Walk the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

By:Marie McAden

Date:6/1/2010

You don’t have to get sand between your toes to enjoy an oceanfront walk on Myrtle Beach this spring. The popular Grand Strand vacation destination now has an honest-to-goodness boardwalk.

We’re talking 770,000 board-feet of lumber running along the dunes in the heart of downtown Myrtle Beach from the Second Avenue Pier to Pier 14 (at 14th Avenue.)

“It makes this section of Ocean Boulevard a destination again,” said Mark Kruea, spokesman for the city of Myrtle Beach. “Several restaurants are already offering sidewalk seating.”

The 1.2- mile walkway is eight feet wide in some sections, 30 to 50 feet in others, allowing for sidewalk cafes and generous seating areas. While most of the boardwalk is made of wood, the section at the south end is a decorative concrete path that meanders along the dune line. Benches have been placed in alcoves along the route so visitors can sit back and take in the gorgeous ocean view.

If you want to ride a bike or walk your dog, you’ll have to get up early this time of year. From now until Labor Day, bikes and pets are allowed on the boardwalk from 5 to 10 a.m. only. Skateboards and roller blades are prohibited at all times.

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