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The Grand Strand: A Perfect Vacation Destination for Health Nuts, Romantics and All-Nighters Alike

With its lengthy list of attractions of both the natural and man-made varieties - ranging from the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway to parks, theaters, museums, thrill rides and restaurants of most every type - the Grand Strand truly has something for everyone. It’s why people of all stripes come from far and wide to vacation in the Myrtle Beach area, many of them returning year after year.

Today, let’s look at three types of vacationers - health nuts, romantics and all-nighters - and consider just a few of the reasons each can find something right up their alley on the Grand Strand:

Health Nuts: Those looking to eat healthy while on their Grand Strand getaways can head 4 miles north of The Strand Resort to Bay Naturals, a “healthy market and kitchen” that puts its focus on raw and organic foods, herbs, nutritional supplements, and homeopathic medicines. For grab-and-go prepared meals with an eye toward health and avoiding additives, the organic kitchen is also a great option. Of course, options for getting your exercise are abundant when you’re staying on the Myrtle Beach oceanfront at The Strand. Hit our on-site fitness center for a workout, or take in some signature Myrtle Beach scenery with a run along the beach out the back door, along Ocean Boulevard out the front door, or along the nearby, 1.2-mile Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. For those who like to nurture their bodies and souls on the mat, YOGA in COMMON, located about 6 miles south of the resort at The Market Common shopping/dining/entertainment complex, offers a range of classes geared toward yoga veterans and newcomers alike.

Romantics: Start your day with a sunrise stroll on the beach - which should be easy enough, considering that the soft sands and breaking waves of the Carolina coast are within easy walking distance of your room at The Strand Resort. Later, you and your special someone can harness the ocean breezes together with a sailing lesson at Myrtle Beach Sailing School. (For couples with some time on their hands and a desire to develop an in-depth sailing knowledge, consider one of MBSS’s The Cruising Couple programs.) Once you’re back ashore, treat yourselves to a romantic dinner at 21 Main Prime Steakhouse, located just off North Kings Highway about 10 miles north of The Strand. This repeat cuisine-contest winner offers a menu focused on 28-day dry-aged meats, fresh seafood and sushi in an elegant setting.

All-Nighters: If you and your vacation crew are in celebration mode and want to party into the wee hours, Celebrity Square at nearby Broadway at the Beach - located just a mile up 29th Avenue North from The Strand - has plenty of options to choose from. Start your night early with some friendly competition at Dave & Buster’s, where the hundreds of gaming options on the Million Dollar Midway range from classics like Skee-Ball and Pop-A-Shot to the latest arcade hits like the 2018 version of Rampage, oversized versions of smartphone games like Fruit Ninja and Subway Surfers, and more. When you’ve played up a hunger, head to American Tap House for dinner and some craft brews. This gastropub features 40-plus U.S. craft brews on tap, as well as a full menu offering gourmet tacos, burgers, flatbreads, steaks, seafood and more. Next, snap up some musical fun at Crocodile Rocks Dueling Pianos, where a crew of professional pianists tickle the ivories to get the crowds rocking every night. And close out your night on the dance floor at Señor Frog’s, where the nightly fiesta ensures visitors will find some good times.

No matter what type of vacationer you are, you can enjoy a getaway at your home away from home on the Grand Strand by booking a stay at The Strand Resort today. With our long list of comfortable accommodations and luxurious amenities, you and your vacation crew are sure to find just what you’re looking for in Myrtle Beach.