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Myrtle Beach Has the Right Recipe for Summer Fun and Festivals

Myrtle Beach Has the Right Recipe for Summer Fun and Festivals

Take a 60-mile stretch of white-sand beaches and cool Atlantic Ocean waters, sprinkle in some sunshine and sea breeze, mix in generous helpings of attractions, golf, watersports, dining, shopping and nightlife, and you have a recipe for the ultimate summer vacation in sunny Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The fun is already baked into this vacation cake; now for the icing.

Five Fun, Free Things for Teens to Do in Myrtle Beach

Five Fun, Free Things for Teens to Do in Myrtle Beach

Teens can be a tricky bunch to entertain during a family vacation. Too young to go out on the town on their own — and too old to hang around with the parents 24/7 — most teenagers also happen to be too broke to do all the things on their wish list. But that's part of the beauty of vacationing in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where much of the fun is for free.

Go on a Paddleboarding Adventure in Myrtle Beach

Go on a Paddleboarding Adventure in Myrtle Beach

For adventurous souls who love water sports but lack the skill, stamina or nerve for activities like surfing, kiteboarding or parasailing, there's a popular alternative to give you a more relaxed taste of a day on the water in Myrtle Beach - it’s paddleboarding.

Day Tripping: Take a Break from your Myrtle Beach Vacation to Discover Wilmington, NC

Day Tripping: Take a Break from your Myrtle Beach Vacation to Discover Wilmington, NC

Once you've arrived at Long Bay Resort in sunny Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, it's really tough to leave. After checking into your cozy room and checking out the oceanfront view, indoor and outdoor pool decks, on-site dining and more, you might find it difficult to visit all the wonderful attractions, golf, shopping, dining and nightlife the Grand Strand offers.

Long Bay Features Free Myrtle Beach Fireworks Shows in Every Direction

Long Bay Features Free Myrtle Beach Fireworks Shows in Every Direction

One of the best things about spending your Myrtle Beach vacation at Long Bay Resort is that you don't have to venture very far — if anywhere at all — to find lots of great ways to entertain the entire family. In addition to all the easy oceanfront beach access, the indoor/outdoor pool decks with waterslides and hot tubs, and the on-site restaurants and bars, Long Bay Resort is located in an upscale neighborhood on the north end of town that is convenient to everything without being in the middle of everything.

Spend an All-American Vacation in Myrtle Beach on Memorial Day Weekend

Spend an All-American Vacation in Myrtle Beach on Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend is a special time in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and not just because it is the unofficial start of the summer season. The Grand Strand has a deep connection with the military that makes the holiday even more meaningful. In fact, while Myrtle Beach is now well-known for being America's No. 1 family beach vacation destination, the area owes much of its foundation to the opening of the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base during the World War II era.

Take Surfing to the Next Level by Kiteboarding in Myrtle Beach

Take Surfing to the Next Level by Kiteboarding in Myrtle Beach

Guests at Long Bay Resort on the Myrtle Beach oceanfront can take a stroll down the shoreline on a beautiful but windy day and see something that might make them do a double take — flying surfers. Those are actually kiteboarders — extreme water sports enthusiasts who literally take surfing to the next level, as in airborne. Kiteboarding is one of the fastest-growing water sports on the Grand Strand. Created on the West Coast by surfers who decided to see what would happen if they added a parachute to the salty mix, kiteboarding has made its way across the country to surfers on…

Top 5 Fun-Filled Family Dining Options in Myrtle Beach

Top 5 Fun-Filled Family Dining Options in Myrtle Beach

Deciding where to take the family out for an enjoyable dinner during your Myrtle Beach vacation can be a real challenge, but one with a nice reward for those who choose wisely. With more than 1,700 restaurants on the Grand Strand, finding a handful of places to dine that will make the whole family happy is a lot more difficult than it might sound.

Top 5 Ways to Get Around Myrtle Beach Without Moving Your Vehicle

Top 5 Ways to Get Around Myrtle Beach Without Moving Your Vehicle

One of the best things about vacationing at Long Bay Resort on the Myrtle Beach oceanfront is that you can enjoy a wonderful beach getaway without ever leaving the property. With the resort’s luxurious oceanfront accommodations, on-site dining, and a long list of amenities and aquatic facilities, Long Bay guests have plenty of fun-filled activities to keep them entertained.

Earth Day Music Fest, Diabetes 5K Team Up for Fun Day at Myrtle Beach Speedway

Earth Day Music Fest, Diabetes 5K Team Up for Fun Day at Myrtle Beach Speedway

At first glance, the fast and loud sport of NASCAR racing might seem like an unlikely match for the health-and-environment crowd. But Myrtle Beach Speedway's hosting of the 10th Annual Earth Day Music Fest and Diabetes 5K is proof that the two worlds can peacefully coexist with a special event that celebrates the planet and raises funds for a worthy cause.

Myrtle Beach’s New South Brewing Offers Tours and Tastings

Myrtle Beach’s New South Brewing Offers Tours and Tastings

When in Rome, do as the Romans do. But when in Myrtle Beach, drink like the locals drink. For thousands of Grand Strand residents and vacationers, that means tapping a keg or popping a top to enjoy an ice-cold beer from New South Brewing.

2017 Springtime Festivals in Myrtle Beach

2017 Springtime Festivals in Myrtle Beach

The weather is starting to heat up in Myrtle Beach, and with winter behind us there are so many events and festivals to look forward to in the spring time here in Myrtle Beach, SC. Check out our listings below for all of the festivals, shows and things to do this spring, held throughout the Grand Strand:

Myrtle Beach Pelicans Plan Summer of Baseball, Bobbleheads and Fireworks

Myrtle Beach Pelicans Plan Summer of Baseball, Bobbleheads and Fireworks

The 2017 baseball season is warming up in the on-deck circle, and faithful fans of the Chicago Cubs still haven't stopped celebrating their long-awaited 2016 World Series championship. Grand Strand baseball fans also have ample reason to party, since our local minor-league team, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, is coming off back-to-back Carolina League titles.

Long Bay Resort Is a Great Rainy-Day Getaway

Long Bay Resort Is a Great Rainy-Day Getaway

The weather can be a wild card on any vacation, but you can visit Myrtle Beach without even packing an umbrella if you play your cards right. That means booking your reservations at Long Bay Resort, where rainy-day fun draws a full house.

