The holidays are coming and you may want to grab a quick beach getaway before the madness and all the relatives land on your doorstep. The weather is pleasant; the beach is right at your feet, there are no crowds and plenty of bargains to be had.
The weather is not exactly right for swimming in the ocean, but it's terrific for walking on the beach, soaking up some not so hot sun and sitting on your balcony watching the waves crash. If you're a golfer, you will appreciate it as well.
Myrtle Beach is located along the northern coast of South Carolina and offers 60 miles of sandy beaches, but it has more to offer than the ocean. There are plenty of dining options, museums, live entertainment, fishing and tours. If you go a bit north to Little River, you'll find a gem called Vereen Memorial Historical Gardens. It is a 115 acre park with four miles of trails for hiking or biking. Bring your binoculars because the bird watching is superb. Best of all, it is free and open to the public during daylight hours.
So, where should you stay? There are a multitude of options, but I suggest the Paradise Resort. You are directly on the beach, have indoor and outdoor pools and have a choice from standard rooms to one to four bedroom condos. There is a workout room, free parking, free WiFi and free coffee in your room. There is also a restaurant, snack bar, breakfast bar, shuffleboard and corn hole, not to mention the ocean right outside your door!
So you have a bit more time on your hands – why not go shopping? There are outlet malls, The Market Common, which is set in a tree-lined village and Carolina Pottery www.carolinapottery.com. It is full of indoor and outdoor furniture and décor – over 100,000 square feet. That should keep you busy for a while!
Myrtle Beach is a great option any time of the year, but as a Baby Boomer, you are not limited to traveling during peak times, so why not visit off season and enjoy the beach without the crowds? Stay at the Paradise Resort and have a stress-free holiday.
November 19, 2016