Myrtle Beach Favorites | Travelers Edition 2019

Want to hear what travelers love about Myrtle Beach?
Come watch Jason and Alison’s recent adventure to the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk & Boulevard where they were able to ask people just like yourself what they enjoy about South Carolina’s leading vacation destination.

You may discover some fantastic ideas for your next Myrtle Beach vacation!

Call Palmetto Vacation Rentals today at (888) 808-2788 or visit us online to see all that we can offer you for your next getaway to Myrtle Beach!

Myrtle Beach Cupcake Crazy!

Cupcake Glory was on the line!

Do you like cupcakes? Of course! But How much?

This July 4th, 31 brave and determined souls tested their cupcake mettle in the 8th annual Croissants Bistro and Bakery Cupcake Eating Contest. The contest is held each year at the beautiful Grand Dunes Marina in Myrtle Beach, where you can find fun games, vendors, and the entertaining Patriotic Golf Cart Contest.

This year was the first time for your blog heroes, Alison and Jason, and we had a blast! The MC kept everyone involved and the music selection was upbeat and fun! We talked with several contestants and they discussed their strategies for victory. Many said the same technique: “Lots of Water”! Each contestant ponied up $20 for their entry and received a t-shirt and more importantly – their chance for cupcake immortality! Proceeds from the event went to Backpack Buddies and Help4Kids.

Right as the opening horn sounded, the focused contestants began stuffing their faces. After a few moments, it was clear who the true contenders were. 3 or 4 of these masters of mastication distanced themselves from the herd as they looked like a cross between Hungry, Hungry Hippos and Pac-Man! They would shovel in a cupcake, take a swig of water, gulp, repeat.

To the victors, go the spoils!

When the dust settled and the final horn blared, there stood one man, who had tasted the glory of the promised land before! Mark Lyle had eaten a total of 35 delicious cupcakes and was declared champion for the second straight year. Everyone cheered and a great time was had by all. See you there next year!

Jason Coker is originally from the metropolis of Burlington, NC and is passionate about vacation rentals. Having served on the front lines of a premier vacation rental company, Jason has a great understanding of all aspects of this fantastic industry. An aficionado of music, sports, and all things geeky, Jason spends his free time performing music, grilling out, and relaxing with his son, daughter, and lovely wife, Amy.

Fourth of July 2019 Events | Myrtle Beach

Who else is ready to chow down on some delicious hamburgers, spend quality time with your family and watch spectacular fireworks along the Grand Strand this Independence Day?

Fourth of July is almost here! This Thursday (July 4th, 2019) and upcoming weekend you may be curious as to what is happening around the Myrtle Beach area for this wonderful celebration. We here at Palmetto Vacation Rentals have a few ideas on how to make this Fourth of July the best one yet! 

Festivals: 

Surfside Beach 4th of July Celebration
Live music and family fun will be hosted at the Surfside Pier this Thursday. Join in on the entertainment and relax as you take in the ocean waves.
11 South Ocean Blvd. Surfside Beach, SC | 6:00 PM -10:00 PM


Salute from the Shore
Come recognize and unite with others to honor our armed forces this July 4th in this 10th annual flyover happening along the South Carolina beach areas.  
Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 | 1:00 PM


4th of July Independence Day 5k and 8k
Get your running shoes on and make your way over to The Market Common for the Independence Day 5k and 8k. Be sure to register online and get your game face on!
The Market Common, Myrtle Beach SC 29577
Registration begins at 6:00 AM Race begins at 7:30 AM


8th Annual Croissants Bakery 4th of July Cupcake Eating Contest
Calling all cupcake eaters to the table! Croissants Bakery will be holding its eighth annual cupcake eating contest at the Grande Dunes Marina this Independence Day. Last year the winner was able to eat a total of 36 cupcakes. Are you ready to beat that?
8201 Marina Parkway, Myrtle Beach SC 29572 | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM


Fireworks: 

What is a Fourth of July celebration without fireworks? Come check out the beautiful eye-catching sparkles of light along the beach this holiday at one of these locations! 

