Kayaking In North Myrtle Beach: The Outdoors Guide


Kayaking is one of the most popular water sports in North Myrtle Beach It really does offer something for everyone. It is great for people who want to exercise their bones without exerting too much pressure on themselves, and those who simply crave for an exciting pastime. All you need is a kayak, or a small boat and a double-bladed oar for paddling across the water. If you’re traveling to the North Myrtle Beach area, you have several choices for water sports like fishing charters, paddle boarding, jet ski rentals or kayaking.

The following are your kayaking options in North Myrtle Beach:

Great Escapes Kayaking Tours

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A kayak is one of those things you are not likely to own so, you have to rent them whenever you need some. Great Escapes Kayak will offer you a kayak as well as a guided tour of North Myrtle Beach. They have a variety of kayaks either for your family or that special someone in your life. Stand up Paddle Boards are also exclusively available here and guided tours on the river are just a call away.

Website: http://greatescapeskayak.com/

Address: 241 Main St, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

Phone: 843-241-4588

J & L Kayak

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If you value the sense of family, this is the place to go. It is a family operated business and therefore the best placed to understand your family needs. J & L Kayak tailor their services to cater for everybody across the board, ranging from greenhorns to the experienced paddlers. Their knowledgeable guides will help you out through your kayaking experience while maintaining a friendly and family atmosphere the whole time.

Website: http://jandlkayaking.com/

Address: 4208 Exchange St., Little River, South Carolina 29566

Phone: 843-267-6816

Kokopelli Tours and Rentals

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At Kokopelli Tours and Rentals, you will enjoy private and group kayaking lessons. In addition, they can deliver kayaks and other surfing gear anywhere you want. If you love the thrill of the ocean’s great waters, you are at home here since their guides have a wide experience and are duly certified and licensed. Money is not the only thing on their radar as they strive to keep the environment clean, ensuring a safe and ecologically health surfing experience.

Website: http://kokopellisurfcamp.com

Address: 3500 N Ocean Blvd, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

Phone: 843-340-9565

Lighthouse Watersports

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If you are planning to spend a whole week at North Myrtle Beach, it would be prudent to seek the services of Lighthouse Watersports. This is because they offer week-long kayaking services at flat rates. At just $140, you have a whole kayak to yourself for a whole week. Tandem kayaks are available for $160, so you can have your friend or family member tag along. Nevertheless, you will have to remember to make an early booking and be available to pick your gear on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning. You don’t have to pay them a visit as you can do the booking online or by telephone.

Website: http://lighthousewatersports.com/

Address: Boat Slip D #6, 4909 Fish Factory Rd, Southport, NC 28461

Phone: 910-808-1713

Have Your Own Kayak? Use The Boat Launch

If you are among the lucky few to own their own kayaks, there is nothing in North Myrtle Beach to prevent you from using it as all you need is a boat launching space. Go down 53rd Avenue North and you will find the Cherry Grove Park and Boat Ramp which has plenty of parking spaces, a two-lane boat launch, fishing pier and a bird-watching pavilion.

Kayaking is a popular adventure in North Myrtle Beach, where you get to explore many options for renting kayaking gear.

Things To Do This Fall in North Myrtle Beach

If you’re someone that prefers taking their vacation at the end of the season when it begins to cool off just a bit you’ll have a great selection of vacation rentals available to choose from. Most of the families with children have long returned home in time for the kids to start school and overall there’s just less bodies on the beach giving you plenty of room to spread out!

Fall in North Myrtle Beach
As Fall fast approaches there are many events taking place in the North Myrtle Beach area that you won’t want to miss out on. Below is just a short list of some of them. Keep watching (and reading) our blog and as new events are announced we will share the information with you.

