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Make the Most of Myrtle Beach

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You simply can't think about Myrtle Beach without thinking about golf. A mecca for players of every level, the Grand Strand and Myrtle Beach are home to more than 100 golf courses along the northern coast of South Carolina. The wide variety of golf courses here offers variety and challenging layouts for amateurs and professionals alike-as well as gorgeous backdrops of the Atlantic and one of the country's premier beach vacation destinations.

But there's more to Myrtle Beach than world-class golf and the best family beaches on the East Coast.

Murrells Inlet, home to many of the area's pristine golf courses, is also known as the "Seafood Capital of South Carolina." For a taste of the Palmetto State's freshest shrimp, Atlantic oysters and succulent crab, Drunken Jack's Restaurant serves up savory seafood with a legendary South Carolina pirate story on the side.

When you're ready to take a break from the sun and sand, there's plenty to keep you busy in this wonderland of family-friendly adventures. Shop till you drop at two Tanger Outlet Centers or take a ride on the SkyWheel-a 187 foot Ferris wheel offering picture-perfect views of the Atlantic from climate-controlled gondolas overlooking the sea.

Wild Water & Wheels, the Grand Strand's 16-acre amusement park, boasts more than 33 rides, a wave pool, miniature golf and plenty more excitement to keep the kids entertained for hours.

Check out one of the area's wildlife cruises for an up-close-and-personal look at local marine animals. Embark on a tour with Blue Wave Adventures Dolphin Watch to learn about South Carolina's coastal ecology and get the chance to see Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in their native environment.

Brookgreen Gardens, a 300-acre sculpture garden and wildlife sanctuary, is one of the area's most visited destinations. Nearby sits Atalaya Castle, a National Historic Landmark just steps off the sands of Huntington Beach State Park.

Music lovers don't have to go far for a great show in Myrtle Beach. Legends in Concert - a Vegas-style show that's known as one of the world's greatest celebrity tribute shows - is one of many celebrated acts you'll find in the area.

And of course, there's the golf. The Grand Strand's Tournament Players Club, once the host of the Senior PGA Championship, holds a coveted five-star rating from Golf Digest magazine and offers an exceptional Myrtle Beach golf experience. TheInternational Golf Club of Myrtle Beach is one of the area's most acclaimed courses, designed by William Byrd to accommodate dynamic play from 4,838 to nearly 7,000 yards. And you won't find a more beautiful course than Pawleys Island's Caledonia Golf & Fish Club.

Whether you're escaping for a golf getaway or taking the entire family on a week-long beach vacation, there's always something new to discover in Myrtle Beach.

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