Fall Getaway in Myrtle Beach: Top Things to Do at Sands Resorts

As summer transitions into a cozy autumn in Myrtle Beach, a world of captivating experiences awaits you. The warm embrace of the fall season brings fewer crowds, perfect weather, and a breathtaking natural backdrop. At Sands Resorts, we extend a warm invitation for you to discover the most memorable aspects of Myrtle Beach during your fall getaway. Here are the top activities and places you won’t want to miss:

1. Stroll Along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk: The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is a must-visit. As the weather cools down, take leisurely strolls along this iconic promenade. Stop by the charming shops, dine at oceanfront restaurants like Pier 14, and soak in the vibrant atmosphere.

2. Brookgreen Gardens: Immerse yourself in the autumn beauty of Brookgreen Gardens. Explore the lush gardens adorned with fall foliage and art sculptures. Don’t miss the seasonal “Harvest Home Weekend” for live entertainment and pumpkin decorating.

3. Murrells Inlet MarshWalk: Experience the vibrant coastal scene at Murrells Inlet MarshWalk. Savor fresh seafood at waterfront restaurants, like Dead Dog Saloon, while enjoying live music and waterfront views. It’s a slice of paradise.

4. Myrtle Beach State Park: Explore the natural wonders of Myrtle Beach State Park. Take a hike along the Sculptured Oak Trail, where the trees’ fall colors are a sight to behold. Visit the nature center to learn more about the local ecosystem.

5. Golf at TPC Myrtle Beach: Tee off at TPC Myrtle Beach, a renowned golf course that boasts challenging holes amidst stunning coastal landscapes. Fall offers perfect golfing weather with fewer golfers on the greens.

6. La Belle Amie Vineyard: Experience a wine tasting at La Belle Amie Vineyard, just a short drive from Myrtle Beach. Sip on local wines amidst the picturesque vineyard, and enjoy live music and festivals on weekends.

7. Fishing at Apache Pier: Cast your line at Apache Pier, one of the East Coast’s longest piers. The fall season offers excellent fishing opportunities, with the chance to reel in flounder, king mackerel, and more.

8. Arts & Crafts Festivals: Discover unique handcrafted treasures at Myrtle Beach’s fall arts and crafts festivals. The Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival at Huntington Beach State Park is a must-visit for arts enthusiasts.

9. Sunset Cruise: Set sail on a sunset cruise along the Intracoastal Waterway. Companies like Voyager Deep Sea Fishing & Dolphin Cruises offer serene journeys as you witness breathtaking fall sunsets over the water.

10. Marsh Kayaking: Paddle through the serene salt marshes of Murrells Inlet on a kayaking adventure. The fall weather ensures a comfortable and picturesque experience.

11. Huntington Beach State Park Birdwatching: Fall is prime birdwatching season at Huntington Beach State Park. Bring your binoculars and spot a variety of migratory birds as they pass through the area.

A fall escape to Myrtle Beach unveils a world of unique experiences. Sands Resorts provides comfortable accommodations with oceanfront views and convenient access to all these autumn delights. We invite you to reserve your fall retreat today and create cherished memories at Sands Resorts in Myrtle Beach.

Places to Stay in Myrtle Beach with Kids: 5 Reasons to Stay at Sands Resorts

Myrtle Beach is one of the top family-friendly vacation destinations in the United States, with plenty of activities and attractions to keep kids entertained. If you’re planning a trip to Myrtle Beach with your family, choosing the right place to stay is important. Sands Resorts offers two different properties, the Sand Dunes Resort and the North Shore Hotel, both of which are ideal for families with children. Here are five reasons why you should consider staying at Sands Resorts on your next trip to Myrtle Beach.

Kid-Friendly Amenities

Sands Resorts is designed with families in mind, and both the Sand Dunes Resort and the North Shore Hotel offer a variety of kid-friendly amenities. At the Sand Dunes Resort, children can enjoy the indoor and outdoor water parks, lazy river, and kiddie pool. The North Shore Hotel also has a kiddie pool and outdoor pool, as well as a game room and beach access. In addition to these amenities, both resorts offer on-site dining options and free Wi-Fi, making it easy for families to stay connected and entertained.

