It's Cool to Keep it Clean!

Low-Impact Beach Vacationing is Great for the Environment and Everyone.

That's right... it's very cool to NOT leave your mark on the beach. Keeping our wonderful beach clean and beautiful takes a lot of effort from everybody. The City of North Myrtle Beach does an excellent job of raking and cleaning the beach early every morning so you and your family can enjoy playing and relaxing by the surf. Receptacles are conveniently placed every few hundred yards near the dune line so there's no excuse for leaving trash on the beach.

Please take a few minutes before you leave the beach each day to make sure you're not leaving any water bottles, beverage cans, or other trash behind. Enjoy those tasty, frozen treats you purchase from the beach vendors but please don't leave the containers and plastic spoons on the sand when you leave. Make the short stroll and drop it all in the nearby trash can. Your effort will make a difference and is truly appreciated. It may even set an example for those around you, too!

The City has a few newer regulations to make your beach time better and safer. Due to the increased use of canopies, tents and other large shading devices on the beach, new rules are in place to prevent them from interfering with public safety and emergency rescue personnel from having swift access to people who may need assistance on the beach or in the water. Shading devices may not be set up on the beach before 8 AM and must be removed from the beach by 7 PM daily. Detailed information can be found online.

Beach walks are some of the most pleasant ways to unwind and exercise. In the summer, you'll often see me and an amazing number of families, couples and singles out enjoying a stroll by the ocean... especially in the evening when it's cooler. Make some time and take a walk - relax and listen to the surf, check out the moon, stars and planets. 

Life's a beach... stay cool.

Fireworks, Fun and the Fourth of July

Celebrate Independence Day in North Myrtle Beach!

The Week of the Fourth is always a fantastic time at the beach with festivals, parades, concerts and a night sky streaming with fiery rockets, booming starbursts and sparkling showers. We hope you're able to join us at the beach for the excitement and fun. Some favorites that our friendly folks at CENTURY 21 Thomas Beach Vacations suggest include these:

19th Annual North Myrtle Beach Fireworks Spectacular - blasts off from the Cherry Grove Pier at 3500 North Ocean Boulevard starting at 9:30 pm. It's a popular show so we suggest you hit the beach well before the first rocket's red glare. Bring a beach chair, a cooler with snacks and beverages, settle in and enjoy the pyrotechnic celebration. BTW... you can also view the fireworks from the porches and balconies of many Cherry Grove vacation rental homes and condos of Century 21 Thomas Beach Vacations.

Barefoot Landing's Fun on the Fourth - Summerfest! Fun begins at 7pm with a strolling boardwalk parade and ends with a grand fireworks display over the lake (starts at 10:15 pm).

Calabash & Carolina Shores Independence Day Celebration - starts at 5:30 pm on the Calabash riverfront at 9887 Oak Street next to Captain John's Seafood House. Festivities include live music by Parrot Party (a Jimmy Buffett cover band, of course!), raffles, crafts, festival treats and a super fireworks show (begins shortly after 9 pm).

Southside Fourth of July - is at the Pier in Surfside Beach from 6 to 10 pm with live entertainment, free ice cream, concessions and fireworks (9:30 start). Bring a beach chair and have a blast!



Broadway at the Beach's BIG TIME Fourth - includes the Whacker Barrel street percussion show, live music at Celebrity Square by the Andrew Thielen Big Band, strolling entertainers from Le Grand Cirque, fun with the Bryan Dangerous Comedy Show, and a fireworks extravaganza over Lake Broadway beginning at 10 pm.

Salute from the Shore - 4th of July Military Flyover of the SC coast gives you a chance to honor our armed forces as you salute the flyover by four F-16s of the 79th "Flying Tigers" Fighter Squadron. The flyover starts at the NC state line at 1 pm and continues south, ending at Hilton Head Island at 1:30. For the Grand Strand area, we suggest being on the beach before 1 pm. Details can be found online at www.SalutefromtheShore.org.