August 5
First Friday Business Builder – August 2016
Location: The Conference Center at Barefoot Resort

September 2
First Friday Business Builder – September 2016
Location: The Conference Center at Barefoot Resort

September 2
Letters From Home Show – 2016
Location: Our Lady Star of the Sea Banquet Hall

September 15
Business After Hours/Coastal Carolina National Bank
Location: Coastal Carolina National Bank

September 16-17
BFF Pink Ribbon Run
Location: Barefoot Resorts

September 16-25
SOS Fall Migration

September 24
13th Annual Irish Italian International Festival
Location: Main Street, North Myrtle Beach

September 26-October 2
Myrtle Beach Bike Week Fall Rally
Location: Grand Strand

October 8
Cruise to the Coast Antique & Classic Car/Truck Show
Location: Barefoot Landing

October 20
Business After Hours/Baywatch
Location: Baywatch

October 29
Endless Summer Festival
Location: Main Street, North Myrtle Beach

November 26
Intracoastal Christmas Regatta/Boat Parade
Location: Waterway from Little River to Dock Holidays Marina

December 2
Christmas Tree Lighting
Location: North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex

December 3
Christmas Parade
Location: Main Street, North Myrtle Beach

How to Escape the Heat in Myrtle Beach

All winter we look forward to the warmth of the summer months but sometimes there can be too much of a good thing. Heat is great in moderation but if you’re looking for where to go to escape the worst of the heat in Myrtle Beach we have some great suggestions. Our first would have to be the gorgeous swimming pool at Grand Strand Resorts but we think you’re probably wanting something air conditioned about now. During the hottest days of summer, escape to any of the following cool spots.

Where to Escape the Heat in Myrtle BeachGo to the Movies
10177 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach
Phone (843) 272-6598
Hang out in the air conditioning while watching the big screen at any number of theaters in the area! The city has multiple theaters, showing the hottest shows. Grab your popcorn and Coca – Cola for some classic fun.

How to Escape the Heat in Myrtle BeachGo Bowling at 710 North Myrtle Beach
1105 Highway 17 S, North Myrtle Beach
Phone (843) 663-2695
1105 Highway 17 S, North Myrtle Beach
Phone (843) 663-2695
Come and enjoy a fun, casual atmosphere as you bowl a game or two with food and friends. Try out one of our 14 standard lanes or play on one of the 6 boutique lanes. Play your favorite games or try something new. There are six billiard tables, foosball, bocce ball, table tennis, darts, board games, and much more. Air conditioned bar and restaurant on site.

How to Escape the Heat in Myrtle BeachVisit an Arcade
100 South Ocean Boulevard, North Myrtle Beach
Phone (843) 249-6460
Arcade games galore can be found along the Grand Strand. Winning sounds and flashing lights welcome patrons to participate in the fun of hanging out on the strip and engaging in the carnival-esque style of the boulevard. Special areas such as the streets that outline the Pavilion have a number of awesome arcades so check them out!

How to Escape the Heat in Myrtle Beach

1313 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach
Phone (843) 626-9962
WonderWorks, a huge house upside-down on a crab shack in Myrtle Beach, provides an amazing display of education and entertainment. For family fun and excitement as well as a tremendous learning experience, take part in the simulators or check out over 100 interactive hands-on exhibits. At WonderWorks, nothing is left unturned, not even you as you’ll be inverted to fit the upside-down sequence once you arrive. Myrtle Beach’s newest attraction has changed the way you look at science!

How to Escape the Heat in Myrtle BeachComedy Cabana
9588 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach
Phone (843) 449-4242
Get your laugh on while enjoying the air conditioned environment in Myrtle Beach comedy clubs. Head to places like Comedy Cabana, which features comics from around the country and share some gut-busting humor with the masses.

Casino Boat Cruise
4495 Mineola Avenue, Little River, SC
Phone (843) 280-2933
Take Las Vegas out to sea when you come to South Carolina! Myrtle Beach features the ever-popular casino boats that carry favorites such as roulette, poker, craps, slot machines, blackjack and bingo, all ready to carry you on a voyage of games, food and drinks.

