What's Happening in December on the Grand Strand?

December Calendar of Events:

Don't let the cooler weather keep you from enjoying some of the exciting events scheduled for December.  There's plenty to see and do on the Grand Strand without hibernating through the winter.

While some of the events are Christmas related, there are also non-holiday celebrations for visitors and locals alike.  Here are the five hot events scheduled for one of the chilliest months.

December 6, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Springmaid Beach Winter Arts and Crafts Festival: Looking for that truly unique Christmas gift that won't show up somewhere else under the tree?  Check out the one-of-a-kind pieces at this 27th annual event, which attracts artists and craftsmen from all over the East Coast to shop their wares on the south end of Myrtle Beach.

December 6-21, 3-10 p.m., Nights of a Thousand Candles: One of the most beautiful and scenic spots on the Strand gets a holiday makeover for a fortnight in December. Brookgreen Gardens goes all out to decorate the grounds, fountains and statues with more than 5,000 hand-lit candles and tree lights.  it's well worth the drive to the South Strand.

December 14, Noon, North-South-All-Star Football Game:  Are you ready for some football? Not the kind you can watch on TV, but the real outdoor experience of watching some of the top players from the state compete.  See the future college stars of tomorrow at the Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach.

December 15, 1 p.m. , Harley Shop at the Beach Toy Run: Rev up your bike and cruise the coast for a cause at this inaugural event, which will feature a convoy of motorcycles riding from Harley Shop at the Beach on the South Strand to Captain Poo's in North Myrtle Beach. The event raises funds for various local children's charities and provides Christmas gifts for kids.

December 26 -31, Beach Ball Classic: Known as the "Nation's Finest High School Holiday Basketball Tournament," the Beach Ball brings in the most talented young stars in the nation to put on a showcase for fans and college scouts.  NBA stars such as Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett have played on the floor at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center for five days of high-flying hoops.


November Holiday Events on the Grand Strand

November Holiday Events

The holiday season comes early on the Grand Strand, where Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day are like one big six-week festival.  From Christmas tree lighting to parades, the North Myrtle Beach area gets in the holiday spirit like nowhere else.  Join in the following festivities:

November 14 -17, Myrtle Beach Convention Center: Don't miss the 32nd Annual Dickens Christmas Show & Festival, featuring a wide range of arts and crafts, decorations and other exhibits, ushering in the holiday season at this four-day event.




November 15, Barefoot Landing, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m: See Santa arrive in true Myrtle Beach style - with a free fireworks show, carousel rides and the annual Lighting of the Landing. Christmas lights fill the complex and the fireworks light up the sky as the Jolly Ol' Elf touches down on the Grand Strand and touches off the holiday season.


November 23, Broadway at the Beach, 6 p.m: The 19th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting at Broadway is one of the highlights of the holiday season on the Strand, featuring live musical, dance and choral performances leading up to the flipping of the switch.  For those who prefer a daytime activity, the Jingle Bells Walk/Run will be held at 8 a.m., as participants dress in their favorite Christmas costumes and parade around the complex.


November 29, Market Commons, 6 p.m.: The 6th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Market Common's Valor Park is a spectacular event for the whole family.  Bring a blanket and see the lights come on at the park while enjoying hot chocolate and holiday cheer.


November 30, Intracoastal Waterway, 5-7 p.m.: Celebrate the holidays in the Grand Strand at the 29th Annual Intracoastal Christmas Regatta Boat Parade, which features dozens of watercraft ranging from large yachts to tin fishing vessels all decked out in Christmas lights and decor. Spectators find spots all along the waterway to get a good view of the flotilla, which begins on the Little River waterfront and winds its way to Dock Holiday's Marina.

So book your holiday vacation in North Myrtle Beach!  There's lots to do this holiday season!


Reasons to Take a Fall Golf Trip to the Grand Strand

Reasons to Take a Fall Golf Trip to the Grand Strand

Fall is a great time for a North Myrtle Beach golf vacation.  The heat and humidity we all know in the summer has subsided and evening temperatures typically drop into the low 60's creating the perfect weather to play a little golf!

A North Myrtle Beach golf vacation in October and November is the perfect way to say goodbye to the season at a time of year when temperatures are beginning to get a little too cool for our golfers in the northeast!

What are some of the advantages of taking a golf vacation when fall arrives?

