Myrtle Beach Invitational Basketball Tournament

Calling all basketball fans! If you can’t bear waiting until March for the madness, bring the family to Myrtle Beach this November and participate in the inaugural 2018 ESPN Events Myrtle Beach Invitational Basketball Tournament! The tournament will be hosted at the HTC Center at Coastal Carolina University’s campus from November 15 – 18!

 

Cheer on top-rated college teams such as Cal State Fullerton, Monmouth, Saint Joseph’s, UCF, Valparaiso, Wake Forest, West Virginia, and Western Kentucky as they battle for the championship title!

 

Autumn is the ideal time to visit the Grand Strand area, with fewer crowds and mild weather take the opportunity to ditch the cold and spend a weekend at the beach!

 

When wondering where to stay in Myrtle Beach for the tournament, look no further than Marina Inn at Grande Dunes! The Marina Inn at Grande Dunes is the perfect location for accommodations for a couple or the whole family! We are offering a special rate of $125.00 per night for the luxurious grande guest room. The grande guest room features a choice of one king or two queen beds, large bathroom, private balcony with views and more! Larger suites may be available at an additional rate.

 

Get ready to ball at the beach this month at the Myrtle Beach Invitational Basketball Tournament with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes!

 

Myrtle Beach Invitational Basketball Tournament

HTC Center at Coastal Carolina University’s Campus

November 15 – 18, 2018

Rates starting at *$125.00 per night

Golf Courses to Play in Myrtle Beach this Fall

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina has long been known as the golf capital of the world; which isn’t surprising with our proximity to the ocean and beautiful weather year round! When you choose to stay with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, a luxury 4 diamond resort in Myrtle Beach, you’re just a short drive away from some of the best courses along the Grand Strand!

Grande Dunes Resort Course

With 7 out of the stylish 18 holes that play along the Intracoastal Waterway, the Grande Dunes Resort Course is quite unique to the Grand Strand! No wonder PGA Magazine said it is “one of the great golf clubs in the world”. This is our on-site course so by staying with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes you won’t have to travel far to play a luxurious round of golf!

Barefoot Golf Resort

The 4 courses at Barefoot Golf Resort are named after 4 hall of fame players. Norman, Love, Fazio, and Dye. Each course with its own quirks and characteristics; just like the players! This resort was named as the 2017 North America Golf Resort of the Year and it doesn’t take an expert to see why. The relaxation you’ll feel while playing the course is what will keep you coming back time and time again!

Dunes Club

Located right next to the ocean, (literally in the dunes!), the Dunes Club courses are sure to satisfy any golf lover’s dreams. While playing the course you’ll come up on hole 13, dubbed ‘Waterloo’ and well-known around the world for being the signature hole of the course! Experience a match with the sunshine on your face and the warm breeze blowing through as you play for a true Myrtle Beach golf game.  

Pine Lakes

A local’s favorite, Pine Lakes course keeps a loyal following coming back year round! Known as the first golf course of Myrtle Beach, the Grandaddy course has been restored to and makes all the other courses green with envy. It’s no surprise this country club’s classic features and rich history keeps seasoned golfers coming back every year!

Once the cool breeze begins to blow through, pack your clubs and plan your visit to Myrtle Beach for the perfect time of year to play a round at each course! It’s not too late to book with our Ultimate Summer Sale offered now through August 31! Book today to get the best deals and begin making memories with your family in Myrtle Beach! 

State Parks to Visit in Myrtle Beach

Summer isn’t over in Myrtle Beach just quite yet! There’s still plenty of time to enjoy the great outdoors at one of our South Carolina State Parks. When you stay with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, a luxury 4 diamond resort in Myrtle Beach, not only is the view of the Intracoastal Waterway breathtaking, but you’re just a short drive from the parks and their natural beauty!

Myrtle Beach State Park

There’s always something going on at Myrtle Beach State Park! Choose between exploring the nature trails or learning about the local flora and fauna in the Lowcountry.

September 5th – 26th: Plethora of Plants

Every Wednesday in September you can learn about the plants that grow in the park, for ages 10 and up!

September 6th – 27th: What Wildlife Will A-Pier?

Every Thursday in September, kids 5 and up can observe wildlife from the pier while learning unique facts and history on the local animals!

September 6th – 27th: Backyard Bird ID

Every Thursday in September, kids 8 and up can spend time feeding some of the common birds along the Grand Strand!

September 14th – 28th: Reptile Rap

Every Friday in September, kids ages 5 and up can learn more about reptiles and their importance to our local ecosystem!