How to Escape the Heat in Myrtle BeachMedieval Times
2904 Fantasy Way, Myrtle Beach
Phone (866) 543-9637
Come to the number one dinner show in America! Medieval Times in Myrtle Beach is one of the few places where you can take part in a live jousting and cheer on the knights in shining armor as they fight for the castle. As the King’s guest, you will feast just like the king in a three-course meal while the battles ensue in a delightfully air conditioned environment. Be in the presence of the full court just like the old days at Medieval Times, the country’s most popular dinner and theater show to ever hit the coast!


Local July 4th Events You Won’t Want to Miss

Independence Day will be here before we know it and there are plenty of local July 4th events taking place from where you’re staying at the Grand Strand Resort in North Myrtle Beach to Georgetown SC that you won’t want to miss. If you know of others, feel free to add them in the comments section below otherwise we hope to see you at one of these!

Local July 4th Events You Won't Want to Miss

The ever-popular Garden City Golf Cart Parade takes place at 2 p.m. on July 4, 2016. The parade begins at Calhoun Drive and proceeds to Woodland Avenue. The lineup starts behind Willard’s Fireworks at 1:00 p.m. For information about being in the parade or if you have questions call (843) 340-5835.


Our area Salute From the Shore VII will be throughout the Myrtle Beach coastal area starting at 1 p.m. on July 4. The focal point of Salute from the Shore has always been highlighted with a flyover of military aircraft and has evolved to include patriotic volunteer pilots of privately-owned vintage military aircraft with veterans and active duty military aboard. This year’s annual tribute will have a flyover of vintage military aircraft and F-16s from the SC Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing at McEntire Joint National Guard Base. The Flyover starts at 1 p.m. in Cherry Grove and concludes over the May River Sandbar in Bluffton, SC around 1:30 p.m.

The popular Murrells Inlet 4th of July Boat Parade takes place annually and begins at Garden City Point in Murrells Inlet on July 2 starting at 5 p.m. This year marks the 33rd boat parade that has been held in Murrells Inlet on Independence Day. Call 652-4236 for more information.

Sunday Celebration Concerts are held every Sunday from 7-10 p.m. from June 26 until July 31, 2016 in Plyler Park, 1000 North Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach. Each concert is anticipated to draw as many as 1,000 attendees or more. These free concerts are open to the public and are sponsored by Ground Zero. Don’t forget to bring a chair or blanket to sit on.


Independence Day at Barefoot Landing will be celebrated with a 4th of July fireworks show at 10:15 p.m. Location: 4898 Hwy 17 South, North Myrtle Beach.

Experience the magic of fireworks right on the beach! Thanks to the Oceanfront Merchants Association, Second Avenue Pier in Myrtle Beach is proud to host fireworks on July 4. As the southernmost point of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, Second Avenue Pier is only a short stroll from Plyler Park, where free concerts are held throughout the summer months. Location: 110 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach. For more information, call 843-445-7437.

Where to Rent Bicycles in North Myrtle Beach

Where to Rent Bicycles in North Myrtle Beach
With the summer season on the radar it won’t be long before the kids are out of school and insisting the family goes off on the annual vacation to North Myrtle Beach. The kids will burn a ton of energy at the beach both on the sandy beachfront as well as playing in the surf. For even more fun be sure your family checks out the available bicycle rentals in North Myrtle Beach and the surrounding areas. It’s a great addition to any family summer vacation.

Here’s a list of the most popular places to rent bikes around the area. Most places that rent bikes also rent a number of other sports related items to enhance your vacation at the beach.

North Strand Beach Services
803 28th Ave S, North Myrtle Beach, SC
Phone: (843) 272-3259
Equipment rentals for your vacation. Bikes, Beach and Crib rentals.

Bike Doctor of the Carolinas
315 Sea Mountain Hwy, Cherry Grove, North Myrtle Beach, SC
Phone: (843) 249-8152
An established bicycle repair/rental shop since the 1990s. Skilled mechanic for your bike needs and bicycle items located in the other half of Sandal Land.

