Charleston and Myrtle Beach | What to eat, do, wear

For Memorial Day Weekend, my friend and I went to South Carolina for the first time ever! After my NEW ORLEANS TRIP, I really wanted to adventure in the south again, so we did it. I will be talking about Myrtle Beach first, and then Charleston. I want to start by saying that flying into Myrtle Beach was a really great experience. The airport there is very clean and easy to navigate. There are only a few airlines that fly into that airport, so your options will be limited, but it’s always a good idea to save money by flying Spirit. We stayed at an AirBnB in Myrtle Beach and the Marriott in Charleston, both were pretty convenient. Let’s begin!

Myrtle Beach

What to eat

Cook Out

A fast food chain that is very inexpensive and has pretty large portions. We had hush puppies for the first time and thought they tasted like thick onion rings without the onion haha. Pretty good for being so inexpensive!

Broadway at the Beach

We had dinner at American Tap House there, and it was pretty standard. The restaurants there remind me of restaurants you would see at the Universal Studios boardwalk and other similar places. I will be very honest – the food in Myrtle Beach in general is pretty mediocre, since people don’t travel there for the food.

Croissants

This place is a must-go if you’re in Myrtle Beach! Definitely the best meal that we had. The Pennsylvania Dutch style pancakes were BOMB!! We didn’t actually get croissants there because we were too full, but apparently they are really good. I loved the vibe of the restaurant and even took some photos outside the restaurant because it was so cute.

What to do

Bikini top: Asos
Jean shorts: Urban Outfitters
Sandals: DSW (available in six colors)

Beach BUMMM

Bring a beach towel and just sit and relax! You can rent umbrellas at the beach near the ferris wheel, but we just relaxed in the sun. The boardwalk is nearby, so if you get too hot and want some AC, you have a place to go. We spent a good amount of time at the beach and definitely got tan!

Backpack: Longchamp
Crochet top: Victoria's Secret (old)

Mini Golf at Mt. Atlantis

We also went mini golfing. It was a first for both of us and we joked that we were on a date haha. There are over 50 mini golf venues in Myrtle Beach, but this one is close to the boardwalk and had 18 holes. It was also only ten dollars per person for 18 holes, which is a very good price. I had no idea what to expect of mini golfing, but it was a lot of fun! Would definitely do it again.

Broadway at the Beach

This is where the night life is at, which is where we got dinner. There are a lot of bars and shops there that open later than anything else in Myrtle Beach!

What to wear

Pack your cute swimmies and summer clothing because it is hot there! And a beach towel of course!! I brought my Supergoop unseen sunscreen with me and it is my favorite sunscreen ever because the consistency is not oily and it goes on your face very smoothly.

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Bikini top: Asos 
Jean shorts: Urban Outfitters 
Sandals: DSW (available in six colors) 
Sunscreen: Supergoop

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Jeans: Revice Denim (similar here)
Top: Vici Collection
Sandals: Sole Society (also available here, comes in coral, mint and black)

Myrtle Beach to Charleston

Unless you have a car, there is pretty much only one way for you to get from Myrtle Beach to Charleston – bus. It leaves the Myrtle Beach bus station at 11:45AM and gets to Charleston at 2:05PM, a pretty short bus ride. However, there is only one bus a day and the bus station is only open for a few hours a day.

Charleston

What to eat

Dress: Nordstrom (similar here)

Lewis BBQ

The vibes at this place though! We ate outdoors with the live music playing during sunset, it was just perfect. The briskets and mac n cheese were amazing! My friend really liked the corn pudding but I didn’t so much. The best part about this place is that you order however much you want to eat and they weigh it for you.

Dress: Asos | Necklace: Mejuri (get 20% off)

Poogan’s Porch

One of the most talked about restaurants in Charleston. We ordered sweet tea and shared the chicken and waffles. They also gave us free biscuits, which was actually the highlight of our meal. They were the BEST biscuits I have ever had!! They were warm and fluffy inside, and the butter melted perfectly onto it.

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Dress: Asos | Necklace: Mejuri (get 20% off)

Beech

The only healthy thing we ate on this trip – acai bowls from Beech. Pretty expensive for an acai bowl, but very delicious. It was nice to sit for a bit while we shopped on King Street.

King Street Cookies

Also located on King Street where the shopping is at. The peanut butter cookie was my favorite, and the lemon one was really good too. They give you free milk when you order three cookies!

Left: The Darling | Right: Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream

The Darling

This is an oyster bar, and since I’m allergic to crawfish, I didn’t have many options there. The waitress informed me that most of the oysters were next to the crawfish at the raw bar and that it was better if I didn’t eat the oysters. Since I am only mildly allergic, we still ordered the cooked oysters and they were delicious. The clam chowder was also amazing!

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

This place reminds me of Salt & Straw! There were so many delicious flavors. The dark chocolate and blueberry lemon were my favorite. Portions are pretty large here, so my friend and I shared.

Hominy Grill

Another one of the places that are super popular in Charleston. However, we were let down by this place because it had very high reviews but our food was very bland. The highlight of the meal was the banana bread, and I mean, how can you go wrong with banana bread. It might have just been our experience though, because people around us seemed to really enjoyed their meal.

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Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit

We stopped by this place before heading to the airport and it was such a great decision! The biscuits with jam was my favorite! There are multiple locations in Charleston, including one in the City Market. If you are shopping around there, definitely check them out for a snack.

What to do

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Midi dress: Nordstrom (similar here)
Sandals: Sole Society (also available here, comes in coral, mint and black)

Rainbow Row

If you didn’t go to Rainbow Row, did you really go to Charleston? It is walking distance from the City Market, so we had to go snap some photos there. It’s such a cute place and definitely very Charleston!

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City Market

We spent a good amount of time at the City Market because there were so many interesting booths there. Remember to bring cash! The biscuit place I mentioned above is located here, and there are also many booths that sell delicious cookies, as well as pre-mixed seasoned rice for you to bring home to make your own southern rice.

Shopping on King Street

This place is kind of like the SoHo of Charleston. A street of shopping, ranging from brands like H&M to brands like Louis Vuitton. We spent an afternoon here, both shopping and snacking!

What to wear

Pack comfortable shoes, like sneakers, block heeled sandals, or wedges, because Charleston is a very walkable city, and there is also cobblestone on many of the roads. It is also the perfect city to wear your midi dresses because that is the clothing item that I think of when I think of Charleston.

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Midi dress: Nordstrom (similar here)
Sandals: Sole Society (also available here, comes in coral, mint and black)

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Bikini top: Asos
Bikini bottom: Asos
Sunscreen: Supergoop

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One-piece swimsuit: Forever 21
Sunscreen: Supergoop

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Dress: Asos
Sneakers: Superga

I hope you enjoyed reading this travel guide and if you visit South Carolina, I hope you love it as much as I did! Thank you so much for stopping by 🙂

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