Category: Travel Tips

Prep for your Upcoming Myrtle Beach Spring Break

Prep for your Upcoming Myrtle Beach Spring Break

It’s never too early to start making plans for your spring break vacation to Myrtle Beach, and after a long and chilly winter, we’re sure that you’re ready to get to the Grand Strand ASAP! With warm temps and endless entertainment, there’s nothing like a spring break trip to Myrtle Beach. Here are some tips and products to help you get ready for an unforgettable spring break getaway to the Grand Strand.

Stock Up on Beach Games

Even though the Grand Strand has a ton of fantastic attractions to check out, the number one spot is still the beach itself. There are lots of great ways to spend a day along the sandy shores of Myrtle Beach. Games like and Crossnet and Spikeball are all beach favorites that will bring plenty of high-octane competition to your beach day. For something a little more laid back, choices like Kan Jam, Bottle Bash, bocce, or cornhole are always great ways to enjoy some friendly competition as the waves roll in. For families with little ones, there are tons of easy and cheap games to play, from scavenger hunts and sandcastle competitions to limbo and tug of war.

Make a List and Check it Twice

While there’s nothing wrong with making a stop at one of the many beachwear stores on your Myrtle Beach trip, no one wants to have to interrupt their day because they forgot something at home or at their rental. When you and your crew are heading to the beach, remember the essentials: beach towel, sunscreen/lotion and sunglasses. If you’ve got kids in tow, this list will likely expand to include a cooler stocked with water and snacks. After the essentials, there are some great beach gadgets that can help your day be more fun and comfortable, like a misting fan, portable Bluetooth speaker, or beach canopy. If bringing a canopy or umbrella, please make sure to check out area guidelines.

Pack Like a Pro

As your spring break trip comes nearer, it will soon be time to pack up all your stuff in preparation for departure. Whether you’re travelling to Myrtle Beach via airplane or automobile, condensing your belongings always pays off. Vacuum seal bags can help increase space in your suitcase or duffel bag for those souvenirs that you’re sure to snag during your vacation. Packing shoes? Maximize space by stuffing them with underwear, socks or even charger cables. If you’re bringing shampoo or conditioner in mini-bottles, line the opening with plastic wrap then screw the cap tight to provide extra protection against unwanted leaks. And remember, many of Beach Vacations’ properties offer washers and dryers in your condo, so don’t overpack if you don’t need to!

Now that you’re armed with some tips to make your upcoming Myrtle Beach spring break vacation awesome, head on over to the properties page to see all the great vacation rentals available from Beach Vacations. From our modern one-bedroom beachfront condos at Meridian Plaza to sprawling four-bedroom villas at the Barefoot Yacht Club, we have the perfect accommodations for any family or group! Make plans for your best Myrtle Beach spring break yet and book with Beach Vacations today!

Enjoy Oceanfront Fun at Atlantic Resort

Enjoy Oceanfront Fun at Atlantic Resort

A Myrtle Beach vacation is always a fun time. A Myrtle Beach vacation staying oceanfront is even better. But for your next Grand Strand trip, upgrade it even further and enjoy a stay at the fantastic Atlantica Resort! Not only will you enjoy first-rate mode accommodations located right on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, but you’ll be treated to a location right in the heart of Myrtle Beach and all the fun the Grand Strand has to offer.

Atlantica Resort has delighted Myrtle Beach travelers for years, with clean and mode oceanfront condos located within the two towers that make up the resort. All of the condos of Atlantica Resort are direct oceanfront and every unit showcases a premium view of the sparkling Atlantic Ocean.

The range of unit types at Atlantica Resort makes it the ideal Myrtle Beach vacation destination for couples or families. Couples or small families are easily accommodated within the one-bedroom standard rooms in the North Tower or the one-bedroom condos in the South Tower. Both of the one-bedroom condo types of Atlantica Resort feature a great selection of mode amenities like full kitchens, flatscreen TVs, and complimentary WiFi. Additionally, the one-bedroom condos of the South Tower feature washers and dryers for added convenience.

