Parasailing in Myrtle Beach: The Thrill of a Lifetime

It should come as no surprise that the best view of Myrtle Beach comes from the sky. Whether it’s atop the SkyWheel or inside a helicopter, there’s something magical about scanning the gorgeous Grand Strand high in the air. Perhaps our favorite method of aerial “exploration” here at Sands Resorts is an exhilarating parasailing expedition. Parasailing in Myrtle Beach is among the most popular midday activities for families, groups, and couples alike, especially for travelers with a thirst for adventure. When you’re not relaxing on the beach, visiting the area’s top attractions, and fishing in the Gulf Stream, we hope that you strap in for a trip into the sky!

Parasailing in Myrtle Beach (2)Discover the Best Parasailing in Myrtle Beach

To ensure that your well-deserved coastal escape is nothing short of flawless, we’ve compiled the area’s seven best parasailing outfitters. Parasailing in Myrtle Beach has never been more accessible thanks to a lot of buzz and word of mouth by frequent travelers. Myrtle Beach parasailing prices are as low as anywhere else along the East Coast, especially during the “offseason.” Hopefully, after reading through this list, you won’t have to search for “parasailing near me” during your upcoming getaway.

Express Watersports

Location: 4042 Highway 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, SC

Reservations: 843-357-7777 (or book online), rates start at $65

Why Choose Them? Express Watersports is one of the only establishments that have online booking, which is a huge plus for planners.

Downwind Sails

Location: 2985 Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach, SC

Reservations: 843-236-7245 (or book online), rates start at $59

Why Choose Them? Their parasails fly approximately 300 feet in the air.

Ocean Watersports

Location: 410 Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach, SC

Reservations: 843-445-7777

Why Choose Them? This team has been parasailing in Myrtle Beach since 1981. And the $5 coupon doesn’t hurt.

Parasailing in Myrtle Beach (2)Aloha Watersports

Location: 2208 Ocean Boulevard, North Myrtle Beach, SC

Reservations: 843-249-9908

Why Choose Them? If you’re hoping to spend an afternoon parasailing in North Myrtle Beach, we recommend Aloha Watersports. They’re one of the only companies that offer three-person rides.

Shoreline Watersports

Location: 409 Ocean Boulevard, Surfside Beach, SC

Reservations: 843-272-2420 (or book online), rates start at $40

Why Choose Them? Shoreline is the cheapest option in the Myrtle Beach area.

New Wave Watersports

Location: 1701 Ocean Boulevard, North Myrtle Beach, SC

Reservations: 843-361-3322

Why Choose Them? New Wave is just 2.5 miles from Barefoot Landing.

Atlantic Watersports

Location: 3102 Ocean Boulevard, North Myrtle Beach, SC

Reservations: 843-272-2420

Why Choose Them? Atlantic Watersports has the best specials in town.

4 Oceanfront Myrtle Beach Resorts

Sands Resorts has four oceanfront destinations along the Grand Strand: Sand Dunes Resort, North Shore Oceanfront Hotel, Sands Ocean Club, and Sands Beach Club. Each unique resort is elegant, inexpensive, and conveniently located to the area’s top attractions. You’ll also discover a whole lot of perks, such as free entry to a water park, beach access, on-site dining, and ocean-view accommodations. Spend your afternoons shopping, jet-skiing, snorkeling, and parasailing in Myrtle Beach before returning to your oceanfront getaway for dinner, cocktails, and a moonlit beach stroll. To book a well-deserved family vacation to sunny Myrtle Beach, please give us a call today at 800-726-3783.

10 Myrtle Beach Bucket List Ideas

bucket list ideasA bucket list used to mean a compilation of the top things to do before you “kicked the bucket,” but nowadays families, couples, and even teenagers are compiling bucket list ideas. Creating a bucket list before a vacation is a fun (and easy) way to get the most of your week under the sun. Whether you’re a planner or not, we recommend piecing together a dozen or so cool bucket list ideas before flying to beautiful Myrtle Beach. And luckily for you and your family, Sands Resorts has three inexpensive, oceanfront Myrtle Beach resorts that are all minutes away from all of the excitement!

