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Our Favorite Things in North Myrtle Beach: A Locals’ Guide


Locals and visitors love North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, for its family-friendly vibe, uncrowded beaches and the extraordinary variety of experiences. There’s so much to see and do here, you may have trouble choosing—especially when you only have a limited amount of time.

No worries, because we have the inside scoop! The Vantage team lives and works in the Grand Strand year-round, and we’re constantly getting feedback from guests about what they love best about North Myrtle Beach. So we’ve put together this guide to our favorite things and theirs. We’ll be happy to share even more when you book your vacation rental property.

Favorite adventures and activities

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Cruise around the sound in kayaks

North Myrtle Beach offers remarkable, up-close wildlife encounters for you and your family. You may even forget you’re in South Carolina. Start with Alligator Adventure—the reptile capital of the world—featuring alligators, bobcats, hyenas, lemurs and Utan, the largest crocodile on exhibit in the United States. Learn about these mysterious creatures during live educational shows and the can’t-miss gator feedings.

Continue your walk on the wild side at T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station, another unique nature destination where visitors can watch large cats and cubs at play. Get your picture taken feeding a tiger cub or cuddling with a monkey and watch your Instagram feed blow up!

When you’re ready for some friendly competition, North Myrtle Beach’s miniature golf courses provide plenty of options for family fun. Mayday Golf, Paradise Adventures Golf and Professor Hacker’s Lost Treasure Golf courses include facts, stories and themes, complete with tropical islands, helicopters, train rides, mountains, Mayan pyramids and lost treasure as you putt your way to the finish.

For a cool day of water fun, cruise around the sound in kayaks and paddleboards from J&L Kayaks. Don’t feel like paddling? Try the jet skis and pontoons at Action Water Sportz. At New Wave Watersports, you can enjoy stunning views from above by parasail, or zoom past the beach on a banana boat. Splashing and laughter guaranteed.

Enjoy world-class golf courses

Want to sneak away for some adult time on your beach vacation? North Myrtle Beach has over 20 world-class golf courses to choose from. Sample up to 10 wines from Duplin Winery—the oldest and largest wine tasting venue in the South. Try solving the crime during a murder mystery dinner at the famous House of Blues. The Alabama Theatre hosts resident variety shows and live performances from beloved artists, including the likes of Three Dog Night, Wynonna Judd and Josh Turner.

Favorite places to shop

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So many shopping options!

Shopping is one of the most popular things to do in North Myrtle Beach for locals as well as visitors. The latest attraction here is Coastal Town Center—a brand-new venue with 21 stores offering clothes, jewelry, crafts sporting goods, food and much more.

Barefoot Landing is a perennial favorite of North Myrtle Beach residents. A relaxing sanctuary along the Intercostal Waterway featuring a 27-acre lake, this destination combines serene surroundings and a niche shopping experience. With 100 different national and local boutiques and restaurants, there’s enough to keep the whole family engaged for an entire day. And if the kids get antsy, Alligator Adventure and the T.I.G.E.R.S. Prevention Station are right next door.

A short drive from North Myrtle Beach, Tanger Outlets is discount city. Large factory outlet stores make up much of the shopping here, and we all know what that means—deals by the bagful. If that’s not enough, you’re just across the highway from more stores and a movie theater at Myrtle Beach Mall.

Favorite places to eat

Seafood Restaurant

No locals’ guide to North Myrtle Beach would be complete without focusing on the fantastic restaurant choices. We could write an entire book on this topic alone, but we’ll just give you a little nibble here. Fresh coastal cuisine and good vibes are always on the menu at Lulu’s, with live music and an outdoor play area. Filet’s on the Water pleases every palate with succulent steaks, sushi and seafood. Flying Fish Public Market and Grill serves up southern delicacies with a side of shrimp. For something on the cozier side, Joe’s Bar and Grill offers amazing cuisine matched only by the panoramic views of the saltwater marsh.

Beyond North Myrtle Beach

Hollywood Wax Museum
Hollywood Wax Museum

If you’re seeking a change of scenery, take the short drive south and explore some of our favorite things in the Myrtle Beach area. Broadway at the Beach is the total package—dining, shopping, live entertainment, special events and nightlife. You must take the crew to WonderWorks—dubbed an amusement park for the mind, with more than 100 hands-on exhibits. You’ll have no trouble finding the place, since it’s the only upside-down building in town. Ripley’s Aquarium is here, too, along with more mini-golf courses and the thrilling Beach Rider jet boat. Get your picture taken with your favorite celebrities (sort of) at the Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center. Fulfill your need for speed driving a NASCAR race car around the Myrtle Beach Speedway.

