This East Coast city has something for everyone so wherever you’re looking at vacation houses in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, you’ll be within proximity to your favorite choice of activity. From family entertainment to sporting events and from natural surroundings to theatrical performances, you’ll have no end of fun on your Myrtle Beach vacation.

The Golden Mile

The Golden Mile is the nickname for a beachfront area that is conspicuously devoid of hotels and resorts. Instead, this residential area has some stately waterfront villas, some privately occupied and others available for short-term rental. Because this stretch is residential, it tends to be less crowded. It’s still known for its gorgeous scenery and beach conditions, and you’ll find public beach access at a number of points throughout the Golden Mile.

Hurl Rock Park

Hurl Rock Park is situated among several hotels and condos, so there’s usually plenty of action in this park. Once there, you’ll enjoy pristine sand and lovely swimming conditions. Public restrooms are available, and many like to explore the beach and the black rocks located near the sand. The park is open daily between 6 a.m. and 2 a.m., and parking is available for a fee.

Myrtle Beach State Park

A visit to Myrtle Beach State Park is a necessity while you’re in the area. Swimming conditions within the park are ideal, and many consider the beach to be one of the best. Located near the Myrtle Beach International Airport, you’ll find 350 campsites within the park, and cabins are also available for rent. A sizable fishing pier juts out into the water, and you can fish from it for a daily fee. Visitors also like to hike on the nature trails, picnic, ride horses ride and participate in nature programs hosted by park rangers. Pets are allowed in some areas of the park, but not on the beaches during the day between May 1st and Labor Day.

Family Fun

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A must when you’re in Myrtle Beach is to take a ride on the SkyWheel on North Ocean Boulevard. Enjoy a 10-minute ride in a gondola on this 187-foot tall Ferris wheel. In the area, you’ll find amusement parks that feature classic rides as well as water attractions. Kids and adults can find some entertainment splashing around in a lazy river, racing on go-karts and enjoying the thrill of a roller coaster ride. Look for nearby rentals if you expect to spend lots of time at these parks.

A Paradise For Sports Enthusiasts

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Baseball fans can’t pass up the opportunity to see the Pelicans at a home game in the Field at Pelicans Ballpark. You can even watch a game from the exclusive man-made beach by the third base line. Be first at the finish line when you race around the go-kart tracks at Broadway Grand Prix. This attraction features seven tracks, one of which is especially for kids, a rock climbing wall, a kids’ zone for young kids, two mini-golf courses that are race-car themed and a skycoaster.

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Golfing enthusiasts love the options available in Myrtle Beach as there are almost 100 championship golf courses. Legends golf course is renowned, and you’ll enjoy playing amid the natural surroundings that include ponds and marshy wetlands.

See A Show

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Don’t miss the chance to see a show at The Carolina Opry when staying in one of Myrtle Beach’s vacation homes. The award-winning variety show includes dance, comedy and high-energy music. When vacationing at Christmas, book early to see the Christmas special. Another variety show is found at the Alabama Theatre, comprising gospel, country and rock music as well as comedy. You may be lucky enough to see a special guest performer while you’re there.

The Cabana District

The Cabana District is situated on Myrtle Beach’s north end between 79th and 82nd avenues. The area’s name comes from the vivid colors of the cabanas along the sand. From these colorful structures, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the water. Beach conditions are stellar in the Cabana District, and you’ll also find public showers, gazebos and a children’s playground. Nearby pubs and restaurants give you convenient spots to grab a bite or beverage.