Ocean Reef has your Ticket to Good Times in Myrtle Beach
What would you call a friend who took your for a ride high above the Myrtle Beach skyline, showed you some of the rarest creatures under the sea, and paid your way to some of the hottest spots in Myrtle Beach? At Ocean Reef Resort, we call it our Sun & Fun Rewards program, which treats our guests to free tickets to top entertainment venues and other discounts on the Grand Strand. Providing one free adult admission ticket per room, the Sun & Fun Rewards package you receive at check-in can save you and your group up to $100 if you take full advantage of all the bonuses. With…
Top 5 Restaurants to Celebrate Chinese New Year in Myrtle Beach
Just when you have finally recovered from your New Year's Eve party, it's time to celebrate Chinese New Year on Feb. 8. But this annual Asian festival is more about chow mein than champagne. Like the American tradition of dining on black-eyed peas and collard greens on New Year's Day, many mark the start of the Chinese calendar by having the country's culinary exports. Whether you want to go out for a nice, light lunch or a big, filling buffet for dinner, there are plenty of options for Chinese food in Myrtle Beach. In fact, you can even get take-out or delivery directly to your room…
Take a Leap of Faith and Fun at Myrtle Beach Skydiving
Even the most mild-mannered people have a daredevil inside just dying to get out. Just because you sit behind a desk five days a week doesn’t mean you can’t take a ride on the wild side every once in a while. For those who do, there’s only one perfect time and place to try something crazy, and that’s during your vacation at Ocean Reef Resort, Myrtle Beach. Whether it’s a roller coaster, waterslide or parasailing, Myrtle Beach offers weekend warriors plenty of opportunities to get their adrenaline pumping. But for the ultimate thrill and the ultimate thrill-seeker on the…
How to Plan a Fantastic Valentine’s Day Retreat at Ocean Reef
You can repeat all the usual romantic Valentine's Day gestures - candy, flowers and dinner - and impress your sweetheart. But try doing the same things in a seaside setting and exciting town like Myrtle Beach and blow your Valentine date away. A weekend retreat to Myrtle Beach is the perfect way to say "I love you" this Valentine's Day, and Ocean Reef Resort is the ideal location for a romantic getaway. Relax in your oceanfront room or on your private balcony to the sounds of crashing waves below, and enjoy all the great things the Grand Strand has to offer for an unforgettable…
Palmetto Distillery Brings Moonshine to Sun Fun Capital of Myrtle Beach
It's funny how things change over time. Just as the finest whiskeys mellow with age, so do laws and social attitudes. The same moonshine that was illegal to make and distribute generations ago can now be legally purchased at your local liquor store. Visitors to Myrtle Beach can even buy a Mason jar of South Carolina's finest shine at the new Palmetto Distillery. Located on the south side of Myrtle Beach near the Market Common shopping district, Palmetto Distillery is the first legal moonshine maker and distributor in South Carolina and one of the oldest family outfits of making…
Slices of Heaven: Top 5 Pizza Places in Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach is famous for its seafood and Southern cuisine, with more than 1,700 restaurants on the Grand Strand offering a wide selection of food for all taste buds. But once in a while, especially during a vacation filled with dining out and eating on the run, you just want a pizza. Delivery, carryout or dine in; it doesn't matter as long as it’s a tasty pizza-pie. Ocean Reef Resort guests are in luck, with three options available within a short distance of the resort so your pie won't get cold en route to your room, or you can even walk to a few of these pizza paradises.…
New South Brewing Brings Homemade Beers to Myrtle Beach
Like many towns across America, Myrtle Beach has seen its share of the "beer boom" trend. There are brew pubs, gastropubs, beer gardens and microbreweries. But there is only one full service brewery on the Grand Strand, and it has been quenching the taste buds of locals and tourists since 1998, growing from a two-man operation to an established and respected brand. Now visitors can take a tour of the New South Brewing facility and see for themselves exactly where and how their beer is made, and sight isn't the only of the five senses you can satisfy. Thanks to a recent change in…
Five Healthy Tips for a Happy New Year
We all make those well intentioned but often poorly executed New Year's resolutions. For some reason we think by simply switching calendars and making a wish that it will magically come true, unlike those other perfectly good 364 days a year. But there are some small lifestyle changes you can make that will help you be happy and healthy in 2016 and beyond. These are things you can do both at home as well as during your Myrtle Beach vacation. Here are our five healthy tips for the New Year:
5 Places to Shop for Arts & Crafts Over the Holidays
Holiday shopping is like an Olympic sport for some folks, like a pentathlon of bargain-hunting, coupon-clipping, cart-racing, parking and packing. Those who do it successfully deserve a medal for going the distance, but it doesn't have to be all work. For those who like to do a little Christmas shopping during their Grand Strand vacation, there are lots of opportunities to pick up some hidden treasures without the rat race at these holiday festivals featuring arts and crafts:
4 Facts You Don’t Know About the Holidays in Myrtle Beach
Everyone knows about Myrtle Beach's summer attractions and festivals, but many visitors miss out on all the area has to offer during the holiday season. From Christmas lights displays to off-Broadway entertainment, the Grand Strand becomes a winter wonderland (minus the wintry weather) for folks looking to celebrate the season with a beach getaway. Here are five little known facts about all the great things there are to see and do in Myrtle Beach this holiday season:
Top 10 Christmas Movies of All-Time
Christmas time means decorating the tree, shopping for gifts for loved ones, singing carols around the fire and enjoying a holiday feast. But between all the traditional Christmas activities are some moments you won't find on a Hallmark card, like gathering the family together to watch a holiday-themed movie. These cinematic classics are timeless and remind us of happy Christmas pasts, and happy Christmas futures as we share our favorite holiday movies with our kids and grand-kids. Good news for Ocean Reef guests this holiday season! You don't have to miss out on the time-honored…
It’s Never Too Soon to Start Planning Your Spring and Summer Vacation to Ocean Reef
Quick, look out your window and what do you see? It's probably dark or gray from clouds and most likely cold. The trees are losing their leaves and there might even be snow on the ground depending on how far north you live. Whatever you see, it's a lot different than the view of the beach, blues skies and ocean from the Ocean Reef Resort in Myrtle Beach. Now picture yourself in the middle of this sunny beach scene, soaking up some rays, splashing in the surf and snoozing in the sand. That relaxing scenario is not as far away as you might think - just a few months, in fact, until the…
