Finally, after working for the Federal Government for more than 25 years, my dream came true and I retired to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This is the place of my fondest childhood memories, of hot white sand, cold lemonade, scary roller coasters and tranquil rides on a rowboat down the Waccamaw River.
Now, in my “golden years”, I am enjoying Myrtle Beach like never before. What was once a sleepy beach town with just a few diners and a drug store soda fountain is now a superb little community with all the glitz, glamour and conveniences of any major American city. I spent the last quarter century grid locked between the freeways of Boston and the many narrow downtown streets where I worked. The worst traffic jam I have encountered in Myrtle Beach was last New Year’s Eve, when police officers were stationed all along Highway 17 Bypass watching out for drunk drivers. It took me about 15 minutes longer than usual to get home that night. No big deal. I used to spend 2 hours commuting to and from work in Boston.
Myrtle Beach is the perfect city to retire in because it has all the amenities that one would find in that perennially favorite state, Florida, but with the advantages that only a smaller coastal town can offer. I can drive to my doctor’s office in 10 minutes, to the mall in 5 minutes, and to the beach, well, I just look out my condo window and I am there. Last year I bought a two bedroom, ocean front condominium for about half what it would have cost me in any other place on the Atlantic Ocean. It is modern, spacious and well maintained but best of all, it has hotel services like a parking valet, and someone to help me with my groceries.
I don’t lack for companionship in Myrtle Beach either. I joined a few clubs for senior citizens and we have potluck dinners and canasta games and about once a month we take day trips to places of interest like Charleston and Wilmington, NC.
I love my retirement in Myrtle Beach and I bet you will too!