Bicycling and Running at the Beach
Who says you can't exercise while on vacation? Myrtle Beach has various biking and walking trails that wind along the Grand Strand, and they offer great scenic views! From sandy beaches to wooded trails and lakes, there are plenty of options for the fitness enthusiasts!
My personal favorite place to walk or bike is Grand Park at Market Common on Farrow Parkway. Located just a short drive south of The Caravelle Resort, you will find a 2-mile paved walking and bicycling path surrounding a lake. There's even a fitness trail. It's clean, safe and there's always plenty of activity. Whether you want to get your heart pumping or just people watch, Grand Park at Market Common is an ideal area.
Myrtle Beach State Park also has numerous trails that run off into the woodlands. Located a little further South of The Caravelle Resort, it remains unspoiled by major development and is a great place to exercise while enjoying the beach and ocean. Admission into the park is $5 for adults, $3 for ages 6-15 and free for those 5 and younger. The park is open from 6:00am - 10:00pm and is a great work out venue for nature lovers.
Do you love to ride but have no room to travel with your bicycle? Not to worry, Beach Bike Shop located at 711 Broadway Street has bike rentals for only $10 per day, and they are open from 9:00am - 5:30pm! Just keep in mind, bicycling on the beach is allowed before 10:00 am and after 5:00 pm from April through Labor Day. Year round, you're welcome to run or jog on the Beach at anytime, however there are a few tips you should keep in mind to make your jaunt by the sea less challenging. Always check the tides as a low tide creates the most level surface. Sunscreen is a must as running next to the water will give you both reflective rays as well as direct sunlight from overhead. Hats and sunglasses usually aren't very comfortable while running. Also while running on the beach, look for shoes that have tight mesh over open mesh. A closed mesh can keep your shoes from filling up with sand.
Now that you have my helpful hints for a successful bike or walk, you are all set! Have fun and enjoy the great outdoors!
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