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Myrtle Beach is one of the fastest growing beach spots in the Carolinas. Once a barren expanse of dunes and marshes, today it is one of the country's premier vacation destinations. Myrtle Beach's popularity is not surprising, as every entertainment possibility seems to be available here: golf, water parks, outlet shopping, amusement parks, music shows, more golf, museums, fishing, shopping, and a beach.
Myrtle Beach is a part of the Grand Strand of South Carolina: one long beach that extends for over 60 miles from Little River to Georgetown. Over 12 million people visit the Myrtle Beach area annually, which makes it the second largest draw on the East Coast, after Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
A mild climate, golf, and plenty of entertainment options have made Myrtle Beach a year-round resort destination.
Myrtle Beach has an active nightlife scene with plenty of clubs and places to dance. However, country music has begun to rival the beach-bar nightlife, as many top performers now visit Myrtle Beach, which is expected to overtake Nashville and Branson as the Country Music center of America.
Sometimes referred to as the "Golf Coast," the Myrtle Beach area boasts more than 80 golf courses, making it the top golf destination in the United States and probably the world.
There are more than 50,000 rooms and 1,500 restaurants to accommodate visitors, and the Outlet Park with its 125 stores is one of the largest outlet shopping centers on the East Coast.
The beaches are highly developed and often crowded, but the water makes for very pleasant swimming conditions as the waves tend to be small and the temperatures on the warmer side. The sand on the beaches is hard packed and flat, ideal for walking, jogging and building sand castles.
THINGS TO DO
Plenty of Restaurants
Lots of Golf
Shows, clubs and bars
Activites to keep the entire family entertained
Calm waters are good for kids
Sand is great for sandcastles
Somewhat murky water
Beach is flat and decent for walking and jogging