking to the beach. At the Beach, Boogie, and BBQ festival, you can already be there!

On top of digging your feet into the sand, there are plenty of family-friendly activities that children of all ages can enjoy. Music lovers can jam to the free beach concerts. Kids will get excited about the fun jet ski demonstrations.

On every Saturday of this event, 75 master grillers compete for the best BBQ title. This means you'll have dozens of mouth-watering BBQ dishes to sample. What could capture Labor Day better than a barbecue on the beach?

Creative types will also enjoy the arts and crafts vendors. Don't worry, because there are also plenty of kid activities planned, too. There is never a dull moment during this Labor Day festival unless you want to lay out on the sand.

If you're looking for Myrtle Beach upcoming events, then be sure to pack up your beach gear for this September. This event takes place every year at the beginning of each Labor Day weekend and it lasts for two days.

2. Horry County Fair

Horry County Fair is one of the most fun events in Myrtle Beach for children and adults alike! It takes place at the end of every April from the 19th to the 28th. This means you have over a week of entertainment to enjoy with your family and friends.

Horry County Fair takes place at the Myrtle Beach Speedway and it's massive. There are tons of carnival rides for any level of thrill-seeking. Play all of the games and try your hand at winning a prize.

Kids will have a blast at the petting zoo, animal exhibits, and even seeing the Robinson's Racing Pigs. There are plenty of kiddie rides and fun characters to meet for cute photo opportunities. Kids can even rock out at the Kids Dance Party.

You'll definitely be tempted to try all of the delicious fair food. Horry County Fair also offers endless ride wristbands for nonstop fun. Parking is free on site.

3. St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival

Irish and non-Irish folk alike get excited for the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival held every March. With so many activities and delectable foods and drinks, you'll understand why everyone gets in the spirit. Over 30,000 people are drawn to this event each year!

This fun day lasts from morning well into the evening. You can celebrate like a true lad or lass. The parade is held on Main Street and over 150 vendors are there to serve up some incredible food, display gorgeous crafts, and sell fun products and services.

There are 3 stages for musical performers to keep the Irish cheer going all day. There is even a children's area with rides and entertainment.

There is no better way to celebrate the coming of each spring than to participate in this festival. If you're feeling lucky, you can even dress up for the Leprechaun contest!

4. Myrtle Beach Events in Summer: Conway Riverfest

The Conway Riverfest held in June each year is not to be missed! Take in the gorgeous scenery of the Waccamaw River as you enjoy all the fun activities.

Shop at the artisan market, enjoy some food, and watch the exciting raft race. There are plenty of live performers and activities that appeal to any age, which makes this festival a popular family outing.

5. Loris Bog-Off Festival

If you haven't heard of Chicken Bog, then you sure are missing out! It's a staple dish of the South that all locals love. This festival celebrates the famous spicy chicken, rice, sausage, and peppers dish.

Thousands of people gather each October to savor the different renditions of Bog. Besides plenty of good eats, attendees will also enjoy the fireworks, arts, and crafts, and live performers.

This event is a relaxed setting for all foodies to rejoice together. The Loris Bog-Off Festival is just one of the many Myrtle Beach festivals that locals and travelers look forward to each year. Once you try our Bog, you'll wish that you'd known about it sooner!

6. A Grand Strand Holiday

You may not think that the South is the perfect place to get into the holiday spirit, but A Grand Strand Holiday proves that you don't need snow for the perfect Christmas.

Christmas-themed events will be held all holiday season. You can't miss any of the entertainment held in the Carolina Opry, Alabama Theatre, and Legends in Concert. Their shows will remind you of what Christmas is all about.

The Christmas Towne event is when all of Myrtle Beach gathers for the official Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The decorations at the Night of a Thousand Candles, which is located at Brookgreen Gardens, will take your breath away.

There are numerous parades, festivals, shows, and other holiday events to enjoy. Any December day is sure to be memorable when you're staying in Myrtle Beach.

Grand Strand Events

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