1.) While spring is the busiest season on the Grand Strand, it's hard to beat the aforementioned weather.  Given that daylight savings time doesn't end until November 2nd, there is plenty of daylight to get in 36 holes.

2.) The value of a North Myrtle Beach golf trip is always strong, but it's at its best in the fall!
Don't just take us for our word for it.  Golf Digest recently featured a group of golf packages from other leading destinations.  Compare the value in Orlando, Scottsdale, Kohler and others to what you get on the Grand Strand, it's not even close.  No destination can match ours and that advantage is magnified in the fall.

3.) Course conditions are ideal, especially for the area's remaining layouts that feature bentgrass greens, which thrive in the cooler temperatures.  Most area layouts have converted to the new strands of Bermuda and they are in pristine condition as well.  Course conditions will be as good as they are all year.

The Grand Strand, with it's subtropical climate, is fortunate to be a 12-month a year destination, but it's hard to find a better time to be here than in the fall.

Check out some of our Signature Packages here:
Glens Group Ultimate Golf Package
East Coast's North Four
Best of Myrtle Beach
Big Cats 4

Call one of our expert Golf Directors today and book the perfect fall golf vacation in North Myrtle Beach.  866-714-1667

Content Provided By: Chris King - Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday and Thomas Golf Vacations

Fall is the Best Time in North Myrtle Beach!

Fall is absolutely the best time at the beach!

The Grand Strand is famous for its summertime fun, from water parks to fireworks, the summer season has it all.  But the best-kept secret among locals and visitors in the know is that fall is the best time to visit the beach.  The crowds are low, the traffic is light and the weather is warm (not humid). Schools are back in session so fewer families and more couples and groups tend to gravitate toward Myrtle Beach in the autumn.

The beach seems deserted in September, October and November compared to the crowds of June, July and August.
Visitors can stake out their own stretch of beach and truly relax in the 70 to 80-degree sun.  One of the few places that actually pick up in the autumn months are the 100 plus golf courses on the Grand Strand.  The fall golf season sees groups invade from all over the country and even the world to play golf in a setting where the challenge of the golf course is the only thing that makes them sweat.  Check out some of our great fall golf packages now.

The fishing also picks up in the fall as large schools pass off the Grand Strands' shores en route to warmer waters.  Whether surf fishing, pier fishing or deep-sea fishing, the fall months are the best time to land a big one.  Although the crowds may be lighter, there's still plenty to do and see in the off season.  The restaurants, shops and attractions you are accustomed to standing in line for during the summer are magically wide open.

So book your trip and pack your bags for the fall - the best time of the year at the beach!

Here's a peak into one of our great units that has your name written all over it this fall!



September Events at the Beach

What's going on in North Myrtle Beach in September?

We've decided to extend summer; it's too much fun to be over! Come visit the Beach this September... you'll have a grand time.

Music on Main - Sounds of Summer
FREE Family-Friendly Events
Head on down to the Horseshoe and McLean Park for good times and live music. This North Myrtle Beach concert series features some of the top local and regional acts from all music genres including country, rock, and beach music. Shows run from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
September Performers Include:
9/5 - Six Styles at the Main Street Stage
9/12 - Hip Pocket at the Horseshoe
9/19 - The Attractions at the Horseshoe
9/20 - The Fantastic Shakers at McLean Park


Movies at McLean Park
Free Family-Friendly Events
Bring your chairs, blanket and picnic with family and friends to this free showing of the movie "Brave" rated PG. Enjoy a movie under the stars at beautiful, serene McLean Park.
9/13 - Movie starts at 7:40 p.m.


SOS Fall Migration
September 13th - 22nd - The center of attention for the 10 days of the biggest adult party on the East Coast is Main Street, North Myrtle Beach and its famous beach music clubs. SOS hot spots include Fat Harold's, Ducks, Ducks II, the OD Arcade, Pirate's Cove and the clubs at the OD Beach & Golf Resort.


Listen to popular bands along Main Street playing crowd favorites. Shag Dance instructors will offer classes to the masses who are seeking to improve their skills or increase their repertoire of moves.
(Fall Band/DJ Schedule coming soon)

September is a HOT Month for Celebrity Concerts at Barefoot Landing's House of Blues and Alabama Theatre in North Myrtle Beach. Enjoy performances by Trace Adkins, Oak Ridge Boys, Engelbert Humperdinck, Clint Black, The Drifters, Platters, Coasters, and more.

