Spend a Day at Broadway at the Beach

resorts in myrtle beach scIf we were to ask 100 visiting families what their favorite attraction in Myrtle Beach SC was, 75 percent of them would say Broadway at the Beach, TripAdvisor’s #1 attraction. Broadway at the Beach is the city’s hub for entertainment, dining, shopping, and so much more! You’ll discover everything from helicopter adventures to a year-round, Christmas-themed store. This centrally-located entertainment complex, which is highlighted by its colorful Ferris wheel, is within 20 minutes from all four of Sands Resorts’ top-rated resorts in Myrtle Beach SC. We’ve compiled this easy-to-read guide for those who’re planning on visiting Broadway at the Beach during their annual getaway to beautiful Myrtle Beach!

Attractions

We’re one of the only resorts in Myrtle Beach SC to provide guests with complimentary water park passes, prime beach access, on-site dining, and affordable, oceanfront accommodations. But sometimes a visit to Broadway at the Beach is simply too enticing, especially for families! There’s a wide array of possibilities along Celebrity Circle that the whole family can agree upon, including these six top-rated attractions:

Restaurants

In-between visits to these rousing attractions, don’t forget to sit down for a well-deserved lunch or dinner at one of Myrtle Beach’s best restaurants. There’s a wide variety of restaurants at Broadway at the Beach, ranging from Dave & Buster’s to Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. While most families visit those two popular staples, we recommend seeking out one of these hidden gems.

Shopping

resorts in myrtle beach scOne of the most popular things to do in Myrtle Beach SC is shopping, mainly because our oceanfront community has several malls scattered throughout the city limits. And Broadway at the Beach is no exception as this 350-acre complex has nearly 80 stores! Whether you’re hoping to return home with souvenirs, jewelry, apparel, or a new pair of Crocs, you’ll quickly discover why families, couples, and groups flock to this open-air shopping center.

Water Park Resorts in Myrtle Beach SC

Sand Dunes Resort remains one of the only water park resorts in Myrtle Beach SC. Guests can enjoy free access to this state-of-the-art outdoor water park, where they’ll discover a relaxing lazy river, slippery waterslides, a giant water bucket, and so much more! All four of our Myrtle Beach hotels are steps from the Atlantic Ocean’s soothing waves. Start each morning with a steaming cup of fresh-brewed coffee on your private balcony during a jaw-dropping Atlantic sunrise! When you’re not exploring Broadway at the Beach, spend your days sunbathing, swimming, fishing, and jet skiing! To book a long-overdue family vacation to Myrtle Beach, please give us a call today at 1-866-845-1011, or visit us at SandsResorts.com.

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!

Oktoberfest in South Carolina

resorts in Myrtle Beach SCThe distant oompah of a band fades brighter into focus. The savory smell of freshly fried schnitzel wafts through the autumn air. Is this another one of your dreams? No, this time it’s really here – Oktoberfest in South Carolina. Just this morning you were waking up in your beachfront room, but now you find yourself transported to a far-away land, standing within a friendly mob of lederhosen-clad Bavarians. So raise your stein and sing along; the annual Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest is underway. Join the celebration happening just minutes from Sands Resorts, the best oceanfront resorts in Myrtle Beach SC. Prost!

Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest

If you’re craving some excellent German beer, traditional food, and plenty of polkas, then the annual Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest is the place to be. This celebration of German culture and heritage takes place on the second weekend in October and is one of the largest fall fests around Sands Resorts in Myrtle Beach SC. Join locals and visitors alike and take part in the array of entertaining activities. Grab your partner and dance to the Channellheimer Oompah German Band. All that polkaing is sure to work up an appetite. Sink your teeth into traditional foods from over fifty vendors.

Fun for the Family

The Oktoberfest fun isn’t just for the adults, however. The Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest has many kid-friendly activities waiting to be enjoyed by the little ones. Bring the kids along and let them enjoy face painting, pony rides, inflatables, and so much more! There is also a pumpkin patch at the festival for the whole family to enjoy together.

Take advantage of the area’s best Oktoberfest celebration while vacationing at our beautiful Sands Resorts in Myrtle Beach SC. Visit our website and book your oceanfront fall getaway today. Pack up your traditional garb and get ready to enjoy all things German.

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!

Ocean Annie’s: The Place to Be This Summer

Spice up your next Myrtle Beach getaway by frequenting one of the top 10 bars in SC: Ocean Annie’s Beach Bar. Located on an immaculate, lively beach, Ocean Annie’s is your summer entertainment headquarters. Just steps from your accommodation at Sands Ocean Club Resort and the River City Cafe, you’re bound to spend every afternoon with a specialty cocktail in hand, a juicy burger in your belly, and your feet in the sand. No other resorts in Myrtle Beach SC have equal beach access—Ocean Club Resort reigns supreme. Ocean Annie’s has an extensive drink list, and River City Cafe has dozens of finger-licking sandwiches. Take our advice and try these refreshing cocktails and tasty burgers.

Specialty Cocktails at Annie’s

Our lucky guests have exclusive access to Ocean Annie’s and their sensational specialty cocktails. For those booking a stay at nearby Sands Beach Club Resort, you’re just a short three-minute walk from this beachfront paradise. With over a dozen cocktails to choose from, it can be challenging to make a decision. A basic Carolina Cosmo—vodka and pink lemonade— always goes down smooth. Otherwise, many guests love our signature Annie’s Tea, a delicious combo of vodka, tequila, rum, gin, triple sec, lime, and cola. A Push Up, amaretto, orange juice, and milk, is perfect on a Sunday afternoon. Sunsets at Ocean Annie’s go well with Annie’s Slammer: Southern Comfort, amaretto, melon liqueur, and pineapple, orange, and cranberry juices.

Beach Fun and Live Music

Now that you’re sipping on a specialty cocktail it’s time to sit back and bask in the cozy South Carolina sunshine. Ocean Annie’s has live music on select afternoons if you’re hoping to boogie. Otherwise, the ocean views and pool access here is second-to-none. Other resorts in Myrtle Beach SC can only dream of our beach, bar, and pool access. If you need a quick meal, slip over to River City Cafe for an afternoon snack or one of the tastiest burgers you’ll ever eat.

World Famous Burgers

River City Cafe’s juicy beef patties have been satisfying hungry customers for years, helping us earn the tag “world famous burgers.” One bite into a mouthwatering half-pound short rib cheeseburger, and you’ll understand why Ocean Annie’s was named one of the best bars in the state. The short rib cheeseburger, made from a prime beef cut, lies between a freshly toasted artisan bun. We recommend the creamy bleu cheese spread—trust us.

If you’re feeling extra adventurous, try one of our “Double Dog Dare Ya” burgers. The “OMG” burger has two patties topped with hickory smoked bacon and fried onion strings. The patties lie between two fried egg and cheese sandwiches—this is not a joke. The burger also arrives with giant fried onion rings. You’ll need a partner to help you finish this behemoth. The nacho crunch burger, topped with Doritos, and the fried mac & cheese burger are fun and delicious.

Other resorts in Myrtle Beach SC can’t compete with the beach, pool, and bar access at Ocean Club Resort and Beach Club Resort. Explore our accommodations and find the Sands resort perfect for your next summer getaway.

3 Kid-Friendly Activities to do in SC

Take a Break and Bring the Kids

Winter breaks are over, but the snow is still falling all over the United States. If you didn’t get a chance to enjoy a vacation so far, we get it! That just means it’s time to head to the sunny shores of South Carolina for a family getaway. When you warm up near the shores of the Atlantic Coast, you’ll put winter breaks and snow days behind you at our leading Myrtle Beach resorts, Sands Resorts.  

It’s A Kids Playground!

While there are plenty of activities and things for adults to enjoy during vacation. When you have little ones you’ll want to ensure they are happy as well. Myrtle Beach is the ultimate playground for kids with so many family-friendly options you won’t ever get bored. The Grand Strand will keep any kiddo busy. Full of arcades, games, and venues to check out you can spend more than one day here and not experience everything there is to do.

Myrtle Beach Ripley’s Aquarium is one of the best placed to take children too for a fun day activity. With over nine different exhibits you’ll get to see lots of fantastic underwater animals. There are even unique experiences you can book if you’re looking for even more during your aquarium trip. You’re sure also to enjoy spending the day here along with your kids!

The Children’s Museum of South Carolina is located right in town and relatively close to our myrtle beach resorts which makes for a fun activity during the day. Your children will love exploring and discovering all the fun things that this museum has to offer. They even provide a fun calendar of events, so you’ll want to check back regularly for updates to see if there are any featured events during the time you’re visiting.

 

However you and your kids decide to spend the day know, that you’ll have a roaring good time at our Myrtle Beach resorts. Reserve your vacation with Sands Resorts and see just why Myrtle Beach South Carolina makes for one fantastic winter getaway with the whole family!

 

HOW TO PLAN FOR YOUR SUMMER VACATION

TIPS THE BEST MYRTLE BEACH SC SUMMER VACATION

Winter is officially here, with the solstice beginning on the 21st, and while it seems like that cold front is never going to go away, you can start planning for your amazing and sunny summer vacation to Sands Resorts. Our leading resorts in Myrtle Beach SC area are one of a kind, and you won’t want to experience the beach at any other location. Here is what you’ll need when planning the ultimate summer getaway, whether it’s with friends or family, we’ve got everything here for you to enjoy the sun, sand, and sea!

Location, Location, Location

Location is critical when planning your vacation during the summer months. At Sands Resorts we have our spots that will get you right near the beach. Plus, they’re in walking distance, so you don’t have to worry about hunting down a parking spot or walking for miles. With our strategically designed resorts in Myrtle Beach SC, you’ll not only be set for beach days, but you can get access to our incredible waterpark! Along with access to the water both by the sea and pool, our location within Myrtle Beach means you won’t have to travel far to explore the city! So you can enjoy all of the resort features and amenities as well as the cities shopping area, fantastic dining options, and more when you opt for the right destination along the Atlantic Coast.

Pack the Essentials

Beachwear is essential to any summer vacation especially clothing to wear on and off the beach, as you might hop from one hotspot to the next! You might want to invest in hats, long flowy dresses, shorts, tank tops, and sunglasses for your vacation to sandy shores of South Carolina. We recommend lighter colored clothing to keep you cool throughout your time spent under the bright sun.

Speaking of the sun, another huge thing you cannot forget is sunscreen and aloe vera. Which can help protect against sunburns and support you when you end up getting more sun exposure than you intended! You don’t want to forget any of these excellent essentials. If you happen to leave anything at home accidentally. We’ve got you covered at Sands Resorts with our handy-dandy convenience store, right on site! Stop by for anything from beachwear to toiletries; you can even pick out a cool gift to bring home as a souvenir!

What Makes Sands Resorts Memorable

You might think that Sands Resorts is just a collection of favorite resorts in Myrtle Beach SC, but we’re more than that! Your vacation is waiting, and the experience you’ll have here is one to remember. Among our accommodations, families and guests can choose from condos, suites, and townhomes. This allows for you to customize your stay thus making the options for your vacation limitless. Along with cozying up in our rooms at night, you’ll have access to fantastic dining and bars, indoor and out pools, plus admission to Wild Water & Wheels water, and so much more… shopping, golfing, Myrtle Beach attractions, we’ll make sure your vacation is unforgettable here at Sands Resorts.

 

Don’t wait until June is here to start planning your ultimate sunny getaway, start today by looking into our Sands Resorts destination locations. As some of the leading resorts in Myrtle Beach SC, you won’t want to miss out on the best family vacation when you book your trip with us this coming summer! Just don’t forget the sunscreen!  

RING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH SANDS RESORTS

IT’S TIME TO RING IN 2018!

It’s time! The clock is ticking down, and you don’t have any New Year’s plans? Pack your bags and head to one of the comfiest hotels in Myrtle Beach SC oceanfront locations when you book your NYE getaway at one of our Sands Resorts! Get ready to pop the champagne, and help us celebrate the beginning of a brand new year. Here are three reasons to ringing the new year with sands resorts.

NYE at the Dunes

Did you know that when you book your NYE vacation to one of our fantastic Sands Resorts, you’ll have access to more than just a midnight champagne toast? Ocean Dunes and Sand Dunes Resorts will bring together the nights fun beginning at 4 pm in the Gin Mill Oceanfront Lounge! Dance the night away, sip on some tasty cocktails, and enjoy the champagne toast at midnight.  

NYE at the Club

Our Ocean Club and Beach Club will be featuring two locations for you to enjoy the night’s festivities. The Sandals Lounge will start the day with college football games showing at noon then enjoy the happiest of hours from 4-7pm, where you’ll be able to transition into their karaoke dance party, ending with a rousing toast of champagne at midnight. Finally, if you’re staying at the Ocean Club or Beach Club, we’ll be offering free shuttles to the 2001 NYE Party at the 2001 Nightclub!

Want to learn more? Check out our excellent NYE specials and book your first 2018 trip of a lifetime, with us at our leading hotels in Myrtle Beach SC oceanfront locations, which you won’t want to miss this fantastic vacation opportunity that only happens once a year!

No matter what you decide to do this NYE, make sure you look at Sands Resort as your option for the best celebrating on South Carolina’s coast! Our marvelous hotels in myrtle beach SC oceanfront locations feature stunning views of the beach, great dining options, and lots to do around our property. Plus, once the ball drops and all the champagne is gone, you’ll want to continue exploring our quaint beach town, so, come warm up by the sea when you embark on your excellent vacation in the new year!