Even though we just started the new year, it is the perfect time to start planning your spring and summer vacations to Myrtle Beach SC.
We are here to help you make those plans. On MyrtleBeachLife.com you can find a place stay, play, dine, golf, shop and much more.
To help get you started, check out this planning guide.
WHERE TO STAY
There are several lodging options along the Grand Strand. Click on the category you are interested in to see a list of options.
Myrtle Beach Boardwalk– Stay in the heart of it all. From hotel rooms to condos, ocean views and waterparks, there is a wide variety of accommodations.
Resorts– While you could easily span the entire beach searching for resorts in North Myrtle Beach all the way down to Pawleys Island, you may want to start with popular spots such as these: Coral Beach Resort, Springmaid Resort, Compass Cove, Paradise Resort, Landmark Resort, Long Bay Resort, Breakers Resort, Westgate Resorts, Sandy Beach Resort, Seacrest Resort, Dunes Village, Kingston Plantation, Patricia Grand, Ocean Reef, Myrtle Beach Resort and Ocean Creek Resort.
Hotels– You can find hotels in a variety of price ranges along the Grand Strand. In addition to beach access, many offer indoor pools and waterparks, special services and dining options. Some popular hotels are Kingston Plantation, Hampton Inn Oceanfront, and Marina Inn at Grande Dunes.
Vacation Homes & Condos– Have a large group coming to town or want to feel at home at the beach? Rent a vacation home or condo. There are several management companies that can find you the perfect place from a one bedroom condo to a five bedroom home.
Campgrounds– There are several campgrounds in the area that offer great amenities such as beach access and waterparks. Some of the popular ones include Ocean Lakes Family Campground, Pirateland Campground and KOA Myrtle Beach.
WHAT TO DO
Minature Golf – A trip to Myrtle Beach is not complete without a round or two of miniature golf. There are more than 30 courses along the Grand Strand. Some of the favorites include Hawaiian Rumble, Dragon’s Lair and Captain Hook’s Adventure Golf.https://www.youtube.com/embed/kQcdYzB-2xc
The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk – The Boardwalk stretches 1.4 miles through along the oceanfront in the heart of Myrtle Beach. the boardwalk runs from 1st Avenue North to 15th Avenue North. Not only is the Boardwalk a great place to walk and take in the amazing view, you will find great things to do such as SkyWheel Myrtle Beach, arcades, and Ripley’s Attractions. such as Click here for more things to do on the Boardwalk.
https://www.youtube.com/embed/bfcrJL-srekFamily – Myrtle Beach is a great place for a family vacation. Popular attractions include the SkyWheel Myrtle Beach, Hollywood Wax Museum, GoApe! Treetop Adventure, Broadway Grand Prix The Children’s Museum of South Carolina. Other great options for families are entertainment complexes such as Broadway at the Beach and Barefoot Landing.
Shows – For decades, Myrtle Beach SC has been the home to some of the top variety shows and theaters on the east coast with nightly performances that provide a mix of musical talent, dancing and comedy with state-of-the-art production and top-notch theatrics. These beloved spectacles of sight and sound include long-running shows such as those at The Carolina Opry, Legends In Concert, Medieval Times, Palace Theatre Myrtle Beach, Alabama Theatre and Pirate’s Voyage.
Tours & Cruises – There are plenty of opportunities to get out on the water. If you want to gamble and enjoy the water at the same time, take a cruise aboard the Big “M” Casino. Kids will love to go on a journey aboard Pirate Adventures of Myrtle Beach. Find a full list of adventures by clicking here.
WHERE TO EAT
We have compiled several ‘best of’ lists for dining. These are a good place to start your planning. You can also check out our dine page to find the type of food you are craving. Here’s a quick look at some of our ‘best of’ for food.
- Seafood – A visit to Myrtle Beach is not complete with eating seafood. The Grand Strand is known for seafood buffets, such as The Original Benjamin’s Calabash Seafood and Captain George’s. If you don’t want to go to a buffet, there are plenty of other seafood restaurants along the Grand Strand. One of the bests places to go for seafood is Murrells Inlet, which is known as the “Seafood Capital of South Carolina.” Click here for our list of ‘best of’ seafood restaurants.
- Steakhouses – The Grand Strand has plenty of steakhouses, from fine dining to casual. You will find a mix of locally owned and national restaurants. One local favorite is Angelo’s Steak & Pasta. Angelo’s offers juicy, aged cuts grilled to perfection and served on a hot plate with the meat still cooking. Another favorite is Greg Norman’s Australian Grille. This upscale restaurant in Barefoot Landing gives you a taste of the Outback.
- Barbecue – You can find great barbecue in South Carolina! Some local favorites are Little Pigs Bar-B-Q, Moe’s Original Bar-B-Q and Prosser’s BBQ
- Burgers – If you are craving a burger, there are several great places along the Grand Strand. River City Cafe, has several locations along the Grand Strand is known for the OMG Burger and hand cut fries. Longbeard’s Bar & Grill is a favorite with locals. Not only can you get a traditional burger, you can choose from elk, buffalo or turkey.
- Food Challenges – If you have a big appetite, you may want to try out a food challenge while on vacation. Thorny’s Steakhouse & Saloon challenges you to eat an 80 oz. steak, salad, roll and baked potato in hour, without leaving the table. If you complete the challenge, you will get the meal for free, a free T-shirt and your picture on the Steak Wall of Fame. If you plan to do this challenge, you must give 24 hour notice to Thorny’s and it is only available from June-August. Other food challenges include a hamburger and hot dog challenge at Peaches Corner and a pizza challenge at Fox’s Pizza Den.
WHERE TO GOLF
Choose from over 100 courses along the Grand Strand.
If it’s the best of the best you seek, Myrtle Beach championship courses such as True Blue Plantation, Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, Pawleys Plantation, Grande Dunes Resort Course, Tidewater Plantation & Golf,The Dunes Golf and Beach Club, and the courses of Barefoot Resort have all received numerous national, regional and local accolades.
WHERE TO SHOP
Myrtle Beach is near the top of the list for destinations with the highest retail-space-per-capita of any place in the world, meaning you’ll never be at a loss for places to shop.
Whether it’s high-end boutiques and couture clothing you seek or airbrushed t-shirts and $2 flip flops, there’s a store for you.
We’ve got enormous indoor shopping centers like Coastal Grand Mall, Myrtle Beach Mall and Inlet Square Mall, as well as great outdoor shopping complexes such as The Market Common, Broadway at the Beach and Barefoot Landing.
There’s also a number of great discount shopping to be found, with two locations of Tanger Outlets, as well as plenty of great flea markets, thrift shops and consignment stores for a true bargain shopping experience.
And if all that’s not enough, the Grand Strand also has a ton of unique specialty stores spanning its shore from iconic places like Boulineau’s in North Myrtle Beach and the Gay Dolphin gift shop in Myrtle Beach down to the beachwear stores of the south end and the Pawleys Island Hammock Shops.
Check out our best shopping list for some unique shopping experiences along the Grand Strand.