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5 Locals’ Secrets (Plus 1 Bonus Fact) About the Myrtle Beach Area

While reading travel guides is helpful and online searches can put you in the know, there’s nothing quite like talking to a local when it comes to planning the best activities for your vacation. And at Myrtle Beach’s Caribbean Resort & Villas on the Atlantic oceanfront, we’ve got quite a few of those working on-site — and they’re more than eager to share their insider knowledge of the Grand Strand.

Of course, you can feel free to ask any staff member when you’ve got questions regarding activities on the Grand Strand — but today we’d like to put you a step ahead of the game. Check out these five local’s secrets (and a bonus fact for good measure) that many visitors don’t know about the Myrtle Beach area:

Some of the best bird-watching on the East Coast can be found at Huntington Beach State Park. More than 300 species have been spotted within the 2,500-acre Murrells Inlet park, where roughly 3 miles of ocean beachfront — prime territory for bird-watching — has been protected. Check out this detailed bird-watching checklist for the park, and see how many species you can identify!

Sports Illustrated got its start at Pine Lakes Country Club. Henry Luce, the publisher of Time, Life and Fortune magazines at the time, first envisioned the weekly sports magazine and, in 1954, ordered 60-plus of his writers and editors to come up with plans for it during a retreat to the golf course. Today, a monument on the clubhouse grounds commemorates Pine Lakes’ place in publishing history.

At the Myrtle Beach Art Museum, admission is free of charge — every day. Officially known as the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, the facility houses 11 galleries that change throughout the year, and the works on display include paintings, textiles, sculpture, photography, video, ceramics, assemblage, collage and more.

South Carolina’s official state dance is the Shag — and free lessons are available at Fat Harold’s Beach Club. Created in the 1940s on the Carolina coast, the swing-dance variation (and descendant of the Carolina Jitterbug) is typically performed to a soundtrack of Carolina beach music and is now recognized in competitions worldwide as a dance category. Hit the dance floor at Fat Harold’s on Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. to get your free instruction.

Myrtle Beach is home to the 70-person Carolina Master Chorale community choir. Celebrating its 36th anniversary this year, the chorale’s 2018-2019 season will feature four subscription programs, most of which are performed in various locations around Myrtle Beach.

Bonus fact: At the L.W. Paul Living History Farm, visitors can experience what life was like on an area farm in the early 20th century. Consisting of 17 acres in Conway, the working farm gives guests an up-close look at activities typical of a traditional family farm of the era, such as planting crops with mule-drawn equipment, preparing livestock for the dinner table, harvesting crops with handheld tools and using an early washing machine.

One thing that both Grand Strand locals and regular visitors to the area know — a stay at Caribbean Resort & Villas on the Myrtle Beach oceanfront is filled with fun, no matter when you visit. Book your Grand Strand getaway today — and get ready to enjoy the Myrtle Beach area like a local!