Fall golf specials with Thomas Beach Vacations include Multi-Round Specials with FREE rounds, Meals, Drinks and Merchandise. Let our experienced golf directors handle the details so you can enjoy the golf.

So make North Myrtle Beach, SC your next stop! Check out all our great beach vacation deals and specials. We hope to see you at the beach soon!


What's Going on in August at the Beach?

August Events in North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach
Check these fun events out!


Craftsmen's Summer Arts & Craft Show: On August 2-4, some of the top artists and craftsmen in the country descend on the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Displaying a wide range of artworks and curios, the huge show allows visitors to shop for some unique and original items. The show is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Adults $8, children $1, with tickets good for all three days.


Music on Main: Head on down to the Horseshoe Thursday nights for good times and live music. This FREE family-friendly concert series features some of the top local and regional acts from all music genres including country, rock, and beach music. Shows run from 7 to 9 p.m.

Here's the lineup for August:
August 1: The Tim Clark Band, Variety Band from Myrtle Beach
August 8: Carolina Soul Band from Lewisville, NC
August 15: Gary Lowder & Smokin' Hot, Blues/Soul Band
August 22: Craig Woolard Beach Band from Washington, NC
August 29: Dickens, Variety Party Band from Greensboro, NC

Movies at McLean: On Fright night, August 9, catch a movie under the stars at McLean Park in North Myrtle Beach. This month's featured film is "Here Comes the Boom" rated PG. This martial arts comedy, starring Kevin James, is entertaining for the whole family. FREE admission and the movie will begin about 15 minutes after sunset. Bring chairs or blanket and a picnic. Snacks and drinks are available.
Sounds of Summer: McLean Park hosts these FREE Friday night family-friendly concerts featuring local and regional acts. The featured act August 16 will be the Pam Taylor Band, a popular Carolina based blues band. Shows start at 7 p.m.



Summerfest at Barefoot Landing: Celebrate Barefoot Landing's 25th Anniversary all summer long with special events planned for every night. Mondays are fireworks nights with a spectacular pyrotechnic display over Lake Broadway beginning at 10:15 p.m. Wednesday evenings feature a roaming parade starting at 7 p.m. along the Boardwalk with musicians and street performers. Other nights you'll see jugglers, musicians, stilt-walkers and more.




Labor Day Weekend Festival: The unofficial end to summer gets started on Saturday, August 31, on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. The BPL Band (rhythm and blues) gets the party started at 8 p.m. on the Plyler Park stage with a free concert. Plus, a fireworks show will launch at the 2nd Avenue Pier beginning at 10:15 p.m. FREE family-friendly festivities run throughout the three-day weekend.

Top 5 North Myrtle Beach Sports Bars

Looking to catch the big game during your stay in North Myrtle Beach?  Here are our top five spots bars for fun, food, and all the sports action:

BackYard Sports Bar & Grill: Overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, Back Yard's patio features corn-hole boards and inside you'll find pool, video games, multiple TV's and a juke box.  Plus, you can enjoy great bar food and some of the cheapest and coldest draft beer on the beach.



Bully's Pub: This Barefoot Landing sports bar is the perfect place to take a break from a busy vacation.  Pool, darts and video games are surrounded by TV screens, and the outdoor patio deck overlooks Barefoot Lake.  Bully's has $2 draft beers everyday and great wings!



Oscar's Food & Spirits: This hot spot is the headquarters for
Pittsburgh Steelers fans - locals, visitors and transplants.  In fact, regulars help paint the bar black and gold after their last Super Bowl victory.  You'll fund an excellent menu that goes beyond traditional bar food and a fun atmosphere.




Overtime Sports Cafe: The O.T. is the place to be for the hard-core fans wanting to catch all the sports action.  Excitement abounds with more than 150 TV's, including a 12-foot video wall and three 10-foot projection screens. The menu is extensive and the beer is ice cold.



Wild Wing Cafe: Take a timeout from a long day at Barefoot Landing and take a walk on the wild side.  Their extensive menu has more than  35 flavors of chicken wings, including the red-hod Bravehearts and plenty of cold beer to put out the fire.  The Wild Wing Cafe occasionally feature live bands on weekends too!

So pick a spot and come on down!  We look forward to seeing you soon in North Myrtle Beach!

