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Tequila, lime or lemon juice, orange-flavored liqueur, and (optionally) a dusting of salt on the glass’s rim — for large numbers of vacationers the world over, this is a familiar recipe for relaxation.
Indeed, whether served frozen or on the rocks, few cocktails say “tropical getaway” quite like the beloved margarita. And on the Grand Strand, well-known as a premier destination for kicking back in the surfside sand, soaking in the sunshine, and perhaps enjoying an umbrella drink or two, there are plenty of places to find a great one.
Next time you’re thirsty for this lower-latitudes-friendly libation, head for one of these seven Myrtle Beach area watering holes known for serving up top-shelf margaritas — and all within a 10-minute drive (or, even better, a 10-minute taxi or Uber ride) of Ocean Reef Resort:
Found less than a 10-minute drive inland from Ocean Reef Resort in the vicinity of Coastal Grand Mall, Abuelo’s offers five different varieties of margaritas and margarita spinoffs.
The boss of the bunch, the El Jefe Margarita, features a hand-shaken blend of ultra-premium Maestro Dobel Diamante Tequila, Agavero Orange Liqueur and fresh citrus, all topped off with a grilled orange.
Located a few blocks north of the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel and less than 10 minutes from Ocean Reef Resort, Banditos Cantina mixes up a whopping 10 different varieties of margaritas.
The signature Bandito Margarita features Casamigos Blanco tequila, Grand Marnier, orange liqueur and sour — and any margarita can be served with house-made cilantro lime salt on the rim.
Found on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk about 7 minutes north of Ocean Reef Resort on North Ocean Boulevard, the 8th Avenue Tiki Bar & Grill features the Jose Rita among its frozen cocktail offerings.
This lovable libation delivers refreshment with Jose Cuervo tequila, triple sec, lime juice and agave syrup, all served in a glass with a salted rim.
Found at The Market Common shopping/dining/entertainment complex just a 6-minute drive inland from Ocean Reef Resort, Nacho Hippo boasts a drink menu featuring a wide range of margarita types and spinoffs.
Some of the appealing options include Specialty Margaritas, Fruity Marga-tinis, Grande Margaritas and Frosty Margs with numerous fruity flavor choices.
Located on North Ocean Boulevard just a 9-minute drive from Ocean Reef Resort, Rip Tydz serves up margaritas and a range of other tropical cocktail offerings — and they all go great with the ocean views found on the patio and rooftop bar.
Found in the same building as the above-mentioned Banditos and also less than 10 minutes from Ocean Reef Resort, Tin Roof serves up delicious margaritas with sides of live music and beautiful ocean views.
A few of the favorites here include The People’s Margarita with Teremana Blanco tequila, lime juice, agave and pineapple; the Salty Watermelon Margarita Ole Smokey salty Watermelon Whiskey, triple sec, lime, and sweet and sour; and the frozen Roof Rita with El Jimador, triple sec, lime, sweet and sour, and a choice of fruit flavoring.
Located about 6 minutes north of Ocean Reef Resort on the Second Avenue Pier, Wicked Tuna serves up a broad selection of cocktails (with margaritas, of course, included among them) from its perch just above the Atlantic Ocean’s crashing waves.
A local favorite margarita is the Skinny Margarita, which features Camerena tequila mixed with fresh fruit juices and topped with Grand Marnier, all served in a salt-rimmed glass.
Book your stay at Myrtle Beach’s Ocean Reef Resort today. With our comfortable and luxurious accommodations and the wide range of amenities found on-site, we’ve got everything you’ll need to enjoy a refreshing escape in Grand Strand style.
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