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From history and science to water parks and amusement rides, this coastal city is favorite vacation hot spot that is family friendly and full of fun. With places like Magiquest, The Palace Theatreand NASCAR Speedpark, Myrtle Beach has something for everyone. Not only is it fun, but it’s convenient and affordable, too. For those who like to go at a slower pace, Myrtle Beach offers a lot of opportunities for relaxation on the outstanding golf courses and beaches. The Barefoot Golf Clubis a spectacular course that pros and amateurs love to visit. With over 60 miles of beaches and towns to explore along the Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach make great home bases because they are located in the middle of everything.

For those who love history, this South Carolina spot and surrounding areas have many historical sites such as the Hampton Plantation, Myrtle Beach State Park Pier, and the Governor's Lighthouse. To satisfy your appetite for food and shopping, head to Barefoot Landing, where there is everything from stores to dining and entertainment. Myrtle Beachis the perfect place to go for your beach vacation.

Myrtle Beach’s Top 10

10. Hopsewee Plantation Take a walk under the trees hanging with moss and enjoy the Southern charm of this Myrtle Beach home and its history.

5. Dixie Stampede and Show Get a dinner and a show at this entertainment complex created by country singer Dolly Parton.

9. Brookgreen Gardens This outdoor garden in Myrtle Beach has a zoo and offers boat rides on the river.

4. Ripley's Aquarium Swim with stingrays or sleep with sharks at this exciting aquarium.

8. Heritage Club A golfer's dream comes true with this club located on two historic plantations by the Waccamaw River.

3. Sea Thunder This is not like any dolphin cruise you have ever been on. This Myrtle Beach attraction is action-packed and high-speed.

7. Huntington Beach State Park Just minutes away from Myrtle Beach, this is one of the most beautiful preserved beaches on the coast of the Carolinas.

2. Captain Dick's A trip to Myrtle Beach is incomplete without going to the Captain's for a parasailing, jet skiing or a boating adventure.

6. Atalaya Castle in the Sand Located in Huntington Beach, this Spanish-style castle is a sight to see when visiting Myrtle Beach.

1. Myrtle Waves Located in North Myrtle Beach, this is the largest water park in the state of South Carolina and is great for people ages 9 to 99.

Myrtle Beach History

  • Atalaya Castle in the Sand – This National Historic Landmark reminds you of structures along the Spanish Mediterranean coast.
  • Governor’s Lighthouse – A remarkable black-and-white-striped lighthouse constructed in 1985.
  • Hampton Plantation State Historic Site – A kitchen structure is placed beside a Georgian-style mansion established around 1750.
  • Myrtle Beach State Park Pier – Serving the area since 1935, making livelihood for fishermen and a tourist attraction at present times.
  • Rice Museum – Discover the history of the local rice industry through the museum’s wide collection of exhibits.

Myrtle Beach Art & Culture

  • Children’s Museum of South Carolina – Learn and be entertained in the museum’s interactive display of artistic and cultural artefacts.
  • Carolina Safari Jeep Tours – A spectacular ride in a uniquely designed jeep to explore the culture of Myrtle Beach.
  • Vereen Memorial Historical Gardens – The land lets you enjoy the best of wildlife and a civil war cemetery.
  • Franklin G Burroughs Simeon B Chapin Art Museum – Popular for its collection of Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild pieces.
  • Carolina Opry's Good Vibrations Show – Travel back in time and enjoy the sweet music of yesteryear.

Myrtle Beach Shopping

  • Broadway at the Beach – Have the best in life with high-class entertainment, dining and shopping.
  • Hudson's Flea Market – The place to shop for cheap but fabulous items like home decors and antiques.
  • Pawleys Island Hammock Shops – The shops are full of gift items to adore.
  • A Silver Shack – Find the best-quality sterling silver with several designs.
  • Coastal Grand Mall –A haven for men and women with sophisticated tastes in fashion.

Gay & Lesbian Myrtle Beach

  • 2001 Night Club – This club gives everyone a blast every night with its hip entertainment and service.
  • Fat Harold’s Beach Club – A seaside club that is sure to give you a memorable night.
  • Rainbow Bar and Grill – Gay-friendly bar and grill for a hot dining and drinking experience.
  • Revolutions – Dance the night away with the club’s varied song list from different generations.
  • Blarney Stone’s – Perhaps the coolest pub you can hang out in.

Myrtle Beach Outdoor

  • Ripley’s Aquarium Myrtle Beach – Life-sized aquarium providing exhilarating view of marine life.
  • Wild Water Theme Park – Equipped with several fun rides for a magnificent water adventure.
  • Brookgreen Gardens – A modern Eden featuring different species of plants and animals.
  • Heritage Club – Filled with overwhelming landscapes you will cherish forever.
  • Huntington Beach State Park – A place where you can unwind with the perfect beach view.

Myrtle Beach Sport

  • Swim and ride the fantastic facilities of Myrtle Waves Waterpark.
  • Play golf while enjoying mesmerizing scenery at the Dunes Golf and Beach Club.
  • Be fascinated with the dolphins on a boat trip with Bluewave Adventures Dolphin Watch.
  • Get the best of thrilling water adventures like jet skiin and parasailing at Captain Dick’s.
  • Join the Myrtle Beach Marathon for a healthy and fun activity.


March wouldn't be complete without the St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in Myrtle Beach. There is live entertainment, good food, and plenty of fun during this holiday celebration.

