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Myrtle Beach SC

Myrtle Beach, SC

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Vibrant Myrtle Beach—the Sun Fun Capital—is a magnet for visitors looking to cash in on some of the 2,800 hours of annual sunshine that give the South Carolina city its nickname. Tourists stream into the sun-filled city to comb the beaches, party at bars and clubs, and soak up outdoor diversions such as golf, swimming and boating.

Myrtle Beach is considered the showpiece of the Grand Strand, an expanse of white sand beach along the East Coast that covers more than 60 miles. Among the oceanfront attractions is a wide wooden boardwalk that travels along a lively 1.2-mile stretch of the shore. Shops, places to dine and drink, and the towering SkyWheel, a Ferris Wheel of gondolas that is lit dramatically at night, draw visitors to the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade, which ends at the Second Avenue pier. The city’s longest pier juts over the ocean and offers a restaurant, bar and plenty of places to cast a fishing line and enjoy the view.

Speaking of views, expect to see droves of amateur and seasoned golfers searching for little, white balls on the lush fairways of the 100-plus golf courses in the Myrtle Beach area. Notable links include the classic Pine Lakes International Country Club and the Dunes Golf and Beach Club, a high-profile course with a backdrop that stretches from the forest to the ocean.

Sea and sand aside, shopping and mall enthusiasts will find many things to do in Myrtle Beach, from browsing the sophisticated mix of shops at Market Common to the familiar retailers at Coastal Grand Mall or Tanger Outlets, a collection of brand-name outlet stores. For a day of leisure, head to Broadway at the Beach or Barefoot Landing, two shopping destinations with plenty of activities, entertainment and restaurants included.

The culinary community of Myrtle Beach serves up a blend of well-known chains and independent eateries, from low-key to formal. Visitors can dine on local seafood, notably crab and shrimp, or enjoy traditional South Carolina Lowcountry cuisine at restaurants throughout Myrtle Beach. Splashy establishments linked to celebrities include golfer Greg Norman's Australian Grill and Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner Show, a rollicking mix of food and entertainment.

Those looking for more nightlife can head back to the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade, where the festive vacation vibe is reflected in a network of bars and clubs. You can suit any mood by hopping from late-night discos to gems like Fat Harold's Beach Club, where customers still do the Shag, the State Dance of South Carolina.

A lively calendar of seasonal celebrations complements the year-round things to do in Myrtle Beach. March's Can-Am Festival, which began as an event for Canadians visiting during spring break, has been a popular music and fun fair for over 45 years. In May, gearheads rev up for Harley Bike Week, while seafood fans sail north to Little River, a mellow seafaring village that hosts the Blue Crab Festival. The annual event showcases art, live music and plenty of fresh, sweet crab.

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