Posted by: Moni | August 26, 2011

Myrtle Beach, SC – Its like Vegas, Minus the Slots

Pre–Hurricane Irene Series – I’ve actually been hanging around the Carolina Coast this summer, and figured now was a good time to blog about them!  This is part 2 of 3.

The day after the hubs and I went to Wilmington, we went down to Myrtle Beach, SC. One reason was, I really wanted to check it out as I’m new to this whole east coast thing.  The other?

What a happy man!

Yep. That would be the interior of a little place called the Fireworks Outlet, very close to Myrtle Beach. We did, in fact, go down there to check out what kinds of crazy fireworks they have in SC. Apparently, awesome fireworks that make pretty sparkles high in the sky are completely legal for anyone to buy in good ‘ol South Carolina.

Not that we bought any. Us? Why would we? Pfft. Nothing illegal there…

After checking out that little gem, and talking to their owners (who took us on a walk down firecracker memory lane. Smoke bombs? Snakes? M80’s? They had it all!), we made our way down to our hotel and checked in.. and went OFF to the beach!

Now, one thing I can tell you right off the bat – Myrtle Beach is quite a bit more modern than Wilmington. Its still southern, mind you,  but driving up and down the N Kings Hwy really reminded me of driving the strip in Vegas.  Ok, that’s a bit generous, its not really like Vegas. But, there were bright flashing billboards and lights everywhere, strip malls galore, restaurant upon restaurant… the shop Wings on every corner.. it has some really nice areas, and has some somewhat ghetto or shady areas.  You’d definitely be able to find something for everyone.

Anyway, we went to the beach. Myrtle Beach was definitely a nicer spot to hang out at than Wrightsville – the atmosphere was different, the beach was almost twice as wide, and there was plenty of room for a good game of Bocce Ball!  We set up our chairs and umbrella, sat down to have a few drinks, and my wonderful husband taught me how to play Bocce.  We talked to a few of the locals as well – they were asking us where we got our Bocce set, we were wondering where they found their portable Cornhole. It was a lot of fun, and we were both in quite the jovial mood after that great time at the beach.  I mean, who wouldn’t when you have sand obstacles friends laying around you?

Mr. Marlin!

After that, we went on down in search of some good seafood. I mean, really, we’re spending time on the coast, we might as well reap the benefits!  I’m pretty much a dedicated life Yelper, and while looking for crab, one of the only places that came up was Joe’s Crab Shack – yep, another chain!  We ended up going to that shopping center and looking around, and decided to get one of Joe’s steam pots. Uh… GREAT idea! It was way better than the last Joe’s I went to, probably because its actually on the coast. Definitely worth it.

Yes, I am dorky enough to wear the bib. I had a nice dress on!

The shopping center was really cute, and basically a network of boardwalks leading from shop to shop. We had dinner, fed some HUGE turtles that lived in the sound, and hung out at a little bar for the rest of the evening, chatting up the bartender.  The rest is history. Blurry, fun history.

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