Myrtle Beach

The Grand Strand

Myrtle Beach, SC

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Freewheeling down the mountains from Asheville and into the rolling foothills of South Carolina, your arrival at the lowland country is heralded by the appearance of cotton fields, Spanish moss, and palmetto trees. Heading toward the beaches you’ll also see a hundred billboards for Sparky’s– a fireworks joint that grew into a giant emporium, and is well worth the stop.

 

Myrtle Beach is a splendid blend of Atlantic City-style boardwalk and Gatlinburg’s overload of touristy fun. Plus a marvelous beach that offers warm water late into the season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We spent a couple of days enjoying the sand and surf at Myrtle Beach State Park. Camping was excellent, even in the middle of the busy Bike Week Rally. The campsites are deeply shaded, and a short sidewalk stroll took you right to the pearly sands.

 

Tike Bikers

Also on the State Park property is a long fishing pier and gift shop, where we slurped ice cream cones and watched a huge shark circle slowly around sniffing for chum.

On the north end of town is Broadway on the Beach – a large complex of attractions connected by walkways over man-made lagoons. We had a fun supper at Margaritaville, where waiters on stilts twisted clever balloon art to help you celebrate any occasion.

 

Our stay here was too short…there’s so much to enjoy. We’re sure glad we had cousins to show us the highlights.
Tonight we are motoring in the direction of home, skirting around a tropical storm that has dumped flood waters back home. We’ll hunker down in camp tonight as the rain passes by.