Myrtle Beach has landed at No. 12 on Travel+Leisure's America's Favorite Beach Towns list for 2016. Myrtle Beach has over 10 miles sandy shores, more than enough for the millions of visitors who flock to this sunny destination. It added a boardwalk and London Eye-type Ferris wheel at the beginning of the decade, bringing a renewed energy to a resort that has long cherished its campy vibe. Molten Mountain , a miniature golf course with a 50-foot artificial volcano that erupts every half hour, is still a necessary stop here. Myrtle Beach also…

Starting several years ago, the folks at Visit Myrtle Beach began mentioning how they’d like me to ride the Slingshot in downtown Myrtle Beach. It’s located near the SkyWheel and is visible from Visit Myrtle Beach offices. In fact it’s so close you can regularly hear screams throughout the day. I said no. I really, really, REALLY didn’t want to do it. Roller coasters are scary. The Slingshot is TERRIFYING. I’d rather have a cavity filled. But I finally caved and planned a visit the other day with a friend. It was 100 percent as bad as I had…

To get an unbiased, fact-based view into the best beaches in the US, the Tipspoke team used a rigorous 4-part process leveraging the Google Consumer Survey platform to survey thousands of people across America. Myrtle Beach landed in the number one spot at the top of the list. There are many opinion-based lists of the best beach in the US, but Stacey Sao, the master researcher behind recreational information hub Tipspoke, decided to get an unbiased, fact-based answer. She followed a rigorous 4-part process with Google Consumer Surveys to make…

If you’re headed to Myrtle Beach—or any beach—with a little one in tow, it’s easy to have an enjoyable day in the sun with some extra planning and packing. While it may require more than a book, water bottle and tote bag, the extra effort is well worth the reward of family memories you’ll treasure forever. Here is a roundup of twelve baby and toddler beach essentials that will make any seaside outing with a little one both fun and successful. Large Beach Tote: And the more children you have, the larger the tote should be! Lugging more than…

Myrtle Beach Eats: Lowcountry Shrimp Boil

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 12:32 PM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC

A Lowcountry Boil is a traditional dish of the South Carolina and Georgia Lowcountry, and the epitome of Coastal Carolina cuisine. The wealth of fresh, local shrimp makes this dish a favorite among Myrtle Beach, South Carolina locals. Ingredients are few, cleanup is minimal, and it’s the perfect recipe choice for summer months when dining outdoors with friends. Ingredients (4-6 servings) Old Bay seasoning, 2-3 Tablespoons per gallon of water OR to taste Salt and pepper, to taste 2 ½ lbs red new potatoes 1 (16 oz) package cooked kielbasa…

How To Save For Your Vacation

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 10:00 AM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC

It’s never too late to start saving for your next vacation. By creating a savings plan and following through, you can ensure you make the most of your time in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Below are a few tips on how to get started saving for that much-needed getaway. 1) Determine Your Vacation Costs In order to know what you need to save, you need to know what you’re going to spend. Remember to include costs such as travel, parking, food, and souvenirs. Then take your total cost and divide it by the number of weeks until your planned vacation…

The Best Way to Pack a Beach Bag

Monday, July 11, 2016 3:40 PM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC

Before you head out to enjoy the 60 miles of coastline in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, rethink the way you pack your beach bag. By packing only the necessities and by packing them smartly, you’ll cut down on the time it takes to get to the beach and enjoy it more once you’re there. Roll your towel and/or blanket tightly. Slide it into your beach bag vertically, so you’ll be able to pull it out of your bag first. Heavier items are best suited for the bottom of your beach bag. Things like a book and water bottle should go in first. Keep items…

We headed out on the Second Avenue Pier in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to learn a little about the basics of pier fishing. Longtime Myrtle Beach local James Ciacco gave us an tutorial on what equipment you needed, how to bait a hook and instruction on throwing a cast net. A cast net isn’t part of the basic equipment needed to pier fish—shrimp is an effective bait for most fish along Myrtle Beach area piers—but for those that take their pier fishing a little more seriously, a cast net is the most affordable way to get live bait. Ciacco…

Pier Fishing: How to Bait a Hook

Friday, July 8, 2016 1:22 PM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC

If you’re pier fishing in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, one of the most common baits used is shrimp. Dead or alive, fresh or frozen, shrimp are one of the best baits for pier fishing and can attract a number of different catches, including: Whiting, Finger Mullet, Flounder, Pompano, Spanish Mackeral, King Mackeral and much more. If you purchase your shrimp bait from a pier-based tackle shop in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, it will likely be dead shrimp. While live shrimp attract fish based on how well they swim, dead shrimp attract fish based…

Every week this summer, we plan on hitting the streets in search of a few Myrtle Beach vacationers willing to talk to us about why they love Myrtle Beach. We caught up with a few visitors on Second Avenue Pier and talked about the weather, the people and their first impressions of sunny Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.   …