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Myrtle Beach [1] is a major tourist destination along the South Atlantic coast of South Carolina. It is widely known for its wide beaches, large selection of challenging golf links, excellent seafood restaurants, and outlet-style shopping activities. It attracts over 14 million visitors annually, consisting of tourists from other Southern states or "Snowbirds" from the North, who may own a condominium or timeshare along the coast. It also has more putt-putt courses per square miles than any other place on earth.

Myrtle Beach's rapidly growing skyline.
Myrtle Beach's sandy shore.

Understand

While the area itself may be referred to as "The Grand Strand", this term is not simply limited to the city of Myrtle Beach. Several smaller towns to the north and south (Briarcliffe, Atlantic Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Murrel's Inlet, Pawley's Island, and Garden City) in addition to Myrtle Beach make up what is known en masse as the "Grand Strand".

Being a beach town, the tourist season coincides with the summer months, with the season peaking around the July 4th holiday and slowly declining from there. Beware of the last couple of weeks of May and the first few weeks of June - several Bike Weeks, known locally as Harley Biker Weekend for the Harley-Davidson weekend and "Black Bike Week" for the Atlantic Beach weekend (Atlantic Beach is a historic black beach and the draw has always traditionally been black bikers). Traffic during these weeks tends to be horrible, especially during the latter, when in 2005 the city of Myrtle Beach saw it fit to create a new lane, serving only Atlantic Beach traffic, in order to remove some of the glut.

Myrtle Beach is also heavily developed and crowded, in contrast to other Southern beaches, such as the Outer Banks in North Carolina. However, Myrtle boasts a greater variety of attractions. The development of new roads including Highway 22 and Highway 31 have helped tremendously in the way of congestion. It has also opened up avenues for tourists to visit the undeveloped beaches of Huntington Beach State Park.

Get in

By air

  • Myrtle Beach International Airport (IATA: MYR), 1100 Jetport Road, [2]. Current transport includes Delta, Continental, Northwest, Spirit, U.S. Airways and Myrtle Beach Direct Air. Myrtle Beach International is a work in progress as expansion and budget approvals are pending in both the city and county councils. Most guests arriving from either the west coast or overseas fly into a major hub, such as Atlanta, before connecting to their final destination in Myrtle Beach.
  • Grand Strand Regional Airport in North Myrtle Beach also serves the area and is used mostly by private or chartered flights.

By car

From Interstate 95 South, take US 501 South for 66 miles.

Get around

By car

One aspect of Myrtle Beach that is less-than hospitable are its roads. A tourist may find the style of driving in Myrtle Beach to be aggressive, reckless and hard to manage. Myrtle Beach has one of the highest accident rates in the state, due in part to its impatient drivers and oddly-placed roads.

If you must drive, plan ahead - if you are going a short distance (under five miles), then take one of the main roads that runs adjacent to the beach. If you are going a longer distance, try and take one of the interstate roads that branches further out - these are generally clear of traffic, and thus are much more bearable than the city roads.

By bus

Lymo City-wide bus system, fares are $2-5, depending on the distance. Service hours can be limited.

By taxi

There are several private cab services in the area which can run up to $50 for a trip across the Grand Strand. The rate is $2.40 a mile $1.00 for extra passenger, rates are set by the City of Myrtle Beach.

The North Strand is serviced by Trips Taxi, Roadrunner Taxi, Grand Strand Taxi and a few others.

See

  • The beach The namesake of Myrtle Beach is, of course, the beach. During the high season the beach can be crowded and parking scarce. Staying at a beachfront hotel or within walking distance can make for a more pleasant visit. For those on a budget, however, don't fret - the beach is still basically public, although you may have to fight for a spot during the day. Never underestimate the beauty of the shoreline at sunrise, when the sands are basically abandoned, the temperature modest, and the seashells have yet to have been picked from the night before's wave crashes.
  • Broadway at the Beach - a huge cluster of bars, nightlife, shops, a movie theatre and even an aquarium, Broadway stands to be one of Myrtle Beach's more accessible attractions. It's also crowded, although the Butterfly Pavilion is worth the admission.
  • Barefoot Landing, [3]. The first major tourist center in the area with over 100 shops, great eateries, steakhouses and a brewery, home to the Alabama Theatre and House of Blues, both offering live entertainment nightly.
  • Ripley's Aquarium, 1110 Celebrity Circle, 1-800-734-8888, [4]. Su-Th 9AM-9PM, F,Sa 9AM-10PM. Large Aquarium.

