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Get your bike ready to ride in the cooler temperatures with an amazing view as you take on Myrtle Beach and fall Bike Week.
The Atlantic Ocean keeps you cool during your stay at Ocean Reef Resort, but grab your sunscreen and towel and head to the closest waterpark for some slippery fun.
Why does the summer have to end? Make plans to enjoy the celebration of fall here in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Tempt your taste buds with a new flavor located at Heidi's Corner, just a quick drive from Ocean Reef Resort.
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Cool of with the hottest new water attraction in Myrtle Beach.
Spend the day at the beach enjoying the Carolina sunshine, and after get ready for some great fun at SummerFest at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach.
Every once in a while, it’s great to get the whole family and extended family together to spend some quality time together. And, while the typical family might plan a cookout or go out to a nice restaurant together, that doesn’t mean your family has to stick with the ordinary. Why not plan the best vacation with the entire family - and what a better place to gather then Ocean Reef Resort in Myrtle Beach.
One of the biggest summer holidays in the U.S. is the Fourth of July, a time to celebrate the freedoms we enjoy in our great nation and to honor those who have served to protect those freedoms. What better place to celebrate than in Myrtle Beach? On the Grand Strand, an array of different festivals and activities are scattered around the area to give America the celebration it deserves. Starting early in the morning on July 4 and ending with many great fireworks displays, the holiday on the Grand Strand offers plenty of ways to celebrate. Check out this short list of a few…
Whether jumping in the waves or working on a tan in the sand, Myrtle Beach visitors must follow certain rules to maintain a peaceful and enjoyable environment. Here is a short list of some of the updates to the city's beach laws for the summer of 2017.
Summer is a popular time for outdoor activities - and, especially on the Grand Strand, festivals, which are essentially huge outdoor parties for everyone to enjoy.
As connected to their phones and friends as today’s teenagers are, it might seem like all they want to do is stay inside and surf the internet and social media — making it hard to find something they will leave the hotel room for while on vacation.
With a vacation in Myrtle Beach, there are a million possibilities when it comes to things to do — from hitting the beach every day to taking a stroll around all of the great Grand Strand shopping centers. Another great thing about Myrtle Beach is that there are multiple small towns nearby that make for great day trips. One of the best is Conway, which offers a variety of things to do about 15 miles inland from Myrtle Beach.One of the first towns in South Carolina, Conway’s history dates all the way back to the Revolutionary War days, when it served as the site of several small…
In the Myrtle Beach area, Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start to the summer season, with the school year ending for many and the mercury in the thermometer gradually rising. What better way to start your summer season than with a family trip to Ocean Reef Resort and the sunny Grand Strand? With a long list of things to do, including various festivals, shopping venues and the beaches, your family is sure to fill its itinerary with fun activities and make its first summer weekend and its Grand Strand vacation one to remember!
One of the perks of taking a vacation in the beautiful Myrtle Beach area is that you are surrounded by water - which gives you a lot of great, water-centered activities to take part in during your getaway.
When people go on vacation, they typically expect to spend more money than they normally do, between all of the activities they plan, impulse buying at local shops, and especially eating out. Without a full kitchen in your room at the resort you are staying in, it’s really hard to not go out to restaurants and spend a nice chunk of money at one of the many great restaurants in Myrtle Beach, but there are a few solutions to tackle this problem. From casual restaurants, to upscale fine dining, there are plenty of great eateries around the town where you can get great food for an…
When planning a Myrtle Beach vacation, there are a lot of things you need to coordinate — such as your accommodations, your itinerary, a wardrobe that agrees with the weather and, most importantly, how you are going to get to the beautiful Grand Strand! While there are plenty of ways to reach our spectacular slice of the South Carolina coast, such as by train, car or even bus, flying into Myrtle Beach is getting easier and more convenient than ever before. With more non-stop flights being added all the time, Myrtle Beach International Airport is fast becoming an international…
Summer is right around the corner, which means outdoor activities are starting to fill our days and summer plans are starting to fill our calendars. One particular summer attraction that comes to mind in the Myrtle Beach area - fireworks!
