Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Visitors Guide

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is located along the popular Grand Strand Coast. Once a small European settlement in the late 18th century, Myrtle Beach has grown into one of the nation's most popular tourist destinations! A perfect mix of history, culture, entertainment, and adventure, Myrtle Beach offers an incredible vacation for all ages and interests.

If you're thinking of visiting Myrtle Beach, you're not the only one... over 14 million visitors grace the town annually to enjoy some fun in the sand and sun. Not much of a beachgoer? Take advantage of the stunning coastline with watersports and outdoor activities! Search for dolphins on a Myrtle Beach Sightseeing Cruise, take to the skies on a zipline course, or cast a line and see what bites on a deep sea fishing excursion. The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk puts you in the heart of the action with activities, attractions, shopping, and dining. In the mood to be entertained? Countless acts, from music to magic, take place nightly at such venues as the Carolina Opry and the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Myrtle Beach truly is a time-tested tourist destination with something for everyone!

Geography

Myrtle Beach is a coastal city located in the center of The Grand Strand. Myrtle Beach is 30 minutes from Murrells Inlet, SC, 2 hours from Charleston, SC, and 3.5 hours from Hilton Head Island, SC. Major highways include U.S. Highway 17, I-95, I-20, I-77, I-85, I-40, and I-73.

Neighborhoods

Surfside Beach is known for its family-friendly atmosphere, where residents and visitors can enjoy nearby tennis courts, shuffleboard courts, and other activities. Surfside also hosts events such as the Surfside Beach Family Festival and the Surfside Beach BBQ Festival.
Conway is one of the oldest neighborhoods in South Carolina. The gorgeous historic district is filled with oak tree-lined streets and offers waterfront access to the Waccamaw River. Conway hosts a variety of popular events including the Conway Ghost Walk and the Riverfest.
Carolina Forest is a quiet residential community that offers plenty of dining and shopping opportunities. There are also recreational centers and golf courses as well as beautiful scenery.

Top Places to Visit

Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is a hub of family tourist attractions, hotels, and restaurants. The 1.4-mile-long promenade features concerts, arcades, and other entertainment on the beach. It’s also the home of events and festivals such as the Carolina Country Music Fest and the Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival.

WonderWorks

WonderWorks is a fun place for kids to explore science and the world around them. Kids can learn about space, art, and natural disasters while also having fun.

Ripley's Aquarium

The acrylic tunnel at Ripley's Aquarium gives you an exciting opportunity to explore the Dangerous Reef habitat. Inside, you can see thousands of marine animals including fish, sharks, and sea turtles. You can even dive with the sharks or spend the night in the tunnel.

Climate

Myrtle Beach has a subtropical climate with hot, humid summers and cold winters. Throughout the year temperatures range from 39 degrees to 88 degrees. The best time to visit is from April to June and from September to October.

What is Myrtle Beach known for

Sprawling Beaches, Live Entertainment, Shopping, Broadway at the Beach, Market Common, World-Class Tourist Attractions

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the Best Time of Year to Visit Myrtle Beach

The best time to visit Myrtle Beach is when the weather is still warm for the beach, swimming, and outdoor attractions, but the crowds are thinner and vacation cheaper. We suggest visiting Myrtle Beach September through October. In these months you can take advantage of the great activities and attractions without getting too chilly, like fishing, swimming, watersports, and boat rides Myrtle Beach has to offer.

2. Hilton Head vs Myrtle Beach, Which is better?

Both Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach offer family-friendly beach vacations. Myrtle Beach is more popular and full of world-class attractions like shows, theme parks, museums, and shopping that older kids and young adults love. If you're looking for a more upscale and quiet destination, Hilton Head is for you!

3. Does Myrtle Beach, SC, have a Boardwalk?

The latest major tourist attraction in Myrtle Beach is the Boardwalk and Promenade. This landmark boasts 1.2 miles of oceanfront real estate packed with games, rides, museums, dining, shopping, and more. The most popular attractions of the Boardwalk are the SkyWheel, Ripley's Museum, and the 2nd Ave Pier. The Boardwalk is located at 1st Ave N to 16th Ave N in Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.

4. Is Myrtle Beach an inexpensive destination to visit?

Myrtle Beach can provide a great experience regardless of budget. For accommodations, you can go with a budget-friendly hotel averaging under $50/night, or a luxury beachfront resort with prices around $250/night and above (during summer). Dining averages around $45/meal per day (accd. to budgetyourtrip.com), and attractions and tours start around $10/person for activities like boat cruises and museums. If you're looking for a more upscale visit. You can experience memorable excursions and activities like deep sea fishing, boat rentals, broadway-style shows, and elegant seafood dinners. Whether on a budget, or ready to spend the big bucks, there are great options for all types of travelers in Myrtle Beach, SC.

5. Where to stay in Myrtle Beach - North, Central, or South?

North Myrtle Beach is a destination all-its-own. It has the most relaxed feel and is recommended for young families and those looking for a quieter stay. Central Myrtle Beach is where most of the action happens. This is the location of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, Downtown Myrtle Beach, and some of the area's top resorts in the "Golden Mile" district. If you're looking to get the full beach-destination experience including shows, thrill rides, and plenty of dining and night-life, you'll consider Central. South Myrtle Beach is the oldest area, but still offers great lodging and attractions. The Family Kingdom Amusement Park is located here, a seaside theme park for all ages. Like the rest of Myrtle Beach, South offers great dining and shopping, but isn't quiet as "fresh" and "new" as the northern areas.

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