Convenient Location

Both the Sand Dunes Resort and the North Shore Hotel are located in the heart of Myrtle Beach, close to many of the area’s top attractions. The Sand Dunes Resort is just steps from the beach, while the North Shore Hotel is a short walk away. Both properties are also close to shopping, dining, and entertainment options, making it easy to explore the area without having to go far from your hotel.

Affordable Rates

Sands Resorts offers affordable rates for families, making it a great option for those looking to save money on their vacation. In addition to competitive rates, the resort offers a variety of vacation packages and deals throughout the year, including discounts on room rates and free breakfast.

Spacious Accommodations

Both the Sand Dunes Resort and the North Shore Hotel offer spacious accommodations that are perfect for families. The Sand Dunes Resort has a variety of room types, including one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites, all of which have kitchens or kitchenettes. The North Shore Hotel offers one- and two-bedroom suites, as well as oceanfront rooms with balconies. With plenty of room to spread out, families can relax and enjoy their vacation without feeling cramped.

Excellent Customer Service

Sands Resorts prides itself on providing excellent customer service to its guests. From the moment you check in, you’ll be greeted by friendly and helpful staff who are committed to making your stay enjoyable. Whether you need recommendations for things to do in the area or assistance with booking reservations, the staff at Sands Resorts is always willing to help.

In conclusion, Sands Resorts is an excellent choice for families looking for a fun and affordable vacation in Myrtle Beach. With kid-friendly amenities, convenient location, spacious accommodations, affordable rates, and excellent customer service, Sands Resorts offers everything you need to make your family vacation a success. Book your stay today and start planning your Myrtle Beach adventure!

A Safe and Enjoyable Day at the Beach

Millions of people visit Myrtle Beach every year to enjoy the activities and of course the beach. Although the Grand Strand beaches may look amazing, just like all beaches, they can still be unpredictable and dangerous if you don’t follow the rules of safety. Before you go on to the beach be sure to read the safety signs. This will ensure you’re aware of any warnings or dangers on the beach.

The Myrtle Beach lifeguard services, through a franchise agreement with the City of Myrtle Beach, provide watchful eyes and are ready to assist beachgoers and swimmers.  Myrtle Beach has a specific set of beach flags to let vacationers aware of water conditions. These flags will fly from the lifeguard stands to alert of any potential dangers. A double red flag means the water is closed to the public; no swimming is allowed.  A single red flag indicates hazardous conditions, such as strong waves or currents.  A yellow flag means medium hazards are indicated, while a green flag shown near the lifeguard stand means that conditions are generally good for beach swimming and the lifeguards will closely supervise this area. If you happen to see a rare blue flag, it means that a dangerous marine life, such as a high number of jellyfish may be in the area.

If you are not sure of some of the beach condition signs or flags displayed, ask a lifeguard for safety advice. Lifeguards are highly trained and very knowledgeable about beach safety and conditions. When you arrive at the beach look for the lifeguards. Feel free to ask them about the beach conditions, as well any additional beach safety advice they might have for your family’s day of enjoyment.

Sands Resorts’ collection of oceanfront resorts features one, two, and three- bedroom suites with all of the comfort and convenience of home plus our resorts are located in what many locals consider the best beach area along the Grand Strand. At Sands Resorts, our number one priority is making your day at the beach successful from beginning to end, and every moment in between. 

Building the Best Castle at the Beach

If you truly want to elevate your sandcastle making skills, you will need to properly select the right location for the best sand, be equipped with the correct sandcastle tools, and of course have your creative imagination to build your masterpiece. The key is to treat your creation like the work of art that will become a lasting memory.

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If you truly want to elevate your sandcastle making skills, you will need to properly select the right location for the best sand, be equipped with the correct sandcastle tools, and of course have your creative imagination to build your masterpiece. The key is to treat your creation like the work of art that will become a lasting memory.

