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North Myrtle Beach, SC on the Grand Strand

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

We live in North Myrtle Beach, SC. Just south of the NC/SC border. We have a 4 bedroom ocean front condo that we bought in 1998, and practiced retirement (on weekends from Raleigh, NC) until we did it for real in 2008. This is our home!

We live near some of the best beaches in the world. Here is your intro to the Grand Strand.

For decades, South Carolina's Grand Strand has been a Mecca for vacationers and retirees looking for that great escape. Stretching for more than 60 miles along the Atlantic Coast, this string of beach resorts includes such ocean-side communities as Myrtle Beach, considered the Strand's hub, Cherry Grove, Ocean Drive, North Myrtle Beach, Atlantic Beach, Surfside, Litchfield, Pawleys Island, and Georgetown. Each year millions enjoy Grand Strand and Myrtle Beach vacations - drawn here for the swimming, sunning, boating, shelling and golfing on many of the 100 golf courses located in these areas. Shopping is plentiful too with two Tanger Outlet locations, the new Market Common and Broadway at the Beach. Myrtle Beach is also home to The Ripken Experience, one of the nation's top youth sports facilities. Plan a night of musical entertainment at Alabama Theatre in North Myrtle Beach, where "ONE, THE SHOW" is critically acclaimed as the most spectacular musical on the East Coast. You will never lack fun things to do on your Myrtle Beach vacations. Take a new route to the Myrtle Beach area and discover new roads including Highways 22 and 31.

Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand

Grand Strand and Myrtle Beach vacations If you're looking for a great destination for a group or family beach vacation, Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand is the place to be. A 60-mile span of white sand beaches that stretches from Little River to Georgetown, the Grand Strand features incredible seafood, historic tours, unique shops, cruises, two ocean side State Parks, deep sea and inshore fishing, and magnificent Brookgreen Gardens where you'll see the world's largest collection of American sculpture.

The hub of the Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach is where the action is. With fun family beaches, over 100 championship golf courses, tennis courts, outlet malls, specialty shops, live musical theatre, nightclubs and a wealth of family attractions, Myrtle Beach is a popular South Carolina vacation destination with visitors from all over the world enjoying Myrtle Beach vacations every year.

From the South:

Pawleys Island

Gorgeous Grand Strand sunsets Pawleys Island is one of the country's oldest beach resorts. The first people known to inhabit the area of Pawleys Island were the Waccamaw and Winyah Indians. They called the area “Chicora” meaning “the land,” and this term is often used by local businesses today. Later, the island became named after the three sons of Percival Pawley who inherited all the land their father owned “from the Waccamaw River to the sea.” The breezy island soon became a summer retreat for wealthy plantation owners, as well as a refuge from malaria-carrying mosquitoes.

Pawleys Island was the last part of the Grand Strand to be heavily developed, and with four miles of beach and its classic-style beach homes available for vacation rental, it’s referred to by the natives as “arrogantly shabby.” Offering many village-style shops, wonderful golf courses and fabulous dining, Pawleys Island prompts visitors to return year after year, and Brookgreen Gardens is a magnificent must-see, offering the worlds largest sculpture garden. Pawleys Island offers a laid back atmosphere and attitude benefiting its claim to fame: the original Pawleys Island Hammock.

Litchfield Beach

Litchfield Beach, a quaint, unincorporated community governed by Georgetown County, was settled by rice planters in early 1700s. The area’s name came from Litchfield Plantation, a former rice plantation in the community. In the 1960’s, modern development began. Litchfield Beach is beloved for its miles of wide sandy beaches, world-class golf courses, village-style shops and fine dining. It’s only half an hour away from Myrtle Beach, but it’s more quiet and reserved. There is one hotel on the beach, but visitors usually stay in rental houses or condos.

Murrells Inlet

The historic fishing village of Murrells Inlet has earned the title “seafood capital of South Carolina” because of the fresh seafood drawn from its waters and served at the many restaurants lining the waterfront. Murrells Inlet is also rich in history, with Native Americans, rice planters, pirates, World War II airmen and fishermen all having played a part in Murrells Inlet’s past.

Murrells Inlet offers many recreational activities in a breathtaking inlet setting, including deep sea fishing charters, boat tours, individual boat rentals, scuba diving, kayaking, parasailing and jet skiing. Two popular annual events include the Fourth of July Boat Parade and Blessing of the Inlet. The Marsh Walk, a marsh-front setting, offers spectactular scenery and wildlife.

Garden City Beach

Garden City beach is an unincorporated community that straddles Horry and Georgetown counties. Garden City has access to both the ocean and the inlet, so it is great for fishing, crabbing and water sports. The majority of vacationers stay in beach houses or condos, and the community offers a marina, amusements, restaurants, a fishing pier that features live music during the summer evenings and a new Creekwalk that spans the salt marsh.
Surfside Beach

The town of Surfside Beach proudly calls itself “the family beach.” Surfside was incorporated in 1964 and is not only a lively residential community, it is a thriving vacation destination. Along its oceanfront are beach houses, condos, hotels, restaurants and a fishing pier. They also offer several recreational parks and host several annual festivals and events.

Myrtle Beach

Where most people spend their Myrtle Beach vacations: the beach!Myrtle Beach vacations began more than a century ago, with families began vacationing in Myrtle Beach more than a century ago, traveling by horse, buggy and ferry to spend a day in the sand and sun on the mostly unoccupied beach. Today, the city of Myrtle Beach has a population of approximately 25,000 and is the largest and most developed community of the Grand Strand.