Break Out Myrtle Beach Allows Visitors to Escape the Ordinary

Break Out Myrtle Beach Allows Visitors to Escape the Ordinary

There was a time when getting locked up during your Myrtle Beach vacation was a bad thing. Now, folks are lining up for the chance at the Grand Strand's latest attraction - Break Out Myrtle Beach. Unlike the many amusement rides and water parks around town, this new-age game features more mental challenges and offers a chance to "Break Out" of the ordinary.

Charity Walks, Road Races Highlight Active Spring in Myrtle Beach

Charity Walks, Road Races Highlight Active Spring in Myrtle Beach

The month of March marks more than the start of the spring vacation season in Myrtle Beach. It also signals the beginning of a road-race stampede on the Grand Strand. If you like to stay active and have a good time with fellow runners during your Grand Strand getaway, pack a pair of sneakers along with your flip-flops and sign up for a spring road race.

Enjoy the Carolina Country Music Fest and Relaxing in Myrtle Beach All in One Long Bay Vacation

Enjoy the Carolina Country Music Fest and Relaxing in Myrtle Beach All in One Long Bay Vacation

There's no need to choose between a relaxing summer vacation on the beach and a wild weekend at the concert event of the year. Grand Strand visitors can enjoy the best of both worlds by staying at Long Bay Resort away from the noise and crowds while attending the Third Annual Carolina Country Music Fest June 8-11 in the heart of Myrtle Beach's downtown district.

Long Bay Resort Has Your Tickets to Sun & Fun in Myrtle Beach

Long Bay Resort Has Your Tickets to Sun & Fun in Myrtle Beach

Guests at Long Bay Resort often say they could spend their entire Myrtle Beach vacation on the premises. After all, our clean and comfortable oceanfront accommodations, state-of-the-art indoor/outdoor pool decks and delicious on-site dining provide everything you need for a relaxing retreat. But Long Bay Resort also offers hook-ups to many of the great attractions the Grand Strand has to offer through our Sun & Fun Rewards program. The 2017 Sun & Fun Rewards package, which guests receive free of charge when they check in, includes free admission, discounted tickets and other benefits…

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre Brings High Drama to HOB

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre Brings High Drama to HOB

The popularity of crime drama television shows like "CSI" and "Law & Order" seems to have turned everybody into an armchair detective these days. Now guests at Long Bay Resort in Myrtle Beach can put those case-cracking skills to good use while having a great time during your Grand Strand vacation at the House of Blues' Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre.

Liberty Tap Room One of Many Dining Hot Spots Near Long Bay Resort

Liberty Tap Room One of Many Dining Hot Spots Near Long Bay Resort

Myrtle Beach's famed Restaurant Row is one of the most popular dining districts on the Grand Strand, but there's a new culinary center growing that is even closer to Long Bay Resort. While Restaurant Row is only a few miles north of the resort, Long Bay is located only a few blocks from several hot spots where guests can eat, drink, walk and be merry.

Five Irish Tenors Coming to The Carolina Opry in Myrtle Beach

Five Irish Tenors Coming to The Carolina Opry in Myrtle Beach

If this were a movie production, it might be called "Straight Outta Dublin." But Myrtle Beach area music lovers, both locals and visitors, simply call it a rare opportunity to witness one of the world's most popular acts - Five Irish Tenors.

Escape the Winter Weather for Hot Times at Rockin’ Jump

Escape the Winter Weather for Hot Times at Rockin’ Jump

The Grand Strand may be best known for hot fun in the summertime, but the wintertime can be a blast, too, thanks to Myrtle Beach's newest indoor attraction. Designed to give active visitors and locals alike a venue where they can literally bounce off the walls and floors even when the weather doesn't cooperate with outdoor plans, Rockin' Jump is Myrtle Beach's first trampoline park, and it provides plenty of space for children to burn off some energy under one very large roof.

Top 5 Reasons to Book Your Spring Golf Trip to Myrtle Beach

Top 5 Reasons to Book Your Spring Golf Trip to Myrtle Beach

The Grand Strand truly is a vacation destination for all seasons, with the character of the Myrtle Beach area seeming to change every three months. Summer is all about the beach and the fun attractions, such as fireworks shows and water parks, while fall is festival season, featuring events like the Beach Boogie & BBQ Festival and the Little River Shrimp Fest. The winter is a snowbird's paradise and peaceful retreat of mild temperatures and small crowds, and the springtime is all about golf - and lots of it.

The Track Brings Another Racing Thrill Park to Myrtle Beach

The Track Brings Another Racing Thrill Park to Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is home to a brand-new thrill park, and guests at Long Bay Resort are only a short drive away from taking The Track Family Recreation Center for a test drive. Holding a soft opening at the end of the 2016 season, The Track is located on Restaurant Row, only a few miles north of Long Bay, and offers a wide variety of go-kart racing and arcade games.

21 Main Among Top Places on Grand Strand to Dine, Party on New Year’s Eve

21 Main Among Top Places on Grand Strand to Dine, Party on New Year’s Eve

If you are coming to Myrtle Beach to ring in 2017 until the wee hours of the morning, don't forget to fuel up before you start your all-night party. While lots of local restaurants are offering special New Year's Eve dinner packages, one of the best options for feasting and festivities on the Grand Strand can be found at North Beach Plantation’s 21 Main Prime Steakhouse and Sushi Bar.

Ten Dates to Circle on your Myrtle Beach Vacation Calendar

Ten Dates to Circle on your Myrtle Beach Vacation Calendar

The first part of making your Myrtle Beach vacation is easy: stay at Long Bay Resort. The second part is all about picking which dates to visit the Grand Strand. This is easier said than done especially when there are so many things happening year-round in Myrtle Beach. Here’s a little help, with 10 events you don’t want to miss in 2017:

Top 5 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays at Long Bay Resort

Top 5 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays at Long Bay Resort

Long Bay Resort has become a holiday home away from home for many Myrtle Beach visitors who have discovered the magic of celebrating the season on the Grand Strand. From Black Friday shopping to New Year's Eve shindigs and all the Christmas festivities in between, Long Bay Resort puts your party in the middle of all the action while also giving you a comfortable place to enjoy the holidays with family and friends. Here are the top five ways to get in the holiday spirit on the Strand:

Barefoot Landing Offers Long List of Holiday Festivities

Barefoot Landing Offers Long List of Holiday Festivities

Christmastime isn't the only thing that's just around the corner. So is Barefoot Landing, a Grand Strand hot spot for the holidays that is located less than 7 miles away from Long Bay Resort. Our guests can make the short trip to this shopping, dining and entertainment center in North Myrtle Beach and enjoy a wide range of events for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's.