Before building your masterpiece in the sand, be sure to gather the following helpful tools:

  • A reliable bucket for hauling water
  • Sandcastle molds or shapely containers
  • Something to level the surface – a flat board will do
  • Spray bottle for moistening dry areas of the sand
  • Plastic or wooden utensil for detailed carvings.

While visiting a Sands Resorts, some local beachwear stores will carry sandcastle-making kits. Purchasing one will provide a great start if you don’t have time to gather all of the materials listed above!

When it comes to the location of your sandcastle creation, a fantastic spot for sandcastle-building is the sand that offers firmness and high amounts of moisture—the two most important aspects of the sand you’ll use for building. The beaches along Myrtle Beach’s “Golden Mile” offers ideal castle-crafting conditions! The beaches are wide so it creates both the ideal sandcastle building along with softer dryer areas that make the perfect spots for relaxing and improving your sun tan.

The most important part of building a sandcastle is to expand your imagination. This is important for sandcastle builders of all ages within your team of sandcastle enthusiasts. After all, making sandcastles is one of the best things do to when vacationing at  Sands Resorts!

OK, you’re all set to enjoy a day of building in the sun and most importantly enjoy the time together with friends and family working hand and Sand.

Stay Just Steps Away from Your Beautiful Sandcastle!

Now that you’re envisioning the sandcastle of your dreams, you’ll need a comfortable place to stay! Select one of our oceanfront accommodations at North Shore Oceanfront Hotel or Sand Dunes Resort and relax knowing you’re steps away from the warm, sandy beach. You may even be able to see your creation from your spacious, private balcony! Start thinking now of the best designed sandcastle you can build while enjoying all of the advantages of vacationing at Sands Resorts!

Plan a Visit to the World Famous Blue Crab Festival

resorts in myrtle beach scThe tastiest weekend of the year here in Myrtle Beach is quickly approaching as we’re on the heels of yet another annual World Famous Blue Crab Festival. The festival takes place in nearby Little River, SC, and it attracts thousands of locals and vacationers who’re looking for an authentic taste of Coastal South Carolina. And Sands Resorts in Myrtle Beach SC is approximately 18 miles from the Historic Little River Waterfront’s Blue Crab Festival, making it a must-visit in mid-May. This year’s celebration will showcase some of the best fresh-caught blue crab in the world, live music, a lively “Kids Zone,” and over 300 vendors ranging from handmade jewelers to glassmaking demonstrations. Keep reading to learn about this exciting annual festival!

Juicy Fresh-Caught Blue Crab

Unlike most seafood festivals, the blue crab is primarily sold inside the waterfront restaurants located within the festival grounds, which includes these local staples:

The Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro and Snooky’s On the Water will also be slinging fresh blue crab inside the festival grounds. There’s no end to the delicious possibilities, as is the case every year. Each restaurant will have several blue crab-related dishes that will readily available for consumption. Many of these waterfront restaurants will be selling their seafood outdoors in a booth; otherwise, the wait times for seating is typically quite short.

Entertainment and Vendors

We recommend taking the $15 water taxi to the Blue Crab Festival from the parking lot – it’s the perfect entrance to a day filled with fresh seafood, live music, and shopping. The fee includes parking, the water taxi ride, and admission to the festival! This year’s live entertainment includes Rivermist, Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot, Carolina Soul Band, and Jim Quick & Coastline. There will also be photo booths, live demonstrations, business expos, a car show, a 50/50 raffle, and so much more!

Hundreds of Vendors

This year’s Blue Crab Festival is expecting approximately 300 vendors, who will be selling homemade jewelry, clothing, shell art, paintings, beauty supplies, hats, metalworks, eyewear, soap, magnets, flowers, and so much more! Along with a heap of fresh seafood, you can expect typical fair food, fresh-squeezed lemonade, margaritas, cocktails, and ice-cold beer.

