Author: Julie Ellis

Visit Myrtle Beach Encourages Travelers to Follow New Guidelines and Visit the Destination Responsibly As the July 4 th holiday weekend approaches, several areas throughout the destination have enacted mask mandates for locals and visitors of the Myrtle Beach area ahead of the holiday weekend. Cities within the Myrtle Beach area have mandated that masks now be worn in public spaces including stores, common areas of restaurants and accommodations, and public spaces where social distancing cannot be followed. Masks are not required on beaches as…

Have a Grand Strand Fourth of July!

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 3:00 PM by Julie Ellis

Myrtle Beach offers family-friendly events for the holiday weekend! Although a pandemic has put a damper on some Fourth of July fun this year, there are still a few events* to enjoy in the Myrtle Beach area during the upcoming holiday. In addition to our 60-miles of beautiful beaches, many attractions, and amazing restaurants, you are invited to participate in the following events in the Grand Strand. There are a few things to keep in mind if you come to Myrtle Beach for the holiday weekend. First, the City of Myrtle Beach code prohibits the…

Play it Safe in Myrtle Beach

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 9:00 AM by Julie Ellis

Grand Strand Area Sports Venues Are Open, but We Need Your Help! The Grand Strand is an amazing place for sports tournaments! With 60 miles of beaches, plentiful restaurant options, great sports facilities, and so many attractions to choose from, one tournament can invite a vacation for the whole family! We are happy we can finally welcome you back to the Myrtle Beach area to enjoy the sports your kids love to play, and that you love to watch. While you’re here, there are a few regulations that you need to keep in mind to play it safe in the…

The Beach is Back! The Myrtle Beach area is excited to welcome you back to the Beach! We are opening in a safe and smart way following the COVID-19 closures, so we're here when you are ready. From hotels and resorts to restaurants and attractions, area businesses have come up with ways to limit person-to-person contact, promote social distancing, and keep facilities clean. It is vital that employees and guests alike take care to keep hands clean and keep their distance. Local municipalities have worked very hard to develop regulations meant…

Brookgreen Gardens is a Grand Strand masterpiece on any day, but now, it’s especially exciting to visit as they are hosting an amazing art exhibit by internationally known artist Bruce Munro. Munro’s Southern Light exhibit opened on May 15 and it will run through September 12, 2020. I had the opportunity to visit Brookgreen and view the exhibit in mid-May, and I was blown away. The evening began with us watching a recorded Zoom call between Brookgreen’s marketing manager, Lauren Joseph, and Bruce Munro himself. He was supposed to be in…

Everyone is excited to hear that the Grand Strand beaches are open, and resorts and hotels are now allowed to take new reservations! While that is great news, opening at this time is going to require you to visit responsibly! If you choose to come to the Beach at this time, there are a few rules and regulations that you must follow if we are to open successfully and keep everyone safe. PLEASE DO NOT TRAVEL IF YOU’RE SICK Enough said. PLEASE PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING First, social distancing guidelines are in place everywhere. Restaurants,…

Understanding the impact of the travel industry is more important than ever! I’m Julie and I have been fortunate to have worked in the travel industry for more than a decade, and I’m currently the Public Relations Manager for Visit Myrtle Beach. Tourism is an amazing industry! I get to promote 60-miles of beaches, great attractions, amazing restaurants, eco-tours, artistic and educational experiences, and so much more. I encourage people to come to Myrtle Beach to reconnect with loved ones and enjoy unique experiences. It’s all happy stuff, and…

This 10,000-acre sanctuary is just minutes from Myrtle Beach Just minutes from downtown Myrtle Beach is an outstanding nature preserve with a very unique habitat. I went there with my mountain bike after learning that it is home to the rare Venus Fly Trap plant. Indeed, Venus Fly Traps are only found in the Carolinas with a high concentration of them at the Lewis Ocean Bay Heritage Preserve in Horry County. I found an entrance on International Drive, between the dense residential community of Carolina Forest and the town of Conway, South…

Take a Virtual Trip to Myrtle Beach!

Friday, April 3, 2020 9:00 AM by Julie Ellis

We are as sad as you are that you can’t come to Myrtle Beach right now, but thanks to technology, we can offer you a virtual visit to the Grand Strand that you can enjoy from the comfort of your favorite chair! Start your day by watching the waves on our beautiful 60-mile beach! There are a lot of webcams to choose from, so find one that’s near your favorite spot, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the sights and (sometimes) sounds of the Atlantic Ocean. On THIS PAGE you’ll find links to these area webcams: Avista Resort, 300 N. Ocean Boulevard,…

What You Need To Know About REAL ID

Thursday, February 27, 2020 9:00 AM by Julie Ellis

Are you ready for REAL ID? On October 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will implement the final phase of REAL ID enforcement, requiring Americans to present a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or another acceptable form of authenticated ID to go through airport security checkpoints. REAL ID refers to a set of security standards established by Congress in 2005 for card issuance, card design and application processing that individual states must follow when issuing driver’s licenses and other forms of identification; most REAL…