Do

  • Mount Atlanticus, located directly behind the Pavilion, has the best minigolf this city can buy. With two courses, bizarre wall art (including a mural in which God looks suspiciously like Kurt Russell, complete with shades), and strange Ewok-like huts, this place is a must-play. If you make a hole in one at the 19th, you get your polaroid on the wall and a lifetime free pass. Avoid the gift shop and the nauseating blue water and you'll find this a great place with a tongue-in-cheek sense of beachy trash.
  • Myrtle Beach Speedway, located off of US 501, 843-236-0500, [5]. Hosts events weekly such as NASCAR Late Model Stock Car races and drifting events.
  • Myrtle Beach Pelicans, are an Advanced-A Affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. The Pelican's stadium, Coastal Federal Field, is located at the intersection of 21st Avenue North & Robert Grissom Parkway, directly across from Broadway at the Beach. Some current and former Atlanta Braves players who have worn the Pelican's uniform since the team began play in 1999 include Rafael Furcal, Marcus Giles, Ryan Langerhans, Horacio Ramirez, Pete Orr, Adam LaRoche, Jeff Francoeur, and Brain McCann.

Buy

  • Coastal Grand Mall - a recently-built massive mall that services large crowds year-round.
  • Myrtle Beach Golf Store, +1 910-575-7377, [6]. Do you have everything that you need for your next golf trip? Myrtle Beach Golf Store has a large variety of golf equipment including golf clubs and other golf accessories.

Eat

Pizza

  • The Filling Station, 1913 10th Ave North, +1 843 626-9435
  • 67th New York Pizza & Sub, 6613 N Kings Hwy, +1 843 497-5900
  • Above & Pizza Co, 9660 N Kings Hwy, +1 843 692-2272
  • Ala Mario's Pizza, 2286 Highway 501 E, Conway, +1 843 347-0805
  • Anthonys of Myrtle Beach, 2807 S Ocean Blvd, +1 843 445-6400
  • Anthony's Pizza & Pan Pasta, 2298 Glenns Bay Rd, Surfside Beach, +1 843 215-5444
  • Ashley's Pizza & Pub, 405 N Ocean Blvd, +1 843 626-6655
  • Athen's Pizza Inc., 5419 Dick Pond Rd, +1 843 650-0044
  • Basil's Pizza Seafood & Subs, 219 Sea Mountain Hwy # A, North Myrtle Beach, +1 843 249-0748
  • Battista's Lighthouse Cafe, 905 Highway 17, Little River, +1 843 249-7377
  • Benito's Brick Oven Pizza, 1596 Highway 17 S, North Myrtle Beach, +1 843 272-1414
  • Benjamin's Bagel Bakery & Deli, 531 Highway 17 S, Surfside Beach, +1 843 238-2922
  • Bisogna's Pizzeria, 9714 N Kings Hwy, +1 843 497-8688
  • Boston Pizza Plus, 1208 N Kings Hwy, +1 843 448-1177
  • East of Chicago Pizza Company & Fun Factory, 3901 N Kings Hwy, +1 843 448-3335, [7].

Mexican

  • Burro Loco, Highway 17 Bypass at 10th Avenue North, +1 843 626-1756
  • Casa Blanca Cafe North, 400 N Ocean Blvd, +1 843 444-9050
  • El Cerro Grande, 108 S Kings Hwy, +1 843 946-9562
  • Villa Katrina's Underground, 821 Main St, +1 843 946-6216
  • Taco Bell, 1307 N Kings Hwy, +1 843 448-1706
  • Chalupa's Mexican Restaurant, 2801 N Kings Hwy, +1 843 626-4566
  • Fiesta Del Burro Loco, 960 Jason Blvd, +1 843 626-1756
  • Chili's Grill & Bar, 4401 N Kings Hwy, +1 843 448-6319
  • Bobarosa's Chile Ranch, 3071 Waccamaw Blvd, +1 843 236-9916
  • La Fiesta Taqueria Y Tienda, 5211 N Kings Hwy, +1 843 449-7845
  • Fiesta Mexicana, 410 70th Ave N, +1 843 497-2781

Tapas

  • SeaBlue Tapas Restaurant & Wine Bar, 503 Hwy 17 N, +1 843 249-8800, [8]

Asian

  • Nakato
  • Soho, 406 21th Ave N, +1 843 443-9441

Fish

  • Lee's Inlet Kitchen, 4460 Highway 17, Murrells Inlet, +1 843 651-2881

Drink

  • House of Blues, 4640 Highway 17 S., North Myrtle Beach, [9].
  • Jackass Saloon, 3555 Highway 544, Conway. Free pool all day every day.

