We work hard and we deserve some time to ourselves — or, even better, with your best girlfriends!
We’ve done some homework and carved out a few suggestions on where some of the ladies (we know) love to unwind and treat ourselves.
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Start up north and check out the dolphin tour offered by MyrtleBeachDolphinCruises.com.
This two-hour adventure is affordable AND fun ($22 per person after on-site discount). Travel out of the Intracoastal Waterway and enjoy scenic views of both North and South Carolina’s shoreline. You’ll be on a guided boat to the ocean where you’ll see dolphins splash in and out of the ocean. The guides make sure that each side of the boat gets a good view of the dolphins that are spotted.
Check their schedule online (you’ll have to fill out a short form to find boarding times for a particular day), and try to get the earliest trip. After all, you’re trying to get the most of this trip.
To call ahead: Sea Thunder 843-455-6389
As you head back to Myrtle Beach from North Myrtle, catch a mani/pedi with the girls at Atlantis Nails & Spa, 201 75th Ave. North in Myrtle Beach. It’s on-site at Ocean Dunes Resort and offers an ocean view while you get your nails done. You can relax in the breezeway, by the resort pool or on the beach and catch a few more rays before or after you are pampered in the salon.
To call ahead: 843-457-7222
Time to eat (and splurge a little)
So, it’s your night or your weekend and it’s time to splurge a bit on yourself at The Melting Pot, 5001 N Kings Hwy Ste 104, Myrtle Beach (https://www.meltingpot.com/myrtle-beach-sc/). It’s way more than just a fondue place. Explore their menu and you’ll find delicious dishes for steak lovers, seafood lover and vegetarians. It’s a bit on the expensive side, but you deserve it.
For a hearty four-course meal and a delicious dessert, you must give The Melting Pot a look.
To call ahead: 843-692-9003
Head back to the hotel or place you’re staying for some brief R&R and to get prepared for the night.
Piano Bar Fun
Broadway at the Beach is a tremendous lure for tourists and locals alike. And one place that’s a judgement free zone, filled with laughs and many sing-a-longs is Crocodile Rocks, 1318 Celebrity Circle CS3, Myrtle Beach (http://crocrocksduelingpianos.com/). These entertainers have made millions of tourists laugh and sing-along for decades to classics and modern tunes. Try to get there early (like 7 or 8 p.m.) to get a seat.
This ain’t your mama’s piano bar, filled with slow jazzy tunes. This is a dueling piano bar in tourist-heavy Myrtle Beach!
To call ahead: 843-444-2096
Ready to Dance
Immediately across from Crocodile Rocks are two dance clubs: Malibu’s Surf Bar (http://www.malibussurfbar.com/) and the newly re-branded Oz (formerly Revolutions) (http://www.ozmyrtlebeach.com/).
Check out the websites and dance until you drop!
Phew! Day 1 was a doozy. We got tired even writing it! But, that’s what you’re here for. We’ll schedule some good food and relaxation today.
Breakfast/Brunch at the Toastery
If you haven’t tried the Famous Toastery (http://www.famoustoastery.com/location/myrtle-beach-sc/), which is a newer restaurant away from the long weekend breakfast lines of Ocean Boulevard, then do so. It’s a bit off the beaten path of Myrtle Beach at 2005 Oakheart Road, Myrtle Beach, but we think it’s worth it.
What we like about this place is it serves breakfast and lunch from 7 a.m.-3 p.m., so no matter who you are traveling with (you know those early risers who ate breakfast four hours ago and you’re just looking for it now at noon), it should please everyone.
To call ahead: 843-796-4433
Several Places to Shop
So we brought you out on U.S. 501 — now what? Well, there’s Tanger Outlet. Check out the brands at the location on U.S. 501 (http://www.tangeroutlet.com/myrtlebeach501/stores#search-field). If you don’t see something you like, check out The Market Common, 4017 Deville St, Myrtle Beach. If you haven’t been to The Market Common yet, you’re in for a treat. Check out the shops you can visit there (http://www.marketcommonmb.com/shops/).
Time to Relax
Now that you have some new swimwear or that cute sundress that you just absolutely neeeeeeded, show it off on the beach. If you’re at an oceanfront hotel, you can head to the beach there. If some in the group are not about laying around on a beach, head to The Pier at Garden City, 110 S. Waccamaw Drive, Garden City. They have a nice cafe, and entertainment daily through the summer.
This way, the beach bums can lay out, and others can catch a beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean while being entertained by karaoke or live entertainers.
Wind down with some laughter
We recommend heading back to Broadway at the Beach and The Carolina Comedy Club for some laughter to end the two-day trip. Notice we didn’t recommend a meal between Garden City and the comedy club? That’s because both places offer light foods, and a variety to pick from. You can toss in a place to eat dinner on this day, but we found ourselves pretty full by this point in the trip.
Check out the Carolina Comedy Club (and their lineup) online at http://www.carolinacomedyclub.com/.
So, that’s it. You’ve seen dolphins, got your nails and toes done, possibly tried fondue, sang along without getting on a microphone, danced the night away, tried some great brunch, shopped a bit, lounged a bit and laughed a lot. It was your weekend and you deserved it. Hopefully, we took some of the planning off of your plate.