When planning a couples getaway, it’s the famously romantic places like Paris, Venice, the Maldives or Hawaii that immediately spring to mind. But don’t be so quick to overlook what’s within our own borders: namely Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. While it may not have the Eiffel Tower or over-water bungalows, it has more than enough for a romantic, relaxing break, sans the 8+ hour flight and jetlag.
Here are a few suggestions to keep that romance alive and well in Myrtle Beach:
Sailing Charters & Sunset Cruises
Picture yourself gliding over the ocean while watching the setting sun with champagne in hand. Sounds appealing? Myrtle Beach offers many sailing charters and sunset cruises year-round.
A riverboat cruise is a unique way to experience water travel. If you’re an adventurous couple, why not jump on a power catamaran? For the ultimate Valentine’s Day experience, you can charter a yacht offering sunset and dinner cruises along the Grand Strand or Winyah Bay.
Walks on the Grand Strand
The Grand Strand features 60 miles of white sand beaches where you and your significant other can lay in the sun or play in the water. Stroll along the boardwalk at sunset and pop into the many bars, restaurants and boutiques
Myrtle Beach SkyWheel
Located on the oceanfront boardwalk in the heart of downtown, the Myrtle Beach Skywheel is the tallest Ferris wheel in the Eastern United States. The gondolas offer spectacular views over the city and ocean on a 12-minute ride. At nighttime enjoy an LED light show―it’s the perfect secluded spot to steal a kiss!
La Belle Amie Vineyard
Located in the Grand Strand Area, La Belle Amie Vineyard is a popular attraction for visitors and hosts many festivals throughout the year. Sample private label wines in the tasting room before relaxing in a rocking chair on the front porch with a glass of your favorite.
Dining & Nightlife
You’ll find romantic restaurants sitting happily alongside the casual seaside dining and family-friendly eateries in Myrtle Beach. Snack on sushi under the stars at Soho Café & Bar or sample Italian dishes in an intimate setting at Benny Rappa’s Trattoria.. For white table cloths and tuxedoed waiters, make a reservation at The Library, where dim lightingnd elegant furnishings set the mood.
If your idea of a Valentine’s night is closing down the clubs, you’ll find plenty of late night activity in Myrtle Beach. Step back in time at Revolutions or have a daiquiri at Senor Frogs.
The Market Common
For upscale dining and shopping, head to The Market Common. The complex has a ‘town like’ atmosphere, with townhomes, small stores, theaters, parks and restaurants. It’s the ideal place to pick up a gift for your partner with more than 60 retail and specialty stores. It’s especially charming during the holiday season, with colored lights galore and holiday music playing.
Murrells Inlet MarshWalk
Looking for a dinner with a waterfront view? The MarshWalk, a ½ mile wooden boardwalk along the natural saltwater estuary of Murrell’s Inlet, is perfect. Smell the fresh seafood as you stroll in search of five-star low country cuisine (and watch a sunset as the sea birds dive into the surf for their own dinner). But waterfront dining isn’t the only attraction― enjoy live music, water sports, charter fishing, sightseeing tours, kayaking, shopping and seasonal local events.
A historic location and gorgeous art installations make a walk around Brookgreen Gardens a must-do. The sculptures alone are captivating and well worth the visit, but there’s also an aviary, a zoo, education rooms and various art exhibits.
Broadway at the Beach
Stroll this vast shopping and entertainment complex where you can shop along the lake and enjoy an assortment of live music, dance clubs and restaurants. Romance abounds during the summertime as weekly fireworks shows light up the night sky.
Huntington Beach State Park
Huntington Beach State Park surrounds a freshwater lagoon, with nature trails through salt marshes. This is a good area for birding, with at least 300 known species to watch out for. Visit the Environmental Education Center to see loggerhead turtles and other endangered marine creatures.