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MILES OF SUN-KISSED BEACHES, exciting entertainment, outstanding dining, nearly 100 championship golf courses… the North Myrtle Beach area offers a very popular and coveted lifestyle. Our part of the Grand Strand is situated along South Carolina’s coast about midway between Charleston, S.C. and Wilmington, N.C. – flanked on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and the west by the Intracoastal Waterway. Just north and across the border are the neighboring North Carolina coastal communities of Ocean Isle Beach, Sunset Beach and Calabash. With amazing natural beauty and abundant recreational opportunities, our area encompasses the thriving communities of North Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach and Little River.

THE HEART OF MYRTLE BEACH is approximately 15 miles south of downtown North Myrtle Beach and is home to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans baseball team, the Hard Rock Cafe, Broadway at the Beach, Ripley’s Aquarium and many other popular attractions. The Travel Channel named Myrtle Beach ONE OF AMERICA’S BEST BEACHES and our area was recognized as the BEST FAMILY BEACH. Sky-rise condominiums resorts and family hotels line the beachfront and offer accommodations from luxury to budget.

HOME TO THE ANNUAL BLUE CRAB FESTIVAL each May and the Shrimp Festival in early October, Little River is a quaint fishing village just below the NC/SC border. Along its scenic waterfront, you’ll find appetizing fare at local seafood restaurants, several unique shops & stores,and a fleet of fishing boats ready to take you on an exciting and productive cruise to the Gulf Stream. Championship golf courses in Little River include Tidewater, River Hills Golf and Country Club, and Glen Dornoch. Cricket Cove Marina, Mariner’s Pointe, Lightkeeper’s Marina and the North Myrtle Beach Marina provide boating enthusiasts with all their nautical needs.

Sunset in North Myrtle Beach
White sand dunes in North Myrtle Beach
Beach access at sunset in North Myrtle Beach


CHERRY GROVE IS YOUR FIRST STOP as you cross the Intracoastal Waterway into North Myrtle Beach. Many of our vacation rental homes are situated along channels that connect to the meandering tidal creeks of the Cherry Grove Inlet. You’ll find the scenic salt marsh home to colorful and fascinating wildlife. Relax on the deck or porch of your channel home and watch pelicans and graceful egrets hunt and dive for food. Grab your crab line and net – catch your own fresh seafood dinner. There’s even a local fishing pier where you can try your luck wth rod & reel. We suggest… Heritage Shores Nature Preserve at the end of 56th Avenue North a natural island in the salt marsh with hiking trails, boardwalks, observation docks, picnic shelters and lots more eco-friendly fun.

NEXT STOP… TILGHMAN BEACH with its large, upscale oceanfront vacation rental homes and family estates. This is North Myrtle Beach’s oldest residential community with many prestigious homes surrounding the Surf Golf Club. Gator Hole Shopping Plaza and the new Coastal North Town Center provide convenient shopping to both residents and vacationing families.

OCEAN DRIVE, locally referred to as O-Dee, comes next. Be sure to wear your dancing shoes, because this is the home of The Shag – our state dance, a more laid back and innovative version of the jitterbug. Roam Main Street where you can enjoy a pleasant lunch at one of the local restaurants, shop for souvenirs in the beach shops, or sample the atmosphere and beach music in the night spots. We suggest“Sounds of Summer” and “Music on Main” – FREE LIVE MUSIC concerts weekly all summer on Main Street and at the Horseshoe provided by our City.

CRESCENT BEACH, adjacent and a little farther south, is known for a wonderful family atmosphere and wide beach. It was a popular spot for locals in the 60s and 70s with its mini-golf and the skating rink. Now Crescent is home to a variety of vacation lodging from classic beach cottages to luxury high rises.We suggest… a beachfront casual lunch at Molly Darcy’s Irish Pub & Grill.

WINDY HILL – HOME TO BAREFOOT LANDING, a delightful entertainment, dining and shopping village on the south end of North Myrtle Beach. The kids will love Alligator Adventure and for a musical treat, you’ll have a memorable time at the Alabama Theatre or House of Blues. Windy Hill is known for its wide, gently sloping beach. We suggest… lunch at Hamburger Joe’s and an exquisite dinner at Joe’s Bar & Grill or Greg Norman’s Australian Grille.

Learn more details about North Myrtle Beach on our “Discover the Enchanting Beaches of North Myrtle Beach” blog post

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