Enjoy Big Fun, Bigger Savings by Booking Early at Long Bay Resort

Enjoy Big Fun, Bigger Savings by Booking Early at Long Bay Resort

With the hectic holiday season upon us, it's a good time to start thinking about how you’ll recover from all the holiday stress and wintertime blues — your next vacation! Whether you and your crew prefer a relaxing winter retreat, a much-needed spring break or some hot fun in the summertime, Long Bay Resort is the place to reserve your next beach retreat, and now is the time. Cash in on huge savings by booking early, and make the loved ones on your shopping list happy for the holidays with the gift of a Myrtle Beach vacation. Here's a sampling of what you can look forward to…

Comedy, Hypnosis and Music Collide at GTS Theatre

Comedy, Hypnosis and Music Collide at GTS Theatre

Watch the swinging watch and relax. You are getting very, very sleepy and ... SNAP! OK, so maybe hypnosis doesn't work in print, but nonbelievers in subconscious manipulation can see it for themselves firsthand at the GTS Theatre in Myrtle Beach. In fact, if you are brave enough to volunteer and susceptible to hypnosis, you can even experience it for yourself.

Myrtle Beach International Airport Offers Happy Landings on Grand Strand

Myrtle Beach International Airport Offers Happy Landings on Grand Strand

Rated as the nation’s No. 1 family beach vacation destination, Myrtle Beach was once considered a regional driving destination. The vast majority of visitors arrived by the carload, while the old Myrtle Beach Airport was little more than a shared runway with the neighboring Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. But those days are now in the rear-view mirror as air travel to and from the Grand Strand has taken off in recent years, thanks to the expansion of the airport terminal and the addition of more airline services.

Top 5 Restaurants for Thanksgiving Dinner in Myrtle Beach

Top 5 Restaurants for Thanksgiving Dinner in Myrtle Beach

Taking a holiday-weekend vacation to Myrtle Beach for Thanksgiving doesn't mean you have to give up your turkey dinner. In fact, guests at Long Bay Resort can enjoy their Grand Strand getaway and a traditional holiday feast at one of the many local restaurants that open their doors for Thanksgiving. Here are some of our guests’ favorite places to celebrate Thanksgiving:

Experience a Unique Piece of History at Hopsewee Plantation

Experience a Unique Piece of History at Hopsewee Plantation

Like the seemingly bottomless swamps and salt marshes of the South Carolina Lowcountry, history runs deep on the south side of the Grand Strand. And nowhere does local history run deeper than at Hopsewee Plantation in rural Georgetown County.

Halloween Fun for Young and Old at Broadway at the Beach

Halloween Fun for Young and Old at Broadway at the Beach

Whoever says Halloween is a holiday for children, not adults, is only half right — and that's especially true in Myrtle Beach. Sure, there are plenty of fun activities that allow kids to get into the spirit of the season, but grown-ups can also celebrate Halloween with different kinds of tricks and treats — such as getting tricked out in your best costume and treating yourself to a wild night at Celebrity Square and Broadway at the Beach. Long Bay Resort is the place to stay for adults who love to play.

Wine, Dine and Unwind at Autumn Big Band Blast

Wine, Dine and Unwind at Autumn Big Band Blast

Autumn seems to arrive a little bit later in Myrtle Beach than it does for many of our Northern neighbors. While Labor Day weekend marks the traditional transition from summer to fall, on the Grand Strand, the month of September usually remains sunny and warm without all the heat and humidity — and it's typically October before visitors get to experience that unmistakable chill in the ocean air.

Hop on Your Hog for Myrtle Beach Fall Bike Rally

Hop on Your Hog for Myrtle Beach Fall Bike Rally

Get your motor running and head out on the highway for the Myrtle Beach Bike Week Fall Rally. With apologies to 1970s rock band Steppenwolf, it's a great experience for those looking for adventure and whatever comes their way. And while you are exploring all the activities on the Grand Strand, there's no better place to park your ride at the end of the day than at Long Bay Resort.

Myrtle Beach Goes International at Irish Italian Festival

Myrtle Beach Goes International at Irish Italian Festival

The Great American Melting Pot becomes a Grand Strand sand bucket for one day this fall with the 13th Annual Irish Italian International Festival in North Myrtle Beach. Paying tribute to America's unique and diverse heritage, the Sept. 24 shindig brings the rich culture, history, art, food and music of Ireland, Italy and the world to our little corner of the coast.

Kick Off Your Fall With College Football in Myrtle Beach

Kick Off Your Fall With College Football in Myrtle Beach

College football and pre-game tailgating are autumn rituals in the South, and the Grand Strand is home to one of the best small-school experiences you can find. Coastal Carolina University, located in Conway about 15 miles away from Myrtle Beach’s Long Bay Resort, offers all the football, fun and fanfare of a major college program without all the traffic jams and big crowds.

Five Ways for Families to Celebrate Labor Day in Myrtle Beach

Five Ways for Families to Celebrate Labor Day in Myrtle Beach

Labor Day not only marks the unofficial end of summer — the holiday also signals an inevitable shortage of quality family time. The kids are back at school, the parents are back to work, and the sports practices and dance recitals make it almost impossible to get away from it all in the fall. This gives us all the more reason to take one last family retreat to Myrtle Beach for Labor Day weekend.

Fall 2016 Myrtle Beach Events

Fall 2016 Myrtle Beach Events

With the summer season coming to an end and the weather finally cooling down, things are just starting to heat up in Myrtle Beach. There are so many great reasons to visit Long Bay Resort in the fall.

Five Great Places for Calabash-Style Seafood in Myrtle Beach

Five Great Places for Calabash-Style Seafood in Myrtle Beach

One of the Grand Strand's most popular regional delicacies is Calabash seafood, a distinct style that involves lightly battered, deep fried and freshly caught seafood harvested from the Atlantic Ocean and inlets along the Carolina coast. The combination of freshness and crispy crunch attracts seafood lovers to local restaurants and buffets that serve Calabash dishes.