CENTURY 21 Thomas Beach Vacations still has a few vacation rental homes and condos available for the Week of the Fourth as well as a limited number of other open July weeks - some with special summer discounts of 30% or more. Call us and reserve yours today!

Summer Sounds at the Beach (July 2012)

Summer Fun in Myrtle Beach... and the Beat goes on!
It seems like every summer we find more and more fantastic fun things to do in North Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach and surrounding areas. There is an amazing number of first-class concerts, sports, festivals and shows all summer long. Some of our favorite coming events for the next few weeks include:

Concerts

Music on Main - family-friendly FREE concert series on North Myrtle Beach's Main Street. Join us from 6:30 to 8:30 pm where you can listen to great live music and dance in the street.
June 21st - LEGGZ playing top 40, R&B and classic rock
June 28th - Atlantic Groove performing beach music hits
July 5th - The Dickens Band knocking out all your favorite party tunes


Sounds of Summer - family-friendly FREE monthly concerts in North Myrtle Beach just off Main Street at beautiful McLean Park. Bring a chair, blanket, picnic and non-alcoholic beverages and enjoy the fun. Picnic tables, grills, food & drinks, and kids' playgrounds are available. 7 to 9 pm.
July 20th - Six Stylez performing top 40 hits


House of Blues - concert hall at Barefoot Landing. Some shows include:
June 21st - Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
July 6th - Lee Brice with Lewis Brice
July 7th - Corey Smith with Zach Longwood
July 19th - on stage, .38 Special

July 20th - The B-52s rocking the house

Alabama Theatre - at Barefoot Landing with celebrity concerts including:
July 13th - Kenny Rogers live on stage
July 20th - a Motown Night with The Temptations and Four Tops


Palace Theatre - Broadway at the Beach with:
July 13th - Kool & the Gang in concert
All Month - Le Grand Cirque
All Month - Rock Around the Clock


Sports and More Fun

Pro Baseball - Catch a ball game and root for our hometown Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the Texas Rangers "A" team. The best seats in the house are only $13 and special promotions include "Kids Eat Free Mondays" (with voucher for free hot dog, chips and drink), "Wiener Wednesdays" (with $1 Hebrew National hot dogs all game long), and "Thirsty Thursdays" ($1 drafts from 6 to 8 pm).
Upcoming Home Stands: June 28th - July 3rd and July 11th - 19th


Brookgreen Gardens - "Cool Summer Evenings". Tour the magnificent botanical gardens and outdoor collection of figurative sculpture by day and enjoy a variety of musical offerings, creek cruises, and more.

CENTURY 21 Thomas Beach Vacations still has a limited number of open weeks for excellent vacation rental homes, villas and condos - oceanfront and other - some with attractive summer specials with discounts of 30% or more. Call and reserve yours today!

June Fun in North Myrtle Beach

Head to the Beach in June for Fun in the Sun.

Summer is so close you can feel it and it's going to be a great one at the beach! For the past few weeks, we've had highs in the 80s and lows at night around 70... a grand prelude to a wonderful summer. Century 21 Thomas has some fantastic vacation deals for June with several top-notch vacation rental homes and condos up to 30% OFF. Check out our Vacation Hot Deals online.

Did someone mention FUN? There's tons of it here at the beach, all month long. Some of our suggestions include:

Baseball - Take me out to the ballfield so I can root for the hometown Myrtle Beach Pelicans as they take on the rest of the Carolina League. As the "A" team for the Texas Rangers, the Pelicans have plenty of future stars on their field of dreams. Homestands coming up include games June 4th-7th, 14th-17th, and 28th through July 3rd. Fun promotions include "Wiener Wednesdays" and "Thirsty Thursdays" and tickets range from only $8 to $13. (see more info online)

