You’ve got your favorite clothes packed, your best friends invited and flights booked. Now for the fun part! But how do you make the most of this time away from the daily grind with your gal pals? Here are some of the best kept secrets from locals on how to do it up right on a Girlfriend Getaway to the Grand Strand:

1 - Hit the Beach

Girlfriends on the Beach

No doubt the first thing you’ll want to do when you arrive at Myrtle Beach is head to the beach for a cool frozen drink in the sun. With 60 miles of Atlantic Ocean beachfront in the area, there’s plenty of space to spread out and catch some rays. Locals tip: Rent your beach chairs and umbrellas at one of 50 Lack’s Beach Service lifeguard locations.

2 - Shopping the Strand 101


There’s usually good shopping at most beach destinations, but there’s amazing shopping in Myrtle Beach. With over 300 stores to choose from, including several outlet malls, you can score hot deals on name-brand items with your besties there to offer a thumbs up or down. Enjoy shopping as only a beach destination can offer at Barefoot Landing with its beautiful setting along the Intracoastal Waterway and 27-acre lake along with plentiful boutiques and national retailers. Locals tip: Check Tanger Outlets online in advance for coupons and upon arrival, ask for the coupon book. There are also shopping coupons on the website.

3 - Catch a Show

Alabame Theatre: ONE

Myrtle Beach is home to a variety of theatres offering live shows. You may not be able to meet Elvis, but you can see a top-notch look-a-like at Legends in Concert. No matter what kind of music you like, you’ll find it at live performances at Alabama Theatre and The Carolina Opry, which blend comedy with upbeat music and dance. GTS Theatre will take you back in time as you embark on the history of Motown!

4 - Sip ‘n Swirl

Video Thumbnail - youtube - Duplin Winery, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach has wineries, too! Head to La Belle Amie, an operating vineyard in Little River, to sample their private wines, or go north to Duplin Winery to learn a bit about winemaking in the Carolinas while kicking back with a glass of wine after a day at the beach. Locals tip: Flip flops welcome!

5 - A Night on the Town

Broadway at the Beach Nightlife

When you’re ready to let loose, unwind and maybe even get your groove on, Myrtle Beach won’t let you down with so many options to choose from. Broadway at the Beach offers a comedy club, country bar, dance clubs and even dueling pianos. The House of Blues at Barefoot Landing regularly has free live music, along with major touring acts. Locals tip: Learn the state dance of South Carolina, the Shag, at area clubs like Fat Harold’s Beach Club, Duck’s and OD Lounge.

6 - Sample Some Shrimp

Dining with a View from 2nd Ave Pier

You won’t want to leave the Strand without a taste of our fresh, local seafood. Is there anything better than dining oceanfront with your girlfriends while noshing on hushpuppies and fried shrimp? Try a stroll along the beautiful Murrells Inlet MarshWalk for a selection of eight restaurants. Or jump right in for a class in preparing classic Southern dishes at Horry Georgetown Technical College. Locals tip: Try She-Crab soup, a South Carolina specialty, or our world-renowned shrimp and grits.

7 - Say Spahh…

Cinzia Spa

How does a massage with the lulling melody of waves crashing in the background sound? Or how about a manicure or pedicure while catching up with your friends over a glass of champagne? The Grand Strand is home to plenty of spas that can accommodate groups for a day of pampering at the beach. Locals tip: Try a body wrap to give your skin a beachside glow.

8 - Max Out Your Savings

Myrtle Beach SkyWheel at Night

Many Myrtle Beach hotels and resorts offer special deals for ladies traveling on a girls getaway. Be sure to check out the Visit Myrtle Beach website for the most up-to-date savings and packages designed especially for you and be sure not to miss the Coupons page for discounts on attractions, dining and more

No matter how you choose to do the Grand Strand, you and your girlfriends will come away with memories for years to come of your fun-in-the-sun beach getaway.