Myrtle Beach is one of the most visited beaches on the East Coast and offers something for everyone! Favorite landmarks include Coastal Grand Mall, the largest mall in South Carolina; Myrtle Beach State Park, the oldest in the state; Broadway at the Beach, with its assortment of shops, restaurants, nightclubs and attractions; the Myrtle Beach Convention Center; the hundreds of world-class golf courses and the ribbon of hotels with beautiful ocean views. Myrtle Beach kicks off each summer season with the excitement of the Sun Fun Festival.

Myrtle Beach Aquarium!

North Myrtle Beach

North Myrtle Beach was founded more than 30 years ago when the communities of Windy Hill, Crescent Beach, Ocean Drive and Cherry Grove united. Each of these Grand Strand communities has its own charm, and generations of vacationers have returned for North Myrtle Beach vacations year after year. The city has nearly 12,000 residents and is known for its family beach atmosphere, fishing piers and wonderfully wide beaches. It’s famous for being the birth place of the shag, South Carolina’s state dance, but is also home to many fine restaurants and family amusements, as well as Barefoot Landing, a popular shopping, dining and entertainment development. Popular annual events include the SOS Spring Safari and Fall Migration and the Intracoastal Christmas Regatta.

And of course, our most famous native North Myrtle Beach celebrity:

Little River

Little River is a unique town, offering a slightly slower pace of life than the rest of the Grand Strand. The community lies just below the North Carolina border along what is now the Intracoastal Waterway. Because of its numerous tidal creeks and close proximity to the ocean, Little River was a popular harbor for pirates in the 1700s and Civil War blockade-runners in the 1800s. Little River’s most popular event is the Blue Crab Festival, held each May. Arts and crafts, entertainment, and educational exhibits are featured alongside booths offering an assortment of delicious foods such as crab cakes, steamed crab, and other Blue Crab dishes.

As you continue on your journey, can't you just picture yourself here..........


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MAGGIEVAN 4/18/2013 4:20PM

    Thank you for the great tour of your home town. I loved it. No wonder your name is "sand lady". If you live the holiday life, where do you go for your real holiday? Since I don't like being in the sun, I will walk the beaches early and late. Thank you for sharing. Have a nice tour!

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BABIESTEPS 4/13/2013 8:07PM

    Very nice job Linda! I've wanted to visit Myrtle Beach for years! Thank you for the tour! The beach is lovely!

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MARGARITTM 4/13/2013 7:14AM

    Wonderful - thanks

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TINA*23 4/12/2013 9:47AM

    Wow! What a great tour! You live in a beautiful place!

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KIN59VARA 4/12/2013 5:57AM

    Wow! I really do want to visit there!! Thanks for all the great information.

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LUCYLU22 4/12/2013 1:48AM

    Thanks so much for such a BEAUTIFUL tour of Myrtle Beach. I definitely think that my family needs to come for a visit! I would love to run on the beach!

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MYTURN11 4/11/2013 10:46PM

    Great blog ~ you live in a wonderful place where the people are so friendly ~ it is so beautiful there and I enjoyed how you captured everything so nicely. We are going in a few weeks for 5 days. It will be our 3rd trip. I have not been to Murrells Inlet so am looking forward to going there this time. I love running on the beach and through the side streets and enjoy the various landscaping especially the palm tress. Thank you for posting. Oh yes, I want to ride the sky wheel this year too! Thank you for posting!

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KASHMIR 4/11/2013 4:32PM

    Excellent intro to your home! I will pretend I'm running on your gorgeous sandy beach while slogging up the hills in the forest today!
You set the bar high for the rest of us on this journey across the country!

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LINDAKAY228 4/11/2013 12:17PM

    Oh what a great description and someplace I would really love to visit and spend some time at! Thanks for the information as I sit here drooling now over the thought of someday visiting there!

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MELWUP 4/11/2013 10:29AM

    Great blog! Thanks for the virtual tour. It's going to be a challenge to come up with a tour of my area that is as detailed and interesting as yours. emoticon

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EUGENERUGOSA 4/11/2013 10:07AM

    great blog - made me even more excited to be there in June :)

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LADYCALICO 4/11/2013 9:23AM

    Wow, that lovely blog was an ambitious undertaking--I'd write more except that I have to be off to my daily walk at Brookgreen, or maybe I'll do Pawleys Island Beach today...hmm, decisions, decisions. Ain't retirement grand?

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ELISEL 4/11/2013 9:18AM

    Oh man, you are so lucky to live right on the beach. I don't know what I'm going to blog when we get to my town. I live in a small town with not a whole lot going on!

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DEE797 4/11/2013 8:06AM

    Loved your blog. Thanks for sharing where you live with us.

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LCDM83 4/11/2013 6:15AM

    Thanks for taking us to the beach! emoticon

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MICHIGANLORI 4/11/2013 5:07AM

    How lovely. I've heard such wonderful things about Myrtle Beach. It's going to have to be one of my vacation spots in the future. Thanks for sharing.

I would love to walk the beach daily. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEWSTARTGIRL 4/10/2013 11:16PM

    Well, now you've done it! How will any of us be able to keep up with this??? Great blog and I really did enjoy the information! Be there tomorrow!

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FITAT50 4/10/2013 11:05PM

    Wowzer! I can't wait for tomorrow!! Thank you Linda!

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CHUNKYMONKEY36 4/10/2013 10:02PM

    Awesome job Linda, you set the bar high! emoticon

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