Myrtle Beach Vacay

I've been going to Myrtle Beach with my best friend since we were in high school,  and it's a tradition I like to try keep up with every Summer. Although, as I'm getting older I've been thinking about trying to go to a new beach each Summer instead, but we'll see.

I typically stay at the same place each Summer, which is Ocean Creek Resort in North Myrtle. Last year we rented a beach house so we didn't stay there, and there have been a couple of times that we've stayed at a hotel, but for the most part, I've stayed at Ocean Creek. There are 3 big reasons I really like this resort:

  • It's a gated community, so I always feel safe.
  • It's right across from Barefoot Landing which is one of my favorite places to shop.
  • To the right of the beach area behind the resort is all beach houses. So as long as you're willing to walk 100 yards you basically have an entire beach to yourself. 

I typically create an itinerary before we go, and it usually has the same places on it, but I still enjoy them every year. I thought since I am so fond of Myrtle Beach, that I'd share what I enjoy doing down there, and maybe if y'all go visit and you haven't been to any of these places you can put them on your list. 

The first place we visited was Murrells Inlet. It's about a 30 minute drive from Myrtle Beach, but if you're looking for a local place with good music, drinks, and beautiful views, this is it. It costs about 5 dollars for parking, and stretched behind the buildings is a boardwalk that takes you from one bar to the next. They all have outdoor areas that overlook this beautiful marsh, and almost all of them are playing live music. 

There's also a 1/2 mile wooden boardwalk that you can walk on that goes out and over the marsh, which has spectacular scenery. Between the music, and the birds swooping in and out of the water, it's just a really good vibe area. 

There's also Brookgreen Gardens in this area, but it was closed when we got there so we didn't get to check it out. They're supposed to be beautiful as well.

Next, we went to Barefoot Landing, which is a very popular shopping and dining destination that has a 27 acre lake attached. This is the shopping center that is right across from the resort we stay at. It has a lot of cute boutiques, and they recently added a new restaurant named LuLu's. 

This was our first time eating at LuLu's and I would HIGHLY recommend it. It's a restaurant/bar feel, maybe could be compared to Buffalo Wild Wings? It has a very open floor plan, and they leave all the doors and windows open so you can smell the salt air, which I really like. Their outdoor seating is right beside the lake too, which is cool. They also had live music, and they have someone that comes around and takes your picture while you're eating, kind of like on a cruise ship, if you've ever been cruising. 

We snuck off to Barefoot to get milkshakes from Johnny Rockets on almost every night of our stay, that could be a good and bad thing with it being so close πŸ™ˆ

Another stop on our list is Broadway at the Beach, which is very similar to Barefoot, but I would say bigger. It has a lot of shopping and eating similarly to Barefoot, but it also has more attractions. They've got escape games, a jet boat you can ride, movies, an aquarium, golf, wax museum, wonder works, zipline, an area where you can hold baby tigers, bars, and a lot more. I think it's the number one attraction in Myrtle Beach, if I remember correctly. 

Next on my list is probably my favorite, which is Downtown Conway. It's also about a 30 minute drive from the beach, but in my opinion totally worth it. It's a cute, historic town, that's very quiet, and kind of dream like. There's little boutiques all over, and restaurants, and live music. My absolute favorite part though, is the Riverwalk.

The riverwalk is a wooden path that goes along the Waccamaw River. It's an absolutely stunning view on it's own, but you also come across rustic wooden buildings, marinas, an old inn, and eventually an arboretum. It seemed like the PERFECT place for a proposal to me, but that may just be because there was absolutely no one out there, so it was just Matthew and I walking hand in hand along this super romantic river at sunset. CUE THE VIOLINS.

I've always said that I love Myrtle Beach but could never live there, but I tell you what, I 100% could live at Conway. That place was charming and magical, to say the least. 

The last few places I wanted to mention are the Outlets, (you've got to do those), I always get really good deals on my Kate Spade purses there.

Also, the boardwalk down by the strip. I'm not a huge fan of the strip, it's a lot of loud, obnoxious, teenagers, walking up and down, or driving up and down, looking for attention. But behind the strip, in between the shops and the ocean is a boardwalk, which I love to walk. You can walk all the way to the rides and the ferris wheel, or you can just stop and look out at the ocean. It also allows you to enter the shops on that side from the back, so you can go in without having to deal with the chaos of the strip. My favorite place to go into off of here is the Gay Dolphin, btw. 

Lastly, I wanted to mention that you HAVE to do dinner and a show. I'm a huge fan of the Dixie Stampede, Medievel Times, and Pirate's Voyage. 

Pirate's Voyage is my favorite, with all the mermaids and the sea lion they bring out. πŸ’— They all have different themes, but they all put on a great show, and your 3 course meal is included in the price. The crowd gets to interact with the show as well, which I always really like. 

So that's it for my itinerary, hopefully I gave you some suggestions you aren't familiar with. I have to say, creating this two weeks after our vacay might not have been the best idea, I'm having MAJOR post-vacation feels 😭

Thanks for reading!!

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