Myrtle Beach is a great place for couples to visit for a romantic getaway, and there are lots of opportunities to make some long-lasting memories with an ideal date night.
Forget the old dinner and a movie standard. Myrtle Beach allows couples to get creative and make a fun and romantic date out of local attractions, restaurants and night clubs.
Where to go and what to do largely depend on where you are staying or want to explore. The Grand Strand, the 60-mile stretch of coastline that surrounds Myrtle Beach, offers a unique combination of activities to create some magical moments and memories. Here are five suggested date nights that, depending on your tastes, are sure to please both parties:
* South Strand: The romantic Lowcountry holds a treasure of activities for couples. Start the day with a tour of Brookgreen Gardens, a 9,000-acre art and nature display located in Murrells Inlet, which is about 20 miles south of downtown Myrtle Beach. As the oldest and largest sculpture garden on the East Coast, Brookgreen Gardens provides the perfect blend of art and nature. Check out the twisting live oak trees that pre-date the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Couples can cross the street to Huntington Beach State Park and spend some time on the pristine beaches as well as tour an old Spanish castle on the beachfront. Cap the day with a seafood feast at the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk, where a dozen restaurants and bars offer good times for parties of two.
* Downtown Myrtle Beach: Guests as the Paradise Resort can take advantage of this date game plan without moving their vehicle. Take a stroll down the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and take in the sights and sounds of the ocean as well as the downtown district. Couples can window shop for the right restaurant to fit their tastes and taste buds. For a formal affair, make reservations at The Library on Kings Highway. For a more casual meal, Pop's Place and Soho near 21st Avenue North are excellent options. After dinner, take a romantic ride on the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel and enjoy the awe-inspiring view from 200 feet above the ocean and skyline. Have a nightcap at Art Burger Sushi Bar and one of its creative frozen drinks made with a liquid nitrogen blender.
* North Strand: The North Myrtle Beach and Little River areas offer a wealth of fun opportunities for couples. Start the day with an adventure out of the Little River Inlet, where charter boats offer dolphin-watching cruises and trips to Bird Island. After spending the day at sea, enjoy an upscale dinner at SeaBlue Tapas Restaurant & Wine Bar in North Myrtle Beach. And cap off the date with a visit to the famed dance clubs of Ocean Drive, where the shag dance is still alive and kicking. Shag clubs like Fat Harold's and the O.D. Lounge also offer free dance lessons so you can learn how to shag in no time.
* Commercial districts: Couples can make a fantastic date by visiting just one of the entertainment, shopping and dining complexes on the Grand Strand. At Broadway at the Beach, have dinner at Key West Grill, King Kong Sushi or Hard Rock Café, followed by a fun stroll through the many night clubs Celebrity Square, such as Dueling Pianos or dancing at Club Boca. At Barefoot Landing, have a romantic meal at Greg Norman’s, Castano’s or Umberto’s, followed by a live show or concert at Alabama Theatre or the House of Blues.