Enjoying Myrtle Beach in a Big Group

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It seemed like such a good idea at the time.

Coordinate a big group vacation! Get all the cousins together! Have a reunion at the beach!

And then you try and go, well, anywhere and get completely stonewalled.

Myrtle Beach restaurants, accommodations and entertainment venues know what they’re doing, however, and they have the big group-going folks in mind. Where to go?

1) Hotels: Twenty people in a two-bedroom condo? Yeah, probably not going to happen. The largest of groups have a fabulous option in the Cottages at North Beach Plantation. Spread out in a beautifully appointed four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath beach house in North Myrtle Beach, with plenty of room on pull-out couches and more for kids to snooze. Some homes even have private pools, which is advantageous if getting your large crew out the door is like herding cats.

2) Dining: You probably know this by now, but always call ahead for groups of six or more so the restaurant is prepared to accommodate you. And if your group is much larger that that, consider booking a private room. Sea Captain’s House, a perennial favorite of locals and visitors alike, has a back room set aside for parties, meetings or just big ole families. Dead Dog Saloon in Murrells Inlet can handle a large group, and even have fireworks every Monday night in addition to their beautiful waterfront views. Pizza is always a great option for a bunch of people since ordering, sharing and saving leftovers is so easy. Ultimate California Pizza has six Grand Strand locations and their spacious environs will ensure you won’t be sitting on Aunt Gladys’s lap for the duration of your dinner.

3) Entertainment: You can’t beat Broadway at the Beach for large parties. Set up a meeting place and time and then splinter off with a few other like-minded co-travelers to do what you want to do (make sure small kids aren’t left unattended, of course). Some of you can hit the shops, others can ride the coasters, and others still can sit in a cool restaurant and enjoy an even cooler beer. Talk about people pleasing! The Palace Theater offers discounts for groups of 15 or more when you make advance reservations, and groups of between 10 and 30 can enjoy a $1 discount per ticket at Myrtle Beach Pelicans games — and you get your group name on the video board — when you make arrangements ahead of time. We love Brookgreen Gardens for its lush, sprawling beauty, but also because they offer good discounts for groups of 15 or more. Make like you did at Broadway at the Beach and establish a meet-up place and time. After several days in constant company of a big crowd, you’re going to want some space!

What about you guys? What’s your favorite thing to do in Myrtle Beach with a big group?

(posted 7/28/14)
(Photo courtesy: VOAnews.com)