Broadway at the Beach
1325 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC 2957 | 10:00 PM

Cherry Grove Pier
3500 North Ocean Blvd, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582 | 9:30 PM

Murrells Inlet Marshwalk
4025 Hwy 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576 | 10:00 PM

Barefoot Landing
4898 Hwy 17 S, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582 | 10:00 PM

Be sure to tag Palmetto Vacation Rentals with your favorite Myrtle Beach Fourth of July memories. You may just end up being featured on our Facebook page. We hope you have a wonderful and memorable 2019 Fourth of July holiday! 


Originally from New York, Alison moved to the Myrtle Beach area with her family twelve years ago. Gamecock at heart, she graduated from the University of South Carolina with a marketing and entrepreneurship degree in May of 2017. When Alison is not spending time taking photographs around the Myrtle Beach area, you can find her writing, dancing, or on some type of adventure. Fun fact, she just spent this past year living abroad in Cape Town, South Africa!

If I Had My Little Way, I’d Eat Peaches Every Day!

Historic, Peaches Corner!

This week’s Friday Finds sees your heroes reunited, and it feels so good!

After experiencing a once in a lifetime month-long mission trip to Thailand, Alison returns to experience a Myrtle Beach Institution of culinary delight!

Built when FDR was still in office, Peaches Corner is one of the most visited and recognizable landmarks on the Grand Strand. Built in 1937, Peaches has delighted both vacationers and locals for over 80 years!

Peaches Onion Rings = Heaven!

Located in the heart of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk on Ocean Blvd, Peaches features some of the absolute best hot dogs, burgers, and other sandwiches in the area. Whether you are a first-time visitor or a seasoned veteran traveler to Myrtle Beach, you owe it to yourself to try one of their historically excellent “baskets” with fries or some of the most delicious (and LARGE!) onion rings around. You won’t be disappointed.

Mustard, Chili, Onions, and a Smile!

Peaches gets its name from the Peach Family who opened the restaurant in 1937 and operated it for over a decade. Back then, hot dogs sold for only 15 cents and you could get 2 for a quarter! Beer was only 10 cents! Prices are still excellent, and you get a ton of great food for a great price.

One of my earliest Myrtle Beach memories is sitting outside Peaches and at their famous counter, watching all the fun and activity of excited tourists relaxing and having fun and nothing has changed. Sitting there today, feeling that refreshing ocean breeze, while watching the hustle and bustle of folks having a big time made me feel like I did when I was a little tyke. Now, I want to head down to the Gay Dolphin and look at Shark Teeth or stand outside The Bowery and listen to those sweet sounds!  It’s a great place to unwind while taking in all that downtown Myrtle has to offer. Check it out.

Jason Coker is originally from the metropolis of Burlington, NC and is passionate about vacation rentals. Having served on the front lines of a premier vacation rental company, Jason has a great understanding of all aspects of this fantastic industry. An aficionado of music, sports, and all things geeky, Jason spends his free time performing music, grilling out, and relaxing with his son, daughter, and lovely wife, Amy.

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

When you think of a beach boardwalk, images of the glory days of Atlantic City or Coney Island probably come to mind. You can probably still envision the carnival games, food vendors, and barkers loudly selling their beachwear, trinkets, games, and rides. Close your eyes, breathe deep, and you can probably smell the funnel cake, cotton candy, and hot dogs mingling with the warm, salty air. Do I hear Seagulls?

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is home to a relatively new attraction that is becoming one of its most distinctive and recognizable draws: The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Built in 2010, you’ll find this well constructed, comfortable, and aesthetically pleasing walkway to be a defining character to the heart of the Grand Strand.

Ranked in the top ten of many review sites, magazines, and publications, the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk holds its own when compared to the staples in Atlantic City, Coney Island, and Ocean City. Travel and Leisure named Myrtle Beach the number 2 boardwalk in the country, based on the fantastic entertainment and food options. There’s something for everyone here, where modern entertainment mixes with the classic Grand Strand nostalgia of yesteryear.