The Top 10 Myrtle Beach Bucket List Ideas

To ensure that you’re upcoming Myrtle Beach escape is nothing short of flawless, we’ve compiled ten of our favorite bucket list ideas. Almost all of these bucket list examples are family-friendly, but a few of them are perfect for couples as well.

  1. Play 18 holes at one of the very best golf courses in the world, such as King’s North at Myrtle Beach National, TPC Myrtle Beach, or Tidewater Golf Club. All three of our Myrtle Beach resorts, including the North Shore Oceanfront Hotel, have spectacular stay-and-play golf packages.
  2. Go parasailing high above the ocean’s surface with our good friends at Atlantic Watersports, the most trusted name in the industry.
  3. Literally, shop until you drop at Tanger Outlets Hwy 17, Tanger Outlets Hwy 501, Broadway at the Beach, The Market Common, and Barefoot Landing. As you can probably imagine, Black Friday is quite a frenzy here in Myrtle Beach.
  4. Cheer on a guild of brave knights at the coolest dinner theater in the world: Medieval Times. The jousting, weaponry, horsemanship, and, yes, the four-course meal are all spectacular!
  5. bucket list ideasSpend an entire day at the beach – from dawn to dusk. Fill your unforgettable day along Myrtle Beach’s sandy shoreline with sandcastles, yoga, kite flying, photography, and perhaps a well-deserved nap.
  6. Ride the SkyWheel. It’s out of this world. Hopping aboard the skyscraping SkyWheel is perhaps the easiest of our bucket list ideas to achieve.
  7. Attend a Myrtle Beach Pelicans game on “Thirsty Thursday.” What’s better than home runs, $1 Budweiser drafts, and post-game fireworks?
  8. Catch a king mackerel, shark, tuna, or marlin deep at sea with one of these award-winning fishing charters. Myrtle Beach is arguably the most underrated fishing locale in North America, making it one of our favorite summer bucket list ideas.
  9. Spend an entire day at Broadway at the Beach, the top-ranked attraction in Myrtle Beach. Where else in the United States can you find a Hollywood Wax Museum, Ripley’s Aquarium, and WonderWorks all in one location?
  10. Sip on a signature cocktail with your toes in the sand at Ocean Annie’s with not a single care in the world.

Free Myrtle Beach Water Park

We hope that these ten unique bucket list ideas give you a taste of how magical our oceanside city truly is, regardless of the season. If you’re still not convinced, guests at Sand Dunes Resort gain free access to the on-site Sands Resorts Waterpark. To learn more about our three oceanfront hotels, please give us a call today at 800-726-3783. We also recommend browsing through our up-to-the-minute specials!

Myrtle Beach Pelicans Baseball

myrtle beach pelicansDuring the summertime on the South Carolina coast, the hot ticket for baseball fans is the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the Chicago Cubs’ Class A affiliate. Nothing brings families and groups together quick like a good, old-fashioned baseball game under the bright lights. And you won’t find a more fun and entertaining environment for a minor league baseball game than TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. The Myrtle Beach Pelicans’ regular season ends in early September, so there’s still plenty of time to score tickets during your well-deserved getaway to Sands Resorts, one of the top-rated water park resorts in the state.

TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark

One of the main reasons that the Myrtle Beach Pelicans are popular among locals and vacationers alike is that TicketReturn.com Field is right across the street from Broadway at the Beach, a sprawling outdoor entertainment, shopping, and dining center. Baseball fans can spend their mornings on sandy Myrtle Beach and afternoons at Broadway at the Beach before slipping over to Pelicans Ballpark for hot dogs, $2 beer, and towering home runs! Two unique features at Pelicans Ballpark are the tall water tower behind the grandstand and the extra large trees in right field, creating a small-town feel despite being so close to all the action!

