The beach itself – wide, hot and crowded with umbrellas – is pleasant enough, and you can also escape to the relatively undeveloped southern tip, where a mile-long stretch has been preserved within Myrtle Beach State Park.

Beachfront Ocean Blvd has the bulk of the hamburger stands and seedy gift shops. Hwy 17 is choked with over-the-top mini-golf courses. Several amusement-park-shopping-mall hybrids teem with people at all hours.