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Enjoy a Day Trip to Historic Georgetown

Harborwalk in Georgetown South Carolina

Enjoy a Day Trip to Historic Georgetown

Be forewarned: during your Pawleys Island vacation, you may experience levels of relaxation that could have you wanting to never leave this special lowcountry paradise! That’s a pretty good problem to have, but we’d recommend taking a short drive south to discover historic Georgetown, SC. This charming town is the third-oldest community in South Carolina and offers a great way to spend a day on your trip to Pawleys Island.

With history dating back to the 17th century, Georgetown was officially incorporated in 1729 and flourished as a hub for indigo and rice cultivation. By the mid 1800s, the Georgetown area accounted for half of the rice grown in the US. Today, the town’s economy is largely based on heritage tourism, as the town’s charm and history have attracted visitors to spend time relaxing and exploring this picturesque waterfront community.

Harborwalk in Georgetown South Carolina

History lovers are sure to be delighted by Georgetown, as there are over fifty sites around the town listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including plantations, public buildings and churches. As you traverse the historic district, you will notice an abundance of plaques detailing historic sites and buildings, telling a story about the town that stretches back over three centuries. Sprawling live oaks line the streets of many of the town’s oldest neighborhoods, providing a lush canopy and cool shade from the sun during those hot South Carolina afternoons. Georgetown also offers several fantastic museums to enjoy, including the South Carolina Maritime Museum, the Gullah Museum and the Georgetown County History Museum. There are also lots of great tour options to view and learn about the area, including boat tours, walking history tours and even ghost tours!

Georgetown also offers fantastic local shopping and dining opportunities during your day trip. The waterfront area along Front Street is host to an assortment of shops and boutiques. Those in search of antiques or local arts and crafts will have their pick of amazing treasures available at places like Emma Marie’s Antiques Shoppe, Outlaws Art Gallery or the Georgetown Art Gallery. Fashionistas can peruse men’s and women’s lowcountry style in shops like The Sly Fox, Muddy Bay Outfitters and Black Mingo. Georgetown is renowned for an abundance of fine furniture and home decor stores, and a visit to shops like Bienvenue Home Decor, the Whimsy Roost or Augustus & Carolina are sure to entice shoppers.

All that shopping and exploring will surely work up an appetite, and Georgetown offers no shortage of places to get your fill! Fresh local seafood is the specialty here, with The River Room Restaurant, Harborside Seafood and Italian and Old Fish House Restaurant providing delectable dishes and fantastic waterfront views. There are plenty of other places to enjoy if seafood isn’t your thing, with spots like Moe’s Original Bar B Que, Seven Hundred Modern Grill and Bar or Buzz’s Roost serving up BBQ, burgers, pizzas and lowcountry specialties that will tantalize your taste buds. Be sure to save room for dessert and try Harvest Moon Ice Cream or Sweetie’s Chocolates to satisfy your sweet tooth!

With so much to do, it’s obvious why a day trip to Georgetown is a must during your trip to Pawleys Island! Be sure to browse our amazing catalog of Pawleys Island vacation rentals at Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort, True Blue Resort and Pawleys Plantation Resort to book your lowcountry getaway today. Don’t miss out on our unbeatable booking specials to enjoy your Pawleys Island vacation at the best price around!

Set Sail for Fun and Relaxation on a Lowcountry Boat Tour

People on a Dolphin Watching Cruise

Set Sail for Fun and Relaxation on a Lowcountry Boat Tour

Whether it’s an inland excursion along the Waccamaw River and coastal inlets or an offshore journey into the sparkling Atlantic Ocean, Pawleys Island and the surrounding south strand area offers several great boat tours that are a fantastic way to spend the day on your Pawleys Island vacation! From swashbuckling adventures aboard a pirate ship to laid-back beer tasting cruises, here’s a sampling of some of the aquatic experiences available during your trip to Pawleys Island.

People on a Dolphin Watching Cruise

Pirate Adventures Tours

Landlubbers of all ages can get a taste of the pirate’s life with a tour from Pirate Adventures! You and your crew will board the Sea Gypsy and set sail for excitement and in search of buried treasure out in the waters of Murrells Inlet. A quick explanation of the pirate code will have you seaworthy in no time. But keep your guard up because other pirates are also on the prowl, and encountering them means taking part in an explosive cannon battle out on the water! If you’re celebrating a special occasion Pirates Adventures tours can be booked for birthday parties or other special events and are sure to be a hit with kids.

