Lots to See, Do, Shop and Dine Near Driftwood At the Boardwalk

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The Driftwood at the Boardwalk has been a fixture on the oceanfront for more than 70 years, but this summer we're even closer to the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. That's because the wooden walkway has been extended by one block to provide guests with direct access to the 1.2-mile corridor.

Not only does the expansion provide more convenience for guests of the Driftwood, it also allows visitors easier access to all the great attractions, shops and restaurants located along the Boardwalk. There are even more options to the north and inland of the resort property. Here are some of the nearby hot spots you may want to check out during your stay at the Driftwood:

* Attractions: You don't have to go very far to find plenty of things to do and see. Take the Boardwalk down to the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel and other downtown attractions, such as Family Kingdom Amusement and Water Park, Shark Attack Adventure Golf and Ripley's Believe It Or Not Odd-itorium. For those with little ones who want to burn off some energy, guests can walk one block inland to the Chapin Park Playground. Take a car or a cab for a short ride to Broadway at the Beach, NASCAR SpeedPark and more.

* Dining: Great food and views are only steps away from the Driftwood. The expanded Boardwalk now connects the resort to Bandito's Cantina and Pier 14, two of the most popular restaurants in town. Bandito's specializes in Mexican and Caribbean cuisine and a large patio deck overlooking the ocean, and Pier 14 serves up fresh seafood from a kitchen that hovers above the ocean where dinner was caught. Other nearby favorites are Beach Bummz Cafe, Big Mike's, The Library, Lulu's Cafe, Magnolias at 26th.

* Nightlife: The Boardwalk leads the way to lots of great places to dance the night away. The world-famous Bowery at Plyler is the oldest and hottest honky-tonk in town, and Bandito's has developed a nice late-night crowd. Soho on 21st Avenue North is also a great gathering spot for some late-night sushi and socializing.

* Shopping: The Boardwalk also gives guests access to convenient shopping options downtown. Take a stroll down the Boardwalk and Boulevard to visit all the rows of souvenir stores, particularly the historic Gay Dolphin Gift Shop. For families looking to stock up on items for the week, a Dollar General and K-Mart stores are within walking distance. For more serious shopping, make a short drive to Broadway at the Beach or Coastal Grand Mall.

(posted 4/7/14)