It’s Summer Year-Round at Ocean Reef in Myrtle Beach
Close your eyes and think of Myrtle Beach. You're probably picturing summer days at the beach, looking out over the ocean from your private balcony, relaxing by the pool or enjoying all the attractions, restaurants and shops the Grand Strand has to offer. But did you know you can enjoy all the above in the wintertime, without the hot weather and big crowds. It's summertime year-round at Ocean Reef Resort and Myrtle Beach. Guests can enjoy the modern accommodations and amenities, such as the indoor waterpark with heated pools, hot tubs, lazy river and a kiddie aquatic playground on the…
Experience a Merry, Beachy Christmas at Ocean Reef
It's a little known secret that Santa Claus likes to visit Myrtle Beach in the offseason. The jolly ol’ man needs a break after the busy and blustery winter at the North Pole, so some rest and relaxation at Ocean Reef Resort on the Myrtle Beach oceanfront are just what he and the reindeer require before making their whirlwind trip around the world. Naturally, having Santa as a VIP guest, the Ocean Reef and the Grand Strand go all out to make him feel right at home for the holidays. There are countless Christmas-themed parades, shows, festivals and special events that put him and all…
Early Birds Get Great Deals on Meals in Myrtle Beach
Dining out in Myrtle Beach can be a little tricky for folks on a budget, but affordable and delicious meals can be found if you are willing to be a bit flexible. Just as the airlines offer discounts for travelers with flexible flight schedules, Grand Strand restaurants also serve cheaper meals for those who don’t mind dining a tad early, usually between 4 and 5 p.m. Beat the dinner rush and enjoy a delicious and discounted meal for a fraction of the normal price. The early dining time will allow you plenty of opportunities to take in a show at a local theater or visit one of Myrtle…
Myrtle Beach’s White Sand on Dry Land in Wake of South Carolina Flooding
If you’ve watched the news recently, you probably know about the state of South Carolina receiving record rainfall and destructive flooding earlier this month. Fortunately for the Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach and Ocean Bay Resort were spared by the storm compared to other parts of the state, and the Sun Fun City is back to doing what it does best – making vacation memories for millions of visitors. Not even a 1,000-year flood could put a damper on the fun this fall in Myrtle Beach. Only days after parts of the Palmetto State experienced as much as 2 feet of rain in the first week of…
Celebrate the Holidays in Myrtle Beach-Style
There's something to be said for being home for the holidays, but sometimes it's fun to break from tradition and try something new for a change. What better place to get away and experience the holidays than a trip to Myrtle Beach? Although most vacationers know Myrtle Beach as a summer vacation destination, more and more are discovering the magic of the Grand Strand during the offseason. The smaller crowds and milder temperatures provide the perfect oceanfront setting for a family, group or couples retreat, and Ocean Reef Resort is the ideal home away from home for the holidays. Here…
Top 5 Most Romantic Spots to Pop the Question in Myrtle Beach
Thinking about getting engaged in Myrtle Beach? It’s a great way to make a lasting and romantic memory before you start your life together, as long as you know where to go to set the right mood and atmosphere. Here are our top five places to propose marriage on the Grand Strand:
Five Tips for Making an Easy Halloween Costume in Your Hotel Room
Halloween falls on a Saturday, and that means many vacationers will have the rare opportunity to celebrate the holiday on a weekend getaway to the Grand Strand. If you think Myrtle Beach is fun for the whole family, friends and couples during the summertime, you need to experience the spookiest day of the year by staying at the Ocean Reef Resort and checking out all the great things to do for kids and grown-ups alike. Of course, you don't have the time, space or energy to come up with a Halloween costume that will fit inside your suitcase, but you don't want to be "that person" - you…
Top 5 Reasons to Hold Your Wedding at Ocean Reef Resort in Myrtle Beach
There's something special about a beach wedding. In fact, couples travel thousands of miles to exchange vows on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, and Ocean Reef in Myrtle Beach has perfected the art of making dream weddings come true. Here are five reasons to trust your special day to Ocean Reef:
Art in the Park Offers Shopping in the Great Outdoors
What to do on a sunny autumn day in Myrtle Beach? Soak up the sunshine in the great outdoors, or go for a full day of shopping at local art galleries and craft studios? Fortunately for vacationers who love sunshine and shopping, you can enjoy both activities at the same time and place at the 43rd Annual Art in the Park event. Held at Chapin Park in downtown Myrtle Beach and Valor Park in Market Common, the two-day event is scheduled for three stops in the fall season - Oct. 10-11 and Nov. 7-8 at Chapin Park and Nov. 14-15 at Valor Park. Both locations offer the opportunity to spend an…
Out and About in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
Guests at Ocean Reef Resort have lots of alternatives for fun, both on and off the property. But if you want to take a break from a day at the beach or pools, and a night at the nearby restaurants and attractions, a day trip to Murrells Inlet, SC, is hard to beat. From world-famous seafood and world-class golf to beautiful scenery and wet and wild watersports, this tiny fishing village offers boat loads of fun. Located about 20 miles south of Ocean Reef, Murrells Inlet seems a world away from Myrtle Beach. The laid-back lifestyle and nautically oriented culture are evident from the…
Hollywood Wax Museum Brings Hollywood Stars to Myrtle Beach
Rub elbows with the stars - but not too hard - at the Hollywood Wax Museum in Myrtle Beach. Featuring more than 100 life-like wax replicas of public figures from the world of movies, music, politics and sports, this new attraction brings the big names from Hollywood to the Grand Strand's most popular entertainment hub - Broadway at the Beach. Situated among several major attractions across Highway 17 Bypass from the main Broadway at the Beach complex, Hollywood Wax Museum stands out in the crowd. Towering over the skyline is a replica of the World Trade Center being climbed by a…
Experience Myrtle Beach’s Fall Festivals at Ocean Reef
Labor Day weekend is supposed to signal the unofficial end of summer. Apparently Myrtle Beach didn't get the memo. The summer party spills well over into autumn on the Grand Strand, and the Ocean Reef Resort puts you right in the middle of all the fall festivals. From food fairs and cooking competitions to international festivals and arts and crafts shows, Myrtle Beach has a full social calendar for the months of September, October, and November.
