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9 Best Day Trips: Towns Near Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is a prime vacation destination on the East Coast known for its stunning coastline, vibrant entertainment options, and family-friendly attractions. Nestled in the heart of the Grand Strand, a 60-mile stretch of sandy beaches, Myrtle Beach offers an ideal mix of relaxation and thrilling adventure.

The oceanfront Caravelle Resort puts you right in the middle of all the action, making it the perfect location for all activities at your fingertips. Making a day trip to one of the nearby towns can provide a change of scenery and additional experiences to enhance your vacation, and they are just a short drive away.

Here are some of the best day trips within an hour's drive from your beautiful Myrtle Beach resort.


1. Cherry Grove

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Travel time from Myrtle Beach: 30 minutes

Cherry Grove, located at the northern tip of North Myrtle Beach, is a charming seaside community known for its serene beaches and laid-back atmosphere. This area is perfect for a quiet day by the ocean.

The Cherry Grove Pier is a must-visit, offering a great spot for fishing and stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. The pier is a wonderful place for a leisurely stroll or to catch a beautiful sunset.

When it comes to dining, you can't miss Buoys on the Boulevard. This casual beach scene is known for its fresh seafood, but the menu includes favorites like fried shrimp, seafood nachos, and lobster mac and cheese.


2. Conway

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Travel time from Myrtle Beach: 25 minutes

Conway, situated along the Waccamaw River, is a historic small town with a quaint downtown area. The Riverwalk in Conway is a beautiful boardwalk along the Waccamaw River, ideal for a peaceful walk or a picnic by the water. It is particularly renowned for its stunning live oak trees. The Conway Riverwalk is lined with these magnificent trees, creating a beautiful canopy over the path and enhancing the scenic views along the Waccamaw River.

For history buffs, the Horry County Museum provides an engaging way to learn about the local history and culture through its exhibits.

After exploring, head to Rivertown Bistro for a sophisticated dining experience that focuses on local ingredients. If you’re in the mood for something vibrant and flavorful, Bonfire Taqueria serves up delicious tacos and Mexican fare in a lively setting.


3. Murrells Inlet

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Travel time from Myrtle Beach: 25 minutes

Murrells Inlet is a historic fishing village known for its fresh seafood and stunning marsh views. It is also connected to the Intracoastal Waterway. Often referred to as the "Seafood Capital of South Carolina," it’s a must-visit for foodies and nature lovers alike. The Brookgreen Gardens is a highlight, offering a vast sculpture garden and wildlife preserve that showcases beautiful landscapes and art.

The Murrells Inlet MarshWalk is another attraction you won’t want to miss. This waterfront boardwalk is lined with restaurants and bars, making it the perfect spot for a relaxing evening.

Drunken Jack’s is famous for its fresh seafood and pirate-themed decor, offering a fun dining experience. For a lively atmosphere with great food and live music, head to Dead Dog Saloon.


4. Pawleys Island

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Travel time from Myrtle Beach: 40 minutes

Pawleys Island is known for its historic cottages and unspoiled beaches. It’s a great place to unwind and enjoy the natural beauty. The Hobcaw Barony is a nature and research reserve that offers tours of historic sites and natural habitats, providing a fascinating glimpse into the area’s history and ecology.

Following your historic tour, make a stop at Pawleys Island Beach for afternoon sunbathing, swimming, and beach combing. Before your short drive back to The Caravelle Resort, grab a bite at Pawleys Island Tavern, a local favorite known for its casual atmosphere and live music.

If you’re looking for something a bit more upscale, Bistro 217 offers a refined menu focused on seafood and Southern cuisine.


5. Georgetown

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Travel time from Myrtle Beach: 50 minutes

Georgetown, located along the Waccamaw River, is a charming town with a rich history and well-preserved architecture. The Georgetown Harborwalk is a scenic boardwalk in the historic district along the Sampit River, offering great views and access to local shops and restaurants. It’s a lovely place to stroll and take in the sights of this historic town.

The Rice Museum provides an opportunity to learn about the history of rice cultivation in the region and its impact on the area. For dining, Big Tuna Raw Bar is known for its fresh seafood and waterfront views, providing a relaxed and enjoyable dining experience.


6. Surfside Beach

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Travel time from Myrtle Beach: 15 minutes

Surfside Beach, also known as "The Family Beach," is a small, family-friendly destination just south of Myrtle Beach. It’s perfect for those seeking a quieter beach day. The Surfside Beach Pier is an excellent spot for fishing or simply enjoying the ocean views.

For dining, Bubba’s Fish Shack is a casual spot with great seafood and Southern favorites. If you’re in the mood for a fantastic burger, River City Cafe is famous for its laid-back atmosphere and delicious burgers.


7. Garden City Beach

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Travel time from Myrtle Beach: 30 minutes

Garden City Beach is known for its relaxed vibe. It offers a mix of beach activities and local attractions. The Garden City Pier is ideal for fishing, live music, and arcade games, making it a fun destination for both kids and adults.

When it comes to dining, Sam’s Corner is a local institution known for its hot dogs and diner fare, providing a nostalgic and casual dining experience. For beachfront dining with a diverse menu and stunning views, the Conch Cafe is a must-visit.


8. Atlantic Beach

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Travel time from Myrtle Beach: 20 minutes

Atlantic Beach, known as the "Black Pearl," has a rich cultural history and offers a unique experience with its small but vibrant community. The beach itself is quieter than others in the area, providing plenty of space to relax and unwind.

If you’re visiting during the annual Bike Fest on Memorial Day weekend, you’ll experience a major event that draws motorcycle enthusiasts from all over, adding an exciting dynamic to the town.


9. Loris

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Travel time from Myrtle Beach: 40 minutes

Loris is a small town known for its strong sense of community and rich agricultural history. It’s a great destination if you’re looking to experience the charm of a rural South Carolina town.

One of the main attractions in Loris is the annual Loris Bog-Off Festival held in October, which celebrates the local specialty of chicken bog, a traditional Southern dish made with chicken, rice, sausage, and spices. The festival includes live music, crafts, and plenty of delicious food.

While in Loris, make sure to visit SHORTY’s Grill, a beloved local diner that serves up classic American fare with a friendly, hometown vibe. If you’re interested in exploring more of the town’s history, the Loris Historical Society offers insights into the area’s past and its agricultural roots.


Stay and Explore Around Myrtle Beach

Whether you're looking to explore charming historic towns, enjoy fresh seafood in a quaint fishing village, or simply relax on a different beach, these day trips from Myrtle Beach offer a variety of experiences to enrich your vacation.

Each town has its unique charm and attractions, ensuring that your stay at The Caravelle Resort is filled with unforgettable memories. So, pack a day bag, hit the road, and discover the delightful towns near Myrtle Beach!

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