Promotions

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans’ weekly promotions are out of this world, ranging from $1 Budweisers on “Thirsty Thursday” to free Saturday fireworks. Despite offering adults a wide variety of beer and wine discounts, Pelicans ballpark maintains a family-friendly atmosphere that kids can enjoy just as much as mom and dad. Here’s a quick rundown of their weekly promotions:

  • Monday: 1/2 price admission with a donated item off this list
  • Tuesday: $2 tacos and tallboys from 6-8 p.m.
  • Wednesday: BOGO Hebrew National hot dogs on “Weiner Wednesday”
  • Thursday: $1 Budweiser and Bud Light drafts, $2 cans, and $2 glasses of wine from Duplin Winery on “Thirsty Thursday”
  • Friday: $2 craft beer drafts and $10 fish fry platters as well as 1/2 price admission for first responders
  • Saturday: $2 cans of “Naturdays” from 5-7 p.m. and postgame fireworks
  • Sunday: Free inflatables for kids 12 & under as well as balloon artists, face painting, and a pre-game on-field catch

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Minor league baseball teams change affiliations quite often, but the Myrtle Beach Pelicans have been the Chicago Cubs’ Class A affiliate since 2015. Our beloved Pelicans were also an affiliate of the Texas Rangers and Atlanta Braves dating back to 1999. Thirteen former Pelicans have gone onto become MLB all-stars, including Freddie Freeman, Elvis Andrus, Jason Heyward, Craig Kimbrel, Brian McCann, and Adam Wainright. As of early June, catcher Miguel Amaya, shortstop Aramis Ademan, and starting pitcher Alex Lange are the top-rated prospects currently playing with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.

myrtle beach pelicansMyrtle Beach Oceanfront Hotels

Pelicans Ballpark is just over five miles from Sand Dunes Resort and North Shore Oceanfront Hotel, two neighboring Myrtle Beach hotels located along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. Guests at both resorts have complimentary access to Sands Resorts Waterpark, which is within steps of the ocean and multiple on-site restaurants. When you choose to stay with Sands Resorts, you’ll be centrally located to all of the top-rated things to do in Myrtle Beach, including championship golf courses, Broadway at the Beach, Ripley’s Aquarium, and, of course, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans! Give us a call today at 1-800-726-3783 to get matched up with an ocean-view guest room that perfectly suits your family’s size, style, and budget.

July 4th Getaways to Myrtle Beach, SC

myrtle beach water parkThere’s still plenty of time to book a well-deserved July 4th getaway to sunny Myrtle Beach with Sands Resorts. For those who’re searching for a change of scenery for this year’s Independence Day celebration, you won’t find another locale that’s more family-friendly than Myrtle Beach. Not only does our beautiful oceanfront city feature jaw-dropping fireworks, unique parades, marvelous attractions, and authentic coastal cuisine, but we gladly provide all guests with complimentary passes to our Myrtle Beach water park and exclusive access to on-site beaches! Keep reading to learn why July 4th getaways to Myrtle Beach have become commonplace for families across the East Coast.

A Free Myrtle Beach Water Park

First and foremost, Sands Resortsfree Myrtle Beach water park is a rare perk that your kids will absolutely love. Spend your afternoons floating along the lazy river, anxiously waiting underneath a giant water bucket, and blasting down slippery waterfalls this Independence Day. When your family has had their fill of our exciting Myrtle Beach water park, if that’s even possible, head over to the Family FunZone inside the newly-renovated North Shore Oceanfront Hotel. The Family FunZone features classic arcade games, an indoor pool, a black-light mini golf course, and so much more!

Fireworks High Above Barefoot Landing

myrtle beach water parkBarefoot Landing remains one of the top attractions here in Myrtle Beach thanks to its unique combination of shopping, dining, and entertainment. This popular, family-friendly hub is also home to the best fireworks display in the city. Gaze toward the cloudless sky as fireworks crackle high above the Intercoastal Waterway. Broadway at the Beach, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, and the Second Avenue Pier will also have firework displays, just not on the Fourth.