Larger groups of up to six guests are sure to love the two-bedroom layouts offered by Atlantica Resort. In the North Tower, two-bedroom oceanfront condos are available with king or queen beds in the master bedroom, varied bedding in the guest bedroom, and sleeper sofas in the living areas. Over in the South Tower guests can book their two-bedroom deluxe condos that are available with king or queen beds in the master bedrooms. These larger condos also all feature full kitchens, complimentary WiFi, flatscreen TVs, and washers and dryers, providing every convenience of home during your trip to Myrtle Beach.

Beyond the great oceanfront condos, Atlantica Resort provides superb amenities for your enjoyment during your Myrtle Beach vacation. The North Tower offers a large oceanfront outdoor pool and sun deck, perfect for a relaxing dip or an afternoon of soaking up the rays. Meanwhile, the South Tower features an indoor climate-controlled pool, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis, children’s pool, and outdoor lazy river. No matter which towers your condo is located in, guests receive access to all the amenities in both towers.

On top of all this, your stay at Atlantica Resort puts you right in the heart of Myrtle Beach, only a few blocks north of the famous Myrtle Beach Boardwalk! All it takes is a short walk to enjoy all the fun of the boardwalk including the Myrtle Beach Skywheel, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, arcades, shops, and much more.

If you’re looking to experience the most fun you can possibly have on a vacation to Myrtle Beach, you can’t do better than making Atlantica Resort your home away from home! Even better, Beach Vacations is still offering our Countdown to Summer sale with select summer dates available to book for up to 40% off! These dates are sure to sell out fast, so don’t miss out on amazing Grand Strand accommodations and book Atlantica Resort for your summer vacation to Myrtle Beach!

5 Unique Souvenir Shops in Myrtle Beach

5 Unique Souvenir Shops in Myrtle Beach

Looking for something unique and totally Myrtle Beach during your next beach vacation? Stop by any of these specialty shops for the perfect souvenir to take home. From t-shirts to home decor to cherished keepsakes, you will love the items these shops have to offer!

Atalaya Castle at Huntington Beach State Park

Atalaya Castle is a breezy Moorish-style castle designed by Archer Huntington in the early 1930s. Archer and his wife Anna contributed heavily to the Grand Strand, as the couple donated the land that would become Brookgreen Gardens. One of the unique aspects of Atalaya is that it was built without any drawn plans. Instead, the layout of the 200’ by 200’ structure was literally the brainchild of Archer, eventually encompassing 30 rooms with a 40-foot tower in the center which housed a 3,000-gallon water tank. Today Atalaya is one of the most beloved landmarks along the Grand Strand and a favorite spot for weddings and formal events. In 1984 Atalaya has bestowed the honor of being listed on the National Register of Historic Places, cementing its legacy and ensuring that following generations would be able to enjoy this beautiful estate.

Gay Dolphin

The Gay Dolphin Gift Cove is a time-tested treasure found along Ocean Boulevard in downtown Myrtle Beach. Located between the Burroughs and Chapin Pavilion grounds and the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, you’ll find this multi-level souvenir shop to be filled to the brim with everything from practical jokes to personalized keychains to large decorative pieces to seashells of every size, shape, and color. This shop has been a part of the Myrtle Beach scene since 1946, and it is the perfect spot to pick up a range of affordable souvenirs during your beach getaway!

Shell World

Though its exterior appearance may be unassuming and humble, once you step inside the walls of Shell World, prepare to be dazzled by a collection of sea shells, shark’s teeth, sand dollars, and much more. You can also find t-shirts and items like jewelry boxes adorned with sea shells. If you’re looking for a new shell for your pet hermit crab, you will definitely be in luck when you shop at Shell World! Visit this unique shop during your visit to Myrtle Beach!

The Mole Hole at Broadway at the Beach

This self-proclaimed most unique gift shop in Myrtle Beach can be found at Broadway at the Beach, as well as Barefoot Landing. Inside, you will find a wide-range of gifts, including jewelry from Pandora and Swarovski, collectibles from Precious Moments and Rock Mtn. Rustic, as well as items from Willow Tree, Snowbabies, Brighton, and much more. You’re sure to find a unique gift for yourself or someone you love during your Myrtle Beach vacation!

