Myrtle Beach -

Get in

Although easily accessible by car from most areas east of the Mississippi, the major airport here is Myrtle Beach International Airport (code MYR). Current transport includes Delta, Continental, Hooters, NWA, Spirit, and U.S. Airlines. Myrtle Beach International is a work in progress as expansion and budget approvals are pending in both the city and county councils. Most guests arriving from either the west coast or overseas fly into a major hub, such as Atlanta, before connecting to their final destination in Myrtle Beach.

Grand Strand Regional Airport in North Myrtle Beach also serves the area and is used mostly by private or chartered flights.

Lodging

  Springmaid Beach Resort and Conference Center, 3200 South Ocean Blvd. - Located on 27 acres at the south end of the Grand Strand. Pools, rivers, and sports facilities.

  Barefoot Resort & Golf, 4980 Barefoot Resort Bridge Road, Toll-free: (877) 237-3767 - View Villas, Golf Villas, and Intracoastal Waterway Villas. Boat slip rentals and Docksiders Pub.

Stay safe

Overall, Myrtle Beach is a hospitable town, but it must be understood that it still lies in the middle of a rural state in a rural region of the United States. It is not a mecca of liberal arts and thought, so the further you stray from the commercial sector, the more conservative and "classically South" you will find the place. Knowing this, use common sense. Money is a language that most everyone there speaks, so if you're willing to pay, you'll find the town a much more inviting and friendly place.

Links

  Visit Myrtle Beach
  Myrtle Beach Site
  City of Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is a major tourist destination along the South Atlantic coast of South Carolina. It is widely known for its wide beaches, large selection of challenging golf links, excellent seafood restaurants, and outlet-style shopping activities. It attracts over 14 million visitors annually, consisting of tourists from other Southern states or "Snowbirds" from the North, who may own a condominium or timeshare along the coast.

While the area itself may be referred to as "The Grand Strand", this term is not simply limited to the city of Myrtle Beach. Several smaller towns to the north (Briarcliff, Atlantic Beach, and North Myrtle Beach) in addition to Myrtle Beach make up what is known en masse as the "Grand Strand".

Being a beach town, the tourist season coincides with the summer months, with the season peaking around the July 4th holiday and slowly declining from there. Beware of the last couple of weeks of May and the first few weeks of June - several "Biker Weekends", known locally as "Harley Biker Weekend" for the Harley-Davidson weekend and "Black Biker Weekend" for the Atlantic Beach weekend (this isn't meant to be racist - a majority of the draw on the latter weekend has been traditionally African-American, as it was started by a group of primarily African-American bikers). Traffic during these weeks tends to be horrible, especially during the latter, when in 2005 the city of Myrtle Beach saw it fit to create a new lane, serving only Atlantic Beach traffic, in order to remove some of the glut.

Get around

One aspect of Myrtle Beach that is less-than hospitable are its roads. A tourist may find the style of driving in Myrtle Beach to be aggressive, reckless and hard to manage - and for the most part, he or she is right. Myrtle Beach has one of the highest accident rates in the state, due in part to it's impatient drivers and oddly-placed roads (many of which are simply paved versions of old dirt roads placed there to service an establishment or two).

Myrtle Beach has a city-wide bus system entitled "Lymo", in which one can get a trip across town for around $2-5, depending on the distance. The hours, however, are being cut down, possibly due to the competition it poses to the private cab services in the area (which can run up to $50 for a trip across the Grand Strand).

If you must drive, plan ahead - if you are going a short distance (under five miles), then take one of the main roads that runs adjacent to the beach. If you are going a longer distance, try and take one of the interstate roads that branches further out - these are generally clear of traffic, and thus are much more bearable than the city roads.

Attractions

The namesake of Myrtle Beach is, of course, the beach. Although crammed through the season, with parking scarce, you can usually find them to be much more hospitable if you are staying at a shore side resort, since parking is provided and the beachfront usually belonging to said resort, leaving it much easier to access. For those on a budget, however, don't fret - the beach is still basically public, although you may have to fight for a spot during the day. Never underestimate the beauty of the shoreline at sunrise, when the sands are basically abandoned, the temperature modest, and the seashells have yet to have been picked from the prior nights' wave crashes.

Myrtle Beach is also home to many big-name attractions, with a few of the more commonly-known listed here.
  Broadway at the Beach - a huge cluster of bars, nightlife, shops, a movie theatre and even an aquarium, Broadway stands to be one of Myrtle Beach's more accessible attractions.
  Coastal Grand Mall - a recently-built massive mall that services large crowds year-round.
  Myrtle Beach Pavilion - amusement park towards the southern end of the city. A mainstay in the city for decades.
  Barefoot Landing - the first major tourist center in the area with over 100 shops, great eateries, steakhouses and a brewery, home to the Alabama Theatre and House of Blues, both offering live entertainment nightly.

Dining

Pizza
  67th New York Pizza & Sub, 6613 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 843-497-5900
  Above & Pizza Co, 9660 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 843-692-2272
  Ala Mario's Pizza, 2286 Highway 501 E, Conway, SC 843-347-0805
  Anthony's of Myrtle Beach, 2807 S Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 843-445-6400
  Anthony's Pizza & Pan Pasta, 2298 Glenns Bay Rd, Surfside Beach, SC 843-215-5444
  Ashley's Pizza & Pub, 405 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 843-626-6655
  Athen's Pizza Inc., 5419 Dick Pond Rd, Myrtle Beach, SC 843-650-0044
  Basil's Pizza Seafood & Subs, 219 Sea Mountain Hwy # A, North Myrtle Bch, SC 843-249-0748
  Battista's Lighthouse Cafe, 905 Highway 17, Little River, SC 843-249-7377
  Benito's Brick Oven Pizza, 1596 Highway 17 S, North Myrtle Bch, SC 843-272-1414
  Benjamin's Bagel Bakery & Deli, 531 Highway 17 S, Surfside Beach, SC 843-238-2922
  Bisogna's Pizzeria, 9714 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 843-497-8688
  Boston Pizza Plus, 1208 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 843-448-1177

Mexican
  Casa Blanca Cafe North, 400 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 843-444-9050
  El Cerro Grande, 108 S Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 843-946-9562
  Villa Katrina's Underground, 821 Main St, Myrtle Beach, SC 843-946-6216
  Taco Bell, 1307 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 843-448-1706
  Chalupa's Mexican Restaurant, 2801 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 843-626-4566
  Fiesta Del Burro Loco, 960 Jason Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 843-626-1756
  Chili's Grill & Bar, 4401 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 843-448-6319
  Bobarosa's Chile Ranch, 3071 Waccamaw Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 843-236-9916
  La Fiesta Taqueria Y Tienda, 5211 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 843-449-7845
  Fiesta Mexicana, 410 70th Ave N, Myrtle Beach, SC 843-497-2781

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