Family-Friendly Parades

It wouldn’t be Independence Day without a parade filled with large American flags, unique floats, and free treats. The two premier parades in the Myrtle Beach area are the Murrells Inlet Boat Parade and Pawleys Island 4th of July Parade. Both of these annual events are huge draws for locals and vacationers alike. The main event is the boat display along the marsh walk in nearby Murrells Inlet where you’ll observe dozens of patriotic vessels filled with enthusiastic boaters. If you’re looking for a traditional yet still unique parade, head down to Pawleys Island for one of the only golf cart parades in the country. Over 100 golf carts, as well as trucks and hauled boats, will coast down Myrtle Avenue past thousands of eager bystanders.

Beach Fun and Tasty Eats

Unlike most July 4th getaways, your family will have unlimited access to several miles of pristine beaches. Go swimming, build a sandcastle, read a novel, fly a kite, and sunbathe under the golden sun this year instead of sweating near a scorching grill! All of Sands Resorts’ Myrtle Beach hotels are steps from the Atlantic Ocean’s white, sandy shores. Trade your apron, oven mitts, and spatula for an appetite this year. Enjoy beach cocktails at Ocean Annie’s Beach Bar, wood-fired pizza at Oceanside 74, or juicy burgers at Eli’s Oceanfront Cafe. To book a well-deserved July 4th getaway to sunny Myrtle Beach, please give us a call today at 1-800-726-3783.

Where to Find Live Music in Myrtle Beach

myrtle beach hotels with water parksWhile many may not consider Myrtle Beach a music hotbed, our live local and regional music scene is exponentially growing. With dozens of locales to discover new artists and rediscover old favorites, Sands Resorts should be your next coastal South Carolina getaway headquarters. Sand Dunes Resort is king among Myrtle Beach hotels with water parks, and Sands Ocean Club and Beach Club are a short walk away from Ocean Annie’s Beach Bar. Throw on a band tee, grab an ice-cold beer, and seek these local music halls for an entertaining evening of live music.

Rock and Roll at the House of Blues

Co-founded by actor Dan Aykroyd, the House of Blues is a Barefoot Landing staple. While it’s unlikely you’ll be hearing any blues at this venue, a memorable night of hard rock awaits. This unique, two-story concert venue sees a large number of rock bands, spanning generations, including Seether, Blues Traveler, Marilyn Manson, Puddle of Mudd, Steel Panther, and Gwar. Rappers Pusha T and Lil Xan will also be performing later this year. The tribute bands are just as popular. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch a Tom Petty, Dave Matthews, Led Zeppelin, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Michael Jackson, Johnny Cash, or Stevie Wonder tribute band. These artists are as close to the real thing as you can get. The House of Blues not only has nightly entertainment, but their jambalaya, baby back ribs, sliced brisket, and fried chicken is to-die-for.

Beach Music at Ocean Annie’s Beach Bar

For an entirely different concert experience, Sands Ocean Club guests can walk 10 feet to Myrtle Beach’s premier beach bar experience at Ocean Annie’s. Nearby Sands Beach Club is also a scenic three-minute beach walk from a specialty cocktail and hot summer jams. Our talented cover bands play Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, Journey, Guns and Roses, Little Big Town, and many more. There’s nothing better than free live music steps away from a cozy accommodation.

Local Favorites Worth Checking Out

If you’re in the Murrells Inlet area south of town, stop by Dead Dog Saloon for daily live music and the best fish tacos on the coast. Two miles south of Sand Dunes Resort, chief among Myrtle Beach resorts with water parks, you’ll find Bourbon Street Bar & Grille. Bourbon Street is a local favorite because of their nightly entertainment and food and drinks specials. The supergroup Alabama performed six nights a week in 1973 at The Bowery. Alabama mostly covered Lynyrd Skynyrd and Merle Haggard during their stint at this oceanfront bar.

Myrtle Beach hotels with water parks are few and far between. Your family can gain free access to Sand Dunes Resort Waterpark by staying in any of our four Myrtle Beach resorts. Consult our packages and specials for up-to-the-minute discounts on week-long and mid-week stays!

