Did you have your Honeymoon in Myrtle Beach? I have questions..

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
1312 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - NH

I vacationed there…there is a really awesome state park nearby that has both swamp and a beach on opposite sides of a parking lot.  You can hear the popping shrimp, see oysters, LOTS of reptiles…it was fun.  I can’t remember the name of the park, but I’m sure when you get there locals will know it.  We had a lot of fun just walking around the boardwalk there too.

Post # 4
518 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I don’t have a ton of recommendations for Myrtle, but have you considered any of the other beaches around Myrtle Beach?  I’m not sure if you’ve ever been to Myrtle, but it is a bit of a party destination, and not the most romantic spot.  There are some great beaches within a 30 -45 minute drive of Myrtle — a couple I would recommend would be Sunset Beach or Ocean Isle (both in NC, just above the SC border).  They would be ‘quieter’ and a little more romantic….then you could perhaps venture down to Myrtle for a day to see what it’s all about 🙂

In October, you would have no problem finding a place to stay; the weather should be nice but not hot — probably in the 70s (if you’re looking for the opportunity to lay on the beach, it will probably be a little cool for that).

Regardless of where you choose, my recommendation would be to find a condo or small house on the beach to rent — it would be very romantic to have a little house or condo all to yourself!  (No need to worry about someone on the other side of a hotel room wall!) — Check out VRBO.com to find some good places.  You’ll likely pay less, too, going this route.

For restaurants, I don’t have any recommendations in Myrtle, but if you do end up staying somewhere a bit further north, check out the restaurants in Calabash.  One of our favorites is the Boundary House.

There is a good outlet mall around Myrtle Beach, if you like to shop.  There is tons of putt-putt, which is always a fun thing to do 🙂  If you want to do a little evening cruise, there are several companies which offer this (including dolphin cruises, etc.)

I hope this helps…congratulations on your wedding!!


Post # 5
470 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m gonna go along with the other person here and say I wouldn’t recommend Myrtle for a honeymoon! It has definitely turned into more of a party destination! My husband and I having been going to Garden City, Surfside Beach for the last few years and it’s great! It’s only about 15 minutes or so from Mrytle but much more laid back! Definitely a place where you can relax and enjoy eachother! We actually just got married in June and had our honeymoon there. We always stay at Waters Edge Resort, it’s all individually owned condos. If you go on there website your able to look at all the rooms and pricing and such. We really like it there, have stayed many times, has everything you need right there. Also oceanfront!!! I’m not really sure of any really romantic places, but considering you will be there in October it shouldn’t be busy at all so it will be like you have the beach to yourselves. Romantic enough, right! We always venture down to the Garden City Pier, which usually has live bands, drinks, arcade, it’s fun! Several little bars in the area, putt putt, shops, a few rides! You can really pick up coupon books all over around there and they will give you plenty of ideas for activities like parasailing and such! As far as restuarants, we always go to the calabash seafood buffet just a few miles down the road. All you can eat seafood and everything else! lol Hopefully this helps and Congrats!!! Hope you have a great time where ever you choose!

Post # 6
10877 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@butterflyangelo:  Huntington Beach State Park has a beautiful beach, and isn’t very crowded.  That may be the park which of which @orchidblooms:  is thinking.

“Broadway at the Beach” offers a variety of restaurants and shops in a fun atmosphere. I really enjoyed Landry’s Seafood restaurant there.

Two other restaurants (not located at Broadway at the Beach) worth noting are Captain Benjamin’s Original Calabash Seafood Buffet in North Myrtle Beach (fabulous all-you-can-eat crab legs and all kinds of other things) and Rioz, a Brazillian steakhouse that features a huge salad bar with all kinds of offerings and all kinds of scrumptious, all-you-can eat meats brought continually (until you signal the gauchos to stop bringing them) directly to your table. I just about couldn’t breathe when we left there! lol

Finally, there are all kinds of shows in Myrtle Beach; however, I didn’t go to any of them, so I cannot specifically recommend them.

By the way, when I was there, someone in one of the restaurants told me that in the off-season (which October would be) there are very few tourists there, so you should not have big crowds during that time of year.  However, it will be hurricane season, so you may want to monitor what’s happening on that front.

Post # 8
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@butterflyangelo: FI and I like to vacation at Myrtle during the off season to avoid the crowds and you should do fine in October. We usually stay at the Ocean Reef in one of their large suites.

Brookgreen Gardens are beautiful if you are into that sort of thing (one of the top ten gardens in the US). And as someone else mentioned, Broadway at the Beach is a must visit.

To get an idea of what Myrtle Beach has to offer, I’d probably also order a free Official Myrtle Beach Area Visitor Guide in the mail in advance of your trip:  http://www.visitmyrtlebeach.com/about/guide/

Have fun!

Post # 10
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

It depends on what you like to do.  October may be a little chilly, it depends.  There’s a nice boardwalk with lots of restaurants and theatres.  I recommend Ripley’s Aquarium, mini-golf, an all-you-can-eat seafood buffet, and especially the Carolina Opry.  It probably won’t be crowded because summer is their high-season.  Have fun!

