Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, may not appear on many "Best Beaches" lists. Or perhaps it appeared on such lists several decades ago, but it offers a sense of decayed mid-20th century East Coast grandeur that is difficult to mimic. It is, in this sense, incredibly unique.

The last time I stayed at Myrtle, it was during Spring Break, so the air was closer to chilly than warm, and the water was even colder. There was a classic cars show in town, and the parade of old Thunderbirds and Cadillacs in front of the old, abandoned amusement park and the aging, candy colored seaside resorts, carried a sense of '50s nostalgia that was both eerie and charming. The nearly empty tourist shop was run by a lonely toothless man with stories of hurricanes. Several daring streakers took a chance in the freezing black waters!

This isn't a pristine beach, or one that looks particularly good on a post card. It is a beach with a particular feel and character that is appealing to a certain sort. It is appealing in that it's character is quite rich and incredibly memorable.

This beach has a myth about it, a personality, a sense of place that I've yet to find anywhere else in the world. In my mind, it is one of the most interesting beaches, and thus one of the best beaches on the planet.

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