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!

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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!

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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.