The Myrtle Beach Sun Fun Festival kicks off summer with a parade, car shows, food, arts and crafts, as well as live music and fireworks.

Mustang Week in Myrtle Beach is a popular event during July for car lovers, and it’s celebrated all week with shows, races, burnout contests and much more.

The Society of Stranders in Myrtle Beach puts on the SOS Parade in the spring. SOS is all about shagging – a dance that has always been popular in the Carolinas – and the group with the best float in the parade wins!

Harley Davidson Bike Week in Myrtle Beach is a summertime tradition that is wild, loud and full of fun. This event is extremely large and very popular with visitors and locals.

Music on Main happens every Thursday in Myrtle Beach from May through September. Visitors will enjoy dancing in the streets to live bands, having a bite to eat and shopping.

The Irish Italian Festival combines two cultures into one festival during the fall, and although these two countries may not have much in common, they do know how to make good food.

In Myrtle Beach they believe that summer should never end, so they put on the Endless Summer Festival.This event features a diverse concert listing, many vendors and of course endless summer fun.

Located at the Little River Inlet, the Inter-coastal Christmas Regatta displays a maritime parade to kick off the holiday season in Myrtle Beach.

The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Parade takes place the first week of December and gets visitors and residents alike excited about Christmas in Myrtle Beach.

When To Go

Although Myrtle Beach can have more than 200 days of sunshine per year, the best time to visit is March through September. There are occasional afternoon thunderstorms in the spring and summer months, and August and September are the wettest months.

From October through to early November, the temperature is cooler with daily highs of 60°F (16°C).

The winter months are off-season for Myrtle Beach, with temperatures cooling down to 57°F (14°C) during the day and 35°F (1°C) at night.

Getting There

If traveling by air, the Myrtle Beach (MYR) airport is conveniently located just south of Highway 501 and Route 17 with easy access to the Grand Strand.

If you’d like to travel by bus, the Waccamaw Regional Transport Authority does provide service by way of the Coast RTA, which travels to various cities like Murrell's Inlet, Conway, and Surfside Beach.

General Information

A relatively new city that occupies an enviable stretch of South Carolina shoreline, Myrtle Beach was made for beach vacations. The environment could not be more conducive to family fun, honeymoon romance or spring break revelry, with the best sections of Grand Strand beach within the city limits, world class golf in the area and scores of other leisure and entertainment options.

The Atlantic Ocean coastal destination is major attraction in the spring, summer and fall months, with over ten million visitors on average, most of which hail from Canada and the United States. With a surfeit of great beach hotels and ideal weather, Myrtle Beach is a wonderful and affordable escape.

Myrtle Waves Water Park

Aside from terrific beaches, Myrtle Beach has enough leisure attractions to keep you busy for a week or two. The superb Myrtle Waves Water Park is just one preeminent example. With massive wave pools and perilous slides, the park offers great fun.

Ripley’s Aquarium

A large, interactive aquatic animal park, Ripley’s Aquarium puts strange sea creatures front and center in phenomenal and educational fashion.

IMAX Discovery Theater

For the odd rainy day, Myrtle Beach’s excellent IMAX Discovery Theater offers terrific entertainment, with a regular line-up of films worthy of the colossal screens.

Hampton Plantation

A National Historic Landmark, the Georgian-style Hampton Plantation mansion is a throwback to another time in the Old South. A tour of the facility, in addition to the sprawling estate grounds, is well worth the time and short trip outside Myrtle Beach.

Huntingt Island State Park

A short jaunt from Myrtle Beach, Hunting Island State Park has beautiful campgrounds and serves as a precious wildlife refuge to alligators, loggerhead turtles, diamondback rattlesnakes and other animals. The park’s premier landmark however, is a historic Civil War-era lighthouse.

Atalya Castle and Brookgreen Gardens

The former estate and property of famous 20th century sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington is now a National Historic Landmark in excess of 36 km2. A protected wetlands area, the gardens contain beautiful works of art from the former owner.

Myrtle Beach Bike Week

Over 80,000 motorcycle enthusiasts participate in this popular event every May in Myrtle Beach.

Sun Fun Festival

The annual June event in Myrtle Beach heralds the arrival of summer tourist season with a slew of events on the sandy coastline, from concerts, sports and beauty competitions.

Fourth of July Celebations

Myrtle Beach’s Memorial Stadium hosts a huge Fourth of July celebration every year, with musical acts, food and fireworks displays.


From June to September, the long boardwalk of Myrtle Beach offers tourists a surfeit of entertainment, vendors and other attractions in something locals like to refer to as Summerfest.


With a humid subtropical climate, Myrtle Beach is rather idyllic as a beach resort town. Summers are hot and humid and winters are extremely mild.

  • Winter (December to February) 3-16°C
  • Spring (March to May) 7-28°C
  • Summer (June to September) 18-33°C
  • Fall (October to November) 7-24°C

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1 Springmaid Beach Resort

3 stars
4.0 / 5 2 reviews

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2 Ocean Reef Resort

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awsome family trip
we loved it . every thing was freat, and you can't beat the price. planning on staying there again.
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3 Bay View Resort

4 stars
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4 Landmark Resort

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Great time
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5 Clarion Hotel Myrtle Beach

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6 Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort

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Great getaway!
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7 Long Bay Resort

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8 3 Palms Oceanfront Myrtle Beach

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9 The Breakers Boutique North Tower

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10 Sea Crest Resort

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