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Each year the City of Myrtle Beach publishes bicycle safety brochures along with maps designating bike lanes and multipurpose lanes around the city. For the convenience of those staying with us at Sandy Beach Oceanfront Resort we’ll share that information with you here.
This valuable information is what keeps our city’s many cycling visitors and residents safe in and around the Grand Strand area. Thanks to a suggestion from the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Committee, the city has created a new mobile device BikeMB App that shows bicycle trails in The Market Common. Now in beta testing, the app also lets riders log any bicycle accidents they may have had. Click here to view the new app.
|What you need to know to ride safely
1. Bicyclists riding on the roadway must travel in the extreme right lane in the direction of the traffic — not against it!
2. Whenever possible, bicyclists should ride on bike paths or designated bicycle lanes, such as those located on Mr. Joe White Avenue or North Ocean Boulevard.
3. Bicyclists must obey all road signs and traffic signals, and must give turn signals just as motorists do.
4. Bicyclists may not ride on ordinary pedestrian sidewalks. They may ride on special wide, multi-purpose sidewalks designed for a combination of bicycle and pedestrian traffic, such as those running along Grissom Parkway.
5. Bicyclists should not disregard the rights of pedestrians and motorists — respect them just as you want them to respect you.
6. It is illegal to ride through a pedestrian crosswalk. Climb off the bike and walk your bicycle across the road.
7. A bicyclist riding in the dark must have a headlight on the front of his bicycle and a red reflector or light on the rear.
8. Never carry additional passengers on a bicycle!
9. Watch motorists carefully! They may be talking on a cell phone, texting, eating… But they are bigger than you are so, as the saying goes, “give a fool a wide berth.”
10. Protect your head. Wear a helmet!
Bicycles are allowed on the beach before 10:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m. from May 1 through Labor Day. Bicycles are allowed on the boardwalk only between 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. from May 1 through Labor Day.
With July 4th fast approaching you’ll want to know where the best festivities are being held as well as where the best places to watch the fireworks are. For those staying oceanfront at Sandy Beach Oceanfront Resort, you’ll have the best seat in town right outside your windows!
Myrtle Beach knows how to have fun and put on an array of July 4th events for the holiday. Fireworks are sold here and many are setting them off up and down the coastline.
6 a.m. 4th of July Independence Day 5k and 8k, Market Common, 4017 Deville Street Myrtle Beach, SC. Join this competitive run in Myrtle Beach. Race begins at 7:30 am. Registration for runners is from 6 a.m.- 7:20 a.m. at the start in Valor Park, Market Common.
Garden City Golf Cart Parade, Calhoun Dr. (behind Willards Fireworks), 717 15th Ave. S., Surfside Beach, SC 29575. Annual parade to celebrate Independence Day!
10 a.m. 51st Annual 4th of July Parade, Pawleys Island, 321 Myrtle Avenue, Pawleys Island, SC 29585
1 p.m. (Time is approximate) Special Event! Salute from the Shore on the 4th! Be on the beach and watch the Shaw AFB F-16s from 20th Fighter Wing fly from Cherry Grove along the 60 miles of Myrtle Beach coast! See vintage WW2 aircraft! You can help support “Salute from the Shore” by doing these: Get a huge flag, Take video and pictures of your Salute! Share your videos, pictures and stories from the Salute at www.SaluteFromTheShore.org. Please check website for updated schedule.
2 p.m. July 4th 6th Annual Cupcake Eating Contest, Croissants Bistro & Bakery, 3751 Robert Grissom Parkway Myrtle Beach, SC 29577. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Competition participants,18 years and older. The winner will be crowned, “Cupcake Champion” of Myrtle Beach. Prize packages include a trophy, medal, $500 cash and tickets to Myrtle Beach area attractions, restaurants and retail stores as well as an oceanfront vacation package, all valued close to $1500.
4 p.m. Annual Boat Parade, Murrells Inlet Marshwalk, 4025 US 17, Business, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
6 – 9 p.m. Surfside Beach Celebration featuring live entertainment on Surfside Drive, Surfside Beach, SC from 6-9 p.m. (Surfside Beach has cancelled their July 4th fireworks.)
7 p.m. Kaminski House with Indigo Choral Society, 1003 Front St. Georgetown, SC 29440. Highlights of the concert will include a Color Guard and songs from the American genre, Carolina-themed songs and a salute to our Armed Forces.
Vacationers tend to be divided between two camps – those who want to spend their vacation lounging around and doing nothing more than relaxing and those who want to spend their vacation keeping busy. We have some great suggestions for how you can kickstart good health on your next Myrtle Beach vacation when you stay at our Sandy Beach Oceanfront Resort. These suggestions won’t involve a gym membership or cost a lot of money either!
Try these simple suggestions on how to kickstart your good health while you’re away on vacation and see what a difference it makes. Then, when vacation is over, adjust them to fit into your regular life at home. You’ll be glad you did!
