I’ve never been to SSI so excuse my ignorance. Is the village area at SSI similar to a Myrtle beach feel, ie lots of tourist restaurants and shops or more of a local feel? Thanks.
Nothing like MB. It's a 3 block area with small shops and restaurants.
It is basically about a half mile on both sides of the road of shops and good restaurants with a ice cream shop and yogurt shop thrown in.
The end of the road is at the Pier and city park and library.
There are a number of nice restaurants there. No highrises and no tacky tourist shops imo like Myrtle Beach.
It is as far from MB as you can get.
I don't think it's even a half mile.
No really like 1/3 of a mile. Hey I will check it next week!
it is quaint. cute, charming as it can be...nothing big and tourist like ....we have been a few times just to spend a few hours...we love its charm
As a young girl, my extended family spent our summers at Myrtle Beach, and I have very fond memories of how it was then, but cannot stand it’s current overly hyped, commercial, tacky tourist vibe. Don’t mean to offend anyone, but that’s, sadly, how it feels to me. I prefer a more relaxed environment - Ocracoke, Duck, etc. My family has lived here for decades, so maybe I’m a bit prejudiced, but I feel SSI is much more well suited for a family vacation or a romantic getaway. However, if you’re looking for Vegas style excitement, then Myrtle is probably a safer bet.
As noted by the other posters, while the Village area is a major location of retail shops and dining options, it is at the opposite end of the tourism spectrum from MB. Neptune Park and the pier provide great places to just sit back and relax.