Guest Pick: What Is Your Favorite Beach Activity?
Soaking up the sun isn’t the only thing to do while you are enjoying a lazy day along the sandy shores in Myrtle Beach. In fact, there are plenty of fun beach activities for both the active and the passive beach-goer.
We took to Facebook and asked our fan base what their favorite beach activity was – here’s what they had to say!
What is your favorite beach activity?
“Sandcastle Contest!” – Sandy P.
What a great idea! Having a sandcastle-building contest is a great way to keep the kiddos busy or to enjoy a little friendly competition among family and friends. Most area beach stores have plenty of sandcastle building materials – buckets, shaped cups, shovels, etc. – and they are pretty affordable which means fun on a budget. And, you can get creative and incorporate other toys and decorations for a personalized touch.
“Our family always packs a few beach games.” – James W.
Beach games are an oldie but goodie and the options are endless! Sports enthusiasts typically enjoy Frisbee, soccer, football, or volleyball which the more casual gamer might enjoy options like bocce ball, ladder ball, or cornhole. What is your favorite beach game?
“We like to pack a picnic and have dinner at sunset.” – Ashlee C.
Another great tip for beach-goers on a budget, packing a beach picnic is a great way to make the most of our scenic destination. You can either opt for an easy homemade meal with sandwiches / wraps and other picnic fare or grab a meal to-go from your favorite area restaurant (pizza, anyone?) and dine al fresco along the shoreline. Just remember to pack a blanket or towel and to clean up after yourself when you are ready to head back.
“Our kids always love to participate in active play like kayaking, paddle boarding, or surfing.” – Jeff T.
It is easy for beach pros and beginners to get active and battle the salty seas. Many visitors bring their own gear but Myrtle Beach also offers plenty of local rental places where you can rent everything from paddle boards and kayaks to boats and jet skis. Take these out into the ocean for a thrilling experience or, for a tamer ride, rent from an inlet or creek area like Murrells Inlet, Cherry Grove, or Pawleys Island. The channels off the ocean offer a much more calm atmosphere and are ideal for beginners.
“We like to give the kids a beach scavenger hunt list – they love the hunt and it keeps them busy for hours!” – Candice H.
Beach scavenger hunts are easy to organize and are an easy way to entertain the masses. Popular objects might include: sea shell, shark tooth, crab or jelly fish, someone buried in sand, wet dog, flip flops, sunglasses, bird, surfboard…. The options are endless! Using a camera or phone will really make the options endless – get creative and have fun!
"Surf fishing is always a good time for our family, you never know what you are going to catch." - John S.
Grab a few poles, some bait, and scope out the perfect spot for a day of surf fishing. This method is easy for beginners and experts alike and is a great way for the adults to teach the youngsters a thing or two. Fishers can actively hold the rods while fishing or you can kick back and relax and let a rod holder do all the work. Just be sure to pick a semi-secluded location and to wait until the tide is right - high tide is the best time to catch fish while they are feeding closer to shore.
“Sea shell hunts are our favorite!” – Anna B.
Sea shells are abundant along the Grand Strand and are a fun way to pass the time while soaking up the sun. Challenge the kids to collect as many as possible and use them as a souvenir or for decorations and crafts when you return home. Other beachy collectibles include sea coral, driftwood, starfish, and sea glass.
“Our troupe likes to set up a beach-style Olympics day and get the whole family involved.” – Bruce M.
We thought this twist on beach games was a great idea! A small search for “beach Olympics” yielded tons of easy beach games that don’t take a ton of effort and that the whole family can enjoy together. Ideas for games include crab walk race, beach hurdles using coolers, buckets, and hula hoops as obstacles, discus throw using Frisbees, water balloon tossing contest in pairs, and quick rounds of other beach games mentioned above. This is an easy and cheap way to plan out an entire afternoon!
What about you - what is your favorite beach activity? Let us know!
Decadent On-Site Dining at Coral Beach Resort
Whether you are looking to grab a quick meal to-go before hitting the town or you are ready to settle in for a hearty dinner after a busy day at the beach, you won’t have to look far for great eats during your stay at Coral Beach Resort. Our pristine family friendly hotel boasts FIVE unique dining options, making it easy to please even the pickiest eater.
Take a look at all of the great on-site dining options that you can enjoy during your stay at Coral Beach Resort:
Atlantis Restaurant – Breakfast Buffet
This full-service breakfast buffet offers a host of decadent breakfast items to help you start off your day on a high note. Selections vary but often include various egg preparations, waffles and pancakes, French toast, pastries, breakfast meats like sausage and bacon, freshly baked biscuits and gravy, and more!
Coral Bean Café – Coffee & To-Go Items
Seeking a quick meal on the go or a fresh cup of Joe? If so, look no farther than the Coral Bean Café. Snacks include bagels and various other fresh pastries, fresh fruit, sandwiches and wraps, and other “grab ‘n go” items. Additionally, Coral Bean Café is one of the few hotel shops to serve Starbucks Coffee and the baristas can whip up any of your favorite concoctions.
