With my husband and I soon approaching our ninth wedding anniversary (gulp, has it really been that long!), we are beginning to think about things we might like to do in order to celebrate the passing of yet another fantastic year together. As we are both big fans of travelling in fact, we have been on the road for almost four years non-stop now a holiday is almost certainly going to be the way we will chose to celebrate our anniversary.

We have already been to a number of the most common romantic getaways which top many couples’ lists, including Paris, New York, Rome, and Buenos Aires, so this year we are looking for something a little different. Bearing in mind we have spent the last six month beavering away in quite challenging international development roles in Africa, we are also looking for somewhere where we can get away from it all so that we can relax a little, but ideally also with a little bit of outdoor adventure thrown into the mix too, so we don’t get too lazy.

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As such, Myrtle Beach has been one of the locations that is increasingly making its way towards the top of our list of possible destinations.

Contrary to what the name suggests, Myrtle Beach is not technically a beach but rather a city which lies on South Carolina’s Atlantic Ocean coast. It is famous for being home to the Grand Strand, a lengthy combination of beautiful beaches which attract literally millions of tourists each year, in part due to the balmy subtropical climate in this part of the world which offers the perfect escape for those of us who like to top up our vitamin D levels every now and then.

Myrtle Beach boasts more than 60 miles of white-sand beaches, so one of the obvious romantic things to do is stroll down the beach hand-in-hand with your loved one. Some beaches are very busy so if you want privacy, you can head to one of the city’s quieter beaches such as Little River on the Intracoastal Waterway, which is an unspoiled and laid-back beach with miles of dunes.

If you like walking then why not take a romantic nature walk, or alternatively go horseback riding at one of the city’s two state parks? Myrtle Beach State Park is a Heritage Trust Site with more than 300 acres of parkland. Huntington Beach State Park boasts a beautiful freshwater lagoon with nature trails.

The more daring couples that don’t fear heights could go on a ride on the modernised ferris wheel, the SkyWheel. The SkyWheel is 190 feet above ground on the Grand Stand with fantastic views over the town and the ocean.

So with a large number of exciting options which can be enjoyed by couples who want to spend some quality time together, as well as a number of great hotels in Myrtle Beach, why not treat yourself and your loved one to something special this year to celebrate your anniversary. Go on, you know you deserve it!

Disclaimer: I am a freelancer for Hipmunk and I am currently working on their #hipmunkcitylove  project.

About Tammyonthemove

Tammy & Chris are a couple hailing from Germany and England, meaning between them they are efficient and polite, but unable to talk about football. Find out why they stopped pushing pens around the British civil service to travel the world on their blog.

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