September 15th: Beach Sweep

Help keep our beaches beautiful by participating in the beach sweep! Appropriate for all ages.

September 29th: Take a Kid Fishing

Sign up for the experience of a lifetime while learning how to fish! A variety of awards will be given out to participants and fishing gear will be provided to those who need them. 

November 17th: Live Birds of Prey in Flight!

Learn more about how these birds hunt their prey and fly above the trees at this live demonstration!

 

Huntington Beach State Park

Just a short drive south of downtown Myrtle Beach, Huntington Beach State Park is known for the historic Atalaya Castle; which is often a venue for weddings and other special occasions.

September 28th – 30th: 43rd Annual Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival

Featuring more than 100 of the finest local artisans, the Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival provides aesthetic beauty against a backdrop of natural beauty. Enjoy fine art, quality crafts, and food, along with live music performances from local musicians!

October 13th -14th: Palmetto Campout

Never been tent camping? Learn how with a park ranger! Campers will be provided with a list of food items to bring and only a limited number of tents are available to borrow.

October 26th – 27th: Atalaya Fall Festival & Haunted Castle

Experience an evening of frightfully fun family entertainment! At the Atalaya Fall Festival & Haunted Castle, you and your family can enjoy two haunted houses, carnival games, spooky movies, a bonfire and more!

November 10th – 11th: Atalaya Sleepover

Spend the night at Atalaya, and enjoy everything from spooky ghost stories to stunning nature hikes! Dinner and breakfast will be included and only a limited number of tents are available to borrow.

And it’s not too late to take advantage of the Ultimate Summer Experience Sale happening now through August 31st. You can save up to 35% off your final summer getaway.  We hope to see you soon! 

Must See List at The MarshWalk in Murrells Inlet

When you stay with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, a luxury 4 diamond resort in Myrtle Beach, you’re just a short drive from the beautiful MarshWalk in Murrells Inlet! The MarshWalk features various dining options with a view of the water and live music from local performers every night! Locals enjoy coming down to this area for a relaxing night away from the action of downtown Myrtle Beach and fresh seafood. While there are many things to brighten your night during your visit to the MarshWalk, we’ve listed what you can’t miss!

Goat Island

Although you aren’t allowed on the island, (goats only!) you can view the goats from various spots on the boardwalk. The goats were originally placed on the island during the summer months to help with undergrowth and have since become beloved and admired by visitors and locals alike! You won’t want to miss seeing Goat Island during your visit to the MarshWalk!

Dead Dog Saloon

A great spot for families, Dead Dog Saloon offers a menu with all the classics that everyone will love.  Seafood steam pots, burgers, and tacos, oh my! You won’t be able to resist the pairing of fresh seafood with incredible live entertainment. Dead Dog Saloon also serves breakfast every morning so you can fuel up before a boat day along the inlet!

Wicked Tuna

A yummy spot for delectable sushi, Wicked Tuna also has a unique addition to the fresh seafood. The Tuna Shak is a bar outside the restaurant where visitors can order food and drinks while enjoying the view of the marsh. The Tuna Shak is also where live performers play every night, so grab a drink and a front row seat for a perfect summer night!

Bubba’s Love Shack

Bubba’s Love Shack is a local favorite for great drinks and even better live music for the coolest atmosphere along the MarshWalk. Outside of Bubba’s you’ll find patio tables and colorful rocking chairs to soak up the summer night air and the warm breeze from the inlet.

BrewBoat

Hop aboard the best place to watch the sunset over the inlet while enjoying a cold one with friends! BrewBoat is a pedal-powered party boat where you can bring your own beverages to sip on while exploring the inlet.

Pirate Ship Adventure

If you’re looking for an interactive adventure that the kids will go crazy for, the Pirate Ship at Murrells Inlet is it! The kids will receive pirate names and gear to board to ship and then the show begins. While battling pirates on the inlet, this giant pirate ship is the perfect adventure for your little treasure hunters!

It’s not too late to book a summer getaway to Myrtle Beach with our Ultimate Summer Sale offered now through August 31! Book today to get the best deals and begin making memories with your family in Myrtle Beach!

Your Myrtle Beach Summer Bucket List!

As summer is fading to fall, don’t wait to book that final summer vacation to Marina Inn. Located right on the waterfront, Marina Inn is centrally located to all the exciting adventures, outdoor shopping, and award-winning dining Myrtle Beach has to offer. Wanting to make the most of your summer getaway? You’ll need a guide to have the best vacation ever. Make sure to check off these items before the cool weather comes and the kids head back to school!

