Where Is Myrtle Beach?
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is located on South Carolina’s Atlantic Coast. It is roughly 78 miles south from Wilmington, North Carolina and 95 miles north of Charleston, South Carolina. All three of these cities are connected by Highway 17, a pleasant coastal highway drive running along the eastern seaboard.
What Is Myrtle Beach?
Myrtle Beach is a vibrant and active coastal community on South Carolina’s northern border with North Carolina. With a native population in excess of 37,000, in recent years it has become a major tourist destination and for good reason. It’s location on the Atlantic Coast with 60 miles of sandy beaches, warm weather, and southern hospitality bring over 19 million visitors to the area annually. Myrtle Beach is a golfer’s paradise with over 90 top courses in the area. (So much golf that it actually has 2 PGA Superstores!) There’s lots to do and lots to see. It’s a great place for a day trip or an extended stay. Myrtle Beach has a casual, laid back vibe making it an ideal destination for families.
Read on to sample A Taste of Myrtle Beach and some of the great features it offers to visitors.
5 THINGS TO DO IN MYRTLE BEACH
#1 – Visit The Beach —
It will come as no surprise that, with all those miles and miles of sandy coastline, beach time is Myrtle Beach’s biggest and most popular activity. Take a swim, take a walk, look for shells, do some fishing, take a bit of sun – whatever your beach thing is, you can find it at Myrtle Beach.
North Ocean Boulevard runs along the coastline offering a variety of hotels, restaurants, and attractions – all located just adjacent to the beach. It’s ideal for beach goers . Once you’ve had enough fun in the sun and surf, you are just steps away from food, drink and a variety of interesting and novel entertainment venues.
At the beach many also enjoy taking a stroll or a bike ride along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade which runs along the central coastline of Myrtle Beach for 1.5 miles between 1st and 14th Avenues. It’s a great way to stretch your legs and get some exercise as you take in the lovely beach views.
The Beach is the #1 thing to do in Myrtle Beach. There’s lots to do there. The pictures below show a number of ways to enjoy the beach.
* BEACH ACTIVITIES *
* Take A Stroll Along The Beach
* Try Some Beach Fishing (using your bike?)
*Relax At Plyler Park Green Space / Beachside
* Play In The Water At The Beach
*Watch The Surf Roll In At The Beach
Bottom line – The Beach is the #1 thing to do in Myrtle Beach. Do your own thing and do the beach your way. But DO THE BEACH!
#2 – Play Some Golf —
Golfers love to tee it up in Myrtle Beach. Some consider Myrtle Beach to be a sort of golfer’s heaven. The area currently has over 90 golf courses available and, with golf friendly weather, the courses are open year round. Each year over 2.3 million rounds of golf are played on the area’s courses. Many of the courses are top notch and challenging. Click HERE for a listing of Myrtle Beach’s Top 20 Courses as selected by PGA Professionals. But if you are not yet ready for the pro tour – worry not. Myrtle Beach has courses for everyone, regardless of skill level – from the beginner to the pro. For a listing of 13 courses considered to be the easiest in the area CLICK HERE.
#3 – Have a Snack & Explore The BOULEVARD —
North Ocean Boulevard is a main street and the first street back from the Atlantic Coast. It is packed with a wide and varied assortment of shops and entertainment venues. Some are upscale and yes, some a bit quirky. But hey – this is a beach vacation town so let your hair down and explore! I suggest you first grab a snack. Perhaps one of the ice cream delights from Mad Myrtle’s. Then just wander until you bump into something that strikes your fancy.
ACTIVITIES ON THE BOULEVARD
Below is a partial list of interesting attractions you will encounter on your Boulevard Tour. You will note that there is also a lot of Mini Golf in Myrtle Beach! (Click on the Name to visit individual websites for more information.)
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not – Myrtle Beach – a variety of activities and locations – 901 North Ocean Boulevard
Nightmare Haunted House – Yes, a 4,000 sq ft haunted house of terror – 1001 North Ocean Boulevard
The Funplex – Amusement Park – 1405 North Ocean Boulevard
Free Fall Thrill Park – thrilling high speed rides – 1201 North Ocean Boulevard
Captain Hook’s Adventure Golf – Min Golf Courses – 2205 N Kings HWY ( 1 Blk from N Ocean Blvd)
Lost Mine Miniature Golf – Mini Golf Course – 2601 North Ocean Boulevard
Mt. Atlanticus Minotaur Goff – Mini Golf Course – 707 N Kings Hwy ( 1 Blk from N Ocean Blvd)
Family Kingdom Amusement Park – Amusement Park – 300 S Ocean Boulevard
Splashes Water Park – Water Thrill Ride Park – 300 S Ocean Boulevard
Myrtle Beach Escape Room – Puzzle Escape Room Experience – 316 9th Ave ( 1 Blk from N Ocean Blvd)
Myrtle Beach Pinball Museum – The Name Says It All – 607 27th Ave (Several Blks from N Ocean Blvd)
And of course, there are many many more. You will be amazed!
#4 -Ride The Sky Wheel —
The tallest and most visible landmark in Myrtle Beach is the SKY WHEEL. It’s located on the promenade just adjacent to the beach at 1110 North Ocean Boulevard. But don’t worry. You won’t have any difficulty locating it. It rises over 187 feet – or about 20 stories – into the air. It’s clearly the tallest structure in the area, towering above the landscape.
Gondolas are heated / cooled so you will be comfortable as you rise above the coastline. Passengers enjoy a three revolution ride – plenty of time to enjoy the remarkable views.
#5 – Do Dinner or Lunch —
When hunger strikes, you will find loads of eating establishments available within easy striking distance of the beach. On my most recent visit I selected The Bowery for lunch – a very fun eating and drinking establishment located at 110 9th Avenue, right across the street from the huge sand volleyball court and a mere 1/2 blk from the beach. It’s open seven days a week from “11 AM – Until.” The place has great food – my burger and fries were outstanding! And The Bowery also has some history. They offer live music in the evenings and the “house band” from 1973 to 1980 was the “Country Super Group” – ALABAMA – a group inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005.
Below is a partial list of other eating establishments near the beach. You will note that many are named with some variation of “Bar & Grill.” Names notwithstanding, many have full restaurant menus featuring steaks, seafood, etc. Check each establishment’s website for their specific menues. (Click on the Name to visit individual web sites.)
Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs – Great Dogs and Burgers – 301 8th Ave (1 /2 block from N Ocean Blvd)
Hurricanes Beach Bar & Grill – Bar & Grill with burgers and more – 970 Boardwalk ( right on the Promenade facing the ocean)
Olympic Flame Pancake House – breakfast spot for pancakes and more – 1309 N Ocean Blvd
RipTydz Oceanfront Grille & Rooftop Bar – Overlook beach, full restaurant and bar- 1210 N Ocean Blvd
Pier 14 Seafood Restaurant & Fishing Pier – seafood restaurant right on the pier – 1306 N Ocean Blvd
8th Ave Tiki Bar & Grill – frozen cocktails, burgers & pizza – 708 N Ocean Blvd
Nola’z New Orleans Dueling Piano Bar & Eatery – cajun style food with fun atmosphere – 214 9th Ave (1 block off N Ocean Blvd)
Again – this is just a partial list. There are many many more restaurants close to the beach and along or near N Ocean Boulevard. You should have no trouble finding the right place for you.
Myrtle Beach , South Carolina – an active and fun filled beach town on the Atlantic Coast.
Plan A Visit – You’ll be glad you did.
Visit Myrtle Beach —
–And Enjoy The Adventure!
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