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Catch up on the latest news and articles from Compass Cove and around Myrtle Beach.

Experience a Swashbuckling Pirate Adventure in Myrtle Beach

Beach-hungry vacationers have been visiting Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort in search of fun in the sun, surf and sand for generations. But back before the Grand Strand became America's favorite family beach-vacation destination, the area was invaded by a different brand of visitors seeking refuge and searching for treasure.

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Myrtle Beach Is the Perfect Place to Celebrate America’s Birthday

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is throwing one heck of a 241st birthday party for America, and everyone is invited. But this Fourth of July shindig isn't your typical cake-and-ice cream affair, although there will be plenty of those treats available, too. We're talking about an all-out Independence Day bash that ends with fireworks exploding throughout the surrounding skies.

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Myrtle Beach Festivals Set Stage for Summer Fun

Finding fun things to do in Myrtle Beach during the summertime is easy, especially for guests at Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort. In fact, you can enjoy a relaxing or playful day at the beach, take a wet and wild ride down our waterslides, and splash around in our water attractions on our oceanfront pool deck all day long without even leaving the resort property.

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Share Your Myrtle Beach Vacation Memories on Instagram

How many times have you been toiling away at the office only to see an Instagram from a friend soaking up some sunshine on the beach? Sometimes it puts a smile on your face to see them having a good time, and other times you might get jealous and wish you could climb through the screen and join them on the scene.

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Experience a Barrage of Free Fireworks Shows All Summer Long in Myrtle Beach

With so many fun things to see and do on the Grand Strand, planning your Myrtle Beach vacation can be a real challenge. Scheduling your trip so you and your crew can take in all the attractions, entertainment, dining and shopping while also getting plenty of time to enjoy the beach, pools and waterslides can seem like trying to cram a summer's worth of fun into one week.

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Myrtle Beach Summer Fun Starts in Full Force on Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend is the traditional start of the summer season on the Grand Strand, and the fortnight that surrounds it is the perfect time to experience the ultimate Myrtle Beach vacation. From festivals and fireworks to parades and picnics, the weeks before and after Memorial Day make a great time to book your stay at Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort in downtown Myrtle Beach. Here's a quick look at the calendar of events so you can plan accordingly:

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Plan the Perfect Graduation Trip to Myrtle Beach

College graduates across the country are counting down the days until they walk across the stage and receive the document they’ve been pursuing over the past four (or more) years. The special occasion of graduation calls for a big beach celebration. And Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort in sunny Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, has the perfect lesson plan for a beach getaway. Whether you’re a student looking to spend some graduation cash on a much-deserved break or you’re a parent looking to give the ultimate present to your recent college grad, Compass Cove and Myrtle Beach have everything you need to guarantee a great time. In keeping with the college theme, here's one last course schedule to follow for the ultimate post-graduation vacation:

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New Direct Flights Have Folks Flocking to Myrtle Beach International Airport

Like the seagulls that soar high above the Grand Strand shoreline, snowbirds of a different feather are flocking to Myrtle Beach in waves via the airways these days. That's because the Grand Strand, long considered a driving destination for its central location on the Carolina coast, has expanded its horizons for air travelers thanks to recent renovations to the Myrtle Beach International Airport and the addition of several non-stop flights to major and mid-sized markets.

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Top 5 Myrtle Beach Escape Rooms

The latest trend in amusement attractions might seem a bit strange to the uninitiated, but escape rooms are sweeping the nation for their ability to challenge groups' mental sharpness and teamwork. Who knew being locked in a room with only a series of puzzles and clues standing between you and your team's freedom could be so much fun? Apparently, lots of folks in Myrtle Beach.

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Art in the Park Headlines April Arts Celebration at The Market Common

From family beach getaways to annual Grand Strand golf trips, the rites of spring are in full bloom in Myrtle Beach. And one of the area’s most popular spring rituals is a monthlong celebration of arts and crafts at The Market Common. Located just over 2 miles from Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort, The Market Common turns the month of April into one big arts and crafts show with a variety of events. The longest-running spring ritual takes place April 22-23 with the 45th Annual Art in the Park Festival. Hosted by the Waccamaw Arts & Crafts Guild, this two-day event attracts artists and craftsmen from all over the East Coast, as well as hundreds of patrons shopping for one-of-a-kind pieces for their personal collections.