East Coast BrewBoat

Looking for a laid-back inlet cruise with you and up to fourteen of your friends or family members? The East Coast BrewBoat is perfect for you! This unique experience puts you in charge of your tour. The BrewBoat is actually powered by cycle stations around a central bar area that you and your patrons team up on to propel the craft through the scenic waterscapes of Murrells Inlet. The craft also features an electric engine for those times when your guests aren’t in the mood to pedal. Each cruise lasts about an hour and you’re able to bring your own beer or wine, food and music to enjoy during your trip.

Express Watersports Dolphin and Sightseeing Cruise

If an offshore excursion is what you’re looking for, one of the best options around is available at Express Watersports! Their ocean sightseeing and dolphin cruise takes up to 49 passengers out into the Atlantic in search of scenic views and pods of dolphins, sea turtles and other ocean wildlife. The crew of the Express Watersports vessels have years of experience and partner with other vessels in the area to make sure each group that goes out gets an amazing up-close experience with dolphins and other aquatic creatures. Express Watersports also offers a relaxing sunset cruise that offers the best sunset views available along the Grand Strand.

With even more offshore, inlet and river tours available than these, there’s no limit to the ways you can explore the ocean and lowcountry wetlands during your trip to Pawleys Island! Our Pawleys Island vacation rentals available at Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort, True Blue Resort and Pawleys Plantation Resort are sure to delight you on your next trip to this special area. Book your trip to Pawleys Island with one of our partner properties and get an first-class vacation at an unbeatable price!
 

Have a Romantic Time This Valentine’s Day in Pawleys Island

Have a Romantic Time This Valentine's Day in Pawleys Island

The lowcountry paradise of Pawleys Island is the perfect spot for a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway! Not only can you enjoy the first-class accommodations along the south strand, but you can treat your special someone to a memorable day and night out as well. On your upcoming Valentine’s Day vacation to Pawleys Island, check out these great attractions to make the trip unforgettable!

Brookgreen Gardens

A stroll through Brookgreen Gardens, one of the premier botanical gardens along the east coast, is sure to make for a romantic afternoon. Walk amongst centuries-old live oaks cascading with Spanish moss and view their world-class sculpture collection. Brookgreen Gardens also features wildlife exhibits with animals native to the lowcountry like red foxes, bald eagles and river otters.

Horse Statue at Brookgreen Gardens

The Hammock Shops and Village

Find the perfect gift for your Valentine at the Hammock Shops and Village in Pawleys Island! Open since 1938 and based around the original Hammock Shop, you and your sweetheart can peruse local fashion and gifts in shops like Whitmire Fine Jewelry, Haute Hanger or Elegantz along with over two dozen other great boutiques. Be sure to grab a bite to eat at Bisqit, where you’ll discover an amazing fusion of traditional Southern cuisine with amazing burger and sandwich combinations, all on fluffy buttermilk biscuits of course!

Hammock Shops Welcome Sign

Chive Blossom

Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be complete without a romantic dinner, and Chive Blossom is ideal for a special night out! Combining influences from Southern, French, Mediterranean and Asian cuisines, Chive Blossom features a vibrant menu sure to delight your taste buds. Start your meal off with temptations like duck confit or pan-seared scallops then move on to splendid main course options like their 8-ounce barrel-cut filet, jumbo lump crab cakes or pork shank osobucco. Chive Blossom also offers nearly 200 wine options and their knowledgeable staff can help pair the perfect wine to your meal.

As you can see, a Valentine’s Day vacation to Pawleys Island is the perfect way to treat your loved one to a romantic getaway! Make sure to book your Valentine’s getaway soon, so you can enjoy the romantic allure of Litchfield Beach!
 

Experience the Super Bowl at These Top 5 Sports Bars in Pawleys Island

Four guys cheering at a bar

Experience the Super Bowl at These Top 5 Sports Bars in Pawleys Island

Each year, millions of people from across the United States and around the world gather together to watch two teams in their battle to see who will be the next Super Bowl Champion of the NFL. This year you can experience Super Bowl at a variety of establishments scattered throughout the Pawleys Island area, and if you’re spending the weekend at one of our fabulous Litchfield Beach vacation rentals, you can even enjoy the big game from the privacy and comfort of your own living room! Check out our list of the Top 5 Sports Bars of the Grand Strand to figure out where you should be on Super Bowl Sunday!

