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Carolina Opry, Broadway at the Beach & Sea Captain’s House in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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Aerial Skywheel and beach. Photo by Visit Myrtle Beach.

I’m really excited to interview Justin Royal of OTO Development about Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Justin’s tips for the best things to do in Myrtle Beach are awesome because he lives just outside the city and is the Regional Sales Director for a hospitality management company that owns hotels in many popular tourist destinations like Myrtle Beach and Nashville. He loves the weather and creating memories on the beach with his family.

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Murrells Inlet Marshwalk. Photo by Visit Myrtle Beach.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Visit Myrtle Beach, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.


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Broadway at the Beach. Photo by Visit Myrtle Beach.

Getting around Myrtle Beach

The local airport is Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR), which is about a 10-minute drive to downtown. Use our Expedia tool below to find flight, hotel, and rental car options.

Justin says that you should rent a car when visiting. Although you can leave it at the hotel when walking around the boardwalk and beach, you’ll need a car to explore many of the attractions. For the best rental car offers, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

Uber and Lyft are excellent ways to get around if you don’t rent a car or when you’re out walking.

When you only need a car for a couple of hours, you can rent by the hour with Zipcar. Join now to get $25 loaded into your account.

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Brookgreen Gardens. Photo by Visit Myrtle Beach.

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Justin Royal about Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  • Green dots = best things to do in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Who is Justin Royal?

Justin Royal is the Regional Director of Sales in the Carolinas for OTO Development. His passion for the hotel industry has been cultivated over the last 14 years with experience in various diverse roles that range from boutique to full-service resorts.

His career began with the internship program at Walt Disney World Resorts where he was introduced to the wonderful world of hospitality and has been working in hotels ever since. He enjoys teaching those new to the industry how to give exceptional service, and his devotion is evident in the teams he oversees.

Justin Royal headshot

Here are a few articles from his company:

You can connect with Justin on his website and on LinkedIn.

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Click here to download our one-page guide of Justin’s tips for Myrtle Beach.

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Ripleys Aquarium by Visit Myrtle Beach

Ripleys Aquarium. Photo by Visit Myrtle Beach.

Stay tuned for our next episode

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David on a mountain peak at sunset.

Listen to the next episode when David Karamanis of The Traveling Pod shares the best things to do in La Paz, Bolivia. In this episode, David and I talk about riding the famous gondolas, visiting the Uyuni Salt Flats, and hiking the Devil’s Tooth. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.

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