Myrtle Beach is a beautiful destination in South Carolina that offers 60 miles of beach, amusement parks, golf courses, resorts, shopping and lots more. It’s a family friendly place that offers good value for bargain hunters yet also has its share of luxurious accommodations as well.
Myrtle Beach Highlights
- Grand Strand -This is what Myrtle Beach is most famous for -a 60-mile stretch of beaches that contains hotels, resorts, restaurants, golf courses and everything you could wish for on a family vacation. The Grand Strand really covers too much territory_ to be a single destination, and most visitors don’t get to explore the entire area, but it’s worth driving around and exploring the various scenic spots.
- Broadway at the Beach - This can be considered the hub of Myrtle Beach, with a huge selection of shops, restaurants and nightlife. If you want to be in the center of the action you should choose a hotel close to here. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a quiet getaway, you might not want to be too close.
- Myrtle Beach State Park -A protected area consisting of beaches and forest where you can walk and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. There are also educational programs and exhibits, such as aquariums and reptiles. It’s quite small as far as state parks go, but it’s a nice spot to enjoy nature and get a break from the hustle and bustle of the area.
- Museums and Fun Attractions -Myrtle Beach has several fun places to visit, such as specialty museums and family attractions. Wheels of Yesteryear will fascinate anyone interested in the history or automobiles. Ripley’s Believe It or Not has all kinds of strange and bizarre exhibits. The Hollywood Wax Museum has likenesses of celebrities with whom you can pose for photo ops. For a more traditional museum experience with a great selection of art, you can visit Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum.
- Boat Rides and Water Sports -If you enjoy water-based activities, Myrtle Beach has lots to offer. You can learn to paddle board with Carolina Paddle Company; Myrtle Beach Watersports offers boat tours and rentals and whale/dolphin watching expeditions; Waccamaw River Tours provides educational river tours where you’re likely to see lots of wildlife, including alligators, turtles, heron and lots more. Or, if you prefer, you can simply enjoy the beach and ocean on your own.
Dining and Nightlife
Myrtle Beach has lots of great places to eat and have fun at night. As far as eating goes, seafood, Italian and old fashioned American are well represented, with many other choices as well. The following are just a handful of recommendations.
For Italian you have several excellent choices: Villa Romana, between 7th & 8th Ave. on South Kings Highway; Sole Italian Restaurant on North Kings Highway and Ciao! also on North Kings Highway.
The Melting Pot on North Kings Highway is a great choice for fondue as well as contemporary American seafood. The Aspen Grille on North Kings Highway also has a good selection of local seafood. For juicy steaks and seafood, Chuck’s Steak House on North Kings Highway is the place to go. Bonefish Grill is yet another amazing seafood place on North Kings Highway; they’re also known for their Big City Bar, which features cocktails with house-made infusions.
For going out at night, Myrtle Beach has lots of choices for theater and concerts. You might find out what’s playing at The Carolina Opry or the Palace Theatre when you’re in town. Legends In Concert offers a wide selection of tribute concerts at Broadway at the Beach. Carolina Improv provides fun and unpredictable performances from a talented local improv group.
There are countless other places to go out as well, including hundreds of bars, nightclubs and dinner theaters. Comedy Cabana is a fun night out if you enjoy standup comedy; there’s the Hard Rock Cafe Myrtle Beach at Broadway at the Beach; also at Broadway at the Beach is the popular Revolutions Nightclub. Eighty Eight’s Piano Bar, which is part of Rossi’s Italian Restaurant, is a good stop for dining and enjoying some live music.
Where to Stay
If you’re looking for a hotel or resort at the higher end, there’s Marina Inn at Grande Dunes at Amalfi Place, which offers a private beach, several excellent restaurant, amazing views of the marina and large areas for hosting conferences, weddings and other special events.
Royale Palms Condominiums by Hilton is a large and well-equipped hotel on the beach with amenities such as a pool, fitness center, tennis court and ocean views. Ocean Reef Resort, on North Ocean Boulevard is a hotel/resort with lots of activities and facilities, such as fitness center, tennis courts, pool, restaurant kid’s activities and rooms with kitchenettes.
Myrtle Beach has quite a few budget and mid-range hotels where you can find excellent value. These include Aqua Beach Inn on Withers Drive, which is close to the Boardwalk and ocean; Admiral Motor Inn on North Ocean Blvd., a reasonable motel offering basic but comfortable accommodations near the southern end of the boardwalk.
For more of an inn, B & B-type atmosphere, Serendipity Inn on 71st Avenue North is a good choice. It’s close to the beach but in a quiet area, offering clean, comfortable rooms, some with kitchenettes. Wachesaw Plantation, on Governors Landing/Murrells Inlet is a good choice for golfers, as it’s a comfortable inn connected to a country club and golf course.