Myrtle Beach nestles on the East Coast, more or less in the center of the continuous stretch of beach known as the Grand Strand. Growing steadily in popularity and fame, the town is home to a mere 25,000-odd residents. This is staggering considering that some 14 million visitors visit the area every year! Myrtle Beach is technically a man-made island being separated from the ‘mainland’ by the Intracoastal Waterway (a 3,000-mile-long waterway opened in 1936 to provide a navigable waterway along the east coast which eradicated the dangers of travelling in the open ocean).
Best Time to Visit
Myrtle Beach receives the benefit of year-round sunshine, and visitors come any time of year from spring to summer to fall. Winters, while sunny, are generally too cold for swimming and other beach activities. Summers tend to be long, hot and humid, although this is relieved by the sea breezes from the sea. The wettest time of the year is between June and September, with tropical storms and even the odd hurricane coming ashore. In winter there is sometimes frost and very rarely snow, but most visitors’ attractions close down for essential repairs and maintenance.
Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) is the closes airport to Myrtle Beach and is served by a number of airlines including Delta, US Air, United Airlines and Porter. There direct flights between Myrtle Beach and more than 25 US cities. a direct flight from New York to Myrtle Beach will take around 2 hours.
However, if you cannot get a flight to Myrtle Beach there are a number of alternative airports in the area such as Charleston International Airport (CHS).
There are hundreds of hotel options to choose from in Myrtle Beach. Luxury retreats complete with spas, golf courses and spacious rooms are perfect for those looking for somewhere extra special to stay. Small hotels and bed and breakfasts cater for those who are looking for a comfortable, but practical base.
If you are looking for somewhere with more amenities than a basic hotel but less expensive than a luxury hotel, Myrtle Beach has a good selection of mid-range hotels. Much of this accommodation can be found along Ocean Boulevard which is close to the beach and other tourist attractions.
Top Things to Do in Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach is known as ‘the Golf Capital of the World’ because it is home to over 100 golf courses and many businesses in the area are dedicated to the sport. Visitors can play full games of golf, or have more informal fun on one of the many miniature golf courses to be found in the area.
The boardwalk is the spiritual home of Myrtle Beach with visitors thronging to the beach to soak up the sun, take part in a wide variety of water sports and beach activities. Myrtle Beach is a preferred destination for college kids on their Spring Break, and the scene can become very lively indeed!
There are also plenty of amusement parks and arcade games with plenty of fun to be had and prizes to be won – all while plenty of ice cream, hot dogs and soft drinks are consumed by the gallon! The most distinctive feature of Myrtle Beach when see from any distance is the tall SkyWheel, a 187-foot tall Ferris wheel which is the second tallest Ferris wheel in the whole of the United States (the tallest being a 212-foot wheel in Dallas). Another example of the attractions to try out is the unusual Medieval Times, a wonderful medieval-themed dinner theatre establishment.
Be sure to take some spending money to Myrtle Beach as there are some wonderful retail opportunities to be had! As well as the expected beach stores, selling everything from bucket and spade sets to beach wear and spare swimsuits or a towel or two for those who forgot theirs, there are also full-sized malls featuring restaurants and eateries (both high-end cordon bleu and budget hot-dogs and burgers), jewellery shops, designer clothing outlets and much more.