Photo Essay: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

| March 22, 2013 | 23 Comments More

A collection of Myrtle Beach photos, taken during an afternoon walk

The coastline of Myrtle Beach is part of the 60-mile long Grand Strand, a stretch of beaches on the Atlantic Coast in northeastern South Carolina. The area attracts water sports enthusiasts and families looking for beach time, but during my off-season visit I encountered mostly birds and people taking solitary walks.

I spent many hours walking up and down this beautiful beach. Some of the passers-by smiled at me, others started a conversation. The birds were less interested in interacting, often walking away as people approached. There were times when I was one of the few people there – especially in the early morning – and for a few moments I felt like it was just me, the ocean, and my thoughts. I even danced a little – when no-one was looking.

Here are photos from my strolls. I liked the beach just the same on sunny and rainy days.

morning

Sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean

grand

Myrtle Beach is part of a 60-mile long stretch of beaches called the Grand Strand.

wave

At times it was just me, the ocean, and my thoughts…

birds 2

I encountered lots of local residents along the shore. ;)

birds

An unexpected photo opportunity – the birds usually kept their distance.

pier

One of several piers along the coastline

under pier

Taking shelter under a pier on a rainy day

dunes

Dunes running paralell to the shore

walking alone

Clouds and showers couldn’t stop me from enjoying walks along the beautiful beach.

JA was here

Leaving wasn’t easy…

Do you have a favorite seaside destination? What is your beach activity of choice? Let me know in the comments!

(Thank you to Visit Myrtle Beach for hosting me in your city. All opinions, however, are my own.) 

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Category: City Pics, PHOTOGRAPHY

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Pola Henderson is a travel writer and city explorer. Besides Jetting Around, her writing credits include CNN, Yahoo, Expedia, MasterCard, among others. She also runs JA Media, a boutique agency specializing in content writing and event production. Happily multicultural, Pola grew up in Krakow, lived in Chicago for 13 years, and is currently based in her soul city Paris.

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  1. avatar Aaron says:

    Great beach shots, especially the bird one. Love the early morning walking or running on an ocean beach with no one around, so peaceful. Might go to Charleston this summer, will try to get up there if so. :)

  2. Beautiful photography as usual! Love the one under the pier while it rained. I am of the opinion that gray skies offer great photo opps either of themselves or as background to something else! Great post.

    • Gracias, Rauli! :) I have definitely warmed up to gray skies lately and enjoy shooting them more. I’m glad you like the photo taken under the pier – it’s one of my favorites too.

  3. avatar Puru says:

    There are some beautiful photographs in this essay .. Sea is always photogenic, isn’t it ? :)

  4. ahh these pictures! i’ve only been to seabrook island & hilton head, but both made me fall in love with south carolina.

  5. avatar Rose Scott says:

    I love being by the water too – so calming :-) Thanks for sharing these photos (sign) can’t wait to see the ocean myself in May.

  6. Your photography is favorite! These shots are stunning. I have actually never been to Myrtle Beach, though, these photos are starting to make me change my mind!

  7. avatar @mrsoaroundworld says:

    Fab pics, Pola! Really stunning. Miss the ocean!

  8. avatar Andrea says:

    I love a good beach! I’ve never been to that part of America, but my parents have and they loved it! I guess I need to plan another USA road trip!

  9. avatar Jim says:

    I love Myrtle Beach, we head down there every year in the fall and stay at the North Myrtle Beach Hotels. Your pictures make me really excited for the trip this year.

  10. avatar Charu says:

    I really need to do a better job of visiting NC…we had a great time in Emerald Isle and now it’s time to return. Lovely photos!

    • Hi Charu. I have only been to NC/SC a few times, and there’s definitely more exploring to be done. Myrtle Beach was such a fun weekend getaway – I’m glad you like the photos!

  11. Used to go to myrtle beach as a kid. Great spot and memories. Sandy beaches are great for walks but checking out tide pools and scoping for little creatures is my fav!

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