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 Bay also has the Ocean View Cafe serving up refreshing drinks and desserts, and the on-site Starbucks Cafe offers smoothies and iced coffee drinks that hit the spot. For those looking to venture out a bit farther, here are 10 of our guests' favorite places to grab a cool treat:
- Barking Fish Yogurt Company: If you head to Market Common for a day of shopping or cycling, stop by this locally owned and operated frozen yogurt joint for some creative concoctions, including healthy alternatives to the usual sugar-filled lineup.
- Baskin-Robbins: Located just a few blocks from Long Bay Resort on the corner of Kings Highway and 76th Avenue North is a combination Baskin-Robbins/Dunkin’ Donuts, so you can take care of a range of your sugar fixes in just one stop. Famous for its 31 flavors, Baskin-Robbins also offers options beyond the standard ice cream selection, like smoothies and sundaes.
- Ben & Jerry's: This national chain has several locations throughout the Grand Strand, including two at Broadway at the Beach. Famous for its pun-filled flavor names, such as Americone Dream and Cherry Garcia, this hippie-themed shop features a variety of creative flavors.
- Cold Stone Creamery: Found at Market Common and other locations through the Strand, this place is sure to put a smile on your face with its entertainers/servers and wide selection of “mix-ins,” which are folded into the ice cream on a cool marble slab.
- Friendly's: This family restaurant chain is also famous for its ice cream. Guests at Friendly’s, located a couple of miles south of Long Bay, can grab a good meal and top it off with a sundae, milkshake or ice cream cone. They also sell their top flavors in pints so you can get some to go.
- Frutti's Frozen Yogurt: Located in the heart of downtown Myrtle Beach, this colorful building serves some unique flavors and concoctions. Living up to its name, Frutti's has a wide selection of fruit-flavored items and fresh fruit toppings.
- Kirk's 1890 Ice Cream Parlor: Go back in time to the soda fountains of the past, where soda jerks served malts, banana splits and all sorts of forgotten frozen treats. With two locations near Long Bay, you can experience a flashback along with your brain freeze.
- Mad Myrtle's Ice Creamery: This downtown institution serves a wide variety of ice cream flavors and other frozen favorites, like the house special cookie pie. You can enjoy a history lesson with your treat, as the walls are lined with photos of Myrtle Beach back in the day.
- Painter's: Locals and longtime visitors swear by this locally owned and operated store's ice cream, which is made the old-fashioned way. Many guests will drive past newer stores to go to the original Painter’s in North Myrtle Beach.
- SweetFrog: This popular national chain has invaded the Grand Strand in recent years, including one location right on the oceanfront in downtown Myrtle Beach. Offering an array of frozen yogurt flavors and a huge selection of toppings, the store allows patrons to pay by the pound and create their own masterpieces.
After getting your sweet tooth fix, head back to your room at Long Bay Myrtle Beach resort for a relaxing vacation, and be sure to bring home extra for a late-night snack.