Museums & Gardens - For a memorable day trip, drive down to Brookgreen Gardens in Murrell's Inlet. The thousands of acres of this former 1800's rice plantation is home to a Lowcountry History & Nature Preserve and the first public sculpture garden in America. The Butterfly House is open daily and the Lowcountry Zoo is always fun for all. Special events this month include an art exhibit "The Wild West in Historic & Contemporary Art". Enjoy "Cool Summer Evenings" where you can come for dinner and stay for a show with live entertainment and cruises on the creeks. (see more info online)

FREE Family-Friendly Events - North Myrtle Beach welcomes you with festivals & flicks to make your beach vacation even more special. The Music on Main concert series presents The Herringbones on the 7th, Leggz playing classic rock on the 21st, and Atlantic Groove performing beach music hits the 28th. These concerts are from 6:30 to 8:30 at Main Street's Horseshoe or the Main Street Stage.

Additional FREE Family-Friendly NMB events in June include the Sounds of Summer concert at McLean Park from 7 to 9pm on the 15th and Movies @ McLean with an outdoor showing of "Puss in Boots" on the 8th - showtime begins at 8:40. (see more info online)

Celebrity Concerts - Catch some exciting performances at the House of Blues and Alabama Theatre, both located at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach. The June concert schedule at the HOB includes The Little River Band (8th), Gretchen Wilson (9th), Dr John with Gov't Mule (12th), and Grace Potter & the Nocturnals (21st). The hot ticket at the Alabama Theatre is for the Vince Gill concert June 14th.

Fun at the Farmers Market

New & Improved Farmers Market Reopens May 25

Be sure to check out our local Farmers Market when you’re vacationing in North Myrtle Beach this summer. The market is located off Highway 17 on 1st Avenue South (turn right at Martini’s Restaurant). There’s plenty of on-site free parking and lots to see while you wander among the booths.

Two new open-air, metal-roofed shelters connected by colorful shade sails will provide over 4,000 square feet of covered space for farmers and vendors to display and sell their fresh produce, fruits and merchandise. Vendors and shoppers will welcome the shaded relief from the summer sun, protection from the occasional summer shower, and the new restroom facilities.

As a member of the Waccamaw Market Cooperative, the North Myrtle Beach Farmers Market supports Certified South Carolina Grown products. The market will be open beginning May 25th on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Locals and vacationing families love visiting the Farmers Market to fill their pantries with a wide variety of healthy, locally grown foods. Last summer, I made a habit of stopping by at least once each week to pick up a basket of tasty tomatoes and a box of juicy South Carolina peaches. Often, I’d find a watermelon or cantaloupe begging to come home with me, too.

In addition to produce, you’ll find vendors selling everything from local shrimp and seafood to jams, jellies, honey, and handmade crafts. I’ve even picked up some very helpful gardening tips and beautiful potted plants from Jay & Connie at the Tropical Nursery booth.

Another great feature… the Market is conveniently located just across from the wonderful North Myrtle Beach Public Library. You’ll find lots to read, a wide selection of movies to check out, and plenty of computer terminals with free WIFI.

Come on out to the Farmers Market this summer. Fresh and local is definitely the BEST!

Go Green at the St Pat's Festival in NMB

March is shaping up to be a fun month with Spring pushing and shoving to get here as early as possible.

Off-season rates are amazingly affordable and the weather has been wonderful. There are early blooms all around and tons of fun things to do. Some of our suggestions for the next few weeks include:

The annual St. Patrick's Day Festival on March 17th in North Myrtle Beach has one of the largest parades on the Grand Strand with more than 100 floats and entries. The parade starts at 9am but you'd better head to Main Street early to claim your prime viewing area along the sidewalks. Feel free to bring along a folding chair and get ready for a fun morning.

When the parade is over, the fun is just beginning. Now it's festival time! You'll find over 125 vendors displaying their arts & crafts, festival treats and more. There will be two stages with continuous entertainment - music, dance, and more music. Be sure to bring the "wee" lads and lassies, too! There'll be a kids' FUN ZONE with rides, inflatables and games.

