Written by Julie Smith, owner of Chic in Myrtle Beach
Having lived near busy coastal tourist areas, we look forward to the slower paced off-season!
Our family has always loved walking the beaches, maritime trails and marshes all throughout the winter.
Now that our children are grown with families of their own, my husband and I still enjoy our winter walks, maybe just at a slower pace.
Come along won’t you and let’s go for a winter walk on the beach!
I love to bring a thermos of hot coffee to enjoy in the car afterwards. Also, don’t forget the camera, a plastic bag for seashells or other treasure, a bit of sunscreen (yes, even in Winter!) and sunglasses … you’ll thank me later!
The most important thing to remember is to always dress in layers. Whether it’s cold, warm, rain, shine or windy, you’re better off being prepared for any weather condition. And don’t forget your comfortable shoes or boots! – a pair of pull-on ankle boots are nice as they’ll keep your feet warm and dry with no holes or seams for the beach sand (or water) to get into.
During our winter walks or surf fishing expeditions on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, I had absolutely no problem donning full-on knee boots with my one-piece hunting coveralls if the occasion called for it!
Here in South Carolina, our favorite place to walk – actually any time of year – is the almost mile-long stretch of beach in the Myrtle Beach State Park.
I like parking down by the last and most southerly walkway to the beach.
Just look at those beautiful red winterberries along the walkway!
The first thing you’ll notice near the beach is that most of the dune grasses have become a shade of winter brown but lovely just the same.
The beach seems to be even wider at this end of the park and looks more natural.
You’ll also notice the surf is up a bit more mainly because of the more northeasterly winds that prevail this time of year.
Shorebirds are a familiar sight here along with the always hardy and stoic seagull. There is also a large flock of pigeons, crows and geckles that all nest in the covered area at the end of the pier. During the day, they come out to look for scraps of food and sun themselves.
From time to time, a group of horses will go by which makes for an amazing photo op!
Oh, and watch where you walk! Horses will be horses supposedly and I hear tell that what they occasionally leave behind is the most organic substance you could come across, so …….
And speaking of … there’s a bathhouse practically at every vantage point in the park which is always nice to know if necessary. The park staff always does an excellent job keeping them all clean.
Once our walk is done, we’ll stomp our shoes on the walkway to get rid (most of) the sand before getting into the car. Can’t use the beach showers as they’ve all been turned off this time of year so they don’t freeze over.
Finally, once we get to the car, we’ll pour a cup of hot coffee from the thermos we brought and start heading home!
Hope you enjoyed the walk today, thank you for following along and as always, please also look for me on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest!
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