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What to Pack for Trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Updated on August 28, 2014

So you are taking a trip to Myrtle beach, South Carolina. You are in store for a great time. Young or young at heart Myrtle beach has something to do for everyone no matter what time of the year it is.

Since there is so much to do you and your family should be prepared with all of the necessities to enjoy a wonderful trip.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is an easy place to pack for. Just bring shorts, flip-flops, and sun-tan lotion. O.K. maybe that's just what you need for your teenager. However for the rest of the family, packing should be just as easy. If you are planning a summer trip it is very hot and humid even ocean-side. Summertime generally brings after noon thunder showers that are generally short lived. Plenty of cool clothing will be necessary while not wearing your bathing trunks.

Temperatures generally top out in the mid to upper 90's in the summer, upper 60's in the spring/fall, and usually we may hit the mid 30's for a short time in January and February. Most attractions do however stay operational year-round.

There are well over 100 top quality golf courses within a 50 mile radius of Myrtle Beach so if this destination holds a few rounds in store for you then be sure to pack the proper attire for hitting the links.

If dining is your thing, well, there are hundreds of restaurants of every cuisine you can imagine. Most are casual type places however there are many fine dining establishments along a section of the Grand Strand known as "restaurant row". Packing proper dining attire is a must if you plan to visit some of the higher end, five star establishments.

Myrtle Beach has something for everyone, young and old. Clothing stores, food stores, grocery markets, etc. We have them all conveniently located to all of the popular attractions. If you have forgotten something chances are you will not need to go far to find it.

What you'll be doing

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is a vacation destination packed with things to do for the whole family. Whether you fly-in from afar or you take a road-trip, Myrtle Beach is sure not to be disappointing. This very popular tourist destination welcomes over 14 million visitors every summer and it is obvious as to why. The sun, sand, and sea are only the beginning of what this family-friendly destination has to offer. A family would be hard-pressed to come to Myrtle Beach and take in all of the sights and experience all that there is to offer in just a few days. If you've been to Myrtle Beach before then you know what I am talking about. If you have not ever been then this hub, in multiple parts, will give you a little bit of insight as to what kind of attractions are here.


South Myrtle Beach

South Myrtle Beach begins with Myrtle Beach State Park. This beautiful park offers 100-year-old moss laden oak trees lining the entrance as you move toward the beach. Once inside the park you will find picnic pavilions, hiking trails, and of course the white sand beaches with miles of grassy dunes. The park has one of several fishing piers where you can drop a line for some fresh flounder (if you're lucky). You can rent fishing poles for a small fee and a bait shop is on site. Picnic pavilions and RV camping sites are also available with reservations.


Market Common

As you continue north you will find The Market Common. This is a great part of the south-end because it has several parks, soccer fields, baseball and softball fields, a skate park, bike trails, walking trails, a lake for feeding ducks, and the list goes on.

Valor park is located here and has several memorials to our veterans as well as decommissioned aircraft you can touch and gaze upon. The entire site was once an Air-Force and Army base with an extensive history connected to World War II.

Market Common is also home to many fine shoppes and restaurants such as PF Changs and Tommy Bahamas. It is easy to get to Market Common and worth the visit especially if you like to shop. You can easily spend the better part of a day here and everyone will have something to do or see that interests them.


The Strip

The strip is a length of Ocean Boulevard. Here you will find a newly constructed boardwalk that you can stroll along beach-side. It is also home to Ripley's Believe It Or Not, the haunted house, and an incredible amount of surf shoppes, t-shirt shoppes, candy and ice-cream stores, and the brand new "Sky Wheel". The Sky Wheel is an enclosed Ferris wheel that provides one incredible view of the entire area.

The beach is accessible for the entire length of the boulevard, however you must pay to park. Beach access is free, at least it still is now.

There are literally hundreds of hotels, motels, condominiums, and beach-front rental properties along this entire stretch of roadway. Finding accommodations should not be a problem with a bit of planning in advance of your trip. Most places are very competitive with their rates. If you do your homework you can find some really great deals.


Broadway at the Beach

The next stop on our journey is Broadway At The Beach, one of the most visited attractions in Myrtle Beach. Why is this place the most visited you ask? Because it has everything and anything a family could want to do. You could spend a lot of time here during the day and into the wee hours of the night.

Ripley's Aquarium is on one end of the complex and Wonder works is on the other. In between you have theaters, miniature golf, stores, restaurants, zip-lines, boat rides, helicopter rides, carnival rides, funnel-cakes, ice-cream, and again the list goes on. You could easily spend most of your time here while on vacation, rain or shine.

Broadway At The Beach is also home to some of the best night-life in the area. There are more than a dozen of night clubs with entertainment every night during summer season and year-round for that matter. If you like piano bars Broadway has them. If retro seventies club music is your thing, they have that too.

Just the Beginning

There is just so much to do and so much to see here in Myrtle Beach. This hub, as part I, has only just begun the tour of this great family vacation destination. The tour will continue in part II. Keep your eyes peeled for the next segment in this series of Myrtle Beach Vacation.

Copyright 2012© Steve West. No duplication without written consent of content owner.

Myrtle Beach State Park:
Myrtle Beach State Park, 4401 S Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29575, USA

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The Market Common, Myrtle Beach:
The Market Common, Myrtle Beach, 4017 Deville St, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577, USA

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The Skywheel Myrtle Beach:
SkyWheel Myrtle Beach, 1110 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577, USA

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Broadway at the Beach:
Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577, USA

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Ripley's Aquarium:
Ripley's Aquarium, 1110 Celebrity Cir, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577, USA

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House of Blues Myrtle Beach:
House of Blues, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582, USA

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©2014 Steve West. Not to be duplicated without written consent of content author.


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    • Steve West profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve West 

      6 years ago from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

      Thank you Christy, MB is awesome for summer family getaways. There is never a shortage of things to do. Come out and see us, love to have you. We could trade houses for a week, I'd love to see SF. haha

      You too tillsontitan come on down, MB is much like the shore area up north. Thanks for the kind words.

    • Christy Kirwan profile image

      Christy Kirwan 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      This is great! I've never been to Myrtle Beach, but it sounds like a fun place to visit!

    • tillsontitan profile image

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Excellent choice of video...its a perfect compliment to your perfect hub. You added a nice touch of humor to a very useful and informative hub. Of course the How to Pack video is useful for any destination.

      Looking forward to Part II. Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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