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The World Famous Blue Crab Festival, May 18-19

Get your fill May 18th & 19th

Little River Blue Crab Festival

For three decades, seafood lovers from all over the country have planned their summer vacations around the World Famous Blue Crab Festival – a Myrtle Beach community tradition that has stretched far beyond the Grand Strand. Make your plans to join them for this year’s 38th annual event on Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. As always, the festival takes place along the historic Little River waterfront, an authentic fishing town just a short drive north of North Myrtle Beach.

Here’s just a taste of what you can expect to find when you visit one of the largest and longest running festivals in the Southeast – and the winner of Best Annual Event/Festival on the Grand Strand for eight years running!

Fresh, delicious local seafood

Crab Fest

No question, seafood is the main attraction here. Grab your bibs and mallets and treat yourself to delicious blue crab delicacies and a full variety of local seafood specialties prepared by Little River’s many waterfront restaurants. Be sure to check out what’s cooking from the kitchens of Buzz’s Roost, Capt. Juel’s Hurricane Restaurant, Crab Catchers, Key West Crazy, Patio’s Tiki Bar & Grill and the Pilot House. All seafood is served up fresh with a side of spectacular views.

A feast for your ears

The World Famous Blue Crab Festival keeps visitors grooving all weekend long with live beach music and other genres from well-known local and national bands. Get ready to shag and shimmy along to all your favorites performed by Carolina Soul Band, RiverMist Band, Jim Quick & Coastline and Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot.

Find a hidden treasure

Glass blower

Take a stroll under the gorgeous shady oak trees where the festival began many years ago and you’ll find close to 300 vendors offering unique wares, special souvenirs and handmade arts and crafts. You’ll meet artisans of all kinds, including local painters, woodworkers, metalworkers, glass blowers and jewelry makers, all waiting to share their gifts. And don’t forget to find the booth where you can purchase this year’s Blue Crab Festival commemorative t-shirt.

Enter the Kids Zone

You won’t find any crabby kids around here. There’s an entire kids zone at the World Famous Blue Crab Festival featuring entertainment tailored to the younger crowd. The kids zone buzzes with games and activities, face painting, balloons – the list goes on. It’s so much fun, you may have trouble getting your kids to leave!

Getting in and getting around

Kids Face Painting

The World Famous Blue Crab Festival weekend is open to everyone, with attendees ages 13 and up paying just $4 admission in advance or $5 at the door. Online ticket purchases are available until May 16.

There are several locations for satellite parking, with buses circulating from designated lots to the festival throughout each day. Or, for the true Little River waterfront experience, take advantage of the Sea Screamer water taxi leaving out of Harbourgate Marina frequently on both days.

Book your Blue Crab Festival vacation today

You can see why this is one of the most popular festivals in the Southeast – and a perfect way to kick off the summer. Vacation rentals go fast for this very reason. Vantage will help you find the right accommodations in North Myrtle Beach so you don’t miss a thing. Contact a friendly Vantage reservation specialist at (888) 303-4110 to make your plans. You can also browse and book direct at www.VantageMB.com. 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 VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

Planning a Beach Wedding in Myrtle Beach, SC

Are You Planning a Magical Beach Wedding in Myrtle Beach?

Beach Wedding Couple
Myrtle Beach is the ideal setting for tying the knot

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, presents the perfect setting for your destination wedding: sand beneath your toes, sun shining, waves crashing in the background—nothing says love like the ambiance of a beach ceremony.

Beach weddings can pose some interesting challenges you may not encounter with more traditional venues. But with the right planning and considerations, you can orchestrate something truly magical and memorable. Here are the most important aspects to keep in mind when you’re planning to have your wedding in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Know the lay of the land

As you get ready for your big day, determine if you are going to walk down the aisle and celebrate within the City of Myrtle Beach, in North Myrtle Beach or somewhere outside of city limits. The regulations for each area differ, so you’ll want to check in advance and plan accordingly. For example, in North Myrtle Beach, alcohol isn’t allowed on the beach, and you can’t walk on the dunes. After you decide on a general location, obtain your local marriage license.

Don’t forget to check to see if there are any special Myrtle Beach events occurring at the same time as your ceremony, which could draw lots of folks in and disrupt your plans.

