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First timers - lots of ?s Leaving this Friday!

Hello all,

We are leaving this Friday for MB. This will be our first time there and I'm very excited! We are staying at the Marriott Ocean Watch. Is this within walking distance of any restaurants or shopping?

We plan on spending time at the resort for a couple days, but we also like to get out and do some sight seeing.We are planning on driving to Charleston one day. We both like historical places. Are there any other day trips we should take?

We like hiking and going to State/National parks. We enjoy watching wildlife. I would love to see some gators in the wild.

Here are some other questions I have before we leave.

Is it pretty easy to get around the area?

Where are the tourist info centers? Are there any on the way into MB? We will be coming from 95 south.

Where is the boardwalk located?

Where would be a good place to get groceries? Any Super Walmarts close by? We like to pack our lunches for the day and get some snacks for the room.

What are some good restaurants in the area? We're not looking for fine ding. We like steak places, mexican, italian, bbq, and burger/bar type restaurants.

Thank you for any help and suggestions!!


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1. Re: First timers - lots of ?s Leaving this Friday!

This time of year you will not have any problem getting around. I would avoid the "tourist info centers" on the way in as most of them are fronts for Time Share Sales Presentations. If you want to listen to that, go ahead and stop at one of them. Georgetown is a good day trip, about 1/2 as far as Charleston and you will go through it on the way to Charleston. Huntington Beach State Park is just south of MB, on the way to either Georgetown or Charleston. At this state park is Atalaya "castle", the former home of the sculptress Anna Hyatt Huntington, who did a lot of the sculptures at Brookgreen Gardens which is just across the Hwy from the state park. Check on the dates and go to see the Haloween Costume parade at the Marshwalk in Murrells Inlet, location of some of the best eateries around.

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2. Re: First timers - lots of ?s Leaving this Friday!

I agree with Huntington State Park. We always see gators on the right side of the road as you enter the state park. It is located in the fresh water pond/lake.

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3. Re: First timers - lots of ?s Leaving this Friday!

Your family likes the same types of food we like here are the places we usually go

Villa Romana

Angelo's steak & pasta

Thorny's steakhouse

Sticky Fingers

River city (for burgers)

There are a several Walmarts in the area.

have a great trip

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4. Re: First timers - lots of ?s Leaving this Friday!

Ditto to Huntington State Park for the gaters. Also across the road from the State Park is Brookgreen Gardens. Some history plus art and a zoo area. Can kill entire day there or break it up into muliple visits. Entrance fee good for several days. Go early in week and again later.

You enjoy hiking and wildlife. Ever try kayaking? Black River Tours has several tours to choose from at south end of MB. One is short and sweet through Huntington Beach marsh. Salt water side so no gater danger.

Another kayak tour in North Myrtle Beach. JL Ecoventures. Several tour packages in Cherry Grove marsh area. We have tried both and recommend JL. We did tour to Waties Island. Undeveloped area for wildlife and shelling.

From your resort you should be able to see the SkyWheel to the south. That's where the Boardwalk is. Easy drive down Ocean Blvd. Careful with the parking. Either find free parking or be sure and pay. They are strict with violations unless they have lightened up this time of year. Free parking at Second Ave Pier but then it's a long walk back up Boardwalk to the SkyWheel.

Dining. You won't go hungry. Will just have to read all the ads and billboards and figure out which you want to try. Different people swear by different places. Probably won't go wrong with any of the choices.

Out to Kings Highway (RT 17) and head north. Area above where you are staying called Restuarant Row. All else fails. Drive through there. You'll find something.

Groceries. Number of stores along Kings Highway (RT 17). Above Restuarant Row at Kings Road is a super WalMart.

Another posibility for history day trip would be to the north. Up RT 17 and over through woods to Southport,NC. Brunswick Town and Fort is interesting small spot. Ferry across Cape Fear to Fort Fisher or Bald Head Island. Hit there early and pay close attention to ferry schedules.

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5. Re: First timers - lots of ?s Leaving this Friday!

I do know that the hotel you are staying in is very nice, and in a great location. Not sure if there is anything within walking distance though. One thing to be sure to get is a map of Myrtle Beach. When you go to the grocery store, (and there are plenty in that area...WalMart too) you can get those coupon books, free...get one that has a map in it. Your hotel might have them too. It will be very helpful to you. It is easy to drive around there...with Ocean Blvd, and Hwy 17 (aka Kings Hwy) as the main roads. The Boardwalk will be about 6 miles (15 minutes maybe) to your south.

Along with Charleston, maybe a trip up to Wilmington to the battleship there and all around the historical area of downtown. It's very nice.

Have fun!!

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6. Re: First timers - lots of ?s Leaving this Friday!

I agree that Georgetown makes a great day trip. very historic and Capt Rods Plantation tours are very good. It is definately worth the 40 minute drive.

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7. Re: First timers - lots of ?s Leaving this Friday!

Other natural areas to consider (along with Huntington Beach State Park) are:

Santee Coastal Reserve (a 7 mile hike along canals and dikes - great for spotting waterfowl and gators) - South of Georgetown

'Bird Island' - Hike along undeveloped beaches to an inlet. This one is in North Carolina in Sunset Beach (a barrier island). You can park in the public parking area near the pier and walk south. You'll pass an evocative mailbox called 'Kindred Spirit' - set up for folks to write whatever moves them at the moment. Can be part of a day trip north from your hotel.

Enjoy your trip!

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8. Re: First timers - lots of ?s Leaving this Friday!

Recommend Hamburger Joe's in NMB

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