If I could go to one destination for the rest of my life, it would be Myrtle Beach. This South Carolina beach town has everything my heart desires: great people, amazing food, never-ending shops, and the ocean. If you’re traveling to Myrtle Beach, keep reading for the best Myrtle Beach travel guide.
I can easily recall the moment my two aunts asked me if I wanted to go to Myrtle Beach with them, it was for my cousin’s dance competition. And when I heard “South Carolina,” the word ‘boring’ immediately crossed my mind. I wasn’t sure what was in South Carolina, but I was sure that it wasn’t going to be a crazy, beautiful place. And boy, was I wrong.
After looking at pictures of Myrtle Beach, I decided that maybe it wasn’t going to be too bad. And arriving there, I was blown away.
It was nearly 2 a.m. when we arrived at our hotel, and we decided that us four girls needed one thing: pizza. And so, we ordered pizza. It was, quite honestly, some of the best pizza I’ve ever had and we all enjoyed it so much, that we ordered more than once on our week-long trip. The next day, we beach bummed it up. We spent nearly all day at the beach, it was just what I needed.
Right off the beach sits Bummz Beach Cafe. This little restaurant easily has the best burgers and appetizers on the water. Over the course of our trip, we had stopped there nearly every day; some days we went in for a whole meal, others we just stopped at the tiki bar for drinks to bring back to the beach. I think it’s safe to say that the waiters were beginning to know us.
A second restaurant that had our service quite often was Hot Tomato, a quaint Italian restaurant two blocks from the beach. Hot Tomato serves pasta and pizza and also has a full-service bar. The first time we made our way over there, I ordered the Vodka Pasta with garlic bread, and wow. It was so delicious that the second time we went, I ordered the same thing (plus a blue raspberry daiquiri). Considering that the two main ‘food groups’ I eat are pasta and bread (I know, they aren’t real food groups), I was practically head over heels.
River City Cafe is the third stop in which I was in love with. This colorful patio-restaurant has amazing burgers and a large menu to order from. I ordered a Macaroni & Cheese Burger and Onion Rings, and it was packed with flavor. I could’ve eaten here again and again.
Sights to See
While we ate at plenty of restaurants, we also did a lot of sightseeing. We frequented the boardwalk and the shops, picking up some cute tourist shirts along the way. On the boardwalk lies the second largest Ferris wheel in the country, the Myrtle Beach Sky Wheel. At 187ft tall, it was quite a scary ride but the views were well worth it. We braved the Wheel at night when the colorful city lights seemed endless. After the Wheel, we walked the boardwalk and across the sandy platform right on the beach. We stopped to get henna, a must-do in any beach town.
Another big hit was Broadway on the Beach, an absolutely one of a kind (and free) amusement park. Jet boats, the Broadway Grand Prix, a cinema, many mini-golf courses, a wax museum, a water park, and Ripley’s Aquarium are a few of the many tourist sites. Among all of those sites were restaurants and shops galore, including a Ben & Jerry’s where we got delicious ice cream. All in all, Broadway on the Beach was practically heaven.
Though I was in Myrtle Beach for about a week, the time flew by. I could use many more days and weeks in this perfect beach town.
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