Settle on a space: public, private or resort

Beach Wedding Venue
Finding the perfect venue takes planning & imagination

Once you have decided the basics, your next big choice is deciding where you will hold your ceremony and reception. A public beach might save you the most money, but having your nuptials there means just about anyone can join the fun. (On the other hand, you’re sure to gets lots of spirited applause from onlookers!) Depending on where you decide to conduct your ceremony, though, you might be able to reserve a spot. In the City of Myrtle Beach, SC, you can obtain facility permits by contacting City Hall at 843-918-1008.

A private beach affords lots of seclusion, and restaurants and hotels near or on the beach provide views of the ocean and double as reception venues. They’ll tend to run a higher bill, however, than if you tie the knot on a public beach.

Luckily, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, offers plenty of venue options.

Take in the sunset

During the summer and late spring in Myrtle Beach, it promises to be scorching in the afternoon. Evening and morning ceremonies—with sunsets or sunrises—offer cooler alternatives with striking views. Your bridal party and other guests—especially older and younger ones—will thank you for sparing them from the heat. Plus, your photos will likely come out incredibly with everyone glistening less.

Moreover, you can seize the opportunity to enjoy your first kiss as a couple while the sun sets or rises in a dazzling array of color over the horizon.

Opt for appropriate—and comfortable—attire

Lightweight fabrics will keep your bridal party cool

When you walk down the sandy aisle, you want to be comfortable, so ditch the cumbersome and sizzling ball gown. Instead, you, your groom and your bridal party should wear lightweight fabric and colors—linen and cotton are excellent choices. Consider ditching the jackets for men.

While you’re at it, check the weather and keep an eye on the wind. If it promises to get gusty, forego the lengthy veil. Finally, leave behind the heels—you don’t want to sink into the sand. Wear flat sandals or wedges instead. You can even go barefoot for the full magical Myrtle Beach wedding experience.

Amplify your love

Your guests will surely want to hear the vows you’ve spent countless hours polishing and revising. The problem is, the waves in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, might be roaring, and you don’t want to try to compete with them when proclaiming your love. Even if you plan to simply repeat after the officiant, consider renting a microphone and amps—especially if you’re filming the proceedings as a keepsake.

Perfect the spread

A mouth-watering menu is essential for your reception

People always remember the food. From the first bite to dessert, you’ll want to master the meals that you serve at your reception. Outdoor dining—especially on the beach—demands more attention to detail. Think light fare, and prevent cheeses and cream-based items from sitting in the sun. Also, be sure to serve plenty of water to hydrate your guests, and offer bubbly wines that are sure to refresh everyone.

For your wedding cake, ask your baker about the best options for fillings and other ingredients. Inquire about fondant; it’s often a better choice for summer than buttercream. Red velvet also does well.

Bolster your bouquet

Not all annuals can hold up to the heat and humidity of Myrtle Beach, SC, during peak summer season. When you plan your ceremony, you’ll want to pay special attention to building your bridal bouquet and choosing the right varieties for the flower girl. Pick flowers that do well in tropical weather: chrysanthemums, plumeria, orchids, calla lilies and king protea all make excellent choices for their looks and durability.

Make the magic happen

Wedding Party Accommodations
Need wedding party accommodations? We can help.

Now that you’re ready to plan your dream destination wedding and say, “I do” in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, our friendly Vantage reservation specialists are here to help with accommodations. Contact us at (888) 303-4110 to book rental properties for you and all of your guests. Or browse and book direct at www.VantageMB.com.

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 VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

Society of Stranders | Jan 16-20 in Myrtle Beach

Why Attend the Society of Stranders Mid-Winter Workshop in Myrtle Beach?


The phenomenon known as the Shag dance first emerged several decades ago along the beaches of South Carolina. And it remains a strong part of the area’s culture to this day. But it’s much more than a dance—it’s a lifestyle worth celebrating. And that’s precisely what you can do with the Myrtle Beach Society of Stranders.

The Society of Stranders (SOS)—a popular dance organization named after Myrtle Beach’s “Grand Strand”—meets three times a year, and they will host their Mid-Winter Workshops for new and current members between January 16 and 20, 2019.

Winter Is a Drag—Let’s Shag!

