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:
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, 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.
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.
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.
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 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..........