Four guys cheering at a bar

Milardo's Pizzeria and Sports Pub

Head over to Murrells Inlet if you’re looking for some outstanding grub during the Super Bowl. Milardo’s, off of HWY 17 South, promises to “bring a slice of New England to the South,” with their many specialty offerings, including chicken wings, delicious pasta, grinders, stromboli, calzones, and of course, pizza! With many TVs founded throughout the pub, you’ll have no problem staying up-to-date on all of the sports and commercial action during the big game!

King Street Grille

One of the newest locations of King Street Grille, the waterfront Murrells Inlet establishment offers you picturesque views, great eats, and plenty of screens to watch the Super Bowl. Order from either of their two bars (one inside and one out), and enjoy the big game on any of King Street Grille’s 43 HDTVs, four of which are 75″ LED TVs! Dine on food items like customizable salads, king-sized sandwiches, house-made burgers, and other specialty entrees. On the drinks side, sip on anything from bottled beer and draft beer to specialty cocktails, wine, and much more! Experience Super Bowl Sunday on the waterfront in Murrells Inlet when you visit King Street Grille!

Dagwood's Deli and Sports Bar

Drive over to the Surfside Beach area to visit one of the area’s best Sports Bars, Dagwood’s Deli! Since 1988, this establishment has been serving up great eats and fabulous times to locals and visitors along the South Strand. With more than 59 televisions, you won’t miss a moment of Super Bowl LII when you spend the evening at Dagwood’s! You even get your own flat-screen tv right in your specific booth! Feel free to take a break from the game and spend some time playing pool or darts. The Dagwood’s menu features a variety of wings, spuds, and delicious sandwiches, including jumbo sandwiches like “The Shag,” “The Southern,” and “The Beach Boy.” There’s something for everyone when you visit Dagwood’s Deli and Sports Bar in Surfside.

The Island Bar & Grill

Pawleys Island’s Island Bar & Grill is located in the heart of the coastal town, right near the Hammocks Shops Village. For a fun-filled Super Bowl Sunday experience, bring your friends and family to this Lowcountry establishment, where you can watch the big game from a number of TVs on the outside patio, in the main dining room, and in the upstairs sports bar! No matter where you turn, you’ll be able to keep up with every minute of action. During the game, dine on menu items like build-your-own-burgers, mini burgers, jumbo premium wings, and a variety of seafood sandwiches. baskets, and entrees. You’ll the friendly atmosphere and great food at The Island Bar & Grill!

Pawleys Island Tavern

Stop by Pawleys Island Tavern on Super Bowl Sunday for a true Lowcountry experience! Get things started off right with your food and drink selections, which include appetizer favorites like chicken wings, peel and eat shrimp, and Pimento Cheese with Chips, and drink including beers from around the world, martinis and cocktails, and wine. Main courses feature chargrilled burgers and dogs, seafood baskets and entrees, and plenty of delicious sides to keep you going throughout the night. Head outside to watch the Super Bowl on the back porch, and get in a few rounds of foosball while you’re there! You’ll have a unique, Lowcountry experience when you spend Super Bowl Sunday at Pawleys Island Tavern.

Bonus: Your Condo

If you’d rather stay in and enjoy the Super Bowl in privacy and comfort (pajamas), take advantage of the cable TVs in your condo. Prepare your football snacks in your fully-equipped kitchen, or order pizza delivery straight to your beach home. Whether you choose to stay in or venture out into the city, you’re sure to find the perfect Super Bowl experience for you during your vacation in Pawleys Island!
 

Outdoor Excursions in Pawleys Island

Family kayaking on the marsh

Outdoor Excursions in Pawleys Island

If you’re tired of shopping and spending time indoors, don’t worry! When you vacation in the Pawleys Island and Litchfield Beach areas, you’re sure to be within reach of a phenomenal outdoor excursion. With a variety of inlets, rivers, lakes, and of course the Atlantic Ocean nearby, the outdoor adventurer will love all of the options available during your next beach escape!

Visit Surf the Earth in Pawleys Island, South Carolina for all of your Lowcountry outdoor needs! Not only does this local shop offer up retail items like t-shirts and hats, but Surf the Earth also features a variety of equipment rentals, as well as thrilling tours of the area. Take your pick from paddle boards, kayaks, surfboards, bodyboards, and skimboards if you’re looking to rent by the day.

