Snowbird Activities Abound at Avista Resort

Each year, all of us at Avista Resort welcome snowbirds from across the country to spend the fall and winter months with us.

Snowbird Activities Abound at Avista Resort

We are fortunate to have a loyal group of guests that return every year. Many of our guests that enjoy our monthly winter rentals have been coming since we opened so it’s like a family reunion when they return. At Avista Resort we celebrate special occasions and anniversaries in a big way!

We provide a large assortment of social events and fun-filled activities. Bingo, bowling, golf, and crafts are just a few of the many activities that our snowbirds enjoy. When it comes to games, we put on a friendly competition of Family Feud between our Avista and Prince Resort monthly guests. It’s an event looked forward to with eager anticipation by all of our guests!

Snowbird Activities Abound at Avista Resort

Cookie swaps, potlucks, coffee socials, and special outings are also favorite of our Avista Resort guests. One of our most popular events was cooking classes offered at Just off Main with Chef Michael Gadson. Chef Gadson and his staff offered cooking tips, tricks and demonstrations complete with food samplings and tastings. The event was a huge success!

Join in on the fun, meet new friends, and make Avista Resort your home away from home during the off-season months. Our snowbirds enjoy special discounted rates that can only be had during the fall and winter months.

Fun in the Sun

There is never a lack of fun things to see and do in sunny Myrtle Beach. Below are some tips to help you have the best Myrtle Beach vacation possible while you’re here.

Snowbird Activities Abound at Avista Resort

• Get to the beach early in the day.
If it’s going to be a beautiful day, there’s nothing wrong with heading to the shore earlier rather than later. It’s not usually as crowded, and although the water may seem a bit cooler than it will be at 2:30 p.m., it will still feel refreshing and wonderful. The sun doesn’t shine as intensely in the morning either. Afterward, you’ll have plenty of time to retreat inside Avista Resort to enjoy our relaxing indoor pools and take a break from the sun!

• Check out at least one sunrise.
One of the best parts about being on vacation is not needing an alarm clock to wake you up. But make sure to set an alarm clock at least once during your visit so you can get up early an enjoy a beautiful sunrise rising up seemingly out of the ocean. It will surely be a sight you won’t forget. Early morning is also the perfect time to go beachcombing for shells or just take a peaceful stroll down the beach before the crowds arrive for the day.

Find out more about our monthly winter rates.

7 must see holiday shows and events around Myrtle Beach


It’s not just summertime when Myrtle Beach shines. The Grand Strand is home to dozens of world-class music and dinner theatres that truly light up during the holiday season. A variety of seasonal events offer the perfect atmosphere for creating the best Myrtle Beach vacation memories.

We’ve highlighted some of our favorite Christmas shows and events along the Grand Strand that will ensure your vacation itinerary is as bright as the season.

North Myrtle Beach’s

Great Christmas Light Show

150 Citizens Circle

North Myrtle Beach SC 29582

Looking for lights? Take the family to The Great Christmas Light Show at the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex. It is just minutes from Avista Resort in North Myrtle Beach. Drive through whimsical displays of color and enjoy festive music. Browse Santa’s Village and try synthetic ice skating. Take a mini-train ride or brave the Go Ape Lighted Tree Top Adventure.  Sip on hot chocolate and roast marshmallows. Don’t forget to check out the petting zoo. Guests of Avista Resort may purchase discounted tickets at the front desk. Admission may also be paid at the gate. The light show runs nightly through Dec. 31 but is closed Christmas Day.


Brookgreen Gardens’

Nights of a Thousand Candles

1931 Brookgreen Drive

Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

Looking for elegance and natural beauty? Check out Brookgreen Gardens’ Nights of a Thousands Candles.  It’s worth the 1-hour drive from the Avista Resort in North Myrtle Beach to Murrells Inlet. The expansive gardens are transformed into a magical winter wonderland.  Nature is illuminated with the glow of more than 5,500 candles and thousands of Christmas lights. Massive oaks sparkle. Still waters reflect beautiful imagery. Statues take on new life under the glow. Dine on southern favorites like fresh seafood, BBQ, and more catered by Inlet Affairs.  Sip on cider or hot chocolate as you stroll through the gardens. It’s romantic for couples, fun for groups and suitable for families. The event runs from 3 to 10 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 1-2, 7-9 and 14-17. Advance tickets are recommended and can be purchased online at


