My holiday in America has come and gone but I am already looking forward to returning to Myrtle Beach next year. So much so, I would like to introduce you to a small city in South Carolina, where I spent quite a lot of time. Heres the top 10 reasons why you should book your ticket to Myrtle Beach right now.
1. Beaches, beaches and More Beaches!
Let’s start with the obvious: Myrtle Beach is an ocean city and has over 60+ miles of long beaches. While most of the hotels are located right next to the beach it is important to note the differences between North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach. Myrtle Beach is lined with restaurants and beach bars, whereas North Myrtle Beach is more of a residential area, so beach bars and restaurants are hard to find in the sand dunes.
2. Golf and Mini Golf
Myrtle Beach is actually known as the world capital of golf, and I am not just talking about about 4 or 5 courses. It is literally full of all kinds of crazy golf courses (mini-golf) providing fun for the whole family. While some of the mini-golf courses are naturally tacky some of them are absolutely unreal. The amount of detail and effort that goes in to building these mini-golf courses is incredible. You can play with dragons, Captain Hook, sharks, climb mountains, hike through the Aztec ruins or pretend you’re playing on a small island in Hawaii.
3. It’s affordable
As Myrtle Beach is located on the East Coast and relies primarily on tourism and golf for it’s economy, it is surprisingly cheap. You can always find great deals around here so make sure you grab one of those monster coupon books from the local grocery shop to get discounts for pretty much all the major places around Myrtle Beach.
Well it is definitely true what they say about Southern Hospitality. You can feel it all around Myrtle Beach. While most of the people who live within the cities or tourist locations were not born and raised in South Carolina, they all tend to be happy, friendly and really hospitable. I suppose it is the beautiful weather, the long sandy beaches, and the cheap prices that put a welcoming smile on everyone’s face.
5). Great Restaurants
Myrtle Beach attracts a lot of visitors, especially during the Summer months, so you can expect to find just about any kind of restaurant here to tickle your fancy. As is true for any seasonal destination, they are jam-packed during the busy summer months, but as the crowds die down, so does the quality of some restaurants. I frequently go to:
Art Burger – Located right near the beach. Be sure to try their nitrogen frozen cocktails!
The Wicked Tuna – Located at Murrells Inlet
Joe’s Crab Shack – Located at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach and Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach.
Wild Wings Cafe – Located at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach.
Villa Romana – Located at Myrtle Beach
Wahoo’s Fish House – Located at Murrells Inlet
Of course theres no place like Kirk’s Ice Cream after or before any of the above.
Myrtle Beach is littered with Waves, Beaches and other tacky stores where you can get everything for under $5. These shops are great for little trinkets or generic souvenirs to take back home. You can also find two Tanger Outlets (one in Myrtle Beach, one in North Myrtle Beach) if you’re looking to spend some time off from the beach and work your wallet instead!
Myrtle Beach is full of attractions, amusement parks and things for the whole family to enjoy. You can go to the SkyWheel, the impressive ferris wheel located right on the beach. The Broadway at the Beach outdoor shopping center built on top of a pond is home to the Family Kingdom Amusement Park, Boat Tours and Ripley’s Aquarium, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, WonderWorks, Escape Games, Pirate Cruise, Helicopter Adventure, Hollywood Wax Museum, Speedway, Myrtle Waves Water Park and many other attractions ensure you will never run out of things to do on your holiday.
Obviously, you cannot visit Myrlte Beach without trying the amazing world of watersports on offer here. Take your pick! There’s plenty to do here: Jetskis, Pontoon Boat Rentals, Dolphin Cruises, Pirate Adventures (yes, you go out on a pirate ship!), Scuba Express, Banana Boat rides, Kayaking, Parasailing, Crazy Jet Boat rides – What’s it going to be for you?
9. Live Shows
For those of you who are into theater, plays and concerts, you’ll be happy to know that Myrtle Beach offers a fair share of attractions: The House of Blues (concerts and gospel brunch) , GTS Theater (Hypnosis shows & musicals) , Alabama Theatre, Legends in Concert (musical tribute artists) , The Carolina Opry (live musical show) , The Palace Theatre (home of the Jersey Night show and magic shows) Pirates Voyage (dinner theater) and of course Medieval Times, for those of you who like to eat with your hands, while watching a jousting spectacle.
The clubs in Myrtle Beach may not be as trendy as those found in NYC, LA, Vegas, or Europe but you’ll find a unique blend of nightlife here that will keep you entertained for your entire stay. Broadway at the Beach used to have a row of small/connected night clubs called Celebrity Square, but unfortunately it has been closed. There are a lot of smaller night clubs but most of the drinking/dancing occurs at the many bars and restaurants located around the beach. If you are up for a brief Uber ride you can check out Murrells Inlet (which is also known as the sea food capital of the world). If you happen to stumble across Bubba’s Love Shack in Murrell’s Inlet you found the right place. This is a great place to grab some cocktails and dance the night away. You can then continue to walk down the docks to the various other bars and restaurants. Murrell’s Inlet can get very busy during the high season, but that doesn’t stop the locals from coming here for a good night out on the town.