Myrtle Beach: The Perfect Vacation Destination for Family, Foodies and Explorers Alike

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With its wide range of both natural and man-made attractions — ranging from the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway to parks, theaters, museums, thrill rides and restaurants of most every type — the Myrtle Beach area truly has something for everyone. It’s why people of all stripes come from far and wide to vacation on the Grand Strand, and many of those keep coming back year after year.

Today, let’s look at three types of vacationers — families, foodies and explorers — and consider just a few of the reasons each can find something right up their alley on the Grand Strand:

Families: Definitely the largest attraction in terms of size, and probably the biggest single draw for most family vacationers, the Atlantic Ocean and is an obvious reason people flock to the Grand Strand. And at The Cottages at North Beach Plantation, guests have easy access to the ocean and beach via a private boardwalk from our 2.5-acre oceanfront poolscape. Another big attraction that’s within easy reach — it’s located right across North Kings Highway from the resort — is the Barefoot Landing shopping, dining and entertainment complex. Here, families can catch dinner, a show and some shopping, all back to back and without leaving the complex. Another popular nearby spot for families is Pirates Voyage, located about 10 minutes south of the resort on North Kings Highway. Here, families can enjoy a four-course feast while watching the high-flying action as pirates fight over treasure on land, at sea and aboard ships.

Foodies: The delicious dishes start early on the Grand Strand, with breakfast (or sleep in a bit and grab brunch) at Croissants Bistro & Bakery, a local favorite since 1995. There’s one located about 6.5 miles south of the resort on North Kings Highway, and the delicious ways to start your day include an array of crepes, benedicts and other specialties such as Bananas Foster French Toast and Shrimp & Grits. For a great lunch option, head to Lucy Buffett’s LuLu’s at Barefoot Landing. Set to open in summer 2018, the restaurant serves up signature items like the top-selling Crab Melt and the “Pa-Menna” Cheeseburger in a fun and lively atmosphere that includes live music nightly, an arcade, a ropes-climbing course, a large beach area and “LuLu’s Shag Beach Bar.” For dinner, check out 21 Main Prime Steakhouse, located right on the North Beach Plantation property. This repeat cuisine-contest winner offers a menu focused on 28-day dry-aged meats, fresh seafood and sushi in an elegant setting. For dessert, Hook & Barrel — located about 6.5 miles south of the resort, offers tasty treats like the Chocolate Chip Cookie Skillet, the Chocolate Tower and Bananas Profiteroles.

Explorers: Got the urge to get out and about? Take a day trip to Myrtle Beach State Park, where educational opportunities, surf fishing and quiet stretches of oceanfront maritime forest await for adventure-seekers. A little farther south at Brookgreen Gardens, 9,000-plus acres of sculpture gardens, nature preserves, a zoo, a butterfly house and more are waiting to be explored. And for those ready to hit the waters, several area vendors offer boat rides and fishing expeditions along the Intracoastal Waterway or out into the Atlantic Ocean.

No matter what type of vacationer you are, you can enjoy a getaway at your home away from home on the Grand Strand by booking a stay at The Cottages at North Beach Plantation today. With our long list of comfortable accommodations and extensive amenities, you and your vacation crew are sure to find just what you’re looking for in the Myrtle Beach area.