by Carla Menendez
Myrtle Beach took me by surprise not only with its beautiful beaches but with the many activities you can engage in while there.
Myrtle is a place for everyone, families, kids and singles. Here are a couple of my favorite activities.
As soon as I arrived in Myrtle Beach I meet some friends at the Oceanfront Bar and Grill (www.oceanfrontgrill.com) which is located right on the boardwalk in downtown. We listened to fabulous live music that night as we ate bar food and “people watched”. There was drinking and dancing all around the boardwalk.
Soon after, I checked in to the Hampton Inn and Suites Oceanfront (www.hamptoninnoceanfront.com) This is one of the premier award winning ocean front hotels in Myrtle Beach. The property has something for everyone, heated indoor/outdoor pools, in-room video games, and hammocks to lie on before you walk in the sand to the beautiful ocean. In addition, this hotel has a stunning spa for the truly pampered traveler.
That night I rested while having my sliding door slightly open listening to the waves as I feel asleep.
The next day, I was so in awe and amazed. This would be my favorite activity in South Carolina! The T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station (www.myrtlebeachsafari.com) Un like a zoo, this place is interactive. We got to pet an elephant named Bubbles, hang with the orangutans, and play with the baby tigers! We also met the world’s largest cat, the Liger. He was 900 pounds! T.I.G.E.R.S is a must see if you are anywhere near the Myrtle Beach area.
Although I am terrified of heights, I challenged myself to take a ride in the sky at Huffman Helicopter ride (www.huffmanhelicopters.com) My friend set out by the water in her bathing suit Parasailing with Downwind Sails (www.downwindsailsmyrtlebeach.com)
One of our dinners was at Gulfstream Café (http://centraarchy.com/gulfstream.php) which is the only restaurant on the Grand Strand where you can see the ocean on one side and Murrells Inlet on the other. This is a fabulous place to watch the sunset.
We were in the mood for Shopping so we hit The Market Common which Opened in 2008 located on the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, The Market Common is the Grand Strand’s first urban village. It has residential and retail development with six restaurants and approximately 50 retail stores. Apartments and condos are above the retail area.
Myrtle Beach has a gorgeous aquarium, Ripley’s Aquarium (http://myrtlebeach.ripleyaquariums.com) We bravely pet the stingrays before we left to go to Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville (www.margaritavillemyrtlebeach.com) for cocktails and dinner.
Our last day, in the morning we departed for Brookgreen Gardens (www.brookgreen.org) Brookgreen Gardens is the floral jewel of South Carolina’s coastal community. It is also a National Historic Landmark with a collection of outdoor sculptures. Pawley’s Island Hammock Shop Village (www.thehammockshops.com) is not to be missed for an assortment of custom made hammocks.
Photos courtesy Myrtle Beach CVB