Top 5 Reasons to Stay at Ocean Reef in Myrtle Beach
Ocean Reef Resort in Myrtle Beach offers the ultimate vacation experience for guests who appreciate a luxurious atmosphere and know how to have a good time. Offering a broad array of amenities and an exclusive environment, Ocean Reef is your vacation home away from home. Here are the top five reasons why you should spend your next Myrtle Beach vacation at Ocean Reef Resort:
Take a Day Trip Up the Coast to Wilmington, NC
There are so many great things to do in Myrtle Beach that it's impossible to do them all (although it would be fun trying). But if you and your crew or looking for something different to do, there's another world just 60 miles up the coast in Wilmington, NC.Located on the banks of the Cape Fear River's approach to the Atlantic Ocean, this charming port city has more than 300 years of history and some of the most scenic settings on the Carolina coastline. A popular haven for Blackbeard and other famous pirates of the Colonial Era, the stretch of coastline between Myrtle Beach and…
Medieval Times in Myrtle Beach Offers Food and Fun for Families
For an amazing night out with the family, spend it with knights and the royal family at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament in Myrtle Beach. Located in the Fantasy Harbor section of Myrtle Beach, Medieval Times is housed in a replica of an 11th century Spanish castle that may look out of place due to its authentic Middle Ages appearance. Patrons may feel like they've stepped back in time by 1,000 years to arrive at this unique venue, and the nostalgia for this romantic period in human history only grows as you enter the castle and become part of the show. Pass through the castle gates…
Ocean Reef Resort Offers Myrtle Beach Visitors Great Amenities
Every year millions of visitors flock to the Grand Strand for the beach, attractions, restaurants and waterparks. Guests at Myrtle Beach’s Ocean Reef Resort can enjoy those amenities without leaving the property. That's right, in addition to the clean and comfortable accommodations, convenient oceanfront location and family-friendly atmosphere; Ocean Reef also offers some of the best and most luxurious amenities on the Strand. There are so many it's hard to list them all, but here are five of the outstanding amenities to experience at Ocean Reef:
Top 10 Nightlife Options for Young Adults in Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach has lots of fun things to do for kids – water parks, thrill rides and go-cart tracks. And the older set has lots of theaters, shops and golf to choose from. But for young adults looking for a good time, you have to know where to go to find the nightlife. Whether you want to dance the night away, go for a pub crawl along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk or Broadway at the Beach, or find a little hideaway in Murrells Inlet or Pawleys Island, there are lots of fun things for young adults to do after the sun goes down. Here are the top 10 places for young adults to have good time…
Ten Great Myrtle Beach Restaurants Within Walking Distance of Ocean Reef Resort
There are lots of great reasons to stay at Ocean Reef Resort in Myrtle Beach – the clean and comfortable oceanfront accommodations, the wide range of outstanding amenities and the abundance of water facilities. But one of the most overlooked advantages is its close proximity to some of the best dining on the Grand Strand. Here are 10 great places to dine within walking distance of the resort:
Be a Knight for a Night at Medieval Times in Myrtle Beach
Take one night out of your Myrtle Beach vacation to travel 1,000 years back in history at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. Located in the Fantasy Harbor section of Myrtle Beach, this replica of an 11th century Spanish castle hosts a magical kingdom untouched by time. Once patrons pass through the ornate castle gates they are magically transported back a millennia in time to a romantic age of chivalry and nobility. Staying in character to add to the authenticity of the experience, the cast and crew go above and beyond to treat their guests like royalty. Enjoy a meal fit for a king,…
Places of Worship in Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand
Most people vacation on the Grand Strand to get away from the stresses of work, school and everyday troubles, but you don't have to take a break from church. Regardless of your religious affiliation, you can find a house of worship while you are away from home. Here's a listing of churches for attending services in the Myrtle Beach area:
Five Ways to Unplug from Electronics and Connect With Family on Your Myrtle Beach Vacation
You’ve finally got the whole family together for a Myrtle Beach vacation, and you feel like you are on a trip with a bunch of zombies. The blank stares and unanswered questions are the result of the cell phones, iPads and hand-held video games that can captivate kids and some adults in a land of make-believe instead of experiencing the joy of vacation. You don’t want the trip to turn into a week-long electronics session, so it’s time to set a few ground rules about unplugging from virtual reality and reconnecting with family members by making some real vacation memories:
Top 5 Best Value Attractions in Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach is home to a lot of great attractions, so it should come as no surprise that there are a few tourist traps in the mix. If you've ever been tricked into paying top dollar for bottom quality entertainment you know the buyer's remorse you feel after wasting your vacation cash on a disappointing experience. That's why we've compiled this top-five list of attractions that deliver the maximum bang for your bucks. There are plenty of fun, family friendly attractions that are worth the price of admission, even some that are absolutely free. Check out this list of local hot spots…
Children’s Museum of South Carolina Makes Learning Fun
Just because the kids are out of school doesn't mean they have to stop learning. The Children's Museum of South Carolina in Myrtle Beach provides a great place for kids to get creative, use their imaginations and have a good time. Perfect for rainy days or for a change of pace from the waterslides and roller coasters, the Children’s Museum of South Carolina is both entertaining and educational. Of course, the latter might come across as a dirty word to kids fresh out of school for the summer. But don’t tell them they might learn something and they won’t know any better. Besides,…
Yuck it up at Myrtle Beach Comedy Clubs
If laughter truly is the best medicine, think of Myrtle Beach is one big comedy pharmacy. In a 12-mile stretch from Restaurant Row down to the south side of Myrtle Beach, there are five comedy clubs where you can get your daily dose of Vitamin C (as in Comedy). Nothing makes for a great night on the town like a big belly-laugh, and there are plenty to be had on the Grand Strand. Here’s a quick preview:
