Top 5 Reasons to Visit Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach, S.C., is the quintessential beach destination, and with seasonal direct flights available via WestJet from Toronto, there’s even more reason to visit this summer. Need more convincing? Check out these Top 5 reasons to go:

#1 — 60 Miles of Beaches
Naturally, the fun begins at the Myrtle Beach area’s No. 1 attraction — 60 miles of coastline. The Grand Strand’s beaches provide visitors with all the necessary resources for an ideal getaway. It’s no wonder the destination has been named the “World’s Best Beach” by Yahoo! Travel and “Favorite Beach Town” by Southern Living.

#2 — Come Hungry: Myrtle Beach’s Vibrant Culinary Scene
The one thing everyone has to do on vacation is eat, and Myrtle Beach, which Huffington Post has ranked among the best restaurant cities in America, has plenty of variety. Among the choices is the new Culinary Institute, which has adult and kid cooking classes. Fresh, locally caught seafood is a must-try — don’t miss spots like Sea Captain’s House and 2nd Avenue Pier, which both overlook the Atlantic Ocean and offer cuisine that matches the stunning views.

#3 — Just Add Water: Sail, Surf, Kayak, Dive
Sailboat, Jet Ski, canoe and kayak rentals are offered up and down the Grand Strand. For those looking to descend below the water, there are several historic shipwrecks that can be explored via scuba diving. Strap on your scuba gear and explore the submerged hulls of the Hebe, a Dutch merchant ship; St. Cathan, a British submarine chaser; and the Richmond, a passenger ship that sank off the shores of the Grand Strand. Those who’d rather keep their adventures above water can choose from parasailing, surfing, boogie-boarding, wind surfing and kite surfing.

#4 — Hook, Line and Sinker: Fishing
Fishing along the Grand Strand can be enjoyed from one of eight fishing piers located along the beach. There are also backwater creeks between Georgetown and Little River that provide great crabbing opportunities. More serious anglers can board a boat for bottom fishing, or venture all the way to the Gulf Stream, just 60 miles offshore, for true deep-sea sports fishing experiences.

#5 — Grab Your Putter: Golf
Golf fans of all ages can choose from a myriad of both miniature and traditional golf courses in Myrtle Beach. Mini golf themes range from man-eating dinosaurs and lava-spewing volcanoes, to high-seas adventures aboard pirate ships. The Grand Strand is considered the miniature golf capital of the world with 50 miniature golf courses from which to choose. Myrtle Beach is also home to nearly 100 championship golf courses, with more than half of those participating in the “Kids Play Free” program — allowing juniors to play for free all summer long when accompanied by a paying adult.

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