How many times after a vacation have you all but kissed the floor because you were so thankful to be home? How many times have you said you “need a vacation from your vacation?”
Well, what if you and your family started vacationing at a place that felt like home? What if it became a family tradition so that you, the siblings, the in-laws, the grandparents, the kids … the whole gang, knew the town so well that it just felt like home? But then again, what if it was better because you only had one job: to have fun and just coast.
If that sounds like your kind of vacation, then check out the top eight reasons why you should make a North Myrtle Beach vacation your new traditional family destination.
1. It’s so accommodating
There are more than 15,000 accommodations in North Myrtle Beach, which means you’re going to be able to find something that will make everyone happy (even your finicky uncle who once called the crash of ocean waves “too soothing” … everyone’s got one). Spread out in waterfront condos (everyone gets their own space, which has the added bonus of not hearing said uncle’s snoring), or pick a beach house where everyone can pack in and wake up together, make pancakes, and really make it quality family time.
What’s more, the great thing about these accommodations is that they allow you to spend your family vacation exactly the way you want to. You can eat out or stay in and cook, or a combination of both! Try one of our favorite local culinary traditions, a low country boil, which is a very social meal cooked outdoors, and it’s easy to make more than enough for the whole family. Of course, it’s the experience of making a boil that makes it so magical and memorable, so you should definitely add at least one to your to-do list. Local shops are more than willing to accommodate with fresh seafood.
2. You can ride into the sunset
A perfect family vacation story should begin and end with something that will give you years of nostalgic joy: a beachside horseback ride at the remote and iconic Waities Island (consequently, this should also give you something to check off your bucket list, so … you’re welcome).
Repeat visits to the island means you’ll establish relationships with the horses like the Cherry-Pepsi-loving horse named Leo. You may also meet Bud, Taco, River, Walker, Rambo, Sugar, Sampson, Denver, Willow, or lead horse, Ace. You’ll look forward to seeing your four-legged BFF for a traditional trot year-after-year.
3. It’s easy to cast a line at Cherry Grove Fishing Pier
When you’re in North Myrtle Beach, fishing off 985-foot Cherry Grove Fishing Pier is a must. It doesn’t matter if you have experience or not; it’s the thrill of the experience that makes this pastime so fun. Of course, there’s plenty of opportunity to catch some prize-worthy swimmers. Get equipped at the Tackle and Gift shop, drop your line into the Atlantic Ocean, and start catching memories.
4. You’re allowed to take a break shopping, dining, and unwinding at Barefoot Landing
Relax and unwind at Barefoot Landing, a beautiful boardwalk shopping complex, where you’ll find hundreds of shops and restaurants overlooking the inlets and waterways. Shop your little heart out, dine at the restaurants, and check out the shows at the House of Blues, the Alabama Theatre, and other fun places nearby. For those shopping enthusiasts looking for more great places to explore, Main Street boasts many small businesses where you can shop local and find unique treasures.
5. Get your jive and jam on at Fat Harold’s Beach Club
Remember the dance craze, the Carolina Shag? Well, it found its origin right here in North Myrtle Beach! You’ll find plenty of hip places like Fat Harold’s Beach Club that play family-friendly beach music for you to dance and jive to. Folks of all ages are welcome. No worries if you don’t know the dance; they’ll gladly share their iconic moves with you.
6. There are limitless amusements
When you head to Main Street Ocean Drive, you’ll not only enjoy local restaurants as well as concerts and festivals at the O.D. Pavilion, but once you hit the end of Main Street, you’ll also be able to amuse yourself at the O.D. Pavilion Amusement Park. This thrill-seekers paradise was recently outfitted with added new rides, games, and more. The park overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, so you’ll have a spectacular view as you ride over the Ferris wheel. You’ll never forget the family-fun thrills and squeals as you bump, swing, spin, and snack your way through this classic Grand Strand amusement park.
7. Wild and crazy adventures abound
Adrenaline junkies will look forward to the high-flying excitement to be had zipping over the lake or unleashing their inner Tarzan on suspended obstacles, swings, and zip lines at Go Ape Zip Line & Treetop Adventure. Located in the newly developed North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex, those brave enough to adventure the obstacles will literally fly through the trees of North Myrtle Beach.
When you’re ready to come down from the trees, get your feet wet catching air and wake boarding at Shark Wake Park, which is adjacent to Go Ape. Get extreme as you get some serious air wakeboarding boat-free at this world-class cable wake park.
8. Bask at the beach
Of course, the best part of your annual family vacation tradition in North Myrtle Beach is … well, the beach. Pause and enjoy life’s pleasures as the sun rises over the Atlantic Ocean each morning of your getaway. Frolic in the waves, build sandcastles, lounge on the sand with a best seller, or play a rousing game of bocce ball or a friendly game of corn hole.
It’s your family, your vacation, and your pristine stretch of beach along the Grand Strand. Make your North Myrtle Beach family vacation the tradition you want it to be.