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Top Spots for Antique Shopping on the Grand Strand

The popularity of antique shopping has even given the activity its own verb — antiquing. It seems the advent of hit TV shows like PBS' "Antiques Roadshow" and The History Channel's "American Pickers" has turned everyone into an expert on unearthing buried treasure from dusty shelves and abandoned barns. But you don't have to get your hands dirty antiquing on the Grand Strand, where dozens of unique shops, vendor malls and vintage boutiques make it easy to hunt for nectar.

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2017 Springtime Festivals in Myrtle Beach

The weather is starting to heat up in Myrtle Beach, and with winter behind us there are so many events and festivals to look forward to in the spring time here in Myrtle Beach, SC. Check out our listings below for all of the festivals, shows and things to do this spring, held throughout the Grand Strand:

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Southern Living Store Brings Touch of the South to The Market Common

The Grand Strand's Southern roots run deep, and now - as the site of the nation's first Southern Living Store - the sheer Southernness of our little corner of the Carolina coast has been confirmed. Modeled after the popular magazine by the same name, the Southern Living Store brings a breath of fresh air to The Market Common's retail lineup.

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Compass Cove Has the Cure for the Rainy-Day Blues

There are so many fun things to do in Myrtle Beach, and you and your crew are ready to tackle them all. Unfortunately, Mother Nature may have other plans and may try to rain on your vacation parade. But there's no need to let a cloudy day in paradise go to waste, especially for guests staying at Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort in the heart of Myrtle Beach.

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Myrtle Beach Art Museum Offers Unique Slice of Culture

Myrtle Beach may be better known for its neon-lit attractions and seaside amusements, but the Sun Fun Capital has its fair share of higher culture, too. Hidden beyond the high-rise resorts and towering thrill rides resides the heartbeat of the local arts community — the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Myrtle Beach Art Museum, which is designed with visitors in mind.

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Myrtle Beach, Compass Cove Celebrate Can-Am Days

Myrtle Beach and Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort have a proud tradition of welcoming our friends from the Great White North, showing a little extra attention to the folks who make the long trip all the way from Canada to experience the South Carolina sunshine and the Grand Strand seashore in the springtime. In keeping with that rich history of hospitality, Myrtle Beach and Compass Cove are celebrating the 56th Annual Canadian-American Days Festival March 11-19.

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Carolina Country Music Fest Adds Big & Rich to Lineup in Myrtle Beach

Just when you thought the lineup for the Third Annual Carolina Country Music Fest couldn't get any better, concert organizers recently made it even bigger and richer with the addition of legendary country duo Big & Rich. And just when you thought a Myrtle Beach vacation at Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort couldn't get any better, we are making it even more affordable.

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Carolina Country Music Fest Adds Big & Rich to Lineup in Myrtle Beach

Just when you thought the lineup for the Third Annual Carolina Country Music Fest couldn't get any better, concert organizers recently made it even bigger and richer with the addition of legendary country duo Big & Rich. And just when you thought a Myrtle Beach vacation at Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort couldn't get any better, we are making it even more affordable.

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Five Fun Places to Watch Super Bowl LI in Myrtle Beach

The Super Bowl is like a national holiday in America, so why not turn it into a vacation getaway to the Grand Strand? In addition to offering plenty of fun things to do before the big game, Myrtle Beach also knows how to throw one heck of a Super Bowl party. For guests at Compass Cove Resort looking for a place to watch Super Bowl LI between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots on Feb. 5, here's a list of some of the best spots to enjoy the game and have a good time:

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Bravo Broadway Brings Big Stars to Myrtle Beach

Does your bucket list include a trip to the beach and the chance to see a Broadway musical? Now you can put a check mark beside both of those items in one shot with a fun-filled vacation to Myrtle Beach and the Ninth Annual Bravo Broadway Spectacular. Guests at Compass Cove Resort can relax in the indoor waterpark and oceanfront accommodations as well as enjoy the show.

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Additions and Upgrades at Myrtle Beach’s The Market Common

If you’ve never visited The Market Common in Myrtle Beach, you are in for a treat. Located only a short distance from Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort, the modern, urban-style shopping, dining and recreation complex is unlike anything else on the Grand Strand. But even if you have been to The Market Common in the past, you are still in for a few pleasant surprises in 2017.