The Myrtle Beach area is known not only for its lush, green golf courses, but also its sunny Atlantic Ocean coastline, serving up waves for perfect surfing days. Whether you are just starting out in the sport or have been surfing for a while, these places on the Grand Strand are known to serve up a few good waves so you can ride your day away. Check out these highly-rated spots, and take a ride on the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean:
The Atlantic Ocean may be the main reason most people choose to head to Myrtle Beach, but there are plenty of other attractions along the Grand Strand. As a guest at Ocean Reef Resort, you are centrally located among a plethora of activities. One increasingly popular thing to do these days is to go antiquing. It can be a fun activity for the entire family to head over to a local antique shop and find cool trinkets and treasures to accessorize your home. Who knows - you might discover that one-of-a-kind item that no one else will have.
The weather is starting to heat up in Myrtle Beach, and with winter behind us there are so many events and festivals to look forward to in the spring time here in Myrtle Beach, SC. Check out our listings below for all of the festivals, shows and things to do this spring, held throughout the Grand Strand:
Do you love to lead an active lifestyle by running, but grow tired of jogging on the same old flat surfaces? Are you looking for a fun and challenging race to compete in and truly test your running abilities while on your next vacation? Well look no further, because we’ve got just the event for you — the XTERRA Myrtle Beach Trail Run! The event takes place on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Racing will begin at 7 a.m. with different distance options to include: 5k, 10k, 20k and 50k. Learn more and register at setupevents.com.
With all of the family-friendly attractions, miles and miles of white, sandy beaches, and many different activities and events held in this beautiful resort town, a vacation in Myrtle Beach is the best. While a lot of the area’s attractions are for personal enjoyment or are geared toward fun for the kids, there are some events you can take part in that are fun for everyone and support a very good cause.
While a deal on all on its own, with affordable prices, a waterpark, two pools, a restaurant, and excellent service, Ocean Reef wanted to create a program just to say thank you to all of their great visitors. The Sun and Fun rewards is a brand new 2017 program that Ocean Reef, along with a few other resorts around Myrtle Beach that gives visitors access to free, unlimited movie rentals and free tickets to the best attractions around town!
The time every girl has grown up dreaming of has finally come. Your true love has just proposed, and you are currently planning out the perfect wedding. You have your dress picked out, the guest list is set, and the color scheme has been perfected — but what about the location? With all of the accommodations and facilities available to choose from, why not consider Myrtle Beach? Boasting a great range of venues and many places to lodge your guests in an area known for its abundant fun and beauty, this sunny town will make your wedding one that you and your guests will never forget!
What does summer remind you of? No school? Fun outside? Warm weather and setting up on the beach? Well, if you’re a fan of country music, you can combine all of those things and some of the top names in country music into one great trip. Pack up the car, pick up the kids, ditch the book bags, and head on down to sunny South Carolina for the third annual Carolina Country Music Fest, held June 8-11 right on the Myrtle Beach oceanfront.
Are you a beer fanatic? Enjoy a nice pint of a craft beer that can’t be found just anywhere? Look no further than the Crafty Rooster Bar & Grill in Conway, South Carolina! This rousing eatery - with a stellar menu and a selection of over 100 craft beers and 14 taps that rotate every day - has been a favorite of many Grand Strand locals and tourists for many years. From the meals and drinks to the atmosphere and exciting events, this place has something to please the beer lovers, foodies and party animals alike in your group!
Are you one from our neighboring country up north? Are you tired of the cold and snowy weather and looking for a warm place to spend your next family vacation? Look no further than Myrtle Beach, South Carolina! With almost 60 miles of sandy white beaches, world-class golf courses, and a wide range of entertainment and activities that are perfect for the whole family, making this beach town the perfect place for a getaway from the cold!
Have extra holiday cash or gift cards burning a hole in your pocket? Myrtle Beach is the perfect place to spend them! With a lot of your favorite name-brand stores, quirky local shops and boutiques, and even fun activities you and your family may want to try, there are plenty of ways to spend any money you received - and make sure you’re spoiling yourself (as the gift-giver likely intended) while you’re at it.
