began as a vacation destination and developed from there. In 2009, it is home to a variety of festivals, amusement parks, shopping venues, restaurants, theaters, resorts
, golf courses and of course, the beach. The Myrtle Beach area draws 14.6 million visitors each year.
Myrtle Beach is located in the northeast quadrant of South Carolina, not too far from the South Carolina/North Carolina border, next to the Atlantic Ocean.
As with most locations in the Northern Hemisphere, the hottest month in Myrtle Beach is July. July averages a high temperature of 91 degrees Fahrenheit and an average low of 71 degrees. The coldest month, January, reaches on average a high of 67 degrees and an average low of 34 degrees.
The location is like many tourist hot spots with elegant international restaurants to casual diners with American fare. Seafood, southern classics and rice all make the menu.
The area has several interesting hotels, such as The Landmark Hotel, and even more traditional ones. The Landmark Hotel sets itself apart by having a small water park as part of its amenities. The water park includes a lap pool, a whirlpool, water mushrooms, horseshoe bar jets and other water works typical in a water park.
Besides the beach, Myrtle Beach hosts Ripley's Aquarium, where kids of all ages can explore the animals of the deep in a self-guided tour.
Amy L. Gouger holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from East Stroudsburg University. Previously a technical agent, she now serves as a ghostwriter and contributor to various online publications.