Posts from August 2013

Captain Smiley Makes Us Smile

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 11:51 AM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC

We're always trying to emphasize the many wonderful activities the Myrtle Beach area offers beyond sunning on our beautiful shoreline. Not because we're not beach bunnies, but because we understand that families like to create memories together while on vacation, and some of the activities offered in our area do just that! One such activity is inshore fishing in the sounds, inlets, tidal creeks and near-shore wrecks in Little River, South Carolina -an area known for its fantastic fishing. Specifically, we recommend an inshore fishing trip…

We've always known that our little patch of paradise is one in a million. It's even more rewarding when a million others feel the same. The Myrtle Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau has surpassed one million "likes" on its official Facebook page. Don't worry, we're not going to reference Sally Field! But we are going to say thank you to our fans in a big way. We're kicking off a year of appreciation with the Million Dollar Beach House Vacation Getaway . That's right, we're offering our fans the chance to win a week-long stay in a…

For those that have visited the Myrtle Beach area over Labor Day weekend in the past, the chance you attended the area's annual Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival is pretty high. Last year's festival drew around 40,000 with a fantastic lineup of free live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, kids activities and finger-lickin' good Southern barbeque. At the end of July, festival organizer Palmetto Event Productions Inc. announced that for the first time in the event's history, they were offering $20,000 in cash prizes to contest winners at this…

Tell Us Your Dream Vacation

Monday, August 12, 2013 4:13 PM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC

Clark Griswold wanted nothing more than for his family to experience the perfect vacation when he loaded them all into the family truckster and drove 2,000 miles to Wally World. It's a lofty goal any number of families can relate to. And while things might not always go according to plan, we can all be thankful that none of us have experienced quite the set of hijinks as those members of the Griswold clan. Still, when it comes to planning that perfect family getaway, there's nothing wrong with asking for a little help. Today, we want to…

Ahoy, Me Mateys

Monday, August 12, 2013 1:37 PM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC

Pirates have been a hot commodity these past several years, thanks in no small part to Johnny Depp, and Myrtle Beach has gotten into the act with Pirates Voyage . This electrifying dinner theater has had us emphasizing our "Arrrrggghhh's" ever since it first opened for business in 2011. The lot of you will enjoy a hearty bounty, while the pirate hordes steal your attention with their antics. It's the battle between the Crimsons and the Sapphires, and their combat extends from the deck of these full-sized ships to the sky and even the…

A Little Bit of Comfort Food

Monday, August 5, 2013 4:09 PM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC

When people come to the Lowcountry and look for culinary staples, many that immediately come to mind are shrimp and grits, fried chicken and barbecue. We're no stranger to each of these tasty Southern staples, and are happy the Myrtle Beach area offers plenty of options for satisfying these comfort food cravings. And if you're looking for tasty barbecue, there's a new option available - Simply Southern Smokehouse . This new eatery, which had its official ribbon cutting on July 23, is owner Tammy Floyd's first time being the boss. She's…

Not Your Average Zoo

Monday, August 5, 2013 2:53 PM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC

As longtime locals and experts on the Myrtle Beach area , we're often asked, ‘What are some of the area's best kept secrets?' And when we're asked, one of the things we often recommend is the Waccatee Zoo , or Waccatee Zoological Farm , to be exact. The zoo is located within 500 acres of private, preserved and wooded property where the Waccamaw River, Intracoastal Waterway and Socastee Creek come together. Along the many winding trails, visitors to the zoo will find thousands of animals representing over 100 species from buffalo to zebra to…

There are a number of amazing restaurants along the Grand Strand to choose from, and one of them is the Sea Captain's House in Myrtle Beach . It's the finest, freshest catches the Atlantic Ocean has to offer, coupled with a picturesque view of that beautiful blue water. All of these wonderful courses that locals and visitors have come to love over 50 years are being prepared by executive chef Andrew Gardo and his staff. Gardo has worked at the Sea Captain's House for 14 years and considers seafood his forte. A Pennsylvania native, he's…