Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Around Your Hotel: Bay View on the Boardwalk
Bay View on the Boardwalk is in the midst of all of the downtown Myrtle Beach action.

Around Your Hotel: Bay View on the Boardwalk

The best three things about the Bay View are location, location, location – which goes a long way when you’re finding your way to some of the hottest spots in town.

Located in the middle of the 1.2-mile Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, the Bay View allows its guests to take in all the sights with just a short stroll down the beachfront.

Here’s a look at some of the places you will want to hit during your stay:

* Casual dining: Take in the flavors of the ocean while sitting high above it at the Second Avenue Pier‘s Pier View Bar and Grill. This open-air eatery sits on the third floor rooftop of the pier, providing a 180-degree angle of the ocean. An interesting appetizer menu and an extensive list of bar selections make this a popular hangout for happy hour with breath-taking views of sunset. Other options include the Ocean View Cafe, Sharkey’s and Moe Moon’s.

* Family dining: Peaches Corner, located at Plyler Park on the Boardwalk, is a Myrtle Beach institution dating back to the days when the Pavilion raged right next door. Peaches is a lunch-counter style eatery that offers a broad menu featuring everything from seafood to the traditional burgers, fries and shakes. The walls are like a museum of Myrtle Beach’s downtown history and customers come from all over for the fare and friendly atmosphere. Other options include Seafood World, Bombay at the Beach and the Bangkok House.

* Fast food: City Pizza is another local hot spot that serves up pizza pie all hours of the night. The Kings Highway pizzeria attracts a huge late-night crowd of locals and tourists trying to satisfy their munchies before bedtime. Also within a short distance of your hotel are Sonic and Subway. There’s also a wide array of fast-food offerings available on Ocean Boulevard, where you can get gyros, funnel cakes and other vacation staples.

* Bars: Another Myrtle Beach institution is just steps away from your hotel, and it’s well worth the walk. The Bowery has been serving thirsty customers and entertaining those hungry for live music for decades.  Country super group Alabama used to be the house band at this hole-in-the-wall watering hole before they reached stardom, but this honkytonk is just as modest as it was back in the day. Other area bars include Jimmy Buffett’s LandShark Bar and Grill and the new Riptydz oceanfront bar.

Shopping: Ocean Boulevard and the Boardwalk offer plenty of window shopping and the real deal as a variety of novelty and souvenir shops line the two. One can’t-miss shop is the Gay Dolphin, one of the first and largest stores on the Grand Strand that offers a little bit of everything – literally. Check out the three-floor store and the crow’s nest on top that gives a panoramic view of the ocean and the downtown area. There’s a good chance you’ll find everything you need within a few steps of your hotel.

* Attractions: There’s lots to do and see close to your hotel, but the big new draw this season is the SkyWheel, a 190-foot, state-of-the-art ferris wheel that takes passengers up for a real thrill and spectacular view of the ocean and Myrtle Beach. The SkyWheel is surrounded by other unique attractions, such as Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, a couple of haunted houses and a hall of mirrors. To the south, Family Kingdom Amusement Park and Water Park are within walking distance.