Great Summer Date Nights in Myrtle Beach
If women are from Venus and men are from Mars, what should the two do when they meet in the middle for a romantic retreat in Myrtle Beach? Not to get all Dr. Phil on you, but there are some great date night ideas on the Grand Strand that are sure to bring couples closer together. But first, a few words of advice. Guys, it's not always as important what you plan for your big date as much as the fact that you took the time to plan something special. Now ladies, it's 2015. If your man won't or can't plan a decent date, drop him some hints or plan it yourself. Now for the fun part -…
Five Items to Pack in your Beach Bag
You’ve arrived in Myrtle Beach, you finally get the family down to the beach for a little fun in the sun, and the questions start: “Where are my sunglasses?” “Can I have something to drink?” “Can we do something fun?” Here are five things to bring to keep the complaints at a minimum:
Mayfest on Main Festival Kicks off Summer Fun in North Myrtle Beach
For many first-time visitors and newcomers to the Grand Strand, North Myrtle Beach is just an extension of Myrtle Beach that offers the same attractions, restaurants and shops. But for those who have been to both coastal communities, you know they have their own distinct identities.For North Myrtle Beach, which is actually made up of four small beach villages (Cherry Grove, Crescent Beach, Ocean Drive and Windy Hill), that means beach music, shag dancing and summertime fun wrapped small-town charm and Southern hospitality. All the things North Myrtle Beach is famous for is on full…
How to Pack for a Trip to Myrtle Beach
As relaxing as a Myrtle Beach vacation can be, packing for the trip can be a real stress maker. You usually wind up stand there in front of your suitcase staring at your things and wondering "What do I need?" before frustration kicks in and just start stuffing items in until you can barely get it zipped up. While that strategy may work for some, most folks find it best to put a lot more thought and planning into the process, especially if you are packing for the whole family. Four or five suitcases can really take up some space, so follow these four simple rules to pack light, pack…
Five Fun Things For Teens in Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach is filled with fun activities for everyone in the family - with the possible exception of teenagers. Of course, anything that's fun for everyone else in the family can automatically become "uncool" to eye-rolling teens. But that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of "cool" things for teens to see and do in Myrtle Beach. Mainly they just want a place and some space where they can have good, clean fun without parental supervision, or at least enough breathing room to feel like they are independent. Here are five hot spots for teens where you can feel comfortable giving them a…
Top 10 Lunch Spots at Broadway at the Beach
Broadway at the Beach is famous for its attractions and retail stores, but all that fun and bargain hunting can work up an appetite when you spend all day riding and shopping your way around the 50-acre complex in Myrtle Beach. Fortunately, Broadway at the Beach is also home to some of the top restaurants in Myrtle Beach, making it a great place to make a special trip for lunch or to refuel during your shopping spree. Here are the top 10 places to grab a bite to eat while beating the heat:
Ripley’s 5-D Moving Theater Offers Thrills in Downtown Myrtle Beach
Take a wild ride while sitting in your movie seat at Ripley's 5-D Moving Theater in the heart of downtown Myrtle Beach. Giving new meaning to the term “motion picture,” this high-tech theater lets your mind provide the feelings of moving, falling, flying and more – all while safely strapped in to a comfortable chair that adds to the experience. Located in the heart of the downtown district, this one-of-a-kind attraction is one part movie theater and one part thrill ride, using the latest in computer graphics and digital technology to create futuristic special effects. You may…
Top 10 Places to Shop on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk
You can literally shop until you drop on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Featuring 1.2 miles of wooden walkway that stretches along the downtown district’s beachfront, the Boardwalk also leads visitors to plethora of retail outlets, from national chain stores to local mom-and-pop shops. Few shopping trips feature such scenery, with the Atlantic Ocean and white-sand beaches to the east and rows of shops, restaurants and attractions to the west of the walkway. There are free concerts, fireworks shows and festival held regularly along the Boardwalk, perfect excuses to sneak in some…
Easter Mass, Events Scheduled for Myrtle Beach Catholic Churches
Spring has arrived on the Grand Strand, and that means Easter is right around the corner. The Grand Strand boats several Catholic churches that will be holding special services and festivities to celebrate the holiday. Easter egg hunts are scheduled throughout the week to give the little ones a chance to have a good time, and special Masses will be held throughout the weekend to give everyone the chance to worship. Special sunrise services and late-night masses are available at different church locations. Here’s a look at the Easter schedule for several local Catholic churches:
March Calendar of Events in Myrtle Beach
It’s not just the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees that get active in the springtime. So does the Grand Strand’s social calendar, which really gets busy in the month of March. Here are some fun festivities for the whole family this month in the Myrtle Beach area:
Waterparks Warming Up for Opening Day in Myrtle Beach
What’s the only thing more fun than making a trip to a Myrtle Beach waterpark? Not having to make a trip at all. That’s one reason families love to stay and play at Ocean Reef Resort, which boasts its own on-site waterpark so you are only an elevator ride away from all the fun. Shipwreck Waterpark at Ocean Reef offers a wide range of aquatic attractions for all ages. From a hair-raising ride down the Lagoon Launcher waterslide for older kids to splashing good times in the kiddie play area, Ocean Reef allows parents to park it in a lounge chair and watch their children have a blast…
Top 5 Burger Places in Myrtle Beach
The Grand Strand has a new contender for best burger joint, and this national chain is quickly gaining converts. Since the first store in the state of South Carolina opened in North Myrtle Beach in the fall of 2014, burger fans have been flocking to BurgerFi to find out why this upstart chain already has more than 100 stores nationwide.
