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.
Walk out over the ocean without getting wet.
There's a darker, haunted side to these quaint southern beach towns.
Take a glimpse into the old-school charm that make Myrtle Beach what it is today.
You can find just about every type of music at the many venues across the Grand Strand.
Rip on jet skis and paddle through salt marshes.
From the quiet to the action packed, Myrtle Beach has a beach for you.
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.
Escape the tourists and explore these historic small towns.
The Grand Strand is home to malls, outlets, cute villages and more!
Explore the wild side of Myrtle Beach in the gorgeous trails, rivers, and islands.
The weather is idyllic and the summer crowds are gone. See why fall is the best time for couples to visit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.'
One of the scariest excursions in South Carolina! Tour an old warehouse filled with haunted attractions. Investigators claim to have found paranormal activity lurking in the walls.
If you see a mysterious man dressed in gray rags warn you of an impending storm, get out of town, he's probably right.
Hop aboard the Sea Gypsy with the little ones ones, as they dress in pirate outfits and shoot water cannons off the starboard. This boat cruise is a delight for young kids.
Old Joe was told to guard a mysterious fortune of gold coins for the wealthy Huntington's. The next day it vanished, never to be seen again.
If you're in Little River, beware the ghost of Blackbeard who once used this quiet town as a refuge before his beheading at the hands of Lt. Maynard.
This guided walking tour takes you to the darkest sites of ancient ghosts. Odds are you'll see a ghostly orb or two along the way.
Talented actors and storytellers come together to re-create the area's infamous local legends.
Dark corners, scariest noises, and that guy with a chainsaw make this haunted house show fun for the whole family.
The food is great, but the kitchen is haunted. A dark figure is said to loom on the staircase and a human face often appears in an old mirror.
Alice Flagg fell in love with a common lumberman, but her wealthy father shipped her off to boarding school, where she die of malaria. To this day, her ghost searches for her lost lover.
Starting at a plantation, you ride to the beach for a stroll along the ocean. Come during the day or a romantic sunset.
It's a day on a farm from the early 1900's. Watch blacksmiths hammer out tools and farmers plow the fields. It's a great educational activity for the kids.
Young kids will marvel at the pirates who sing, dance, and launch off in aerial stunts. And then there's the sea lion who steals the show.
One of best things to do in Myrtle Beach on a rainy day is go under the sea. They have a stunning walk-thru reef and shark tunnel, along with a cool hands-on tidepool exhibit.
The Grand Strand's best zoo – you get to see otters, foxes, eagles, and more. Then take a pontoon boat ride to see gators and native animals in their natural habitats.
This 2,200-seat theater hosts a show featuring comedy, dancing, and singing performed by talented stars from TV acts like American Idol.
It's a museum of history featuring a number of exhibits with artifacts from the Revolutionary War, Native American settlements, and the area's wildlife.
This huge 2,000-seat venue rotates its in-house production, "One – The Show" and a guest artist concert series featuring hot names in country music.
For eight summers in the 1970s, Alabama was their house band. Today they carry on the tradition with live country music at this boardwalk venue.
Most of the time it's reggae-influenced rock 'n' roll and Americana, but twice a year it turns into Shag Central – a hub for Carolina Beach Music.
With a large concert hall, restaurant stage, and outdoor stage, there are lots of choices. Come Sunday mornings for the Gospel Brunch at Crossroads.
You can listen to live music from your boat. They host a variety of concerts across genres, and most acts are free! Come for their Sunday Funday summer concert series.
They book a wide variety of acts from big names to local stars. On Mondays they host an Acoustic Jam Night for something light and soulful.
Get a sense for all the great local artists. If you come Tuesdays you can even join in and jam with them.
Hop from bar-to-bar for live music, drinks, and food along the water in Murrells Inlet.
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.
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.
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.
It's what you think of when you think of Myrtle Beach. Warm sands, a boardwalk with restaurants and attractions, and tons of energy.
