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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Travel Guide

Myrtle Beach Summary


  • Many family-friendly attractions, like Ripley Aquarium of Myrtle Beach, Waccatee Zoo, and the Myrtle Beach Imax
  • Hundreds of delicious American restaurants, and a decent number of international options as well
  • The beach, of course -- 60 miles of it!
  • Amusement parks, including Hard Rock Park and Family Kingdom Amusement Park
  • Over 100 golf courses in the area
  • Wide range of deep sea fishing and boating tours for all ages
  • Several decent outlet malls within a short driving distance
  • Young, happening nightlife scene


  • Can get fairly crowded, especially during holiday weekends and summer months
  • Complaints of it being a bit dirty and/or trashy
  • Limited airport destinations from Myrtle Beach International Airport

What It's Like

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.

Where To Stay

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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