Girlfriend Getaway: 5 reasons to visit Myrtle Beach

Touted as one of the fastest-growing vacation destinations in the USA, the Myrtle Beach area of South Carolina attracts about fourteen million visitors annually. Here are 5 reasons why you should book a trip.

1. Getting there just got easier
Spirit Airlines ( is now offering inexpensive, non-stop flights between Myrtle Beach and five new cities: Washington, DC (Reagan); Plattsburgh, NY; Latrobe, PA; Niagara Falls, NY; and Charleston, WV. And, to accommodate their new visitors (i.e. you), Myrtle Beach International Airport just added a new aviation terminal and is expanding their passenger terminal to the tune of $130 million.  So, your vacation will begin as soon as you touch down.

2. Texas isn’t the only place with big toys
SkyWheel Myrtle Beach ( is one of Myrtle Beach’s newest attractions.  Eighteen stories high and spanning the width of two ocean front lots on Ocean Boulevard, this giant-sized attraction includes forty-two glass-enclosed, temperature-controlled gondolas that each seat six people. The SkyWheel is located near Myrtle Beach’s Boardwalk and includes a Jimmy Buffett’s Landshark Bar and Grill restaurant, observation deck overlooking the ocean, and a gift shop. SkyWheel also offers a complete light show in the evening.

3. Imitation is still the best form of flattery
The Legends in Concert show ( is the greatest live, celebrity show of impersonators.  Kind of like a wax museum come to life, the show features celebrity impersonators of legendary performers like Stevie Wonder and Barbara Streisand and more current artists like Brittany Spears and Christina Aguilera. After fifteen years of success, the show has recently expanded into a new commercial building near Planet Hollywood.

4. Surf and turf rocks
Surfside Beach Resort (, adjacent to the Surfside Pier, is currently undergoing major renovations. Visitors can look forward to a redesigned interior complete with a new color scheme, furnishings, and fixtures. Plans also call for reconfiguring guest rooms to take advantage of scenic oceanfront views, as well as upgrading room types.

5. Mama knows best
Chef Eric Sutherland, a native of Galina, Jamaica, is bringing his authentic Jamaican cuisine to Pawley’s Island. Sutherland, formerly of the popular EZ Jamaican Café in St. Petersburg, FL, has partnered with Pawley’s Island residents Steve and Marrue Bleau on the grand opening of Mama Rue’s Blues Garden Restaurant & Lounge. Located on Ocean Highway, the building was formerly a thrift shop and had to be completely renovated. Chef Sutherland will be serving up Jerk Chicken, Jerk Pork Curried Chicken, Peas and Rice, Oxtails, Festival (a.k.a. “Johnnycake”), Steamed Cabbage, Plantains and Codfish with Calaloo. Yum!

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