The Entertainment Zone Bowling & Arcade – Grill & Ice Cream
Take a break from the sun and sand and check out the on-site bowling alley, arcade, and grill located at The Entertainment Zone. This newly revamped recreation area offers 8-lanes of bowling, an exciting array of arcade games, and a full snack bar and ice cream shop that is perfect for feeding a crowd. Popular grill items include grilled burgers, hot dogs, wings, and pizza while those looking to beat the heat will love the hand scooped ice cream!
Ocean 6 Bar & Lounge – Cocktails & Tapas
Need a break from the little ones? Step inside the Ocean 6 Bar & Lounge and unwind with a cool cocktail and decadent small plates. A true lounge, Ocean 6 is expertly decorated with contemporary furniture and sports a distinctive “island flare” to help you embrace your beach experience. Ocean 6 serves a wide variety of beer, wine, and cocktails in addition to a grill menu and complimentary hors d’oeuvres from 5pm – 6pm daily during the summer season.
Splash Bar & Grill – Oceanfront Dining
Keep is casual and grab a spot oceanfront at Splash Bar & Grill, conveniently located on the outdoor pool deck. The menu is diverse and offers everything from light entrees like salads, sandwiches, and wraps to heartier options like burgers, fried seafood baskets, and more! Additionally, Splash offers a full bar list with plenty of tempting tropical concoctions and provides live entertainment throughout the summer.
If you want to get out and enjoy the sights and sounds of Myrtle Beach, be sure to check out our roundup of the top dining near Coral Beach Resort.
Attractions Near Coral Beach Resort
Millions of visitors flock the Myrtle Beach each year to enjoy our pristine beaches and family oriented atmosphere. Though our beaches are great – when you get your fill of the sun and sand, it is important for the area to offer plenty of other fun things to do when you have had enough of the water – and this is where Myrtle Beach shines.
The Grand Strand is packed with plenty of family friendly attractions, many of which are within just a few miles of Coral Beach Resort, meaning you won’t have to look far to please the family.
Here’s our list of attractions and entertainment close to the resort, check out a few during your stay in Myrtle Beach:
Family Kingdom Amusement Park
Perfect for thrill seekers and children of all ages, the Family Kingdom Amusement Park is an ideal spot for the whole family! Located just up the road from Coral Beach – this seaside attraction is hard to miss. The park includes daring thrill rides like the Hurricane, Swamp Fox Roller Coaster, and Galleon, and plenty of other tame rides, like Bumper Cars, Kite Flyer, and a Carousel. If you are looking for a little wet n’ wild fun, check out the Family Kingdom Water Park, located just across the street from the amusement park.
Myrtle Beach Boardwalk
The recently renovated Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is more fun than ever, especially with the addition of the iconic Myrtle Beach Skywheel. This scenic, oceanfront boardwalk spans just over a mile in length and features a variety of local shops, restaurants, and attractions. Throughout the year, the boardwalk hosts a variety of fun, family oriented events and open-air concerts that are free to the public! Great for an afternoon on the town or just a scenic walk, the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is a great place for families.
Myrtle Beach Golf
Golf is a huge draw to the area and Coral Beach Resort is close to a variety of courses; from uber upscale to more casual courses, you can find it all within a few miles of your accommodations. The courses all range in price and difficulty so you can find the perfect course for your specific needs. Looking for a way to involve the kids? Check out one of the many miniature golf courses in the area! Miniature golf courses are plentiful and are an affordable way to enjoy time together.
Broadway at The Beach
Broadway at The Beach is the perfect place to go when you are looking for a venue that combines the area’s best attractions, shopping, and dining all in one convenient location! Located just a few miles away on 21st avenue, Broadway is Myrtle Beach’s epicenter for family friendly fun. Enjoy outdoor attractions, like the Broadway Grand Prix, Myrtle Waves Water Park, or a Myrtle Beach Pelican’s baseball game. If you get caught with a rare rainy day – fret not! Broadway offers a variety of indoor attractions, like The Big D Theater, Ripley’s Aquarium, WonderWorks, and MagiQuest.
Aside from the popular Ripley’s Aquarium, located at Broadway at The Beach, there are three other exciting Ripley’s attractions, all located within a stone’s throw of Coral Beach in the downtown area of Myrtle Beach. The Marvelous Mirror Maze is a unique attraction that takes you through a winding maze filled with dead ends and surprising corners – all while the walls are covered in mirrors! The 5D Moving Theater utilizes cutting edge technology and a state of the art motion simulator to give you the experience of a lifetime. Finally, the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum showcases oddities from around the world – you won’t believe your eyes!
We want to know – what is YOUR favorite Myrtle Beach attraction?