Written By: Terry Massey

Top Fishing Piers in North Myrtle Beach

Fishing Piers in North Myrtle Beach

Whether you want to take a stroll over the ocean or cast a fishing line, nothing beats a day or night on a fishing pier.

Fortunately, North Myrtle Beach has piers on either side of town - the Apache Pier in the Arcadia area just south of Windy Hill and the Cherry Grove Fishing Pier just north of downtown North Myrtle Beach - and both are worth a visit.

Apache Pier
Measuring more than 1,200 feet, the Apache Pier is the longest on the Grand Strand and one of the longest all-wooden piers on the East Coast.  A covered patio area rests about midway down the pier, giving non-fishermen a place to chill out and enjoy the ocean breeze.  You'll find a café and bar with occasional live music.
Cherry Grove Pier

Cherry Grove Fishing Pier was built in the 1950's and is just shy of 1,000 feet. It features a bait and tackle shop, and a gift shop. The Boardwalk Beach Café is a great place to grab a bite to eat and enjoy an ice-cold drink on a hot summer day. It offers a full food and bar menu and you won't find many better views on the Grand Strand.


Fishing is the main draw for both piers and both have reputations for record catches, including a 98-pound tarpon in Cherry Grove.  Mackerel, sea trout, bluefish, pompano, red drum, sheephead, spot and whiting are among the popular catches.  All gear is available for rental and fishing tips are free.

So come on to North Myrtle Beach and get your fish on!  Check out all our great specials and reserve your beach vacation today!

Written By: Terry Massey

Fourth of July in North Myrtle Beach - Great Fun, Fireworks and Family Time!

There's not very many places that celebrate July 4th quite like North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach.  With fireworks and festivals everywhere you will be sure to find the best way to celebrate your Independence Day!



Here's what happening:
North Myrtle Beach
Barefoot Landing -  4898 Highway 17 S. - Fireworks begin at 10:15 p.m. over the lake at Barefoot Landing.

Cherry Grove Pier - 3500 N. Ocean Blvd.  Fireworks begin around 9 or 9:30 p.m.

Myrtle Beach
Broadway at the Beach - Between 21st and 29th Avenues North on U.S. 17 Bypass start at 10:00 p.m. over Lake Broadway

TicketReturn.com Field - 1251 21 Avenue North - Fireworks follow the Myrtle Beach Pelicans baseball game on Wednesday, July 3rd.

Murrells Inlet
Murrells Inlet 4th of July Boat Parade and fireworks display at the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk & Veterans Pier.  The 30th annual boat parade begins at 5:00 p.m., from Garden City Point.  Fireworks start at 10:00 p.m. at the end of Veterans Pier.

Surfside
Surfside Beach 4th of July Celebration, Surfside Drive and Ocean Blvd.  Fireworks with live entertainment from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

And if you haven't already booked your 4th of July Beach vacation, Thomas Beach Vacations is ready to serve you!  Call our reservation experts now and learn how you can save 35% off your July vacation. 866-714-1669




Top 5 Seafood Places in North Myrtle Beach

Top 5 Seafood Restaurants in North Myrtle Beach

The Grand Strand is famous for its seafood and you won't find any better or fresher than right here in North Myrtle Beach.  Here are our top five:

Bimini's Oyster Bar: This cozy little beach-themed eatery is tucked away in a strip mall off Restaurant Row.  Featuring excellent steamed shrimp and oysters as well as fresh catch specials and seafood platters, Bimini's is also a popular hangout for tourists and locals alike.  Feeling adventurous?  Try one of their Oyster Shooters!


Duffy Street Seafood Shack:  This locally owned and operated establishment is so good there are now three of them, all in the North Myrtle Beach area.  Try the original on Main Street or spin-offs in Cherry Grove and on Restaurant Row where  hot, fresh seafood is the feature of the day.




Preston's Seafood and Country Buffet: Come hungry to the all-you-can- eat spread, which features all the seafood classics - fish, shrimp, crab and oysters - as well as outstanding  "land food" favorites - prime rib, T-Bone Steaks, fried chicken and baby back ribs.


Rockefeller's Raw Bar: For those who like their seafood fresh and steamed rather than battered and fried, Rockefeller's is your place.  Try the steam kettles filled with shrimp, scallops and more swimming in Old Bay & Beer, Garlic & Wine, and other tasty sauces.