Sleep

Hotels

  • Bay View Resort, 504 North Ocean Blvd., [10]
  • Beach Colony Resort,5308 N. Ocean Blvd., [11]
  • Breakers Resort, Oceanfront at 21st and 27th Ave. N., [12]
  • Captain's Quarters Resort,901 S. Ocean Blvd., [13]
  • Caribbean Resort & Villas, 3000 North Ocean Blvd., [14]
  • Carolina Winds Resort,76th Ave North., [15]
  • Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort,2311 S. Ocean Blvd., [16]
  • Dunes Village Resort, 5200 North Ocean Blvd., [17]

The new Oceanfront Dunes Village Resort, in its combined two phases, boasts the most substantial indoor water park complex ever built at a comparable oceanfront resort in the Myrtle Beach area. The combined water parks consist of a 30,000 square foot facility featuring an array of water attractions designed to wow our guests, including a 250+-ft long river ride, Myrtle Beach's first adult-sized indoor waterslides, a massive swimming pool with water volleyball and basketball, a variety of hot tubs, kiddies wet deck with Silly Submarine and a kiddies play pool offering a delightful selection of games and slides. Offering oceanfront studios, 1, 2, 3, and 4 bedroom condominiums.

  • Forest Dunes Resort,5511 North Ocean Blvd., [18]
  • Hampton Inn Oceanfront, 1803 S Ocean Blvd., [19]. Private balconies, high-speed Internet access, and pools.
  • Island Vista Resort, 6000 N. Ocean Blvd., [20]
  • Landmark Resort,1501 S. Ocean Blvd., [21]
  • Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, 14276 Ocean Hwy., [22]
  • Long Bay Resort, 7200 North Ocean Blvd., [23]. A family oriented property with numerous pools, sauna, exercise equipment, and game room. Two choices for dining as well as Starbucks on site. Cconveniently located to several shopping options, diversified dinning choices, award winning shows and several golf courses. A wide variety of rooming options are available including, oceanfront rooms, suites and 3 bedroom condominiums. All units are equipped with free hi-speed wireless internet access.
  • M Grand Resort & Spa, 2701 S. Ocean Blvd., [24]. M Grand Resort & Spa fronts the ocean at the south edge of Myrtle Beach. A day spa offers massage and beauty treatments (surcharge). Complimentary airport transportation is provided to and from Myrtle Beach International Airport and parking is also complimentary at an adjacent six-story garage. Both indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a spa tub, and fitness equipment in addition to beach activities and water sports are available for recreation.
  • Microtel Inn & Suites Myrtle Beach, 401 Hospitality Lane, +1 843 236-1264, [25]
  • Monterey Bay Suites, 6804 N Ocean Blvd., [26]
  • Ocean Reef Resort, 7100 North Ocean Boulevard., [27]

Offering Oceanfront Rooms and Efficiences and Angle Oceanfront 1BDRM, 2BDRM, 3BDRM and 4BDRM Condominiums. This family orientated resort also offers numerous amenities including, children's waterpark, lazy river, Cafe Du Port. All rooms are equipped with hi-speed wireless internet access.

  • Palace Resort,1605 South Ocean Blvd., [28]
  • Palms Resort,2500 North Ocean Blvd., [29]
  • Southwind Resort,5310 North Ocean Blvd., [30]
  • Tropical Winds Resort,705 South Ocean Blvd., [31]
  • Kingston Plantation (Myrtle Beach Hotel), 9760C Kings Rd, 1-800-876-0010, [32].
  • Myrtle Beach Golf Directors, 807 Sea Mountain Highway, [33]. Golf Packages

