Boating in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Terrific Beach Getaway
In the heart of the Grand Strand is booming Myrtle Beach. Long known as a terrific beach-vacation getaway, the town boasts an impressive array of non-beach attractions too.
What to do
The Carolina Opry (8901-A Business 17, 843-913-4000, thecarolinaopry.com) is a musical revue that’s been hailed as one of the best live shows in the South.
Carolina Safari Jeep Tours (606-65th Ave. North, 843-497-5330, www.carolinasafari. com) will have you rumbling past antebellum mansions.
The Ripleys Aquarium (1110 Celebrity Circle, 843-916-0888,myrtlebeach.ripleyaquariums.com) has a Rio Amazon exhibit full of piranhas and a tunnel-shaped tank that brings you face to face with sea turtles, tarpon, and sharks. The aquarium is part of the 350-acre Broadway at the Beach complex (800-386-4662, broadwayatthebeach. com)—with an IMAX theater, mini golf, and dozens of shops.
Test the turf at the King’s North course at Myrtle Beach National (4900 National Dr., 843-448-2308, www.kingsnorth.biz), a perennial favorite designed by Arnold Palmer. There are more than 120 golf courses gracing the area, including ones created by Greg Norman, Jack Nicklaus, and Robert Trent Jones.
Where to eat
The elegant but low-key Aspen Grille (5101 N. Kings Hwy., 843 449 9191) has Low Country-inspired dishes such as roast pork with Hoppin’ John risotto.
Sea Captain’s House (3002 N. Ocean Blvd., 843-448-8082), in a converted beach cottage, specializes in local seafood.
Tuxedo waiters at upscale Library Restaurant (1212 North Kings Hwy., 843-448-4527) serve oysters Rockefeller and Dover sole.
Where to dock
Tie up at Barefoot Marina (2051 Bridgeview Court, 843-385-1829) for its protected dockage, ICW location, and free shuttle to the Barefoot shopping locale.