Destination guide

Make the most of your Myrtle Beach vacation rental

Myrtle Beach offers a peaceful setting, where ocean waves lap against long stretches of sandy shores. But when the sun shines, the city's iconic boardwalk buzzes with the lively sounds of arcades, carnival games, and classic amusement park rides at Family Kingdom. Land lovers will find plenty of fun away from the surf and sand with scores of kitschy miniature golf courses, go-kart tracks, and kid-friendly attractions dotting the landscape. As one of the nation's most beloved coastal cities, Myrtle Beach provides a host of resorts, motels, and vacation rentals, all while catering to an array of travellers, including families, couples, and large groups.

History

While Myrtle Beach may not showcase its past like other cities, you'll find plenty of history on hand if you do enough digging. You can really step back in time with a visit to Myrtle Beach State Park, a 126-hectare preserve with trails, fishing piers, and a nature centre that explores the region's rich natural history from as far back to prehistoric times. You don't have to believe in spirits to enjoy one of the city's popular ghost tours, where guides tell tales of departed pirates and seafarer widows who (reportedly) still haunt the town. Music and history collide at the Carolina Opry, a popular variety show that's been running in Myrtle Beach since 1986.

Activities

Activities and attractions in Myrtle Beach

Are you looking for attractions to visit during your stay? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes Myrtle Beach a fun place to get away. These are some of the top attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Myrtle Beach Room Escape (0.2 mi / 0.3 km)
  • SkyWheel Myrtle Beach (0.2 mi / 0.3 km)
  • Mount Atlanticus Miniature Golf (0.3 mi / 0.5 km)
  • Captain Hook's Adventure Golf (0.8 mi / 1.2 km)
  • Family Kingdom Amusement Park (1.1 mi / 1.8 km)
  • MagiQuest (1.3 mi / 2.1 km)
Weather

Seasonal weather in Myrtle Beach

If you're planning a vacation around warm-weather activities, July, August, June and September are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 87°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is famous for its beautiful ocean views and breathtaking sunrises. Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to appreciate the scenery, Myrtle Beach is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. Here are some of the area’s most eye-catching sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Chapin Memorial Park (0.3 mi / 0.4 km)
  • Anderson Park (0.6 mi / 0.9 km)
  • Midway Park (2.3 mi / 3.6 km)
  • Warbird Park (3.7 mi / 5.9 km)
  • Myrtle Beach State Park (4.6 mi / 7.4 km)
  • Conway Riverwalk (13.5 mi / 21.7 km)
How to get there

Transportation options to and around Myrtle Beach

Fly into Myrtle Beach, SC (MYR), the closest airport, located 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into North Myrtle Beach, SC (CRE-Grand Strand), which is 12.1 mi (19.5 km) away.

How to get around

Getting around from your Myrtle Beach vacation rental

It's best to embrace a laid-back beach attitude if you plan on driving in Myrtle Beach – U.S. Route 17, the main thoroughfare in town, gets heavily congested during the busy spring and summer seasons. Instead, skip the traffic jams and get some exercise to boot by exploring the area on 2 wheels. You'll find plenty of bike rental companies around town, and the waterfront Ocean Boulevard features protected bike lanes. Bicycles are allowed on the boardwalk during select seasons, but skateboards, roller skates, and Segways are prohibited year round. Public buses provide cheap and fast service throughout Myrtle Beach and to other surrounding beach communities.

Food & drink 

Eating your way through your Myrtle Beach vacation

The most famous dining experience in Myrtle Beach consists of classic boardwalk fare – so get ready to fill up on plenty of burgers, corn dogs, cotton candy, and popcorn. Of course, few things are more refreshing on a hot summer day than a scoop of ice cream, and you'll find plenty of shops slinging that sweet dairy goodness near the beach. Like many waterfront cities, Myrtle Beach also features scores of seafood restaurants and oyster bars serving up fresh catches and ocean views to complete your dining experience. You'll also find a host of beachside shacks offering fish and chips.

Essential info

Facts to know for your Myrtle Beach vacation rental stay

Myrtle Beach has a population of 32,200, but when you include the metropolitan region it climbs to nearly 450,000 residents. English is the official language and the US dollar is the currency. If you're dining out, 15-20% is the standard tipping rate and 21 is the legal drinking age. Unfortunately, thefts can occasionally occur in the peak tourist season, so take care not to leave valuable items in your car, hotel room, or on the beach while swimming. In case of emergency, call 911. Hurricane season runs from June through November, so travel insurance is not a bad idea if you're visiting during that time.

Where to stay near Myrtle Beach?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 10,485 house rentals near Myrtle Beach. From 2,144 Houses to 7,014 Condos/Apartments, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Myrtle Beach is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Myrtle Beach?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Myrtle Beach:

  • Gulfstream Cottages: 522 vacation rentals
  • Long Bay Estates: 17 vacation rentals
  • Caribbean Cove: 199 vacation rentals
  • Summer Cottages: 720 vacation rentals
  • Golden Mile: 614 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Myrtle Beach?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Myrtle Beach. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Barefoot Landing: 6,064 home rentals
  • Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade: 5,289 home rentals
  • Myrtlewood Golf Club: 9,937 home rentals
  • The Market Common: 9,457 home rentals
  • Myrtle Beach State Park: 9,556 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Myrtle Beach listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Myrtle Beach?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 2,144 Houses in Myrtle Beach. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Myrtle Beach include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 7,014 lodging choices
  • Villas: 208 lodging choices
  • Cottages: 105 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Myrtle Beach?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 9,054 vacation homes with pool available in Myrtle Beach.

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