SeaBlue: For a more upscale dining experience, SeaBlue is a modern restaurant one might expect to find in New York City, not North Myrtle Beach.  Featuring outstanding sushi and creative tapas dishes with an extensive wine list, SeaBlue is a great place for a romantic dinner.


Top 5 Places for Family Fun in North Myrtle Beach


Looking for a great way to spend the day with the family?  Here are five fun-filled activities without leaving North Myrtle Beach.

Alabama Theater
1.) Alabama Theater:  Named after the country music super-group that got its start in the honky-tonks of the Grand Strand, the Alabama Theater plays host to Broadway-style shows and big name touring acts, such as George Jones, Bill Cosby and, of course, Alabama.

Barefoot Landing
2.) Barefoot Landing: This massive entertainment, shopping and dining complex has something for the whole family.  Featuring a boardwalk lined with retail outlets, sports bars, theaters, and mare, Barefoot Landing is a place where families can spend the day and never get bored.

Cherry Grove Pier

3.) Cherry Grove Fishing Pier: What better way to spend a day with the kids than fishing for some whoppers.  You might even catch the evening's fresh fish dinner.  Bait, tackle and more are available on-site.

Hawaiian Rumble
4.) Hawaiian Rumble Miniature Golf: In a town filled with putt-putt courses, this island-themed mini-links stands out.  Featuring realistic-looking rock caverns and waterfalls, this course is home to the annul Pro-Minigolf Open.  A live parrot greets visitors in the clubhouse.

Game Zone


5.) Ultimate California Pizza  Game Zone: Perfect for a rainy day or a fun night out to dinner, the Ultimate California Pizza Game Zone is a great place for the kids to blow off some steam in the arcade and work up an appetite for their favorite food.  Discounted game cards and buffet combinations are available.

Can't wait to see you in North Myrtle Beach for your next beach vacation.

Written By: Terry Massey

JUNE = FUN, FESTIVALS, FOOD AND FIREWORKS!

June means five things on the Grand Strand: Fun, Festivals, Food, Fireworks and Last but not least - FREE


Beginning Saturday, June 1st, here are five places to find all five this month!

Barefoot Landing kicks off its annual SummerFest series with a fireworks display on Mondays at 10:15 p.m., a strolling boardwalk parade on Wednesdays that begin at 7:00 p.m., and nightly free entertainment.

In Myrtle Beach, Hot Summer Nights come to Plyler Park on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.  Mondays are Kids Carnival nights featuring jugglers, stilt-walkers and other performers; Wednesday evenings feature fireworks over the ocean; and live music hits the main stage four nights a week.

Broadway at the Beach kicks off their summer fun June 1 with the 18th Annual Corvettes at Myrtle Beach Car Show.  Fireworks shows will be Tuesday evenings all summer and on Fridays beginning June 21.

Other upcoming summer events include:

Music on Main - This family-friendly, free summer concert series is provided by the City of North Myrtle Beach with bands Thursday evenings from 7 until 9 at the Main Street stage or the Horseshoe.  Kick back, relax and enjoy live music, dancing in the street and family fun.

Sounds of Summer - Enjoy live music at North Myrtle Beach's McLean Park this summer.  Outdoor concerts are scheduled for Friday's - June 21st, July 19th, August 16th and September 20th.  These are FREE family-friendly events.

Movies at McLean: Bring your beach chair or blanket and spend a special Friday evening watching a movie beneath the stars.  These are FREE family-friendly events; movies are G or PG-rated and begin approximately 15 minutes after sunset.  Bring a picnic or purchase popcorn or soda from the North Strand Optimist Club.  The summer schedule includes movies June 14th (Wreck it Ralph), July 12th (Escape from Planet Earth) and August 9th (Here Comes the Boom).

June 22-23: The Art  in the Park Festival at Myrtle Beach's Chapin Park features dozens of local and regional artists and craftsmen from all walks of life displaying their work on the lawn behind Chapin Memorial Library.  The annual event is known for its wide range of wares, including paintings, decorative woodwork and carvings, and photography.  Food vendors are on-site and a large playground will provide parents a place to let the little ones burn off some energy while they shop for something special.

There are lots of fun, family-friendly things to do on the Grand Strand in June!  We look forward to seeing you soon!

May = FUN in North Myrtle Beach

Warm Days, Festivals, Fiestas and Fun...