Originally 1.2 miles long, the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk has been extended beyond 18th ave North to accommodate newer resorts. Along with the boardwalk, downtown Myrtle Beach area hosts great shops, restaurants, hotels, rides, attractions, and entertainment. The Famous Myrtle Beach Skywheel is nestled perfectly as the centerpiece of the boardwalk and features Jimmy Buffet’s Landshark Bar and restaurant. Here are some of the best features:

The Bowery is one of the most legendary establishments in South Carolina. Since 1944, it has been delighting visitors and locals alike with country and southern rock. This longtime honky-tonk bar is a country music icon and is best known for hiring the world famous super group, Alabama as their house band. This place takes you back to the “glory days” of Myrtle Beach, before high rises dominated the landscape.

Peaches Corner is a MUST VISIT on your boardwalk experience. This place is older than the CITY of Myrtle Beach! The best way to describe their burgers and dogs is “PERFECT”. Since 1937, Peaches has helped define Myrtle Beach as one of the best food destinations on the East Coast.

Second Avenue Pier allows visitors to venture farther out into the Atlantic Ocean than anywhere else on the Grand Strand without taking a boat or plane. This pier gives guests the rare chance to stroll 900 feet out over the ocean waves and get a spectacular view of both the sea and the city skyline back on dry land. By day, this wooden walkway is a hub of activity as anglers fish the deeper waters in hopes of hooking a big one. Depending on the season, sea bass, flounder, Spanish mackerel and trout are among the species regularly caught from the pier. As the southernmost point of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, Second Avenue Pier is only a short stroll from Plyler Park, where free concerts are held throughout the summer months, as well as all the great shopping, dining and attractions.

Gay Dolphin Gift Cove has been one of the most recognizable locales in Myrtle Beach since 1946. Calling itself “The Nation’s Largest Gift Shop”, you’ll find not only typical beach items, but the most unique gifts ranging from fine art, collectibles, jewelry, toys, and the largest collection of Shark teeth and ocean finds in the south. Located at 910 North Ocean Blvd, The Gay Dolphin should be on everyone’s vacation to-do list!

These are just a few of the great attractions, restaurants, and fun things about the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Classic T-shirt shops, arcades, pizza joints, Ripley’s theater, Candy shops, Bandito’s, the Fun Plaza Center, and more can be found at this iconic boardwalk.

Jason Coker is originally from the metropolis of Burlington, NC and is passionate about vacation rentals. Having served on the front lines of a premier vacation rental company, Jason has a great understanding of all aspects of this fantastic industry. An aficionado of music, sports, and all things geeky, Jason spends his free time performing music, grilling out, and relaxing with his son, daughter, and lovely wife, Amy.

Myrtle Beach Golf Cart Safety

Don’t let a pleasant vacation turn into this. (Photo Credit WMBFnews.com)

The Grand Strand of South Carolina welcomes over fourteen million guests each year from around the world. They come to our small piece of paradise and sometimes forget that there are rules and regulations to follow, or they may run afoul of the law. Some of the most misunderstood rules that apply to the Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach areas pertain to golf carts. A very lucrative industry in most beach resorts is golf cart rentals. Back in the day, golf carts were used as a means of transporting a golf twosome, and their bags, from hole to hole while playing golf. Boy, have the times have changed!

Today, vacationers come to the beach with a golf cart rental already reserved. While the rental companies are bound to instruct and advise these renters, most people, quite frankly, don’t listen. They are too excited to pay attention. With that in mind, I thought it might be helpful to read these instructions before you arrive. Read these rules carefully; it could save you a lot of grief and money!!

In 2011, the state of South Carolina implemented a golf cart law specifically for carts that are used for a purpose other than golf.

