We’re on the cusp of spring’s much-anticipated arrival here in sunny Myrtle Beach, SC, one of the most popular family-friendly destinations in North America. Naturally, our bustling oceanside community boasts a thriving water sports scene. Travelers of all ages cannot resist the allure of a week filled with deep-sea fishing, glass kayaking, and surf lessons. Myrtle Beach itself is known for its calm sea breezes, teal waves, and warm sand. Not only is the North Shore Oceanfront Hotel just steps from the beach, a free water park, and an arcade, but our waterfront respite is a short drive from the most exhilarating Myrtle Beach water sports.
The 3 Best Myrtle Beach Water Sports
Most Myrtle Beach water sports appeal to adventurers of all ages. Surprisingly, activities such as parasailing, jet skiing, and scuba diving are quite affordable, even for those traveling on a tight budget. Our location along Myrtle Beach’s north shore is perfectly situated in-between the Grand Strand’s best outfitters and tour companies. And, to ensure that your well-deserved getaway is nothing short of flawless, we’ve compiled three of our favorite outdoor activities (as seen below).
Last year, Sands Resorts compiled a comprehensive parasailing guide with prices, addresses, and highlights. Many of the top parasail companies rest outside of the city limits in Murrells Inlet, Surfside Beach, and North Myrtle Beach, including the top-rated option, Express Watersports. That being said, several top-tier tours start near the hotel, such as Downwind Sails and Ocean Watersports. Regardless, nothing tops the feeling one gains while gliding freely several hundred feet above the Atlantic Ocean on a particularly beautiful summer afternoon. Rates typically range between $40 and $65 per person. While Googling “parasailing near me” is mildly effective, we recommend reading through the aforementioned guide before booking.
Jet skiing (also known as “wave running”) has swiftly risen in popularity over the past 10 years. Thus, seemingly every water sport-focused company along the Grand Strand offers guided tours or rental services. Unlike the majority of North Myrtle Beach water sports, jet skiing has age restrictions. However, most children can ride with a parent! We typically recommend the aptly-named Myrtle Beach Watersports, Shawn’s Backwater Adventure, and Action Water Sportz. Shawn’s is preferred by many because kids under 12 ride free. Action Water Sportz, meanwhile, features a one-of-a-kind dolphin watching tour that’s hard to pass up.
So, what exactly is banana boating? Well, a six-person banana boat is, at its purest form, an unpowered, inflatable vessel that’s towed at high speeds. These boats, of course, are typically yellow and resemble two interconnected bananas. All riders must be five years old—weight restrictions do apply. While most trips last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, the speed of the boat ride will depend on the riders’ age, weight, and strength. Large families or groups of young adults typically flock to Express Watersports and New Wave Watersports.
New Hotels in Myrtle Beach
After a full day of exhilarating Myrtle Beach water sports, retreat to the North Shore Oceanfront Hotel for a lazy river float, on-site dining, and a beach stroll at dusk. Thanks to extensive renovations and a complete rebrand, our modern yet affordable slice of beach heaven has never been more appealing. In fact, we’ve quickly become one of the most desirable family-friendly north shore resorts. To book a long-overdue escape to South Carolina’s sunny Grand Strand, please give us a call today at 800-959-6418.