Plan a Visit to the Carolina Country Music Fest

oceanfront hotels in south carolinaWe’re only two months away from one of the five best country music festivals in North America, according to Billboard: Myrtle Beach’s annual Carolina Country Music Fest. Not only does the Carolina Country Music Fest book some of the biggest and brightest names in country music, but the oceanfront locale is simply unbeatable. Nearly 40,000 lucky music lovers gather every June for this annual celebration of country music and local business. This year’s lineup tops all others as Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Dierks Bentley, and nearly three dozen others will be gracing our stages in the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk district. Start and finish each day at one of our affordable yet contemporary oceanfront hotels in South Carolina. You’ll always be steps from the Atlantic Ocean and a short drive the Carolina Country Music Fest when you choose Sands Resorts.

The Oceanfront Locale

Besides the incredible lineup of world-touring country musicians, most festival-goers choose the Carolina Country Music Fest because of the breathtaking oceanfront locale, the vast acreage, the tasty eats, and the ice-cold beer. The main stage rests between Ocean Boulevard and the Atlantic, creating a genuinely jaw-dropping backdrop. Arrive early to catch some of the best rising artists in country music and to try a wide variety of local cuisine. Carolina Country Music Fest is also known for its array of beverages, ranging from specialty, festival-themed cocktails to all-you-can-drink Coca Cola refills.

The Headliners

This year’s lineup is completely packed with emerging stars, household names, and two of the biggest acts in country music: Thomas Rhett and Florida Georgia Line. Southern rockstars Alabama will also be celebrating their 40th anniversary as a band. Alabama spent several years as a Lynyrd Skynyrd cover band here in Myrtle Beach in the early 1970s! Here’s a small sample of the musical acts at this year’s Carolina Country Music Fest:

  • Thomas Rhett
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Dan + Shay
  • Dustin Lynch
  • Brothers Osborn
  • Dierks Bentley
  • Randy Houser
  • CAM
  • Mitchell Tenpenny
  • Morgan Evans

oceanfront hotels in south carolinaOceanfront Hotels in South Carolina

Sands Resorts is your Carolina Country Music Fest weekend headquarters! We have several deluxe oceanfront hotels in South Carolina along Myrtle Beach’s pristine shoreline. Start each morning with a steaming cup of fresh-brewed coffee and a hearty breakfast before sunbathing and swimming in the Atlantic. Enjoy complimentary access to Sands Resorts Waterpark or Wild Water & Wheels before taking a taxi to the festival. Our oceanfront Myrtle Beach resorts are affordable, contemporary, and conveniently located minutes away from Carolina Country Music Fest, Broadway at the Beach, world-class golf courses, and so many more ultra-popular attractions. Give us a call today at 1-800-726-3783 to get matched up with one of our ocean-view suites in Myrtle Beach, SC.

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!

A Visitor’s Guide to Myrtle Beach Fireworks

myrtle beach family resortsSummer is still heating up in lively Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Sands has four grand Myrtle Beach family resorts central to the area’s best fireworks shows. While summer does, unfortunately, have an expiration tag, Myrtle Beach’s fireworks shows are a year-round spectacle. Witness stunning seasonal and year-round fireworks at these five South Carolina staples: Broadway at the Beach, Barefoot Landing, Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Second Avenue Pier, and the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Pack your lawn chairs, a blanket, and a pair of binoculars because the show is about to begin!

Broadway at the Beach

Broadway at the Beach is a family-friendly entertainment hub with live theater, premier shopping, hip restaurants, and the state’s best amusement park, WonderWorks. Families can (and do) spend an entire day at Broadway. You can also witness the area’s best fireworks show from March through December. Broadway hosts 23 events during the summer months as well as six during the “off-season;” please consult their event calendar for specific dates.

Barefoot Landing

North Myrtle Beach also has a fantastic entertainment center at Barefoot Landing, five miles northeast of Sands Beach Club and Ocean Club. Both of these Myrtle Beach family resorts are next to the area’s famous hot spot: Ocean Annie’s Beach Bar. Barefoot Landing has 14 light shows in the summer and one each in September, November, and December. The fireworks fly high into the night sky above Lewis Pond and Joe’s Crab Shack.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans – Pelicans Ballpark

We’re proud to be the home of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the Class A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs and four-time Carolina League champions. Not only are the Pelicans full of future MLB ballplayers but Pelicans Ballpark has fantastic daily promotions, including fireworks on Sundays and Tuesdays. Come for the $2 tacos and tallboys on Tuesdays and stay for the exciting light show. Visit on a Sunday and enjoy free face-painting, balloon artists, and a pregame catch on the field.

Second Avenue Pier/Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

Every Wednesday night at 10 p.m. during peak season, Second Avenue Pier and Myrtle Beach Boardwalk host a firework show for the locals and tourists. Take a stroll down the Boardwalk or to the pier at sunset then sit back and witness a glorious display high above the ocean’s waves.

Myrtle Beach Family Resorts

Sands Resorts is home to Myrtle Beach’s best waterpark: the Sand Dunes Waterpark, entirely free to guests of all four Sands Resorts. Discover the Sands Family Funzone, a sizable arcade and pool area, at our beautiful Ocean Dunes Resort. Start planning your next family getaway by booking a stay at one of the best Myrtle Beach family resorts!