Tiki Jim's

Visit Tiki Jim’s for plenty of great souvenirs to take home after visiting the Grand Strand! With three locations in the area, you can find this shop at Broadway at the Beach, Coastal Grand Mall, and Barefoot Landing. Known for funny t-shirts, magnets, and other unique gifts, there’s no telling exactly what you’ll discover when you step into Tiki Jim’s. The store is filled wall-to-wall with t-shirts for every profession, interest, and preference, so there’s surely something for everyone in your group! You won’t go home empty-handed when you do some shopping at Tiki Jim’s in Myrtle Beach.

Beach Stores

It’s not a trip to Myrtle Beach without a stop at one of the dozens of beach stores scattered throughout the Grand Strand. Just take a drive or walk down Kings Highway or Highway 17 to find numerous shops, including Bargain Beachwear, Eagles Beachwear, Wings Beachwear, and Pacific Beachwear. Shoppers can expect to find towels, hats, beach clothing, swimsuits, beach toys, sunglasses, and more. Even if you decide not to make a purchase, visiting one of the many beach stores in the area should be on your Myrtle Beach shopping bucket list!

Bring your family and friends along on your next Myrtle Beach vacation, where you can find hundreds of shopping opportunities, including the unique souvenir shops listed here. You are certain to find a special Myrtle Beach gift that will remind you of your vacation for many years to come! Let us know your favorite souvenir shop in our Facebook comments!

Top 10 Gifts for the Beach Traveler

Top 10 Gifts for the Beach Traveler

The holiday season brings with it a sense of joy and anticipation like no other, but sometimes planning out gifts for your loved ones can be stressful. While we may not be experts on all gifts, we know a thing or two when it comes to taking a beach vacation! That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 Gifts for the Beach Traveler in your life.

Beach Umbrella

In recent years, the city of Myrtle Beach has prohibited the use of beach tents between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Help the beach lover on your list stay cool in the shade with a beach umbrella! Umbrellas measuring up to 7.5 feet in diameter are allowed on the beach throughout the year, as long as they are in line or behind the established umbrella line. Since no other shading devices are permitted on the beach during the Summer, a fun beach umbrella is a perfect gift for someone who loves to relax on the sandy shore!

Huge Beach Towel/Blanket

There’s nothing worse than getting to the beach and realizing your towel is about two sizes too small. Get your favorite beach traveler an oversized beach towel or blanket, so they will have plenty of room to lounge and watch the waves crash during their next Myrtle Beach vacation!

Cooler

Whether traveling to the beach during the Summer, Spring, Fall, or Winter, staying hydrated is always a must! With a convenient cooler, the beach traveler will never be without a cool, refreshing drink or snack to keep them going! Who wants to leave the beach, wash the sand off their feet, and drive to a store or restaurant, only to return right back to the beach? With a cooler, your favorite beach lover can make the most of their time by the ocean.

Bluetooth Speaker

While the sounds of the waves, seagulls, and other beachgoers can be pleasing to your ears, another great gift idea for the beach traveler is a wireless Bluetooth speaker. Just turn on your cell phone’s Bluetooth connectivity, and you’ll be able to add your favorite tunes to your beach day! Be sure to find a speaker that is waterproof, just in case your loved one gets a little too close to the surf!

Sunglasses

Help the beach traveler in your life out by gifting them a pair of sunglasses for their next beach vacation! A great stocking stuffer idea, sunglasses help make any trip to the ocean more enjoyable.

GoPro Video Camera

The beach lover in your life will love you forever if you surprise them with a GoPro camera this holiday season! Perfect for the adventurer, GoPro cameras can document every step of your next Myrtle Beach vacation. You can even take this gift one step further by purchasing the attachable Super Suite Dive Housing case, which turns your GoPro into a waterproof video camera! Imagine the great beach vacation footage your loved one will be able to capture! You can’t go wrong with the GoPro camera for the beach traveler in your life.

Sunscreen

Though it may not be the flashiest of gift ideas, sunscreen is the practical gift that every beach lover needs! With seemingly endless types and brands, featuring a wide variety of scents and forms, you’ll be sure to find the perfect skin protectant.