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Oceanfront Resorts in Myrtle Beach SC

While we urge you to visit the Blue Crab Festival, you’ll also want to spend as much time as possible at the beach and Sands Resort Waterpark, which is entirely free for all of our guests! We’re one of the only resorts in Myrtle Beach SC to provide guests with free entrance to an on-site waterpark, exclusive beach access, and affordable oceanfront accommodations. Browse through our family-friendly Myrtle Beach packages to find a special that perfectly fits your group’s size, style, and budget. All three of our Myrtle Beach resorts have something to offer everyone! Give us a call at 1-800-726-3783 to get matched up with an ocean-view condo today!

Experience History with Medieval Times in Myrtle Beach

Medieval Times Myrtle BeachBook a fun-filled family vacation to Myrtle Beach with Sands Resorts, and experience the wide variety of quality entertainment offerings in this beachside destination. Enjoy the beautiful Atlantic Coast, famous Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, and a plethora of other activities and events when you stay at one of our lovely resorts. One such event takes guests back to the era of fairytales. Take the family to the Myrtle Beach Medieval Times dinner attraction and experience a history lesson full of knights and royalty. Enjoy one of the most uniquely entertaining activities in Myrtle Beach!

Medieval Times Myrtle Beach

Medieval Times, rated the number one dinner attraction in North America, is a family-friendly show offering guests an authentic and exciting Medieval experience. Feel what it would be like to witness a real-life sword battle and jousting match in the company of the queen! Medieval Times has nine locations – called ‘castles’ – throughout the United States, and is based upon an actual feast and knight tournament from the 11th century. Head to the Myrtle Beach castle, located just minutes from your Sands Resort accommodations, and indulge in nearly two hours of high-energy sword fighting, horsemanship, and historical displays. While watching the action unfold before your very eyes, feast on a roasted chicken, sweet buttered corn, herb-basted potatoes, tomato bisque soup, and other delicious offerings! Medieval Times also provides vegetarian options, along with a full bar.

The Number One Dinner Attraction in North America

The lights dim, and a hush falls over the Coliseum. You, as noble guests of the court, are ready to experience the very best display of force and skill that the queen’s top knights can muster. Suddenly, blasts of trumpets sound welcoming the participants into the arena. As you study each knight, deciding on your favorite, the first of four courses in your royal feast arrives. Since this is the 11th century (when silverware did not exist), you will be enjoying a “hands-on” dining experience. The excellent show begins with an expert showcase of the players’ horseriding skills. Watch in awe as these majestic beasts display their training in the decorated Hall of Arms. After a variety of captivating tournament sporting events, it is time for battle. See if your chosen heroic knight has what it takes to claim victory and honor.

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While on your Myrtle Beach vacation with Sands Resorts, take a trip back in time and experience dining in the presence of royalty. This exciting attraction is just one of the many fun-filled events that beautiful Myrtle Beach has to offer. Book your vacation to enjoy time with your loved ones and to make unforgettable memories. Sands Resorts and Myrtle Beach Medieval Times are waiting for you!

Holiday Spirits! Three Myrtle Beach Bars to Visit This Season

Myrtle Beach BarsWhile the winter months in Myrtle Beach can get a little bit chillier than the high-eighties bliss of summertime, there is an easy remedy! Take advantage of the smaller crowds this season and warm up with a drink at one of these fantastic Myrtle Beach Bars. Enjoy a lovely holiday at the beach this year, and indulge in some adult beverages at the best watering holes in South Carolina. A winter vacation to this beachfront city with Sands Resorts will provide you with great opportunities to relax and have a little fun. Here is a short guide to some of the best bars in Myrtle Beach where all visitors should grab a pint!

Ocean Annie’s Beach Bar

It makes perfect sense to start with one of the top-rated bars in Myrtle Beach located right at our own Sands Resorts, Ocean Annie’s Beach Bar! Ocean Annie’s has not only been voted one of the top ten pool bars in Myrtle Beach but has also been rated as one of the ten best bars in South Carolina! For over three decades, this Sands Resorts staple has been offering great deals, delicious drinks, and good times to guests from around the world. Grab a spot to sit at Ocean Annie’s and enjoy this Myrtle Beach icon.

