Some of the most beautiful beaches on the east coast lay south of the Mason-Dixon Line, and none are more beautiful than the beaches of South Carolina. With crystal blue waters and white sandy beaches with green maritime forests as a backdrop, there is no resisting the beaches of South Carolina. If you're taking a South Carolina vacation some of the top beaches to visit include Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach and Huntington Beach, as well as Edisto and Hunting Island. From Murrells Inlet to the Isle of Palms and even Kiawah Island, you'll see some of the most breathtaking views on the East Coast. This would make excellent day trips while on your South Carolina vacation.
Myrtle Beach is the most well-known beach in South Carolina. It is considered a desirable South Carolina vacation spot for many people — and with 60 miles of beautiful, sandy beaches, it is little wonder why. Over 12 million people visit this beach each year and enjoy all the things that Myrtle Beach has to offer. From live entertainment to water parks and amusement parks, as well as the specialty shopping outlets, over 100 championship golf courses, and over 1,800 restaurants, Myrtle Beach is teaming with things to do and see.
In the area known as the Grand Strand you'll find Huntington Beach State Park. It is located in historic Murrells Inlet and is just a short distance from Brookgreen Gardens. Here you'll find the sprawling Spanish-style castle known as Atalaya. This castle used to be the winter home and studio for the American sculptor, Anna Hyatt Huntington and her husband, Philanthropist Archer Huntington. It is here that several of Anna Huntington's sculptures still remain, like the incredible Diana of the Hunt. Your South Carolina vacation won't be complete until you walk the grounds of Brookgreen Gardens. The annual Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival is held there in mid- to late-September.