Post # 1
So Fiance and I have decided to just take a mini vacation to Myrtle Beach after our wedding and then save up for a larger vacation out of the country in a year or so. Neitehr of us have bever been to Myrtle Beach, so I was hoping to get some recommendations for places to stay, restaurants, things to do, etc…
Post # 3
My family goes down to Garden City (just south of Myrtle Beach) every year. My suggestion would be to avoid the public beaches if you can help it (so crowded!), and go for Huntington Beach State Park instead. It’s worth the price of admission–it’s a quieter, pristine beach, with nature walks through marshlands and nice amenities. There’s also a castle you can tour. I prefer going to the beach in the evening because most of the tourists leave and you don’t need sunscreen…though the bugs can be bad.
Brookgreen Gardens is right across from Huntington, and makes for a lovely day trip. Murrell’s Inlet is fabulous for fresh seafood. The Sea Captain’s House has the best she-crab soup. On the night my husband proposed he took me to Thoroughbreds Restaurant, which was just wonderful.
There are lots of mini-golf courses, though you should only go at night when it’s cooler.
There are all kinds of kitschy, touristy attractions, like Ripley’s Believe It or Not, the beach souvenir shops, water parks, boardwalks, etc.
And of course, there are lots of options for water sports, like water skiing, jet skiing, and parasailing.
If your Fiance is a golfer, he will be a happy camper.
Hope that helps!
Post # 4
Thanks for you advice!! We’ll be going the first week in October, so I’m hoping we’ll still have nice weather but not crazy big crowds!
Post # 5
@MaggieL: October should be great! It does quiet down after Labor day.
Unless you really want to be around all of the noise and bustle of Myrtle all day and night, I would suggest getting a hotel in North Myrtle and driving a few miles to see and do things in Myrtle. It is a bit of a nicer, newer area and less crowded.
I like all of the shopping malls/centers/outlets. My fiance even tolerated broadway at the beach for a long time since we stopped to play putt-putt in the course in the middle of it.
Check the schedule at house of blues to see if there are any good shows playing when you are there. It is a little pricey, but Dixieland Stampede and Medieval times are dinner shows that are pretty unique and fun if you have never been.
There are so many restaurants I’m drawing a blank of names. I’ve never eaten anywhere too bad, and there are tons of chain restaurants and buffets everywhere.