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Vacationing in Myrtle Beach is fun enough while getting around on your own two feet or in your own vehicle, but the good times really start to roll when you hop aboard one of the many recreational vehicles for rent. From bicycles and scooters to golf carts and jet skis, visitors have several unique opportunities to get around the Grand Strand in a fun fashion and see the sights from a different perspective. Here are some of the Caribbean Resort & Villas guests' favorite forms of alternate transportation:
* Bikes: Pedal power is a great way to get around Myrtle Beach, which has added many bike lanes, paths and trails in recent years. Beach Bike Shop and Myrtle Beach Bicycle Rentals-N-Tours are two of the best places in the downtown area to rent a wide variety of bikes. Cruisers with extra wide tires are perfect for riding down the beach or Ocean Boulevard, which now has both northbound and southbound bike lanes. Biking on the beach is allowed before 10 a.m. and after 5 p.m. until Labor Day, after which it’s OK to ride down the beach anytime. Mountain bikes are good for the hilly "The Hulk" trails, which were built in 2012, and Pedego Electric Bikes at The Market Common offers electric bikes for rent.
* Golf Carts: These handy little vehicles aren't just for the golf course anymore, especially in Myrtle Beach. Locals and visitors alike love to get around town on golf carts, which are allowed on all roads with a speed limit of 35 mph or lower. Myrtle Beach Golf Carts has several locations and a wide selection, including stretch limo carts for big groups and families. The tricked-out Hummer golf carts are a popular choice.
* Jet Skis: If you prefer to see Myrtle Beach by sea instead of dry land, jet skis provide the perfect mode of transportation. Often seen as the aquatic equivalent of a motorcycle, jet skis are high-powered and easy to maneuver, so experience is not necessary. Guests can rent a jet ski right off the coast, or go to the Intracoastal Waterway for fewer waves and a change of scenery. Some jet skis hold up to three passengers, so you can enjoy the thrills and views in small parties.
* Mopeds/Scooters: Mopeds are the most popular rentals around town, and for good reason. Easy for parking and perfect for cruising down The Strip, mopeds offer fun and convenience. The smaller scooters are also available at most moped rental outlets, which are located up and down Ocean Boulevard. Although you don't have to be a licensed driver to operate a moped in South Carolina, most rental agencies require a valid driver's license and major credit card before you hop on and take off. Helmets aren't required by law, but it's always a good idea to protect the noggin so you can enjoy the rest of your vacation.
* Surfboards/Paddleboards: Riding the waves is more fun than riding the sidewalks for many visitors, and a big piece of fiberglass is the way to do it. Rather than investing in a surfboard or paddleboard you won't use back home, check out one of the many surf shops that offer hourly, daily and weekly rentals. It might take some time to master either a surfboard or paddleboard if you are a newcomer, but lessons are also available. Once you master the skill, you can experience the thrill of riding a wave or the relaxation of standing on water.
However you decide to get around town, you can relax knowing that your journey will end back at the Caribbean Resort & Villas for comfort and fun. We look forward to hosting your next Myrtle Beach vacation.