Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is the key stop among the Grand Strand, which is an area of around sixty miles of beaches that dominates the Atlantic Coast. It is home to miles of white sands, outstanding hotels and other lodging opportunities, eighty professional golf courses, world class shopping, excitement-filled and fun-packed family entertainment and more.
The Grand Stand consists of twelve separate communities, and Myrtle Beach is considered to be the most popular destination among them. The most obvious draw for vacations are its oils and miles of wide, clean beaches. Local community organizations test the water in Myrtle Beach on a regular basis to ensure the safety of swimmers. Sun worshipers will also find that no vacation is complete without a few water sports thrown in the mix, like surfing, boogie boarding, parasailing, ocean kayaking, and more.
Perhaps now on the Atlantic Coast offers more choices when it comes to dining and Myrtle Beach vacations are usually accommodated by an abundance of food. With around 1,700 restaurants at your disposal, you'll find seafood is in big demand – from shrimp, oysters, scallops, crab and clam to tuna, grouper, red snapper, flounder, or the catch of the day – the seafood lover has' arrived 'when dining. For those whose tastes run a different direction, you'll find the tastes of Italy, China, Mexico, Japan, and the Caribbean represented well. Enjoy dinner and a show at Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede or the Medieval Times Tournament for a night you'll never forget. Or enjoy the best in southern cuisine, music and hospitality at the House of Blues.
Other than dinner shows, you will find that these vacations can be filled with plenty of entertainment. Two of the most popular venues are the 2,000 seat Alabama Theater, and 2,200 seat Carolina Opry, both located in Myrtle Beach, which offer concerts and performances near every night of the year. Enjoy Lullabies of Broadway and the Spirit of the Dance in the huge 2,700 seat multi complex Palace Theater.
Once voted Golf Destination of the Year by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators, Myrtle Beach vacations planned around your love for the game will never disappoint. Choose from over eighty beautiful, professionally maintained golf courses, most of which are open to the public or get access by going for a golf package.
Avid sportsmen bemoan the many opportunities for salt water fishing in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Whether you want to rent a charter to take you out to the depths or fish from the beach's many inlets and creeks, or fish from a dock or shoreline, you'll find that the many species of fish are "there for the taking" in this fisherman's paradise.
Wrap up your Myrtle Beach vacation with a visit to any of its hundreds of stores, including traditional halls, factory outlets, and boutiques. You'll find the best shopping at the Barefoot Landing shopping and entertainment complex, which features over one hundred unique boutiques and shop as well as a beach side flea market, art gallery and more.