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is another local treasure, with the gigantic SkyWheel, the Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum and the landmark 2nd Avenue Pier. Channel your inner Jack Sparrow and bring all your buccaneers to catch the swashbuckling excitement of the Pirates Voyage Dinner and Show.

Find your favorites with Vantage

Enjoy the view with Vantage!

We’ve only scratched the surface when it comes to recommendations for your visit to North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. That’s the beauty of working with locals to book your vacation rental. We know the Grand Strand, we know what’s popular and we’re more than happy to help you find just what you’re looking for. Let’s start by finding your favorite accommodations. Contact a friendly Vantage reservation specialist at (888) 303-4110 to book the very best spot for your family and friends. You can also browse and book direct at Remember, booking direct through Vantage ensures you get the lowest possible rates.

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit, and

Awesome in the Off-Season | Myrtle Beach, SC

Year-Round Fun for the Whole Family

Thanks to its subtropical climate, Myrtle Beach enjoys short, mild RipleysAquariumwinters and warm, sunny weather in the spring and fall.  Bring the whole family into town in the off-season and enjoy a relaxing vacation of shopping, entertainment, and attractions.  One of the best places to visit in Myrtle Beach, no matter what the weather, is Broadway at the Beach, a 350-acre oasis of entertainment venues, restaurants, and shops.  This includes the popular Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center, where you can “play with the stars” and snap a photo with wax figures of your famous A-list idols – such as Marilyn Monroe, Johnny Depp, Robert DeNiro, Dolly Parton, and Elvis Presley!  Afterwards, head over to the Backstage Mirror Maze for a mind-bending adventure of infinite reflections or experience a zombie apocalypse at Outbreak, a thrilling haunted walk through an experiment-gone-wrong in a biotech lab.  Be sure to stop by Ripley’s Aquarium, a beautiful two-story facility with wide a variety of marine life, educationalopportunities, and unique experiences including diving with sharks and swimming with stingrays!

Natural Beauty, History & Wildlife

Take advantage of Myrtle Beach’s impressive natural beauty with a BrookgreenGardenswalk through the Brookgreen Gardens. Located in Murrells Inlet just south of Myrtle Beach, this National Historic Landmark features more than 9,000 acres of vibrant gardens, quaint pathways, and over 1,400 sculptures.  Stroll around the grounds on your own, or take a guided tour.  Brookgreen Gardens also offers an on-site restaurant and a wildlife zoo, which is home to native animals that were either bred in captivity or have sustained injuries that prevent them from living in the wild. Admission to Brookgreen Gardens is good for seven days, so you can return multiple times during your vacation if there are specific programs, events, or exhibits that you’d like to explore further.  This year-round attraction is definitely worth the visit!

Budget-Friendly Vacation Rental Rates

Last, but not least, the best part about the off-season is low rental rates! Our best properties are waiting to offer you luxurious accommodations for a fraction of what it would cost in the summertime.  Here are some recommendations for awesome off-season getaways.

  • Ocean Creek K2 – 3-BR/3-BA/Sleeps 6 – Enjoy beautiful views of the ocean, pool, and pond/fountain from this lovely Ocean Creek condo on the south side of the North Tower. Well-equipped with a full kitchen and flat-screen TV in the living room, this property features fantastic resort amenities, such as indoor/outdoor pools, volleyball, tennis, a putting green, and an on-site beach bar and grill.
  • Marina Inn 5101 – 2-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 6 – Located in the Grand Dunes Resort, this elegant condo features panoramic floor-to-ceiling views of the Intracoastal waterway. Step outside from the circular-shaped living room onto a spacious balcony overlooking the marina and terrace.  Guests have access to indoor/outdoor pools, an on-site restaurant, a community golf course, and more.
  • North Beach 834 Madiera – 2-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 8 – Slow down and enjoy the relaxed pace of the amenity-rich community of North Beach Plantation. Located in the Cottages section, this home features all-new, high-end furnishings and flat-screen TVs, and is just a short walk away from the on-site restaurant, spa, indoor/outdoor pools, swim-up bar, and other fantastic amenities.
  • Blue Water Keyes 1101 – 2-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 6 – Wake up to beautiful views from this lovely oceanfront condo located on the south side of the building. Located in the Crescent Beach area of North Myrtle Beach, this resort provides indoor/outdoor pools, a lazy river, and an on-site restaurant.

Don’t wait – plan your off-season Myrtle Beach escape today.  Browse or give us a call at (888) 404-3110 to let our Vacation Coordinators help you find the perfect vacation spot.


