Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, was historically a modest beach town with only a few charming beachfront cottages to mark it as a vacation destination. Those days are long gone and it has grown into a vibrant resort town, teeming with high rise hotels and condos. The crepe myrtles that gave the town its name are still present – though a bit overshadowed by developments – but Myrtle Beach has become one of the area’s most popular family resorts.
The city offers a variety of activities that bring sun worshipers back to the country. Beaches and boating are the main commercial stocks, with a healthy selection of golf courses also in the mix. The beaches help give the area its nickname, the Grand Strand, the shoreline in question being some 60 miles of pristine sands from North Myrtle Beach to Pawleys Island, a silky-soft expanse that welcomes sunbathing, strolling and cycling. The Grand Strand is more than the sum of its beaches, and Myrtle Beach and the surrounding areas are ready to be explored.
Stroll through lush tropical botanical gardens, art galleries that reflect the region’s changing colors, a number of theaters with family-friendly shows, and shops featuring everything from high-end designer brands to seaside curiosities . Southern culture here is unmistakable, evident in the pace of life as well as in the local cuisine. The menus promise succulent barbecue and some of the freshest seafood you’ll find anywhere.
South Carolina has its upscale destination, with Charleston and Hilton Head providing a sense of sophistication. Myrtle Beach, however, is much more democratic, with a resort that caters to a range of budgets with family attractions. Sit among the miles of soft sand, while the kids build sandcastles around you, in the shadow of the SkyWheel, and know that life is good here.