February is here and love is in the sea air! In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, we enjoy celebrating love on both Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day. As the name suggests, "Galentine’s Day” is a day to celebrate the female friendships in our lives. While it may serve as an alternate to Valentine’s Day for some, it technically falls on February 13th, so we see no reason you can’t celebrate both! If you’ve been daydreaming about a girlfriend getaway with your best gal pals, consider Galentine’s Day as the perfect reason to book that last minute trip! Here are a few ideas on how to make the most out of a Galentine’s Getaway to Myrtle Beach this February:

Start the trip with savings

Hotel and resort room savings, that is. Several Myrtle Beach area properties offer fantastic February deals for women traveling on a girl’s getaway trip. Be sure to spend time exploring the Visit Myrtle Beach website for the most up-to-date savings and discounted packages designed for girlfriend groups, and check out the coupons page for various discounts to area attractions, restaurants, theaters and more. 

Get some Vitamin D

While February’s average high temperature is 59 degrees, we regularly see temps reach the 60s, and there’s no excuse not to hit the beach and enjoy the sunshine—even in the winter! Bring along a light jacket and explore the beaches and trails at one of two state parks, hunt for seashells on a long walk with your pals, or spend some time poolside with a book and beverage at your hotel or resort. Just remember to still apply sunscreen! Even though temperatures are cooler, the South Carolina sun is still very warm. 

Sip pretty

There are many fun spots to enjoy an adult beverage along the Grand Strand. Enjoy a glass of wine with your gal pals at one of two Myrtle Beach area wineries, La Belle Amie Vineyard in Little River or Duplin Winery at popular Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, or venture into the world of craft cocktails at Twelve 33 Distillery in Little River. Or perhaps plan a casual evening out that starts with a beer at one of three local breweries: New South Brewing Company in downtown Myrtle Beach, Grand Strand Brewing Company in downtown Myrtle Beach, or Crooked Hammock Brewery at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach. 

Shop ’til you drop

With over 300 stores to choose from, including several outlet malls, you can score hot deals on name-brand items, find unique souvenirs or treat yourself at a one-of-a-kind boutique—all with your besties by your side! Enjoy the beautiful waterfront view at Barefoot Landing, along with its boutiques and national retailers. Explore The Market Common in Myrtle Beach for a fun shopping and dining experience. And for those on an outlet shopping mission, be sure to check out Tanger Outlets online in advance for coupons and upon arrival, ask for the coupon book. There are also shopping coupons located on our website!

Sample some local seafood

You won’t want to leave the Myrtle Beach area without sampling our fresh, local seafood. Is there anything better than dining oceanfront with your girlfriends while snacking on hushpuppies and fried shrimp after an afternoon spent beachside? Try a stroll along the beautiful Murrells Inlet MarshWalk to check out one of eight outstanding restaurants or head to the Little River waterfront to see what boats are bringing in for their favorite local restaurants. Explore our seafood scene even further by taking a culinary class at the International Culinary Institute of Myrtle Beach. Wherever you choose to dine, keep an eye out for these two South Carolina specialties: She-Crab soup and our world-renowned shrimp and grits. You won’t go home from Galentine’s weekend hungry! 

Catch a show

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. And no matter what kind of music enjoy, you’ll find it at live performances at both The Alabama Theatre and The Carolina Opry, which blend comedy with upbeat music and dance. Meanwhile, GTS Theatre will take you back in time as you embark on the history of Motown, and The Asher Theatre offers a range of fun entertainment, including a Murder Mystery Show. 

Plan a night on the town

When you’re ready to let loose, unwind and maybe even get your groove on, Myrtle Beach won’t let you down. There are so many nightlife options to choose from! Broadway at the Beach offers a comedy club, country bar, dance clubs and even dueling pianos, while the House of Blues at Barefoot Landing regularly has free live music, along with major touring acts. Bandito’s and Tin Roof in downtown Myrtle Beach offer nightlife with an oceanfront view, and the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk offers lots of live music along with views, as well.  And if you want to learn how to dance like a local, try heading into North Myrtle Beach and checking out Fat Harold’s Beach Club or Duck’s OD Lounge, where the Shag—South Carolina’s state dance—is taught and danced!

Recover at the spa

 A night out on the town can easily be remedied with a day at the spa. Picture a massage with the lulling melody of waves crashing in the background or a manicure and pedicure while sipping mimosas with your girl gang. The Myrtle Beach area is home to a number of outstanding spas that can accommodate groups for a day of pampering at the beach. Pro tip: While smaller services may be easy to schedule once you arrive in Myrtle Beach, the bigger your group is the sooner you should call in advance to make your appointment, especially if you want to enjoy your treatments together. 

It’s not too late to start planning a Galentine’s Getaway for your friend group this month, and the Myrtle Beach memories will last a lifetime. For more ideas on what to do while you’re here or information on events that may be happening in February, check out VisitMyrtleBeach.com