4 of the Best North Myrtle Beach Bike Shops

Want a fun, outdoor activity for your next North Myrtle Beach vacation? Head to any of the North Myrtle Beach bike shops in the area and you’ll be set for a day of adventure. There isn’t much better than cruising down the beach on a bike. Especially if you opt for an early morning or late evening ride when the beach is nearly empty and the shoreline is wide. If biking on the sidewalk sounds like more fun to you, rest assured. There are plenty of places in the area to do that, too.  Biking is one of the best ways to explore North Myrtle Beach and these 4 North Myrtle Beach bike shops will provide you with all the gear!

North Strand Beach Service

North Strand Beach Service is a one-stop-shop for all your beach vacation needs. North Strand can provide all the extras you’d like to have on vacation, but don’t want to pack on your trip. In addition to bike rentals, North Strand also provides beach wagons, grills, cornhole sets, beach strollers, chairs, and umbrellas.  So, this bike rental shop is a great choice for visitors who also want to rent other vacation extras during their stay in North Myrtle Beach. In addition to standard 2-wheel bikes, North Strand Beach Service also rents three-wheeled beach cruisers, bike locks, baskets, and more!

Bike Doctor of the Carolinas

If you’d like to rent a bike from the experts, or if you are bringing your own bike to the beach, the Bike Doctor of the Carolinas is the place for you. The shop rents beach cruisers in a range of sizes for children and adults by the hour, day, or week. But, the Bike Doctor is also one of the best North Myrtle Beach bike shops, especially for serious bikers in need of bike repairs or accessories like baskets, lights, helmets, bike pumps, tubes, tires, comfortable seats, or other parts. If your bike needs an unexpected repair, take it to the Bike Doctor. The shop has an engineer with 40 years of experience on staff who completes all repairs within 24 hours!

Aloha Water Sports

So, you’re already out on the beach and decide to rent a bike for the afternoon? If you are in Cherry Grove, save yourself some time and trouble by renting a bike through Aloha Water Sports. Although Aloha Water Sports is most known for its watersports, the company also rents bikes on the beach. Conveniently located in Cherry Grove, you can rent a bike for an hour or two without ever leaving the beach. This bike rental shop is a great option for visitors who want to go for a quick ride down the beach without the hassle of ever leaving it!

Bodacious Bob’s Bike Rentals & Tours

If it’s fun name isn’t enough to bring you to Bodacious Bob’s, the waterfront bike tours will! Located just 10-minutes north of North Myrtle Beach in Little River, SC, this bike shop is worth the trip. Not only can you rent a bike through Bodacious Bob’s, you can also take a guided bike tour. The 30-mile Ocean Isle Beach Tour is the longest bike tour offered, but there are many different tours available. Bodacious Bob’s offers reduced rates on tours for guests who bring their own bike. And, for guests who want to ride at their own pace, a self-guided tour is also an option. All tours include a bike, helmet, and safety t-shirt. Self-guided tours also include a route map and information about interesting landmarks along the tour.

Let Us Show You the Best North Myrtle Beach Bike Shops and More!

Bike riding is just one of the many things to do in North Myrtle Beach, SC. With vacation rentals to meet every need, Vantage Vacation Rentals has the house or condo that is just right for your next trip to North Myrtle Beach. Our goal is to make your stay as effortless and relaxing as possible. From the beachfront boardwalk to the celebrity-designed golf courses, our friendly rental team will help find the North Myrtle Beach vacation rental that is right for you. Browse our vacation rentals, pick a favorite, and book a stay today!  


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Your Ultimate Guide to the Best North Myrtle Beach Attractions for Adults

Even though North Myrtle Beach is very kid-friendly and offers a near-endless list of things for families to see and do, there are plenty of North Myrtle Beach attractions for adults, too! From art galleries to watersports, there is bound to be an activity that interests you. Whether you are planning a romantic weekend getaway, a trip with friends, or just want to leave the kids at home for a night, here is your ultimate guide to North Myrtle Beach attractions for adults.

Art Museums & Galleries

If you want to spend an afternoon exploring a different side of Myrtle Beach, consider a visit to the Myrtle Beach Art MuseumWhile there are many galleries in the area, Myrtle Beach’s Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum is the only art museum on the Grand Strand. Admission to the museum is free and it contains 11 galleries with exhibitions that change throughout the year.

Bars and Clubs

There is a bar or club to suit every taste in North Myrtle Beach. Whether you want to sample craft beer at a local brewery or dance at the hottest night club, you are sure to find the perfect spot to take in the best of Myrtle Beach’s nightlife.

