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)
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,