Myrtle Beach is a very popular vacation spot on the East coast. Approximately 14 million people visit this city every year. Fortunately, my vacation occurred in late April, so we experienced sunny, 70-degree days and pleasantly small crowds, compared
to the 90-degree days and huge crowds that make up Myrtle Beach in July. Not a bad deal!
Whether you’re planning on getting in some relaxing sunbathing or planning to attempt an exhilarating water sport, there’s something for everyone in Myrtle Beach.
Before you go hunting for a hotel, my first tip to you is this — don't forget about Airbnb! It's easy to forget these exist, but they can be a head above the rest as far as price, accommodations, and even location! I found multiple listings in Airbnb
for condos, hotel rooms, and more, all featuring pools and beach views, for less than $60. Definitely important to check this before you book a $200 hotel stay during peak season!
If money is no object for you and you’re looking for a luxurious stay, I highly suggest the South Beach Resort
This resort features a lodge with a small convenience store, a private beach entrance, three pools, two relaxing lazy rivers, and a poolside bar. It is also in a great location to the airport, the mall (which includes a movie theatre), and many local
restaurants. You can stay there as a guest or use some points from your RCI timeshare.
Right across the road from the South Beach Resort is Downwind Sails Watersports. My personal favorite experiences this place offers are the banana boat rides
and parasailing. The rides are very affordable and will undoubtedly leave you with great memories.
Another option for watersports is Myrtle Beach Paddle Board & Kayak Adventures. What I love about this place is that they offer free
paddleboard delivery to and pickup from any location in the Myrtle Beach area. They offer paddleboard yoga, too, which is an exciting opportunity for those wishing to keep up their health and fitness on vacation (not me!). Or, if you’re feeling
extra adventurous, you can try out some non-traditional kayak surfing lessons!
If you’re still searching for more adventure, and maybe something more inland, try out Myrtle Beach Room Escape
. Thought-provoking escape
rooms are themed as jailbreaks, The Walking Dead, a witch's castle, and more. Test your group’s teamwork by trying to escape before it’s too late!
If you’re looking for relaxation away from the beach, check out Bookgreen Gardens. It’s an enchanted garden full of botanical beauty and also features American sculptures, history, and a zoo. Admission is only $18 for adults, and there are
also frequent art and music festivals. Definitely worth a visit!
Saving the best for last, let’s talk about food! I found an amazing ice cream shop in Surfside Beach, which is about a 15-minute drive from South Myrtle Beach. Trust me, the drive is 100 percent worth it! Meyer’s Ice Cream Parlor
has over 50 flavors of ice cream sundaes, plus milkshakes, Italian ice, and more, and has an arcade to entertain the kids. It was a phenomenal experience, but
I will say that I ate way too much chocolate moose tracks ice cream.
What will you do with your vacation this summer? Mine was definitely a vacation for the books.
About the Author
Julia Peterson joined the Seven Corners Customer Service team in February 2016. She is known as a writer and photographer, an extrovert, and master of the Rubik’s cube. She works from home in Michigan where she lives with her husband and her
orange, half-blind cat, Murphy.