Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Avoid the Summer Traffic - Republished to Help You Arrive Sooner!

Myrtle Beach can be a very busy place, especially during the summer. Even though heavy traffic is hard to avoid, here are some tips to help make getting here a little easier. We understand that after a long drive, the worst way to begin a vacation is to have to wait in stop-and-go traffic.

Tip #1: Here is a locals’ secret. If you are traveling from the North Myrtle Beach area, avoid 17 Business (also known as Kings Highway) by taking SC 31 (also known as Carolina Bays Parkway) which is a freeway that will take you directly to Highway 544 (also known as Dick Pond Road). But please don’t tell the locals I told you about SC 31; they want to keep it as their little secret.

This secret works both ways. If you want to travel from Plantation Resort north to North Myrtle Beach (including Dixie Stampede, Barefoot Landing, Carolina Opry, Alabama Theatre) and beyond and avoid the 17 Business traffic, take Highway 544 to SC 31. Take SC 31 north to SC 22 (also known as Veteran’s Highway). Go East on SC 22 which will take you back to 17 Business. With the heavy summer traffic, this is always the faster way!

Please view and/or click on the image below to get driving directions.
Tip #1 Map:

Tip #2: My most used tip! Highway 544 (Dick Pond Road), particularly on weekends during the summer months, can get so busy that it looks like a parking lot. It is especially troublesome the final mile from 17 Bypass (near Wal-Mart) to where Highway 544 ends into 17 Business (Kings Highway). So as you approach 17 Bypass and you see rows of tail lights, take a right (South) onto 17 Bypass and drive approximately 2.4 miles to Glenns Bay Road. Take a left (East) onto Glenns Bay Road and travel approximately 1.5 miles to 17 Business. Take a left (North) on 17 Business and in about 1.5 miles, you will see the Plantation Resort Front Desk on your left. Be sure to exit onto the Frontage Road just after Mason’s Tire to reach the Front Desk where you check in. You have now driven “around the block” and avoided the worst of the stop-and-go traffic on Highway 544.

Even though this “short cut” adds a few miles onto your trip, it will save you many minutes and get you here faster. I use this secret often, especially on Saturdays.

Please view and/or click on the image below to get driving directions.Tip #2 Map:

Tip #3: Take the Shuttle. Of course everyone loves the beach! Avoid having to find a parking spot and then pay for it by taking the Resort’s shuttle bus to and from the beach. Keep those parking meter coins for ice cream or maybe a smoothie! See your welcome packet for times and locations. But most of all, enjoy your vacation without all the traffic!

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