Flynn’s Irish Tavern

Flynn’s Irish Tavern is a local favorite offering some of the best drinks and most authentic Irish pub food found on the coast. What’s better on an autumn day than a warming pint of Guinness or a finger of your favorite Irish whiskey? Nothing – that’s what. Flynn’s is full of personality, having at one time been the location of the North Myrtle Beach Jail. Drink alongside all walks of life at the old wooden bar and experience a little true Myrtle Beach spirit.

8th Avenue Tiki Bar & Grill

Did you really vacation at the beach if you didn’t grab a drink at the local Tiki bar? The 8th Avenue Tiki Bar & Grill is a venerable Myrtle Beach institution offering a wide variety of signature and frozen cocktails. Also praised as one of the best oceanfront beach bars in Myrtle Beach, 8th Avenue gives visitors the classic coastal drinking experience. Take on the ‘Beer Challenge’ at the bar and see if you can guess the mystery beer for a round on the house!

Make a trip to the South Carolina coast this season and have some fun at the great variety of Myrtle Beach bars. Spend a weekend relaxing at the beautiful Sands Resorts and take advantage of the great deals and area offerings of this time of year. Book your Myrtle Beach vacation now!

A Sands Resort Holiday Getaway

Dunes ResortMyrtle Beach is not only a summer paradise but is also an ideal fall and winter getaway! Book a stay this holiday season and take advantage of the unbelievable deals throughout this oceanfront city. During the colder months, many Myrtle Beach establishments offer you fantastic bargains on the best area attractions and events. Whether you stay at our Ocean Dunes Resort, Sands Ocean Club, Sand Dunes Resort, or Sands Beach Club, visit Sands Resorts and indulge in the fabulous fall savings! For better deals, smaller crowds, and loads of fun events visit Myrtle Beach this fall and have an incredible holiday vacation!


Smart travelers know that November is a fantastic month to visit Myrtle Beach. With temperatures hovering just below 70 degrees, this South Carolina vacation spot provides a great escape from the tundra of the northern states. Along with the weather, many Myrtle Beach restaurants offer delicious Thanksgiving meals on the highly-anticipated turkey day. Avoid hours of stressful cooking and instead, appreciate the day with your loved ones. Myrtle Beach also offers the annual Surfside Beach Turkey Trot! Start off the day with an exciting run, and you won’t feel so bad about indulging later on in the evening! After the holiday, make sure to take advantage of the fantastic Black Friday Deals offered at various Myrtle Beach shopping centers.


Do Christmas differently this year, and head down to Myrtle Beach. The South Carolina city comes to life with holiday spirit as the big day approaches. Make a trip to the annual Carolina Opry Christmas Speical, dubbed ‘The Christmas Show of the South,’ and experience a fantastic family show full of music, dance, and comedy. Along with the wide variety of Christmas events taking place, our Sands Resort Waterpark is an excellent option for some Christmas entertainment. Create lasting memories with the kids by spending this Christmas splashing around in the world-class waterpark located within our Sand Dunes Resort. Admission to this park is free for all Sands Resorts guests! Happy Holidays!

New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is another fantastic time to visit Myrtle Beach. While thousands of people freeze waiting to watch the ball drop in New York City, come to South Carolina and experience the Southern Times Square. Starting at 7 PM on December 31st, The Market Common New Year’s Eve street party will light up downtown Myrtle Beach. The party features a live stream of the events happening in NYC, along with multiple performance stages, a beer garden, food vendors, and fireworks to conclude the night.

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Make your way down to our Sands Resorts this holiday season and experience the magic of Myrtle Beach during this time of year. From incredible events to discounted rates, there are so many reasons to make Myrtle Beach your new holiday destination. Visit our website now to book your family trip to Sands Resorts!