Resorts

  • Avista Resort, 300 North Ocean Boulevard, [34]. The comfort of a full service resort with the space and luxury of a Condominium.
  • Barefoot Resort, Myrtle Beach, 2150 Bridge View Court, 1-800-548-9904, [35]. Luxury Yacht Club Villas, Golf Villas, featuring 2, 3, and 4 bedroom condos and four championship golf courses.
  • Barefoot Resort, 4980 Barefoot Resort Bridge Road, +1-877-237-3767, [36]. View Villas, Golf Villas, and Intracoastal Waterway Villas. Boat slip rentals and Docksiders Pub.
  • Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort, 2311 S. Ocean Blvd, 1-800-228-9894, [37], One, Two and Three Bedroom Condos, Oceanfront and Oceanview Rooms, 22 water and pool features, tournament shuffleboard courts, free high-speed internet, fully equipped kitchens in condos and suites, FREE AIRPORT SHUTTLE.
  • Grande Shores, 201 77th Ave N, +877-798-4074, [38]. Private balconies, free high-speed Internet, and fully equipped kitchens in each condominium and hotel room.
  • Kingston Plantation, 9800 Queensway Blvd., [39]. The resort sits on 145 acres and includes the Embassy Suites Myrtle Beach Hotel, Kingston Plantation Villas & Condos, and the Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort.
  • M Grand Resort & Spa, 2701 S. Ocean Blvd., [40]. M Grand Resort & Spa fronts the ocean at the south edge of Myrtle Beach. A day spa offers massage and beauty treatments (surcharge). Complimentary airport transportation is provided to and from Myrtle Beach International Airport and parking is also complimentary at an adjacent six-story garage. Both indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a spa tub, and fitness equipment in addition to beach activities and water sports are available for recreation.
  • Sands Ocean Club Resort, 9550 Shore Drive (Arcadian Shores), [41]. 450 rooms, suites, efficiencies and executive suites. On-site spa, indoor/outdoor pools, lazy river, beach bar, lounge, conference facilities, free Wi-Fi, free airport shuttle.
  • Seaside Resort, 2301 South Ocean Boulevard, [42]. Condominium resort with spacious accommodations and attentive 4 star services.
  • Springmaid Beach Resort and Conference Center, 3200 South Ocean Blvd., [43]. Located on 27 acres at the south end of the Grand Strand. Pools, rivers, and sports facilities.
  • Tilghman Beach & Golf Resort, 1819 North Ocean Boulevard, [44]. Luxury North Myrtle Beach condos on Tilghman Lake facing the Atlantic Ocean. The resort includes golf packages, a lazy river, pool and other on-site luxury amenities.
  • Westgate Myrtle Beach Resort, 415 S. Ocean Blvd, [45]. Oceanfront landmark family resort offering affordable lodging and accommodations with nearly every area tourist attraction just minutes away.
  • Yachtsman Resort, 1304 North Ocean Blvd., [46]. Features a distinctive 20 floor glass tower in the heart of Myrtle Beach.

Rentals

  • Booe Realty of Myrtle Beach, 7728 North Kings Highway, +1-800-845-0647 [47],
  • Century 21 Thomas, 404-A Main Street, +1 843 249-2100 or +1-800-249-2100 [48],
  • Condo-World of Myrtle Beach, 300 17th Avenue, South, North Myrtle Beach, +1 843 272-7011 or +1-800-753-4537 [49],
  • CondoLux Vacation Rentals, 311 17th Ave South, North Myrtle Beach, +1-800-624-6418, [50],
  • Myrtle Beach Condos, 1015 Ocala, 800-548-9904, [51]
  • Myrtle Beach Resort Vacations, 5905 South Kings Highway, +1-888-627-3767, [52],
  • Magnolia Property Management, 1-843-455-9567 [53],
  • Oceanfront Vacation Rentals, 1551 21st Avenue North, Suite 12, (843) 448-1700, +1-800-247-5459, [54],
  • Palmetto Myrtle Beach Vacation Rentals, 1294 Professional Drive, Suite C, toll-free: +1-888-808-2788 fax: 843-839-2805, [55],
  • Retreat Myrtle Beach, 500 Main Street, +1-800-645-3618 [56],
  • Seaside Rentals Premier Vacation Homes, 12 South Ocean Boulevard, +1-866-252-9930, +1-843-839-0099 [57], Ideal vacation homes for family vacations in Myrtle Beach, view the large selection online.
  • Southern Coast Vacations, 1011 Highway 17 South, North Myrtle Beach, 800-978-4988, [58],
  • Wyndham Ocean Boulevard, 410 S. Ocean Blvd., North Myrtle Beach, (843)281-3300, [59].



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