Carolina Opry’s

The Christmas Show of the South

8901 North Kings Highway

Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

The Carolina Opry Christmas show first debuted more than three decades ago. This year, producer and owner Calvin Gilmore launches a reunion season that marries old-time favorite cast members with new talent. More than 35 vocalists and musicians take to the stage with the theatre’s orchestra and amazing dancers. A highlight of the show is a genuine horse-drawn carriage and snowfall. Advanced reservations are suggested. The show runs through Dec. 31. For more information visit


Pirates Voyage Dinner and Show


8907 N. Kings Highway

Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

Set sail with Pirates Voyage Dinner and Show on a holiday adventure unlike any other. Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” comes to life at Buccaneer Bay.  Join the crew on a journey with Captain Scrooge and his loyal first mate Bob Crachit as the true meaning of Christmas is revealed with a visit to Christmas, past, present, and future. Witness giant toys coming to life. See amazing acrobatics above a massive lagoon. Enjoy a live Nativity as you dine on a four-course feast. The show runs through Dec. 31.

Alabama Theatre’s

The South’s Grandest Christmas Show

4750 Hwy. 17 South

North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

Alabama Theatre’s production of The South’s Grandest Christmas Show brings together talented singers and dancers, vibrant scenery and special effects to put you in the holiday mood. Beloved Christmas classics and contemporary holiday favorites make the South’s Grandest Christmas Show a fun family tradition. Add laughter thanks to the comedy of Ricky Mokel and you have the perfect holiday show for the family.

Ripley’s Aquarium

Festival of Trees

1110 Celebrity Circle

Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

An attraction you won’t want to miss for its beautiful sea creatures, touch tank, and amazing exhibits is Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach. During the holiday season, more than 70 themed Christmas trees find a temporary home at the Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach. Adding to the fun is that each of the 50 states is represented by a tree. The family can participate in a fun scavenger hunt to brush up on their knowledge of the 50 states.  Admission to the Festival of Trees is free with aquarium admission.

Legends in Concert’s

Ultimate Christmas Spectacular

2925 Hollywood Dr.

Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Myrtle Beach’s Legends in Concert wows audiences with their Ultimate Christmas Spectacular. Enjoy holiday classics and modern tunes performed by top tribute artists. Tributes to stars such as Nat King Cole, Dolly Parton, the Blues Brothers, and Elvis Presley bring on the holiday cheer. The Legends band performs “Christmas Eve in Sarajevo” in tribute to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Legends dancers put on a high-energy performance you are sure to remember. The show runs through Dec. 31. For more info go to


Now is the Time to Secure Your Myrtle Beach Winter Rental

If you’re planning on flying south for the winter (or any part of it), the time is now to book one of Avista Resort’s long-term rentals for the winter months. We have snowbirds that return to the Myrtle Beach area year after year that will attest to how spending winter here was the best decision they ever made.

Winter Rentals

You can take advantage of some amazing off-season deals on our Avista Resort winter rentals but they won’t last long. As seasons change people’s thoughts turn to where they can escape the cold, gray winter months.


Get away from it all for less in one of our spacious and well-appointed winter monthly rentals. Spend your days walking the beachfront and enjoy looking for shells or golf your way through the winter months. Yes, many courses are open year round.


Avista Resort winter rentals

You’ll have everything you need to turn those winter blues into the escape you’ve always dreamed of when you spend winter with us. You’ll be rejuvenated in our spacious rentals with fully-equipped kitchens and panoramic ocean views. Come enjoy the beauty of our tasteful décor, comfortable furnishings and loads of local activities taking place in the area.


When you make the decision to spend those winter months with us in coastal South Carolina you will have every amenity you need to make this the toastiest winter ever. From indoor swimming pools, a Sip n Dip pool bar, Tree Top Lounge, our own fitness center, and lots more amenities, you can take advantage of all the comforts of a full service resort.


If you’d like to speak with us about our winter beach rentals be sure to give Avista Resort a call at 855-710-4941. We look forward to having you spend the winter months with us!



