A holiday established to commemorate the Mexican army’s victory in the Battle of Puebla has become an American phenomenon. Celebrated May 5, Cinco de Mayo has become a day of American celebration involving food, spirits and fiestas from coast to coast.
A holiday like this and the festive allure of Myrtle Beach are a perfect fit. But the celebration day isn’t all about drink specials and tasty tacos (although, by magic of the universe, Cinco de Mayo and Taco Tuesday collide in 2020!)
Check out our list of things to do for Cinco de Mayo, including one activity that isn’t based on chips and salsa.
1. Celebrate at Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant
It’s become a tradition at Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant. The local location of this national chain will have live music, drink and food specials all day. Enjoy your nachos and beer specials out on the porch if the weather’s good. Or stay inside with a margarita and steak fajitas.
Pro tip: The dining room is gorgeously designed with lots of art and Spanish-style touches. It’s perfect for a few social media selfies! #CincoDeMayoMyrtleBeach
Located at: 740 Coastal Grand Circle, Myrtle Beach
2. Senor Frog’s Fiesta 5K
Note: The run takes place Saturday, May 2! Get your fitness in way before you hit the taco bar on Tuesday. Actually, registration for this one includes a Mexican-style breakfast after the run. Take a double loop around Broadway at the beach, and get a cool T-shirt, too.
Pro tip: Not up for the run? Volunteer to help with the event. You’ll still be part of the festivities without having to put the wear and tear on your soles.
Located at: Senor Frog’s, 2100 John Q. Hammond Street, Myrtle Beach
3. Cinco de Mayo Party at Bandito’s Restaurant and Cantina
The fiesta is on the ocean at this casual hangout. Bandito’s, famous for its tequila list, will have live music, cornhole on the beach and drink specials. It’s Mexican fare with a southwestern flair, with just a touch of South Carolina coast.
Pro tip: Have vegan friends in your party? Bandito’s has a great selection on their menu sure to please them. The variety might even have non-vegans trying it out! Located at: 1410 Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach. Check out Bandito’s website
4. Cinco de Mayo at Nacho Hippo
1160 Farrow Parkway, Myrtle Beach | 850 North Ocean Boulevard, North Myrtle Beach
It’s a perfect day for the Hippo’s “Best of the Beach” Margaritas. Like many spots in Myrtle Beach, Nacho Hippo plans on specials on drinks and food, live music, and even a little cornhole on the beach if the weather cooperates. Remember, nachos are a specialty at Nacho Hippo.
Pro tip: It’s a celebration, right? Give a bucket margarita a try, and share with someone special. It comes in a souvenir bucket, even.
5. Enjoy a feast of your own
Bring the party home. Whether your hotel room has a kitchen or not, Myrtle Beach has a handful of excellent Mexican grocery stores so you can stock up and do Cinco de Mayo the way you want to, with food to prepare or ready-made dinner.
Check out Carniceria Mi Mexico (3839 Socastee Blvd C, Myrtle Beach), Mexico Superstore (1520 U.S. Highway 501, Myrtle Beach) or Tienda Latina y Carniceria La Comercial Mexico (1005 Third Avenue South, Unit A, Myrtle Beach).
Pro tip: Pick up some of the regional hot sauces many Mexican grocery stores carry. You’ll likely find a new favorite you can’t get back home.
Myrtle Beach is a great place to be for any holiday, and Cinco de Mayo is no different. The festive atmosphere at Myrtle Beach is a great combination for a day of cold drinks, delicious food and time with family and friends – no matter how you choose to celebrate!