This guide shows you the pros and cons of both beach towns.
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This guide shows you the pros and cons of both beach towns.
These themed restaurants will add a little excitement to your meal.
Walk out over the ocean without getting wet.
Rip on jet skis and paddle through salt marshes.
With more pancake houses than any other town in America, we'll help you find the best one.
Escape the tourists and explore these historic small towns.
The Grand Strand is home to malls, outlets, cute villages and more!
There's a darker, haunted side to these quaint southern beach towns.
Satisfy your sweet tooth at these bakeries, candy stores, and ice cream parlors.
Food critic and Myrtle Beach native, Beck Billingsley shares 10 of her favorite local restaurants.
Take a glimpse into the old-school charm that make Myrtle Beach what it is today.
Take a drive down south and explore the world of Murrells Inlet and Pawley's Island
Check out these unique family-friendly events on your Grand Strand vacation.
You deserve to treat yourself to some gourmet Southern cooking.
Get a local's take on the best seafood shacks on the Grand Strand.
Fun for kids and grown ups alike, these restaurants are much better than McDonalds and not fussy or too expensive.
From the quiet to the action packed, Myrtle Beach has a beach for you.
Though not without a few quirks, Myrlte Beach makes its own craft beer and wine.
You can find just about every type of music at the many venues across the Grand Strand.
The weather is idyllic and the summer crowds are gone. See why fall is the best time for couples to visit.
Explore the wild side of Myrtle Beach in the gorgeous trails, rivers, and islands.
Parasailing is one of those bucket list things. You get an amazing view of everything, as you fly in a parachute, solo or with friends and family.
Find alligators, snakes, and egrets in the area's largest state park. Explore the old mysterious mansion at Atalaya Castle or just hang out on the calm beach.
It's the safest way to watch 15-foot gators leap from the water to devour their dinner. This reptile sanctuary features gators, snakes, and other animals.
Stroll through the world's largest outdoor sculpture collection amid beautiful gardens.
It's a museum filled with exhibits that promote creative play. Kids can pretend shop at a farmers market or build things with giant foam blocks.
With 14 theaters to choose from and extra-comfy seats, it's a great place to watch a movie on rainy day. Stop by Cold Stone Creamery for a cold treat after the show.
Enjoy the area's seafood while kids climb on the outdoor playground. This is a great family restaurant when you're exploring the peaceful south end of the Grand Strand.
It's quieter than Broadway at the Beach and geared more towards nature with tiger and alligator attractions. It's also home to House of Blues.
With tons of shops, restaurants, activities, and a vibrant nightlife, it's similar to Downtown Disney. Just watch out for those catfish in the lake!
Lined with designer shops, restaurants, and a huge movie theater, it's an outdoor mall with condos above.
Finished in 2010, the boardwalk is filled with beachside restaurants, souvenir shops and the iconic Skywheel. It also hosts concerts and summer events.
If you like irreverent comedy then this is your place. Waiters go out of their way to be sarcastic and crack jokes. Parent advisory suggested.
Dine on fresh fish over an island where one of Blackbeard's crewmates was abandoned with 32 casks of rum. You can probably guess what happened next.
A 70-foot tall Egyptian pyramid towers above. It's a dinner palace home to Elvis' Cape, Paul McCartney's suit, and black boots worn by Johnny Cash.
Built on a boat over the lake at Broadway at the Beach, this fun restaurant is a little patch of island paradise. Keep in mind, it does get crowded.
No forks here! It's a 3-course dinner show out of the middle ages. Guests are greeted as "My Lord, Lady, Prince, and Princess," and knights duel and joust below.
Homemade pasta and tomato bruschetta go nicely with the live accordion in the background. You might just hear the Beatles, if you listen closely.
The longest wooden pier on the East Coast is also part of Apache Family Campground. Join in the family fun with themed dance parties and karaoke.
Some crazy fisherman caught a 1,780-bls tiger shark here. This North Myrtle Beach pier is home to yearly tournaments and has some of the best Myrtle Beach fishing.
Enjoy live music at the Paradise Cafe Deck and a band pavilion with a full-service bar at the end of the pier. There's also a large video game arcade.
If you don't want to catch your own dinner, sit down for fresh seafood at Pier 14 Restaurant. There's a large outdoor deck with panoramic views of the Atlantic.
What used to be a bait shop is now a sleek, modern eatery. Stop by Pier House Restaurant for delicious seafood on a wrap-around deck.
At the southern tip of Myrtle Beach this pier is home to fishing tournaments. There's also Barnacle Bill's Bar and Grill, and a bait and tackle shop.
Within Myrtle Beach State park, this quiet pier is a prime spot for fishing and crabbing.
It's a great place for fishing on the south strand. Head to a number of great restaurants nearby, whether or not you catch the 'big one.'