Family kayaking on the marsh

If you’re not quite ready to tame the waves on your own, check out Surf the Earth’s various surf education opportunities. The shop offers 2-hour surf lessons on mornings from 9am to 11am. Lessons take place near 2nd Street in Pawleys Island, but special locations can be arranged in advance. The shop also offers 3-day and 5-day kids’ surf camps, where kids of all ages can learn about water safety, rip currents, wind strength and direction, surfing fundamentals, surf conditions, and much more.

Beyond board rentals and surf lessons, Surf the Earth also offers guests the chance to explore the area through their exciting eco-tours. Current offerings include Sunset/Moon Rise Tours through the Pawleys Island inlets and salt marsh, Early morning kayak and paddle board tours of the salt marsh, and afternoon paddle board tours of the area. See a new side of Pawleys Island whenever you reserve a splendid eco-tour with Surf the Earth Surf Shop.

If biking is more your speed, take advantage of the bike rentals offered by Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, and then head over to Bike the Neck! The Waccamaw Neck Bikeway is a 12-mile paved stretch that parallels U.S. Highway 17 from Murrells Inlet to Huntington Beach State Park. Rated as being an “Easy” trail by SCtrails.com, this bikeway is the perfect way to have a great time exercising while seeing the beautiful natural landscape of the region. Finish off your trek by stopping by Huntington Beach State Park, where you can visit its timeless castle, Atalaya, stroll on the pristine beaches of the park, explore the nature trails in the park, or even get in some birding!

Family riding bikes at Litchfield
From walking the trails at Huntington Beach State Park to learning how to Surf, you’ll never run out of outdoor adventures when you bring your next beach vacation to Litchfield Beach. Plan ahead and make the most of your exciting getaway!
 

Top 5 Brunch Spots on the South Strand

Outside of the salt water creek cafe

Top 5 Brunch Spots on the South Strand

Salt Water Creek Cafe

Located at 4660 Highway 17 Bypass in Murrells Inlet, Salt Water Creek Cafe offers up an impressive brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am – 2pm. Get your mid-morning / early-afternoon off to a great start when you sample one of the Cafe’s range of fancy Eggs Benedicts, including Filet Mignon, Surf and Turf, Crab Cake, Shrimp, and Smoked Salmon. Salt Water Creek also serves up tasty Omelets like the Lox, Chives and Cream Cheese Omelet, served with a grit cake and topped with Creek gravy. You can also find delicious standbys like fluffy eggs, pancakes, bacon, and ham. Your taste buds will dance with delight when you give Salt Water Creek Cafe a try on your next Litchfield Beach vacation.

Outside of the salt water creek cafe

Gulfstream Cafe

When you sleep late but wake up with breakfast on your mind, the best solution is brunch! When you travel to the Litchfield Beach area, you are within close proximity to hundreds of dining establishments, each with their own style and presentation. If you’re looking for the best brunch spots on the Hammock Coast, in the Pawleys Island and Murrells Inlet areas, then try out one or all of the following local hotspots:

Enjoy your brunch from the picturesque Gulfstream Cafe whenever you visit Garden City during your next beach getaway. With stunning views of the inlet, you may want to stick around for lunch and dinner too! When it comes to brunch, Gulfstream offers up a buffet spread, featuring all of your favorite brunch classics, including fresh fruits, eggs, grits, hash browns, pancakes, and more. Visit the Bloody Mary bar and Omelet Station for customizable additions. Get there at 10:30 and ask for a seat with a view!

Rustic Table

Providing diners with a family-friendly environment and Southern foods made from scratch, Rustic Table is now serving brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Featuring an impressive menu, brunch focuses on the savory, but there are numerous mouth-watering sweets and desserts to try as well. Keep an eye out for delicious morning specials like Shrimp ‘n’ Gritz, Corned Beef Hash ‘n’ Eggs, and Blueberry Pancakes. You also might want to go for the “Comfy,” which features chicken breast served open faced on a homemade biscuit, with creamy sausage gravy and fries. Your stomach will thank you!

BisQit

Nestled in a cozy corner of the Pawleys Island Hammock Shops, BisQit is an eclectic eatery that boasts of its unique sandwich and burger creations. However, it’s not all about lunch and dinner at this Lowcountry dining establishment, as their breakfast selections are enough to put your taste buds into a frenzy! Check out “The Usual” classics like BisQits and Gravy with bacon crumbles, pancakes with bacon or sausage, or healthier options like house-made granola or seasonal fresh fruit.