Anyone operating a golf cart must be at least 16 years old and have a valid driver’s license. This sounds like a no-brainer, but there are times when vacationers forget to bring their common sense on vacation. IF YOU’RE YOUNGER THAN 16, DO NOT DRIVE A GOLF CART!
A golf cart may not travel more than four miles from your rental unit.
Golf carts may only travel on secondary roads with a posted speed limit of 35 mph or less. You may only cross an intersection of a major thoroughfare.
A licensed driver is allowed to operate a golf cart during day light hours only; from dawn until dusk.
All necessary paperwork and permits must stay with the cart while in operation
You can get a DUI while driving a golf cart on secondary roads.
A passenger can be arrested if there is an open container in the golf cart while in operation.
Do not drive a golf cart on sidewalks. Sidewalks are used as a conveyance for pedestrians only.
Be aware, at all times, of your surroundings. A golf cart offers neither safety nor protection in the event of a crash.

Every summer there are numerous accidents, and they range from a small dent to death. Please be careful if you’re coming to the beach and rent a golf cart. Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean that everyone is. Many of us are locals who are heading to and from work. Sometimes we drive too fast or get distracted, just like you do when you’re home going to and from work.

From a Myrtle Beach newspaper: “A Myrtle Beach man is in jail after authorities say he crashed his golf cart into a vehicle while driving under the influence of alcohol.”

From WBTW TV station: “North Myrtle Beach officials confirm one woman was killed after a driver crashed into a golf cart Wednesday evening in the 1500 block of Havens Drive around 6 p.m.”

From WBTW TV Station: “One person is dead after a crash involving a golf cart Thursday in North Myrtle Beach, according to Chief Garry Spain, with the North Myrtle Beach Fire Department.”

Be Safe, be aware, and slow down. After all, you’re on vacation!

Jason Coker is originally from the metropolis of Burlington, NC and is passionate about vacation rentals. Having served on the front lines of a premier vacation rental company, Jason has a great understanding of all aspects of this fantastic industry. An aficionado of music, sports, and all things geeky, Jason spends his free time performing music, grilling out, and relaxing with his son, daughter, and lovely wife, Amy.

Myrtle Beach Bike Weeks

Harley Riders gear up for a great time in Myrtle Beach!

May. Myrtle Beach. Motorcycles.

It’s that time again! May brings many things to the Grand Strand: Beautiful flowers, perfect temperatures, festivals, and graduates. One of the most unique times of the year occurs the last 3 weeks of May: Our annual motorcycle rallies.

For three straight weeks, Harleys, Kawasakis, Hondas, Suzukis, and all manners of custom and very cool vehicles can be seen and heard from Little River to Georgetown. Since Myrtle Beach has been around, Harleys have been visiting the Grand Strand in the Spring and since 1980, Atlantic Beach Bikefest has drawn upwards of 400,000 riders. Needless to say – it’s a big deal! You’ll find all sorts of events, specials, and deals happening during these weeks that are fun for everyone!

Okay, let’s talk about the Harley Davidson rally! It’s loud…really, really loud. Some may find the noise level to be a bother, but some enjoy the rumble of the V-twin motors that give Harleys that distinctive sound. As for me, I am thrilled when all of the Hawgs come rolling into town.  The custom paint schemes on the bikes, the vendors, the leather accessories and all of the excitement is awesome. You will notice that the majority of Harley riders are middle aged or older.

Bikefest brings out some of the coolest bikes around!

The Memorial Day bike rally is known as Black Bike Week, also called Atlantic Beach Bikefest and is an annual motorcycle rally held in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area, and always on Memorial Day weekend. This bike rally originated in Atlantic Beach, S.C. held its first rally in 1980 and was sponsored by the Flaming Knight Riders motorcycle club; about 100 people showed up. Since then, however, it has grown in popularity until this rally has become the largest predominantly African American rally in the country with upwards of 400,000 bikers converging on the Grand Strand a week after 400,000 Harley riders leave. You’ll see some of the coolest, most creative paint schemes, light features, and unique designs anywhere. Many locals and visitors take chairs and sit by the road, enjoying the variety of bikes that speed by.

There are several noticeable differences between the two rallies: 1) the Black Bike week participants are much younger, for the most part, 2) the bikes are mostly manufactured in Japan, 3) the atmosphere is much more festive.