Take a Journey Back in Time at Medieval Times in Myrtle Beach
The booming popularity of hit TV series like HBO's "Game of Thrones" and The History Channel's "Vikings" has sparked renewed interest in the Dark Ages, and Medieval Times & Dinner Tournament gives its guests the chance to experience a taste of life in 11th century Europe with this theatrical performance. Visitors to the Myrtle Beach area can travel more than 1,000 years back in time to the mystical age at Medieval Times, a national chain of dinner theaters that offers a mix of the history and pageantry of the Middle Ages, along with the excitement and entertainment value to rival any…
5 Ways to See Myrtle Beach From Above
If you like to relax on the beach or stroll downtown on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, you've seen the Grand Strand from dry land. And if you like to splash around in the surf or play in the waves, you've done Myrtle Beach in the sea. But unlike the seagulls and windsurfers you see overhead, you probably haven't done Myrtle Beach from the sky. Well, you really should. As beautiful as the Grand Strand is from eye level, it's even more scenic from a bird's-eye view. Sure, you can see way out in the Atlantic from your balcony at the Ocean Reef, but it's not the same perspective you get from…
5 Things Myrtle Beach Has That Disney World Doesn’t
What does Myrtle Beach have that Disney World doesn’t? Plenty, but here’s the top five:
Top 5 Sushi Restaurants in Myrtle Beach
The growing popularity of sushi in America has created a market for what culinary purists disparagingly call "McSushi" - a sort of fast-food interpretation of the traditional Japanese art form. We've done the same to the pizza, the croissant, the burrito, etc., so it was only a matter of time before we Americanized the sushi. But fans of classic sushi and sashimi can find what they're looking for amid a sea of phonies. Myrtle Beach is home to several authentic Japanese eateries serving sushi the way it was intended, some of them just a short distance from Ocean Reef Resort, others…
Top 5 Places to see Live Animals in Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach is a great place to see wildlife, and we’re not talking about the spring break crowd at Senor Frogs. Several Grand Strand attractions provide visitors the opportunity to connect with nature by getting up close and personal with wild animals from all walks of life, whether they are native to the depths of the ocean, the heights of the sky and the terra firma in between. Children always get a kick out of watching animals play, and the interaction even seems to bring out the kid in the adults. For a great family outing and an educational experience that feels more like fun…
Fun Places in Myrtle Beach to Spend your Holiday Bonus
The holidays are over, the tree is down, the presents are paid for and all your New Year's Resolutions are broken. There's only one major difference this post-holiday season; you've still got a little money left over for something special for yourself. It doesn't cost much to make it a Myrtle Beach mini-vacation, just a short break to shift your brain back into normal mode. With Ocean Reef Resort offering offseason savings and smaller winter crowds at all the attractions, restaurants and retail centers, a long weekend getaway to Myrtle Beach is an affordable way to spend the rest of…
Top 5 Reasons to Start Planning your 2015 Myrtle Beach Vacation
The calendar and thermometer may say it’s winter, but spring and summer are right around the corner and will be here before you know it. It’s time to start planning your vacation getaway to Ocean Reef in Myrtle Beach today.
Top 5 Places to Catch the NFL Playoffs in Myrtle Beach
This time of year is meaningful for many reasons: spending the holidays with family and friends, ringing in the New Year with a loved one, and watching the NFL playoffs with fellow fans. For hard-core football fans, the race to the Super Bowl is the real reason for the season. Fortunately for NFL fans, you've come to the right place. Myrtle Beach is a melting pot of people from all over the country who vacation or relocated to the Grand Strand and bring their football allegiances with them. The town is crawling with fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, New England…
Top 5 Places for Dining on Christmas Eve, Day
Nothing spoils the perfect Christmas celebration than a kitchen full of dirty pots, pans and plates, especially if you’re the one in charge of clean-up duty. If Santa Claus has you on his nice list this year, maybe he will treat you to a day or night out for the holidays. But your options are limited as most restaurants close their doors for Christmas Eve and Day. Fortunately, some of the Grand Strand’s best eateries stay open for those special dates. Here’s a list of the top five places to enjoy Christmas lunch or dinner in Myrtle Beach:
Celebrate Christmas Myrtle Beach-Style at Pirates Voyage
While Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show has gained critical acclaim for providing family friendly entertainment, a pirate ship may seem like an unlikely place for a Christmas show. But let theater owner and show producer Dolly Parton give it a little holiday makeover and Pirates Voyage show magically transforms into an excellent Christmas showcase. With the action taking place on a floating clipper ship in the middle of a large pool of water, aka the stage, Christmas at Pirates Voyage delivers a delightful performance. Christmas at Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show is based on Charles…
Frequently Asked Questions at Ocean Reef Resort
Come read up on some frequently asked questions regarding our resort policies, procedures, and offerings.
