Five Ways to Experience an Action-Packed Myrtle Beach Vacation

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* Biking/Hiking: Whether you like to go exploring on your own two feet or on two wheels, there are lots of hiking and biking opportunities on the Grand Strand. Cyclists can see an often-hidden side of Myrtle Beach by riding the dirt trails at “The Hulk” (the Horry County Bike and Run Park) or along the paved Perrin’s Path. To see Myrtle Beach’s more widely known side, they can ride along the oceanfront on the bike lanes that run the length of Ocean Drive. Hikers can head to Myrtle Beach State Park, where the Sculptured Oak Nature Trail leads through dense maritime forest all the way to the beach, or visit Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet.

* Deep Sea Fishing: If fishing for the big ones is your idea of fun, board a charter and go deep for an action-packed day on the high seas. Sailing out of Little River and North Myrtle Beach via the Intracoastal Waterway, or out of the ports of Murrells Inlet and Georgetown on the South Strand, charter fishing boats offer a wide variety of angling adventures. Full-day trips can lead to the Gulf Stream for landing a variety of sport fish, while half-day trips typically take patrons just off the coast to catch a wide variety of species. For those who suffer from sea sickness, several local fishing piers provide the chance to hook a big one without boarding a boat.

* Horseback Riding: Giddy up and go on a horseback riding adventure along the Grand Strand — the perfect way to add some excitement to a sightseeing excursion. Inlet Point Plantation Stables in North Myrtle Beach offers a wide selection of horseback riding trips for both novice and experienced riders. Take a gallop through the surf, check out Dunn Sound and Waties Island on the back of a trained and trusty horse, or ride through wooded trails to the Intracoastal Waterway for a more rustic trip. Inlet Point also offers pony rides for the little ones and a day of fun for the whole family.

* Jet Skis: Some call them floating motorcycles; others see them as miniature speedboats. Whatever you call them, jet skis are flat-out fun to ride and allow passengers to go to places that are hard to reach by any other means. With dozens of outfitters offering jet ski rentals, it's easy for visitors to find affordable rentals and guided tours. Take a spin down the Intracoastal Waterway or jump over the waves in the Atlantic Ocean. Outfitters also offer alternative forms of waterborne fun, such as banana boat rides and parasailing trips. For a quieter experience, try paddleboarding or kayaking in local waters and take in all the sights and sounds.

* Surfing: The most convenient place for a wet and wild experience is in The Breakers’ backyard. Rent or buy a surfboard at a local outfitter and spend some time learning how to hang ten on the crashing waves. You can pick up some tips from local surfers on the beach or in the surf shops, or take lessons from experienced pros through Palmetto Surf School or other outfitters. Occasional surf camps are held throughout the summer.

After your adrenaline-pumping experience on the Grand Strand, head back to The Breakers Myrtle Beach Resort and unwind with a frozen drink and a lovely ocean view. It’s the best place to enjoy the best of both worlds.