Cigar Bars

For a more laid-back bar setting, plan a stop at Nick’s Cigar and Wine Bar. This North Myrtle Beach cigar bar is divided into three sections: the social bar with beer, wine, and high-top tables; the living room with leather-wrapped club chairs and board games; and the golf room with a state of the art indoor golf simulator.  

Comedy Clubs

Leave your stress at the door and spend a night at what might be one of the best North Myrtle Beach attractions for adults. Laugh until you cry at a stand-up show at one of the many comedy clubs in the area.

Golf Courses

North Myrtle Beach is the place to go for some of the state’s best golf courses. With nearly 100 courses in the area, there is one for every budget and skill level. Take your pick and make plans to play nine holes or a full round (or two)!

Live Music at the House of Blues

While there are plenty of places along the Grand Strand to catch live music, the House of Blues at Barefoot Landing is the closest, and best, place to catch a concert. Before your trip to North Myrtle Beach, check their calendar of events and plan a night out at the House of Blues.


If you’re looking to spend a lot of time on the water during your next beach vacation, consider renting a jet ski, kayak, or surfboard for a day. Because of the small waves and soft, sandy ocean floor, active travelers of all experience levels can try their hand at one of the many watersports available to them  in Myrtle Beach.  

Wine Tastings

Who says you have to travel to California for a proper wine tasting? There are three exceptional wineries just minutes from the center of North Myrtle Beach. For a relaxing treat, make plans to spend a day in the tasting rooms at Carolina Vineyards Winery, Duplin Winery, or La Belle Amie Vineyard!      

Experience the Best North Myrtle Beach Attractions for Adults!

You’ve read our guide to the best North Myrtle Beach Attractions for adults, now plan your stay! Whether you’re planning a trip for two, or a big crowd, Vantage Vacation Rentals has the North Myrtle Beach vacation rental for you. Browse our properties and then book your favorite before it’s gone!
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Horseback Riding in North Myrtle Beach and What You Need to Know

Have a soft spot for animals, or just want to do something a little different on your next beach vacation? Consider horseback riding in North Myrtle Beach for a fun departure from the typical beach day. Although horseback riding on the beach is not allowed during the summer months, there are plenty of other great ways to spend a day horseback riding. With lots of great options in the area, horseback riding is one of the top North Myrtle Beach attractions! Here are a few things you’ll need to know before you begin your adventure:

The Rules Change with the Season

Depending on the time of year that you plan your horseback riding trip, you may or may not be able to ride on the beach. From March 1st – October 31st, horseback riding is not allowed on public beaches or in public marshes. But, don’t let this discourage you from participating in one of the best North Myrtle Beach activities. During the summer months, most horseback riding companies offer guided rides through wooded trails. If riding on the beach is a must, you can still find ways to do so. Consider booking a trip with Inlet Point Plantation. This company uses the private beach at Waites Island, which allows horseback riding year-round. Waiters Island is a beautiful, undeveloped 1,380-acre island with breathtaking, untouched beachfront and lakeside riding paths.

You Don’t Have to Ride on the Beach to Have Fun

There are plenty of companies like Wampee Stables and Horseback Riding of Myrtle Beach that offer guided trips through some of North Myrtle Beach’s best wooded trails. These rides are a great way to see a different side of North Myrtle Beach at an affordable price. Riders who take these wooded trails and hidden paths get the rare opportunity to see the often undiscovered side of the North Myrtle Beach landscape. Plus, these shady spots offer sweet relief for visitors who have had their fill of salt and sand at the beach!

All Experience Levels are Welcome

One of the best parts about horseback riding in North Myrtle Beach is that it’s an activity that the whole family can enjoy! Children and adults of all ages and riding levels will have a fantastic time horseback riding in North Myrtle Beach. Most tours last about 1.5 hours and take you on scenic, but easy to navifate, trails. No previous horseback riding experience is necessary and expert guides help new riders get accustomed to riding calm and well-trained horses.   

You’ll Get a Souvenir to Take Home

At both Wampee Stables and Horseback Riding of Myrtle Beach, guides take photographs of your group before and during your horseback riding adventure.  At the end of your ride, a free disc filled with images from your trip will go home with you. This is a great way to ensure the memories you make on your ride will last a lifetime!

Make Horseback Riding in North Myrtle Beach a Reality!

Horseback riding is just one of the many things to do in North Myrtle Beach. With vacation rentals to meet every need, Vantage Vacation Rentals has the house or condo that is just right for your next trip to North Myrtle Beach. Our goal is to make your stay effortless and relaxing. From the excitement of the beachfront boardwalk to the celebrity-designed golf courses, our friendly rental team will help find the North Myrtle Beach property that’s right for you. Browse our vacation rentals, pick a favorite, and book a stay today!  
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