Five Tips for Enhancing your Myrtle Beach Vacation with Social Media
Ever try to describe your vacation memories to family and friends? No matter how vividly you paint the picture, it's hard to replicate the moment in time and space. And you can literally watch their eyes glaze over as they try to process an album filled with random vacation photos. It's one of those "you had to be there" things. That's the beauty of social media. Now you can bring your online communities along for a virtual vacation to Myrtle Beach by sharing your vacation highlights in real time, writing reviews of restaurants and shows, and receiving recommendations from friends.…
Top 5 Places for Southern Cooking in Myrtle Beach
When most people think of dining out in Myrtle Beach, seafood understandably comes to mind. After all, the pond in our backyard happens to be the Atlantic Ocean, so it only makes sense that seafood takes center stage. But often overlooked in this little corner of South Carolina is our local tradition for Southern cuisine. Country cooking, soul food, Lowcountry dishes - you name it, Myrtle Beach has it. Although there are lots of little meat-and-threes where you can find a wholesome meal for cheap, these five stand out above the rest:
Top 5 Sports Bars in Myrtle Beach
The NFL is hitting the home stretch, the NBA and NHL are scoring and skating, and the college football season is crossing over with college hoops. Sounds like the perfect time of year to plant your backside on a bar stool and watch all the action at once on multiple big-screen televisions. Let someone else pour you a cold beer and serve you a plate of hot wings while you try to digest five different sporting events at the same time. Here are the top five sports bars for game-watching in the Myrtle Beach area:
Top Five Places to Eat Healthy in Myrtle Beach
For whatever reason, beach vacations have become synonymous with unhealthy foods. Maybe it's the convenience of grabbing some quick grub to go, or perhaps it's the vacation mentality that you deserve to spoil yourself. Of course, it could be the fact that there are pizza parlors, burger joints and ice cream shops on virtually every corner. But that mindset is changing, especially in Myrtle Beach, where the natural-food trend is finally starting to take hold. Restaurants are recognizing that some visitors want to maintain their moderate diets and have begun offering healthy…
Charlotte Family Finds Home Away from Home at Ocean Reef
When Signa Curry of Charlotte, NC, decides it's time for a trip to Myrtle Beach, she doesn't have to worry about where to stay. Whether it's a family vacation or a girls' weekend getaway, she has found her home away from home at the beach at Ocean Reef Resort. "We've been staying there for 10 years now and it's definitely our favorite place," said Curry, who makes the 3 1/2-hour drive to the beach any chance she gets. "We've stayed at other hotels on other parts of the Grand Strand, but for us there's no place like Ocean Reef." Curry and her family most recently visited on Labor Day…
Alabama Theatre Brings Family-Friendly Entertainment to the Grand Strand
For more than 20 years, the Alabama Theatre has been providing quality, family-friendly entertainment to local and visiting audiences on the Grand Strand. And based on all the dancing, singing, laughing and clapping going on at the Barefoot Landing venue, there’s a lot more in store for the future. Although the palatial 2,000-seat auditorium has been in operation since 1993 and is deeply rooted in the Myrtle Beach area’s tradition of bringing quality entertainment to the stage, the Alabama Theatre also has a knack for providing timely and cutting-edge performances that keep…
Why Myrtle Beach is the Perfect Vacation Spot for Everyone
Myrtle Beach has long been known as a "family beach," and that's certainly the case. Families have been flocking to the Grand Strand’s seashores for generations to enjoy affordable fun in the sun and the many family-friendly attractions of Myrtle Beach. But a more accurate description may be an "everybody in the family beach," because the growing Grand Strand now offers something for people of all ages, classes and tastes. From family vacations to romantic couple’s retreats, and from foursomes of golfers to large group gatherings, Myrtle Beach can accommodate parties of all sizes…
Top 5 Places to See Animals in Myrtle Beach
One of the most curious creatures on the planet is the human being, in part for our desire to watch other animals do what they do best. Although the Grand Strand doesn’t have a major zoo like San Diego or Cincinnati, the Myrtle Beach area does have a unique collection of specialized facilities that give guests an up-close look at various species of animals, from aquatic critters to land-dwellers and high-flying birds. Here’s a list of five places to see unusual animals on the Grand Strand:
Myrtle Beach by the Numbers: Top 10 Most Interesting Facts
If you think you’ve covered Myrtle Beach from A to Z, try mixing it up a little bit with our top 10 most interesting facts.
Two Cultures Collide in Fun at North Myrtle Beach’s Irish-Italian International Festival
You've been to Irish-themed festivals, with their green beer and good cheer. And you've been to an Italian celebration, filled with grape-stomping and spicy grilled sausages. But an Irish-Italian festival? They go together like potatoes and pasta, right? Actually, it turns out to be one of the highlight events on the busy social schedule in North Myrtle Beach, a town that knows how to throw a party and bring people together.That's the underlying theme of this 11th annual Irish-Italian International Festival, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 27 in the downtown intersection of Main…
Top 10 Places at Broadway at the Beach to Shop Until You Drop
Looking for a place to mark off everything on your shopping list without having to drive all over town? Look no farther than Broadway at the Beach, your one-stop shopping destination in Myrtle Beach. Featuring more than 100 shops within the popular 350-acre complex, Broadway at the Beach gives guests the chance to shop until they drop and still not hit every store. From apparel and accessories to jewelry and gift shops, Broadway at the Beach is the best place on the Grand Strand to find everything you are looking for and more. Here's a list of the top 10 shops at Broadway at the Beach…
Take a Climb on the Wild Side at New Go Ape Attraction
There are plenty of places to get wet and wild on the Grand Strand, where waterparks and watersports outfitters located all along the 60-mile stretch of the Atlantic coastline. But few places offer the chance to stay high and dry in the treetops for a thrilling adventure ... until now. The Sept. 1 grand opening of the Go Ape Treetop Adventure at the North Myrtle Beach Sports and Recreation Park brought a new type of extreme sports and eco-tourism attraction to the Strand. Carved out of the hardwood forest west of the Intracoastal Waterway, Go Ape gives thrill-seekers an outlet in a…
Cruisin’ the Strand on Scooters, Mopeds and Golf Carts
There’s no better way to get around Myrtle Beach than with an unobstructed view on a scooter, moped or golf cart. Feel the sea breeze while you cruise down Ocean Boulevard, or escape the crowds and explore some of the area’s scenic back roads. In fact, the neighborhoods around the Ocean Reef Resort provide the perfect place to ride and marvel at the historic beach homes and cottages in the Dunes and Ocean Forest sections of town.