Charlie's Studio Cafe

For an artsy, eclectic feel, stop by Charlie’s Studio Cafe, where the decor is beautiful and the customer service is outstanding. The breakfast menu here is two pages of traditional and delicious favorites. First, Charlie’s offers a few different styles of Omelet, like Denver and Western. They also serve a variety of breakfast wraps and bagels, for those looking for something a little lighter. On the sweet side, Charlie’s has Belgian Waffles, Pancakes (plain or with fruit), and French Toast. Bacon, sausage, and egg add-ons are available, so make it a balanced meal! If you’re looking for something a little more substantial, try the Farm House Breakfast, featuring a fried pork chop, home-fries or grits, and a biscuit. Better yet, get a sampling of sweet and savory with The Starving Artist breakfast, which consists of 2 eggs, bacon or sausage, home-fries or grits, French toast or biscuits and gravy or 3 pancakes. Under no circumstances should you leave Charlie’s still hungry!
 

Top 5 Live Music Venues Along the Hammock Coast

View of The Deck Bar at Litchfield

Top 5 Live Music Venues Along the Hammock Coast

What better way is there to wind down after a long day at the beach or on the town than by enjoying live performances from some of the best local talent around? We’ve pooled together some of the best venues for Live Music in the area, so plan ahead and check out some of these fabulous Litchfield Beach area hotspots!

View of The Deck Bar at Litchfield

The MarshWalk

The MarshWalk is a 1/2 mile stretch of shopping and dining establishments that hug the inlet, giving visitors an outstanding view of the natural beauty of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. Throughout the Summer, you’ll find live music nightly at a majority of the restaurants along the MarshWalk, and conveniently, many of them feature bands or live-shows year-round as well. There is never a cover charge, so enjoy the music without breaking the bank! Check out Bubba’s Love Shack, Bovine’s, and Dead Dog Saloon for plenty of live entertainment options as you stroll the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk.

The Deck at Litchfield

The Deck Tiki Bar at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort features fabulous Happy Hour deals and offerings, as well as Live outdoor performances on Friday and Saturday nights. Visitors will enjoy Lowcountry appetizers and small plates, in addition to The Deck’s specialty cocktails, including Litchfield Sunrise, Pawleys Punch, and our refreshing Shark Bite! This venue is perfect for winding down outside and enjoying the sights and sounds of Litchfield Beach. Ideal for your next Litchfield beach escape, you won’t even have to leave the resort to experience a relaxing evening of live music during your stay.

Island Bar & Grill

Located just by the Hammock Shops Village in Pawleys Island, visit Island Bar & Grill for plenty of live entertainment to take your beach vacation up a notch! This full-service restaurant offers up friendly customer service and outstanding food selections. The outside patio is known to host performances throughout the year, so visit their event calendar regularly to stay on top of all upcoming entertainment. For an evening that is laid-back and filled with great food and great music, visit Island Bar & Grill during your Litchfield Beach stay.

Hot Fish Club

The history of the Hot Fish Club dates back to the late 1700s, when the planters of All Saints Parish founded a social club that was dedicated to gourmet foods, strong drinks, and festive times. Though it has since been relocated away from the shifting shores of Huntington Beach, visitors can find the Hot Fish Club off of Highway 17 Business in Murrells Inlet. Still a place for lively gatherings, this establishment features live performances from a variety of musical acts throughout the year. If you’re looking for Live Music in a historic setting, be sure to visit this outstanding Lowcountry restaurant and club.

Pawleys Island Tavern

Take your beach vacation off the beaten path when you visit Pawleys Island Tavern, a local favorite tucked away in the woods behind the Island Shops. Affectionately known by regulars as the PIT, Pawleys Island Tavern combines the eclectic feel of an old-timey juke joint with laid-back feel of a creekside seafood hut. The PIT features live music on the weekends, as well as a wide-range of events and performances throughout the year. Stop by for live entertainment on Thursdays and Sundays from 8pm to midnight and on Fridays and Saturdays from 9pm to 1am.

Make it a total beach experience when you discover all of the best Pawleys Island, Murrells Inlet, and Litchfield Beach hotspots for live music. Relax and unwind after a long day, and enjoy the sights, sounds, and atmosphere of this lovely Lowcountry destination.
 