Five Tips for a Speedy Sunburn Recovery on Your Myrtle Beach Vacation

Five Tips for a Speedy Sunburn Recovery on Your Myrtle Beach Vacation

You’ve heard all the warnings: Wear sunscreen, sit in the shade, and avoid tanning during the peak heat of the day. But somehow, you or someone in your party always manages to slip up and come down with a bad case of sunburn during your Myrtle Beach vacation — and that can be a pain in more ways than one. But guests at Long Bay Resort don’t have to let a sunburn sideline their vacation fun. Rather than sitting inside and wishing you had reapplied, follow a few of these helpful tips for taking the sting out of your condition:

Hop on Over to Myrtle Beach’s First Trampoline Park at Rockin’ Jump

Hop on Over to Myrtle Beach’s First Trampoline Park at Rockin’ Jump

There's a good reason Myrtle Beach is known as the Sun Fun Capital — actually, lots of them. Vacationers come to the Grand Strand in the summertime to relax on the white-sand beaches, play championship golf and sail on the high seas, just to name a few popular outdoor activities. But Myrtle Beach also has plenty of indoor fun for those rainy days and humid afternoons.

Take an International Food Tour at Market Common

Take an International Food Tour at Market Common

Guests at Long Bay Resort don't have to travel around the world to experience global culinary traditions. A visit to The Market Common in Myrtle Beach will do for an international food tour, all within a six-block radius of the urban shopping and dining district. With more than a dozen restaurants and cafes located in a scenic setting, you can taste the flavors of the world in one trip.

Take a Last-Minute Trip to Myrtle Beach Before the Kids Go Back to School

Take a Last-Minute Trip to Myrtle Beach Before the Kids Go Back to School

It seems like only yesterday the kids were counting down the days until the start of summer vacation. Suddenly, it’s already time to start the countdown for the return to the classroom in a matter of days. Before you send the little ones back to their brain-building, give them one last taste of summer with a last-minute trip to Myrtle Beach and Long Bay Resort.

Take Your Crew Out to the Ball Game With the Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Take Your Crew Out to the Ball Game With the Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Myrtle Beach may be more famous for beach balls than baseball, but America's favorite family beach vacation destination is also a hotbed for America's pastime. Visitors come for our sandy beaches and discover that we're known for our sandlots.

Five Ways to Save Big Bucks on Your Myrtle Beach Vacation

Five Ways to Save Big Bucks on Your Myrtle Beach Vacation

Taking a summer vacation can take a toll on a family budget. But if you know a few tips, tricks and loopholes, you can save big bucks on a Myrtle Beach getaway. In fact, you can save hundreds by staying at Long Bay Resort and taking a few simple steps. Here are five easy ways you can find discounted accommodations and dining, as well as free entertainment and attractions, at America's favorite family beach destination:

Car Shows Cruise Into Myrtle Beach

Car Shows Cruise Into Myrtle Beach

There's something about the appeal of cruising down Ocean Boulevard with the sea breeze blowing through your hair that attracts droves of classic-car enthusiasts to Myrtle Beach. In fact, with dozens of car shows and cruise-ins scheduled throughout the year on the Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach is the place to be for seeing and driving classic cars down The Strip.

Make the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk Your Headquarters for Fun

Make the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk Your Headquarters for Fun

Longtime Myrtle Beach visitors remember a time when the downtown district was the center of all the action. Cruising down the strip, hanging out on the Boulevard and playing around at the Pavilion were the main draws to attract visitors to downtown.

Celebrate Life at the Market Common in Myrtle Beach

Celebrate Life at the Market Common in Myrtle Beach

Sometimes you just need to celebrate and enjoy life. If you are staying at Long Bay Resort, then you have already decided that you deserve some of the best pleasures in life. Now take your vacation one step further and experience everything that Market Common has to offer.

Experience Beachfront Dining at Its Best

Experience Beachfront Dining at Its Best

Nothing says summertime like grabbing some grub on the patio — and Myrtle Beach takes the patio to another level by throwing in the sand and surf. Guests at The Long Bay Resort have discovered several scenic beachfront patios at some of the best restaurants in town. Do yourself a favor and check out a few of these flavorsome venues with eye-popping views.

Pack These Items for Your Long Bay Visit

Pack These Items for Your Long Bay Visit

When getting ready for your escape to Long Bay Resort, things may get hectic when trying to get those last-minute items packed. Check out this list of common “don’t forget” items that could come in handy during your Myrtle Beach vacation.

Believe It or Not — Ripley’s Attractions Are Some of the Best in Myrtle Beach

Believe It or Not — Ripley’s Attractions Are Some of the Best in Myrtle Beach

It’s amazing how many awesome attractions can be found in the Myrtle Beach area — so many that it would take most vacationers years to visit them all. And it’s pretty terrific that the Grand Strand’s numerous attractions are so unique, diverse and well worth the price of admission. At Long Bay Resort, our guests seem to be consistently impressed with the five local attractions offered by the Ripley’s company. Read on to learn more about this collection of attractions you’ll need to see to believe.

Top 10 Places to Find Frozen Treats in Myrtle Beach

Top 10 Places to Find Frozen Treats in Myrtle Beach

There's something about being at the beach that makes frozen treats taste even better than normal. Maybe it's the hot summer sun beating down on you all day or that salty air you breathe in that make your body crave something cold and sweet. Whatever the reason, there's no need to fight it. You're on vacation and deserve to splurge a little on something cold and tasty. Visitors to Myrtle Beach, especially those staying at Long Bay Resort, have no shortage of options when it comes to finding frozen goodies. In addition to having a frozen treat and daiquiri stand located poolside, Long…

Five Great Places to Go Biking, Hiking in Myrtle Beach

Five Great Places to Go Biking, Hiking in Myrtle Beach

Two of the best ways to see the Grand Strand are on foot and on two wheels. The Myrtle Beach area offers a wealth of hiking and biking opportunities, some of them within steps of Long Bay Resort. Guests can go for a quiet stroll down the beach or use the recently installed bike lanes along Ocean Boulevard to go exploring. Just a mile or two north of the resort is the scenic Dunes neighborhood, and a couple of miles south is Myrtle Beach's famed Golden Mile. Both offer scenic views of undeveloped stretches of beach and beautiful, historic beach homes. But if you want to see some more…