Best Romantic Places to Experience the Full Moon

Best Romantic Places to Experience the Full Moon

If you’re a romantic at heart we have some suggestions for where you can take your romance over the top when the next full moon arrives on September 6. Grab your girlfriend, boyfriend or significant other and spend the evening at any one of the following locations that are confirmed tried and true romantic spots that won’t be far from where you’re staying at Avista Resort.


Myrtle Beach SkyWheel
Address: 1110 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach
Hours: 11 AM-12 AM
Phone: (843) 839-9200
Riders take in the full moon along with coastline views from air-conditioned gondolas on this wheel that lights up nightly.


Gulf Stream Cafe
Address: 1536 S Waccamaw Dr, Murrells Inlet
Hours: 4 PM-10 PM
Phone: (843) 651-8808
The best place to watch sunsets any day of the week and a full moon too!


Blue Wave Adventures Dolphin Watch Tour
Address: 4123-B US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet
Hours: 7 AM-7 PM
Phone: (843) 651-3676
Enjoy the full moon while on a tour and learn all about wild dolphins in their natural habitat.


Dead Dog Saloon
Address: 4079 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet
Hours: 8 AM-12 AM
Phone: (843) 651-0664
Watch the full moon rise from open or enclosed seating on the porch and deck. Live entertainment.


Radical Ropes Adventure Park
Address: 301 19th Ave S, Myrtle Beach, SC
Hours: 10 AM-7PM
Phone: (843) 723-4225
Aerial adventure park in a 5-acre forest, with a treetop obstacle course, zip-lines & climbing wall to enjoy the full moon from on top of.


Huntington Beach State Park
Address: 16148 Ocean Hwy, Murrells Inlet
Hours: 6 AM-10 PM
Phone: (843) 237-4440
Vast wide beachfront ideal for walking no matter how high or low the tide is. Spread a blanket or bring lawn chairs and watch the moon come up.


Splashes Waterpark
Address: 300 S Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach
Hours: 4 PM-12 AM
Phone: (843) 626-3447
Float down the lazy river hand-in-hand beneath the full moon at this oceanfront water park located at Family Kingdom.


Family Kingdom Amusement Park
Address: 300 S Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach
Hours: 4 PM-12 AM
Phone: (843) 626-3447
Free admission will get you into this amusement park where you can experience the full moon while atop a Ferris wheel.


Where to Get the Gear for Water Sports

Some of the most fun you can experience while enjoying a family vacation to coastal South Carolina involves the ocean and the beach. No big surprise, right? But did you know that with just a little gear that you can rent there’s a wealth of other opportunities available to you?

At Avista Resort we’re often asked by our guests where to go to rent water sports gear around Myrtle Beach so we’ve compiled the following list for you. Now you have no excuse to just sit around the pool. Get out and have the adventure of a lifetime!

Where to Get the Gear for Water Sports

Nu Horizons Dive and Travel
515 U.S. 501, Suite A, Myrtle Beach
Phone: (843) 839-1932
Offering scuba diving instruction and equipment rentals, as well as an indoor dive tank. Located in the Sports Corner shopping center.


Downwind Sails
2915 S. Ocean Blvd, South End, Myrtle Beach
Phone: (843) 448-7245
Hobie Cats, personal watercraft, Jet Skis, and ocean kayaks are available for rent at Downwind Sails, a trusted company at the beach since 1981.Banana-boat rides (where you’re towed in a long, yellow inflatable raft) and parasailing are also available.


Island Adventure Watersports
5843 Dick Pond Rd., Myrtle Beach
Phone: (843) 650-7003
For water fun along the Waterway, this rental spot at the Socastee Swing Bridge offers the standard water-sport vessels, plus wakeboards, paddle boards, and Jet Ski tours.

 Where to Get the Gear for Water Sports

Ocean Watersports
405 S. Ocean Blvd., The Strip, Myrtle Beach
Phone: (843) 445-7777
Renting all types of water-sports equipment, from jet skis to jet boats. Located between 3rd Ave. S and beach, between Family Kingdom amusement park and Westgate Resort.


