Snapping Selfies in Scenic Myrtle Beach

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Can you picture yourself in Myrtle Beach? Not with your imagination, but with your smart phone.

Now that the cell phone has become the Swiss Army Knife of the 21st century, the abundant readiness of cameras has given rise to the “selfy,” a self-portrait snapshot that usually features something unusual in the background. That makes Myrtle Beach a strong candidate for selfy capital of the world. Between all the beautiful beach shots and bizarre attractions, a self-motivated selfy specialist could fill up a SIM card in a single day. Here are four top photo ops for selfy shooters to point and click:

* The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk: The 1.2-mile oceanfront walkway provides the perfect opportunity to put yourself in focus. Not only can you get some great shots of yourself with the ocean and sand dunes in the background, but the many iconic shops and amusements along Ocean Boulevard (like the wacky attractions outside Ripley's Believe It Or Not Odd-itorium and the view from atop the Myrtle Beach Skywheel) make the downtown district the perfect canvas for self-explanatory selfies.

* Putt-putt courses: Myrtle Beach has almost as many miniature golf courses as it does regular-sized links, but those championship courses don't have windmills or dinosaurs. That's the real beauty of playing putt-putt – missing those four-footer through the clown's mouth but snapping a few selfies with props you won't find anywhere else. Get a shot of yourself standing inside a shark's mouth, walking the plank of a pirate ship or dueling dragons with your putter. Say cheesy!

* Nature: If you're looking for a less silly selfy you might want to share with friends, you can find some beautiful scenery on the Grand Strand to serve as your backdrop. The beach scenes are obvious, but state parks, such as Myrtle Beach and Huntington Beach, as well as private plantations, like Brookgreen Gardens and Hobcow Barony, offer excellent views of the Lowcountry. On the north end of the Strand, check out the Little River waterfront, Vereen Memorial Gardens and Cherry Grove Inlet.

* Hotel balcony: OK, so this is an obvious one, but sometimes so obvious that guests forget to snap themselves enjoying the view from their home away from home for the week. Remember your vacation vividly with a shot of how you spent most of your vacation days.

(posted 5/13/12)

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