Bodacious Bob’s Bike Rentals & Tours
Little River, SC
Phone: (843) 241-2731
Adult and children’s bikes, trikes, tagalongs, enclosed pull behind stroller, and helmets. Rentals by the day or the week. Guided and self-guided tours available.

Atlantic Water Sports
730 Main Street, North Myrtle Beach, SC
Phone: (843) 272-2420 or (243) 222-CAPT
The only place to rent Funcycles (recumbent bikes) in North Myrtle Beach.

Pedego Electric Bikes of Myrtle Beach
3080 DeVille St., The Market Common, Myrtle Beach, SC
Phone: (843) 602-6941
Offering electric bike sales, rentals, tours, service and amazing accessories. But most of all — fun!

Mom’s Day Out In North Myrtle Beach

With Mother’s Day fast approaching on Sunday, May 8, your time is running out to come up with Mother’s Day ideas on how to show the Mom in your life just how special she is. Whether it’s your mother, grandmother, your children’s mother or a mother-soon-to-be, the following ideas are sure to please any lady lucky enough to be the gift recipient.

Mom's Day Out In North Myrtle Beach
1. Spa Day
Exclusively Yours Day Spa & Salon is sure to please with their customized treatments for body, skin, hair, and nails. Located at 3310 Highway 17 South, North Myrtle Beach. 843-362-8080

Adam & Eve Day Spa offers a full range of packages as well as mani/pedis, facials, waxing/scrubs, massages and more. Located at 1029 Hwy 17S, North Myrtle Beach. 843-361-8888

Melindas Day Spa And Salon providing high quality spa services that include massage therapy, holistic spa treatments, medi spa treatments, bridal packages, skin care, hair care, mani/pedis, and more. Located in North Myrtle Beach Plaza, 505 Highway 17 North, North Myrtle Beach. 843-663-1307

2. Wine Tastings
Carolina Vineyards Winery produces dry, semi-dry, medium and sweet wines from many state grown fruits. Their tasting room is open 7 days a week starting at 10 a.m. Located at 4922 Hwy. 17 South, North Myrtle Beach. 843-361-9181

Duplin Winery is open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Music in the Courtyard. Wine tastings. Gift baskets. Gift cards. Located at 4650 Hwy. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach. 800-774-9634

La Belle Amie Vineyard is open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Home of Twisted Sisters wines. Wine tastings. Special music events. Gift shop. Located at 1120 St. Joseph Road, Little River, SC.

3. Brunch/Lunch/Dinner
Many local restaurants will be offering special Mother’s Day brunches, lunches or dinners. Here are just a few:
Atlantis Restaurant, 2305 N. Ocean Blvd., North Myrtle Beach. 843-249-0412

Hoskins Restaurant, 405 Main Street, North Myrtle Beach. 843-249-2014

The Brentwood Restaurant, 4269 Luck Ave., Little River, SC. 843-249-2601

21 Main at North Beach, 719 N. Beach Blvd., North Myrtle Beach. 843-315-3000

4. Shopping
Barefoot Landing, 4898 Hwy. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach. 843-272-8349

Coastal North Town Center, Hwy 17 at 14th Ave. N., North Myrtle Beach.

Tanger Outlet Mall, 4635 Factory Stores Blvd., Myrtle Beach. 843-236-5100 or 866-665-8677

5. Adventure
Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course, 200 Cypress Lake Drive, North Myrtle Beach. 800-971-8271 South Carolina’s first Zip Line and Treetop Adventure course.

Barefoot Princess Riverboat, Barefoot Landing Marina, North Myrtle Beach. 843-272-2140. Tour and dinner riverboat on the Intracoastal Waterway.

Great Escapes Kayak Expeditions, 241 Main St, North Myrtle Beach. 843-241-4588. Guided kayak and paddleboard tours, rentals of kayaks and paddleboards.

No matter how you decide to spend Mother’s Day, know that all of us at Grand Strand Resorts, Inc., wish everyone a Happy Mother’s Day weekend!