Village Surf Shoppe
500 Atlantic Ave., Garden City Beach
Phone: (843) 651-6396
Take surfing lessons from the crew at Village Surf Shoppe, led by Kelly Richards and his son Cam. Richards shapes his own Perfection Surfboards at the shop, while his national surf champion sons and staff (including 4 USA Team members) take aspiring surfers out for camps and some hands-on action near the Garden City Pier, a tradition since 1969.

Where to Get the Gear for Water Sports

Coastal Scuba
1903 U.S. 17 S, North Myrtle Beach
Phone: (843) 361-3323
Learn to scuba dive, take a dive trip, or just rent equipment at Coastal Scuba. PADI-certified.


Myrtle Beach Water Sports, Inc.
4495 Mineola Ave, Little River, SC
Phone: (843) 280-7777
Rent pontoon boats or jet skis at Myrtle Beach Water Sports or try parasailing or a dolphin cruise aboard the Sea Screamer, touted, at 72 feet, as the world’s largest speedboat.



Why June is the Best Time to Visit North Myrtle Beach

If you’re still undecided about when to come to the coast for that much needed beach vacation we recommend the month of June. It’s the month that offers the best of everything! There are great deals and low rates still available on our North Myrtle Beach vacation rentals and you can make your reservations right on our website. The weather is gorgeous in June as the heat of summer hasn’t yet arrived. And it’s not quite as busy as it is mid-summer during the busy peak season!

Why June is the Best Time to Visit North Myrtle Beach

At this time of the year you can find excellent deals and specials on our hotel and condominium rooms. Our accommodations feature spacious one, two, and three bedroom condominiums with well-equipped kitchens, internet access and private balconies offering breathtaking coastal views.

Why June is the Best Time to Visit North Myrtle Beach

There are plenty of things happening in the area during the month of June.Check our links to popular area attractions, sports events or to see our specials and discounts we have available.
Following are some of the free events in North Myrtle Beach that are open to the public:


Music on Main Concert Series
Come to downtown North Myrtle Beach to listen to live music, shop and dance until you drop every Thursday night from 7-9 p.m. on Main Street, 202 Main St., North Myrtle Beach. Concerts are also at the HorseShoe, 11 S. Ocean Blvd, North Myrtle Beach. Free admission. Bring a beach chair and your dancing shoes!


Movies at McLean
Every Friday evening there is a G or PG rated movie shown in McLean Park, 93 Oak Drive, North Myrtle Beach. Movies begin 15 minutes after sunset and are free. Bring a beach chair or blanket. Refreshments available from the North Myrtle Beach Lions Club. For weather info the day of, call the hotline at 843-280-5594 ext 3.


Fireworks at Barefoot Landing
Beginning June 6, 2017 there will be free fireworks every Monday night at Barefoot Landing beginning at 9:30 p.m.


Sounds of Summer Concert Series
The Sounds of Summer concert series begins June 16, 2017 at NMB Park & Sports Complex at the Sandhills Bank Amphitheatre in the McLeod Seacoast Meadow. Concert is held from 7-9 p.m. on Friday evenings, June 16, July 21, Aug. 18 and Sept. 15 and is free to all. For weather info the day of, call the hotline at 843-280-5594 ext 3.




Hotels For The Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship

Come join us this February 13-15 for the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship.

This invitational golf event will showcase 90 of the best junior golfers from around the word. The event is for boys and girls ages 13-18 years of age. Every participant will have the opportunity to play in a PGA Tour-like experience while competing against their peers.

The tournament will be held on February 13-15 at TPC Myrtle Beach. TPC has hosted the Senior PGA Tour Championship and has also been ranked in America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.


Entry Fee & Registration

The entry fee for each participant is $200.

Players Registration will be held Friday, February 12, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at TPC Myrtle Beach Clubhouse.


Local Qualifying

A qualifier for the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship will be held Jan. 30 at Myrtle Beach National Golf Club’s West Course.
Local residents of Horry, Georgetown and Brunswick counties between the ages of 13-18 are eligible.

Lodging During The Event

If you are looking for hotels or places to stay during the tournament, please check out our accommodations page. We offer oceanfront rooms, an indoor pool and lazy river, a state of the art workout facility and much more.

For more information on Golf Specials and Myrtle Beach Courses check out our Golf Packages.