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Cruisin’ the Strand on Scooters, Mopeds and Golf Carts

There’s no better way to get around Myrtle Beach than with an unobstructed view on a scooter, moped or golf cart. Feel the sea breeze while you cruise down Ocean Boulevard, or escape the crowds and explore some of the area’s scenic back roads. In fact, the neighborhoods around the Ocean Reef Resort provide the perfect place to ride and marvel at the historic beach homes and cottages in the Dunes and Ocean Forest sections of town.

There are a few laws and rules renters must follow, and the details will be covered by the rental dealer. But the basics are you must be a licensed driver (except for mopeds), provide a valid ID and credit card, and adhere to the rules of the road. Scooters and golf-carts are forbidden on major roads with speed limits in excess of 45 mph, and golf carts are not allowed on the roads after dark.

Of course, not everyone has a convertible or a motorcycle to experience the fun of an open-air joy ride. A slow-moving scooter or golf cart might seem like a bore to those with a need for speed, but if you enjoy life in the slow lane to take in all the sights and sounds the Myrtle Beach area has to offer, here are some of the best places on the Grand Strand to rent a ride for a couple of hours or the entire day:

BJ’s Scooters: Conveniently located in downtown Myrtle Beach on the main drag of Kings Highway, BJ’s features its own full-service repair shop so you don’t have to worry about renting a dud. BJ’s offers a wide selection of street-legal scooters and mopeds so you are ready to roll out of the parking lot and begin your adventure. Many of BJ’s rentals get incredible gas mileage, more than 100 miles per gallon, so you can cover more ground and see more of the Grand Strand.

East Coast Golf Carts and Scooters: Visitors in North Myrtle Beach love to cruise down Ocean Drive in style, and they can find what you’re looking for at East Coast. Known for renting quality for scooters and golf carts, East Coast can put you on the path to the downtown district or some of the off-the-beaten-track locales. North Myrtle Beach is a great town for getting around on a smaller ride as side streets like Hillside provide easy access between Highway 17 and Ocean Drive..

Surfside Scooter Rental: The town of Surfside Beach has a high number of golf carts and mopeds on the roads, mostly from locals who have found them useful for getting around the summer traffic jams. Surfside Scooter Rental fills that need for visitors who want to take a spin around town. Conveniently located next to the Surfside Beach Pier, Surfside Scooter Rental will have you ready to roll down the strip in style.

For those who prefer a slightly different mode of transportation, check out these unique rentals:

Eagle Rider: If you like the feel of more horsepower between your legs, Eagle Rider offers a wide selection of motorcycles. Rent a Harley-Davidson Electra Glide, Fat Boy, or Road King and feel like the leader of the pack for a day. Eagle Rider also has a wide selection of mopeds for those who want to stay in the slow lane.
Mo-ped Rental of Myrtle Beach: Scooters, mopeds and golf carts? Oh my! But this outlet also offers some unusual gadgets for rent, such as Scoop Cars, Trikes and uniquely designed motorcycles. Get yours to go at one of three locations.

Myrtle Beach Segway: This outlet offers rentals of the high-tech, two-wheeled electric vehicles in the Market Common district. The neighborhood features lots of parks and sidewalks on which to ride. How-to-ride lessons are included with the rental.

(posted 8/22/14)
(Photo courtesy: MBSegway.com)

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