The waves may be smaller than at most surfing hotspots, but Myrtle Beach does get some sets of its own. Head to Surfside Beach when conditions are right.
Instead of 1-3 people on a tube, the entire family is towed on the back of an inflatable banana. Hold on around the turns, you might all fall off at once.
Myrtle Beach boating is unique. You can rip through the ocean on a speedboat, or take it easy on a leisurely pontoon boat cruise.
You can fish from the piers, on the river, or take a deep sea fishing charter and venture offshore. You might just catch the next record-breaking tarpon.
Pull a lever and fly 15 feet in the air on jetpack. Or, pull tricks on a water-powered hoverboard. This one's for grown ups and big kids.
It's like riding a motorcycle on water. Zip through the network of rivers or head out to sea and ride with the dolphins.
You just can't get the same experience with wildlife in a motor boat. Paddle close to egrets and seals, as you explore the rivers and inlets of the Grand Strand.
Their fluffy cakes are great, and their Big Dog Special can feed 3 kids at once for $8. It comes with 3 eggs, 3 pancakes, and your choice of bacon or sausage.
You can get all the favorites like golden pancakes covered in glazed strawberries and syrup. Or go for their healthy menu for lighter alternatives and gluten-free pancakes.
Think cinnamon roll waffles, red velvet waffles, and banana-coconut chocolate chip pancakes. Who knows what their waffle savant, Jamie Saunders will whip up next.
They cook the pecans right in the batter. Try their homemade cinnamon butter atop crispy waffles and fluffy pancakes.
They're not fussy about their pancakes, just simple and delicious. Also, the savory Dixie Eggs Benedict with poached eggs on a biscuit is a must.
Wake up to Southern homecooking. Squash casserole, fried okra, catfish, and chicken and dumplings is enough to start your day right.
They actually have waffle cam, where you can watch these puppies come to life. With omelets and many types of Belgian waffles, it's a great breakfast choice.
This quirky little diner serves delicious flapjacks and malted Belgian waffles. Their Golf Platter can feed several kids for $10, or a golfer with a big appetite.
The town will actually pave around historic trees. That's how much they care about preserving its beauty. So stroll on the gorgeous riverwalk and enjoy the local food.
People come here to take wedding photos. This breathtaking boardwalk path weaves past oak trees, historic buildings, and the glass-like reflection on the river.
It's what Myrtle Beach used be like before all the high-rise hotels. This laid-back beach town is a nice place to unwind. Take a stroll on its newly refurbished boardwalk.
This old-fashioned ice cream parlor, on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk, makes their own gelato and Italian ice. Try the Lemon Cookie Gelato!
The battle at Ft. Fisher helped seal the Confederacy's fate, cutting off the last supply line to Robert E. Lee's Army.
You'll still find tobacco warehouses here, but the crown jewel is Webster's Manor. Stop by for an authentic country buffet in an old mansion from the 1800's.
Sit back in an old mansion for an authentic country buffet on Blue Willow China. Their fried chicken and Buttermilk Pie is some of the best around.
Housed in a large warehouse, you'll find tons of antiques, some of them hundreds of years old, set up in themed displays. It's like exploring Ikea.
Some think of it as a 'drive by town' on your way in and out of Myrtle. But stop by the Aynor Inn for something surprisingly delicious.
About an hour from Myrtle, between old colonial buildings you'll find some of the best antiquing in South Carolina
It's filled with tons of items from fine China, silverware, and nick knacks to furniture and leather bound books.
Early colonial settlements here were some of the oldest in the nation. Stop by today for museums, waterfront restaurants, art galleries, and boutiques.
Get a snapshot of old-school Myrtle with beach houses, seafood shacks, and souvenirs. Make sure you eat at Duffy's Seafood Shack for a true beachy meal.
For a taste of authentic beach food this is the place. They've got all the classics from shrimp poppers and Po' Boys to fresh-caught blackened fish.
Long considered a fisherman's hotspot, this quaint town has dozens of great seafood restaurants on the waterfront. It's also a great place for deep sea fishing.
With 1/2, 3/4, and full-day fishing trips you can get a sense for inshore, offshore, and deep sea fishing. Their fleet can accommodate large groups.
The light and crispy fried fish that you see all over the Grand Strand comes from Calabash. Also, be sure to check out Callahan's, a famous, quirky Christmas store.
Mixing international influences (even sushi) into southern classics, this delicious Conway restaurant has a spacious deck overlooking downtown.
Serving Pad Thai and a variety of curries this is great lunch spot in Conway if you're craving something a little different.
This country buffet in Conway serves crispy fried chicken, fantastic collard greens, and great desserts too.
Shaded by gorgeous oak trees, these elegant Victorian-style shops are a nice relaxing way to cool down on a hot day away from the action.