The Best East Coast NYE Experience Isn’t in New York

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Believe it or not, 2018 is quickly approaching. Now is the time to start planning where you’ll ring in the New Year. It needs to be a destination with lots of fun events going on, plus you have to have a great place to stay. The Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, area checks all the boxes if you’re looking for a truly memorable way to close out this year, starting with the accommodations.

Whether you’re looking for a low-key trip with the family or you want to live it up with your friends, North Beach Plantation is the ideal place to call home during a New Year’s trip to the Grand Strand. You can stay in the Oceanfront Towers themselves or live like royalty in the upscale penthouse known as The Bridge. For larger groups, like bachelorette parties, the Cottages are your go-to answer.

North Beach Plantation may be located on its own small island between the Atlantic Ocean and Whitepoint Swash, but it’s anything but isolated. Just a short drive away are some of the most fun and entertaining New Year’s events on the Grand Strand.

For the 21-and-up crowd looking to have a great time, make a beeline for Broadway at the Beach on December 31st. Celebrity Square, Broadway’s nightclub district, offers multiple experiences throughout the night. Malibu’s Surf Bar, Broadway Louie’s and Oz will offer live music, party favors, champagne toasts, live balloon drops and confetti cannons on the big night. Just before 8 p.m., hit the pause button for a few minutes to take in a thrilling fireworks display over Lake Broadway.

If you want the Times Square NYE atmosphere without the overcrowding, frigid temperatures and weird smells, then head to the Hard Rock Café at Broadway for an exclusive event from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. For just $35, you can party in one of the most exciting venues in Myrtle Beach, while enjoying a complimentary hors d’oeuvre buffet – because your resolution to eat healthier doesn’t start until the next day. Plus, there will be a live stream of the countdown in New York so you don’t get any FOMO.

For a slightly more laid-back vibe, Barefoot Landing offers a memorable date night where you can reflect on your previous year and get excited for the things to come. The festivities kick off at 6 p.m. with a fireworks show lighting up the sky over Barefoot Lake, followed by a variety of dinners and social events to choose from. Dine at Castano’s Italian Steakhouse and enjoy their special New Year’s Eve menu featuring prime rib. There will also be complimentary champagne and live entertainment. You could also go to Greg Norman’s Australian Grille for an incredible meal and a show from the band Surfside from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Of course, no Myrtle Beach NYE list would be complete without mentioning the House of Blues. The hottest music venue on the Grand Strand is giving you the ultimate way to live out your rock-star fantasy. Take part in their New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance featuring music from Corey Smith and a four-course meal that will blow you away. If that’s not enough, your tickets to this event will also get you discounted rates on other HOB events, as well as a gift certificate for two concert tickets to the show of your choice in 2018. And word on the street is that a little folk-rock band by the name of The Avett Brothers is playing a three-night run at HOB in the spring.

The Myrtle Beach area has a New Year’s Eve celebration for everyone. No matter where the night takes you, the perfect starting point is North Beach Plantation. Come a little early or spend the first few days of 2018 with us at our accommodating resort, enjoying countless amenities while you ring in 2018.