Whether you’re celebrating with a significant other or a group of friends, the Myrtle Beach area is an ideal spot to spend Valentine’s Day. And since this year’s holiday falls on a Thursday, I’d say the perfect gift for the one you love would be a long weekend away at the beach! There are tons of last-minute accommodations deals to be found, and plenty of special happenings all along the Grand Strand.

To start, you’ll probably need dinner reservations at one of our romantic restaurants. Some of our favorites that are hosting special Valentine’s Day meals include:

The Sea Captain’s House

Live music, an oceanfront view and a special 3-course menu makes for the perfect date night. The Valentine’s Day Dinner at The Sea Captain’s House is $80/per couple and includes dishes like a 16 ounce grilled beef porterhouse topped with shrimp scampi or herb crusted halibut topped with sauteed crab claws. Call (843) 448-8082 for reservations and don’t leave without trying the Kahlua and hazelnut milkshake.

The Cypress Room

Valentine’s dinner is extended through the weekend at the wonderful Cypress Room restaurant. For $44.95 per person (not including tax and gratuity), dinner guests can choose from a special 3-course menu that includes baked oysters Rockefeller, petite filet and lobster, seared diver scallops and shrimp, chocolate ganache tart and more. Also included is a glass of champagne for your loved one and you. Call (843) 449-6406 for reservations.

Hook & Barrel

A special ‘Sweetheart Dinner’ at Hook & Barrel in Myrtle Beach also runs through the entire Valentine’s weekend. The 5-course spread is seriously impressive and includes things like oysters ala Heidi, seafood bisque, grilled lamb chops, pan seared scallops and shrimp and baked Alaska. Cost is $60 per person, and you can add a 4-course wine pairing for $30 per person. Reserve your table by calling (843) 839-5888.

Waterscapes

Waterscapes at The Marina Inn is also offering their special Valentine’s Day menu throughout the weekend. The 5-course, romantic menu includes things like creamy corn chowder or seared scallops, wild-caught seared salmon or grilled 5-ounce filet mignon, and chocolate pate or warm berry clafoutis. Reservations are required by calling WaterScapes Restaurant directly at (843) 913-2845.

The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot is a popular Valentine’s date night spot every year. The holiday seems like the perfect time for strawberries and chocolate fondue. They have an incredible 5-course spread for $69.95 per person, or you can spring for their VIP package for $190 per couple and receive a curtained-off table in a more private area, three long-stemmed roses plus petals decorating the table, chocolate covered strawberries to take home and a commemorative framed photo. Call (843) 692-9003 for more information and to make reservations.

Beyond amazing dining options, other fun Valentine’s Day activities in the Myrtle Beach area include:

Complimentary Valentine Carriage Ride at The Market Common

Celebrate Valentine's Day at The Market Common with a complimentary carriage ride through the tree-lined streets of the popular shopping and dining district. While you’re there, spend a little time shopping with your loved one or enjoy dinner at one of their eleven fabulous restaurants. Carriage ride pick up and drop off is in front of Dolce Lusso Salon from 3 to 6 p.m. Visit www.marketcommonmb.com for more information.

Valentine’s Day at the Castle

Celebrate your sweetheart at Medieval Times this Valentine’s Day in royal style. Their all-inclusive couples package is valid from February 4-17, 2019, and includes two admissions, a framed photo of the royal couple, two souvenir glasses of champagne and a light-up rose. For more information and to make reservations, call (843) 236-4635.

‘Romance in the Gardens’ at Brookgreen Gardens

Renew your wedding vows on Valentine’s Day at Brookgreen Gardens! At 3 p.m., a non-denominational ceremony will be held at the Great Dane Gates, leading into Oak Allee. Each couple will receive a personalized certificate and a professional photograph. Music provided by harpist, Rebecca Nissen. A Southern Cake reception will take place after the ceremony and champagne will be served, along with punch, cake, nuts, and mints. Each bride will also receive a miniature bouquet of flowers. The cost is $40 for member couples and $50 per non-member couples, which includes admission to the gardens. Event limited to 50 couples. Call (843) 235-6000 for tickets.

Ripley’s 6th Annual ‘Splash of Love’

Feast on a fabulous 4-course dinner while enjoying a romantic atmosphere surrounded by beautiful ocean life! A ticket to this event includes admission to the Ripley's Aquarium, dinner for two, one long stem rose, and one drink ticket per person for  $99.99 (plus tax) per couple. For an upgraded Tunnel of Love ticket ($120 per couple), you can dine with the sharks, receive an extra drink ticket and souvenir photograph and enjoy live music from a strolling musician. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (843) 916-0888 ext 3238.