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Enjoy a Happy, Healthy 2017 With Compass Cove Resort

It's almost that time of year when we all start making New Year's resolutions, followed shortly by the time when most of us start breaking our New Year's resolutions. Our well-intentioned pledges are often so unrealistic that they don't last very long, which is one of the reasons to take a new approach to the New Year's tradition and start taking baby steps toward your overall goals.

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Five Family-Friendly Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Myrtle Beach

Whoever says New Year's Eve is for adults only never celebrated the holiday in Myrtle Beach. While the Grand Strand offers plenty of dining, dancing and parties for grown-ups to spend a wild night out on the town, the Myrtle Beach area also caters to families who want to ring in 2017 together with a wide selection of kid-friendly and family-friendly festivities.

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Seven Myrtle Beach Events not to Miss in 2017

A Myrtle Beach vacation is always special. But visiting the Grand Strand during certain times of the year, especially ones with big festivals and other major events, can take your vacation experience to the next level. That’s why Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort has compiled a list of events you should check out if you get the chance. Here are seven we highly recommend:

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Enjoy Holiday Laughs at Redneck Christmas Show

The Grand Strand is famous for its annual Christmas shows at such palatial theaters as The Carolina Opry and the Alabama Theatre. But now - with the new Redneck Christmas Show at the GTS Theatre in Myrtle Beach - there's a less-fancy alternative for folks who love to laugh at themselves and sing along to humorous songs at a show that's straight out of the trailer park.

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Compass Cove Offers Great Deals on Early Bookings

Between Black Friday, Cyber Monday and all the other holiday shopping opportunities, you are likely to spend countless hours and dollars to purchase gifts for loved ones. But this year, you can do something special for yourself and the whole family by booking your Myrtle Beach vacation in advance and saving lots of money on your stay at Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort.

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Beach Ball Classic Brings Big-Time Hoops to Grand Strand

Millions of Myrtle Beach visitors get to play with a beach ball on the hot summer sand, but a lucky few get to watch the Beach Ball during the winter. That's the Beach Ball Classic, the nation's premier holiday high school hoops tournament, which will be held Dec. 26-31 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center and features some of the top teams and talent in the country.

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Terror Under the Bridge Headlines Local Haunted Houses

Myrtle Beach and Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort are two of the happiest destinations on the planet, so there's nothing scary about an autumn retreat to the Carolina coast. Unless you come around Halloween time, that is — and then there are plenty of reasons to be afraid. The Grand Strand area goes all out for the holiday, including a downright spooky lineup of haunted houses and attractions.

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Get Thanksgiving Dinner Any Way You Want It on the Grand Strand

From the beach and golf courses to shopping and dining venues, the Grand Strand is known as a vacation destination that has a little something for everyone. That's especially true on Thanksgiving Day, when a wide range of restaurants open their doors to hungry visitors and locals for the holiday feast. From formal to casual and from buffets to on-site dining at Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort, Myrtle Beach has the ideal Thanksgiving feast for you and your party. Here's a look at some of your options:

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Enjoy Fall Fun on the Farm in the Myrtle Beach Area

Millions of visitors come to Myrtle Beach each year for the sun, surf and sand — without the soil, crops and barns of a family farm ever crossing their minds. But some of the best-kept secrets on the Grand Strand, especially during the fall harvest season, are the rural sections of the Carolina coast that give visitors a firsthand look at what the area was like before it grew into a popular vacation destination.

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Like the Weather, Beach Laws Also Change in the Fall

September not only marks the start of the fall season in Myrtle Beach, it also brings some major changes for local beach laws. Just as the temperatures begin to drop and the crowds start to dissipate on the Grand Strand, the rules and regulations governing what you can and cannot do on the beach become a bit more lax, giving visitors even more reasons to come this autumn. Below is a list of changes to the laws that took effect on Labor Day, along with a few year-round rules you need to know:

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Follow Your Nose to the Best BBQ in Myrtle Beach

Few things smell as sweet as the salt air blowing in the sea breeze in Myrtle Beach ... unless there happens to be a barbecue restaurant in the vicinity. Mix in the aroma of hickory smoke and succulent meat, and the mouth starts to water with anticipation. Fortunately for guests at Compass Cove Resort, you don't have to go very far to experience the great smell and flavor of great barbecue. Here are five of our guests' favorite places to go to enjoy some authentic Southern barbecue...