World Tour Golf Links in Myrtle Beach
Guests at Ocean Reef Resort are staying in one of the best golf neighborhoods on the Grand Strand. The Dunes Golf & Beach Club, Pine Lakes International Country Club, and the Grande Dunes are just short drives away, as is the Cane Patch Par-3, with a driving range and putting greens to work on your game. But if you want to play a round of golf all over the world without leaving the Grand Strand, check out the World Tour Golf Links in Myrtle Beach. Featuring exact replicas of famous holes from the greatest golf courses around the globe, World Tour gives golfers the one-of-a-kind…
Fire & Smoke Heats Up Myrtle Beach Dining Scene
Fire & Smoke Gastropub existed in the minds of longtime friends Jimmy Horkan and Tyler Rice many years before it officially opened its doors in Myrtle Beach in 2014. Having worked in the restaurant industry together for other owners, they often fantasized over a few after-work beers about what it would be like to partner in their own culinary venture. It was during those late-night sessions that the concept of Fire & Smoke was developed down to the minute details of assigned duties; the only question was when.
Myrtle Beach an Aquatic Playground for Watersports
Myrtle Beach may be best known for its golf, but it's far from the only game in town. In fact, some of the most popular sports on the Grand Strand aren't played on dry land. With the Atlantic Ocean in our backyard and the Intracoastal Waterway on our front porch, it's no surprise that watersports is a common pastime for locals and visitors alike. From tamer activities like a deep-sea fishing voyage or a dolphin-watching excursion to more extreme sports like surfing and parasailing, Myrtle Beach offers a whole host of watersports to get wet and wild. Here are five you just have to try.
A Tween-ager’s Guide to Fun in Myrtle Beach
"O-M-G, I am sooo bored!" If you have kids in their tweens, that tricky 10 to 12 age group, you've heard it hundreds of times. You can recommend cleaning their rooms to cure the boredom but you only get that blank stare, if you can get them to glance up from their cell phones long enough to give you "the look."
Ocean Reef Offers Great Pub and Grub with a View
There are many reasons to stay at the Ocean Reef Resort - the excellent accommodations, outstanding amenities and the popular Shipwreck Island Waterpark. But two of the best reasons to stay and play at Ocean Reef are literally right under your nose - the Banana Boat Lounge and Cafe Du Port. These two eateries and bars offer refreshing food and beverages with a side order of ocean breeze and lovely beach views on the menus.
What to Know About Our Ship Wreck Waterpark
Few treats get to the core of what fun it is to be a kid (ok, and adult, too) quite like a waterpark. Slides, splashing, the buoyant delights of a lazy river — it’s routinely the highlight of summer. And there’s nothing quite like the Ship Wreck Waterpark here at Ocean Reef Resort. As one can infer from the name, we’re working with a pirate theme here, which is, like, the funnest thing ever for the younger set. Slip on down the new Lagoon Launcher slide, “battle” the Tiki Men waterfalls, and dive for buried treasure. The littlest (and not-so-littlest) will love the Kiddie…
Myrtle Beach on the Cheap
We’re all on a budget these days, and as much as a vacation should be a worry-free splurge, our internal cost calculator is still working on hyperdrive. However, a Myrtle Beach vacation can be remarkably affordable and even more so with a few insider tips. Exhale and read on.
Ocean Reef Resort Overview
Make Ocean Reef Resort your vacation home away from home and stay in one of Myrtle Beach's most exclusive neighborhoods. Nestled in the Dunes section on the north end of Myrtle Beach, Ocean Reef Resort offers excellent oceanfront accommodations and amenities in a more tranquil setting than the downtown district. Located near Restaurant Row, the Carolina Opry and the Dunes Golf & Beach Club, the Ocean Reef is the perfect place for families, couples and golfers with discriminating tastes.
Experience the Outskirts of Ocean Reef
Offering first-class accommodations and amenities, the Ocean Reef Resort in Myrtle Beach was designed so that there’s no need to leave the property during your vacation. Featuring cozy condo-style rooms with all the creature comforts of home, as well as an on-site waterpark and restaurants the Banana Boat Beach Lounge and Café du Port, it’s possible to keep the car parked all week without venturing off the property. But if you’re looking for a change of pace, you picked a nice neighborhood to explore. Located in the exclusive Dunes section of town, Ocean Reef’s guests can…
Ocean Reef Kids Club Offers Good Times for Children and Adults
How much time and money do you spend during your family vacation trying to keep the kids entertained? Does it turn out to be a vacation for the children and another week of hard work for the adults? Do you return home from your vacation feeling like you need a vacation? That’s why your next Myrtle Beach getaway should involve staying and playing with us at the Ocean Reef Resort, where an active and entertaining Kids Club gives children a week’s worth of fun activities and the parents some valuable “me time” and “we time” away from the little ones.
