Myrtle Beach Guide

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is where you will find 60 miles of beautiful coastline. Discover breathtaking sunrises over the Atlantic Ocean, enjoy fun-filled days at the beach, visit lush natural wonders, and enjoy new adventures. Enjoy their warm Southern hospitality, and fresh coastal cuisine. Cherish these moments together. Continue reading our Myrtle Beach Guide— and plan your Myrtle beach vacation where happiness comes in waves. For more of South Carolina’s beautiful beaches, visit our Best South Carolina Beaches guide.

Myrtle Beach Weather – When to Visit

The best time to visit Myrtle Beach is from June to August when the weather is just right for enjoying the beach. There can be some afternoon rain showers, especially in July. You’ll also find warm temperatures and slightly cheaper rates if you visit March through May, but there will be spring breakers from area colleges crowding the beach and nearby hotels. Autumn ushers in room bargains and cooler temperatures that range from the high 70s to the mid-40s. During winter, temperatures are chilly and hotels are at the lowest rates (and zero crowds), but some area attractions and restaurants will be closed or have reduced hours.

Best Myrtle Beach Access Points

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Huntington Beach State Park

Visitors here enjoy the walkway over the salt marsh full of wildlife like birds and gators, as well as Atalaya; a Spanish-style castle with great history. If you’re feeling up to it, Huntington Beach State Park also offers camping in their maritime forest! The $5 cover charge is well worth it!

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The Cabana District

This area known as the Cabana District because of the number of brightly colored cabanas that line the shoreline. When visiting this area you can make their way past the Dunes Club at low tide, across Singleton Swash to Ocean Annie’s Beach Bar for a refreshing drink or two. Just make sure to head back before high tide!

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The Golden Mile

The Golden Mile is a two-mile stretch of beach from 34th to 52nd Avenues North. There are no hotels and it is home to several beautiful oceanfront mansions that are privately owned and/or rental homes. This area attracts less of a crowd than the hotels, providing more space to stretch out and enjoy the beautiful beach!

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Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is one of the top attractions in Myrtle Beach. The boardwalk is home to several restaurants, bars, attractions, shops, and more. This oceanfront walkway is a family-friendly area with amusements such as the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, arcades, thrill rides, and more.

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Myrtle Beach State Park

Myrtle Beach State Park is always a great choice for a beach day. The park is home to wide stretches of beach as well as a pier that is great for fishing and sightseeing. Guests here also enjoy camping, the nature center, and walking trails through the oceanfront forest. The $5 entrance fee is well worth it!

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Best Myrtle Beach Tours & Activities by Viator

Charleston Sightseeing Day Trip with Lunch from Myrtle Beach

Enjoy a scenic journey to one of America’s greatest historic treasures—Charleston, South Carolina, for a day of sightseeing, shopping, and dining. Experience the highlights of Charleston on a full sightseeing day trip from Myrtle Beach. Tour package includes a boxed lunch, a ride through the historic district in a traditional horse-drawn carriage, Charleston Harbor boat tour, a visit to Boone Hall Plantation with a guided tour, and a brief stop at the Old City Market. Learn more about the Charleston Sightseeing Day Trip here.

Waccamaw River Nature & Wildlife Tours

Explore the beautiful cypress-lined Waccamaw River, Intracoastal Waterway, and the creeks and swamps on this guided boat tour near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Be on the lookout for birds and other wildlife that inhabit these southern waters that run along the refuge. The boat docks are located within Waccatee Zoo. Learn more about the Waccamaw River Nature & Wildlife Tours here.

Polynesian Fire Luau and Dinner Show Ticket in Myrtle Beach

Bring an evening of Polynesian entertainment to the shores of South Carolina with this fire luau and dinner show in Myrtle Beach. Enjoy a buffet dinner before watching an hour-long fire and dance performance by singers, acrobats, and fire knife champions who travel from various Polynesian isles to Myrtle Beach for the show. This seasonal show is only available during the summer. Learn more about the Polynesian Fire Luau & Dinner Show here.

