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No totality, no problem! Many happy to see eclipse in Myrtle Beach

Many vacationers are hoping to get a glimpse of history at Myrtle Beach Monday. (Taggart Houck/WPDE). 

One day away, and many people across the country are wanting to get a glimpse of the solar eclipse.

For some, that meant a trip to Myrtle Beach.

The solar eclipse will only offer a partial view here in Myrtle Beach -- close -- but not in complete totality like what's expected in Charleston and Georgetown.

And yet, many beachgoers Sunday said Myrtle Beach is where they want to watch history.

Vwemen Soto came from Colombia with his family. The flight was fine, he said. The traffic he faced once in South Carolina was a different story.

Soto said he planned 2 months ahead for a room reservation.

Senvor Martincsek and his family came down from Baltimore.

For he and his wife, Myrtle Beach has a deeper meaning.

"This is the place where we had our first vacation together with my wife," he said with a smile. "It was probably like 18 years ago."

He said he had to remind himself of that last night when he and his family hopped in their car to drive down I-95, a nine hour drive, with traffic he said.

As for those rooms, many at the beach had to call about 2 to 3 months ahead of the big day.

Ultimately, for many families, watching the eclipse will be something to remember.

"(We're) just looking forward to seeing this phenomenon and share it with our family, you know. It's just gonna be something spectacular," said Martincsek.


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