South of Charleston toward Savannah, the coastline dissolves into small, marshy islands.
, south of US-17 on Hwy-174, is typical: huge live oaks festooned with
great drapes of Spanish moss line the roads, beside bright green
marshes with rich birdlife, and great beaches on the seaward side. If
you want to stay, there are no budget motels, but the campground
Edisto Beach State Park
(tel 843/869-2156, fax 843/869-3022) is near a great beach lined with
palmetto trees and other semitropical plants. Electrical and water
hook-up costs $23, walk-ins $12.
the biggest town, is rather twee but the old district is lovely -
offset somewhat by racial tensions and the baleful proximity of Parris
Island US Marine Base, notorious for the brutality of its training
regime, as mythologized in Kubrick's Vietnam film Full Metal Jacket
at 1106 Carteret St (tel 843/986-5406) has details of tours around the
small historic district and discount coupons for the motels
out on US-21.
In town, the
Best Western Sea Island Inn
, 1015 Bay St (tel 843/522-2090, fax 843/521-4858,
; $100-130/$130-160), has nice rooms with an old-fashioned feel.
, 859 Sea Island Parkway (tel 843/838-1314), serves nourishing Low Country and
For magnificent views of Beaufort River visit
Ollie's Seafood Restaurant
where the oysters are a specialty.
Hotels in Myrtle Beach
• Ocean Plaza Motel Myrtle Beach from $39.00 USD
• Captains Quarters Resort Myrtle Beach from $48.00 USD
• Super 8 Motel Myrtle Beach/Ocean Front Area Myrtle Beach from $106.00 USD
More Hotels in Myrtle Beach
Vacation Rentals in Myrtle Beach
• Grande Shores Ocean Resort Myrtle Beach from $155.00 USD
• Beach Colony Myrtle Beach from $171.00 USD
• Anderson Ocean Club Myrtle Beach from $200.00 USD
Birthplace of Wheel of Fortune star Vanna White, MYRTLE BEACH is a brazen splurge of seaside fun, an unmitigated stretch of commercial development twenty miles down the coast from the North Carolina border at the center of the sixty-mile ''Grand Strand.''
Predominantly a family resort, it's packed fit to burst during mid-term vacations with leering, jeering students in fluorescent beachwear if you've seen the movie Shag , you'll know what to expect. Fans of crazy golf, water parks, factory outlet malls, funfairs and parasailing will be in heaven, and the beach itself isn't bad. The widest stretch is at North Myrtle Beach, a chain of small communities among which Ocean Drive is the center.
CHARLESTON , one of the finest-looking cities in the US, today
spreads way beyond its original confines on the tip of a peninsula at
the confluence of the Ashley and Cooper rivers, roughly one hundred
miles south of Myrtle Beach and north of Savannah, Georgia. It's a
compelling place to visit, its historic district lined with tall,
narrow houses of peeling, multicolored stucco, adorned with wooden
shutters and ironwork balconies wrought by slaves from Barbados. The
Caribbean feel is augmented by palm trees, a tropical climate and
easygoing atmosphere, while the town's pretty hidden gardens and leafy
patios evoke New Orleans.