Enjoy a Nice Meal In at Ocean Reef Resort
Guests at Ocean Reef Resort are conveniently located to some of the top restaurants on the Grand Strand. With popular Myrtle Beach hot spots like Broadway at the Beach and Restaurant Row only short drives away, Ocean Reef guests have plenty of dining options available. But after a full day of fun in the sun or a long day on the links, sometimes visitors just want to chill out in their room and let someone else handle the cooking. The good news is that great food delivery to your hotel door is only a phone call away. Here are three great places to order delivery at Ocean Reef Resort.
Get the Most Out of Your Group’s Myrtle Beach Trip at Ocean Reef Resort
Located just steps from the shoreline Ocean Reef Resort is one of the premier hotels in Myrtle Beach, with its in-house restaurants, spa, game room, and waterpark. But if you’re bringing a group, Ocean Reef has even more to offer.
What You Need For a Day At The Beach
Heading to the beach for a day requires a few items, but it does not require renting a U-Haul to get them all there. Outings on the Grand Strand’s beautiful beaches are what make Myrtle Beach vacations so memorable, and being prepared helps immensely. Armed with the “essentials” and a few other perks, we have compiled some must-haves (and must-not-haves) for a perfect day at the beach.
Stay Cool With Myrtle Beach Umbrella Rentals
A day at the beach under the hot summer sun is PERFECT. You can make it even more so with the addition of a beach umbrella to your vacation kit. But don't worry about acquiring your own -- Myrtle Beach has several options for you to rent an umbrella and/or beach chair virtually out the back door of your hotel or condo.
Ocean Reef Resort: Then and Now
Have you ever wondered where Ocean Reef Resort got its start? Read on for a little walk down memory lane. The property now known as Ocean Reef Resort got its start as a Sheraton. The Sheraton was the first to own the Resort dating back to its start 35 years ago in 1975. The Oceanfront tower was the first building, and back in the 1970s, the hotel targeted couples looking to escape the cold, and small families looking for a low-key getaway. At this time, the tower only had efficiency units and suite and parlor rooms.
Top Four Myrtle Beach Burger Joints
We can’t possibly be the only ones who love digging into to some serious grub when we’re on vacation. That’s a part of the fun! Enjoying sun and sand, maybe a few drinks, working up a big appetite, and eating at your favorite Myrtle Beach restaurants. We took a non-scientific poll of visitors to Myrtle Beach and locals, and came up with this list of the top five places to get a delicious burger in all of Myrtle Beach. Take a look at the list, and get ready to chow down!
Winter Rentals at Ocean Reef Resort: Deep Discounts, Big Fun!
When you’re ready to escape to the beach in winter—and we mean a real escape of a month or more—Ocean Reef Resort in Myrtle Beach is standing by to be your home away from home!
MyrtleBeachHotels.com / MyrtleBeachGolf.com Fall Golf Socials: Ocean Reef Resort
Located in the heart of Myrtle Beach, Ocean Reef Resort is an ideal vacation escape from the ordinary. The oceanfront hotel offers top-notch efficiency, suite and condominium accommodations of one, two, three and four bedrooms overlooking the majestic Atlantic Ocean. Groups of all sizes find year after year that Ocean Reef is an ideal place to stay.
What to Pack for Fall in Myrtle Beach
If you’re planning your first trip to Myrtle Beach in the fall, the first thing you should know is that you’re in for a treat. The crowds thin out, the traffic is more manageable, and you get great rates on your Myrtle Beach hotels.
Where to Practice Yoga When You’re in Myrtle Beach
If you’ve got a consistent yoga practice at home that you don’t want to let go while you’re on vacation or if you’re just getting started and want to try out something new while you’re in Myrtle Beach, there are plenty of great options!
Is Your Sunscreen Safe Enough for Myrtle Beach?
There are few vacation-destroying adversaries more quick and effective than a wicked sunburn. That’s why sunscreen is such an essential item on your Myrtle Beach vacation packing list!
Finding the Best Shells in Myrtle Beach
We’ve never really been able to ignore a great shell on the beach! It’s hard not to pause, to pick it up, and to wonder at the beauty floating around in the sea! If you want to increase your chances of finding a really great shell when you go seashell hunting, follow these tips.
Beach Tips: Boarding Myrtle Beach
One of the top reasons our guests select Ocean Reef Resort is because we’re oceanfront. When they come to stay in Myrtle Beach, they want the beach in their backyard! The beach is great for lounging, but it’s also a great place to swim and play in the ocean, with waist-high, fairly mellow waves that are the perfect temperature for swimming throughout the summer months.
Myrtle Beach Rainy Day Plans: Fun things to do when it’s raining
Myrtle Beach is the kind of place where there’s so much to do and see, it’s not the end of the world when you end up having a rainy day. We’ve got galleries, indoor opportunities for fun and adventure galore where you can set your imagination free to heaps of amusement centers and theaters.
Enjoy a Classic Collection of Amusement Rides at Pavilion Nostalgia Park in Myrtle Beach
For over 58 years the Pavilion in Myrtle Beach was one the hottest vacation spots in South Carolina.Pieces of that history are still around and nothing could be more fun than taking a walk down memory lane at Pavilion Nostalgia Park.
Ocean Reef Resort Adds “Super Spiral” Waterslide to Impressive List of Aquatic Amenities
Three Story Slide at Ocean Reef Resort Already a Hit With Guests of All Ages.
Mini Golf Review: Captain Hooks Adventure
Take a fantasy golf adventure into Never-Never Land. Play either of our two 18-hole courses, Hooks or Lost Boys. Beware of the roving pirates, animated crocodiles, and secret caverns. You can even walk through a smoking 15 foot skull. Go ahead…the Captain dares you!
The best sand toys to get when heading to the beach this summer.
Ready for some fun at the beach while visiting Myrtle Beach? We have got some great suggestions for you for buying your favorite sand toy.