Five Ways to Stretch Your Myrtle Beach Vacation Dollars

Five Ways to Stretch Your Myrtle Beach Vacation Dollars

Myrtle Beach is meant for fun and relaxation, so no one wants to spend their valuable vacation time worrying about money. Trying to get the most out of your travel dollars so that everyone has a great time and goes home happy can be a tall order, so here are five money-saving tips to help you maximize your vacation budget during your Grand Strand getaway:

Six Ways to Take a Walk on the Wild Side in Myrtle Beach

Six Ways to Take a Walk on the Wild Side in Myrtle Beach

Humans aren't the only ones that come out to enjoy the warm weather this time of year. So do our four-legged, finned and feathered friends, many of which are on display at local parks and zoos, as well as in the wild. For Myrtle Beach vacationers looking for encounters with nature and up-close looks at exotic animals, check out these six wild spots:

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Long Bay and Spoil Mom in Myrtle Beach

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Long Bay and Spoil Mom in Myrtle Beach

Let's face it — without dear ol' Mom, you wouldn't be here. She has taken good care of you and your family for all these years, and now it's time to pay her back with a special Mother's Day weekend in Myrtle Beach. Make your reservations at Long Bay Resort today and plan a picture-perfect Mother's Day for the well-deserving matriarchs in your family. Here are five great options for showing her a memorable time in Myrtle Beach:

Long Bay Offers Great Deals, Chance to Win Free Tickets to the Carolina Country Music Fest

Long Bay Offers Great Deals, Chance to Win Free Tickets to the Carolina Country Music Fest

The Second Annual Carolina Country Music Festival offers plenty of reasons to escape to Myrtle Beach for a long weekend of good times and great music. Long Bay Resort provides even more reasons to stay with us and save on your concert getaway. Offering special discounts on accommodations and tickets to the Carolina Country Music Fest, Long Bay is the place to stay to enjoy the concert event of the summer on the Grand Strand. And if saving up to 25 percent off the regular room rate and receiving up to $53 off your ticket package aren't reason enough to tempt you into a country music…

Grand Strand Piers Offer More Than Fishing

Grand Strand Piers Offer More Than Fishing

There are plenty of opportunities for fishing on the Grand Strand, but none quite like the experience you’ll find at a fishing pier. Providing easy access to the Atlantic Ocean; all the bait, gear and licenses you’ll need; and even some free advice and tall fishing tales from the friendly cast of characters who congregate at the local piers, these hot spots offer anglers many of the benefits of ocean fishing without the expense of chartering a boat. The 60-mile stretch of Carolina coastline called the Grand Strand is fortunate to have 10 fishing piers to choose from, each with its…

Seven Ways to Enjoy the Great Outdoors on the Grand Strand

Seven Ways to Enjoy the Great Outdoors on the Grand Strand

With the spring weather in full bloom in the Myrtle Beach area, the best places to visit are the ones without walls and a roof. The great outdoors are even greater this time of year on the Grand Strand, and there are plenty of options for getting outside and having an adventure. Whether seeking a couples, family or group outing, you’ll find the ideal venue on our list of seven great places to enjoy the great outdoors:

Change is in the Air at Broadway at the Beach

Change is in the Air at Broadway at the Beach

Broadway at the Beach has been doing some serious spring cleaning, and the results will be a breath of fresh air for longtime visitors to the ultimate center for Myrtle Beach entertainment, dining, shopping and nightlife. Although the popular complex has seen some minor tweaks over its two decades of operations, the latest renovations promise to be the most extreme Broadway at the Beach has ever seen. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the changes that are afoot:

Ten Places to Enjoy Easter Breakfast, Brunch in Myrtle Beach

Ten Places to Enjoy Easter Breakfast, Brunch in Myrtle Beach

The traditional Easter meal is a big part of the holiday celebration, but folks who are vacationing don't have the option of gathering at grandma's house for a family feast. Fortunately for those visiting the Grand Strand, the area offers the next best thing with lots of outstanding Myrtle Beach restaurants providing Easter feasts in formal and casual environments. Whether you are looking for a fine-dining experience to celebrate the special day, or a more festive atmosphere with family and friends, you are sure to find the right place to enjoy an Easter feast within a short drive of…

No Longing for Excitement with the Golf Courses Near Long Bay

No Longing for Excitement with the Golf Courses Near Long Bay

There’s plenty of excitement with any vacation to Myrtle Beach, and at Long Bay Resort, that holds true with the gorgeous beachfront views and never-ending amenities. But a great addition to any Myrtle Beach vacation should include a round at any of the area’s award-winning golf courses. With over 100 golf courses situated along 60 miles of the Grand Strand, the golf staff at Long Bay is available to help plan a golf getaway during your stay in Myrtle Beach. While there are so many courses to choose from, some of the favorites at Long Bay are:

Take the Kids for a Bouncing Good Time at Myrtle Beach Trampoline Parks

Take the Kids for a Bouncing Good Time at Myrtle Beach Trampoline Parks

Ever have one of those rainy days or nights when the kids are bouncing off the walls with boredom? That's why many parents have discovered the magic of trampoline parks, where the little ones can literally bounce off the walls, floors and more. The growing trend has resulted in two new trampoline parks opening on the Grand Strand this spring - Rock 'N Jump in downtown Myrtle Beach and Extreme Trampoline in the Fantasy Harbour district. Featuring a series of traditional trampolines, rock-climbing walls, dodgeball and basketball courts and other play equipment, these play centers are…

Long Bay Resort Offers Free Tickets to the Top Myrtle Beach Attractions

Long Bay Resort Offers Free Tickets to the Top Myrtle Beach Attractions

Looking for something fun and free to do during your Myrtle Beach vacation? How about going for a ride high above the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk on the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, or coming face to face with sharks at Ripley's Aquarium? Or maybe zipping around the racetrack at Broadway Grand Prix is more your speed, or perhaps splashing down the water slides at Myrtle Waves? If those activities sound like your idea of a good time, let Long Bay Resort pay your way with our Sun & Fun Rewards programs. Offering one free adult admission to some of the Grand Strand's greatest attractions, Long Bay…