3 Day-Trip Ideas for Your Myrtle Beach Vacation

City of Charleston South carolina

3 Day-Trip Ideas for Your Myrtle Beach Vacation

Looking to get the most out of your South Carolina vacation? Spend some time exploring one of these cities for an epic day-trip excursion!

City of Charleston South carolina

Charleston, SC

Head south down Highway 17 for roughly 2 hours, and you’ll be in one of the southeastern United States’ most historic cities. There are tons of sights to see and places to visit in Charleston, and you can accomplish a lot there in a quick day trip. Suggestions for a day in Charleston include food, history, and breathtaking sights. Start off by parking downtown and walking to the waterfront area. There you’ll find an impressive boardwalk area that takes you out into Charleston Harbor. On good-weather days, it’s not unusual to see dozens of sailboats scattered over the water. Dolphins frequently visit this harbor as well, so keep a look out for these majestic sea mammals! Dine at nearby Fleet Landing for delicious seafood and lowcountry favorites. Next, head over to King Street for some shopping or to the Battery for historic home sightseeing. On your way out, enjoy the magnificent view from the top of the Ravenel Bridge. You’ll have a wonderful adventure on your day-trip to Charleston!

Columbia, SC

The South Carolina state capital is just under three hours away from Myrtle Beach, making it another great option for a day-trip during your beach vacation rental experience. Visit the exciting Riverbanks Zoo, featuring over 2,000 animals and 170 acres of zoo, aquarium, and botanical exhibits. Continue enjoying the beauty of nature when you stop by Congaree National Park, the only national park located in South Carolina. Get a glimpse of centuries-old Cypress trees, as you hike along the many trails that meander throughout this scenic park. There’s no shortage of historic sites, so make your time there educational and stop by the South Carolina State Museum. Visit the downtown district to take in the sights and sounds of the University of South Carolina and the many boutiques scattered throughout.

Calabash, NC

While Murrells Inlet is known as the Seafood Capital of South Carolina, its counterpart in the North offers up its own style of oceanic delicacies named after the city itself! Travel up to Calabash, North Carolina, a charming seaside town just over the border, where you can spend the day exploring the shops and sampling some of the best food along the coast! Less than an hour drive from Myrtle Beach, Calabash makes for a perfect day-trip during your vacation. Try out Beck’s Seafood in the heart of the city, where the hushpuppies are to die for. After dinner, walk across the street to St. Nick Nacks, a sprawling warehouse of a store that features dozens of meticulously-decorated Christmas trees. The store also has countless souvenirs to help you remember stopping by! Check out Calabash, one of North Carolina’s most delightful seaside towns.

Stay Active During Your Beach Vacation

Woman getting ready for a run

Stay Active During Your Beach Vacation

Sure, vacation usually means relaxing by the pool, indulging in delicious dinners, and enjoying escaping from the everyday stresses of life, but when you stay in the Pawleys Island area near Myrtle Beach, there are plenty of experiences that will keep you active while enjoying your much-needed vacation. If you’re looking to burn some calories while having fun in Myrtle Beach, check out our Top Ways to Stay Active during your Grand Strand condo rental vacation.

Woman getting ready for a run

Walking / Running / Beachcombing

When you take a vacation to the beach, one of the most alluring parts of the trip is being near the ocean. Take advantage of lovely coastal views, sunny skies, and the beauty of nature while staying active when you spend some time walking or running along the coast. Start off on the beach at 2nd Avenue Pier, and make your way north to Pier 14. This one-mile jaunt allows you to experience the excitement of the ocean, while getting in some quality exercise! Keep an eye out for seashells and other marine treasures as you walk, jog, or run parallel with the coast.

Sticking closer to Litchfield? Try out the trails at Huntington Beach State Park or bike along the Waccamaw Neck Bikeway for a day of fitness and activity.

Golf / Mini Golf

Arguably one of the most sought-after sporting experiences in Myrtle Beach is golf, and the courses here draw in thousands of visitors every single year. Enjoy a casually-paced excursion to one of the many premier golf courses along the Grand Strand, where you can keep active while challenging yourself and having a great time. If you’re not confident in your golfing abilities or are travelling with a family group, take advantage of the mini-golfing opportunities that are scattered all along the coast. Try out Hawaiian Rumble Mini-Golf, which hosts the Mini-Golf Masters Championship each year. Show off your putting skills, while staying active with golf during your Myrtle Beach vacation!