1. Take a Walk Every Day
Since you’re on a beach vacation it only makes sense that you’d take a walk along the beach but to supercharge your health, do it every day. Walking is good for any ability level, can be done anywhere, and is one of the most accessible forms of exercise. Try an early morning walk to see the sunrise or at the end of the evening to catch a sunset. Or maybe just a midday break from sunning is just what you need.
If you’ve been on the beach all day and are looking for a change of scenery, explore the Myrtle Beach area by foot and see the sights. Check out our local amusement parks or state parks and enjoy the views.
2. Make Good Food Choices
When you stay in one of our vacation rentals you don’t have to dine out every single meal. In fact, why not make the most of your rental kitchen by whipping up some quick, healthy meals instead of purchasing them somewhere else. You can better control what you’re eating while spending less. Take advantage of the local farmer’s markets and seafood markets offering the freshest seafood in the area.
3. Get Plenty of Sleep
You’re on vacation so forget that alarm clock for awhile, and wake up when your body tells you it’s time. There may be a lot you want to see and do on your vacation, but don’t overschedule your time. Go to bed when you’re feeling tired, get up when you feel rested, and take a nap if you so desire.
4. Try Something New
Vacations are very much about getting out of your daily rut, whatever it may be. It’s a great time to expand your horizons and try new and different things. Always wanted to try paragliding or standup paddle boarding? Itching to go out on a chartered fishing boat? This is your golden opportunity to do whatever it is and make great memories!
5. Unplug Yourself
Leave the phone, ipad, itouch and everything else electronic back in the rental and unplug when you go out. You don’t realize how on edge these devices keep you until you don’t have it with you. Find yourself missing it? Take in a deep breath and then exhale. Do that a few times and you’ll forget what it was you were missing.
There’s no time like the present to truly kickstart good health. Being able to do it while enjoying the comfort of your Sandy Beach Oceanfront Resort vacation rental is just a matter of perfect timing!
The 9th annual Dragon Boat Festival will take place on April 29, 2017, by Ground Zero, a nonprofit Christian youth group, in The Market Common, Myrtle Beach. Dragon Boats are long boats propelled by teams of rowers. This year’s festival is expected to draw over 5,000 festival attendees, according to a recent article in The Sun News.
Ground Zero spokesman, Scott Payseur, said now is the time to sign up if you plan on participating. He said 59 teams are currently registered, but many signed up near the event time last year. Payseur said he is hoping for more participants than in previous years as they comprise the main fundraising source for Ground Zero.
Each team consists of a captain and 21 paddlers and all are responsible for raising the $200 entry fee. Spectators attend the festival for free, and kids can spend all day in the “family-fun zone” for $10 per child.
According to Payseur, teams sign up because it’s competitive, it can be because they like to stay in shape [or] it can be because they’re looking for something different to do with their buddies.
Event organizers provide boats, paddles, life jackets and a professional steering team member so that unfamiliar riders stay on course. Each team is given an hour to practice in the week leading up to the event.
Ground Zero usually profits about $100,000 from the event, which helps with operating costs of their programs. The group holds concerts, brings speakers and hosts other events to support its mission of teen outreach and is trying to establish weekly events this year.
Those interested can sign up at mygroundzero.com or call 843-945-9440.
At Sandy Beach Oceanfront Resort you’ll find the most premier beachfront accommodations in the Grand Strand area. The majority of our guests that stay with us are head over heels in love with our Myrtle Beach oceanfront rentals, the amenities that go along with them and the outstanding customer service that we provide all of our guests.
Here’s what a few of our guests had to say…
“We had a fantastic time this weekend with the kids! The staff were extremely friendly and Jessica at the front desk went out of her way to make the stay enjoyable for my family. The heated outdoor pool and lazy river were great fun for the kids even in the cool weather which was awesome fun for the family. The view was amazing from the resort watching Dolphins pass by in the morning. We will be back soon and thanks again to Jessica for all her hospitality!” – A recent guest
“Great place, very clean and spacious. Friendly staff and a great location. Pools were open for great family fun. Full kitchen was an added bonus and helped to save money on meals. We will definitely return.” – Torrance H.
“Everything was just wonderful. Even elevators were quick. Not to mention the easiest, fastest, and friendly check in!! Stayed in Palmetto building on 19th floor. Awesome view. The parking lot staff even went that extra mile to be helpful and making sure things were safe when entering or leaving the entrance parking. Will definitely stay again.” – Stacey T.
“Great place to relax and enjoy first class accommodations. Will definitely return soon. Thanks to the great staff. The pools and hot tubs were a welcome treat. The beach was just what we were looking for.” – PeteC234
"I have been staying at Sandy Beach for several years now. The rooms have always been nice and clean. Very comfortable. The pools and spas are great as well. The staff has always been very friendly, and willing to help with any problem you might have. I wont go anywhere else."
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