Every day could be a beach day when you’re on the coast of South Carolina. The beaches along the Grand Strand make it easy to let your cares blow away in the warm summer breeze while you listen to the crashing of the ocean waves wash the sand out to sea.

Sound like a dream come true?

On August 30, we celebrate these dream vacations for National Beach Day to show our appreciation for our sandy beaches and the joy and memories they bring. Here are 7 ways you can have a perfect beach day in Myrtle Beach.

Wake up early to catch the sunrise

That alarm might come early, but a view of the soft pink dawn is worth every minute. Rising early can help with setting a schedule for optimum energy levels for the rest of your fun-filled day and is a great way to start your morning with a moment of peace and re-centering. If you enjoy yoga or meditation, rising with the sun is perfect for having a picturesque environment for your practice.

Take a morning beach walk

While you may want to be in the water during the hottest parts of the summer day, a morning walk on the beach is an ideal way to get moving before kicking back in a lounge chair or on your beach towel. You’ll even burn a few more calories walking in the resistance of the softer sand, and if you spend some time walking barefoot, can benefit from “grounding” or connecting with the earth.

Hunt for seashells and shark teeth

On your walk or while you’re building sandcastles with the kids, take a look down toward your feet. You may be surprised at how many tiny treasures are within reach. The Grand Strand beaches are full of beautiful sea shells of all shapes and sizes, and if you know what you’re looking for, you may even find a black, triangular shark tooth!

Enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach

Switch things up and dine al fresco on the sand! A perfect beach day is definitely well-spent with lunch by the water. Pack up crackers and cheese, sandwiches, fruit, veggies with dip and your favorite chilled drinks in a cooler and enjoy every bite under the South Carolina sun. The ocean (and maybe a beachy playlist from your bluetooth speaker) will set a relaxing mood for your meal.

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Play catch by the ocean

Toss a ball in your beach bag for a fun game of catch on the beach! Whether you’re throwing a wiffle ball or a football, this game is as therapeutic as it is fun and sometimes challenging on the sand. Challenge your friends and family to go the distance for a quintessential day on the coast.

Go fishing on the shore

Cast your line with your toes in the sand or on the pier when you fish for the catch of the day. Get your rod and reel out of storage to test your skills at hooking a fresh catch during your ultimate beach vacation. Myrtle Beach does require a license to fish from the surf (a 14-day license can be issued for $11), but fishing from a pier is open to anyone.

Enjoy a glass of wine while you watch the sunset

A relaxing way to end the day is laid back in a chair with a front row view of the golden South Carolina sunset and a thirst-quenching glass of wine. You’ve seen it in the movies, and now you can make it your own. Take in the ocean air, make a new memory with a friend and wind down to get ready for another perfect day at Myrtle Beach tomorrow.

Whether you take part in one or all seven of these ways to spend a perfect day at the beach, when you do them on your vacation to Ocean Reef, you’re sure to have a phenomenal day – on National Beach Day and every day!

Spend the rest of your days sitting by our exquisite pools, relaxing in the lazy river, playing at the water park, treating yourself at the pool bar and falling into a comfortable, spacious bed at the end of a wonderful day. We’ll make sure you’re taken care of and you can focus on the heartfelt memories you’re creating this summer.

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