If you’re looking for a romantic getaway with plenty to do, the Grand Strand offers intimate outings, exciting adventures, and ambient dining options.
While planning your itinerary, make your love nest headquarters a cozy vacation rental in North Myrtle Beach. You’ll get all the benefits of a beach vacation, like ocean views and sandy shores, while also gaining access to unlimited creative date nights to enjoy with your loved one.
To help you plan your itinerary for your next trip for two, we’ve rounded up this list of fun things for couples to do in North Myrtle Beach!
Catch a Sunset on a Dolphin Cruise
For the ultimate in romantic NMB excursions, book a sunset dolphin tour with Voyager Deep Sea Fishing. You’ll travel through the Intracoastal Waterway to the wide open waters of the Atlantic Ocean in search of dolphins in the wild.
This 2 ½ hour dolphin tour also allows you a glimpse of the abundant marine life native to the Carolina coastline. Best of all, this experience takes place during the twilight hours of the day, creating a scenic sunset backdrop for your adventure.
You’ll find a number of charters and boat tours available in North Myrtle Beach and the surrounding area, but few can compete with the combination of dolphins and sunsets!
Saddle up for a Ride on the Beach
For another NMB adventure that seems straight out of the pages of a romance novel, consider exploring the sandy shores on horseback. Inlet Point Plantation offers a range of trail rides from daylight rides along the sandy shores to shady rides along the plantation trails leading through beautiful pecan groves.
Considering popping the question? This stable also offers an oceanfront sunset trail ride that creates the perfect setting for a memorable and unique proposal. Your guide will even capture pictures of this core memory and share them with you after the ride.
Spend an Afternoon Paddling in the Sound
If you’re inexperienced or not sure where to best experience the sound, you may benefit from booking a boat tour instead of renting equipment on your own. In North Myrtle Beach, you’ll find guided kayak and paddle boarding tours exploring areas like Waites Island and the Cherry Grove salt marsh. Couples wanting something more unique may enjoy the relaxing experience of paddleboard yoga.
Hang out at Barefoot Landing
While visitors to the Myrtle Beach area often recommend Broadway at the Beach, Barefoot Landing is a much better choice for couples. This large shopping complex makes the perfect daycation date.
You can enjoy the scenic beauty of the area by strolling along the waterfront boardwalk and then hitting the shops with your sweetie. At Barefoot Landing, you’ll find shops offering everything from boutique and designer items to sporting goods.
There are also 25 restaurants and eateries, ensuring something for everyone, no matter their tastes. It’s open all day and has a bustling nightlife scene. Best of all, you’ll find many activities and attractions in this large shopping plaza. You can get up close with alligators or swing from the sky on a ropes course. There’s even a small amusement park for the young at heart!
Grab a Drink at a Local Brewery or Winery
Want to spend some quality time with your sweetheart sampling some adult beverages? You’ll find plenty of options in NMB to quench your thirst.
If you’re wanting to sip on some vino, you can head to one of the area’s local wineries and wine tasting rooms. From locally owned tasting rooms like Duplin Winery at Barefoot Landing to lush, green vineyards of La Belle Amie Vineyard in Little River, you’ll find plenty of options in the North Myrtle Beach area.
Those who prefer a cold brewski will find a brunsurecated by the waterside at Barefoot Landing. Offering tours and tastings in their taprooms, couples can also enjoy a meal at their restaurant and then relax in the backyard hammocks with a belly full of beer and good food.
Catch a Show
If you and your partner enjoy a good show, you’ll find two options for live entertainment in North Myrtle Beach. Both are conveniently located in Barefoot Landing.
Forget the Carolina Opry; the Alabama Theatre is the spot to go for live music and entertainment. From southern rock to good old-fashioned American country music and every music genre in between, you’re sure to find a good concert here. If you’re not in the mood for music, you’ll also find fun comedy shows here from time to time.
House of Blues is another live music venue located in Barefoot Landing. From emerging artists to music icons, many entertainers have graced the stage at this intimate venue. You can also enjoy some good old Southern grub while visiting. After the show, be sure to hit up their gift shop for unique souvenirs to remind you of your fun date night!
Relax with a Couples Massage
If you’re looking to bring a little relaxation to your relationship, there’s no better place than NMB. Here, you’ll find several options offering massages and other spa treatments.
From soaking together in a hydrotherapy tub to Swedish massages in infrared saunas, you’re sure to find the perfect pampering experience to enjoy together. Be sure to check each spa’s website, as schedules can vary, and book in advance if at all possible.
Enjoy a Decadent Dinner
For those foodie couples, North Myrtle Beach offers an abundance of amazing restaurants.
If you’re wanting to indulge in a nice meal, check out one of NMB’s fine dining establishments like Greg Norman Australian Grill. This Australian steakhouse offers an innovative menu and also happens to be one of many waterfront restaurants in the area.
From buffets to pizza joints, you’ll find any type of food your heart desires conveniently located in town. Enjoy some of the best fresh seafood on the East Coast by visiting one of NMB’s delicious seafood restaurants or enjoy a decadent Italian meal at Midtown Bistro. Food options are endless in NMB.
Have an Aquatic Adventure
Those couples who enjoy a date filled with thrills can enjoy an aquatic adventure at North Myrtle Beach.
You can race along the white caps, spotting dolphins in the distance on a jet ski rental from North Myrtle Beach Water Sports. You can choose from half-hour to 2-hour rentals or embark on a guided tour where locals lead you to all the best spots.
Or if soaring above the sea while taking in stunning scenic views is more your speed, you may enjoy a parasailing trip. New Wave Water Sports offers both tandem and group parasailing adventures. You’ll hitch a ride on a banana boat to the parasail boat, which launches you into the sky to enjoy panoramic views of North Myrtle Beach.
Spend the Day Outdoors at Bird Island
If you’re a duo that loves spending time in the great outdoors, look no further than the secluded Bird Island.
This hidden gem is the perfect spot for nature lovers. You can enjoy a beachfront picnic while listening to the ocean waves, lap at the shore, and spend the afternoon hunting for shells washed ashore from the sea.
You’ll spot plenty of wildlife at this national refuge, so be sure to bring your camera, and maybe even some binoculars!
Hit the Trails
Outdoor enthusiasts will also enjoy the variety of hiking trails found throughout North Myrtle Beach. From the miles of trails accessible in the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex to the 7 acres of trails in Heritage Shores Nature Preserve, you’re sure to find a hike suitable for you both.
If you love the outdoors and don’t mind a day trip. Huntington Beach State Park is a short drive from North Myrtle Beach. This 2500 acre coastal preserve offers a 2.5-mile hike through a maritime forest and then along the coastline leading to a jetty.
Sink a Hole in One
Enjoy some tee time with your sweetheart at one of NMB’s golf courses. With a coastal backdrop and sun-kissed fairways, you’ll find spending time on the green with your partner to be as relaxing as it is fun.
If your idea of a fun round of golf is a little more low-key, you may want to play a round of miniature golf at one of the many imaginative courses located throughout NMB. From searching for lost treasures to putting around molten mountains, you’re sure to find a fun putt-putt date here.
Have a Date Night at your Grand Strand Vacation Home
There’s plenty of adventure awaiting couples in NMB, but sometimes there’s nothing better than just relaxing in the comfort of your Grand Strand vacation home.
So, after you’ve experienced some of the best things NMB has to offer couples, be sure to commit some quality time to each other in a more intimate setting. Bundle up on the couch and order some takeout. Sometimes, the most romantic things in life are the simplest!