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Myrtle Beach South Carolina Vacation Travel

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When to go?
Pack up the kids and head to Myrtle Beach for family fun in the summer. Peak season in Myrtle Beach (and the greater Grand Strand area) is from early June through Labor Day, and summer brings the highest hotel rates, biggest crowds, and hottest temperatures (in the 90's), so remember to bring your sunscreen! If sand castles and sunburn don't suit you, come with your golf clubs during the shoulder seasons of spring and fall, and play one of the over 100 golf courses in the area. In recent years, tourism has increased greatly, leading to the development of year-round activities, shopping and dining options.

Where to stay?
Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand are lined with hotels, motels, condominiums, and cottages. You'll also find campsites, many on the oceanfront. Although high-rises have replaced many of the smaller, locally owned motels along Ocean Boulevard, there's still a wide variety of beachside lodgings including resort communities, and rental houses (mostly available on a weekly basis). Heads up, smaller properties generally are without restaurants, but just about every option, with the exception of houses, has a pool.

What to do?
Visit Myrtle Beach for the beach, of course. Sunbathing, swimming, boating, and other water sports are at the top of the list. After the beach, take the kids to the Myrtle Beach Pavilion Amusement Park, home to South Carolina's largest wooden roller coaster. Fishing is great from the shore, one of the eight public piers, or a boat. Charter boats are available at marinas up and down the Grand Strand. But if fishing doesn't have you hooked, head for the shops, where you can find the familiar chain stores at the Coastal Grand Mall, or go to Broadway at the Beach for amusement park rides. You can tee it up at over 100 courses every month except December and January (when it's a bit too chilly). Be sure to check into your lodging's guest-membership privileges, entitling you to reduced greens fees.


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