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Vacationing in Myrtle Beach


By Jennifer Weiss

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is the centerpiece of the popular eastern U.S. tourist destination known as the Grand Strand. Known primarily for possessing the largest concentration of golf courses in the world, a vacation in Myrtle Beach is bound to be filled with a few rounds of top-notch golf that simply cannot be beat. Throw in a little deep sea fishing, a few days at the beach, and a journey to some of the well-known attractions and you have a well-rounded Myrtle Beach adventure.

Hitting the links on one of Myrtle Beach’s well manicured courses is an absolute must for any traveler, no matter what your handicap may be. There are numerous courses interspersed throughout the Grand Strand, about 115 public courses at last count, that are waiting to test your nerves and ability. To find the right fairways during your trip to Myrtle Beach, you certainly do not need to travel far since you can find some top rated courses here and in North Myrtle Beach.

To play on one of the best courses in the area, make your way to North Myrtle Beach to test your game on the Fazio course at the Barefoot Resort. Overflowing with pine trees, live oaks, tall grasses, and plenty of sand traps, golfers of every ability will face difficult shots if their game is not quite up to par. The beauty of the course, however, makes it a worthwhile adventure as the nearby lakes add a splash of color and the naturally occurring elevation changes add a slice of drama to many of the holes.

If you prefer to stay close to your home base, two Myrtle Beach courses to consider are Witch and Legends-Moorland. Witch is located in the most beautiful of settings, sitting amongst forests and wetlands so visitors must make their way over 4,000 feet of bridging to traverse the course. It features tight fairways that call for precise shots, moderately difficult greens, and two island holes that will test the mettle of even the most consistent golfer. Legends-Moorland is one of the most challenging courses on the east coast, so duffers beware. Featuring a sculpted terrain, numerous water areas, piles of natural growth, and deep, difficult bunkers, Legends-Moorland will require a dash of luck and some great up and downs if you don’t want the course to get the better of you.

With 60 miles of beach in the Myrtle Beach area, the call of the sand may be too much for any visitor to resist. While lounging in the sand and soaking up the sun are always popular activities, Myrtle Beach is the perfect place to learn how to surf, explore inlets along the shore on a kayak, or see the wonders of the Atlantic from below on a scuba diving excursion. One of the most popular activities out on the water, however, is to charter a boat and get out there for a fishing adventure.

For those who want an opportunity at the catch of a lifetime, a sportfishing boat charter will take you out into the depths of the Atlantic where you can troll for big ones such as wahoo, sailfish, king mackerel, and marlin. To catch some great scenery while trying for a big one, reserve your place on a large party boat or headboat where you can enjoy a smooth ride as you reel in grouper, snapper, and amberjack. If the possibility of seasickness deters you from hopping aboard a boat, there are eight piers in the Myrtle Beach area where you can drop in a line without ever leaving the safety of land.

When the temperature soars and you are ready to experience water away from the sand, head over to the oceanfront Family Kingdom Water Park for an exciting afternoon that is sure to delight the kids. For those looking for an indoor adventure, make your way to Ripley’s Aquarium to catch sight of stunning and interesting underwater creatures that will surely take your breathe away. And when it is time for some nighttime entertainment, Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner & Show and the Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament can turn dinnertime into another great attraction.

Myrtle Beach is filled to the brim with entertainment options that will give you both a relaxing and thrilling stay. Whether you have come for the amazing golf or to spend some time on the pristine beaches, you can find accommodations that surround you with the best of what this coastal city has to offer. Myrtle Beach vacation rentals are located on the sand, amidst beautiful golf courses, and just about anywhere else you can imagine. Begin your search for the perfect vacation home rental today and experience the Myrtle Beach you have heard so many great things about.

HomeAway.com has the most comprehensive selection of vacation rental homes on the Internet. For an alternative lodging option, consider Myrtle Beach vacation rentals for your next trip to the South Carolina coast.

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