Beach Toys and Games

What’s a day at the beach without toys and games? Make the beach traveler on your list happy with fun gifts like high-soaring kites, beach balls, frisbees, and more! For those who enjoy going out into the ocean, make them smile with a fun float or inflatable raft to take out on the waves!

Sandcastle Building Equipment

Help your favorite beach traveler make the sandcastle of his or her dreams during their next beach getaway along the Grand Strand! From shovels to shape molds to buckets and more, there are plenty of sand tools to make playing in the sand even more fun!

Boogie Board

Nothing gets the beach lover’s heart pounding like some time out in the surf! Give your beach traveler the gift of waterspouts, when you gift a fun boogie board or skim board for their next beach vacation. These products are sure to make for an even better day by the ocean than you could have predicted!

We’re sure the beach traveler in your family will love any of these gifts this holiday season. If you have anyone on your list who has been especially nice this year, you can always give them the ultimate gift: a Myrtle Beach vacation! Check out our variety of sales and specials to find the vacation that is perfect for you!

Relax and Enjoy the Fabulous Amenities at Atlantica Resort Myrtle Beach

Relax and Enjoy the Fabulous Amenities at Atlantica Resort Myrtle Beach

When you choose to go on a beach vacation, two of the most important aspects of your trip are the location of the resort and the amenities provided there. Luckily when you reserve a stay at Atlantica Resort Myrtle Beach, you will get the best of both worlds. This Myrtle Beach downtown hotel is the perfect destination for your next oceanfront adventure!

Atlantica Myrtle Beach features beach front suites and condos close to the strip of Ocean Boulevard and near the Boardwalk Myrtle Beach. This family-friendly hotel is situated near 501, making it easy for you to navigate as you arrive at the city. The Atlantica Towers offer up spectacular views overlooking the east coast and the sparkling Atlantic Ocean, all from the comfort of your condo’s private balcony. From 1 bedroom standard oceanfront condos to 2 bedroom deluxe king bed suites, Atlantica offers a variety of accommodations options to fit your preference.

No matter which unit matches your vacation style, the location and accommodations you get with Atlantica Resort are sure to keep you comfortable and entertained throughout your vacation. Plan ahead to spend lots of time lounging and relaxing while you enjoy the numerous amenities offered at the resort. Outside, you’ll find an oceanfront swimming pool, as well as an outdoor hot tub, large Kiddie pool, and soothing lazy river. Soak up the sun while you partake in these exciting outdoor areas. For the rainy days or when the weather gets cooler, stay inside and enjoy the indoor pool, which features a lovely, cascading waterfall. There’s also an indoor hot tub, perfect for relaxing after a busy day. After you’ve experienced all of the on-site amenities at Atlantica, you’ll still have plenty to do with the Atlantic Ocean right at your doorstep! Take advantage of easy beach access and unlimited hours of beach time during your stay at Atlantica Resort.

When you are ready to see the sights and sounds that Myrtle Beach has to offer, set out on foot and enjoy the short walk down Ocean Boulevard to get to attractions like the SkyWheel and Boardwalk Myrtle Beach, featuring dozens of shops and restaurants. Pick up a souvenir and a funnel cake and check out the oceanfront arcade at the Fun Plaza. Stay on top of local events and partake in a variety of festivals set at the old Pavilion grounds, including the Carolina Country Music Fest, Food Truck Festival, and much more! Located just blocks from this area, Atlantica Resort is the perfect downtown Myrtle Beach destination if you’re looking to get the full Myrtle Beach experience.

Other attractions like Broadway at the Beach, Coastal Grand Mall, and Ripley’s Aquarium are just a short drive away from Atlantica, and you will find hundreds of popular restaurants throughout the surrounding areas. Reserve your next beach getaway at Atlantica Resort in Myrtle Beach, where you’ll get to experience outstanding amenities and a superb, convenient location.

