Why You Should Visit Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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Myrtle beach, South Carolina is popularly known as a hot destination for spring breakers. But this sunny spot has a lot to offer anyone who loves sea, sand and seafood! 

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Situated on the Atlantic coast, Myrtle beach is the perfect coastal getaway for family, friends or romance. To help you plan your next trip, we’ve round up the best things to do, eat, and where to stay in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Things To Do in Myrtle Beach 

Mini Golf and Golfing 

Known as the mini golf and real golf capital of the world, golfing at any size is a must do for green enthusiasts. There are many fun and quirky mini golf courses to choose from. The courses are all themed, making it great fun for kids and family. Try Professor Hacker's Lost Treasure Golf and solve a giant riddle, collecting clues for each hole. Or checkout Hawaiian Rumble Mini Golf where the first U.S. Pro Mini Golf Association’s Masters Championship was held. While you play you're greeted by talking parrots and must navigate your way around waterfalls and an active volcano!

mini golf in myrtle beach south Carolina. A orange golf ball on AstroTurf

For those that are interested in “full sized” golf, there is plenty to find in Myrtle Beach. The Dunes Golf and Beach Club was rated as the #1 spot to golf according to PGA professionals. The course has also hosted USGA, PGA, and LPGA events. Caledonia Golf and Fish Club was a close second, while Tidewater Golf Club came in third. If you're looking for a scenic place to golf, Tidewater is a good choice.

golf course in myrtle beach south carolina

The Carolina Opry Theatre

The Carolina Opry Theatre is one of the hottest attractions for those visiting Myrtle Beach. Originally opened in 1986, by Calvin Gilmore, the Carolina Opry theatre has been hosting and producing incredible musical performances, shows, as well as plays for many years.

Rows of empty seats in an empty theatre auditorium.

The main attraction, the Carolina Opry Performance, is two hours of dance, comedy, and music from world class performers. The show combines different genres so that guests can get a taste of the greatest hits throughout time. The on-stage talent and amazing production comes together to create a high-energy show that will leave you feeling stunned and impressed. Plus, the show is suitable for both adults and kids, so feel free to make it a family event! If you love performances and music, this one is a can't miss in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Beach Boardwalk

The Myrtle Beach boardwalk runs 1.2  miles along the oceanfront and filled with entertainment, stunning views and good eats. Sit down on a bench and take in the beauty of the beach and sparkling water. For some classic Myrtle Beach diner charm, check out Peach’s Corner. Grab a hot dog or burger and people watch from the window-side booth. If you get hot during your walk down the boardwalk, cool off with a delicious ice cream at the oldest ice cream parlor in Myrtle Beach, Mad Myrtles Ice Creamery. 

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA city skyline at sunset.

For truly wonderful views take a ride on the Myrtle Beach Sky Wheel. This attraction is like a giant enclosed Ferris wheel that soars 200 feet above the ocean. It’s the ideal place to take beautiful pictures of the surrounding area. At night, the wheel lights up with millions of colorful LEDs making the boardwalk sparkle with color. 

Packing Tip: If you're planning on transitioning from swimming in the ocean to laying on the beach to walking on the board walk, consider packing some Turkish Towels. They dry quickly and don't take up a lot of space. Plus, they can double as bottom wrap around your bikini or bathing suit bottoms!

Where to Eat In Myrtle Beach

The Library 

If you're looking for a fine dining experience in Myrtle Beach, The Library is a good place to start. From the servers dressed in tuxedos to the impeccably prepared cuisine, The Library delivers an upscale experience.

The ambience is cozy and romantic, with red walls, shelves of books and low, moody lighting. Smooth jazz plays in the background and the staff is friendly and knowledgable.

The Library serves divine French cuisine, offering classics like Steak Diane and escargot. An extensive wine list accompanies the menu where you can choose the perfect glass to compliment your dish. Don't miss out on their Happy Hour Tuesdays, Wednesdays, as well as, Thursdays for deals you're sure to enjoy!

empty glasses on a table in a dining room in a restaurant

Aspen Grille

Dining at the Aspen Grille is ideal for those who are seeking good quality, local Southern fare. The highlight of the restaurant is their dry aged U.S.D.A. Prime steaks, which they pride in being the best. Some other favorites to try while there are the Shrimp and Grits, served with andouille sausage, cheddar and jalapeño, as well as the cabernet braised short ribs!

The ambiance is delightful, full of southern hospitality. The dining rooms have a clean and crisp style, while the lighting lends itself to a romantic atmosphere. Aspen Grille is a much needed departure from the typical fare served beachside.

Where To Stay In Myrtle Beach

Coral Beach Resort and Suites

This Myrtle Beach resort is perfect for those looking for a family getaway stay. Coral Beach Resort is a beach front property where you are always just minutes away from feeling the sand between your toes.

indoor pool at Coral Beach Resort and Suites in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Image Credit: Coral Beach Resort and Suites

The resort amenities include indoor and outdoor pools with designated kiddie pools, a lazy river, as well as spa jacuzzies. The amenities also include an entertainment center for kids and adults which has bowling lanes, arcade games, an ice cream shop and a snack bar. Additionally, the hotel features a fitness center, water park, gift shop, restaurants, waterfront and indoor bars, as well as, a café.

Coral Beach Resort is ideal for families, especially because their rooms and suites range in space, depending on your needs. The suites come equipped with full kitchens perfect for an extended stay with family!

Packing Tip: Keep your kids luggage and your own organized with the help of some packing cubes! I can't tell you often these have a been a life saver for me on my vacations. The last thing you want is a huge mess, especially when traveling with a big family.

Marriott Ocean Watch Villas At Grand Dunes

For a luxury experience in Myrtle Beach, SC, consider staying at the Marriott Ocean Watch Villas. Here, each condo style villa comes equipped with a fully furnished balcony where you can relax and look out over the water or gardens.

Image Credit: Marriot Ocean Watch Villas At Grand Dunes

The villas feature a full kitchen, 2 bathrooms, a seating area and 2 bedrooms. This is ideal for guests traveling with families or a girlfriends or friends getaway! The hotel also offers a pool bar and indoor restaurant and convenience store. Don't feel like leaving the villa to grab food? Not to worry, the hotel will pick up and deliver the food for you!

Best of all, the hotel has a private beach, so no worries about over-crowding. It comes equipped with indoor and outdoor pools, lawn games, and, a fitness center. Spend a week relaxing in this home away from home at the Ocean Watch Villas in Myrtle Beach!

Myrtle Beach Is A Vacation Destination For All Ages

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is a town to visit any time of the year. Beach lovers, those looking to relax, those who seek excitement, and of course, those who love golf can all find what they desire here. The best thing about Myrtle Beach is that you can tailor your vacation experience to fit your needs. With more expensive luxury options, affordable options, kid-friendly, or adult-only options, your stay in Myrtle Beach can be whatever you want it to be.

If you're interested in other great destinations in the South, check out my post on Romantic Beach Destinations In The South!

Have you ever been to Myrtle Beach? What surprised you about this fun beach location? We'd love to hear from you in the comments below!

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