One of the biggest trends grabbing the attention of groups looking for something exciting to do is the escape room, an adventure game where you and your group are locked in a room that has a puzzle or a mystery to solve. Perfect for those days when the weather is gloomy or when it’s too hot to bear sitting in the sun, these attractions are bound to create plenty of memories with your family and give your brain a great workout! Check out these three places located within a few miles from the Ocean Reef Resort area, grab your finest team of Nancy Drews and Sherlock Holmeses, and start…
Myrtle Beach is promising another exciting year of some great new attractions. Here are a few new things to expect on your next Myrtle Beach vacation for 2017.
So you spent all day wandering around Myrtle Beach, taking in all the views and visiting all the different attractions. At some point during the day, you’re bound to realize, “Man, I am pretty hungry.” While you could stop at a chain restaurant that you know can find at home and have been to 1,000 times, why not try someplace new that you can only enjoy in Myrtle Beach? One of those great places you should definitely not overlook is Crave Italian Oven and Bar.
Myrtle Beach is known not only for its white-sand beaches, but also for its many luscious, green golf courses. With that being said, as winter moves out of the way and the warmer, springtime weather pushes its way in, tee times often fill up quickly with groups and people dying to play - making it a challenge to book your trip just weeks in advance. Check out these three reasons why it’s better to book your future group golf outing sooner rather than later!
Who said you can’t have fun on New Year’s Eve if you have kids or can’t make the trip to New York City? Well, whoever it was has never been to Myrtle Beach to ring in the New Year. While there are a lot of New Year’s activities geared toward adults in this resort town, there are also plenty of things to do with the entire family - and you are bound to have a great time either way!
Besides the miles of beaches and the ocean blue, one of the prettiest destinations in Myrtle Beach is the Brookgreen Gardens, with acres of beautiful flowers, a zoo full of animals and tours to help you navigate everything there is to take in. Along with these scenes and attractions, and as the weather becomes chillier and you hear Christmas carols on the radio, Brookgreen has a special way of putting people in the Christmas spirit.
When you’re staying at the Ocean Reef Resort in Myrtle Beach and the craving for a mouthwatering sandwich hits you, satisfy your hunger and treat your taste buds at one of these deli shops. They’re the top five along the Grand Stand and feature menus that will blow you away. Anyone can put some slices of meat between two pieces of bread, but these deli shops are unlike any other place you’ve been to at home. Subway is certainly convenient, but these are dining destinations that you’ll dream about when you go to bed at night. When traveling away from home, you want to be…
As the werewolves and jack-o’-lanterns go away and the leaves have all fallen from the trees, it’s only a matter of time before the Christmas specials start filling the TV schedule and jolly holiday tunes are blasted from radio stations. So you’ll need to find the perfect display to subtly put you in the Christmas spirit.
Holiday shopping can be a real chore, and making sure everyone on your gift list is happy can be especially challenging. But why spend so much time and money trying to find the perfect presents for family and friends when you can really make their Christmas Day (and many more days to come) by booking a fun-filled Myrtle Beach vacation at Ocean Reef Resort. Give your loved ones what they really want for Christmas — a beach getaway to the luxurious Ocean Reef Resort. And stay tuned for our annual Cyber Sale for our guaranteed lowest rates. Here's a sneak preview of the vacation possibilities:
The days are getting shorter, the temperatures are dropping, and all you can think about is going on a great vacation to Myrtle Beach. With all the piles of work you have to do, you deserve to take a break in the coming warmer months — and while you’re thinking about it, you should just find a week to take off and book now with Ocean Reef Resort! Here are four tremendous reasons why you should take a break from whatever you are currently doing and book your perfect vacation now.
There are many reasons why the Grand Strand — a 60-mile span of beach towns along the Atlantic coast — is one of the top tourist attractions in South Carolina, and one of the biggest is the area’s wealth of shopping opportunities. The Myrtle Beach portion of the Grand Strand boasts four malls that offer over 17 million square feet of shopping, from big-box stores to small souvenir shops and everything in between! So, as a guest at the Ocean Reef Resort, you have many opportunities to find that perfect gift.
