The Grand Strand is an area of approximately 60 miles of beautiful beaches along the Atlantic Ocean, in South Carolina, United States. It boasts miles of beautiful white sands, over 100 golf courses, excellent hotels and other accommodation facilities, world-class shopping, fun-packed and excitement-filled activities and more. The Grand Strand is made up of 12 different communities, but Myrtle Beach is the most famous vacation spot among them. There are a lot of things to do, see and experience in the Grand Strand. Here are some suggestions:
1. Beautiful Beaches
Stretching miles and miles along the Atlantic Ocean, there is no shortage of beautiful beaches here. That’s why it’s known as the Grand Strand! From the vibrant atmosphere of North Myrtle Beach to the serene inlets of Litchfield, vacationers will find plenty of beautiful beaches to explore. Ride the waves or simply soak up the sun on these beaches. You’ll find that beachcombers have been flocking to the Grand Strand since time immemorial.
In addition to surfing, there are a lot of other activities to do along the water. Obviously, there are surfing variants along the Grand Strand, including windsurfing and paddle surfing. In addition, vacationers can try out kayaking, giving you an opportunity to rent out a set of private canoes or choosing a larger family-sized kayak. The water here is somehow unspoiled unlike many other parts of the country, and the area remains untainted. This makes the Grand Strand a great spot for scuba diving. As the waters go deeper as you move away from the coastline, you will be treated to some of the most magnificent sights the Grand Strand has to offer, with a wide variety of fascinating flora and fauna. Due to the many rivers and inlets in the area, water junkies can also indulge in their favorite water activities, including swimming, surfing, sailing and rowing.
Myrtle Beach is known for its fishing. The area has numerous fishing spots with some amazing catches. Late-night sea fishing and river fishing are also common. Myrtle Beach is also home to some of the largest fishing rodeos in America, attracting enthusiastic fishers to the area every year. The Grand Strand also offers a range of deep sea fishing with a number of charter companies, including Hurricane Fleet, Lucky Strike Charters and Voyager Deep Sea Fishing.
Considered one of the top golf destinations in the world, Myrtle Beach vacations and events planned with the game in mind will never disappoint. There is a selection of over 100, magnificent golf courses, with most of them open to the public or accessible through an affordable golf package.
5. Amusement Parks
Spending an excitement-filled day at one of Myrtle Beach’s amusement parks is sure to delight the kids and adults alike. The Grand Strand is home to a number of amusements parks, with most within or a stone’s throw away from the heart of Myrtle Beach. Head to the Family Kingdom Amusement Park in Myrtle Beach, and experience more than 35 exciting rides at this beachside amusement park. Kiddie rides, roller coasters and carnival classics offer great entertainment to people of all ages. Other amusement parks and centers include Myrtle Beach Skywheel, Myrtle Waves Water Park and WonderWorks.
6. Annual Festivals and Events
There are numerous annual festivals and events held in the Myrtle Beach area. Friends and families can also explore haunted houses, catch a movie, play games, or enjoy bonfires, to mention but a few. These main festivals and events include:
- Sun Fun Festival (June 4th, 5th)
- Grand Strand Fishing Rodeo (Apr 1st – October. 31st)
- Beach Boogie and BBQ Festival (held between September 4th, 5th)
- Canadian-American Days Festival (held between March 13th -21st)
If you would like to learn more about the local culture or to explore art and crafts, stop by one of the museums in Myrtle Beach. Set on the southern end of the Myrtle Beach, Franklin Burroughs-Simeon Chapin museum boasts up to ten galleries. This museum houses the original art production, including Dora the Explorer and Mickey Mouse. Franklin Burroughs-Simeon Chapin features an exhibition with 45 pieces of gold art, enough for an area with about 100 golf courses. Other museums that are truly worth a visit include Ripley’s Aquarium, Hopsewee Plantation and Brookgreen Gardens.
8. Casino Cruise
Every year, thousands of people flock to Myrtle Beach to go on a casino cruise that takes them to international waters to enjoy the Las Vegas-style gambling. Enjoy true gambling on the magnificent Atlantic Ocean, with quality food and live entertainment. The elegant casino cruise ships sail from spectacular Little River twice a day.
9. Dinner & Shows
While the Grand Strand offers a lot of attractions, the influx of vacationers is truly amazing by itself. Visit one of the many restaurants at the Murrells Inlet, Market Common, Broadway at the Beach or Barefoot Landing, and then spend some time people watching. Every single day you spend in the Grand Strand, don’t forget to visit the dozens of restaurants, bars, nightclubs and shows, where you will laugh, sing and dance. There are discos, nightclubs and sports bars to suit every taste. If you love singing, go on and hone your skills at a Karaoke club or simply enjoy a drink of your choice at a sports bar catching your favorite game.
Wrap up your trip by shopping at one of the many stores, including conventional malls, specialty shops and boutiques in Myrtle Beach. You will find modern shopping malls at Barefoot Landing, which features more than 100 unique shops and boutiques, along with a seaside flea market, art galleries and many more. The Market Common also offers a variety of shopping outlets that appeal to residents and visitors alike. Various items are sold here, including foodstuffs, clothing and accessories, among others.
With so many things to do in Grand Strand, there will surely be no dull moment during your entire stay here. No matter what time of the year you decide to visit, you will definitely find something interesting to do. This explains why Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand have rapidly become one of the leading vacation destinations in the world. Come enjoy some of these exciting activities in the Myrtle Beach area. You will surely go home with some great memories!