As summer looms around the corner, many travel groups are ready to escape the big-city bustle and head out to the coast. The Carolinas offer many choice waterfront locations, from the sandy beaches of Wilmington, North Carolina, down to the colorful port city of Charleston, South Carolina. In these cities, groups can wander down cobblestone roads, explore vibrant downtown markets, visit historic homes and feast on coastal cuisine, enticing options for every member of the group.
Next time you are on the lookout for that perfect coastal getaway, consider traveling to one of the following destinations.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
One of South Carolina’s most diverse regions, the Grand Strand spans a 60-mile stretch of the East Coast, with 14 cities that include the bustling entertainment hub of Myrtle Beach and the charming seaside communities of Pawleys Island and Little River.
When travelers visit the Myrtle Beach area, they can enjoy all the sights and attractions of this unique destination within easy driving distance.
“You can drive along the entire Grand Strand in 60 minutes,” said Kim DaRoja, director of group sales at the Myrtle Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
For a day of fun and relaxation on the water, groups can choose from over a dozen local sports outfitters and boat tour companies. A few popular choices are the Crazy Sister Marina in Murrells Inlet and Hurricane Fleet Marina in Calabash, which claims the title Seafood Capital of the World.
“We have every type of water sport and experience imaginable, from swimming with dolphins to deep-sea fishing to taking a shrimp boat excursion to see firsthand how the fishermen harvest the shrimp,” said DaRoja.
For those who prefer to relish the ocean view without getting their feet wet, the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk Entertainment District offers a variety of dining and entertainment venues along a beautiful 1.2-mile boardwalk. RipTydz Oceanfront Grille and Rooftop Bar is one of the latest installments on the boardwalk and features a stunning overlook of the beach from its waterfront dining deck and rooftop section.