Myrtle Beach Travel Blog (the non touristy version)!
I have been traveling to Myrtle Beach South Carolina since I was a kid! IN fact my very first memories of the beach are in Myrtle. I still remember the first time my feet touched the surf. I have been hooked ever since! Although the area has changed over the years it still remains one of my most favorite places to travel and I always feel at home!
Getting there! If you live in Maryland like myself you have some options on getting to Myrtle Beach. If you want to fly Spirit airlines flies direct and a few other airlines fly indirect. I have never flown because Spirit airlines is way to unreliable for my taste but I know others that fly with no issues. My mode of getting there is and always has been driving. It's roughly a 9 hour drive but I have grown to love the drive. I crank up the music or listen to a podcast or audio book and I stop at all the tourist traps along the way ( well maybe not all of them) lol. I do always stop at South of the Boarder which is just off 95 at the South Carolina boarder. It dose add some extra time to the trip but I just can't help myself I love the vintage charm and kitsch of this place. I also prefer to drive because The Myrtle Beach area is not particularly walk-able! Most things are spread out and all of the best beaches are off the beaten path.
Now that we have made it to South Carolina lets talk about where you should stay. Unfortunately over the years all of the cute hotels in downtown myrtle have become run down, outdated and even dirty. If you have kids who love pools I would look into staying at either a condo with amenities like pools and lazy rivers or just rent a house on the beach just south in either Surf side beach or Garden City. Airbnb has so many great options and you can $65 off your stay using this link. If you are looking for more of a high end couples getaway I would recommend the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton. This resort is on a secluded part of the beach right next to a state park. The beach is never crowded and they even have their own pier. The Resort features 3 pools, a bar , a restaurant, pool bar, dog park, mini golf and breathtaking views from every room!
Now it's time for the beach! I love myrtle because the water is generally warmer and calmer then in is in Maryland. The beach's also are great for hunting seashells and starfish. Most beaches are nice however I don't recommend the downtown area unless you are staying in a beachfront hotel or condo there. The beach is generally more dirty and for some reason and everyone on the beach there seems to be smoking ( I hate the smell of people smoking on the beach). If you are looking for a quiet beach with restrooms I recommend either Myrtle Beach State Park or Huntington Beach State Park. They are both kept up so nicely and never to crowded. If you want to go for a bike ride on the beach I recommend Litchfeild. The beach is wide and sand is packed very hard so it makes for easy bike rides.
Now that we have worked up an appetite lets talk dinning! The myrtle beach area literally has something for everyone and every budget! If you are looking for something specific or kids friendly I would just google it. Here is a list of my favorite foodie places in the area.
Hook and Barrel . The ceviche is amazing!
Chive Blossom . The best overall food I have had the Conch was incredible!
Crabby Mikes . When you want all you can eat Crab Legs.
Wicked Tuna . When you want sushi. I recommend the location at Marsh walk
Greg Norman . Great food great view
Now lets talk adult beverages and other cool places to hit while you are vacationing! l Broadway at the Beach offers a more touristy approach and has a wet willies and a piano bar. The Pier at Garden City is the perfect place to roll off the beach and go for a frozen beverage or 4. They have live music every night and you sit on plastic chair while people are fishing off the pier . There is just something special about this place! If you are looking for something less touristy then Broadway but a little more fancy you have to check out The Marshwalk . Located on the Marsh at Murrell's Inlet, Marshwalk is row of restaurants and bars connected by a walkway on the water. You take your drink with you as you walk from one place to another and it's always full of interesting people and good times. Many of the bars even have live entertainment. I have to hit up Garden City Pier and the Marshwalk every time I visit!
One last place I recommend checking out while you are in town is The Hammock Shops in Pawley's Island. It's a super cute area full of unique shop's and restaurants. It even has an actual hammock shop.
I hope you likes my little round up! If you have been and there is place you love that I missed leave me a comment!