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Natural Beauty, Man-made Masterpieces Converge at Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival

One of the Grand Strand's most pristine natural treasures also becomes a center for manmade masterpieces at the 41st Annual Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival. Held Sept. 23-25 at Huntington Beach State Park in nearby Murrells Inlet, this popular event features more than 100 top artists and crafts vendors from the Eastern Seaboard displaying their works in an idyllic setting.

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Natural Beauty, Man-made Masterpieces Converge at Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival

One of the Grand Strand's most pristine natural treasures also becomes a center for manmade masterpieces at the 41st Annual Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival. Held Sept. 23-25 at Huntington Beach State Park in nearby Murrells Inlet, this popular event features more than 100 top artists and crafts vendors from the Eastern Seaboard displaying their works in an idyllic setting.

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Myrtle Beach Fall 2016 Events

With the summer season coming to an end and the weather finally cooling down, things are just starting to heat up in Myrtle Beach. There are so many great reasons to visit Compass Cove Resort in the fall.

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Cast Away with Deep Sea Fishing Tours near Myrtle Beach

The 60-mile stretch of Carolina coastline known as the Grand Strand is lined with excellent seafood restaurants. But for the freshest catches and best times on the high seas, nothing beats the all-you-can-catch buffet you can only find a few miles offshore. Thanks to the many charter boats and guide services that sail out of the Strand every day and return loaded down with big ones from the sea, Compass Cove Resort guests can easily enjoy a fun day of deep sea fishing in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Start Your Engines at Myrtle Beach Speedway

The Myrtle Beach sports scene may be best known for championship golf, water sports and other stick-and-ball games, but the fastest sport on the Grand Strand can be found at the historic Myrtle Beach Speedway. Located off Highway 501, about 9 miles away from Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort, the half-mile asphalt racetrack has been hosting NASCAR action for almost 60 years.

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Compass Cove Makes Vacationing Easy With New Downloadable App

The living has always been easy at Compass Cove Resort in Myrtle Beach, and now the oceanfront resort has made it even easier. Compass Cove’s new mobile app transforms your cellphone into your multi-tasking tool for planning the perfect vacation and your VIP pass for a problem-free getaway.

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Jump, Bounce and Climb at Myrtle Beach’s First Trampoline Park

Myrtle Beach is famous for its wealth of fun-in-the-sun activities, such as parasailing, surfing, golf and beachcombing. But what about when it rains, or when it’s just too hot to play outdoors? Thanks to the recent opening of Rockin’ Jump, Myrtle Beach’s first trampoline park, we’ve got you covered — literally.

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Five Fun Ways to Enjoy an Action-Packed Myrtle Beach Vacation

There's something to be said for a relaxing vacation where the biggest workout is lifting a frozen drink to your lips. But for those who prefer physical exertion and pure adrenaline, Myrtle Beach and Compass Cove Resort have you covered on both ends. Try these fun and easy ways to stay active during your Myrtle Beach vacation and recover with a relaxing stay at Compass Cove Resort:

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Take a Pub Crawl to These 10 Murrells Inlet Bars

Murrells Inlet is known as the "Seafood Capital of South Carolina," but the tiny village also prides itself in its liquid refreshments. In fact, there's a popular saying you will see on hats and bumper stickers: "Murrells Inlet: A drinking town with a fishing problem." You will find out what that motto means by taking a pub crawl to these 10 waterfront watering holes:

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Catch Free Concerts Under the Stars in North Myrtle Beach

The 60-mile stretch of Carolina coastline called the Grand Strand is made up of several distinct communities with their own claims to fame. Myrtle Beach is the Sun Fun Capital for its sunny beaches and fun attractions. Murrells Inlet is known as the "Seafood Capital of South Carolina" for its abundance of fishing boats, fresh catches and seafood restaurants.

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Five Ways to Stay Cool on Your Myrtle Beach Summer Vacation

You don't have to be a meteorologist to know the typical weather forecast for Myrtle Beach this summer. It's going to be hot, and that's just the way you like it. Fortunately for guests at Compass Cove Resort, we've got plenty of ways to help you cool down when the temperatures start to rise. Here are five fun ways to chill out in the hot summer sun on your Myrtle Beach vacation:

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