Come join those who spend sun-kissed days making memories of laughter, excitement and joy along the ocean’s edge. The beach, the sun, the attractions, the fun — it is all a part of the Myrtle Beach vacation experience.
Where to go and what to do
From the northern tip to its southern shores, the Myrtle Beach area’s 60-mile coast is dotted with 12 distinct communities.
Plan to visit these towns on your next vacation and see what South Carolina’s Grand Strand has to offer. Starting at the north end of the coastline, Little River, small fishing village sports a laid-back, nautical atmosphere. Spend an afternoon exploring the town’s marinas, fishing fleets and historic waterfront.
In nearby North Myrtle Beach, learn to shag dance like the locals along this 9 mile stretch of beach town. The beach-music dance was born here, and dancers perfect their moves at clubs along Ocean Drive.
The namesake of the area, Myrtle Beach offers endless entertainment and miles of golden beaches — perfect for those who go where the action is. Close by, but a town all its own, Surfside Beach draws crowds from all over to play in the surf and take part in numerous festivals throughout the year.
Raised beach houses lining the shore of Garden City Beach make for beautiful sunrises and memorable afternoons, while the Pier at Garden City attracts fishermen and surfers. Murrells Inlet, know as the seafood capital of SC is the place to stroll along the Marsh Walk to enjoy natural beauty.
As we head further south, the pristine shores of Litchfield Beach give this elegant area a carefree feel, while upscale shops and golf courses offer alternative entertainment. And on nearby Pawleys Island, see why one of the East Coast’s oldest summer resorts calls itself “arrogantly shabby.”
MYRTLE BEACH: The Heart of it All
For visitors wishing to maximize their options for sun, fun and entertainment, Myrtle Beach is the perfect choice. The city’s wide variety of family friendly attractions, live entertainment, cultural offerings and nightlife makes it the heart of the Grand Strand.
Whether visitors like their attractions exciting or earth-friendly, Myrtle Beach offers dozens of options for fun and discovery. Myrtle Beach’s classic oceanfront amusement park “Family Kingdom” home to a classic wooden roller coaster, Ferris wheel and dozens of other rides will add new rides for 2013, all combined with a view of the deep blue sea. Race-car fans can take a spin on the speedway or ride go-carts at “NASCAR SpeedPark”, while the aquatic-minded will enjoy water parks with slides, wave pools and fountains for the little ones at “Myrtle Waves”. Visit “Ripley’s Aquarium” for up-close views of sharks, fish and turtles, or get even closer by touching rays and horseshoe crabs. Take an afternoon or evening to root for the home team, the “Myrtle Beach Pelicans” minor league baseball team, or check out the events and fireworks at various locations throughout the summer including downtown on Wednesday nights as part of the Hot Summer Nights events.
In addition to the miles of golden sand and sparkling ocean, nature lovers will find many attractions for fun in the great outdoors. Numerous fishing piers allow anglers to commune with the ocean and its inhabitants, while Myrtle Beach State Park offers miles of unspoiled beachfront lined with sand dunes in addition to a maritime forest for camping, hiking and biking.
All visitors will enjoy strolling along the oceanfront boardwalk, located in downtown Myrtle Beach, or dining al fresco at one of the many oceanfront restaurants. The 1.2-mile boardwalk offers spectacular ocean views and a serene environment reminiscent of yesteryear. New for 2013 an entertainment complex will be home to the only mini golf course located on the new boardwalk. The course will feature black light golf. In addition, a new candy store and ice cream shop with a colorful, candy-inspired façade will round out he complex.
Are you looking to take your annual beach vacation to new heights? Don’t miss Myrtle Beach’s SkyWheel and Landshark Bar and Grill. The SkyWheel stands at nearly 190 feet with a phenomenal view of both the city and the beach making it the perfect attraction for a family adventure, romantic date, or a night out with friends as each gondola is air-conditioned and can seat 6-8 guests. After sunset, sit back and enjoy the spectacular light show by the attraction’s state-of-the-art, computer-generated lighting system.
After your sky-high ride, stop in Jimmy Buffet’s Landshark Bar and Grill, located just at the base of the SkyWheel, for a tasty meal and something cold to drink. Known for its laid back atmosphere, spectacular oceanfront views, and phenomenal entertainment, the Landshark Bar and Grill is bound to be a hit with any family. The food is delicious, and experience is one to remember.
After dark, another side of Myrtle Beach comes alive as nightclubs and comedy clubs offer a variety of options for entertainment. At Broadway at the Beach enjoy country and disco to oldies and dueling pianos. Music and dancing make for high-energy action at dozens of Myrtle Beach hot spots. Live entertainment is also prominent on the Myrtle Beach menu of fun.