Beach

It may be a bit obvious, but hitting the beach is a must while on the Grand Strand! When you stay with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, you have access to our secluded, private beach! You won’t have to worry about chairs, umbrellas, towels, or snacks because they are all complimentary. All you have to do is hop on our shuttle to the beach and soak up the sunshine!

Insta-worthy food/view

The only way to truly give everyone back home vacation envy is by posting a picture of a yummy meal. Visit Ruth’s Chris on site at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes to snap a photo of a juicy steak dinner with elegant wine paired along with it! Or order a ‘fresh catch of the day’ from our onsite restaurant, WaterScapes, to showcase a meal full of fresh seafood.

Sunrise on the beach

Here on the East Coast, the sun rises right over the ocean. During your stay, be sure to set the alarm clock a little early because the view of the sun rising from the beach is an experience you won’t want to miss!

Baseball game

If your idea of a perfect summer night is spent at the field with a jumbo hot dog and singing along to “Take me out to the ball game”, Myrtle Beach has exactly what you need! The Myrtle Beach Pelicans play throughout the summer and the activities and competitions during the game will keep the whole family entertained and cheering through the last inning!

Experience dinner with a show

Choose from a variety of entertainment during your stay in Myrtle Beach and even enjoy a show while eating dinner! Watch pirates battle and perform acrobatics aboard a ship at Pirate’s Voyage or watch as knights battle on horseback at Medieval Times. Either show is great for the whole family and will have you cheering from your seats!

Sparklers on the beach

There’s just something magical about a sparkling summer night near the ocean! Take advantage of those low prices on sparklers after 4th of July and bring a pack with you to the beach at sunset.

Arcade games on the boulevard

There’s plenty of options for a fun night on the boulevard, but what is a beach vacation without some classic arcade games? Head down to the boulevard for some fun and then take a ride on the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel to see the beach during golden hour as the sun sets.

Ride a Jet Ski

Be bold and try something new during your visit to Myrtle Beach! Myrtle Beach Watersports is located on site at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes and gives you access to boats, jet skis, and more! Take a spin on a jet ski and take in the incredible view of the waterway for a summer memory full of adventure!

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Jetski Rentals

When you choose to stay with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes during your stay in Myrtle Beach, you’re just minutes away from all the top attractions along the Grand Strand. And it’s not too late to take advantage of the Ultimate Summer Experience Sale happening now through August 31st. You can save up to 35% off your final summer getaway. Summer is far from over in Myrtle Beach!

Five Family Friendly Live Music Venues in Myrtle Beach

When in Myrtle Beach for your summer vacation, you want to experience all the sights, tastes, and yes, even the sounds! There’s nothing quite like enjoying a beautiful waterfront view while listening to local musicians set the mood with their songs. When you’ve booked your stay at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, make sure to check out these five hot spots located within a short drive from Marina Inn, that are sure to make you swoon!

MarshWalk

The MarshWalk in Murrells Inlet is a Myrtle Beach locals’ favorite spot to get away from the hustle and bustle of the beach to relax and unwind. With multiple bars and restaurants, the MarshWalk is filled with a variety of atmospheres – each featuring their own live music each night! Grab dinner and a drink from one spot then stroll along to the next bar to check out the other musicians performing.

LuLu’s

One of the newest live music spots in Myrtle Beach, LuLu’s prides itself on having a family friendly atmosphere with great food and even better views of the water. Located at Barefoot Landing, a restaurant that’s a product of Jimmy Buffett’s little sister, Lulu Buffett, has got to have some amazing musical performers coming through the doors. After dinner, you can stroll along the boardwalk at Barefoot Landing and take in the beautiful views!

Tin Roof

A brand new spot located in downtown Myrtle Beach, Tin Roof brings all of your favorites together in one place. With live music every night and a unique drink menu, it’s always a new experience at this bar! The casual atmosphere and local community feel of Tin Roof, allows visitors to mingle with the musicians. This is the perfect spot for a fun night out in downtown!

Riptydz

Located next to the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel with perfect oceanfront views, Riptydz is a casual spot the whole family will love with a spectacular view of the water! Their giant menu that’s as big as their fishbowl cocktails, features a little bit of everything. Plus they have live music in the restaurant as well as a DJ on the rooftop bar, where you can dance the night away!

Boathouse

The Boathouse is located right on the Intracoastal Waterway and is a hidden gem, tucked away from the flashy tourist attractions. On Sundays in the summertime, The Boathouse features music from local to mainstream artists for a special Sunday Funday! Whether you enjoy it on foot or by boat, with a view of the waterway and a great band – you’ll sure to have the ideal summer night here!

