My boyfriend and I decided to get away this past weekend and visit Myrtle Beach. Both of us used to go as kids but it had been awhile since either of us had been so we thought why not? We found a pretty inexpensive hotel called Sea Watch near North Myrtle which was perfect because crowds are not our thing. The rooms were decent but it had something like 11 pools and 6 hot tubs so we were set! If you’re on a budget and don’t mind a little dated rooms, this is a really good place to stay. It’s about 10 minutes from Barefoot Landing and 15 from Downtown Myrtle. We spent the first night at Barefoot Landing and walking the beach.
Day 2 we decided to make a beach/pool day. The water was f r e e z i n g so I didn’t last long there but we did get some drinks at the tiki bar and hang out at the pool which surprisingly wasn’t too crowded so that was a plus.
Our second night there, we decided to hit up Broadway at the Beach. I definitely recommend it to anyone who loves shopping and trying out neat restaurants. It kind of gave off a Disney Springs/ The Island in Pigeon forge vibe and sometimes holds a carnival so there’s plenty to do for the whole family. We ate at Hard Rock Cafe ( I know..not really branching out but we love the atmosphere) and it was delicious as usual and the service was great. We headed on over to It’s Sugar which is basically this huge candy store but they also have plushies, toys, mugs, etc. I racked up on a Gudetama plushy and Japanese melon soda. We went on to several really cool stores; Reigning Cats & Dogs (pet memorabilia), Heroes & Villians (comic/movie memorabilia), Del Sol (shirt, hats, rings, etc that change color in the sun), and Retro Active (memorabilia from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s). There’s also a Dave & Busters there if you’re into arcade fun!
Sunday was our last day and we wanted to make the most of it so we headed to Downtown Myrtle to play putt putt at Captain Hooks Adventure. I used to play here a lot when I came with my family but Taylor had never been so I wanted him to experience it. This place is really cute and although the characters may look a little off from the Disney ones, it’s still super fun and a great family or couple activity. There are two 18 hole courses, The Lost Boys and Hook’s Adventure. We tried out Hook’s Adventure and played holes that went into a cave and onto Hook’s ship. There’s some great photo spots and sculptures of Hook, the lost boys, Peter Pan, and the crocodile.
After mini golf, we headed to Whales which is one of the bargain beach stores that they have everywhere in Myrtle. I highly suggest you stop by one for a trinket or any kind of souvenir! They have all kinds of merchandise from beach wear to boogie boards to big comfy sweaters. We snagged a couple of comfy Myrtle Beach shirts and a bottle opener magnet for the fridge. We then headed down to the strip and had shrimp po’ boys at a little diner right on the beach. We stumbled upon a store that sold something called “Dragon’s Breath” it was like cereal balls that they stirred in nitrogen. They tasted pretty odd but made for a cool pic. We walked down to the pier and then started our journey back home. Ultimately, if you are looking to get out of town and don’t want to spend a fortune, I would definitely recommend Myrtle. 🙂
Next up: San Francisco!