Myrtle Beach is the quintessential example of visual clutter. Retail overdose stretches about 10 miles and I'm guessing per capita feet of neon is over 100 feet. It's probably in the deed restrictions that there must be the following on each block:
- Retail beachware shop, 10,000 sf or more, preferably a chain, like Waves, with a wave scalloped roof outlined in Neon.
- One or more Pancake breakfast buffets
- A pizza place
- A fish place
- A miniature golf course
It's quiet here in May, but even in high season I cannot visualize that many mini golfers. The golf places compete for the GaGa award with pirate ships, dinosaurs, thatched huts, waterfalls and fountains, all spouting an unreal bluegreen dyed water. But if all the courses are GaGa, what makes a mini-golfer choose one over the other?
And where do all those mini-golfers stay? I found my answer in our RV Camp. 893 temporary camping slots, and 2500 by the day/month/season/year house rentals. I could choose between the park we stayed in or a dozen others, side by side, right on the beach (technically, right behind the dunes). I thought about going to the pool, the recreation center, the cafe, the wifi hotspot and the laundry, but measured by how far I was willing to walk down the beach, I was never going to reach them without a golf cart. And yes, everyone there rents or owns a golf cart. They even walk their dogs in a golf cart.
The attraction of the Southeast Atlantic coast is summed up in the name of a wifi network I found while trying to log on the other night: no shoes no shirt. If you are in a five o'clock somewhere frame of mind, this is the place for you.