I’ve been to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina only once – during New Year’s 2009/2010. It was fun, but cold, and we could tell that the area would be entertaining to come back and visit come summertime. (We’d probably spend a lot of time playing miniature golf – we saw about twelve awesome looking courses!)
Of course, I’d also love to go back and visit the actual beach in Myrtle Beach, which was just lovely in December, as cold as it was. And now, there’s a fantastic, 1.2 mile long boardwalk to enjoy as well! The boardwalk was opened on Saturday, May 15, 2010 (as I was getting married in Key West, Florida), and it looks fabulous. The boardwalk is at times wooden and at times concrete, and it curves along the coastline like a giant sea snake. No longer do pedestrians have to trudge through the sand or risk walking along Ocean Boulevard – they can view beautiful Myrtle Beach from the safe vantage point of a lovely boardwalk.
Boardwalks have always evoked feelings of nostalgia for me, and I find this interesting because I never grew up actually on the beach. I lived close to the beach in San Diego, but not close enough so that my parents would walk me down to a boardwalk or a pier on the weekends. I don’t know what it is. Perhaps it’s the people watching; everyone looks so happy at the beach, and it’s enough to just sit on a bench and watch happy kids and parents stroll by. Boardwalks are what I think about when I hear someone say “Let’s go to the beach!” Sun, sand, ocean, boardwalks and sunsets – these are also the first images that pop into my head when I daydream about beach vacations.
As this article from Budget Travel points out, there’s a lot happening along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk; the city is very lucky to have this attraction for locals and tourists who need a break from the sandy beach scene.
Just one more reason to plan a Myrtle Beach vacation in the near future!