Get Patriotic with Sands Resorts

July 4 Myrtle BeachThe 4th of July is arguably the busiest, most enjoyable and entertaining holiday in the United States. The weather is warm, the sun is shining, and the beach is near at Sands Resorts. The fun is endless, and life is more comfortable thanks to our inexpensive Myrtle Beach packages and excellent amenities. Enjoy free water park access at Sand Dunes Resort, play free golf with a stay at Sands Ocean Club or Sands Beach Club, and witness a distinct parade and breathtaking fireworks in Myrtle Beach.

Sand Dunes Waterpark

Sands Resorts Waterpark is free to guests at Sand Dunes Resort in beautiful Myrtle Beach. The oceanfront property has not only breathtaking Atlantic Ocean views, exclusive beach access, and insanely low prices. Also a secluded world-class water park with a relaxing lazy river, bubble pool, fast waterslides, an aquatic treehouse, and waterfall pools. Try prying yourself from the endless summer fun at Sands Resorts Waterpark.

Free Golf at Diamondback

One of the many perks at Sands Ocean Club or Sands Beach Club is the free golf. Sands Resort has partnered with Woodland Valley Country Club to bring guests a free round of golf at scenic Diamondback Golf Club. Diamondback, located in North Myrtle Beach, is challenging, quiet, and rustic–not the type of golf course you would expect in Coastal South Carolina. The course has large trees, pristine greens and bunkers, and short rough. Ocean Dunes Resort and Sand Dunes Resort also offer exclusive Myrtle Beach packages for golfers starting at $289 for three nights!

Unique Parades

Catch one of South Carolina’s unique parades in the Myrtle Beach area. Boring, old street parades won’t cut it ever again after witnessing the Murrells Inlet Boat Parade and the 51st annual Pawleys Island Golf Cart Parade. The colorful and patriotic boat parade runs through wild Murrells Inlet where spectators can watch from the marsh walk. The golf cart parade has cars, trucks, and boat floats, but the little golf carts are always the main event. These two July 4th parades don’t run at the same so that you can catch them both!

Fireworks at Barefoot Landing

Before finishing the Fourth with fireworks, grab some tasty grub and a signature cocktail at Ocean Annie’s, located at Sands Ocean Club right on the beach. Barefoot Landing, Myrtle Beach’s premier shopping, dining, and entertainment hub, is home to the best fireworks show in South Carolina. The fireworks at Barefoot Landing fly high above the Intracoastal Waterway in the heart of the restaurant and carnival district. Your week with Sands Resorts will go down in history much like Independence Day.

Searching for the Best Shell in Myrtle Beach

Our Myrtle Beach resorts are known for more than just the fantastic accommodations and fantastic on-site activities; you’ll be able to experience one of the best things to do on a beach vacation, shelling! Hunting for the perfect seashell takes time and some skill but when you’re staying at Sands Resorts you’ll be near the beach so you can find something spectacular!

Spring Beachtime Shelling

Spring is one of the best times to hunt for seashells by the seashore. This season allows for perfect temperatures as the weather isn’t too hot, nor too cold. We suggest if you’re going to enjoy a day full of shelling that you start in the morning. The crowds at the beach won’t be too busy, and you’ll find the best spots. When the groups at the beach become too much, we recommend taking a midday break at Ocean Annie’s for some food and drinks!

There are lots of different shells to find on the beach, and with small shovel and bag, you can take home some of the prettiest seashells from your vacation. Many people like to bring home remembrance of their getaway, and a few shells are the perfect way to take home a souvenir. Check out this handy list of standard seashells you’ll find near our Myrtle Beach resorts.

No matter what you choose to do during your stay make sure, you find the best shell to bring home! You’ll turn your moments into beautiful designs to remember here in South Carolina at one of the top Myrtle Beach resorts, Sands Resorts. Whether you place your shells on a picture frame or have them in a jar, you’ll love seeing your beach memories every day, and it can make you want to book another trip with us!