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.

All New Accommodations at Ocean Dunes Resort

The dunes myrtle beach sc,  spas in myrtle beach sc,  oceanfront hotels in myrtle beach sc,  ocean sands resort virginia beach,  oceanfront hotels in myrtle beach,  resorts in myrtle beachIn 2016 our Ocean Dunes Resort & Conference Center underwent a massive renovation project. We made changes and updates to our interiors and fixtures as well as a new onsite restaurant. Enjoy a summertime vacation to your next oceanfront hotels in Myrtle Beach, SC for a fabulous getaway. Then check out what’s new in 2017 at Ocean Dunes Resort when you stay with us!

What is New in 2017?

We’ve reinvented our accommodations and conference center to keep our guests and visitors comforts in mind. Our 140 Ocean Dunes guest hotel rooms were expertly reinvented with brand new furniture, fixtures, and seaside decor. Within the rooms, you’ll find beautifully redone bathrooms and new bedroom flooring as well. Plus, our ocean color palette of clean whites, soft blues, and fun coastal patterns will remind you, that you are only steps away from the sun, sand, and sea of Myrtle Beach.

Currently, at Ocean Dunes, you are able to indulge in Mia’s Pizza & Subs, exactly like the name states this restaurant allows for the perfect afternoon snack or dinner option. After the beginning of this year, you can also enjoy Dino’s Oceanfront Cafe. This coastal cafe brings a delicious a la carte menu for both breakfast and lunch. Whether you grab a coffee as you head out for the day or enjoy your meal by the beach, we have everything you need here at Ocean Dunes to experience our new amenities.

Full of life and oceanfront views, you won’t go wrong picking our location at Ocean Dunes Resort & Conference Center for your perfect getaway. Spend your days seaside with your toes in the sand, or enjoy a comfy night in one of our newly renovated guest rooms. We’re sure you’ll have a blast seeing what’s new around our resort this spring and summer season. Book your Myrtle Beach, SC vacation today!

 

August Events

august events

August is a great time of year to visit Myrtle Beach. Summer is in full swing and there are tons of fun things to do for the whole family, including festivals, concerts and more. Here are two ongoing events to check out during August.

 

Hot Summer Nights: All Summer long, the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is one big party. There’s a variety of live entertainment including music, karaoke, DJs, open mic nights and even a Boardwalk Elvis. Along with all the music, there’s appearances from your favorite superheroes and princesses, a kids carnival, games, food and fireworks displays. With something different to do every evening, you’ll never be bored during these Hot Summer Nights!

 

Summerfest! at Barefoot Landing: Barefoot Landing is bringing the fun all Summer long with Summerfest! Every night at 7, the landing comes to life with music, entertainers and more. Fridays are Family Fun Night and are hosted by Mr. Nigel with comedy and sing alongs. Accompanying the music are characters from your favorite shows and movies and other entertainers like Nick Pike from America’s Got Talent. At 10:15 on Monday nights a fireworks show lights up the night. So bring the whole family and celebrate all Summer has to offer at Summerfest!
Sands Resorts brings you and your family the ultimate vacation experience, offering admission to Wild Water & Wheels waterpark, on-site dining and bars, indoor and outdoor pools and much more. The resort has made many exciting renovations for 2016 and we can’t wait to see you this Summer!

Book Early and Save Big at Sands Resorts

Are you planning your next vacation to Myrtle Beach? We have just what you need at Sands Resorts including the best amenities, beautiful accommodations and amazing getaway specials. At Sands Resorts, it is always better to book in advance, no matter how long you plan to stay.

Did you know that when you book six months or more in advance, you can save up to 33% on your vacation? Talk about a great deal! Now is the time to book your 2016 summer vacation and take advantage of our book early and save package. While there are restrictions that apply, our staff at Sands Resorts is ready to help you find the ultimate deal.

Our book early and save package applies to any of our six oceanfront hotels and resorts along The Grand Strand. Each resort is located nearby the best attractions, golf, dining and shopping. Guests can enjoy one of the many oceanfront rooms, villas and 1, 2, or 3-bedroom suites.

Also, guests of Sands Resorts can enjoy the wonderful amenities at each property. Some of our amenities include the Atlantis Spa, Health Club, Sands Water Park, Mango’s Restaurant, Ocean Annie’s and more. There is something for everyone in the family to enjoy when you book a vacation at Sands Resorts.

Now is the time to take advantage of the book early and save deal! Enjoy great savings now, allowing you to have more for those shopping trips, golf days and show tickets!

New Year’s Eve in Myrtle Beach

Who’s ready to ring in the New Year in Myrtle Beach?

Visit Sands Resorts and join in on the New Year Weekend Celebration! Whether you are celebrating with friends, family or that special someone, we have a party ready for you.

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Enjoy an Afternoon at Atlantis Spa

Vacation is about all relaxing. It’s time to clear your mind and treat yourself. There’s no better way to this than enjoying an afternoon at the Atlantis Spa. Prepare yourself to get pampered seaside and take in a soothing atmosphere by the highly trained staff. There are two locations for your convenience, making it easy to plan an afternoon. Here are the top treatments at Atlantis Spa. Continue reading “Enjoy an Afternoon at Atlantis Spa”