It’s a great American pastime—the beach vacation. For folks living in the Southeast, one of the most popular beach destinations you’ll find is Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. While it’s known for its array of golf courses, beachfront hotels, and countless things to keep the kiddos entertained, the coastal town has added one more thing to the list—the Myrtle Beach Jeep Jam. A Native Sons event, the Jeep Jam is a three-day gathering that combines a Jeep show ’n’ shine, obstacle course, and over 50 vendors.
Using the massive area that a mall once populated, the family-friendly event was able to secure a large enough venue that was also within walking distance to the beach. We absolutely love seeing any new 4x4 events pop up, but we especially like that it gives East Coasters more destination options. While this isn’t the only Jeep event situated near a coastline, its location made it extremely attractive to those living in this part of the U.S.
Though our jeepin’ travels in South Carolina usually include wheeling at the Gulches OHV park in Waterloo (about four hours west of Myrtle Beach), we decided to hit the 2018 Myrtle Beach Jeep Jam to see what it was all about. For an inaugural event, we were blown away at how packed and well organized it was. We’re hoping it’s only going to get bigger and better from here. To find out more about next year’s event, be sure to check them out at mbjeepjam.com.
Where’s the Beach?
The one thing you can’t do at Myrtle Beach is drive your Jeep on the sand. However, if that’s a must-do on your list, you can easily make that a reality by driving around 90 miles northeast to Carolina Beach, North Carolina. There, you can hit either the northern (Freeman Park) or southern (Fort Fisher) ends of the island and get some sand under your treads.