Take advantage of Marina Inn’s Ultimate Summer Experience Sale from now until August 31, 2018. You can save up to 35% off your suite for a vacation that’s fun for the whole family. And by choosing to stay at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes for your summer getaway, you’re choosing to be minutes away from all the best live music venues in Myrtle Beach. Click here to take advantage of our sizzling summer sale going on now!

Shopping Tips for Tax Free Weekend in Myrtle Beach

Tax-Free Weekend in South Carolina is coming up quickly! We are less than a month away from the biggest shopping period to prepare for back to school season. Anyone who has wandered into the mall madness unprepared before understands you always need a well thought out plan. We’ve got the best tips to help you get the most bang for your buck this Tax-Free season!

From August 3rd – August 5th, South Carolina exempts back-to-school items from the 6% sales tax and any local taxes.

 

The main idea of Tax-Free Weekend is to purchase school supplies for when the kids head back to school in the fall. Items considered tax free will include, clothing, shoes, book bags, computers, etc. Basically anything you would need for school. (Some home goods and dorm items are included in the list as well!)  Click here for a full list of what items are included in Tax-Free Weekend in South Carolina. 

Begin by mapping out where you want to shop. There are plenty of options for shopping to choose from along the Grand Strand! By planning ahead, you can reduce the stress of shopping for the fall necessities you’re searching for. 

Head out to the mall early! By going early, you’ll beat the crowds and get the best selection of products before they begin flying off the shelves. You’re also likely to get a great parking spot!

Keep an organized list of what items are exempt from the sales tax. You can mark or circle the items that you want to purchase to make it a breeze while shopping. Print out or write down the list of items you can get for the best possible price during the weekend!

Stay organized and stay focused, there are so many ways to make the most of your shopping during one of the busiest retail weekends of the year!

When you choose to stay with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, you’re close to all the attractions in Myrtle Beach. Shopping attractions include the Coastal Grand Mall, Market Common, Tanger Outlets, and many more!

Kayak and Canoe Adventures in Myrtle Beach

Skip out on the crowded tourist destinations in Myrtle Beach and try our something unique! Between kayaks and canoes in saltwater and freshwater, there’s always somewhere new to explore along the Grand Strand! We’ve gathered the best places to adventure through the waters of Myrtle Beach on a kayak with. 

Kokopelli Surf Camp – Kayak Tours and Rentals

With the professionals at Kokopelli Surf Camp, you can experience the beauty of the Grand Strand with a guided kayak tour. These tours take you through the scenic salt marshes in the low country. The shorter guided tours are perfect for families or newcomers to this adventurous activity. 

Glass Bottom Kayak Tours

Glass Bottom Kayak Tours is a must-see attraction in Myrtle Beach. Include the whole family and explore the local wildlife. Myrtle Beach locals love the guided kayak tour through the Waccamaw River! You can choose to experience a tour during the day or beat the heat and head out on a twilight tour for beautiful colors on the water.

J & L Kayaks

Located in North Myrtle Beach, J & L Kayaks have a special Kayak Crabbing Tour that takes you through the Cherry Grove bay and heads toward Hog Inlet. After exploring the island and learning about the area’s local wildlife you can begin crabbing. This tour is perfect for families and any crabs you catch that are larger than 5 inches are yours to take home with you! 

Great Escapes Kayak Expeditions

With Great Escapes Kayak Expeditions, you’ll have an unforgettable experience to share with family and friends about your adventure in Myrtle Beach. Choose between saltwater and freshwater tours to see the beauty of the Grand Strand! If you’ve been in a kayak a time or two and are familiar with the basics, Great Escapes offers unguided tours so you can rent a kayak and explore freely!

 

Take a break from the beach or the pool and choose an adventure the whole family will surely love! When you stay with the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, you’re close to all of the attractions and thrills in Myrtle Beach.

Top Fishing Activities in Myrtle Beach for Families

When visiting Myrtle Beach for your summer vacation, there can be an overwhelming amount of attractions to choose from. Fishing along the Grand Strand is a great option to get the whole family out in the fresh air for some fun! If you’re looking for family-friendly fishing spots, we’ve got the hook-up! Spend this year’s summer getaway one on one with nature at these areas in Myrtle Beach.

Fishing Charters

The possibilities are endless when you choose deep sea fishing during your stay! Fishing Charters in Myrtle Beach offer hours of fun out in the deep blue. Choose from a full day of fun or maybe you’d prefer a half day of fishing in the Atlantic. All you’ll need to bring along with you is water, sunscreen, and a smile!