Guided Myrtle Beach Kayak Tour

Myrtle Beach may be known for its lively boardwalk, crowded beaches, and rocking amusement park, but when it’s time to spend some quiet time out on the water, there’s no better way to do it than a sunrise or sunset kayak tour. Locals guides will lead you through the calm waters of Murrells Inlet, which teems with wildlife like birds, fish, and sea turtles. All equipment is included and souvenir photos are available to purchase. Learn more about the Myrtle Beach Kayak Tour here.

Guided Stand-Up Paddle Board Tour

Take a 2-hour guided SUP tour down the Murrells Inlet or the Waccamaw River in Myrtle Beach. Get comfortable with our paddle boards and see some of South Carolina’s coastal scenery and local wildlife. Choose from multiple departures throughout the day, including sunrise and sunset tours, and locations are chosen based on current tides and weather conditions. Learn more about the Stand-Up Paddle Board Tour Here.

Best Myrtle Beach Restaurants

Blueberry’s Grill $10 – 30

The restaurant has lactose-free cheese, gluten-free toast, and stone-ground grits made better with goat cheese and pesto pine nuts. The chicken is GMO Free and the kale varieties for the egg white omelet range from Black Magic to Red Russian. The Smoked Salmon Benedict is hard to pass up, as well as the Monte Cristo. Expect a wait and a very lively atmosphere. Telephone: 843-945-4588 Web: Blueberry’s Grill

Hook & Barrel $10 – 30

Hook and Barrel is the purest example of the dining scene in Myrtle Beach going from shabby to snazzy. The seafood is sustainable, and there’s prosecco on tap. Jellyfish lamps are the crux of this nauti-posh aesthetic. The plump crab cake sliders with remoulade slathered on challah buns and topped kohlrabi slaw is the ideal start before you order the pan-seared scallops that are worthy of having. Telephone: 843-839-5888 Web: Hook & Barrel

Yamato $10 – 30

Yamato’s claims to be South Carolina’s original Japanese Steakhouse. Most people are in awe of the onion volcano but the showstopper is when the chef molds the mound of rice into the shape of an heart and then uses his spatula to make it look like its beating. Do the obvious — order the steak and shrimp combo and cover it with house made shrimp sauce. Telephone: 843-448-1959 Web: Yamato

Big Mike’s Soul Food $10 & Under

Like most good soul food joints, there’s a mix of faux brick, wood-paneled walls, and checkerboard linoleum floors. Big Mike’s Special is the meat-and-three with a chunk of cornbread. It can be a daunting task deciding, so here’s some help: go for the fried chicken, collard greens, candied yams, and chicken bog. Telephone: 843-712-2048 Web: Big Mike’s Soul Food

Homestyle Restaurant $10 & Under

There’s a thriving Jamaican population in Myrtle Beach, and when they want to get their fix on the food they left back home, they come to Homestyle Restaurant. The curry goat will stain anything it touches; the jerk chicken is perfectly smoked and fiery enough to have lips tingling; and yes, the oxtails are so tender the meat can slurped from the bone with minimal resistance. Don’t miss the brown-stewed red snapper — served whole and always cooked to order. Telephone: 843-945-1258 Web: Homestyle Restaurant

Best Myrtle Beach Nightlife

Tin Roof

A small slice of Nashville comes to the beach at this oceanfront hot spot. Featuring a restaurant and bar with an open-air rooftop, this place turns into a nightlife favorite after hours. Featuring a concert stage and DJ booth with top-notch talent and sound, Tin Roof provides the rare opportunity to dance along to the beat while experiencing the sea breeze and ocean views. Telephone: 843-945-9867 Web: Tin Roof

