When you close your eyes and think about Myrtle Beach, what do you see? Since we can’t hear your answer through the computer, we’ll take a shot. We see rolling golf course hills and open beaches. Cue, relaxed sigh. Although Myrtle Beach is known for their golf courses and ocean waves – there’s a lot about the Tourist Capital of South Carolina you don’t know. We discovered the destination is full of local gems to try while you’re there. That doesn’t mean you can’t swing a few golf balls down the green in the meantime (wink, wink).
Places like Mr. Fish and Mr. Fish Seafood Market (both family-run establishments) house all of the freshest local crab, sushi, and triggerfish. What’s a triggerfish, you ask? They’re popular on the coast, make for “excellent” eating while they’re sweet in flavor (they’re a little closer in taste to crab than fish, for example). Voila, we learn something new every day! And also, yum?
For a tasty falafel moment, Habibi’s will charm. Specifically, if you enjoy a hole-in-the-wall shop that serves Lebanese like they’ve been doing it all their lives. Need another sneaky spot? La Poblantina will be there for your Mexican food craving.
Myrtle Beach knows how to throw a party. A unique and notable festival on the coast is a definite “must-see” if you’re in Myrtle Beach while it’s going on. The Blue Crab Festival (May 25-May 28) is free to attend (that includes parking) if you’re planning on spending the day there. While you’re there, expect to see carnival rides, arts and crafts, live music, and a newly renovated riverfront in downtown Palatka.
Breezy stroll by the ocean anyone? Not to mention, we’re sure you’ll recognize the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel. Did you know it was the tallest observation deck on the East Coast? Along the way, grab some authentic warm-and-fuzzy grub at Big Mike’s Soul Food. You can walk off the macaroni and cornbread on the boardwalk.
If you’re looking for a night on the town, The Carolina Opry might be your vacation destiny. It is the only theater, after all, to be designated the “Most Outstanding Attraction” by the state of South Carolina. Buy tickets through their website and have yourself a grand ol’ evening in Myrtle Beach.
Brittany is a member of the Communications Team at Sun Country Airlines. Her favorite things about Sun Country are the close-knit family vibe and the passion behind the people, as if the employees and customers grew up loving the “airline next door.” Her favorite destination? The whimsical forests and rain of Seattle’s coast.