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Plan Your Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand Vacation

The coastal beauty of the Myrtle Beach area is priceless, but its affordability for families has also ranked this resort area as one of the most accessible 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 acclaimed seafood restaurants, giant shopping complexes, trendy markets, factory outlets, Vegas-style live performance and concert venues, nightlife hot spots, amusement and water parks, arcades, a dozen shipwrecks for divers to explore, beachfront campgrounds, antique-car and wax museums, an award-winning aquarium, the world's largest outdoor sculpture garden, and a museum dedicated entirely to rice.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Sixty miles of beach From North Myrtle Beach south to Pawleys Island, Grand Strand sand is silky-smooth—perfect for sunbathing and biking.
  2. Golf, golf, and more golf More than 100 golf courses for all skill levels meander through pine forests, dunes, and marshes.
  3. Southern culture Explore Southern culture and history on a plantation tour; taste it in the form of barbecue and other local foods; bring it home with a hammock woven right in Pawleys Island.
  4. Brookgreen Gardens More than 500 works from American artists are set among 250-year-old oaks, palms, and flowers in America's oldest sculpture garden.
  5. Water world Thanks to the area’s rivers, waterways, inlets, and Atlantic coastline, you’ll find yourself surrounded by water while you’re here. Explore it anyway you like drop a hook, dip a toe or an oar, or dive right in and make your own waves.

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