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Families will love:

  • Sun, southern hospitality
  • An endless stretch of white-sand beaches
  • Countless mini-golf courses

It's all about beaches, sun and southern hospitality in Myrtle Beach -- and golf, of course. Myrtle Beach, known as the "Seaside Golf Capital of the World," is a golfer's goldmine, and the city boasts more than 100 world-class golf courses. But Myrtle Beach is as much a destination for families as it is for golfers. A popular Myrtle Beach activity is a visit to one of the ... more
It's all about beaches, sun and southern hospitality in Myrtle Beach -- and golf, of course. Myrtle Beach, known as the "Seaside Golf Capital of the World," is a golfer's goldmine, and the city boasts more than 100 world-class golf courses. But Myrtle Beach is as much a destination for families as it is for golfers. A popular Myrtle Beach activity is a visit to one of the area's countless mini-golf courses, many of which feature fun and colorful constructions, massive Mayan ruins, or towering dinosaur statues.

Myrtle Beach's celebrated golf courses and their impressive mini-counterparts demonstrate that when it comes to attractions, food and lodging, Myrtle Beach does it big and bold. Seafood aficionados can get fresh fish -- and plenty of it -- in any one of the area's many all-you-can-eat seafood buffets. The same goes for steak -- lots of large and in-charge steakhouses make their presence known with giant signs and even bigger parking lots at almost every corner. Towering high-rise hotels are equally plentiful. The quintessential Myrtle Beach skyline is an endless stretch of white beach lined with stack upon stack of boxy hotels, which shrink only slightly from a distance.

Families who enjoy tiny, historic bed and breakfasts and organic or vegetarian food may struggle to find such things in Myrtle Beach. But despite the city's bevy of big-budget mega hotels, famous-name chain restaurants, busy beaches and multimillion-dollar golf courses, hospitality and a certain small-town charm do exist here. Many of the larger hotels offer services -- such as organized family trivia games, personal concierge services and complimentary DVD libraries (you'll find all three at the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, a high-rise hotel with more than 100 rooms) -- that would put a small-town B&B to shame.

In addition, visitors will be delighted to find a warm reception among the locals. Waitresses, grocery store clerks, policemen, airport attendees and tour guides tend to be considerably polite to questioning tourists. It may be southern hospitality, or it may be a local understanding that the tourism industry is the city's lifeblood. (Tourism brings in billions of dollars a year here, making up the bulk of the Myrtle Beach economy.) Families are sure to feel at home among the crowds of friendly faces in Myrtle Beach.

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