If you want to learn to surf, Myrtle Beach is a great place to begin. Renowned for its championship golf and white-sand beaches, Myrtle Beach is also known as a great place to catch a wave. Some say that, after you get up on a surfboard for the first time, you’re hooked on the sport. If you don’t know how to surf, though, don’t worry — there are plenty of places on the Grand Strand to get you up and riding the waves like a pro. And, as a guest at the Ocean Reef Resort, you are lucky to be in one of the area’s prime surfing locations.
Ever wanted to feel like you’re in a scary movie? Looking to experience the rush of scary monsters and zombies popping out at you in the dark? Do you love haunted houses? When you visit Ocean Reef Resort this fall, especially in October, be ready to take on the dark nights.
Do you have a daredevil in your family or someone who loves extreme water sports? Want to try something new while staying at the Ocean Reef Resort while on vacation that will be fun for the whole family? One of the hottest new things that is taking the world of water sports and adrenaline junkies by storm is the fly board, a jetpack propelled hover board that flies through the air and over water to perform this new sport called fly boarding. While this is a relatively new sport, two places in Myrtle Beach have multiple fly boards that you can rent and take out onto the water!
So you’ve planned a trip to Myrtle Beach and Ocean Reef Resort this fall, which happens to land on Halloween weekend. As you and your family are all packed and on the way, everyone realizes that they forgot to bring their Halloween costumes. While you could turn around to go back and grab them or just buy candy to eat in the hotel room, there is a way you can save Halloween without turning back — Spirit Halloween!
As fall marches on and the weather gets cooler, the opportunities for picture-perfect beach days become less abundant. The Myrtle Beach Pelicans wrapped up their season in mid-September, so a fun-filled day at the local minor-league ballpark is no longer an option. But don’t let the outdoor-activity lovers and sports fans in your family get upset — just down the road in Conway and a short drive from Ocean Reef Resort, you can catch the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers take on various collegiate rivals for a great afternoon of football.
Everyone has a sweet tooth, and a vacation at Myrtle Beach’s Ocean Reef Resort is the perfect time to cheat a little on your diet and indulge in some of your favorite foods, especially sweets. From fudges and chocolates to taffy and childhood favorites, Myrtle Beach features multiple shops that will have your mouth watering! Check out these sweet spots and grab a few (or a lot) of your and your family’s favorite treats.
So you are on vacation — and when on vacation, people can tend to stray away from their healthy diets. For example, rather than the salad or lean entrée they might have back home, vacationers might dig right into plates of greasy, fried foods or scoops of ice cream piled high in a waffle cone.
With the summer season coming to an end and the weather finally cooling down, things are just starting to heat up in Myrtle Beach. There are so many great reasons to visit Ocean Reef in the fall.
Fishing is one of the most relaxing and fun things to do with the family, and the Myrtle Beach area is known for having tons of prime fishing destinations. The types of fish visitors can expect to catch in area waters are wide-ranging, too — among them are flounder, red drum, spotted sea trout, black drum, sheepshead, bluefish and tautog.
You are in a new city — a new city with an ocean in its backyard. Why not try something new, like surfing? Surfing is a sport that is accessible only when you are along the coast, and it is fun for everyone — and with Myrtle Beach’s reputation for having smaller-sized waves, it is perfect for anyone who is just starting out on a board! Many surf shops in the area offer board rentals, surf gear and even the newest surf fashions. And one of the great things about Myrtle Beach is that the surfing community is eager to share its love for the ocean with visitors and get them up on…
Are you in a rush to check-out to beat the traffic home? Have antsy kids who can’t wait five minutes to explore every inch of the resort while you check into you room? Skip waiting in long lines and download the Ocean Reef Resort app onto your smartphone to check in or out of the room in seconds!
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day — it helps get your morning started and can set the pace for how your whole day goes. When vacationing at Ocean Reef Resort, you will have the option of eating a delightful breakfast if you visit Cafe` du Port right on site. However, if you head off for the day and realize you forgot to eat breakfast be sure to try some of the great breakfast spots around town. You are on vacation — so treat yourself, try something new, and be sure to get a quality meal that will please your taste buds as soon as you sink your teeth into the first…
Do you feel like you’ve explored every nook and cranny of Ocean Reef Resort and Myrtle Beach? Itching to visit someplace new, but want to be back in time to catch the sunset over the Atlantic? Pack up the car and head just north of the border to visit the town of Calabash, North Carolina!
