A weekend in Myrtle Beach is more than enough time for a fabulous vacation. This guide will show you how to make the most of your 72 hours in Myrtle Beach. Get set to de-stress and have a magical weekend in one of America’s most relaxing beach towns, where you can enjoy ocean-side activities, luxurious accommodations, and fresh seafood.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Friday Night

Start your 72 hours in Myrtle Beach by checking into one of the many beachside boutique resorts. The Strand is located by the beach and offers exceptional amenities, including on-site water attractions and mouth-watering meals. For a more luxurious stay, Ocean 22 by Hilton offers well-appointed rooms and suites with unbeatable views of the ocean.

For dinner, treat yourself to some traditional Southern delights at Aspen Grille, a creative restaurant offering tantalizing French onion soup and local seafood. Unwind on your Friday in Myrtle Beach with a breezy stroll along the sandy white beaches.

Saturday Morning

Wake up early to make the most of your next 48 hours in Myrtle Beach. Start your day with a visit to the Brookgreen Gardens, where art meets nature. The breathtaking trails present something different at every turn, with stunning rows of Magnolia trees, bright yellow daffodils, and continually updated art displays.

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Brookgreen Gardens, Myrtle Beach

After your stroll, your appetite will call for a satisfying breakfast at the Boardwalk Coffee House. Enjoy your favorite coffee, a full breakfast, or a refreshing smoothie before heading to the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk for a ride on the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel. Unparalleled views from 200 feet above sea level offer a unique perspective of the local area and ocean.

Touch back down to earth and feed that appetite with lunch at Carolina Roadhouse. Indulge in traditional beachside fare like fully loaded chili cheese fries, Carolina-style fall-off-the-bone ribs, and hot dogs.

Wrap up your Saturday morning by browsing the stalls and boutiques along The Market Common. This is the place to take in the local vibe and discover niche boutiques filled with fashion, books, music, home decor items, and more. You can also stop by the area’s bubbling fountains, beautifully maintained gardens, and little benches perfectly placed for people watching.

Saturday Evening

After a laid-back day in town, a sophisticated dining experience is in order at SeaBlue Restaurant & Wine Bar. It’s known for incredibly fresh seafood and warm hospitality, and you can enjoy a classically prepared French meal and a glass of fine wine from their extensive menu.

If you’re not sure what you’re in the mood for after dinner, spend your Saturday night in Myrtle Beach at Broadway at the Beach, a 350-acre entertainment center offering everything from concerts to NASCAR racing.

If you’d prefer to be oceanside, Molly Darcy’s is a laid-back local bar just steps from the sand. It’s the perfect place to sample a cold beer while enjoying the sea breeze. You can also check out the view at RipTydz while sipping from a cocktail, a frosty mug of beer, or an elegant glass of wine.

For lovers of live music, Tin Roof has become a local favorite for musicians to play and non-musicians to take in the show. Overlooking the ocean right on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, they also have a rooftop patio for drinks.

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Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

Sunday Morning

You’ve got just 24 hours in Myrtle Beach left, which means you’ve got one more day to indulge in a satisfying South Carolina breakfast. Take a leisurely walk along the boardwalk and then head to Blueberry’s Grill for some unique twists on breakfast favorites. From chicken and waffles with sugared pears, to eggs on grilled blueberry muffins, these tummy tempters will give you the energy to head out for your last day in Myrtle Beach.

Art lovers can stroll through the Myrtle Beach Art Museum, conveniently located near the beach. Housed in a 1920s-era beach cottage, this building has seen many iterations, but visitors agree its current state is its best with events to keep the whole family happy. You can browse art made in a wide range of media, by both local and international artists.

Myrtle Beach Skywheel

Myrtle Beach Skywheel

To continue a Sunday morning soaked in culture, enjoy lunch at the Collector’s Café. This restaurant crossed with a European café is also home to an art gallery. You can feast on their Mediterranean cuisine while taking in their eclectic art collection featuring over 100 paintings and sculptures from around the world.

Sunday Evening

You can never get enough of the stunning beaches and ocean at Myrtle Beach, so spend a little more time enjoying the ocean views before dinner. If you’re up for exercise and an adventure, take a ride on the 26-mile “Bike the Neck” bike trail, a multi-purpose path that runs along U.S. 17 from Pawleys Island to Garden City.

Another popular way to get a taste for the local life is to try your luck crabbing at Garden City Beach. Don’t forget Myrtle Beach is also known for its golfing, with a variety of first-class courses. Spend some time on the shaded greens of Willowbrook Plantation, on the lazy river banks at Heritage Club, or on the laid-back course at Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club.

The last night on vacation calls for spoiling yourself with an upscale meal complete with classy service in a sophisticated setting. The Library offers old-school, old-world charm with tuxedoed waiters serving well-prepared continental European cuisine in a luxurious atmosphere. After dinner, take in the sunset from the MarshWalk at Murrells Inlet, or sip on cocktails at a beachside bar like 8th Avenue Tiki Bar & Grill or the Crow’s Nest.

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