Outdoor Ropes Courses

If you’re looking for a real challenge that burns calories like crazy, try out Radical Ropes in Myrtle Beach or Go Ape in North Myrtle Beach, for a tree-climbing good time. Put your fitness to the test when you attempt to complete the entire courses. This outdoor adventure will keep you immersed in the sights and sounds of the Grand Strand, while pushing your physical and mental limits!

Watersports / Swimming

Grab a boogie board, paddleboard, or surfboard, and make your way into the waves for a fun-filled, action-packed day in Myrtle Beach. Use your balancing and swimming skills, as you stay atop of the surf. If you’re more interested in swimming, just remember to be safe, as rip tides have been known to take swimmers away from their point of origin. Always swim parallel to the coast if you feel that you’re being caught up in the wrong current. You can also visit Litchfield’s on-site fitness centers like the Beachside Health & Fitness (membership is required).

Best Ways to Watch the Sunrise and Sunset Along the Grand Strand

Sunrise over the ocean waves

Best Ways to Watch the Sunrise and Sunset Along the Grand Strand

One of the most majestic parts of vacationing near the beach is being able to see the sunrise over the horizon, as it unleashes its colors upon the morning sky. And although it doesn’t set over the ocean, the sunrise is something truly special to behold as well. In Myrtle Beach, there are plenty of places to take advantage of this picturesque view. Here are our Top 5 Places to Watch the sunrise or sunset in the Myrtle Beach area.

Sunrise over the ocean waves

2nd Avenue and Cherry Grove Piers (Sunrise)

Get there early and let the beautiful sights take your breath away! The 2nd Avenue Pier is located at 110 North Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach and opens every morning at 7 a.m. Situated on the South side of the Boardwalk, 2nd Avenue Pier offers up fishing, dining, and sightseeing for visitors. You’ll be out on the ocean as you watch the sunrise from this fabulous locale.

If you’re on the North end of the Grand Strand, head up to Cherry Grove Pier for a lovely morning with the sun. This pier opens to the public at 6 a.m., so you’ll have plenty of time to get your cameras and breakfast picnic ready before the sun comes up!

Your Balcony (Sunrise)

What’s better than waking up and having a morning coffee from your own private balcony, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean? In the comfort and privacy of your own Myrtle Beach condo rental, you can experience the glorious South Carolina sunrise as it shimmers over the water and up higher above the horizon. Keep your eyes peeled for fins popping out of the waves, as guests sometimes report seeing dolphins frolicking in the early morning. Enjoy the sunrise in relaxed seclusion when you watch it from your balcony.

Myrtle Beach Boardwalk (Both!)

If you’re visiting Myrtle Beach on vacation, it’s very likely that you will visit the Boardwalk area at some point during your stay. Located in the heart of Downtown Myrtle Beach, this area has been known for decades as a hotspot for tourists and locals alike. With its thoughtful landscaping, scattered Palmetto Trees, and open view of the coast, the Boardwalk area is perfect for early morning sunrises or even sunsets. The sky’s hues will melt before your eyes, as you start off or end your beach day.

Murrels Inlet (Sunset)

For an outstanding view of nature like no other, stop by the Murrels Inlet MarshWalk before sunset when you’re on the South end of the Grand Strand. The stretch of shopping and dining establishments scattered along this route have a beautiful backdrop of the most vivid pinks, oranges, and purples that you can find anywhere. The reflections on the inlet waters make for a romantic and charming end to a hot, summer day in Murrels Inlet.

The SkyWheel (Sunset)

The SkyWheel is one of Myrtle Beach’s premier oceanfront attractions, and it offers the perfect viewing location for the Atlantic Ocean. Since it doesn’t open until 11 a.m., you won’t be able to view the sunrise aboard this enormous ferris wheel, but it stays open late, making it the perfect place to experience the sunset. Climb aboard as you’re taken 187 feet into the air on one of the SkyWheel’s special “flights.” You can see for miles down the coast when you take part in this thrilling adventure. Make it even more special when you partake in a flight around sunset and see how the colors of the beach come to life.

Make sure you are able to witness one of Myrtle Beach’s gorgeous sunrises or sunsets during your beach vacation. Maybe you can make the day EXTRA special by experiencing both!