California Roots Reggae Festival Brings Good Vibrations to Myrtle Beach

California Roots Reggae Festival Brings Good Vibrations to Myrtle Beach

When most people think of reggae, the name Bob Marley springs to mind. Rightfully so, considering the late godfather of the genre spread the Jamaican sound to the world. But his work has inspired a new generation of reggae musicians, many of whom will be on display at the April 9 California Roots: The Carolina Sessions Reggae Festival in the heart of downtown Myrtle Beach. Headlined by alt rock/reggae band 311, more than 11 bands have already been announced as part of the lineup to play on the Myrtle Beach oceanfront on the site of the old Pavilion. With the ocean in the background…

The Carolina Opry Comes Alive with New “Thunder and Light” Show

The Carolina Opry Comes Alive with New “Thunder and Light” Show

What do you get when you cross the foot-stomping showmanship of popular dance troop All That with the high-tech lasers featured on major concert tours? Then take a little bit of magic and a whole lot of breath-taking action and put them all under one roof? Technically speaking, the answer is "Thunder and Light", the latest show to take the stage and thrill audiences at Myrtle Beach’s Carolina Opry. The Calvin Gilmore production is drawing rave reviews since debuting this season and crowds are taking notice. But the easy answer to the trick question is entertainment for every…

Top 5 Places to Propose in Myrtle Beach

Top 5 Places to Propose in Myrtle Beach

In a perfect world, you only get one shot to ask your loved one to spend the rest of your lives together, so you want to make it special. That's why many couples have memories of Myrtle Beach dating back to when the question was popped. Especially for fun-loving couples, there’s no better spot to start a happy partnership than the Sun & Fun Capital of Myrtle Beach. Of course, planning the trip to Myrtle Beach and remembering to bring the ring are only part of the formula for a proper proposal. Finding the right time and place to propose are just as important, so do a little homework…

Expanded Airport, New Airlines Provide More Flights to Myrtle Beach

Expanded Airport, New Airlines Provide More Flights to Myrtle Beach

There was a time when flying into Myrtle Beach meant boarding a puddle-jumper from neighboring hubs like Atlanta and Charlotte to land at one of only four gates. But just as the Grand Strand has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, so too has the Myrtle Beach International Airport. After undergoing a $118 million renovation to add a new terminal to the existing facility, the new and improved Myrtle Beach International Airport was unveiled in the spring of 2015. It didn't take very long for new airlines and travelers to take notice, with now a total of eight airlines offering…

Eat Well on Your Vacation with Bay Naturals

Eat Well on Your Vacation with Bay Naturals

There are many advantages to choosing Long Bay Resort as the host of your Myrtle Beach vacation: The clean and comfortable oceanfront accommodations, the awesome indoor and outdoor pool decks just steps away from the beach, and the on-site restaurants and fitness center, just to name a few. But among the many reasons for staying at Long Bay is the fact that you are only a few blocks away from the Grand Strand's first health food market and kitchen - Bay Naturals. Located at Northwoods Plaza near the corner of Kings Highway and 76th Avenue North is the inaugural, locally owned health…

Five Great Places for Christmas Brunch and Dinner Near Long Bay

Five Great Places for Christmas Brunch and Dinner Near Long Bay

One of the best things about spending the holidays in Myrtle Beach is the abundance of great places to eat for Christmas brunch and dinner. Although several local restaurants keep their doors open for the holidays, there are a handful of eateries that go the extra mile with dinner specials and brunch buffets on Christmas Eve and Day. Guests at Long Bay Resort are fortunate to be located a short distance from some of the best spots for holiday dining, but proximity is only part of the equation. The popular demand for a table at these hot spots during the holidays requires advanced…

Top Places to Play Bingo in Myrtle Beach

Top Places to Play Bingo in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach doesn't have the flashy casinos of Las Vegas or Atlantic City, nor the horse racing tracks of Kentucky and California. But for some low-stakes fun with some possible big pay days, bingo is the name of the game on the Grand Strand. But the term "bingo" might not be what you are accustomed to back home. While many know bingo as the game you grew up playing by using beans to cover lettered and numbered cards chosen by the caller, the game has a much broader definition locally. South Carolina laws prohibit the use of high-stakes video poker machines, but there are automated…

Christmas Lights Up the Holiday Season at the Grand Strand

Christmas Lights Up the Holiday Season at the Grand Strand

Folks who visit the Grand Strand during the holidays know about all the major lights displays. There's the Nights of a Thousand Candles event at Brookgreen Gardens (ending Dec 17-20), the local Christmas Tree Lightings and the new North Myrtle Beach Sports and Recreation Complex's Christmas Wonderland (through Dec. 31), just to name a few. That doesn't include the parades and fireworks shows scheduled for December. But longtime guests know that some of the best Christmas lights displays in Myrtle Beach can be found by riding around local neighborhoods. Private displays on front…

Shop Like a Local in Myrtle Beach This Holiday Season

Shop Like a Local in Myrtle Beach This Holiday Season

The Grand Strand has all the major national chains at our modern malls and shopping centers, and there is everything from big-box stores to beachwear shops located on virtually every block. But pick up a Christmas gift at one of these cookie-cutter stores and there’s a good chance an identical present will be under the tree; there’s nothing worse than getting someone something they already own. There’s little chance of that happening if you check out one of the many locally owned and operated stores, small mom-and-pop shops and independent boutiques in the Myrtle Beach area.…

Get a Jump on Your Christmas Shopping in Myrtle Beach

Get a Jump on Your Christmas Shopping in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is best known for sunning, swimming, surfing, golfing, fishing, parasailing and lots of other fun-filled verbs. But during the holiday season, the Grand Strand has become a popular place for another activity - shopping. The Myrtle Beach area is filled with a wide range of retail outlets to make it easy for visitors to find everything they are looking for in one trip. Considering the reduced hotel rates this time of year (Long Bay Resort is currently offering oceanfront accommodations for as low as $44 per night), it's more affordable than ever to combine a relaxing winter…

Top 5 Reasons to Start Planning Your Myrtle Beach Vacation for Spring and Summer

Top 5 Reasons to Start Planning Your Myrtle Beach Vacation for Spring and Summer

When the daily grind of work and the cold winter season get you down, just close your eyes and picture yourself relaxing on the beach in the warm spring or hot summer sun at Long Bay Resort in Myrtle Beach. Now, in order to make that daydream become a reality, go ahead and book your 2016 vacation plans in 2015. Here are five reasons you will be happy you did:

Ten Ways to Enjoy Wintertime Fun in Myrtle Beach

Ten Ways to Enjoy Wintertime Fun in Myrtle Beach

Looking for a fun and relaxing way to spend a winter getaway? Look no further than Myrtle Beach and Long Bay Resort, where you can hit the town or hang out at the resort for a memorable winter vacation. Here are 10 fun things to do on the Grand Strand this season:

Myrtle Beach Offers Holiday Fun for the Whole Family

Myrtle Beach Offers Holiday Fun for the Whole Family

Enjoying a white Christmas doesn't have to involve snow. White sand works just as well, and Myrtle Beach has plenty of that to go around, as well as lots of holiday fun in store for the whole family. Celebrate the holidays in the comfort of the Long Bay Resort and experience Christmas time on the Myrtle Beach oceanfront. The Grand Strand turns into a warm winter wonderland with a long list of family friendly holiday events, festivals and shows to check out during your stay:

Top 5 Holiday Shows in Myrtle Beach

Top 5 Holiday Shows in Myrtle Beach

Most people don’t associate the Christmas holidays with the beach, but those folks are missing out. The Grand Strand becomes a winter wonderland, sans the snowy weather, during the holidays, hosting parades, tree lightings, Santa sightings and, perhaps best of all, putting on some of the best Christmas shows in the nation. With several off-Broadway style theaters and shows appearing during the months of November and December, local theaters save their best for the end of the year to put folks in the holiday spirit. Spectators return year after year to see the same inspirational…

Duplin Winery Offers Vineyard Experience at Barefoot Landing

Duplin Winery Offers Vineyard Experience at Barefoot Landing

Like the juicy grapes they grow and the fine wines they make at their nearby vineyard, the owners of Duplin Winery knew their family-owned operation needed room to grow and breath. In an effort to spread good cheer and great wines to new customers, the cousins and business partners decided to open a new location in North Myrtle Beach's Barefoot Landing in 2015. The result is much more than a new place to sample and purchase wines on the Grand Strand. Duplin Winery's second location provides guests with the rare opportunity to learn about the wine-making process from grape to bottle,…

Myrtle Beach Stays on Dry Land in South Carolina Flooding

Myrtle Beach Stays on Dry Land in South Carolina Flooding

The flooding that devastated much of the state of South Carolina earlier this month had little impact on the fun this fall in Myrtle Beach and Long Bay Resort. The record rainfall and major flooding in parts of the Palmetto State dodged the central Grand Strand. Only days some areas of the state saw as much as 2 feet of rain in the first week of October, Myrtle Beach was already back in the business of hosting fun vacation getaways. "We are fortunate our beaches are up and running and ready for visitors," Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Brad Dean said just days…

Take a Guys Trip to Myrtle Beach This Fall

Take a Guys Trip to Myrtle Beach This Fall

Boys will be boys, and there’s no better place to do so than the Grand Strand. Myrtle Beach is not only a popular destination for families and couples; it’s also the perfect place to plan a guy’s trip. With all the golf courses, sports bars and fishing holes along the 60-mile stretch of Carolina coast, Myrtle Beach is like a paradise for old friends to reconnect and do “guy stuff.” Of course, it’s easy to hang out and pass around the pigskin on the beach, but the Grand Strand offers so much more to make your guys trip complete. Here are five of our favorite suggestions:

Lace Up Your Sneakers for Myrtle Beach Road Races This Holiday Season

Lace Up Your Sneakers for Myrtle Beach Road Races This Holiday Season

The Myrtle Beach Marathon brings thousands of runners to town for a 26.2-mile trek through town in March, and the Oct. 18 Myrtle Beach Mini-Marathon has grown into the second largest road race on the Grand Strand. But in between are some excellent 10K, 5K and one-mile fun runs, especially this holiday season. Here are some of the upcoming events that will allow you to have a great time, get some exercise and enjoy the holiday season in Myrtle Beach and the Long Bay Resort:

WonderWorks Offers ‘Edu-tainment’ at Broadway at the Beach

WonderWorks Offers ‘Edu-tainment’ at Broadway at the Beach

You have to have a bit of an imagination to understand the premise of WonderWorks, a popular and hard-to-miss attraction at Broadway at the Beach. But then again, you need a vivid imagination to enjoy the full experience of the three-story, 50,000 square foot venue, which combines science and nature with fun and thrills. It’s called “edu-tainment”, as in part education, part entertainment, and here's the story: Imagine a previously top secret scientific laboratory based in, of all places, the Bermuda Triangle, getting scooped up by a Category 5 hurricane and dropping it in…

Halloween is for Grown-ups too in Myrtle Beach

Halloween is for Grown-ups too in Myrtle Beach

Sometimes it seems Halloween is all about the kids, and rightfully so. We all have fond memories of dressing up like our favorite superhero or Disney princess and parading around the neighborhood collecting candy or smashing pumpkins, depending on whether you preferred tricks or treats. And telling ghost stories and sneaking around the spookiest house in town were always good for a few chills and thrills. But you’re all grown up now, and you're stuck drinking pumpkin-spice lattes and handing out healthy treats to the next generation of trick-or-treaters, admirable, but booo-rrring.…

How to Pack for Cooler Fall Weather in Myrtle Beach

How to Pack for Cooler Fall Weather in Myrtle Beach

Packing for your summer vacation to Myrtle Beach is easy. Shorts, T-shirts, flip-flops and shades are enough to get you through those hot and humid sunny days when the fewer clothes you wear the more comfortable you feel. But that's not the case when the seasons change from hot summer days and nights to crisp, cool fall afternoons and evenings. The standard summer beach wardrobe won't cut it, and the milder autumn temperatures create a different set of social and recreational opportunities that may require packing more appropriate attire for the weather conditions. Here's a quick…

Out and About in Surfside Beach

Out and About in Surfside Beach

Guests at Long Bay Resort are surrounded by plenty of things to do and see in Myrtle Beach so you never have to travel very far to find something fun to do. But if you want to check out something different, go exploring just south of the Myrtle Beach city limits to the small beachfront community of Surfside Beach. Nicknamed "The Family Beach" for its small town charm and family friendly activities, Surfside Beach consists of a 10 block by 35 block stretch between Kings Highway and the Atlantic Ocean. Only about 4,000 permanent residents call this town home year-round, but the…

