5 Picturesque Spots to Visit Along the Grand Strand

The Myrtle Beach area is filled with beautiful scenic parks, preserves, and districts. From the quiet beaches of North Myrtle Beach to the coastal marshes and dunes of Pawleys Island, there is so much to see during your Sands Beach Club vacation. Read on to discover five of our favorite beautiful spots found throughout the Grand Strand region.

Atalaya Castle

Atalaya is a historic house built on an over 9,000-acre property by Archer Huntington for his wife Anna as a winter home. It is nestled within Huntington Beach State Park, a part of the original property. Guided tours are available in-season and self-guided tours are available in the off-season. Anna was a sculptor and some of her work is displayed at Brookgreen Gardens.

The Hammock Shops Village

Enjoy a unique shopping experience at The Hammock Shops Village in Pawleys Island. The focal point of the village is The Original Hammock Shop where hand-woven hammocks are sold. Behind the shop is The Hammock Weavers pavilion where the art of hammock weaving is demonstrated. Be sure to stop in at the other boutiques for some great finds. Dining options are also available.

Brookgreen Gardens

Get a taste of history, art, and wildlife at Brookgreen Gardens. In this over 9,000 acre complex in the South Carolina Lowcountry, you will see evidence of former rice plantations, the Gullah culture of the slaves who sustained it, and the native plants & animals of this area. Three ways to experience history include a walking tour on the boardwalk, traveling the back roads by mini-bus or cruising on a 48 ft. pontoon boat. For your viewing pleasure, there are 1,400 sculptures throughout the sculpture garden. Don’t forget to check out the zoo. Exhibits include native animals, domestic animals, and birds.

La Belle Amie Vineyard

La Belle Amie Vineyard is locally-owned and operated and is quickly growing in popularity. There is a lot more to do at La Belle Amie than sample excellent wine. Take a tour of the grounds, and follow Vicki – the owner – as she guides you through the building and operations of local vineyard life. Guided tours are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m., weather permitting. You can call ahead to reserve a spot on the tour, or check availability upon arrival. Self-guided tours are available Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Historic Downtown Conway

Within minutes of Myrtle Beach is the historic river town of Conway. Find a place to park and take a walking tour where you will find beautiful scenery, great places to eat and shop and the Riverwalk, a wooden walkway along the Waccamaw River. While in the area be sure to visit Conway Glass for beautiful blown glass and stained glass items.