Cherry Grove Pier

Visit the historic Cherry Grove Fishing Pier for a great family-friendly atmosphere. The Cherry Grove Pier is the perfect spot for reeling in a fish or grabbing an ice cream and taking a stroll. If you love the location but want a different fishing experience, the Cherry Grove Park & Boat Landing has a fishing dock.

Apache Pier

A local’s favorite for fishing, the Apache Pier is the largest wooden pier on the east coast and open from 6 a.m. – midnight during the summer! The Apache Pier is located in the heart of Myrtle Beach. There is a fee if you want to fish from the pier, but the pier also provides rod rentals for beginners.

 

Murrells Inlet

Head further south for a brand new fishing experience along the inlet! The Murrells Inlet Jetty is about 3,000 feet of asphalt along the rocks that you can fish from. The view from the jetty is spectacular and provides the perfect backdrop while reeling in the best fish!

Myrtle Beach State Park

While there is a fee to enter the park, the lack of crowds more than makes up for the price! At the Myrtle Beach State Park, you are allowed to fish along the surf of the ocean while there are not crowds of swimmers nearby. Whether you choose to fish on the pier or try surf fishing, you’re sure to have a fun time!

By staying at The Marina Inn at Grande Dunes during your visit to Myrtle Beach, you’ll be minutes away from the best fishing spots along the coast. You can also save big when you book your accommodations under our summer sales package. Aim to catch the biggest fish for bragging rights when you return home!

What’s New in Myrtle Beach This Summer

Whether you’re a first time visitor or an honorary local, you won’t want to miss out on the best new spots in Myrtle Beach. No two summers spent in Myrtle Beach are exactly the same!

Whisky River

A family restaurant franchise owned by NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., Whisky River will have a sports bar theme. The new restaurant will also feature an apparel shop and a casual menu of hamburgers and hot dogs. Whisky River will be located in North Myrtle Beach and will include a second level with a stage for live music performances! This is sure to become a new favorite on the Grand Strand.

Riptydz

A new addition to downtown Myrtle Beach, Riptydz is a three-level restaurant and bar that overlooks the ocean. The menu is unique; offering customizable mac and cheese and fresh seafood, but also features traditional dishes that everyone will love!

LuLu’s

The newest restaurant at Barefoot Landing, LuLu’s, is owned by singer Jimmy Buffet’s younger sister Lucy. Located in Barefoot Landing along the waterway, LuLu’s is the perfect spot for enjoying yummy food and live music. Spend the evening at LuLu’s after shopping in Barefoot Landing or playing on the beach!

Heidi’s Corner

Heidi’s Corner is a local restaurant group in Myrtle Beach with delectable dishes and desserts that will satisfy any craving you have. Croissants and Hook & Barrell are loved by both locals and visitors of the Grand Strand because of their homey feel and crafty menu items. They are located in a shared building on 82nd ave in Myrtle Beach.

 

The Track

If you’re looking for thrilling fun along the Grand Strand look no further than The Track! This elevated go-kart race track is unique on The Grand Strand and just the right place for adrenaline junkies. The Track also offers kid rides, a carousel, and an arcade!

Top Golf

Top Golf has it all! Golf lessons, kid zones, and a full restaurant and bar that will keep you entertained for hours. At Top Golf, you can choose from a variety of different games and play golf like never before. The newest addition to the Grand Strand still isn’t open yet! Top Golf in Myrtle Beach is coming soon to our area next to Broadway at the Beach. So we’ll just keep practicing our backswing in the meantime.

Architectural Photography by Michael Baxter, Baxter Imaging LLC

 

JumpJam

A hot day spent on a floating jungle gym jumping into the water? JumpJam is the best way to beat the heat and try something new with your family in Myrtle Beach. JumpJam offers a variety of jungle gyms that float on the water with special obstacles including a trampoline to launch into the water. If you’re looking for a little monkeying around this summer, JumpJam is for you!

810 Billiards & Bowling

Located in Market Common, this is more than just your average bowling alley. 810 Billiards & Bowling was designed with family and fun in mind. Bowling is the main attraction, but 810 also has pool tables, foosball, darts, board games, and corn hole! It’s impossible to run out of things to do at 810 Billiards & Bowling!

When you stay at Marina Inn Grande Dunes, you’ll be a short drive away from all of the summer fun! You can also save big when you book your accommodations under our summer sales package. Plus, kids stay and eat free at Marina Inn Grande Dunes all summer long! If you’re looking for an exciting family vacation that won’t break the bank, make plans to head to Myrtle Beach and stay at Marina Inn!