Scheduled entertainment includes the New York Shields Pipes & Drums, Triple Toe Cloggers, Wake District Pipes & Drums, the bands Barleyjuice and Ceol na Gael. Remember to wear something green.

Spring Music Concerts... over the next few weeks, the Grand Strand will see many hot acts take center stage at our popular venues including the House of Blues and Alabama Theatre at Barefoot Landing, Broadway at the Beach's Palace Theatre, and the historic Myrtle Beach Train Depot.

The Alabama Theatre will feature Don Williams on the 17th, a super Motown evening with the Drifters, Coasters and Platters the 24th, and Lorrie Morgan & Pam Tillis on the 31st.

The House of Blues has hot tribute bands bringing back the music of Metallica & Guns n' Roses on the 17th and Poison & Motley Crew on the 23rd. The BIG event is the Monday after the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am golf tournament and gala concert with Hootie & the Blowfish and friends (Sister Hazel, Javier Colon and more).

South by Southeast Music Feasts wrap up their spring concert series at the Depot with the Randall Bramblett Band on the 10th.

At the Palace Theatre you can catch a lively performance of Hooray for Hollywood all through the month of March and a special performance on the 30th by Howie Mandel of America's Got Talent.

Try a day trip to Brookgreen Gardens and appreciate nature and the arts. Featured special events in March include the "Birds in Art" Exhibition and "Down by the Riverside" & Other Spirituals.

Are you in need of some intensive retail therapy?


Are you looking for the perfect shopping destination? How about 6 great shopping destinations where the fashion is smart and the prices are great! For outdoor shopping with great restaurants and attractions for the family, Broadway at the Beach is the ultimate shopping experience. While Mom is picking out glamorous jewelry at the local’s favorite Bijuju, the kids can enjoy picking, stuffing, naming, and dressing their own Teddy Bear at the Build-a-Bear Workshop, and Dad can get countrified at the Foxworthy Store. After a long shopping day, slip on your flip flops and enjoy music and a meal at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville or have a nice evening stroll along the deck overlooking Broadway Lake and dinner at Key West Grill.

If you are looking for a more leisurely shopping experience, visit North Myrtle Beach’s Barefoot Landing, a friendly and casual southern-style shopping mecca. Treat yourself to a necklace and classy earrings at Southern Pearls or pamper your feet with comfortable shoes at the Happy Feet Store. Get ready for the beach scene with a visit to the Ron-Jon Surf Shop for stylish swimwear. In a more classic mood? Step into White HouseBlack Market for its assortment of fashions… all in the black & white theme, of course.


For the free spirits, visit Earthbound for your planet-friendly items and hop over to Peace Frogs for the coolest shirts and accessories. If your favorite color is purple, sashay (that's right, I said sashay) over to the PURPLEologist where you can outfit yourself head to toe with all sorts of accessories in magenta, fuchsia, lavender, violet, orchid, mauve or other similar shades. Take a midday break for a wonderful lunch at TBonz Gill and Grill.


Attention bargain hunters! Start your day at Tanger Outlet where you can shop at Old Navy, Tommy Hilfiger, Polo Ralph Lauren and many more for amazing factory-direct discounted prices. Find a scintillating scent at Perfumania, a gift for a friend at Yankee Candle, or something special for the kids at the Disney Store or at OshKosh B’gosh.


Do you want even more? Visit “Reader’s Choice and Visitor’s Voice: Best of the Beach” – Coastal Grand Mall. You’ll find everything from fabulous high dollar couture and great savings on today’s looks to home décor and specialty shop curios. Step into Bed, Bath, and Beyond for the perfect bed linens, bathroom décor, and kitchen knick-knacks. If you need to refuel with a Espresso or Frappuccino, right in the center of everything is a Starbucks!


While on vacation, enjoy all that our beach has to offer and SHOP TIL YOU DROP!