[11 July 2014 Last updated at 09:53]

Beach Vacation Spots in South Carolina

Planning a vacation in South Carolina this year?


Boasting historic towns, old plantations and stunning beaches, South Carolina is without a doubt, one of the top places to visit in the US all year long. Come the summer months though, the coast of South Carolina - in particular the Grand Strand stretch of coast – becomes one of top summer destinations in the US to enjoy a beach vacation.

Whether you’re traveling with family of friends, if you’re looking for suggestions on popular beach vacation spots in South Carolina, you may find the following list helpful in deciding your beach vacation getaway!

North Myrtle Beach

If you’re looking for a nice beach vacation spot where you can do lots of fun and exciting activities, North Myrtle Beach is one of the best beach vacation spots in South Carolina for families with kids.

North Myrtle Beach is located not far from the beach resort towns of Cherry Grove Beach and Atlantic Beach, and boast a lovely beach where you can enjoy lots of fun water sports.
Beach Vacation Spots in South Carolina

North Myrtle Beach also has dozens of mini golf parks, as well as lots of great resorts to choose from such as Avista Resort and Beach Cove.

North Myrtle Beach also boasts the free summer concert series held in McLean Park where you’ll be able to listen to live music while enjoying a nice picnic; as well as great events such as the July the 4th celebration at Cherry Grove Fishing Pier where you’ll be able to catch the amazing firework display!

Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is also located on the famous Grand Strand, and it’s perhaps one of the most popular beach vacation spots in South Carolina for everyone.

Myrtle Beach is undoubtedly, one of the most popular places to visit on the East Coast for a beach vacation so, whether you’re traveling with kids, friends or want to enjoy a romantic weekend getaway, you’ll want to head to this lovely beach resort city!
Myrtle Beach in South Carolina

Myrtle Beach boasts lots to see and do in Myrtle Beach besides beach activities such as visiting the popular Family Kingdom Amusement Park (see top theme parks in the US), the riverboat casinos – Big “M” Casino and Sun Cruz Casino, and Carolina Opry, which is one of the best theatres in South Carolina.

By the way, Myrtle Beach is located 30 minutes drive from North Myrtle Beach along N Kings Highway

Surfside Beach

Surfside Beach is a beautiful beach town on South Carolina’s Grand Strand where you can enjoy a fun vacation with family and kids.

Surfside Beach is nicknamed “the Family Beach” and it’s one of the best beach vacation spots in South Carolina to take the family for a quite retreat.

In fact, if you’re traveling with small kids, you’ll love Surfside Beach since it boasts nice beach houses, as well as calm waters ideal for the little ones!

Garden City

Garden City is another lively beach vacation spot on the Grand Strand where you’ll find a ton of vacation rentals, condo rentals and beach houses.

Besides Garden City’s pristine beach, Garden City is home to a lovely pier called – The Pier – complete with arcade games, bars and restaurants.
Garden City in South Carolina

If you love surfing, Garden City Pier is also one of the best surfing spots on the Grand Strand as this spot is known to get pretty good swells.

Folly Beach

Folly Beach is on of the top weekend getaways in the US and one of the best beach vacation spots in South Carolina for romantic couples.
Folly Beach in South Carolina

If you’re looking for a quite and pleasant retreat for you and your other half, you’ll definitely find it in Folly Beach, and the best thing is that you’re only a short drive from Kiawah Island, and 20 minutes drive south of historic city of Charleston SC.

Hilton Head

If you’re looking luxury home rental and luxurious resorts, Hilton Head is one of the top beach vacation spots in South Carolina for an up-scale vacation. (see places to visit in Hilton Head)

Hilton Head boasts a stunning barrier reef island with pristine scenery and some of the best golf courses on this side of the Atlantic!
Hilton Head in South Carolina

Hilton Head can be both a romantic and family spot, so if you’re looking for a lively spot with a touch of luxury where you can enjoy activities like wake-boarding, sailing and deep-sea fishing, Hilton Head is the beach vacation for you!

Another great thing about a vacation in Hilton Head is that you’re only an hour’s drive from the charming city of Savannah in Georgia. (see interesting places to visit in Georgia)

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