St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade

28th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade
Whether you’re Irish or just want to pretend like you are, you won’t want to miss any of the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day events taking place around North Myrtle Beach SC and the surrounding area. Come stay with us at the Grand Strand Resorts, Inc. and you’ll feel as lucky as an Irishman in a field of four leaf clovers!

The City of North Myrtle Beach’s own 28th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2016 along Main Street. This one-day event brings approximately 30,000 to celebrate being Irish and welcome the coming of spring. Plus it’s rain or shine! A parade starts the day out at 9:00 a.m., followed by three stages of live music and a children’s area that provides rides and amusements from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Approximately 150 vendors will display their crafts, services, information, products, or serve a variety of treats all along Main Street. Free admission and free parking to all!

Here’s the rundown of entertainment available:

Community Stage
(Main Street & Oak Drive)
11:00 AM until 4:00 PM

11 AM: MB Regional Pipes and Drums
11:15 AM: Triple Toe Cloggers
11:45 AM: Parade Awards
12:15 PM: Myrtle Beach Regional Pipe and Drums
12:45 PM: Coastal Pipes and Drums
1:30 PM: Ocean Drive Elementary School Chorus
2:15 PM – 4 PM: Folk ‘Em

Main Stage
(Near Flynn’s Irish Tavern)
11 AM until 4 PM

11 AM: Band on the Rum
11:45 AM: Coastal Pipes and Drums
12 PM: Band on the Rum
12:45 PM: Wake District Pipes and Drums
1 PM: Tan and Sober Gentleman
2:15 PM: Leprechaun Contest
2:30 PM: Shepard’s Pie Eating Contest
2:45 PM – 4 PM: Tan and Sober Gentleman

Green Stage
(Near Duffy’s Seafood Shack)
11 AM until 4 PM

11 AM: Retrograde
1:45 PM – 4 PM: Chocolate Chip and Company

Best Places To Go Bowling in North Myrtle Beach

When was the last time you picked up a bowling ball and sent it spinning down an ally? Whether you’re a competitive bowler or a casual one, your North Myrtle Beach bowling experience should be one to remember. We’re providing you with the best places to go bowling in North Myrtle Beach so when you stay at Grand Strand Resorts you won’t have far to travel to find some great fun!

Bowling in North Myrtle Beach
710 North Myrtle Beach
1105 Highway 17 S North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Phone: (843) 663 -2695
Hours: Mon-Thurs 3 p.m.-12 a.m., Friday 3 p.m.-2 a.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-2 a.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-12 a.m.
Website: http://www.710bowling.com/

Offering 14 standard lanes, 6 boutique lanes, billiards, bocce courts, table tennis, shuffleboard tables, air hockey and an onsite pub.


Little River Lanes
300 Bowling Ln, Little River, SC 29566
Phone: (843) 249-0055
Hours: Mon-Thurs 9 a.m.-11 p.m., Fri-Sat 9 a.m.-12 a.m., Sun 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Website: https://www.facebook.com/littleriverlanes


Planet Fun Center
349 Whiteville Road, Shallotte, NC 28459
Phone: (910) 755-2FUN
Hours: Sun-Thurs 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-2 a.m.
Website: http://www.planetfuncenter.com/

Just a short 25 minute drive north. Offering 32 lanes of bowling, a 2-story laser tag arena, bumper car arena, redemption arcade, bounce house, bowling Pro Shop, and the unique Starz Grille family restaurant.


Myrtle Beach Bowl
101 Philip Gray Dr, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
Phone: (843) 236-1020
Hours: Mon & Wed 1 p.m.-Midnight, Tues & Thurs 9 a.m.-Midnight, Wed 1 p.m.-Midnight, Fri 1 p.m.-1 a.m., Sat. Noon-1 a.m., Sun. Noon-10 p.m.
Website: http://myrtlebeachbowl.com/

Offering weekly specials, free Winterfest for kids, Bowlopolis birthday parties, Glow-n-Bowl, weekly leagues for kids and adults, group packages, and more.