Myrtle Beach Boardwalk Cuisine

resorts near Myrtle BeachMyrtle Beach, South Carolina, is a beautiful getaway perfect for fun family vacations. The white sandy beaches, gorgeous weather, and a wide variety of fun activities make this destination one of the most popular spots for a little oceanfront relaxation. If you find yourself growing hungry while enjoying the beach, take a walk with the family along the famous Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, and discover some of the area’s best eateries. Book your coastal vacation with Sands Resorts, and get ready to experience the delicious offerings while staying at the best resorts near Myrtle Beach. Read on to learn where you can find the best cuisine along this 1.2-mile stretch!

The Bowery

Nicknamed ‘The Eighth Wonder Of The World,’ The Bowery is one of South Carolina’s most famous night-clubs. Country supergroup ‘Alabama’ performed as the house band in the 1970s, and live music has been a Bowery staple ever since. Order one of the most delicious burgers you will find on the boardwalk from Duffy’s Tavern located within The Bowery, and experience a part of Myrtle Beach history!

Landshark Bar & Grill

Landshark Bar & Grill is a Myrtle Beach Boardwalk must-visit for first-time vacationers. Landshark serves up tasty American classics with a delicious coastal flair. The restaurant’s location alongside the boardwalk’s dazzling Skywheel adds to the fun and relaxing beachside atmosphere.

Pier House Restaurant

For excellent cuisine in a historic boardwalk landmark, visit the Pier House Restaurant. Since 1936 guests have been sinking their teeth into a wide array of tasty offerings, including incredibly fresh seafood dishes. Enjoy happy hour on the second-floor deck and admire the breathtaking beachfront views. Pier House is the quintessential Myrtle Beach Boardwalk eatery.

Boardwalk Snack & Ice Cream

Our Sands Resorts not only provide fantastic accommodations, but they are also the best resorts near Myrtle Beach for delicious food! If you happen to dine at Dino’s Oceanfront Cafe or Oceanside 74 Pizza & Pasta, make sure to save room for dessert and head to the boardwalk for a sweet treat! Boardwalk Snack & Ice Cream is an excellent excuse for a fun family trip down to the boardwalk. Indulge in a sundae or banana split as you walk along the shore.

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Book your South Carolina coastal vacation with Sands Resorts, and experience this incredible slice of heaven. From lovely weather to fantastic cuisine, this beachfront location has it all. All it takes is a few steps to find great places to eat along the famous Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Visit our Sands website today to book your stay at the best resorts near Myrtle Beach.

Little River Shrimp Festival

Little River Shrimp FestivalIf a fun-filled fall festival centered around succulent shellfish sounds like a good time to you, then the Little River Shrimp Festival is the place to be. The festival is a short twenty-five-minute drive up the coast from Sands Resorts and takes place on the shores of the Intracoastal Waterway in Little River. With a wide variety of entertainment offerings, vendors, and  – of course – shrimp, the Little River Shrimp Festival’s tagline rings true: There is something here for everyone!


The annual Little River Shrimp Festival takes place on the second weekend in October. During this time, the streets surrounding the Historic Little River Waterfront are closed to traffic and lined with over 150 local and regional vendors. While walking through the streets of the Little River Shrimp Festival, you can expect to find everything from arts and crafts hand-made clothing.


Like any good outdoor festival, the event features multiple live entertainment performance stages and a wide variety of musical genres. Since starting as a shrimp and jazz festival back in 2004, Little River Shrimp Festival has broadened its entertainment offerings to host something for everyone. Music begins at 11 am each day, so leave your Sands Resorts accommodations early to get to the fest and enjoy all of the great acts!


It wouldn’t be the Little River Shrimp Festival without the shrimp! Enjoy the star of the show as local waterfront restaurants prepare the local catch. Plenty of fresh savory shrimp will be cooked up in every way imaginable during the two-day Little River event. If you aren’t attending the fest for the shrimp, however, a myriad of classic fair food will be provided as well.

Little River Shrimp Festival

Make your way out to Little River during your stay at Sands Resorts, and take in all that this fantastic fall festival has to offer. Bring the kids along and enjoy face painting, balloon artists, stilt walkers, and so much more in the children’s area. Spend some quality time with the family while experiencing a bit of South Carolina’s local culture. As the motto goes, there really is something here for everyone!