While staying at the Ocean Reef Resort in Myrtle Beach, there are so many fun things for the entire family to do. If you’re looking for something to do after the lifeguards leave and the water park gets old, head on down to Pelicans Ballpark and watch America’s favorite pastime, baseball! The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are the official Class A Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, are the reigning champions in the Carolina League, and are rated the third best attraction in Myrtle Beach on TripAdvisor.
Between walking around the shops and playing on the beach all day, you will need something to cool you off during your Myrtle Beach vacation. You could go jump into the pool or Atlantic Ocean, of course, or sink your teeth into a nice, cold scoop of ice cream or frozen yogurt!
While on vacation at the Ocean Reef Resort in Myrtle Beach, you should enjoy every single moment. That means every meal — and it also means to splurge a little. Eat that hot dog you’ve been craving, and don’t skip dessert. Of course you won’t want to waste that splurge on just any hot dog. Summertime and hot dogs are as American as apple pie, and Myrtle Beach has some of the best you will ever taste. We’ve made it easy for you with this listing of the top five hot dog spots along the Grand Strand. Enjoy!
The Fourth of July is all about celebrating your independence — like your freedom to take a last-minute trip to Myrtle Beach. What better way to enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness than an unscheduled beach vacation to the Grand Strand?
There are more than 1,700 restaurants on the Grand Strand, but the best dining atmosphere might be found outside — not on one of the many oceanfront patios or rooftop bars in the Myrtle Beach area, but in the great outdoors. If you really want to beat the crowds and enjoy a private dining experience close to nature, here are five secret hideaways where you can spread out the picnic blanket:
There is no doubt that one of the best parts of vacation is getting a chance to relax and refresh. Some grab their chairs, sink their toes in the sand and let the waves cool them down. Others may jump in the pool or float down the lazy river. Guests at Ocean Reef Resort love cooling off in Ship Wreck Waterpark or in the refreshing Atlantic Ocean right outside their back door. Another way is to have an ice-cold beer in your hand. On that note, Myrtle Beach offers plenty of craft and specialty brews to quench any thirst. Check out these crafty locations while you are in town.
Everybody likes to get something for free — and in this case, there is no catch. Coming up at Market Common — a shopping, dining and entertainment complex located about 10 miles south of Ocean Reef Resort — are two fantastic free events, including an awesome tribute concert and an unbelievably energetic dinosaur movie.
Over the years, shoppers have discovered that Myrtle Beach gives a new meaning to the phrase “shop until you drop” - and one of the best things about staying at Ocean Reef Resort is the wonderful variety of shopping nearby. Less than a mile from the resort is Northwood Plaza, where you can purchase groceries for the week. The centerpiece of this Plaza is The Fresh Market, a specialty grocery store that carries fresh meats and quality produce, in addition to having a deli and bakery with delicious offerings. The shopping center also houses a Food Lion Super Store and a Stein…
Everybody needs a little romance in their life. And, of course, the Ocean Reef Resort can provide all the ambience needed to rekindle the flame or make it glow brighter. While a peaceful moonlight stroll on the beach might provide the perfect ending to a wonderful night, the perfect ending needs a brilliant beginning. Consider some of these Myrtle Beach restaurants located near Ocean Reef for a flawless romantic dinner rendezvous.
