Weekend Getaway: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

A pier in Myrtle Beach as sunrise

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Nestled on the eastern edge of South Carolina, lies the beautiful sands of Myrtle Beach. Here you can find a weekend getaway from Charlotte that will suit the entire family. With all that is going on in the world, a quick (socially distanced!) weekend on the beach is just what the doctor ordered.

Whether you prefer to camp or stay in a resort-type hotel, there are accommodation options to suit everyone’s preferences and budgets. You can even cut down further on your interactions by booking an Airbnb with a kitchen — make sure to inquire about their COVID cleaning practices.

Things to do in Myrtle Beach

A strip of beach in Myrtle Beach with highrise hotels lining it

The beach is the place to be! They’ll enjoy clean beaches for digging sandcastles and the frothy waves of the Atlantic Ocean. You can find beachside entertainment like jet skis and kayaks for rent.

Once you’ve had enough sand and sea for the day, you can explore the shopping areas. Myrtle Beach is home to several retail outlet malls offering bargains to take home as your vacation souvenirs. Just be respectful and wear your mask when visiting the local retail establishments.


Apart from the sand, Myrtle Beach has something else in abundance – golf courses! It’s difficult to go anywhere in the Myrtle Beach area without driving past a golfing green. There are golf courses to suit every kind of player from beginner to tournament standard, so whatever your handicap, you’re sure to find a game somewhere.

While you may not get to enjoy the nightlife scene this year, you can leave it on your bucket list for some time in the future. Myrtle Beach has a number of dinner shows that are sure to leave a lasting memory with the whole family, the Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament is a tourist favorite.

The waves hitting the sand in Myrtle Beach.

Myrtle Beach is a great old fashioned beach holiday for the entire family or even a solo trip! At less than a four-hour drive from Charlotte, it is an easy weekend getaway destination.

Since you can likely make it on one tank of gas, you can minimize your COVID risk as well. Load the car with a cooler of groceries and stick to a deserted corner of the beach, and you have yourself a much-needed weekend trip with minimal chance for exposure.


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