Labor Day became an official U.S. holiday in 1894 and honors the American labor movement and the workers who add prosperity and well-being to the nation. Always the first Monday in September, it is considered the unofficial end of summer. The summer fun doesn’t have to end though, when you vacation in Myrtle Beach! This year more than ever we offer a huge summer blowout of fun and sun end for hard working families. Did you know that part of the history of Myrtle Beach’s Springmaid Beach is that it was created for hard working textile…

Beach Safety Tips

Thursday, August 18, 2016 9:00 AM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC

A trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is a wonderful way to create family memories together. Whether you’re swimming, hunting for seashells or simply laying out, here are a few tips to make sure your visit to the beach is as fun and as safe as possible. Sun Exposure Always, always, ALWAYS wear sunscreen. Regular application of sunscreen protects against painful sunburn and sun damage. Reapply after swimming and always bring along a hat and UV-protected sunglasses. Dehydration Dehydration is a real threat that can sneak up on you in the…

The Myrtle Beach area is home to more than 1,500 restaurants and, make no mistake, Aspen Grille is on any short list of the Grand Strand’s best. Don’t just take the word of your faithful correspondent. Nearly 560 Trip Advisor reviews, almost all of them glowing, have netted Aspen Grille a 4.5-star rating, and 141 reviews on Yelp produced the same evaluation. But ratings alone don’t do Aspen justice. Executive chef and owner Curry Martin, who was classically trained in Paris and San Francisco, has designed an eclectic menu that rivals any in the…

One of the best ways to take advantage of beautiful summer days in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is by heading outdoors with a perfectly packed picnic. While taking your picnic seaside is probably your first choice when you’re in Myrtle Beach (we have 60 miles of uninterrupted shoreline), there are tons of locations great for al fresco dining. From Conway’s Riverfront park to one of our state parks to Brookgreen Gardens, picnicking options are endless along the Grand Strand. My husband and I planned a picnic lunch date on the beach recently and…

5 Myrtle Beach Life Hacks

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 9:00 AM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC

While we’re already mid-summer here in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, it’s not too late to take advantage of some serious beach life hacks that can make a trip to the beach so much easier. Number One Use an old fitted sheet – along with various beach gear – to make the perfect, sand-free zone for all your seaside relaxing. Number Two Stick a travel size baby powder in your beach bag. Baby powder can be used to instantly remove unwanted sand before leaving and getting in your car. Number Three Store ice in your cooler in plastic bags. Not only…

6 Ways to Tie a Sarong

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 11:00 AM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC

Whenever I’m packing for a beach vacation, one of the first things I think to pack is a sarong. From fashion to functionality, it’s one of the most useful beach essentials to bring along. You can use them as a beach towel, or with a little online research, can learn how to fold one into a handy beach tote. But my favorite way to use a sarong is as a cute beach cover-up. Here are just a few of the many ways in which you can tie a sarong: Basic halter dress – Wrap the sarong horizontally underneath arms and cross ends over your bust. Tie at the…

Myrtle Beach has landed at No. 12 on Travel+Leisure's America's Favorite Beach Towns list for 2016. Myrtle Beach has over 10 miles sandy shores, more than enough for the millions of visitors who flock to this sunny destination. It added a boardwalk and London Eye-type Ferris wheel at the beginning of the decade, bringing a renewed energy to a resort that has long cherished its campy vibe. Molten Mountain , a miniature golf course with a 50-foot artificial volcano that erupts every half hour, is still a necessary stop here. Myrtle Beach also…

Starting several years ago, the folks at Visit Myrtle Beach began mentioning how they’d like me to ride the Slingshot in downtown Myrtle Beach. It’s located near the SkyWheel and is visible from Visit Myrtle Beach offices. In fact it’s so close you can regularly hear screams throughout the day. I said no. I really, really, REALLY didn’t want to do it. Roller coasters are scary. The Slingshot is TERRIFYING. I’d rather have a cavity filled. But I finally caved and planned a visit the other day with a friend. It was 100 percent as bad as I had…

To get an unbiased, fact-based view into the best beaches in the US, the Tipspoke team used a rigorous 4-part process leveraging the Google Consumer Survey platform to survey thousands of people across America. Myrtle Beach landed in the number one spot at the top of the list. There are many opinion-based lists of the best beach in the US, but Stacey Sao, the master researcher behind recreational information hub Tipspoke, decided to get an unbiased, fact-based answer. She followed a rigorous 4-part process with Google Consumer Surveys to make…

If you’re headed to Myrtle Beach—or any beach—with a little one in tow, it’s easy to have an enjoyable day in the sun with some extra planning and packing. While it may require more than a book, water bottle and tote bag, the extra effort is well worth the reward of family memories you’ll treasure forever. Here is a roundup of twelve baby and toddler beach essentials that will make any seaside outing with a little one both fun and successful. Large Beach Tote: And the more children you have, the larger the tote should be! Lugging more than…