Reasons to visit Myrtle Beach in South Carolina

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Myrtle Beach is one of the USA’s most popular coastal destinations. The area is renowned for its leisure opportunities. Here are reasons to visit Myrtle Beach in South Carolina.

From Charleston, Myrtle Beach is a two-hour drive, 95 miles northeast along US Highway 17. The city of Myrtle Beach shares its name with a coastal area that stretches for 60 miles, from Georgetown to Little River, and is alternatively known as the Grand Strand. That expanse means a broad variety of things to see and do in the region, whose average annual temperature is a cheery 25°C.

Seafood and regional cuisine counts among the attractions of Myrtle Beach.

Take a morning stroll on Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach’s golden sand is lapped by the Atlantic Ocean. Accommodation close to the shore makes it easy to stroll on the beach while watching the sun rise over the sea.

What could make for a more enchanting start to a day than kicking off your shoes to feel soft sand scrunching below the soles of your feet?

The beachfront at Myrtle Beach in South Carolina.
Sunrise over Myrtle Beach. The sun shines above the Atlantic Ocean.

Get your bearings on the SkyWheel Myrtle Beach

SkyWheel Myrtle Beach is a giant Ferris wheel with 42 air-conditioned enclosed capsules. Each one of the capsules can seat up to six people. Each ride, termed a flight, consists of four revolutions of the 187-ft tall wheel.

Flights on the giant wheel typically last between 10 and 15 minutes. They offer views for miles along the beachfront and deep into Myrtle Beach’s hinterland.

The SkyWheel Myrtle Beach.

Watch vehicles parade along Myrtle Beach’s Ocean Boulevard

If you enjoy watching people enjoying themselves, set aside time to view the cars and bikes parading along Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach. With music throbbing and engines purring, drivers head back and forth along the seafront road.

Some magnificently pimped rides can be seen on Ocean Boulevard.

Golden – a car on Myrtle Beach’s Ocean Boulevard.

Play a round of golf at Myrtle Beach

Like the idea of playing a round of golf while in South Carolina? The state can claim more golf holes per person than any other in the USA. The Palmetto State (a nickname derived from the tree that is depicted on South Carolina’s flag) is the home to more than 360 public golf courses.

Around 80 of those courses are in the Myrtle Beach area. Golf packages, available via Play Golf Myrtle Beach, bring opportunities to book tee times on courses across the region.

The Stars and Stripes flying above South Carolina’s state flag, which features a Palmetto tree.

View sea creatures at Ripley’s Aquarium

Myrtle Beach has an array of family-orientated attractions, including Ripley’s Aquarium at Broadway at the Beach. It possible to pass below the likes of sandtiger and sandbar sharks as they glide effortlessly above the transparent tunnel that snakes for a length of 340-ft beneath the enormous pool known as Dangerous Reef.

In addition to tanks teeming with marine life, the aquarium hosts an insightful exhibition about Pearl Harbor. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, on 7 December 1941, drew the United States of America into World War Two.

A view of the pier at Pawleys Island.

Enjoy an afternoon of seaside quietude

Myrtle Beach is renowned for its nightlife and party scene. It’s a popular spring break destination.

The wider Myrtle Beach Area has laid-back places where you can enjoy space and quietude. Litchfield Beach, Surfside Beach and Murrells Inlet count among the attractions of the Grand Strand.

Pawleys Island, 25 miles south of the city of Myrtle Beach, has a relatively quiet beach and is a lovely place for a barefoot walk.

People walking on the beach at Pawleys Island.

Explore Myrtle Beach State Park

Myrtle Beach State Park opened back in 1936. A mile of the Grand Strand remains undeveloped, providing habitat to loggerhead turtles. The park is an pleasant place to follow interpretive walking trails that give insights into local flora and fauna. You’ll see the likes of oak trees and pelicans, plus the notable landmark of Myrtle Beach pier.

A brown pelican in flight.

Tuck into fresh seafood and traditional Carolina cuisine

The proximity to the sea means there’s plenty of places to tuck into freshly landed seafood along Myrtle Beach. Take your pick from informal restaurants and fine-dining establishments.

Shrimp and grits is a regional delicacy typical of South Carolina’s Lowcountry cuisine. Crab cakes are another speciality of the region (those shown below were prepared at the Aspen Grille, in Chef Curry Martin’s kitchen).

Crab cakes serves with green asparagus, carrots and Carolina gold rice.

Useful information for visiting Myrtle Beach

British Airways operates direct flights between London Heathrow and Charleston International Airport.

UK passport holders who don’t need a visa to enter the USA and are planning a business or leisure trip of 90 days or less must have a valid ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization). The application process costs $14.

Need a map of Myrtle Beach? This Travel Like a Local map is available via Amazon (affiliate links, mean, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through to Amazon and make a purchase):

Keen to find more reasons to visit Myrtle Beach in South Carolina? View the Visit Myrtle Beach website to find further details on things to do and see at South Carolina’s Grand Strand area.

See the and Discover South Carolina websites for information about the state and its most populous city. The Visit the USA website has information about things to do and see in South Carolina and elsewhere in the United States of America.

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6 Comments

  1. The beaches, sea food and state park alone sound like good enough reasons to visit for me! And I’ve not heard of ‘Travel like a local’ maps before. They sound fabulous!

  2. I’d go just for the fresh seafood and the Carolina cuisine; I always travel with food in mind!

  3. Looks like another great location to add to my bucket list. The problem is I’m simply running out of years to get them all ticked off!

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