Vacationers can experience a true taste of the Grand Strand by visiting La Belle Amie Vineyard in nearby Little River. Located on a 38-acre farm about 15 miles north of Myrtle Beach near the North Carolina border, La Belle Amie is worth the trip to sample house wines, tour the scenic vineyard and wine-making facilities, and celebrate at one of the many weekday parties or weekend festivals. This small, family owned and operated vineyard's private label is Crazy Sisters, a reference to the relatives whose roots on the property date back to the 1800s. The founder and owner decided 20…
While Brookgreen Gardens in nearby Murrells Inlet offers fun activities for the whole family, convincing some youngsters to spend a full day at the botanical sculpture garden might be a challenge. But with the addition of the LEGO Bricks Exhibit to Brookgreen Gardens' summer lineup, the little ones will be lining up to see and build statues with the popular toy blocks. Now through Sept. 5, Brookgreen Gardens is hosting the touring exhibit "Nature Connects: Art With LEGO Bricks" in its Native Wildlife Zoo area. Featuring 12 amazing sculptures built entirely with LEGOs by artist and…
Just as barbecue can be a uniting force — especially for a gathering of family and friends on Memorial Day weekend — it can also be a point of contention for folks who proclaim to hold the taste buds to discern and recipe to create the real definition of BBQ. In much of the country, barbecue is a verb — as in, "We're going to barbecue this weekend." It usually means "to cook out," so barbecue can involve grilling burgers or hot dogs. But in the South, barbecue is a noun — as in, "Y'all come over this weekend for some barbecue." Guests will expect slow-cooked pork over an open…
You can take a vacation, but your sweet tooth never takes time off. That's especially true during a visit to Myrtle Beach. There's something about the sun, surf and sand that makes your body crave something cold, sweet and tasty — and the Grand Strand is a virtual Candyland for folks who love a good sugar rush.
You don't have to take a vacation from your healthy lifestyle just because you’re on vacation in Myrtle Beach, especially if you stay with us at Ocean Reef Resort. In addition to being steps away from a nice walk or run on the beach and having a state-of-the-art fitness center on-site, Ocean Reef also happens to be located near some of the best places for healthy eating in town. From fine dining to food on the go, here are five health-food hot spots near Ocean Reef:
Nothing tastes better after a hot day at the beach than a frozen drink. Whether it's got a touch of alcohol for the adults or is a virgin version of a classic for the kids, something about an icy drink hits the spot like a purely liquid beverage cannot. Our guests at Ocean Reef don’t even have to leave the resort property to find some of the best frozen drinks in town at the Banana Boat Lounge. Located in the resort lobby and featuring a service window for visitors to our oceanfront pool deck, the Banana Boat serves a wide selection of drinks and a handful of flavorful frozen…
Back by popular demand and for the second year in a row, the Carolina Country Music Festival brings together two great American traditions — live country music and summer fun at the beach. And if you think life doesn't get much better than that, throw in a great deal on accommodations at Ocean Reef Resort and discounted (for some, even FREE) tickets to the show! In honor of the inaugural-year success of the Carolina Country Music Fest, Ocean Reef is offering up to 25 percent savings on our luxurious oceanfront accommodations with first-class amenities, as well as up to $53 off your…
Don't let a little rain dampen your vacation fun in Myrtle Beach. When spring showers prevent you from spending a sunny day at the beach or hitting the links for a round of golf, there are plenty of indoor options for enjoying your time on the Grand Strand. Guests at Ocean Reef Resort are doubly in luck. In addition to the many on-site amenities that are covered or indoors, like the water park, lazy river and hot tubs as well as the Banana Boat Lounge, Ocean Reef is also close to several venues where you can stay high and dry while having a good time. Here is a list of our favorite…
One of the most overlooked spring activities in Myrtle Beach is shopping. Everyone wants to go to the beach for the fun in the sun, the golf, the fishing and all the recreational pursuits that attract folks who visit the Grand Strand in search of a cure for the wintertime blues. Perhaps it's the warm weather and scenic ocean that makes visitors seek the great outdoors. Whatever the reason, the result is more room for you to snap up the bargains at the local shopping centers and arts and crafts shows. Whether you are looking to stock up for your warm-weather wardrobe or find that…
There's something special about having a good time while helping others and the Grand Strand offers plenty of opportunities to do so. From sporting events to entertainment-oriented affairs, these charity events will put a smile on your face in more ways than one. Here are some of our favorite fundraisers that offer a good time for a great cause in Myrtle Beach:
Some vacations tend to fade over time, while others remain etched in the memory forever. At Ocean Reef Resort, lifelong vacation memories are on tap every day. Beyond the range of accommodations, Ocean Reef provides guests with the most knowledgeable golf directors to provide a quick getaway to some of the best golf courses on the Grand Strand. So as you take in all that Ocean Reef has to offer during your next Myrtle Beach golf vacation, why not head over to some of the area’s award-winning golf courses? Here are three we recommend highly: