Bird Watching at the Beach

Coastal Bird Watching

If you enjoy birding as a favorite way to relax and bond with nature, come to the South Carolina beaches and visit some of the local hot birding spots. With just a little luck and sharp eyes, you’ll likely see a wide variety of birds soaring including the bald eagle, our national emblem, as well as hawks and ospreys. On my last trip along the Intracoastal Waterway, I was fortunate enough to see four eagles' nests - and one was occupied by a stately eagle!

Huntington Beach State Park, with its three miles of undeveloped beaches and pristine salt marshes, is home to more than 300 recorded species of birds. Long considered one of the best birding spots in South Carolina, Huntington Beach is particularly known for migratory birds that flock to our area for the warmer Carolina waters.

Grab your field glasses and camera for a stroll along the park’s causeways to search the freshwater lagoon and salt marsh to observe the marsh birds and waterfowl. Get a bird’s eye view of hundreds of bird species from the lighthouse at Hunting Island State Park. Colorful painted buntings, slender terns and white egrets all make the park their home. And birders can spot skimmers, tanagers, orioles, pelicans, oystercatchers and wood storks. Egrets and herons also can be found in abundance at this prime birding destination. ~ some information from SCPRT

Special Deals at Freestyle Park

Great Deals for Carolinians at Freestyle Music Park

The Freestyle Music Park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is offer some excellent deals during the grand “re-opening” of the park (formerly Hard Rock Park). The Grand Opening is set for this Saturday, May 23rd.

Through June 14th, residents of North and South Carolina can purchase admission to the park for $10 OFF the regular price of $39.95 for adults and $29.95 for kids. Just bring along a valid picture ID and enjoy the excitement of the park and the cool savings!

Active firefighters, medics and members of the military get FREE ADMISSION through May 31st.

Coming This Weekend...Blue Crab Festival

The Blue Crab Festival May 16th & 17th

The historic and quaint community of Little River, on the border between the Carolinas, will play host to the 28th Annual Blue Crab Festival this weekend. With a permanent home in the beautiful and popular North Myrtle Beach area, the Blue Crab Festival is one of the largest and most fun festivals in the southeast.

This year's festival will feature booths manned by over 175 vendors offering regional arts & crafts and festival treats. There will be a fun zone with kids' activities and amusements, a full slate of entertainment, souvenirs, contests and fun for the whole family. AND you'll find lots & lots of steamed blue crabs, shrimp and other local delicacies.

Saturday's lineup includes the fabulous Castaways from noon until 4pm and Sea Cruz that evening from 4 'til 8pm. Sunday will feature the Fantastic Shakers from noon 'til 4pm and Jim Quick & the Coastline Band from 4 'til 7pm. There will be beach music and rock & roll almost all weekend long.

Lots of fun, food and music... at a really great price! Advance tickets are $3 daily or $5 for a 2-day pass. General admission at the gate is only $4 per day. Kids under 6 are admitted free. Come on down for a great time. Beach houses and condos are available at low rates so call us at 800-249-2100 and make your reservations today.

MayFest on Main 2009

Fun for All at North Myrtle Beach's Street Party

This past Saturday, several thousand locals and visitors were in attendance for the annual MayFest on Main street party in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Main Street was open only for pedestrian traffic for the day and was lined with booths manned by all sorts of arts & crafts folks, specialty food vendors, and more. There were kids’ areas with lots of fun stuff for toddlers to teens, including rides on Bubba – an eight foot tall North African camel.

Live music was the biggest draw of the FREE EVENT with a long list of bands providing the entertainment. Headlining were Sixties Surf Musicians from the former Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, and others. Popular bands including Mother’s Finest, Chairmen of the Board, and Coco Loco played long and hard and had the crowd dancing in the street. Created to provide fun for all ages, the festival grows larger and larger each May. Be sure to include it in your plans for 2010.

Spring 2009 Motorcycle Rally

Harley-Davidson “Cruisin’ the Coast 2009”

Even though the City of Myrtle Beach passed additional rules geared toward eliminating the spring motorcycle rally, a large crowd of Harley-Davidson enthusiasts are present here in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Riders are congregating at the various vendor exhibits and event venues at Barefoot Landing and at Barefoot Commons in Windy Hill.

The atmosphere, so far, is a bit more subdued and the crowds not as large as recent years. This is due partly to the Myrtle Beach city agenda mostly to the general economic malaise. North Myrtle Beach city representatives say everything is business as usual and plan to regard the motorcycle rally attendees the same as other visitors. The Harley Rally kicked off this past Friday and will run through the next weekend.

New Kids Area at Freestyle Music Park

"Kids in America" at the Freestyle Park

Freestyle Music Park announced the addition of the new “Kids in America” section to the theme park in Myrtle Beach, SC. Four new kids’ rides will be featured including:

  • “Life is a Highway” – a track ride in which families ride in the cab of an 18-wheeler. Cabs will have two seats for children and two for adults so the whole family can enjoy the ride around the track together.
  • “Get Off of My Cloud” – eight colorful balloons with baskets for riders can accommodate up to four adults and kids and offer a spectacular view of the park.
  • “Fly Like an Eagle” – allows a child and an adult to enjoy the sensation of soaring through the clouds in a kite flyer over the kids’ area.
  • “Wheels in the Sky” – peddle through the clouds in festive hang glider cars, swooping and swooshing along.

The “Kids in America” area will be rounded out with a roller coaster, a play area, a rock wall, basketball court, and a performance venue with a new themed kids’ show.

As planned, the redesigned Freestyle Music Park will be much more family-oriented and kid-friendly than its predecessor. The targeted opening is still set for Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Myrtle Beach Area Wildfire

With regards to the forest fire situation in our area...

North Myrtle Beach (the ocean-side of the Intracoastal Waterway) and our vacation rental properties remain unaffected and our guests are enjoying the warm weather, golf, shopping, and entertainment venues. If you are planning on coming to visit the beach soon, recent events should not interfere.

The containment of the fire is improving and, currently, the weather is calm with a slight breeze from the ocean. The weather is subject to change, of course, but the forecast is just about perfect for visiting.

Below you will find five website links. Two are to local news sites, one is to the North Myrtle Beach Chamber, one is to the Horry County website, and one is to the City of North Myrtle beach. All five, on their home pages, have information regarding the current situation and some even contain maps and videos.

www.wmbfnews.com - local news on WMBF
www.wpde.com - local news on WPDE
www.northmyrtlebeachchamber.com - North Myrtle Beach Chamber
www.horrycounty.org - Horry County government
www.n-myrtle-beach.sc.us/ - City of North Myrtle Beach

If you are visiting our area in the near future you may wish to pay special attention to road access and temporary road closings. Particularly;

1) Highway 90 (between Conway and North Myrtle Beach) is closed in certain sections.

2) Highway 31 (which parallels the Intracoastal Waterway) is closed from Highway 90 to Grissom Parkway (Myrtle Beach)

3) Highway 22 (between Conway and North Myrtle Beach) is closed between Highway 90 and the Beach

US Highways 9 and 501 into our area, Highway 17 and all other coastal roadways, and Myrtle Beach International Airport, are unaffected at this time. Traffic is typical for this type of year.

True to form, the response from our community of businesses and individuals has been phenomenal. Those that lost homes have been accommodated, we have pulled together, and we continue to reach are out with high spirits while we address the matters at hand.

Please do not hesitate to call or write if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Best regards,
Century 21 Thomas