TRAVEL – Myrtle Beach: where kids become pirates and parents enjoy the beach

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800px-Myrtle_Beach_SCMay 12, 2014
Brelaun Douglas
News Writer
Travel

Situated along South Carolina’s coast, 800px-Myrtle_Beach,_North_Ocean_Boulevard_100420-F-4155R-021Myrtle Beach is a continuous stretch of beach, filled with adventure and amazement. When visiting the city, guests will find a warm subtropical climate, beautiful beaches, excellent accommodations and wonderful food to make their stay worthwhile. They can also expect to find great points of adventure and excitement to enjoy during their entire stay.

Lodging

A hotel like no other, the Caraville Resort features nine different buildings in one. Choices include The Arbor, a two bedroom, two bathroom condo with full kitchen and living room, situated across the street from the ocean or St. John’s Inn, also located across from the ocean, featuring an outdoor pool and whirlpool 800px-Sun_'N_Sand_Resort_Hotel_in_Myrtle_Beach,_SC_IMG_4505and a brick pool deck. Other choices include Sea Mark Tower, a large condo designed for the family seeking space; Caravelle Tower, a two room efficiency or studio building with ocean view; and the St. Clement’s building, a building full of ocean view suites and oversized private balconies. Or, choose from the oceanfront condos of Carolina Dunes or the luxurious efficiencies and suites of the Caravelle Resort building. 

Located across from the 14th Ave. Pier and Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, Aqua Beach Inn is the perfect location for visitors looking to stay a short distance from the excitement of the city. It is located conveniently between Myrtle Beach International Airport and several Myrtle Beach attractions, so travel and fun are easily accessible. Inn rooms feature Whirlpool appliances, fully equipped kitchens, ocean views, private balconies, and a glorious night view of the Skywheel.DuffySt

Dining

For endless seafood at a great price, climb aboard Captain Benjamin’s Calabash Restaurant where the food is fresh and affordable.  Enjoy one of the many appetizer baskets ranging from calamari, chicken strips or onion rings for as low as $5.99. Or, enjoy either one of the fried dinners or grilled dinners that the restaurant has to offer. To really curve your appetite, take advantage of the buffet which serves endless amounts of items such as crabs, hushpuppies, meatballs, steamed vegetables, stuffed mushrooms, mahi mahi and more. 

Owned by Chef Curry Martin, who has worked in Napa Valley and France, Aspen Grille is filled with fine cuisine and wines, southern hospitality and a relaxing and sophisticated atmosphere. This restaurant’s atmosphere is ideal for a quiet romantic date or can serve as the perfect place for a lively group event. Menu items range from escargot, French onion soup, seared New Bedford sea scallops, steaks, jumbo lump crab cakes and much more. Desserts include the tastes of apple crumble, white chocolate crème brulee, and German chocolate brownie sundae. The restaurant also offers a vast assortment of wines from various brands of Chardonnay, red wine, white wine, sparkling champagnes, French wines, Merlots and tons of others.

Things to See and Do

For family fun that everyone will enjoy, visit Ripley’s Aquarium and experience an adventure with sharks, stingrays, eels, fantastic fish and poisonous predators. Experience the marine life of the aquarium by communing with the sharks, touching stingrays, or gliding along a 330 foot moving path beneath the reef. To make the visit even more special for the kids, treat them to one of three makeover packages: Mermaid, sailor or pirate. Mermaid packages include hairstyles of choice, shimmering makeup, “I’m a Ripley’s Mermaid” T-shirt, and fashion jewelry for $34.99. Sailor packages contain a sailor hat and a Ripley’s Sailor T-shirt for $19.99 while pirate packages include an eye patch, bandana and tattoos for $24.99. 

Pick up the pace and visit Soar & Explore for an outdoor adventure. Lodged 50 feet above water, guests can zipline 1,000 feet between towers. Or, guests can venture out to the rope course and navigate between 33 different challenging elements composed of more than 3,000 ropes and cables. For those with a competitive nature, the course gets more and more challenging the farther you get into it to create a little family competition. Zipline is $19.99 and ropes challengeis $11.99 or save and get the adventure combo pack for $26.99.

Slow the pace down and enjoy time on the beach. 1.2 mile-long, the Oceanfront Boardwalk is the perfect place to relax and take in the sights of the ocean or shop and enjoy the cuisine of the area. The mid-section of the beach holds the former Pavillion Amusement Park and holds a carnival-like atmosphere.

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