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How to Get Here

Travel By Car

The Grand Strands major thoroughfare is a 28-mile Veterans Highway called S.C. 22. The four lane road connects U.S. 501 and U.S. 17, making arriving at your vacation destination hassle free. The highway opened in 2001 and has improved travel to the Grand Strand for many. Another well-traveled road is The Carolina Bays Parkway otherwise known as S.C. 31. This highway runs from S.C. 9 to U.S. 544 and will one day connect to U.S. 17 south. This eventual connection will be a big time saver for South Carolina residents and tourists alike. If you are traveling to the area, you may need to pick up some relatives at the local airport. Harrelson Boulevard is an important road to be aware of. Harrelson Boulevard is an access road connecting U.S. 17 Bypass and the Myrtle Beach International Airport.

Travel By Air

Traveling to Myrtle Beach by air is fast, easy and completely hassle free. The Myrtle Beach International Airport is located one mile from the Atlantic Ocean, so you never have to worry about a long commute from the airport to your hotel. You can be on the beach within minutes of landing in the Grand Strand. The airport is also easily accessed from U.S. 17 Bypass ensuring that you will have no trouble returning to the airport after your stay.

Traveling by air to Myrtle Beach is possible from any location. We have several well- known carriers providing flights to the Myrtle Beach International Airport. Allegiant Air, Continental, Delta, Direct Air, Porter, Spirit, United and U.S. Airways all offer flights to Myrtle Beach. Several of these airlines offer nonstop flights to Myrtle Beach, while others offer one stop flights.

There is no reason to worry about transportation once you’ve landed. The airport has many automobile renting agencies and taxi services ready to take you anywhere you’d like to go. Call your favorite airline today to begin planning your Defender Resorts vacation.

Driving Distances

Myrtle Beach's central location on the East Coast makes it easy for people from all walks of life to vacation in the Grand Strand. The following are some estimated drive times based on an average speed of 50 mph. Our guests hailing from Jacksonville, Knoxville or Washington, DC should expect around 7 hours of drive time, while our guests from Cincinnati, Cleveland or New York should all anticipate about 14 hours of drive time. Our guests living in Chicago, Toronto, St. Louis or Montreal should expect to be en route for 17 to 20 hours. We enjoy meeting people from all walks of life and do our best to accommodate our guests every want, so begin planning your Defender Vacation today!

How to Get Around

Knowing about a few important roads can make traveling throughout the Grand Strand easy and hassle free. Ocean Boulevard and Kings Highway are two of the most well-traveled roads in Myrtle Beach. If you're planning on visiting some of our unique restaurants you will most certainly travel on one of these roads. The two roads run north and south throughout Myrtle Beach and surrounding towns, all you have to do is remember that Ocean Boulevard and Kings Highway run parallel to the Atlantic Ocean. Highway 17 Bypass is another well-traveled road. The Bypass begins in Murrells Inlet and stretches all the way to the popular restaurant district of Myrtle Beach, where it merges with Kings Highway.

Be sure to take advantage of the convenient local bus system provided by The Waccamaw Regional Transportation Authority. The Coast RTA is an affordable way to travel the entire Grand Strand. The Coast RTA travels throughout several coastal South Carolina towns including North Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Conway, Loris and Aynor. The Coast RTS is a great service that runs 365 days a year. If you’re interested, pick up a copy of the RTA bus schedule at any Myrtle Beach Area Convention Center or Visitors Bureau offices.