Myrtle Beach is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the southeastern seaboard and is the focal point of what is known as the Grand Strand, a 60-mile stretch of brilliant white sand stretching across the coastline of South Carolina. The Boardwalk in Myrtle Beach opened with a flourish in 2010, just across from Ocean Boulevard, where hotels are mostly small and family-operated, just steps away from seaside booths and specialty shops selling beach trinkets, colorful kites and cotton candy.
The Boardwalk at Myrtle Beach spans 1.2 miles along the oceanfront between Second Avenue Pier and 14th Avenue Pier. The mid-section of the new boardwalk covers what was previously the Pavilion Amusement Park area that lit up Ocean Boulevard for more than 50 years and still has a festive carnival atmosphere. The southern end of the boardwalk has an oceanfront park that reaches up to Second Street Pier, home to weekly firework displays. Hotels are perched on Ocean Boulevard as it runs parallel to the boardwalk.
The north section of the boardwalk, extending from 14th Avenue North Pier to Plyler Park, is home to the Holiday Inn at the Pavilion, a few feet from Pier 14. The Yachtsman Resort is a collection of one- and two-bedroom villas with kitchens and living rooms, located directly on the beach and right in front of the Pier 14 Restaurant. Other small mom-and-pop lodging choices include the Blue Bay Motel and the Tides Motel, both with swimming pools and oceanfront locations.
The middle section of the boardwalk has the highest concentration of shops, cafes and arcades, stretching from Plyler Park to Eighth Avenue North. The Chesterfield Inn here is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, with two buildings in the Colonial Revival architectural style. The Diplomat Motel has been remodeled with private balconies overlooking the new boardwalk, and sleeping quarters that range up to two-bedroom suites.
The southern end of the boardwalk spans the remaining distance from Eighth Avenue North to Second Avenue Pier, with benches and natural landscaping passing alongside the beachfront park. Holiday Sands North is a family-operated hotel near the pier, featuring indoor and outdoor pool areas with a lazy river. The Admiral Motor Inn is an economical choice with one-bedroom efficiency suites, while the Bay View Resort is a high-rise luxury facility offering condos up to four bedrooms. All of these properties are a short walking distance from the Family Kingdom Amusement Park.
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