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Page 36 of 77 35 S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 6 your own along the shore, but locals leave dinner up to the professional oyster farmers in the area. Farther south is Sandwich, the Cape's oldest town, where groups can watch glassblowing demonstrations and tour some of New England's most beautiful homes. W W W . C A P E C O D C H A M B E R . O R G OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND Ocean City is a slice of Maryland between the Atlantic Ocean and the Isle of Wight Bay. e sun rises over miles of beaches and sets bayside. e resort town features a three-mile-long wooden boardwalk lined with restaurants and shops with theme-park attractions at the southern end. "Because we are surrounded by the ocean on one side and the bay on the other, being on the water is what we're all about," said Jessica Waters, communications manager for the Ocean City Convention and Visitors Bureau. e waters teem with kayaks, paddleboards and tour boats, some of which journey to Assateague Island, a nationally protected park where wild horses and ponies roam free. "Most of our groups are awed by the wild ponies, but you'll often see deer, rare types of birds and other wildlife, too," Waters said, adding that groups can also reach the popular island by a fi ve-mile bus ride from Ocean City. Each day, several boats leave the shore and head for deep-sea caverns that are home to tuna, mahi-mahi and huge billfi sh. Groups can charter a boat and drop their lines to compete for the biggest catch. Activities off the water include 21 championship golf courses, some right along the sea. Meanwhile, nongolfers can peruse several boutiques that have emerged as an alternative afternoon option. Another off -water draw is the Casino at Ocean Downs, which hosts harness racing during the summer and houses a small slot machine fa- cility throughout the year. Recently, however, the attraction getting the most attention is the world's fi rst go-kart roller coaster at Jolly Roger Amusement Park. At least 40 cars at a time can race down the fi ve-story looping wooden course named the Cyclone. After a full day of play, groups like to pick one of several spots to enjoy the blue crab bounty of Chesapeake Bay, where fi shing out the crabmeat is half the fun. W W W . O C O C E A N . C O M MYRTLE BEACH, SOUTH CAROLINA Myrtle Beach is the playful hub of South Carolina's Grand Strand: 60 miles of beaches and inviting inlets. e area is also popular for its more than 100 golf courses designed by celebrities such as Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. Many rank among the nation's top courses, and none are more popular than Caledonia Golf and Fish Club in Pawleys Island, just south of Myrtle Beach. Built on an old rice plantation, Caledonia is studded with century-old twisted oaks, hanging Spanish moss and natural waterways. "It's got a great Southern feel to it, and golfers always say the course is relaxing and amazing," said Dolly Chewning of the South Carolina De- partment of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. For more experienced golfers, Chewning suggests Tidewater Golf Club, perched atop river bluff s with stunning views of the ocean below. It's equally beautiful but more challenging. e beaches connected to the long strip of Grand Strand hotels are rarely overcrowded, but a uniquely serene stretch of sand is Huntington Courtesy Myrtle Beach Skywheel and coast Courtesy Town of Ocean City Courtesy Myrtle Beach golf course Wild pony on Assateague Island

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