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Myrtle Beach... Southern Paradise Found.

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A May 2002 trip to Myrtle Beach by vampirefan

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Myrtle Beach... Southern Paradise Found.

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Overview

Myrtle Beach SC Photo, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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Oh, boy, what wasn’t my favorite? I guess my absolute favorite had to be the Ripley’s Aquarium. I just loved the sharks! It offers a great look into the sea life and a chance to pet a manna ray! I also loved the trip to Georgetown for the boat tour and seeing the lighthouse. It makes for a very peaceful getaway from the dizziness of the beach. Quick Tips: If you are coming here during spring break, bike week, or over the summer, then you must plan well in advance. This place draws people from all over the world. And for those who live only a few hours away, we're here every weekend! So it does tend to get quite crowded. For a terrific getaway, you might try Christmas time! The weather is perf...Read More

Myrtle Beach Red Roof Inn and Suites

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Hotel | "Red Roof Inn"

Myrtle Beach Red Roof Inn and Suites Photo, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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While in Myrtle Beach, we stayed at the Red Roof Inn. Part of the chain of well-known moderate-stay hotels, the Myrtle Beach location is a gem. Conveniently located only 2 miles from the airport and less than 5 miles from the pavilion area, it makes a perfect place to stay while in Myrtle Beach. We had a standard room, which consisted of two double beds, a desk, and a TV. Continental breakfast is served. The hotel lobby is clean and inviting. They have tons of information on local attractions. They do have a pool. Located next door is a putt-putt course. Several restaurants are within walking distance. And what about the beach you may ask? Well, go out to the back parking lot and keep walking. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 10, 2005

Myrtle Beach Red Roof Inn and Suites
2801 S KINGS HWY
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29577
843-626-4444

Hard Rock Cafe/Broadway at the Beach

Restaurant | "Hard Rock Cafe"

Hard Rock Cafe/Broadway at the Beach Photo, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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If you are at Broadway at the Beach, stop by and check out the Myrtle Beach chapter of the Hard Rock. It is easily located, as it is housed inside a huge pyramid that looks more like it should be located outside of the Luxor in Vegas. While the Hard Rock isn’t exactly know for legendary cuisine, the food is nonetheless very good and satisfying, especially after a day of trotting around the beach. American fare is on the menu, with everything from pasta to burgers to sandwiches. While I normally order their very yummy burger, I decided to break with tradition and go with the fajitas, also very pleasing to the pallet. Inside the Hard Rock is what everybody comes for. If you haven’t been inside a ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 11, 2005

Hard Rock Cafe/Broadway at the Beach
1322 Celebrity Circle
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29577
(843) 946-0007

Planet Hollywood

Restaurant

Planet Hollywood Photo, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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Also located at Broadway at the Beach, you will find the Myrtle Beach Planet Hollywood. The round behemoth structure is hard to miss. Outside, there is a handprint hall of fame. Check to see how your print compares to the Governator's or Bruce Willis's. But ladies, there ain’t no amount of prying going to release Mel Gibson’s prints. Take it from me! Like at the Hard Rock, people don’t flock here in search of gourmet-inspired cuisine. They come for the memorabilia inside. In this case, it happens to be movie and TV memorabilia. Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, Arnold Schwarzanegger, and Sylvester Stallone originally started the chain. So you can expect to see stuff from their movies here. Located near...Read More

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Planet Hollywood
2915 Hollywood Drive
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29577
+1 843 448 7827

Johnny Rockets

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Restaurant

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For one of the best burgers in town, try Johnny Rockets. There are locations at both Broadway at the Beach and Barefoot Landing. If you have furry children with you, then check out the Barefoot Landing location. They offer outdoor dining, where your furry little one can enjoy a burger. My little girl loved it. If you have never been to a Johnny Rockets, then you really need to try one. Designed to resemble a 1950s diner, customers are offered great American fare. Mouthwatering burgers, hot dogs, chili, and awesome onion rings can be found on the menu. And make sure to check out the scrumptious milkshakes. The waitstaff is dressed all in nice, freshly pressed white uniforms. And music of that bygone ar...Read More

