Myrtle Beach walkable areas??? Where? Name something accessible from Marriott's Oceanwatch? Accessible by walking, that is.
You cannot walk around Marriott Oceanwatch because it's isolated and there's NOTHING adjacent. You can walk the beach, but that's it.
Tell me where on this map of Marriott's Oceanwatch (as mentioned above in the appeal to find THE right place to visit)
that senior citizens can walk, other than the beach?
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Continue south and it's worse.
Nothing safe for walking anyway, imho, as there are only busy roads, most all with multiple lanes. Not even safe for biking, same reasons.
Maybe they could walk around the amusement area of "Broadway at the Beach"....round and round, but you have to drive and park first,
and the parking is busy. (Yep, there's a good hearty walk from the parking lot to the stores.)
Once around "Broadway at the Beach" and you've seen it all.....once around is enough. Been there a few times. Stereotypical.
And the restaurants' cuisine there is nothing to speak of. Basically "sit-down fast food".
Best restaurants in there are Hard Rock Cafe, Landry's Seafood, Dave & Buster's, and Margaritaville.... (Landry's is pretty good, we do like it.)
All are loud, full of tourists, many in tank tops, and kids screaming.
MB also has dozens of "seafood houses" which have that sort of environment. I call it the masses feeding buffet-style on seafood from a trough.
Not exactly a plethora of top notch dining destinations for senior citizens, imho.
But there are definitely some scattered "nice" fine-dining restaurants out there.....We've found them over the years, just not many.
And it's not for lack of looking and doing my homework.
MB is essentially full of franchise restaurants....examples of EVERY conceivable franchise, and all busy busy if that's what you want.
Existing mainly for the MB masses. A dime a dozen, but that's not exactly a destination for "good restaurants", imho.
Check this out for Myrtle Beach's Spring Break crowd.....it tells a lot......
To be fair, HHI has Spring Breaks too....like a small group of twelve friends from college, or a couple of families......quite the different scene.
So, in what MB is lacking, HHI has plenty of. Over 250 restaurants, many average to very good, and many quite excellent.
But HHI has far more GREAT restaurants.......too many to visit in one week, or even in one or two months.
Regarding "nice" restaurants, I state unequivocally that HHI is superior, in quantity and in quality, and I know well the restaurants at both.
To be fair again, HHI doesn't have resorts with walkable accessibility to restaurants
at all, or to "things to do" either! Exclamation point!!....You must have a car to do anything.
But it does have trails for the sake of walking only. For things to do in general, I think you'll find that both locations do indeed have things to do.....tours, interesting sites, shopping, dining, whatever.....just not realistically speaking for anything other than walking for exercise.
But as far as walkable areas, HHI has more -----plenty of gorgeous trails for walking-----far more than Myrtle Beach. Like 10 places to zero.
But I say "walkable" should not be a requirement. Not really doable at Myrtle Beach, but Hilton Head at least has venues that senior citizens can enjoy.
Harbour Town, South Beach, Sea Pines Plantation gated community, Shelter Cove, Palmetto Dunes gated community, Port Royal gated community, etc....
all have gorgeous walking trails, and for that matter, biking trails......matter of fact, some of the nation's best biking trails.
I've been going to Myrtle Beach since 1972 when the main drag was only Ocean Drive
, and all Ocean Drive had was one or two-story motels and bars on every street corner,
with inebriated kids hanging from the balconies screaming. I have very vivid memories of those. (I personally didn't hang from the balconies, but......)
Now MB has high-rises, but you cannot walk that stretch, or ANY "stretch", to my knowledge.
We're still visiting Myrtle Beach, but not so much. We trade those week's stays or give them to my office staff.
In Myrtle Beach we've owned 1 week at Marriott's Oceanwatch for many years, and 2 weeks at Vistana's Sheraton Broadway Plantation for many years.
Both wonderful resorts with high standards, btw, but both purely unto themselves location-wise.
At HHI we own 2 weeks at Marriott's Barony, 6 weeks at Grande Ocean, and 2 3BR weeks at Waterside by Spinnaker. Love those. Great locations.
Near great restaurants, near activities, near to shopping, near to everything....by car.
All very classy resorts too.
We stay at those, and even get extra time. We just spent two weeks at Grande Ocean in January, and then two weeks in February, none of which were our ownership weeks.
We do that every year.
So it boils down to a conscious decision and choice.
I have several friends who fiercely love MB and several who have moved there. They are very content and feel blessed to be there, and so they are.
Frankly though, they don't go out to eat much.
I also have friends, many more friends, who fiercely love HH, and who dine out most of the time. Nothing meant by that other than that's what happens.
To each his own, and I have no qualms with anyone who prefers Myrtle Beach----it's a VERY popular destination.
But it's a different crowd.
All I can say is that as everyone knows, the two destinations are total polar opposites of each other, if ever there were such.
Enough disparate that they really don't compare. Many like MB and many prefer HHI. Cool.
Somebody said HHI seems a bit stuffy.......I personally think that's a wrong perception, but I will concede that it's probably true that a greater % there
have huge private homes and condos than at MB. Truly hundreds of amazing homes, jaw-dropping in fact.
Famous people from professional sports, owners of million-dollar & billion-dollar companies, and "others", have had, and still have, private homes there.
Not to mention notable and highly successful retired persons lucky enough to have made it happen......
And don't discount all those who only dream of retiring there but remain around their families back home and only visit......
Hmmmm...they probably own a timeshare.
Based on the type of visitors to HHI mentioned above, it would naturally follow that more fine restaurants would spring up there at HHI....
not overly elegant ones because it's ultimately a "beach place", but a lot of really really good establishments.
Fine dining establishments might seem stuffy to some, but we don't find that.
BTW, everything at HHI is "casual" attire...nothing more......to us that's not stuffy, merely a great spot to enjoy a fantastic evening.