Spring is well under way here at The Beach and May is shaping up to be a wonderful month for family trips, weekend getaways, and excellent deals on Myrtle Beach golf packages.
 
May's first weekend is a grand one with the 27th Annual Rivertown Music & Arts Festival in historic downtown Conway on May 4th. Festivities include the Chicora Classic Car show, the Farmers' Market, and performances by lots of young local talent - dancing, singing and more! The evening is topped off with a street concert featuring The Steady Hand String Band, The River Whyless (formerly Do It To Julia), and stellar mandolin-player Jenni Lyn Gardner & Friends. The festival is from 11 am to 9 pm and, as always, is a FREE family-friendly event.  Click for details and schedule.
 
Other music events this weekend include an encore appearance by the popular Oak Ridge Boys on stage at Barefoot Landing's Alabama Theatre. For the younger set, Band of Horses will be center stage in the Concert Hall at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach.

If your tastes run more toward theatre and stage, you're in luck. The spring run of The Color Purple will end this weekend with two performances Saturday (May 4th) and a matinee Sunday (May 5th) at the Theatre of the Republic in old town Conway. Click for details.
 
Take a nostalgic trip down memory lane and celebrate the many popular hit songs of the Four Season with HOT JERSEY NIGHTS at the Palace Theatre. This first-class show is on the showcard for the full month of May. See details online.
 
Don't forget... this weekend brings Cinco de Mayo, too! There will be celebrations, parties and fun with special events at many of the local clubs and restaurants, including Senor Frogs and Fiesta del Burro Loco.

The weekend of May 11th marks the return of MayFest on Main. The 8th annual festival on North Myrtle Beach's Main Street will feature arts & crafts, a community stage with lots of young local talent, a fun kids' zone and plenty of tasty festival treats. There will be music throughout the day with concerts on the main stage by John Waite and by the Little River Band. The festival runs from 10 am to 6 pm and is a FREE family-friendly event.
 
PLAY BALL! Our local "Boys of Summer", the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, are the Class A team for the Texas Rangers and their top-ranked ball park is the perfect place to enjoy a evening game or a Sunday afternoon of baseball. The best seats in the house are less than $15 and the next home stands are from May 7th-13th and May 21st-26th. See you there!
 
 For the best vacation lodging and Super Savings on May and June beach trips, visit the Thomas  Beach Vacations online Specials page online and reserve today!

Taking the Perfect North Myrtle Beach Vacation

Taking the Perfect North Myrtle Beach Vacation.
 
A vacation should be relaxing and fun! It's a time to share with your family and friends while you leave your "real life" behind. To ensure you have the vacation of your dreams, try these tips and tricks. Your vacation is sure to be fantastic and after it's over, you'll be counting the days until your next beach trip to North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina!
 
RESEARCH - Take the time to research your destination. While checking the weather is a MUST, you can't predict what it will do. Be sure you have plenty of activity choices in case of "less than perfect" weather so no one is disappointed. Check out these great options for your North Myrtle Beach vacation.

PICKING THE PERFECT LOCATION - When planning your beach vacation, where you stay is very important...whether it's oceanfront or within a short walking distance. Your location can be key to a great vacation.

EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE A SAY - Let everyone in your family or group give their opinion of things and activities they would like to do at the vacation destination. When everyone contributes ideas, the chances of fun are even better. Remember - one person can't or shouldn't do it all. Make it a group effort.

COUPON BOOKS - When you arrive at your hotel, condo, or beach house, ask the friendly check-in staff for a coupon book. You can find some great ideas with money saving deals.

SUNSCREEN - Avoid sunburns. It doesn't matter if you think you already have a good base tan or claim you never burn. Don't overdo it - especially the first day. Have plenty of sunscreen with the proper SPF to protect your skin from UV RAYS. You want to look sun kissed - not sun poisoned. 

BABY POWDER - For those who dislike having sand on your feet when you leave the beach, do as locals do.  Keep a big bottle of baby powder in your beach bag. Once you're ready to pack it up, put some baby powder on your feet or wherever you have sand and it magically wipes away from your body. It's amazing!

There are lots of things that go into planning and taking the ideal beach vacation. These are just a few of the things we encourage you to think about. Once you're here, leave your worries behind, enjoy the sunshine and escape to your happy place.

Check out this great video and start planning your dream vacation today!