Continually ranked as one of America's best family beach destinations, Myrtle Beach offers visitors one-of-a-kind nightlife, more than 100 golf courses, and 60 miles of sandy shoreline. It's known to get a bit jam-packed, although the off-season brings smaller crowds -- but not those high southern temps ideal for sunbathing.
Also known as the Grand Strand, the coast has a number of water activities -- deep sea fishing, jet skiing, sunbathing, and those banana boat rides that will keep you from taking yourself too seriously. And although a Myrtle Beach vacation is as American as it gets, there are a surprising number of international restaurants, including African, French, and even Irish cuisine.
If you're looking to visit all the main attractions, they can be found along Kings Highway (U.S. 17). Families may want to stay away from Central Myrtle Beach, as party-goers flock to this area. For a more low-key and relaxed pace, aim for hotels in the southern area of the Grand Strand. Also on the southern end of Myrtle Beach, areas around the Market Commons offer serene parks and trails, as well as restaurants and high-end shopping.
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