North Beach Plantation guests have the best amenities on the Grand Strand when the sun is shining – secluded beaches, plenty of pools and the best swim-up bar in the nation.
But on those rainy and cloudy days, it's a good time to get out and explore the best that North Myrtle Beach has to offer, or at least the indoor attractions. While no one wants to see a rainy day on their vacation, here are five fun and dry places to visit:
* Barefoot Landing: Located just across Kings Highway from North Beach Plantation, this multi-purpose complex is home to some of the Grand Strand's best entertainment, shopping and dining. Although many of the retail stores are situated along an open-air boardwalk, it's just a shot sprint through the rain to go door-to-door shopping. Catch a show at the House of Blues or the Alabama Theatre, or throw back some wings and beers at Dick's Last Resort or Wild Wing Cafe. Best of all, you are only seconds from the resort in case the sun decides to shine.
* Cinzia Spa: There's no need to leave North Beach for a relaxing way to spend a rainy day. In addition to chilling out in your luxury accommodations, you can do something good for yourself at the on-site Cinzia Spa. The 3,000-square foot facility allows guests to get in a nice workout in the fitness center or take a yoga class in the studio. Cinzia Spa offers a wide selection of massages and ritual therapies – the perfect way to pamper yourself while you wait out the weather.
* Myrtle Beach Mall: This recently renovated mall has all the major national chains and regional anchor stores without the larger crowds at Barefoot Landing or Broadway at the Beach, as well as being totally enclosed so you don't have to brave the weather. Myrtle Beach Mall also boasts the only Bass Pro Shop outlet on the Grand Strand, as well as a movie theater featuring all the current releases. Best of all for North Beach guests, Myrtle Beach Mall is technically not in Myrtle Beach but in the tiny community of Briarcliffe Acres, which is only 1 mile south of the resort.
* Ocean Drive: If you like to dance, take a ride north to Ocean Drive, home of the shag. This 1950's dance craze, born on the saw-dust strewn dance floors of the same clubs that keep the shag alive today, is still kicking at hot spots like Fat Harold's, OD Arcade and the Spanish Galleon. If you don't know how to perform South Carolina's state dance, a friendly local is always will to give a free lesson, or you can just listen to classic beach music and watch the real pros in action. Check the schedule for concerts and SOS (Society of Stranders) special events.
* Ultimate California Pizza Game Zone: This pizzeria/fun factory is a little farther down Restaurant Row but well worth the drive, especially if you have little ones who are looking for some rainy-day entertainment. UCP Game Zone boasts a huge arcade filled with high-tech interactive video games, as well as some old-school carnival-style games for the parents who are still kids at heart. Play Skee-Ball, Pac-Man, Frogger and all the classics while the kids take on the more modern games. Collect tickets to redeem for prizes, and save money by purchasing a combination arcade/pizza pass. Make it a lunch or dinner date as well with UCP’s famous pizza, salads, subs and snacks. There’s also a sports bar just for the grown-ups with multiple TVs and ice cold beer.