Status Nightlife

Featuring four unique clubs in one massive nightlife complex, Status Nightlife is the hottest new club in town. Replacing the long-standing 2001 Night Club in 2018, Status Nightlife has something for revelers of all tastes. The Bourbon Cowboy is designed for those with country and western in mind, complete with a spacious dance floor for line dancing. The Jungle Room specializes in Caribbean beats and colorful frozen drinks, while Club Rewind caters to the retro crowd with hits from the 1980s, ’90s and 2000s. Club Envy is the DJ-driven dance venue and attracts a younger crowd. Telephone: 843-449-9434

The Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk

The Murrells Inlet Marshwalk weaves along a path that backs up to a dozen bars and restaurants, most featuring outdoor decks with live music on the weekends. Places like Bubba’s Love Shack and the Dead Dog Saloon have bands virtually every night of the week, while other stops like Divine Prime and Fishhouse offer a hip scene. Web: The Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk

Carolina Opry

Calvin Gilmore opened the Carolina Opry in 1986 and it has grown into the most popular live theater in town. Featuring top dancers, musicians, and singers, the Carolina Opry’s shows keep audiences coming back year after year for this unique blend of music and comedy. Well reviewed and one of the most sought after tickets in town, the Carolina Opry is great entertainment for the entire family. Telephone: 1-800-843-6779 Web: Carolina Opry

The Bowery

Don’t miss the chance to see where country music supergroup Alabama got its start back in the 1970s, and little has changed at this hole-in-the-wall honky-tonk since those days. The house band kicks out live music six days a week and visiting bands and musicians get together to jam on its night off. Telephone: 843-626-3445 Web: The Bowery

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26 Comments

  1. Virtue

    Hi there! Nice article! Thanks for sharing this timely article on beach travel destinations in South Carolina! I stumbled on this article while looking for a vacation once COVID is over! And I must say I am perplexed, I never knew South Carolina had such places. Well now I do.thanks again. I plan on going thru your site and getting a few more ideas!  

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am glad you enjoyed and learned a little bit about Myrtle Beach South Carolina.  Thanks for stopping by and come back when you are ready to book!

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  2. Isaak

    Thank you so much for all these information made available with us here and surely a whole lot more is here that are surely to really make the difference. However, surely,this is amazing go see and also the way to people’s hearts is to actually know what they want and going it for them too. Thanks

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are welcome Isaak.  You will enjoy Myrtle Beach.  Please let me know if you need any additional information.

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  3. UncleBolt

    it’s very thoughtful of you to put this guide together, thanks for all the detail!  Traveling I one thing that I really love to do and it makes me feel very relaxed and chilled, especially at the beach. Myrtle beach is a place to be and it looks like there is plenty to do as well.  

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Glad you enjoyed!  Thanks for visiting my Myrtle Beach Guide!

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  4. Charity

    Hello there, thank you so much for sharing this. this is a very awesome piece and a very detailed one. I’m really happy I came across this. I have been wanting to visit the South Carolina area, and thought maybe Myrtle Beach would be out of my price range.  But the Anderson Ocean Club and Spa looks great and the price is really really reasonable.  Thanks for the great information Leahrae.  Now I am ready to plan.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are so welcome Charity.  I am glad I could help you decide that Myrtle Beach will be a great destination for you.  Thanks for visiting my Myrtle Beach Guide.

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  5. jovianeb

    Hiii,

    This looks like I can have a good time there in Myrtle Beach. Lots of fun things to do and for the entire family or even for a romantic getaway. I love the options. I live on a Caribbean Island so the whole “I live where you vacation” applies to me. But Myrtle is looking good on my list of places to vacation. Thanks for the very detailed post!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are sooo luck to live on a Caribbean Island!  That would be a dream come true for me!

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  6. Tina

    This sounds like a great place to visit! Myrtle Beach sure does have a lot of different activities which we can do, whether we want to just have a relaxing day at the beach or get involved in the activities, there are lots of options. Thank you for listkng some of them 🙂 

    I can’t wait until we can travel again and visit gorgeous beaches like myrtle beach

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Myrtle Beach is gorgeous!  Thanks for visiting Beach Travel Destinations.