We Have Holiday Accommodations for Your Out-of-Town Guests

It’s that time of year when it’s natural to want to be with family for the holidays. For many people though they simply don’t have a big enough home to accommodate their visitors. That doesn’t have to be a problem because at Grand Strand Resorts we have holiday accommodations that offer plenty of room no matter how many are coming. If you prefer, you can rent a larger place from us and do all of your entertaining right here. Either way it’s a super way that will accommodate everyone.

You can count on any of our resorts to be a special treat for visitors for the duration of their stay. Our luxury rentals come with nicer amenities than you would have at home to offer them. Features like swimming pools, Jacuzzi’s, hot tubs, balconies with phenomenal views, and the beautiful furnishings including super comfortable beds are things any guest would surely love.

Nights of a Thousand Candles

Take your visitors out and around in the community to check out the holiday events going on while they’re here. Brookgreen Garden’s most popular event is in Murrells Inlet — Nights of a Thousand Candles. It’s a holiday tradition that many people look forward to every year. The last nights of the display are December 17-20 from 3 to 10 p.m. Over 5,00 candles and thousands of lights sparkle from Live Oak trees and illuminate garden paths as musicians perform, carolers sing and visitors experience the enchantment. Call Brookgreen Gardens at 843-235-6000 or 800-849-1931 for more information.

New Year's Eve at Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen Gardens will open the sculpture garden for a special New Year’s Eve “Garden by Candlelight” Pre-Party from 6-9 p.m. on December 31, 2015. Enjoy a stroll around the gardens beautifully lit up by candles and holiday lights while listening to the strolling musicians. Light refreshments will be available. Space is limited for the event and advance tickets are required. Light refreshments will be available for purchase. Tickets are available for $20 for non-members and $15 for members. Buy tickets online or call (843) 235-6016.

When you’re ready to book the accommodations for your guests arriving over the holidays just give Grand Strand Resorts just give us a call toll free at 800-367-6515. We’re wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!



Where to Dine on Thanksgiving in North Myrtle Beach

With so many fabulous restaurants around North Myrtle Beach we’re having a tough time trying to decide where to dine on Thanksgiving this year. Sometimes we stay home and cook a traditional holiday meal and it’s truly a most lavish spread. But we don’t do that every year, which is probably why it’s so special when we do. This year we’re going out to a local restaurant in North Myrtle Beach. If you’re vacationing in the area you may also be looking for a restaurant close by where you can get a Thanksgiving dinner that includes everything right down to the green and black olives.

Happy Thanksgiving from Grand Strand Resorts

We’ll share a list of restaurants in North Myrtle Beach that we know will be serving dinner on Thursday, November 26. Why not treat yourself to a special meal out this year and let someone else do the cooking? Maybe we’ll see you there! Have a very Happy Thanksgiving 2015!

21 Main at North Beach
719 N Beach Blvd, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582; (843) 315-3000
Opens at 4 p.m. for Thanksgiving Day

Castano’s Italian Steakhouse
4926 Hwy 17 S, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582; (843) 361-2000
Open from 12-8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day

Greg Norman’s Australian Grille
4930 Hwy 17 South, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582; (843) 361-0000
Thanksgiving Dinner beginning at 12 noon.

House of Blues
4640 Hwy 17 S., North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582; (843) 913–3746
Thanksgiving Buffet from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

98 Hwy 17, North Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582; (843) 249-1134
Serving 4-8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day

Midtown Bistro
2004 Hwy 17 S #3, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582; (843) 427-4720
Serving 12-7 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day

Preston’s Seafood & Country Buffet
4530 Hwy 17 South, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582; (8430 272-3338
Opens at 11:30 a.m. for serving Thanksgiving dinner

3607 Hwy 17, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582; (843) 272-1051
Serving until 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day

SeaBlue Restaurant & Wine Bar
503 Hwy 17 N, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582; (843) 249-8800
Open from 2- 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day