Whether you love everything Shag or just love having a great time, you won’t want to miss the party that is the SOS Mid-Winter Workshops. There are lots of reasons you’ll want to be part of the action:

  • Escaping the winter blahs in Myrtle Beach
  • Getting active after holiday feasts
  • Showing off your moves—and learning a few more
  • Making new friends that last a lifetime

Let loose to your favorite beach music at area clubs with an exciting lineup of DJs and live bands. If you’re not already a member, you can join SOS for just $35. Your membership card will grant you access to all participating clubs, including:

Make Yourself at Home


When you’re not dancing the night away at the SOS Mid-Winter Workshop, you can try North Myrtle Beach’s delicious new restaurants, stroll along the uncrowded beach, explore the world-class shopping or just kick back and relax.

The North Myrtle Beach SOS Mid-Winter Workshop is the perfect excuse to spend a few days away with friends at the birthplace of Shag. And Vantage is the perfect partner to help you find a vacation rental property that keeps you close to all the action. Give us a call at 888-404-3110 to book a property or browse our selection of North Myrtle Beach vacation rental properties.

Myrtle Beach Events About to Heat Up!

Don’t Miss These Myrtle Beach Events!

Time to put away the snow boots and break out your flip-flops! Spring has returned to Myrtle Beach, bringing with it some glorious, unseasonably warm weather with quite a few days in the 80s and 90s. There is a happy buzz around town as the beach and all your favorite hot spots come back to life. Just like the temperature, Myrtle Beach events are starting to heat up, as well. From car fests to country music, visitors will be able to enjoy all of their favorite events in addition to some exciting new ones.

  • 5/12-21 Myrtle Beach Bike Week & Spring Rally

    Rev up your engines and enjoy a ride along the coastline of the Grand Strand. Motorcycle enthusiasts can check out vendors, participate in poker runs, enjoy live music, and take excursions to nearby points of interest – such as Georgetown and Charleston, SC.

  • 5/13 Mayfest on Main

    This event features live music, arts and crafts vendors, delicious food, a community stage, and a children’s area. Stroll along Main Street to browse one-of-a kind shops, or set up your beach chair and soak up the atmosphere.

  • 5/18-9/28 Music on Main

    Nothing beats an evening of live music on Main Street in Downtown North Myrtle Beach. Every Thursday night from 7:00-9:00 p.m., visitors can bring a beach chair and unwind to the tunes of talented local musicians. Be sure to check out the Black Glass Band (August 3rd). The best part of this event is that it’s free!

  • 5/20-21 36th Annual Blue Crab Festival

    Visit the waterfront in Little River to enjoy fresh blue crabs and other local seafood, in addition to live entertainment, fun children’s area, and approximately 300 fine arts and crafts vendors.

  • 6/2-3 Sun Fun Festival

    Returning for its 62nd year, this family festival includes a diverse set of activities, from live performers and games to Shag lessons and a parade.

  • 6/3 Corvettes at the Beach

    Hosted by the Myrtle Beach Corvette Club, this popular car show is held at the Broadway at the Beach complex. Visitors will enjoy being surrounded by Corvettes of every year and model.

  • 6/8-11 Carolina Country Music Fest

    The hottest event of the summer, this rain-or-shine event features over 30 of country’s greatest artists including Gretchen Wilson, Darius Rucker, and Kenny Chesney!

  • 7/4 July 4th Celebrations

    Myrtle Beach is the place to be for America’s birthday party! Start the day at the Independence Day 8K at 7:30 a.m., then at 1:00 p.m. take a moment to salute our military out on the beach as F-16s and several vintage military aircraft fly over the coastline. In the evening, fireworks displays will light up the night all along the Grand Strand at the following locations: Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, Broadway at the Beach, Barefoot Landing, Cherry Grove Pier, Surfside Beach Pier, Murrells Inlet Marshwalk, and Georgetown.

  • 7/8 & 8/12 Nascar Whelen Series Races

    Take a day out at the races! Several Nascar divisions will be racing all day and competing for their spot in Victory Lane at the Myrtle Beach Speedway. There will also be a Meet & Greet along with celebrations for Armed Forces Day.

Vantage properties are filling up quickly during these popular Myrtle Beach events, so now is the best time to book! Browse VantageMB.com or give us a call at (888) 404-3110 to let our Vacation Coordinators help you find the perfect vacation spot.