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What Is Open in Myrtle Beach?

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What Is Open in Myrtle Beach?

Myrtle Beach is open for business today, and visitors are flocking to the beach now that all COVID restrictions are lifted and everything is up and running. Whether you’ve been coming to the Grand Strand for years or you’re planning your first trip, you’ll be happy to know all of the best things to do and places to see in Myrtle Beach will be open today or whenever you visit. While some businesses open in Myrtle Beach may be operating at reduced hours or at a lowered capacity to make up for staffing shortages, you may think the area seems busier than usual, but the Grand Strand is no stranger to hosting any size crowd. 

Myrtle Beach Hotels and Vacation Rentals Are Open

Hotels are open, and many are offering vacation deals, too. Campgrounds, vacation rentals, and condos are also all open and amenities are ready for guests. COVID capacity restrictions have also been lifted. For worry-free trip planning, review the hotel or camping resort’s cancellation policy so you understand any penalties for changing your reservation.

Many resorts have adopted increased sanitation and cleaning protocols as the new standard, and while hotels encourage proper hygiene practices for their guests, there are no mask policies in place; some resorts may have their own requirements for staff in food service, at the front desks, or in housekeeping positions. On-site restaurants and bars, including self-serve breakfast buffets, are operating as usual. Anyone wanting to work out while on vacation will be happy to hear hotel fitness centers are also open for guests.

Area Beaches Are Open

The Grand Strand’s public beaches are open every day of the year. The long list of public beach accesses that are open throughout Myrtle Beach makes it easy for any visitor to find a spot in the sand, and guests of oceanfront resorts can enjoy walk-out beach access from the properties as well. Since masks aren’t required on any beach, the only accessory you’ll need is your favorite shades.

South Carolina State Parks Are Open

Both Myrtle Beach State Park and Huntington Beach State Park are open to day visitors and overnight campers. Park gift shops are open and programs have resumed at all South Carolina State Parks. The Atalaya Castle at Huntington Beach is also giving tours and its annual events are back on schedule. Visitors are encouraged to arrive outside of peak hours (10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.) due to parking capacity limits.

Restaurants Are Open for Dining In

Myrtle Beach restaurants are open for dine-in service, and masks are not required. Check with the restaurants to confirm operating hours and which days they are open prior to arriving. Consider making a reservation during the summer season to reduce your wait time, as not all restaurants are operating at full capacity due to staffing shortages. Outdoor dining and takeout options are still available at many area restaurants, as well. 

Seafood Buffets Are Open

Many readers have emailed us asking specifically about seafood buffets and which ones are open today. We’re happy to confirm that all seafood buffets have resumed self-serve dining, though it is a good idea to confirm operating hours before you arrive. Besides Crabby Mike’s, Bennett’s Calabash Seafood, and other popular seafood buffets, you’ll be happy to know other favorite spots are open in Myrtle Beach, including Osaka Sushi Buffet, the breakfast buffet at Mammy’s Kitchen, and the dinner-and-show buffet at Polynesian Fire

Myrtle Beach Attractions Are Open

The variety of attractions is what makes Myrtle Beach such a fun place, and now that everything is open for business as usual, you can fill your itinerary with many things to do. Start planning which arcades, museums, and wildlife attractions you’ll visit to make the most of your beach vacation. Some of our favorite attractions in Myrtle Beach that are open now include:

If you’re looking for other things open today in the Grand Strand, browse our list of 102 Things to Do in Myrtle Beach! It’s smart to confirm whether each Myrtle Beach attraction is open before you arrive, and consider getting tickets for shows or booking tee times early to beat the crowds.

Shops & Stores Are Open in Myrtle Beach

All retail stores are open in Myrtle Beach so you can shop until you drop once again. Mask requirements and capacity limits are no longer mandatory for shopping at all your favorite stores for clothing, beachwear, or shoes, plus all big box stores and mom ’n’ pop shops are open as usual as well. Check with individual shops for current hours, as these might have changed due to staffing or seasonality. 

Close-Contact Providers Are Open

Myrtle Beach hair salons, spas, and tattoo parlors are open with enhanced sanitizing measures in place. Masks are not currently mandated, and anyone preferring a masked stylist or artist during their services should inquire with the establishment ahead of time.

Is Myrtle Beach open?

Myrtle Beach and the surrounding beaches are open. Read more here

What is there to do in Myrtle Beach? 

Myrtle Beach is full of fun things to do. We’ve made a list of 102 of them here

Which hotels in Myrtle Beach are the best? 

Myrtle Beach is home to many beautiful hotels and resorts. Many hotels are oceanfront and offer tons of indoor and outdoor amenities. We’ve made handy lists of our favorite family-friendly hotels, luxury resorts, and more!