Last month I was lucky enough to be invited by my boyfriend’s family to tag along on a trip to Myrtle Beach. When you say Myrtle Beach, people often think of golf, night life, and crowded beaches. But there’s a side of Myrtle Beach that can make it into a perfect, relaxing vacation for any traveler. To be more exact, we stayed in a nice ocean front house in Surfside Beach, SC. A lot of vacationers would pay the higher prices to be in Myrtle Beach, thinking that those small beach towns surrounding it would be poor alternatives. Not only should Surfside Beach not be labeled as the “alternative,” but I preferred the small town six miles South of the crowded bustling vacation hub.
Quiet vacation spots aren’t for every traveler, but when you are looking for a relaxing beach destination and don’t want to splurge on those tropical islands in the Caribbean, the southern coast is a great alternative. The two weekends prior to our Surfside Beach vacation I spent in Charleston and on the islands surrounding the city. Until now, I had always associated the beaches in South Carolina with busy tourist traps. But vacation spots exist that are not inundated with chain restaurants and resorts.
Our house in Surfside Beach was perfect. We had an ocean view, four bedrooms, a great kitchen and dining areas, porch and pool. It was the perfect place for a family getaway. We had days in the sun and quiet while also having access to the nightlife and restaurants in Myrtle Beach when we wanted to. I got to spend a week with my boyfriend’s wonderful family playing games, maybe drinking a little too much sangria, and having an overall wonderful, relaxing vacation filled with good food and good company.