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Johnny Rockets
4712 Highway 17 S
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29582
(843) 361-0191

Carolina Rover Tours

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Attraction | "Carolina Rover"

Carolina Rover Tours Photo, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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Less than an hour outside of Myrtle Beach sits the small and quaint town of Georgetown. Far from the hustle and bustle of Myrtle Beach, Georgetown is an oasis for those looking for peace and quiet. While visiting this beautiful and historic town, you should take a trip with the Carolina Rover. The Carolina Rover offers a wonderful 3-hour tour to the remote North Island near Winyah Bay. Aboard the boat, there is a naturalist to offer the history and commentary of the natural tidelands. On the way to the island, you will pass many beautiful houses, some lovely islands, and lots of birds. You will also see and hear about the site of the Civil War wreck, the Harvest Moon. What looks like just a clu...Read More

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Carolina Rover Tours
715 A Front Street
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29440
(843) 546-8822

Georgetown Lighthouse

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Attraction

Georgetown Lighthouse Photo, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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While on the Carolina Rover tour, you get a chance to see the North Island Lighthouse, also known as the Georgetown Lighthouse. The 87-foot white brick tower dates from 1812. It was refurbished in 1857 and given its fourth order Fresnel lens. It was also refurbished again in 1867 to repair damage sustained during the Civil War. Today, it still remains an aid to navigation, making it the oldest active lighthouse in South Carolina. In 2001, it was turned over the South Carolina Deptartment of Natural Resources. It is listed on the Natural Register of Historic Places. It is also one of the most remote lighthouses on the East Coast. The lighthouse is also reportedly haunted. It is believed that the...Read More

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Georgetown Lighthouse
North Island
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
(800) 705-9063

Capt. Dick's

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Attraction | "Captain Hook's Adventure Golf"

Capt. Dick's Photo, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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Myrtle Beach is known for its golf. But for those who prefer to putt that little ball though a maze of lopsided turf and windmills, you will be glad to know that Myrtle Beach is also known as the putt-putt capital of the world! There are dozens of courses all over the grand strand to choose from. Most are open until midnight or later, especially during the heavy tourist season. Grab your kids and make a night out of hitting balls around a pirate, through a spooky skull-shaped cave, or over swinging bridges. Don’t come with a kid? Don’t worry; we didn’t either. But this fun form of entertainment is great for everyone. We went with Captain Hook's Adventure. This is easy to spot because of the hug...Read More

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Capt. Dick's
Highway 17 on the Waterfront
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina 29576
(843) 651-3676

Ripley's Aquarium

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Attraction

Ripley's Aquarium Photo, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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From the fine folks at Ripley’s that bring you shrunken heads and very tall men, comes the very beautiful Ripley’s Aquarium, located at Broadway at the Beach. The aquarium is a $40-million, state-of-the-art, 87,000-square-foot aquarium. It is part of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association. Meaning, in additional to fun and entertainment, the aquarium also is home to a world-class marine facility that is involved with environment education, conservation, and research. The Rio Amazon exhibit displays piranha and other beautiful fish that are found in the Amazon River. You can marvel at the animals in the sea life collection, such as a giant octopus, sea anemones, coral, jellyfish, a seahorse, ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 10, 2005

Ripley's Aquarium
1110 Celebrity Circle
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29577
(800) 734-8888

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Robert Ripley was an adventurer and a cartoonist. While traveling the world, he began to amass a large collection of odd artifacts. During his lifetime, he visited 198 countries. In 1918, while working as a sports cartoonist for the New York Globe, he created his first collection of odd facts based on usual athletic achievement. The cartoon was an instant success. Peanuts creator Charles Schultz even drew for Ripley’s column at the age of 12! Today his cartoon still runs, his books are still published, and there is a Ripley’s TV show hosted by the handsome Dean Cain. Today Ripley’s museums can be found all over the country and the world. Located on Ocean Blvd., the Myrtle Beach museum is...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 11, 2005

Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum
901 N Ocean Blvd.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29577
(843) 448-2331

Broadway at the Beach

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Attraction | "Broadway on the Beach"

Broadway at the Beach Photo, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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Located between Highway 17 and Bob Grissom (not CSI’s Gill Grissom!) Parkway, you will easily find the mega shopping area known as Broadway at the Beach. This 350-acre shopping mecca is beautifully located around a manmade lake. Here you will find multitudes of restaurants, shops, and activities. In fact, you could spend days here alone. The area is divided into three shopping villages: New England Fishing Village East and West and Caribbean Village. At the Caribbean Village you will find Planet Hollywood and the Hard Rock Café, Celebrity Square, and the Ripley’s Aquarium. New England Fishing Village East is home to the movie theater, the Butterfly Pavilion, Coastal Federal Baseball Field, Drag...Read More

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Broadway at the Beach
1325 Celebrity Circle
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29577
(843) 444-3200

Barefoot Landing

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Attraction

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One of the most beautiful shopping areas can be found in North Myrtle Beach, just off the Intercoastal Highway. Barefoot Landing is part-shopping complex and part-preservation. Offering over 2,400 aces, more than 100 shops, and 15 restaurants, this shopping attraction is one of the most popular and beautiful places at the beach. Access to the shopping area is by several historic swinging bridges. It is built around a large lake. Here you will find a variety of birds, fish, and even alligators! You can find fish food in gumball machines around the lake. Barefoot Landing is home to the Alabama Theater, Barefoot Princess paddlewheel boat, Grand Prix Family Thrill, House of the Blues, and Alligator...Read More

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Barefoot Landing
4898 South Highway 17
North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29582
+1 843 272 8349

House of Blues

Restaurant

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Located at Barefoot Landing, you will find the House of Blues restaurant and nightclub. It was originally started by one half of the Blues Brothers, Dan Aykroyd, and Jim Belushi. Belushi is the brother of the late John Belushi, who made up the other half of the Blues Brothers. HOB got its start in Cambridge, MA, in 1992, but not before it first opened its doors to the homeless on Thanksgiving Day. The cooperation is still heavily involved in charity, from homelessness to music in schools programs. The House of Blues has a number of venues located in the U.S. Southern cooks inspire the cuisine found here. The ribs here are divine and my favorite meal in the place. Their musical venues offe...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 11, 2005

House of Blues
4640 Highway 17 South
North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29582
(843) 272-3000

Bone Appetit Bakery

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Attraction | "Bone Apetit Dog Bakery"

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While you and your furry friend are taking in Barefoot Landing, make sure to take a stop in at Bone Appetite Bakery. Owner Tracy Johnson opened her unique store in 1999 and has been received praises ever since. Just like at a people-bakery, your faithful friend can paw out that yummy-looking bone treat she has her eye on. Tracy and staff use only the freshest and healthiest ingredients for their treats. They use wheat germ, carob, peanuts, tomato paste, garlic, eggs, and Parmesan cheese. Treats are made on-site and in small batches. If you are interested in their products, you may visit their website at www.mbboneappetit.com for more information or to order treats. Buying your special pal treat...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 11, 2005

Bone Appetit Bakery
4858 Highway 17 S
N. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
(843) 361-4477

Parting thoughts

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Myrtle Beach memories Photo, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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Myrtle Beach is a world-class destination. There is something for every taste here. You will find a variety of hotels, restaurants, and attractions as wide as the ocean herself. There weather here is beautiful year-round. The spring and fall offer much cooler weather than the dead heat of the Southern summer. The winter offers a respite from the cold weather found elsewhere. Christmas at the Beach is becoming more and more popular as families decided to spend the holiday relaxing, instead of in a consistent rush. The most popular times of the year are the summer, spring break, Bike Week in May, and Christmas. If you are coming at any of those times, you will have to plan your trip in advance. Las...Read More