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  7. Barbara

    I think you covered every spot in and near Myrtle Beach that anyone would want to visit and/or spend some time. Southern states are wonderful places to visit if you like beaches, or camping out, or strolling the boardwalks. You have to take the afternoon showers in stride. They usually only last 20 to 30 minutes, and if you get wet, you’ll dry shortly.

    I haven’t been to Myrtle Beach but I was born in Tampa, Florida and spent many a day at St. Petersburg Beach, or Clearwater Beach. Also spent a week in N.E. New Jersey, just a little way from the state border line of New York on the beach and boardwalk in June. Was delightful.  Have been up and down and all around door County, Michigan several times. That’s cold lake water, but the shopping is unusual best time to go there is  latter half of August-early half of September. I think vacations along the east coast of the U.S. are just the best.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I would have to agree that East Coast beaches are the best.  I live in Clearwater Beach and I love it.  Although the beach is crowded, I opt to go up the road to quieter beaches.

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  8. Astrostar

    Hey there! 

    thank you for such wonderful write up, it really got my attention and I like the fact that you gave detailed information about all of the location each one with something distinct and lovely, but among all that was mentioned I would really love to pay a visit to Status Nightlife, the location and information I saw about it on the article made me want it so much, would love a visit to one of these location one of this days 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Well you will have to !  I think you will have a great time 🙂

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  9. Cynthia

    Myrtle Beach is a place that I’ve always wanted to go to but haven’t made it there yet.  This overview of the area makes me think that I’m going to have to make plans for this coming summer or fall!  You really got my attention with “prosecco on tap” so I’m definitely going there!!  Are a lot of the restaurants and activities seasonal?  I’d like to go in the fall when the prices are lower but don’t want to miss any of the fun.  

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You will find that some things will be seasonal because of the weather.  If you head there when it is warm, you’ll find everything available to you 🙂

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  10. Nina

    I would love to visit Myrtle Beach. A really great Myrtle Beach Guide article, with lots of interesting information and descriptions of activities and excursions available. It’s also great that you add possible restaurants and price range, and options for nightlife, this is very useful information when planning a trip. I’m excited about this presentation and maybe someday in the future when life will be back to normal, I’ll really visit Myrtle Beach.
    I wish you all the best
    Nina

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks Nina, and hopefully like will be back to the new normal soon with the vaccine.  You will love Myrtle Beach.  I know I do 🙂  Thanks for stopping by.

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  11. Stephanie

    The Atalaya castle is what truly got me excited; especially from it’s Spanish-style descendant. The boardwalk is another thing that caught my eye and gave me a really chill and relaxing vibe. Myrtle Beach sounds like such a lovely place to visit especially on summer time but are there certain restrictions due to our current situation that may affect any of the activities that were mentioned?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You can head there without any worry.  You would have to wear the usual face mask and keep your distance.  That’s about it.  Glad you enjoyed Stephanie.

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  12. Jongabriel

    Haha thanks for the article my guy! This article as actually perfect for me! Myrtle Beach is a place I’ve been pretty inclined to go to at least once.. In addition, I know a couple of people that’d like to go there as well (including my love interest ;)) I might just have to take them there.. thankfully, now I know what I need to about Myrtle Beach cuz of this guide! 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Good, glad I could help!  Please let me know if you need any additional information.  And thanks for visiting beach travel destinations.

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  13. Mohammad

    Sounds like a fantastic place to visit… It’s been so long since we’ve been able to do anything like to go to a beach! Hopefully we can put this virus behind us and start going back to normal life… Looks like there’s a lot to do too – whether you want a quiet time in solitude or if you’re more of crowd person.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      There would be a lot to do for everyone!  Thanks for the visit and glad you enjoyed Mohammad.

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