Expert advice on planning a beach getaway to Myrtle Beach, SC

Jim Eggen Corporate General Manager Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts

The world-famous Grand Stand and its miles of sweeping Atlantic coastline is the perfect beach vacation destination for families, couples, girlfriend getaways, golf buddy trips and everyone in between, no matter your budget. Enjoy a sunny dose of Southern Hospitality and take advantage of Myrtle Beach’s attractions, shopping, dining, entertainment and blue skies by following this expert advice.


Do plan a vacation that fits your lifestyle and needs

The Grand Strand is more than 60 miles long with a plethora of options for lodging and activities. Some areas are very family-oriented while others are high-energy and geared towards the college crowds. Additionally, there are accommodations to fit every budget from high-end luxury hotels to economical steals and deals to all-inclusive packages. Determine your vacation style preference and budget, and find the location and amenities that is right for you.

Do book activities prior to your arrival

Few destinations are as chock-full of activities as Myrtle Beach, so best to decide what is a must-do and plan an itinerary to ensure every item is checked off the list. From dinner theatres and shows, to golf, to lazy days at the beach, Myrtle Beach has a little bit of everything sure to entertain tots, teens and parents too.

Do check in with your hotel activity center

Most hotels and resorts offer kids programs such as arts and crafts or beach activities at no additional cost, so mom and dad can take some time for themselves. Also, be sure to ask about babysitting and nanny services in case a quiet dinner for two is on the agenda.

Do take advantage of coupons and discounts

Myrtle Beach is one of the most budget-friendly vacation spots, with plenty of bargains and coupons available if you do your due diligence. Decide what you want to do ahead of time and start researching deals and promotions to get the most out of your vacation.

Do book a condo-hotel

The advantages of booking a condo-hotel versus a hotel for an extended beach vacation are innumerable. They provide the comforts of full-service resort hotels with the space and luxury of condominiums. Condo-hotel units are more spacious with separate bedroom areas, fully-equipped kitchens, washers and dryers, and private balconies, allowing guests to settle-in to their beach home away from home.


Do not confuse North Myrtle Beach as a direction, rather than a town

Many do not realize that North Myrtle Beach is a different area all of its own, and not just the northern section of Myrtle Beach. North Myrtle Beach is generally a quieter more family-oriented area with less traffic and hustle and bustle. The beaches are known to be more low-key and easily accessible and the accommodations are slightly more residential.

Do not get a sunburnt on the first day of vacation

Coastal South Carolina can have extreme sun and heat in the summer time, so be sure to pack a hat and plenty of sunscreen if you plan on spending time outdoors on the beach or golf course.

Do not miss out on local sightseeing

Myrtle Beach has beautiful state parks and museums to check out the area’s cultural activities and historic sites. The visual and performing arts as well as the state’s rich history are an integral part of life on the Grand Strand.

Do not forget to plan a day trip to Charleston, S.C. or Wilmington, N.C.

Just an easy two-hour drive north or south will take you on a whole new adventure to explore some of the South’s most treasured coastal towns. Myrtle Beach’s proximity to these locales makes it a can’t-miss adventure, particularly with the ease of daily guided tours via a variety of tour companies.

Do not overlook spring and fall

High-season in Myrtle Beach is June through August, where the area is full of families and children and events such as Bike Week take place. For those wanting to experience a less-crowded version of this Carolina stronghold, consider vacationing in the spring or fall months where weather is ideal in the high 70s and low 80s with no humidity, warm water and great rates.

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Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts is a collection of six oceanfront and oceanview condo-hotels in North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Each property features modern décor that reflects a coastal lifestyle and breathtaking views of the pristine northern region of the world-famous Grand Strand. Elegant, yet affordable, units are spacious one to three bedrooms with fully-equipped kitchens, washer / dryer, and private balconies. Most hotels have fitness centers, an array of indoor and outdoor pools, on-site dining and access to world-class beaches.

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Jim EggenCorporate General Manager

Jim Eggen, Corporate General Manager for Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts, has been in the Grand Strand area since 1996 working in the hospitality industry. He has spent six years on the Board of Directors for the Myrtle Beach Hospitality Associatio...

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