The coastal beauty of the Myrtle Beach area is priceless, but its affordability for families has also ranked this resort area one of the most valuable beach destinations in the world. And, as Myrtle Beach's reputation as a family-friendly destination has grown, so have the size, sophistication, and number of activities available.The main attraction is the broad, beckoning beach known as the Grand Strand—60 miles of white sand, stretching nearly from the North Carolina border in Little River and North Myrtle Beach south to Surfside Beach, Garden City Beach, Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island, and Georgetown, with Myrtle Beach centered at the hub. People come to "the Strand" for all of the traditional beach-going pleasures: swimming, sunbathing, sailing, surfing, shell hunting, fishing, jogging, and strolling. Away from the water, golfers have more than 100 courses to choose from, designed by the likes of Arnold Palmer, Robert Trent Jones, and Jack Nicklaus.Golfing and beaching are far from "it" in Myrtle Beach, however. When it comes to diversions, you could hardly be better served, with critically acclaimed seafood restaurants, giant shopping complexes, trendy markets, factory outlets, Vegas-style live performance and concert venues, nightlife hotspots, amusement and water parks, arcades, a dozen shipwrecks for divers to explore, beachfront campgrounds, antique-car and wax museums, an aquarium, the world's largest outdoor sculpture garden, and a museum dedicated entirely to rice.
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Stroll the beach without getting your shoes wet. A mile-long boardwalk has ocean views on one side, shops and restaurants on the other.
One way to tour Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet is on a 48-foot pontoon boat. You'll see alligators and ospreys in their native habitat.
Camp on Huntington Beach to watch the sunrise. Birds flock all year, but you'll see the biggest variety of ducks, puffins and razorbills in winter.
Alcohol and seat pockets are not your friends. Use this advice to avoid getting sick on a plane.
The band Alabama got its start in Myrtle Beach. The theater named in the band's honor stages concerts, comedy and an extravagant Christmas show.
Big isn't always the most beautiful when it comes to exploring by sea.
Golf rules here. Play three courses at Myrtle Beach National, designed by the king, Arnold Palmer. Book tee times at the city's courses online.
Find out why Samantha Brown recommends traveling with melatonin, comfy socks and other necessities.
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