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:
Adventure sports: It's pretty much an unwritten guy rule that when the gang gets together you have to do something stupid. Of course, what some call stupid others consider fun, like parasailing, jet skiing or skydiving. All these adventurous options and more are available in the Myrtle Beach area, including the gut-wrenching SkyScraper and SlingShot thrill rides. For a more natural experience, check out the new Go Ape Zipline and Ropes Course in North Myrtle Beach, where you can swing from the trees like Tarzan.
Fishing: Nothing builds the brotherhood like a day of fishing, and few places offer the wealth of angling opportunities like the Grand Strand. Charter a full-day trip out to the Gulf Stream to hook the big ones or a half-day trip to local waters. Afraid of getting teased for being the only to get seasick? Stay on relatively dry land by surf fishing or pier fishing with friends, or head to the backwaters of the Intracoastal Waterway. Local piers and tackle shops offer bait, licenses and equipment sales and rentals.
Golf: Good friends and great golf courses make for memorable times with the guys, and Myrtle Beach is the perfect place to enjoy both. Featuring more than 80 golf courses on the Grand Strand, including some of the top-rated layouts on the East Coast, Myrtle Beach offers plenty to keep you busy both on and off the course. Play layouts designed by Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Arnold Palmer, just to name a few. For extra savings at Long Bay and on the links, shop for the guaranteed lowest package deals in town at www.myrtlebeachgolf.com.
Nightlife: No matter how you spend your day, every guy’s trip runs well into the evening. That means pregame drinks at the Ocean View Cafe at Long Bay Resort and a nice dinner out at one of the many excellent restaurants within walking distance of the resort, such as Liberty Tap House and Flamingo Grill. Rather than catching a cab and running all over town, take one to Myrtle Beach's one-stop hot spot for nightlife at Broadway at the Beach's Celebrity Square. Featuring a dozen different bars with their own distinct styles, from dance clubs and daiquiri bars to comedy clubs and live music venues, you and your buds can pub crawl your way around the scene and add some new friends to your circle of old ones.
Sports bars: A guy’s trip is great fun but you have to keep your priorities in order. The sports world doesn't take a break so you have to remember to root for your home team and wear the lucky jersey. Several nearby sports bars host NFL and college football fans of all team colors, and they have enough TVs that you can catch all the games plus the Major League Baseball Playoffs. Among the most popular sports bars in town are Broadway Louie's, Bumstead's Pub, Pine Lakes Tavern and Ultimate California Pizza Game Zone.
Whether it’s a bachelor party weekend or just a reunion of old friends, be sure to book your guys get-together at Long Bay Resort, Myrtle Beach for a memorable stay.