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Spending the Day at Grande Dunes Marina, South Carolina

Grande Dunes Marina’s reputation, as one of the finest marinas on South Carolina’s Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), can’t be denied. Its accommodations, services and location are topnotch. The marina features state-of-the-art floating docks, diesel and gasoline, a well-stocked marina store, and immaculate shower, restroom and laundry facilities. Plus, all the sandy beaches, tantalizing restaurants, shops and attractions Myrtle Beach has to offer, right in its backyard, are can’t miss opportunities.


And you don’t even need to leave the marina to enjoy fresh local fare at the only restaurant in Myrtle Beach on the ICW – Anchor Café! It’s a fun, friendly place with plenty of outdoor seating perfect for lunch, dinner or a happy hour sunset beverage.


Located at mile marker 357 on the ICW, Grande Dunes Marina has 126 wet slips and 1,200 linear feet of lay-along floating docks, as well as a protected harbor for vessels up to 120 feet. You’re sure to find everything you could need and want for your boat and your crew. Oh, and the marina is pet-friendly, so even your furry First Mate will feel at home.


Spending the Day at Grande Dunes Marina


Myrtle Beach has so much for you and every member of your crew to experience, you’re sure to create unforgettable memories every time you come. A great place to start is Myrtle Beach State Park, at 4401 S Kings Hwy. It’s a South Carolina treasure! The park consists of 312 acres of land that was donated by Myrtle Beach Farms back in 1934. It’s a wonderous combination of soft-sand beaches and a maritime forest with towering pines. If you’d like to spend some time on land, it offers campgrounds and cabins where you can commune with nature. It also has hiking trails, picnic grounds and a fishing pier. Plus, there’s lots for the little ones to enjoy, like a nature education center and playgrounds.

13 miles away


The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk & Promenade is legendary! It’s a 1.2-mile-long oceanfront boardwalk and promenade that stretches from 14th Avenue to the 2nd Avenue pier. And throughout the summer, it hosts a full calendar of popular festivals and events. But you’ll find that year-round there’s a good time to be had with games, food and fun up and down its boards. While you’re there, be sure to ride on the famous sky-high SkyWheel. The iconic and impressive structure towers nearly 200 feet above the boardwalk. It’s the perfect opportunity to get a bird’s-eye view of the breathtaking skyline and crystal blue waters. Day or night, it’s amazing!

7 miles away


In true Ripley tradition, Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach, will astound you. From pancakes with penguins to the ultimate stingray experience, children and adults alike will be charmed and captivated. There are even virtual tours available so you can explore the aquarium from anywhere. But this isn’t any virtual tour, it’s a live guided tour. Your personal guide will take you through the Aquarium’s galleries, stopping to chat with animal experts along the way, so you can learn all about your favorite exhibits. Two crowd-pleasers are the Penguin Playhouse and Dangerous Reef.

5 miles away


The Alabama Theater is Myrtle Beach’s most popular art entertainment attraction. With a grand variety of live shows, millions of guests come back year after year for toe-tapping, breath-taking, and even side-splitting entertainment. Two one-of-a-kind favorites are ONE The Show, which draws you in with music, dance and comedy, running February through October, and the South’s Grandest Christmas Show running November and December. Both are guaranteed to be a family experience that everyone will remember and enjoy.

5 miles away


When it comes to good eats, Myrtle Beach has it all. From five stars to five bucks, you can find delicious local fare. The Melting Pot Myrtle Beach is an interactive dining experience, centered around fondue of every kind. Guests get to choose from several fondue cooking styles and a variety of unique entrees, salads, and exceptional desserts. If you’re in the mood for something more traditional, head over to Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen at Broadway at the Beach. They always serve up generous helpings of delectable food with a side of southern hospitality. And as you might expect, mouth-watering dishes like chicken-fried pork and Paula’s seafood gumbo are favorites on the menu. But don’t leave without topping the meal off with the sinful banana pudding. Better yet, start with it!

5 miles away


It’s easy to see why Myrtle Beach is such a beloved destination for boaters, and why it’s frequently voted one of the top family holiday destinations in the U.S! If you haven’t been, or haven’t been in a while, head back to this boater’s wonderland. Book your slip today at and pull you’re your crew together.

See you at the SkyWheel!


Written by: Jo Montgomery