Crave: New Italian Restaurant Opens Near Long Bay Resort

Crave: New Italian Restaurant Opens Near Long Bay Resort

Guests at Long Bay Resort, Myrtle Beach already have an impressive list of dining options to choose from. In addition to the Martin's Restaurant, the Oceanfront Cafe, Starbucks and River City Cafe on or adjoining the resort property, there are several options within walking distance. There's American (Liberty Tap Room & Steakhouse), Mexican (Fiesta Mexicana), European (Lombardo's), Seafood (Flamingo Grill), Artsy (Collector's Cafe) and even a Gastropub (Fire & Smoke). The only thing missing from the lineup is a local Italian cafe ... until now. There's a new Italian restaurant in the…

Myrtle Beach’s Fall Festivals Have International Flair

Myrtle Beach’s Fall Festivals Have International Flair

You don't have to be a world traveler to vacation in Myrtle Beach, but visitors to the Grand Strand this fall can have a true international experience. As the summer fades into autumn, the fall festival season gets under way in Myrtle Beach. And this year's lineup gives guests at Long Bay Resort the opportunity to take virtual trip around the world.

Top 5 Reasons to Stay at Long Bay Resort in Myrtle Beach

Top 5 Reasons to Stay at Long Bay Resort in Myrtle Beach

If you are looking for a place to stay on your next Myrtle Beach trip, look no further than Long Bay Resort. The benefits of staying and playing at Long Bay are too numerous to count, but here are our top five reasons to spend your Myrtle Beach vacation with us:

Barefoot Princess Offers Fun on the Intracoastal Waterway

Barefoot Princess Offers Fun on the Intracoastal Waterway

Mention the Barefoot Princess and most folks picture Cinderella after she lost her glass slipper at the stroke of midnight. But not on the Grand Strand, where the Barefoot Princess serves as a riverboat that takes passengers on a fairy tale adventure of their own.Docked at the Barefoot Marina beside the popular Barefoot Landing shopping, dining and entertainment complex in North Myrtle Beach, the Barefoot Princess explores the waters of the Intracoastal Waterway and gives guests a one of a kind view of the Grand Strand. The three-story, 64 by 24 foot riverboat can accommodate up to…

New Waterslide Adds More Thrills to Long Bay’s Amenities

New Waterslide Adds More Thrills to Long Bay’s Amenities

A twisting, turning, three-story waterslide, a relaxing, winding lazy river, and indoor/outdoor swimming pools? It may sound like attractions at the newest waterpark in Myrtle Beach, but it's actually just some of the many amenities guests can enjoy for free at Long Bay Resort. Long Bay Resort, Myrtle Beach has long been known for its on-site water facilities, and now that list is even longer with the addition of the new waterslide to the oceanfront property. Located on the north side of the building in the Silly Sub Waterpark and aquatic playground, the new aqua-blue waterslide is…

Five Great Places to Play Golf Close to Long Bay Resort

Five Great Places to Play Golf Close to Long Bay Resort

Myrtle Beach is famous for its golf. With nearly 100 courses located within a one-hour drive of the Grand Strand, a golfer could play one hole a day for almost five years and still not hit them all. Of course, some of the top layouts are spread out along the 60-mile stretch of Carolina coastline known as the Grand Strand. From the ocean courses in Sunset Beach, NC, down to the Lowcountry layouts of Pawleys Island, SC, the average golfer can pile up some mileage trying to hit them all. But fortunately for guests at Long Bay Resort, you happen to be staying in the middle of a hot bed…

Top 10 Old School Myrtle Beach Attractions

Top 10 Old School Myrtle Beach Attractions

The term "old school" gets tossed around so much that it has lost its original meaning. It doesn't just mean old; it means classic. Cars are old; 1965 Mustangs are old school. Now that we've cleared that up, Myrtle Beach is packed with all kinds of attractions. Many of them are brand new, and that's fine. You can have a good time trying out the newest, latest and hottest trends. But to get a true Myrtle Beach experience, you need to go old school. Here are 10 of our favorite old school attractions on the Grand Strand:

Free and Affordable Fun for Kids in Myrtle Beach

Free and Affordable Fun for Kids in Myrtle Beach

Taking the little ones out to experience all the attractions, restaurants, shops and shows in Myrtle Beach can get pretty pricy, but it doesn't have to. In fact, some of the best things to do on the Grand Strand are free of charge, or require only a minimal fee. Here are a few of the best ways to show kids a good time in Myrtle Beach on the cheap:

Top 10 Bars in Myrtle Beach

Top 10 Bars in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is best known for its daytime activities, like the beach, golf and waterparks. But there's also a lot of fun going on after the sun goes down at the local bars, dance clubs and watering holes. Whether you are looking to hit the dance floor at a night club or ride a barstool at a beach bar, you can find the right place to suit your mood in Myrtle Beach. Here are 10 hot spots to hit during a hot summer night out on the town:

Five Fun Beach Activities in Myrtle Beach

Five Fun Beach Activities in Myrtle Beach

Looking for something fun to do on the beach besides sit in the sun and sizzle? Check out these five fun beach activities offered in the Myrtle Beach area:

Learn to Surf in Myrtle Beach

Learn to Surf in Myrtle Beach

Surfing is one of the few sports you can only do at the beach. Visitors may come to the Grand Strand already knowing how to swim, how to play golf or how to fish, but there’s no way of learning how to surf before you get to the beach. Vacationers have a very short window to learn and master the unique craft of surfing during their time at the beach, so a crash course is the way to go if you want to enjoy your limited time with access to waves. For those interested in scratching surfing off their bucket lists, Myrtle Beach has an abundance of surfing camps and clinics that can have…

Top 5 Ways to Save Money on Your Myrtle Beach Vacation

Top 5 Ways to Save Money on Your Myrtle Beach Vacation

Vacation can be expensive if you don't stay on top of your budget. Even if you pay for the room and other major purchases in advance, it's often the little stuff - a nice meal out here, a round of putt-putt there - that adds up and to wreck your budget. You don't have to pinch pennies while you're on vacation, but you don't want to waste dollars either. Here are five simple tips to save you some serious money and get even more bang for your buck without cutting out the fun: