There is something so relaxing about a day at the beach and living in South Carolina gives me the opportunity to take advantage of a day at the beach on a regular basis. There are several great beach areas in the Myrtle Beach area both pay and free beaches.
During the summer months, the city of Myrtle Beach is packed with visitors from across the globe so some days can be slightly congested, however, there are numerous things to do in the area. The busiest time for the beach is usually between ten in the morning until five in the afternoon. If getting a tan is not on the agenda for the day, there are numerous activities for families, couples or singles to do throughout Ocean Blvd. otherwise known as the strip. The beach area is clean and well maintained but it does get congested during the summer months.
My favorite place along the sandy beaches is Garden City which is only about a fifteen-minute drive from the center of Myrtle Beach and is more of a family beach than those found in the city of Myrtle Beach. There is less congestion as it is a smaller city and there are a number of activities to do when not relaxing by the ocean. Garden City has a pier for walking on to get a beautiful view of the ocean or to spend some time fishing from. There is also a fun arcade that is just the right size for smaller children as well as adults. For those who like to surf or use a boogie board the waves are usually bigger in this section of the Myrtle Beach area. Garden City has that quaint feeling of when Myrtle Beach first become a popular beach spot for visitors and it provides a nostalgic feeling with the corner cafes selling the best hot dogs in the world and another place that has a good inexpensive breakfast buffet.
Surfside Beach is located between Myrtle Beach and Garden City. If staying in the city of Myrtle Beach it is approximately a ten-minute drive to Surfside. This area of the beach is very clean and family-oriented. The waves on this section of the beach are great for surfers and boogie boarders. There are fast-food restaurants and a grocery located in the city for grabbing a snack or forgotten beach supplies. This section of the beach does have more of a family atmosphere than the Myrtle Beach section so it is great for families with small children.
Huntington Beach State Park is located in Murrells Inlet which is approximately a thirty-minute drive from the center or Myrtle Beach. This is a pay beach, however, it is clean, gorgeous and packed with fun family adventures. There is a number of observation decks and walking trails as well as a bike path. The prices are reasonable at $5.00 for ages 16 and up, $3.00 for ages 6 through 15, children 5 and under are free and disabled visitors or SC residents over the age of 65 are $3.25. Their hours are 6 am until 10 pm everyday of the year. This is a beautiful beach area with a lot of natural habit areas for birds and flowers. There is also a picnic area, fishing, hiking and camping.