In total, it is estimated that over 800,000 motorcyclists’ vacation and party on the Grand Strand during the month of May and most of these bikes are riding two up. That’s a lot of people!! If you like looking at bikes and watching the hordes as they travel to and fro, you will definitely have a good time. However, if you don’t enjoy this, you really should plan a relaxing vacation at the beach in June or July or August.

Here’s some tips for visiting during May:

1)      Be aware!!!  First and foremost is AWARENESS of the many motorcyclists. It’s easy to be distracted when driving at the beach, especially at night. The glitter and glitz of the lights can be blinding and if you’re not watchful, a single bike might be easily overlooked. As you are slowly driving along in the left lane and looking for your destination, keep a watchful eye on the road. Let your passengers look for the landmark that will identify what you’re looking for. It’s okay if you have to turn around in the event that you missed your turn. Switching lanes rapidly and recklessly to make a left hand turn is not only illegal, but potentially deadly.

2)      Don’t get frustrated!! Motorcyclists numbering in the hundreds might ride down from Ohio or West Virginia. They ride together as a group, and for the most part try to stay together as they travel from one location to the next. When you are sitting at a red light, make sure there are no stragglers breezing through a changing red light in an effort to keep up with the crowd. Too many times a frustrated motorist has turned left at a red light without understanding the “group mentality” that comes from riding with fellow bikers.

3)      Change lanes with the utmost caution!! All side view mirrors have blind spots. It is extremely easy for a bike to fall in this spot. Remember to look twice before changing lanes. There’s an old saying that “loud pipes save lives”; many riders believe that it is easier for a car driver to be aware of the biker’s position if he can hear it.

Bike Weeks in Myrtle Beach are such a great time to visit if you keep in mind there will be a TON of traffic. It’s not only a great time for our biker friends, but for our economy. Bring on the Bikes!

Jason Coker is originally from the metropolis of Burlington, NC and is passionate about vacation rentals. Having served on the front lines of a premier vacation rental company, Jason has a great understanding of all aspects of this fantastic industry. An aficionado of music, sports, and all things geeky, Jason spends his free time performing music, grilling out, and relaxing with his son, daughter, and lovely wife, Amy.

How To Know When You’re Ready For A Beach Vacation

As summer slowly rolls on in, you may be sitting at your desk dreaming about warm weather and tasty margaritas. Maybe you are a stay at home mom wanting your children to enjoy new experiences that go beyond your neighborhood. Or maybe your a retiree that would love to splurge on fine dining, endless shopping, and golf course excursions with your friends or partner.


Below you will find a list of certain feelings and behaviors you may be experiencing presently that could qualify you as the perfect candidate for a beach vacation. If you answer yes to at least two of the items below, we here at Palmetto suggest you start booking that getaway with us immediately!


  1. The last time you remember holding sand was at your children’s art fair four years ago.
  2. When every Jimmy Buffett song seems to be directly speaking to you.
  3. When you catch yourself dreaming about the weekend and it is only Monday morning.
  4. You find yourself staring at your computer screen for at least thirty minutes everyday without having completed any of your assigned tasks.
  5. Date night has now become a ten minute conversation with your partner on your back patio with string cheese and seltzer water.
  6. When you realize that you have nothing to watch on Netflix anymore because you have finished every series twice.
  7. When you find yourself living vicariously through your neighbors vacations on their Instagram or Facebook.
  8. You find your phone alerting you that you your screen time is over its ten hour limit.
  9. The closest golf course you have played on is at the indoor six-hole putt-putt grounds forty five minutes away from your home.
  10. When you start taking your children to Lowes or Home Depots playgrounds because it is the closest thing to an “amusement park.”
  11. Your boss starts to tell you everyday that you really should take a vacation.
  12. When the movie Castaway starts to look like a five star vacation retreat.

So where do you score? Now please take note – this is just a short compilation of questions that you should ask yourself before booking a vacation. If you are still unsure where you rank, feel free to speak with one of our qualified reservationist who would be more than happy to assist you.

Summer is coming up and it is time to escape to Myrtle Beach.
We here at Palmetto would love to help you in that process!
Call us today at (888) 808-2788 or visit us directly online to see what rental properties we have available for you. You deserve it!


Originally from New York, Alison Lashower moved to the Myrtle Beach area with her family twelve years ago. Gamecock at heart, she graduated from the University of South Carolina with a marketing and entrepreneurship degree in May of 2017. When Alison is not spending time taking photographs around the Myrtle Beach area, you can find her writing, dancing, or on some type of adventure. Fun fact, she just spent this past year living abroad in Cape Town, South Africa!

Mother’s Day in Myrtle Beach 2019

We would like to give a warm welcome to all of the mothers out there for this upcoming Mother’s Day! Whether you are visiting the beach for vacation or live here, you might be wondering what exactly to do with your mom this Sunday. Palmetto has a few fabulous ideas for you to choose from for 2019 Mother’s Day in Myrtle Beach!

Be sure to read on until the very end, you might just catch a glimpse of our Palmetto staff with their mamas! *

Bring On the Yum:

Hook & Barrel
May 12, 2019 | 9AM – 10PM
8014 North Kings Highway B, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
$38 per person/$14.99 per child 12 and under
(843) 839-5988 | *Reservations Recommended

Known for its fresh seafood dishes and delicious Sunday brunches, Hook & Barrel will be hosting a Mother’s Day Buffet all day this upcoming Sunday. Come enjoy delectable shrimp & grits, macaroni & cheese, or seafood quiche among the many options being offered.


Tin Roof
May 12, 2019 | Brunch: 11AM-3PM
1410 Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
*Prices vary dependent on items purchased
(843) 945-9867 | *Reservations not required

If you enjoy live country music, outdoor beach views, great food– come on over to the Tin Roof this Sunday for a special mother’s day brunch. Jay Taylor, a popular country music singer from Nashville will be singing to all the special moms in the audience.


New York Prime Steakhouse
405 28th Ave North, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
May 12, 2019 | Brunch: 11AM-3PM | Dinner: 3PM-10PM
Prices vary by item
(843) 448-8081 | *Reservations Recommended

It is time you delight yourself to a heavenly meal on this special occasion! The New York Prime Steakhouse will be treating you to an exquisite brunch this Sunday with unique options to choose from such as banana stuffed Belgian waffles, crab cake benedicts, and crème fraiche with fresh berries.


Make Memories That Will Last:

Mom and Me Mimosa Sunday – Painting With A Twist
850 Jason Boulevard #B, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
May 12, 2019 | Two Events: 1PM-4PM, 4PM-6PM
$45 per person
(843) 808-9236 |*Must make reservation
online

Put on your artsy clothes and head on over to Painting with a Twist for some Mother’s Day celebrations. Mimosas, painting, and good times with family and friends! Be sure to book a reservation, seats are going fast.


Mother’s Day at Myrtle Waves Water Park
3000 Mr. Joe White Avenue, Myrtle Beach SC 29577
May 12, 2019 | 11AM-5PM
Free admission for moms
(843) 913-9250

Slide on down to Myrtle Waves this Sunday with your family! With endless waterslides, lazy rivers, and family attractions – you will something here for everyone. And major perk – moms get in FREE! Why not come enjoy the waves and have a great time with the kiddos too?


All Moms Bowl Free at Myrtle Beach Bowl
101 Gray Drive, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
May 12, 2019 | 12PM – 10PM
Free admission for moms*
(843) 236-1020

Get your bowling shoes on and roll on over to Myrtle Beach Bowl this weekend! On Sunday, moms will have free admission into the bowling alley! Who does not love a good round of bowling, tasty pizza, and friendly “competitive” tournaments? The question is –who will conquer the game?


Happy Mother’s Day to all of the special women out there. We hope you have a special day and vacation in Myrtle Beach!

Photos of Palmetto Staff with Their Mothers:


Looking for a great getaway this weekend? Palmetto has you covered! Our May special offer has 30% OFF select beach and golf villas until May 22, 2019. Call us today at 888-808-2788 or book online directly.
We can not wait to see you at the beach!


Originally from New York, Alison Lashower moved to the Myrtle Beach area with her family twelve years ago. Gamecock at heart, she graduated from the University of South Carolina with a marketing and entrepreneurship degree in May of 2017. When Alison is not spending time taking photographs around the Myrtle Beach area, you can find her writing, dancing, or on some type of adventure. Fun fact, she just spent this past year living abroad in Cape Town, South Africa!

Friday Finds – Myrtle Beach Games

Click Arrow Above to Play Myrtle Beach Games Teaser

When travelers think of Myrtle Beach activities and attractions, there’s sure to be a common theme (other than the beach itself) of Miniature Golf, Unique Shopping Complexes, Seafood Buffets, and watersports. There is a veritable plethora of activities and experiences available during the sunny days and cooler nights. Myrtle Beach is truly an exciting place full of possibilities and variety….until it rains.

The majority of families who visit the Grand Strand and experience the inevitable summer rainy day or afternoon tend to hunker down in their vacation rental condo or house, turn on the tv, and everyone escapes to their phone or tablet. Netflix, Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube. It’s pretty much what folks do at home. Every. Single. Day. Let’s be real – the reason why families go on vacation is to spend the quality time together that they miss throughout the year due to sports, work, school, and more work. Now, when it rains, they go right back to their own little microcosms of binge watching, fail videos, and “liking” pictures of other people’s food. I’m here to tell you, there’s a place in Myrtle Beach that can help deter this all to common fallback and provide that bonding quality time that folks came down here to experience.

Myrtle Beach Games is located at 4050 Socastee Blvd in Myrtle Beach and has cornucopia of Board Games, Card Games, Miniatures, and Comic Books. This place has everything that the most experienced gamer could ask for, as well as TONS of great easy to pick up board and card games perfect for any family.

Founded over a decade ago, Myrtle Beach Games has welcomed both travelers and locals to their unique and friendly store and provided a safe, inclusive culture for folks of all ages and experiences. When Alison and I visited this Friday, we were first blown away by their very organized and accessible inventory of board games. We saw everything from the classics to newer staples, such as “Cataan” and “Mysterium”. As we scanned the store, there were several folks in there playing games, talking, and laughing. The common theme was evident: People were having fun!

Chris and Anthony welcomed us with smiles and open arms as they gave us the grand tour. We were certainly impressed by the organization and inventory that they had for not just fun and exciting board games, but for card games such as Magic: The Gathering, Pokemon, and Keyforge. There’s also a great selection of action figures, graphic novels, and unique collectibles that you can’t find anywhere else in Myrtle Beach. They are even adding a virtual reality arcade and full snack bar to the location!

They also told us about the great events that happen daily which include open play for board games, Pokemon and Magic leagues, as well as the very cool and visually striking Warhammer Miniatures game. Every Saturday, there’s open play for Pokemon for kids of all ages. Kids get a free pack of cards just for showing up and they even order pizza. It’s very kid and family friendly.

Getting back to why this place is great for rainy days and families: The Board Games. It’s so easy to go in, find a game that’s interesting and fun. The staff and even patrons can recommend a game that’s easy to learn and can involve families with kids of any age. Board games are excellent for beach vacations, because they put families right across the dining room table from one another and involve teamwork, competition, and laughs. Families can bond over these experiences and the cell phones and devices are usually turned off or put away.
 It’s why you go on vacation: Quality Time.

This Saturday, May the 4th, is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY, where anyone can visit and get free comic books from major publishers like Marvel, DC, and Image. It’s a great time to come in and check out everything Myrtle Beach Games has while getting some absolutely free swag!

On your next Myrtle Beach Vacation, plan for that rainy day and check out Myrtle Beach Games. You won’t be disappointed!

Myrtle Beach Games
4050 Socastee Blvd. Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
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Jason Coker is originally from the metropolis of Burlington, NC and is passionate about vacation rentals. Having served on the front lines of a premier vacation rental company, Jason has a great understanding of all aspects of this fantastic industry. An aficionado of music, sports, and all things geeky, Jason spends his free time performing music, grilling out, and relaxing with his son, daughter, and lovely wife, Amy.