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South of the busy Myrtle Beach sands you can explore the maritime forest and rent a campsite for the night at Myrtle Beach State Park. Activities include nature trails, surf fishing and equestrian facilities, as well as access to a clean beach that's usually less crowded than the city's main shoreline.
The park covers 312 acres of land by the southern end of the city and offers fishing piers, picnic tables and plenty of campgrounds with RV compatibilities. A nature center is on hand if you want to learn about the turtles, birds and other South Carolina wildlife that call the park home. Recent visitors said the pier is a prime spot for peaceful sea fishing. They also said the beach is clean and the trails are great to explore.
The park is open year-round from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (and closes at 8 p.m. from December to February). Admission costs $5 for adults, with discounts for seniors and children ages 6 to 15. Children younger than 5 can enter for free. Prices for campsite rentals vary depending on the amenities offered. The price for sites equipped with electricity and water cost between $21 and $42; full hookup sites (with sewer capability) range from $31 to $52. Some of the activities at the park do cost extra. For more information and to view park maps, visit its website.
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The main reason families flock to Myrtle Beach is to swim in the mild waves and play along the light brown sand. Some spots along the Carolina shore offer opportunities for water sports like Jet Skiing or deep-sea fishing, while other areas are better for relaxing or playing with your children. You'll also find a few spots perfect for casting a line for a fresh catch.
Most who visit the shore of Myrtle Beach do so directly in front of the hotel or rental property where they're staying. So keep in mind that if you're not a beachfront lodger, you might have more trouble finding a public bathroom, but ample metered street parking is available. Some parking lots are also available, most of which are also free and are an easy walk over the dunes at beach access points. Some sandy areas along Ocean Boulevard do have shops and restaurants. During the summer months, lifeguards are on duty along many of the Grand Strand beaches. Access to the beach is free 24/7, though swimming after sunset is not recommended.
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