Top 10 Reasons to Visit Myrtle Beach

By emerson • May 01, 2015
This picture says a different thousand words to everyone, but we're guessing the message is similar -
This picture says a different thousand words to everyone, but we're guessing the message is similar - "Relax, smile, enjoy."

While there are thousands of potential reasons to skip town and head to Myrtle Beach for a much-needed vacation, we figured that ten was plenty to get the thought process going.

Whatever your personal reasons are, check out this list and keep some of these things in mind – it might make your day sometime.

Weather

With close to 300 sunny days a year, highs in the 80’s and 90’s all summer long, and a great breeze constantly coming in off the ocean, it’s easy to see why life is a little bit easier in Myrtle Beach. Throw in some super-comfortable nighttime climates and a pretty moderate winter, and you have a destination that keeps the visitors rolling in almost year-round.

Affordability

More wallet-friendly than any other beachside destination in the Carolinas, Myrtle Beach is known for its great hotel rates and vast variety of restaurants, both fancy and casual. Vacationers pretty much get to spend whatever they want when they’re here, which works out well for everyone.

Family-Friendly

If Myrtle Beach was rated the same way films are, it would be a G (for the most part). In any case, parents who want to keep it G-rated for their kids will have no problem doing so. With a great collection of rides, shops, live entertainment, and beachwear stores selling all sorts of sandcastle buckets and hermit crabs, the Grand Strand is an easy place to entertain the whole family.

Beach

This one may seem obvious, but not every city gets to look at the ocean every day! White sand, gentle waves, rolling dunes, and people galore – it’s all in a hard day’s work at the beach. Bring a chair, blanket, sun screen, bucket, corn hole set, boogie board, snacks, and whatever else makes you happy, and spend the day relaxing in the Myrtle Beach sun.

Restaurants

You can’t fly a kite in Myrtle Beach without hitting an all-you-can-eat fried seafood buffet, but the Grand Strand has one of the highest concentrations of restaurants in the country, which means that we have much more to offer than greasy shrimp and crab legs. Whether you’re in the mood for home-cooked Lowcountry fare, some fresh-caught fish, a giant steak, or pretty much anything else, you won’t have to look too hard to find a tasty meal.

World-Class Golf

Hey, we didn’t earn the nickname “Golf Capital of World” by not having some of the best courses in the country. With close to a hundred championship tracks, the Grand Strand is one of the nation’s most popular destinations for duffers. Whether you’re looking for tree-lined fairways, fast-as-lightning greens, heavily-bunkered par-5’s, or just the opposite, the variety of courses in Myrtle Beach has something for everyone.

Shopping

There’s a reason that people come from all over to search for holiday presents in Myrtle Beach – this place is a paradise for shoppers! The variety at Tanger Outlets includes North Face, Banana Republic, Ralph Lauren, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Coach, J. Crew and numerous other popular shops. Broadway at the Beach, Barefoot Landing, The Market Common, and The Hammock Shops are full of specialty stores, while Coastal Grande Mall and Myrtle Beach Mall have more traditional retail spaces and department stores.

Live Entertainment

You could spend weeks at a time here and not get around to catching all of the award-winning shows in the area, but that shouldn’t stop you from trying! Whether you’re going out to catch a concert at House of Blues or one of the numerous bars that host bands nightly, or you want to sit down and see a show at Alabama Theatre, The Carolina Opry, Legends in Concert, or The Palace Theatre, or if you just want to stroll the boardwalk and people-watch, there aren’t many places more entertaining than Myrtle Beach.

Attractions

Myrtle Beach is a choose-your-adventure type of town, with a smattering of options to choose from. Water parks, zip lines, go-karts, mini golf, laser tag, arcades, museums, and more all compete for the attention of visitors and locals alike. Plan your day out right and you could fit all of those into what would end up being the best day ever!

Sports

In addition to everything else, the Grand Strand has been a popular destination for athletes and sports fans for decades. As the home of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans minor league baseball squad, numerous youth baseball tournaments throughout the year at The Ripken Experience, the annual Beach Ball Classic high school basketball tournament, The World Amateur Handicap Championship (golf), and the successful NCAA Division I teams of Coastal Carolina University, it’s easy to see why so many people come into town for sporting pleasure.