In a perfect world, you only get one shot to ask your loved one to spend the rest of your lives together, so you want to make it special. That's why many couples have memories of Myrtle Beach dating back to when the question was popped. Especially for fun-loving couples, there’s no better spot to start a happy partnership than the Sun & Fun Capital of Myrtle Beach.
Of course, planning the trip to Myrtle Beach and remembering to bring the ring are only part of the formula for a proper proposal. Finding the right time and place to propose are just as important, so do a little homework to create a memory that will last a lifetime. Here are five of the most romantic spots on the Grand Strand to propose:
Beach: Getting down on one knee in the white sand with the Atlantic Ocean serving as the backdrop provides the ideal setting for a proposal, and the Grand Strand has more than 60-miles of coastline to locate the right beach. Long Bay guests can take a stroll straight from the resort to the beach, and there are remote areas just north and south of the property where you can find a little privacy. Nearby beach accesses have wooden pavilions where you can take a break from your walk and hit a knee without getting wet or sandy, and you don't have to worry about losing the ring in the sand.
Historic Sites: Some couples find romance rooted in history, and the Grand Strand has a rich past with many landmarks to serve as the setting for your proposal. On the south end of the Strand, Lowcountry estates like Atalaya Castle, Brookgreen Gardens, Hobcaw Barony and Hopsewee Plantation date back to the Colonial era and offer a first-hand look at life in the Carolinas circa 1700s. Old homes and farms that used to raise rice and indigo still stand today; a fitting symbol of a lasting marriage. On the north end of the Strand, Little River and Calabash are old port cities with historic waterfront homes.
Intracoastal Waterway: When it comes to locations for wedding proposals, the Atlantic Ocean gets the nod as the most popular body of water in the Myrtle Beach area. But an often overlooked alternative is just a few miles inland on the Intracoastal Waterway. This manmade river offers access to some unreachable locales by car and some beautiful scenery that many tourists never experience. Take the Barefoot Princess Riverboat Cruise or another tour boat for a ride down the river through scenic swamps, old-timey swing bridges and, best of all, romantic views of sunset to the west.
Myrtle Beach SkyWheel: This unmistakable landmark has become a popular place to pop the question since its opening in 2010. Featuring flashing neon lights in the heart of the downtown district, the SkyWheel provides guests with a bird’s-eye view of the Atlantic Ocean and the greater Myrtle Beach area. Standing 190 feet above the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, the SkyWheel gives passengers the perfect platform for a proposal at the apex of the modern-day ferris wheel. Private gondolas are available for some seclusion, and the VIP rides are longer and allow only two passengers per gondola. It’s also a great place for a photo to capture the special moment.
Restaurant: This more traditional option provides a bit more privacy and an upscale environment, and guests at the Long Bay are surrounded by nice options. The Boom Boom Wine Room, Collector’s Café, Flamingo Grille and Lombardo’s are among a handful of fine-dining establishments within walking distance of the resort. For a slightly longer drive, The Brentwood House, The Library, Rossi’s and Thoroughbred’s are other romantic options. Be sure to make reservations and let a manager know your plans so they can help you go the extra mile.
Wherever you decide to pop the question, Long Bay Resort is the place to celebrate the occasion. In fact, let Long Bay Resort in Myrtle Beach be the place where you hold the wedding, spend the honeymoon and vacation for anniversaries to come.