Experience the Luck of the Irish in South Carolina

Grab your green and gold coins because the luck of the Irish is heading to South Carolina! We know that there are plenty of ocean resorts myrtle beach has to offer, but there is nothing like staying at our beautiful Sands Resorts this spring! When you’re here this March, experience St Patrick’s Day, as that rainbow and pot of gold, lands on the weekend. You’re going to want to celebrate all the fun that St. Paddy’s Day brings, so here are our local happenings and the best brews on March 16-17, 2018!

Where to Spend your St Paddy’s Day

There is nowhere else you’d rather be, than at the 30th annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Myrtle Beach! Located right in the heart of the city on Main Street you’ll enjoy this event on Saturday, March 17, 2018. Not only are we celebrating Irish culture but we like to welcome in the spring season, which will kick off our busy season. Enjoy the parade and follow it to one of three stages where live music will be, as well as an area dedicated just for kids! Plus, with over 150 vendors featuring food, crafts, and more, you’ll be set for a fantastic day during your trip!

Find the Best Brew!

If you need even more St Paddy’s Day fun head our very own oceanfront bar, Ocean Annie’s! We just reopened at the end of February after our winter season, so we’re ready for buckets of beer and lots of fun, right on the sandy shores of Myrtle Beach! We’ll be your one stop shop for delicious food and even better beers this St. Patrick’s Day. Check out our list of fantastic brews, and then join us for a cold one right on the beach!

No matter how you spend, your spring make sure you take flight and go somewhere new to Myrtle Beach! Our Atlantic Coast is waiting for you at one of our ocean resorts Myrtle Beach has to offer. Choose Sands Resorts, and we’ll ensure you have everything you need for the best weekend as you celebrate both the spring season and St Patrick’s Day! Explore our different resorts, look at our specials, and see why we rank among the best in South Carolina!

Top 3 Beach Bars in Myrtle Beach this Summer

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No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem!

Kick off your shoes this summer season and head to Myrtle Beach for an excellent beachside getaway. Sands Resorts has everything you need to enjoy one of our oceanfront hotels in Myrtle Beach. Here in South Carolina, when you get hungry, you do not have to leave the beach – just go to one of our top beach bars for some fun in the sun! 

Ocean Annie’s Beach Bar

We could not write a beach bar blog without mentioning Ocean Annie’s Beach Bar! Our beach bar rated as one of the top restaurants you will find along the beach, which means you do not want to miss this one. Popular among locals and visitors alike, the main draw to Ocean Annie’s is the Grand Stand with live music playing, as well as the outdoor pool where you can sip on ice-cold beer and cocktails then dip your toes in the water to cool off.

Landshark Bar & Grill

When you look at Myrtle Beach’s skyline, you cannot miss the striking SkyWheel. Situated right under this iconic Ferris wheel, is Landshark Bar & Grill. Along with Ocean Annie’s, Landshark is another favorite spot along the beach. Perfect for lunch, dinner, and late night fare, their menu features a wide selection of food options. We recommend that you try their Landshark Lager as it is their signature beer.

8th Avenue Tiki Bar & Grill

If you are looking for something unique Myrtle Beach’s 8th Avenue Tiki Bar & Grill is the way to go. Creating most of their items in-house and with a lengthy menu, you may want to stop here a few times on your trip. The fun tiki atmosphere and party style flare make this a go-to place along the shore. Plus, with an extensive list of delicious drinks, you will not go wrong choosing this colorful tiki bar.

No matter what beachfront bar you opt to quench your thirst on a hot summer day. Your Myrtle Beach experience would not be one without stopping at these three fantastic locations. Whichever Sands Resort you pick for your summer vacation, we know you will have a blast! Southern hospitality at a beach resort is all you need. Just make sure you kick off your shoes and let the sand, waves, and relaxation take over. Book your vacation with us today and start dreaming of your summertime getaway.

 

Southside Band

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The Southside Band has been a huge part of the live music at Ocean Annie’s Beach Bar for the past 18 years. They have the best fans literally from all over the world!

Join the jam sessions daily at Sands Ocean Club on Annie’s oceanfront deck. LIVE MUSIC daily starting at 2pm until.