Life on the Water: How to Live It up on the Grand Strand

Have a watersports passion you quench in N. Myrtle Beach? Awesome. If you don’t, it’s easy to learn one!

The Grand Strand is a haven for adrenaline junkies of all degrees.

Whether it’s parasailing or riding a banana boat, there’s something fun for you on the Grand Strand. Here are five things to try on your next trip here to have a blast on the waves.

Try Parasailing

It’s like flying a kite high above the ocean — only you’re attached to the kite! You’re towed behind a boat while attached to a canopy wing, like a parachute. This parasail wing lifts you high in the sky for a huge rush and incredible views.

Where to try it

Downwind Sails: An awesome crew is ready to take you on a thrilling ride.

Ocean Watersports: You’re in for amazing family fun for one of the best times you’ll have in Myrtle Beach.

Try Speed Boats

Ride an engine-powered boat, inboard or outboard, for high-speed excitement. Best for experienced captains, speedboating is an action-packed way to get around. These boats have simple accommodations for 2-6 passengers usually and are 25-60 feet long.

Where to try it

Myrtle Beach Boat Rentals: Cruise the Intracoastal Waterway and Waccamaw River in style.

People parasailing over the ocean

Try Jet Skiing

Smaller and often easier to drive than a boat, a jet ski gives the operator more control and safety. Did you know a jet ski has a learning mode, too? It’s a snap to climb aboard and have fun on one.

Where to try it

Myrtle Beach Watersports: This’ll become a regular stop for every Myrtle Beach visit. You’ll get excellent customer service and pros giving instruction and guided tours.

Island Adventure Watersports: Rent them on your own or sign up for a jet-ski tour. Their hourly rate includes safety gear, instruction, and fuel.

Couple on a jetski in the ocean

Try Banana Boats

You can fit the whole crew on a banana boat, and not have to navigate — hold on and have fun! It’s great recreation for adults and teens and gives you a new perspective of the beach. Riders wear life jackets so even those who can’t swim can partake.

Where to try it

Atlantic Water Sports Parasail – Banana Boats: A friendly, patient, safety-conscious staff awaits. Expect clean, new equipment for a memorable ride.

Shoreline Water Sports: It’s a perfect way to kick off summer, with a banana boat ride. This team has a reputation for doing things the right way to make a memorable day.

Family on a banana boat on the beach

Try Other Fun Things on the Water!

Learn to surf or boogie board. Kick back on a chartered tour boat or book a deep-sea fishing excursion. Myrtle Beach has plenty of opportunities to enjoy the coast to the fullest.

Kokopelli Surf Camp: Knowledgeable guides and fantastic tours await here for all watersports. Learn the basics of that activity you’ve always wanted to try, with Kokopelli.

Living room in the Towers

Stay at North Beach Resort & Villas

You’ll find an awesome place to stay at a beautiful property at North Beach Resort & Villas. It’s a destination you’ll love when you visit North Myrtle. North Beach hosts one of the Grand Strand’s finest restaurants: 21 Main. Learn more about amenities there and book a stay today.

Oceanfront Pool deck