We've been Nice, Santa! You gotta believe us!

MyrtleBeach.Com’s 2014 Christmas Wish List

By MyrtleBeach.com
December 23, 2014

We can think of a few people who’ve been Naughty this year, but the MyrtleBeach.com team feels like we’ve been pretty Nice, overall. In the end, it’s up to Santa, but to be on the safe side we’re making a list of places that we’d love to see added to the already impressive list of things to do in Myrtle Beach.

So check out our wishes, and leave us a comment to let us know what new things you’d like to see in Myrtle Beach – maybe we can even sneak a hint to Old Saint Nick for you.

New Stores

New Stores

True, there are many, many options in Myrtle Beach for places to buy the things you want and need in life. But we feel like the selections could be even better. We’d love to see Trader Joe’s, the specialty food and organic produce grocer; IKEA, home of affordable and contemporarily-designed furniture; Whole Foods, purveyor of healthy, conscientious fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, and more; and Babies R” Us, close cousin of the mammoth Toys chain. And Santa, we know that you could put things from all of these places under our tree every year, but we’re trying to look out for you, make your job a little bit easier.

New Attractions

New Attractions

Yes, Myrtle Beach has a lot of attractions to keep the whole family entertained during vacation. But we’re greedy and we want more. For starters, we’d like to see Inflatable Playgrounds on the Water (Wibit Sports), Indoor Skydiving (I Fly World), and an Indoor Trampoline Park (Sky Zone), because everything about these places screams good time to us.

Food Trucks

Food Trucks

Trends are typically born in big cities – New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, et al. – and arrive in Myrtle Beach between one and six years afterwards. We’re in no hurry here and it shows in our pace of life, as well as the pace at which new things are introduced. That said, we’d love to have a thriving food truck community. We see them on Food Network constantly, and when we’re in more cosmopolitan places, and now we want to see them here. And we’re not talking plain old hot dogs and hamburgers, we want something more delicious, Santa.

Rooftop Nightclub

Rooftop Nightclub

Our neighbors to the north and south (Wilmington, Charleston) have plenty of places to party on the tops of buildings. So what gives? We have lots of waterfront space available, and we’d imagine the demand is there too. Hopefully by the time summer hits, Santa will have come through on this one.

Themed Hotels

Themed Hotels

We don’t know, we just think something is missing from the lodging landscape. Would it be too much to ask for a pirate or country music-themed hotel? And, even though the themed amusement park didn’t work out, would a rock n’ roll-themed motel be out of the question?

Ice Skating Rink

Ice Skating Rink

Myrtle Beach Mall has a nice rink this year for the holidays, but we’d like to have one year-round. By now it’s no secret that people from all over the cold states are inhabiting the area, so we feel like it’d only be fair to offer up a place for everyone to go to glide (or stumble) their way around the ice. Also, do we need a hockey team or local league? We’ll leave it up to you, Santa.

Outdoor Amphitheater

Outdoor Amphitheater

So we have House of Blues, Alabama Theatre, and several smaller clubs bringing in some of the best musicians in the country. But for some reason we can’t land the really big names. It could be that we don’t have a big enough venue, or it could be that we might not be able to fill it – kind of a chicken or the egg conundrum. But if we did have an amphitheater, something tells me that Myrtle Beach might be the kind of place that would be perfect for a summer music festival, possibly a really big one.

New Restaurants

New Restaurants

It’s no secret – there’s no shortage of things to eat in Myrtle Beach. In fact, a 2013 Huffington Post article ranked the Florence-Myrtle Beach metropolitan area as the nation’s sixth-highest in terms of restaurants per capita. But there are a few eateries that we’d like to see open up shop on the Grand Strand. How about a Cheesecake Factory? Or a Rock Bottom Brewery? Something tells us the time is ripe for something new and big to hit the beach, Santa.