In this quiet maritime forest behind the dunes, you'll find picnic benches and a few trails. Admire the wildlife, and come for the kid-friendly nature classes.
South of Myrtle Beach, the beach continues along the inlets and islands of the Southern Strand. You're away from loud music and free to relax.
Great for families with older kids, you'll get to traverse ropes courses and fly down ziplines.
Each climate-controlled car is a comfy place to escape the heat and admire the view from above.
It's tucked away, hidden almost in an industrial section of town. But don't let that deter you. Come by for tastings or tours with their laid-back, friendly brewer masters.
Built with Roman columns, All Saints Church is a grand example of Classical Revival architecture. These hallowed grounds are also home to a haunted cemetery.
It's an enchanting mansion, once the home of famous philanthropists, Archer and Anna Huntington. Explore the ruins and have a picnic in the surrounding state park.
It's an annual BBQ competition where you can taste BBQ from the best pitmasters in the country. Come hungry and ready for ribs, pork, and live music.
Few kids can resist the allure of giant pumpkins. This annual harvest festival at Brookgreen Gardens is good for the little ones and grandma and grandpa too.
It's the best way to end your summer day at the beach. From Jun-Aug, the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk hosts nightly entertainment from 8-11 pm.
Join other Buffet fans for live music, food, and drink in the garden at La Belle Amie vineyard.
On the grounds of the mysterious Atalaya Castle, hundreds of local artists sell their clothes, jewelry, and crafts. Best of all, the beach is just yards away.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Find great deals on high-end brands at one of two outlet shopping locations in Myrtle Beach.
Find great deals on high-end brands at one of two outlet shopping locations in Myrtle Beach.
Next to the Intracoastal Waterway, this indoor mall has favorites such as Belk and Dillard's. There's also a great food court in the center and movie theater.
It's a little smaller than other Myrtle Beach malls, but it's home to a great kids club hosting frequent events, as well as a brand new movie theater and bowling alley.
Even if you're not buying a boat, the Bass Pro Shop is still fun with its fish tank and kids activities. This large mall has stores, a movie theater, and seasonal skating rink.
Enjoy duck confit and souffle in the quaint town of Little River. Their wine list is excellent and they have a tasting menu too. Oh yeah, and the place is haunted (just the kitchen).
Take a ferry to this uninhabited barrier island to explore 16 miles of trails. The highlight is Boneyard Beach with it's skeletonized trees, jutting out of the sand.
These two 18th century lighthouses stand at an impressive 65-ft and 150-ft tall. A ferry will takes you there where you'll wade through the marsh to reach them.
Set in the 23,000-acre Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge, this relaxing getaway features three miles of walking/biking trails and a scenic boardwalk, perfect for a picnic and family photo.
It's the launching point for fun ocean adventures including dolphin tours, kayaking, paddle boarding, parasailing, and jet skiing.
This vast wildlife refuge is home to forests, wetlands, and old plantation. They offer several tours that show you the history and ecology of the Grand Strand.
Not well-known to visitors, the gardens here line the scenic Intracoastal Waterway. It's a great place to watch the sunrise, stroll along the river or fish, and a must for bird watchers.
They offer massage treatments, pilates and fitness, and therapeutic rituals. You can also take a soak in their whirlpool Jacuzzi set in an outdoor garden.
Their signature Milk and Honey body wrap uses complex essentials oils and therapeutic mud to rejuvenate the skin.
Treatments include hot stone massages, sugar and salt scrubs, and detoxifying body wraps.
During spring and fall, Hot Jersey Nights features the hit songs of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Other shows include Carnival of Magical, Christmas Wonderland, and an MMA Fight Night.
Inspired by the great vineyards of Europe, Silver Coast produces a number of local wines. They also host their own art gallery and seasonal events, like the Purple Feet Festival.
They just opened a brand new tasting room at Barefoot Landing where you can sample their signature muscadine wines.
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