5 Unusual Ways to See Myrtle Beach

Enjoy Oceanfront Fun at Atlantic Resort

Everyone loves the normal view of Myrtle Beach, whether you’re looking out at the horizon from your Myrtle Beach vacation rental balcony, cruising slowly along exciting Ocean Boulevard, or just peacefully strolling down the sandy shore. However, for those looking to see the beach city from a somewhat unusual perspective, there are many different avenues to see Myrtle Beach in a different light. Here are our Top 5 Unusual Ways to See Myrtle Beach:

Everyone loves the normal view of Myrtle Beach, whether you’re looking out at the horizon from your Myrtle Beach vacation rental balcony, cruising slowly along exciting Ocean Boulevard, or just peacefully strolling down the sandy shore. However, for those looking to see the beach city from a somewhat unusual perspective, there are many different avenues to see Myrtle Beach in a different light. Here are our Top 5 Unusual Ways to See Myrtle Beach:

 

    • 5. Express Watersports: Ocean Sightseeing and Dolphin Watch Cruise

      Aquariums are amazing, but seeing marine life up close and personal in its natural habitat is priceless! Express Watersports seeks to help guests do just this on any of their Ocean Sightseeing and Dolphin Watch Cruises. These 90-minute excursions take up to 49 visitors through Murrells Inlet and out onto the ocean for either morning or afternoon trips. The 46 ft. Newton Boat promises comfort for all, with its shade area to help you stay cool, sun deck for catching some rays, and bathroom. Throughout the tour, learn amazing facts about local ecology and historic facts from the onboard naturalist. Prices are $20 for kids and $25 for those 13 and above. Get a glimpse of the coast as you’ve never had before with a dolphin watch cruise from Express Watersports.



    • 4. Tandem Skydiving

      This one is for the true daredevil in the group! Get a truly one-of-a-kind experience at Tandem Skydiving, where you can spend minutes free-falling over the coast before launching your parachute and gliding comfortably to the landing zone below. Though a little off the beaten path (about a 40-mile drive from North Myrtle Beach), Tandem Skydiving in Southport, NC offers up an unbeatable view of the Atlantic Ocean and the Coastal Carolinas. See the sights that have inspired aviators ever since Orville and Wilbur Wright. If you’re up for the task at hand, you definitely won’t regret making the drive to Southport!



    • 3. Rover Tours Shelling and Lighthouse Cruise

      For a longer tour of the area by boat, visit Rover Tours. The Carolina Rover provides guests with an eco-tourism experience unlike any other along the Grand Strand. The 3-4 hour tours take visitors by 40 ft. pontoon boat through smooth inland waters, to a remote barrier island, to South Carolina’s oldest lighthouse. Be prepared to see bald eagles, alligators, dolphins, shorebirds, and perhaps even sea turtles, along this historic and lovely tour of the coastal south Myrtle Beach and Georgetown areas.



    • 2. Coastal Scuba

      How would you like to see Myrtle Beach from under the water? Coastal Scuba not only offers Scuba diving classes, but also provide charters from private vessels and open boats. Whether you’re looking to experience a 1/2 day excursion or a gulf-stream overnight expedition, Coastal Scuba can take you there! With several dive sites to choose from, including Civil War wreckage and man-made reefs, you’re sure to have a great time exploring Myrtle Beach from below! Located in North Myrtle Beach, Coastal Scuba offers up a great and unusual way to see the area.



  • 1. Helicopter Adventures

    Found in the heart of Myrtle Beach, Helicopter Adventures helps you to soar above the city and see all of the most-visited and beautiful areas of the coast. Just a short drive from Broadway at the Beach, helicopter tours take guests on adventures of varying lengths, depending on your interests. The most economical tour takes guests on a 2-mile flight over Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Waves, and the Ripken Baseball Experience. Flight packages increase and go all the way up to the longest adventure, which takes you on a 40-42 mile round trip tour of the Grand Strand, from central Myrtle Beach to North Myrtle Beach and Little River. With so many options and price levels, Helicopter Adventures really stands out as the premier way to see Myrtle Beach from a different perspective. The company also helps with special occasions, like marriage proposals, so be sure to communicate with staff to set up your perfect excursion.



From soaring to new heights to descending to new depths, these 5 companies will take you out of the real ordinary and into something a little more unusual! Make the most of your vacation by seeing Myrtle Beach from a fresh perspective.