Myrtle Beach has long been known as a “family beach,” and that's certainly the case. Families have been flocking to the Grand Strand’s seashores for generations to enjoy affordable fun in the sun and the many family-friendly attractions of Myrtle Beach.
But a more accurate description may be an “everybody in the family beach,” because the growing Grand Strand now offers something for people of all ages, classes and tastes. From family vacations to romantic couple’s retreats, and from foursomes of golfers to large group gatherings, Myrtle Beach can accommodate parties of all sizes and interests.
The Grand Strand's wide range of accommodations and amenities gives visitors the opportunity to find the perfect place to stay and play. Enjoy the good life at one of the many full-service oceanfront resorts, or find a cozy condo with all the comforts of home. Golfers can stay steps away from the first tee in a nice golf villa; boaters can sail right up to their own boat dock at a channel home, and groups can choose between numerous hotels with meeting rooms and convention space. The perfect fit isn't hard to find.
But the people-pleasing Grand Strand offers much more than an abundance of accommodations. With thousands of restaurants and shops, more than 100 golf courses and attractions, and a long list of festivals and events, the Myrtle Beach area is the ideal escape no matter what activities float your boat.
Oh yeah, did we mention boating? With the Intracoastal Waterway providing access to the Atlantic Ocean, the 60-mile stretch of land known as the Grand Strand also offers fun for those who prefer life on the water. Go deep-sea fishing, take a dolphin-watching tour, or go parasailing, jet-skiing or any number of watersports activities – all just off the coast.
On dry land, the Grand Strand also offers lots of fun and games for everyone. Myrtle Beach is best known for golf, of course, but there are plenty of more outdoor activities available. Amusement parks, water parks and even dog parks for your four-legged friends are located throughout the area to provide thrills, chills and lots of room to run. Explore the area’s hiking and biking trails, go for a spin on a moped, golf cart or dune buggy, or just kick back and relax on the beach while you catch some rays and some waves.
Although Myrtle Beach is best known for fun in the sun, the real action picks up when the sun goes down. Start your night out on the town with a seafood feast at one of the Grand Strand’s many seafood buffets, or enjoy some good Lowcountry cooking and Southern hospitality at a local café. Restaurant Row gives visitors a veritable all-you-can-eat buffet of options ranging from upscale surf-and-turf to come-as-you-are casual hamburger and pizza joints.
Want dinner and a show? Myrtle Beach is filled with live music theaters and off-Broadway entertainment venues where you can catch a concert or a musical. Several attractions are open late, like the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel and Family Kingdom Amusement Park in the downtown district, where the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk serves as the centerpiece of nightlife activities. Free live concerts, festivals and fireworks shows are held at this oceanfront walkway and park, attracting people to the downtown.
If shopping is your idea of a good time, you don’t have to search very long or hard. Retail centers like Barefoot Landing, Broadway at the Beach and Market Common give shoppers plenty of shopping options, and several malls, outlet stores and souvenir shops are scattered throughout the Strand. And it’s OK to shop until you drop because relaxation is another popular pastime on the Grand Strand. Even people who prefer to do nothing have a vacation home in Myrtle Beach.