Post # 11
4719 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’d pass on MB and consider other beaches if you can. I know some people like it, but I consider it sort of junky (sorry, hope that doesn’t offend anyone) and I definitely wouldn’t consider it romantic. 😉

I’d look into Wrightsville Beach, NC – Outer Banks, NC (Nags Head, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills) – Atlantic Beach, NC – Charleston, SC

Post # 12
729 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

No, but I know my DH’s parents honeymooned there in the 70’s!

Post # 14
238 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@butterflyangelo:  My fiance and I go to myrtle fairly often. We’ve stayed in a number of hotels, but our favorite is Bayview. It’s right next to the board walk.


We go to the same little pizzeria everytime because they’re pizza is phenomenal but you would never guess from the outside. I’m going to have to look at the name on the menu when I get home and come back to post.

Post # 15
10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Mr TTR & I go to Myrtle Beach a couple times a year.

Myrtle Beach itself is very touristy… but a fun atmosphere.  It is whatever you want it to be.  We don’t do a lot of the touristy stuff in MB itself … we like to walk on the beach, play golf, check out the many many Restaurants on Restaurant Row (Hwy 17), maybe do a little shopping (good malls & outlets).  Other than that we use it as a basecamp to other places, because MB is soooo big you can find great deals in accommodations.

I agree with the other Bees, if you aren’t fussy about getting a high end hotel, look for a condo.  We stay in a great condo for very little money… new building, half a block from the beach, nicely apppointed kitchen, granite counters, ss appliances, jetted tub in the bathroom, washer & dryer.  Building also has indoor & outdoor pools, hot tubs, and lazy river.  And as it is part of “a complex” you can also use the facilities next door… and there is a small Bar / Restaurant in the complex as well (good for afternoon Cocktails)

Shopping is excellent in MB.  There are the crazy “Beach Stores”… lol, a MUST DO for anyone who is from a spot far inland… cheap TShirts, Beach Towels, and just crazy souvenirs / stuff to look at.  BUT beyond that there is also the Tanger Outlet Malls (one up on 501… and another close to NMB (where 17 meets 22).  There is also Coastal Grand Mall, Broadway on the Beach, Barefoot Landing and Market Commons.

As well, it is worth a drive up to Conway one day, just to see the cute shops there.

When it comes to Restaurants… there are toooo many to mention.  I suggest you check out a Restaurant Review Website… or TripAdvisor, lots of info to be found there.

Some of our faves include… New York Prime (very high end) – Tommy Bahama’s (we love having Lunch here) – and no trip to MB is complete for us without a stop at Umberto’s (Barefoot Landing) – or Duffy Street’s Seafood Shack (this is a local chain… just a few restaurants around town… amazing Happy Hour.  We have gone to all their locations, but prefer the one at 202 Main & Ocean Drive in NMB).

We stay away from the All You Can Eat Calabash Style Seafood Restaurants… honestly you can do a lot better in terms of Quality Seafood than these popular places (and EVERYTHING tends to be deep fried).  IMO, they are real tourist traps.  There are true fish huts & the like along the NC & SC coast (or restaurants that bring in seafood caught that day… not frozen) so that is what we prefer.  Duffy Street is one of those sort of places, but if you are out wandering around you’ll find others (ie at Murrell’s Inlet)

As we are Canadians, we also hit up some of the American Chains we don’t have here… like Carabbas and Bonefish.

If you want to drive and explore… there is nearby Pawley’s Island.  And to the south the quaint town of Georgetown aprox 1 hour away.  One of the few places that Sherman missed after the Civil War when he was burning down everything in sight.  There are some incredible old homes there, the local historical society has put plaques on them and many date back into the 1800s or even 1700s.  The main street (Front Street) is like a walk back in time.  They have a nice Boardwalk (Harbourwalk), and also some good places to eat & shop.

Charleston in all its glory is an hour south of Georgetown (so 2 Hours from MB).  We’ve certainly gone to Charleston on day-trips.  Lots to see and do there as well.  And the surrounding country side is filled with historic antebellum Plantations… in various states of what is left (Drayton Hall is worth a visit, in that it is one the few with the main house left standing… it is a preserved property, and not a restored one).  As well, nearby Boone Hall is amazing due to its info on Black History (Gullah Life) and incredible Live Oaks.  Magnolia & Middleton for their incredible gardens.

October weather is usually quite good (unless a Hurricane comes along the Eastern Seaboard) Surprised

Temps are definitely warm enough to enjoy… 70s or low 80s.  As we are “Northerners” we certainly take in the Beach… maybe not always the Ocean… but the Pools for sure.

Anyhow, that should get you started.  You can always drop me a PM if you’d like more info / recommendation details.

Other great sources for info… Wikipedia & Google Maps for a good overview to get you started.

Myrtle Beach Tourism = http://www.visitmyrtlebeach.com

And of course TripAdvisor… I don’t plan any Getaways or Vacations without TA… they have an On-line Travel Guide (link below) as well as Reviews for Accommodations – Attractions & Restaurants.  As well as their incredible Forums where you can post Questions and hear back from their Destination Experts and locals who know the area best

TripAdvisor (Myrtle Beach Tourism) = http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Tourism-g54359-Myrtle_Beach_South_Carolina-Vacations.html

Hope this helps,


Post # 16
113 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

we LOVE the Patricia grand hotel. Our favorite. 🙂

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