“Beautiful naturalistic less crowded beach fronts, affordable fishing for tourists”
The Myrtle Beach State Park is south of the tourist packed city and is usually a great way to get away from high-rise condos, packed beaches, and the tourist element. You travel through a beautiful wooded area to arrive at the main parking lot, souvenir shop with cantina, and the pier. For vacationing tourists who want to fish but do not want to haul tackle and bait on a trip, it's an affordable way to get in a fishing trip. Two years ago, South Carolina started requiring fishing licenses for surf fishing but you can surf off the pier with no license and you can rent poles and buy bait here. If you travel south of the main parking lot you will find smaller parking lots with less crowded beach fronts, shelters and bathrooms. While the main beach area and parking lots can fill up around the summer holidays, usually the Park is a way to get away from the crowd. On holiday weekends, arrive before 10am to ensure getting parking spot. The only negative is that there are sometimes family reunions going on, mostly in late May and June on the weekends, that cause smoke from grills, heavier traffic, and reunion guests can crowd the main pier beach area. See the park web site for admission - $5 per head and other rates. Locals should purchase an annual state park pass for unlimited entrance by family vehicle - the pass is a great bargain and benefit for South Carolinians. Finally, top secret - late April, early May and September after Labor Day are great times to visit state park beaches. It's like having a semi-private beach, particularly on weekdays, and the ocean is still warm enough for swimming.
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