Myrtle Beach Travel Tips

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Keep in Mind...

  • Look out for jellyfish The marine pest is common in these waters. If you're stung, wash the afflicted area with salt water and either see a lifeguard or head to the hospital immediately.
  • Myrtle's so hospitable Southern hospitality is alive and well at Myrtle Beach. The people here are laid-back and friendly, peppering their conversation with polite niceties like "Sir" or "Ma'am."
  • But Myrtle also knows how to party Myrtle Beach is a spring break destination for college kids, so if this isn't appealing, you might want to schedule your trip at another time.

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 commune with the sharks. It might not be the ritziest vacation, but the casual capital of South Carolina's 60-mile long waterfront, the Grand Strand, is a rambunctious smorgasbord of family fun.

How To Save Money in Myrtle Beach

  • Rent a home Consider renting an actual home for a week, especially if you're traveling with a large group. And with your own kitchen, you have an affordable dining-in option too. 
  • Visit the tourism board Myrtle Beach's Tourism Board has coupons for all sorts of attractions, restaurants, shopping and more. There are visitors' centers in the bus terminal, in the airport and on North Oak Street.
  • Visit in the off season Hotel rates jump sky high in summer. Consider visiting in the fall or even the winter. Rates are much more manageable this time of year, and a bevy of holiday events will keep you entertained.

Myrtle Beach Culture & Customs

The residents of Myrtle Beach are very laid-back and the city is generally calm and relaxed, as it is mainly a family destination. However, around the March and April, the city becomes Spring Break central for many area students. The city is overrun by the younger demographic and it can get a little rowdy. If you must visit during this time but want a quiet vacation, head towards the northern end of the city.

Myrtle Beach Dining

Chain restaurants -- including Hard Rock Café, Planet Hollywood and Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville -- are all over Myrtle Beach. If you are looking for a diverse and innovative foodie scene, this is not where you want to go. However, if there is a major cuisine theme in this coastal city, it is seafood. A decent amount of restaurants are located along Kings Highway (U.S. 17), sometimes called "Restaurant Row," including some of the city's finer dining spots. Recent visitors recommend City Bar Metropolitan Cuisine for upscale American and Bonefish Grill for seafood; both are located on Restaurant Row. Leisure travelers also recommend heading about 30 minutes south to Litchfield Beach for more elegant dining options.

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