Myrtle Beach Travel Guide
The clean beaches are the main draw in Myrtle Beach, but there's more to her than miles of brown sand. One of the best East Coast family vacation destinations, Myrtle Beach, S.C. boasts hundreds of golf courses for golfers at all levels; amusement parks that fling the kiddies around on water rides, roller coasters and race tracks; Dolly Parton singing and dancing for dinner guests; and Ripley's Aquarium, which dares visitors to ... continue»
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The best time to visit Myrtle Beach is in from June to August, when there's the most activity and prime beach weather. However, rain showers are common, so be sure to bring an umbrella. (June through November is the region's hurricane season). If you're looking for some sun at a cheaper price, note that spring temperatures range from the high 60s to the 80s and prices stay low until late May. The winter and fall seasons can also be a bargain. Average temperatures can dip from the lower 50s to the mid 30s. These chilly temperatures are ideal for outdoor activities away from the water -- plus there are far fewer crowds.Best Times to Visit Myrtle Beach»
Myrtle Beach Neighborhoods
There's no question that the main attraction in a small town like Myrtle Beach (only about 20 square miles), located along the length the Carolina shore, is the surf and sand. Most of the beach is open to the public and very clean. But they warn that the area can get very crowded in the summer months. It isn't a bad idea to stake out a spot early in the day.
Unlike other beach destinations like Virginia Beach, Va. and Ocean City, Md., the beaches here are not backed by a boardwalk; rather, hotels and houses sit right off the sand. Ocean Boulevard is the road closest to the water and is lined with hotels and shops. U.S. 17, also called Kings Highway, lies parallel to Ocean Boulevard. Kings Highway is a major thoroughfare into the city and is sometimes nicknamed Restaurant Row for the dining establishments that line it.
Broadway at the Beach
This bustling part of the city is just a five-minute drive inland. Highly recommended by recent travelers, this complex is a large group of bars, restaurants, shopping and the very popular Ripley's Aquarium. We recommend visiting for the Dangerous Reef exhibit, where sharks swim past visitors on all sides as they walk through.
Recent travelers suggest making a stop at Barefoot Landing, a complex located towards the northern end of the city, which also has a good collection of shops and restaurants. There is also live entertainment here, such as Alabama Theatre and the House of Blues.
South of the city is the Myrtle Beach State Park. Located on 312 acres of oceanfront, there is a campground, fishing pier and a nature trail to take in the natural sights.
Twelve miles west of Myrtle Beach is the city of Conway, which is filled with art studios and funky galleries as well as cute bistros and shops to fill out your day. For those on a budget, hotels here are relatively more affordable than those you might find in Myrtle Beach.
Myrtle Beach is relatively safe. That said, you should still use common sense when walking around. Pickpocketing and theft are the most common crimes committed on tourists, so keep an eye on your valuables.
When in the ocean, be sure to swim near a lifeguard and pay attention to all posted warning signs about surf conditions. Also be on the look out for jellyfish as they're a common marine pest in these waters. If you're stung, wash the afflicted area with salt water, rather than fresh water, and see a lifeguard.
The best way to get around Myrtle Beach is by car. If you're going to mostly stay around the beachfront hotels, you can easily manage on foot. However, a car is handy for going farther distances since there's no public transportation system. Car rental agencies are located just beyond the baggage claim area in Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR), while plenty of taxis and door-to-door hotel shuttle services are lined up outside.Getting Around Myrtle Beach»