Renowned for its own white sandy beaches under blue skies, easy access to the premier golf, restaurants, recreation and entertainment, the North Myrtle Beach area of South Carolina’s Grand Strand is a vacation hot spot.
South Carolina's Grand Strand
From Little River on the north end to Georgetown on the south, stretch more than 60 miles of beautiful beaches. Known as the Grand Strand, this gentle curve of South Carolina coastline hosts millions of visitors annually. They come for the beaches, to play on the golf courses, water parks and theme parks, to eat amazing seafood and to enjoy the wide variety of nightlife entertainments. From top to bottom, the primary areas of the South Carolina Grand Strand are:
Little River, SC
A charming, historic fishing village, Little River features waterfront dining and attractions along the Intracoastal Waterway. Seafood restaurants, kayak rentals, marinas and golf courses are all part of the Little River landscape. Charter and commercial fishing boats dock in Little River, as well as a casino gambling boat. You can hop onto a boat in Little River and be through the inlet, out into the Atlantic Ocean in no time at all. Every May, Little River welcomes thousands of visitors to their award-winning Blue Crab Festival, a popular annual event held on the historic waterfront.
North Myrtle Beach
Back in the ‘60s several seaside communities—Cherry Grove, Tilghman Beach, Ocean Drive Beach, Crescent Beach, Atlantic Beach and Windy Hill--came together and formed the city of North Myrtle Beach. Conveniently served by several major highways, getting to North Myrtle Beach, SC could not be easier. Each community within the North Myrtle Beach Area features its own unique charms.
Cherry Grove Beach
At the north end of North Myrtle Beach, Cherry Grove Beach lies between the Atlantic Ocean and the serene salt marsh. What a beautiful and unique setting on the Grand Strand! Cherry Grove is easily recognized by the saltwater channels that are like backyard alleys throughout the community. The beach is quiet and yet it is full of vacation attractions, such as boating, a very popular fishing pier, shopping and golf courses. Enjoy a delicious meal at a Cherry Grove restaurant and watch all the activity surrounding the Cherry Grove Fishing Pier. Elliott Beach Rentals has a wonderful selection of vacation rentals in Cherry Grove that are either on the oceanfront or have a saltwater channel in the backyard.
Elliott Beach Rentals offers some terrific oceanfront beach houses in Tilghman Beach, an area that is just south of Cherry Grove. The beach is beautiful and the upscale accommodations are so enticing. Spend your North Myrtle Beach vacation in Tilghman Beach and enjoy oceanfront sunrises before your family puts their bare toes in the white sand. The popular Surf Club Golf Course is located in Tilghman Beach.
Ocean Drive Beach
Can you hear the beach music playing in the background? When you are in the Ocean Drive section of town it is generally easy to hear. Ocean Drive is the birthplace of Carolina Shag dancing to beach music. Several beach clubs feature wooden dance floors, live music and fill up with shaggers on the weekends. Ocean Drive Beach is home to two shag dance festivals—one in April and another in September. These week-long festivals are a reunion of sorts for shag dancers of all ages. Main Street, with its shopping, dining and beach clubs, turns into a party when thousands of dancers reunite on Ocean Drive Beach.
Centrally located in the North Myrtle Beach area, Crescent Beach features beach houses on the second and third rows and high-rise condominiums on the oceanfront. This is where the very popular Bay Watch Resort is located, featuring three high-rise towers on the oceanfront and three pool decks. Crescent Beach is a nice destination for families who love to play on the beach!
There is plenty of shopping and dining in Windy Hill because this is the area where you will find Barefoot Landing, a sprawling destination where shops and restaurants surround Alabama Theatre and House of Blues. Windy Hill is situated on the Intracoastal Waterway and is accessible by both car and boat.
Barefoot Landing in Windy Hill
Just south of the North Myrtle Beach area, and a very easy drive, the City of Myrtle Beach is where golfers, families, couples and friends have come to play for generations. There are more than 100 golf courses in the Myrtle Beach area, numerous live entertainment theatres and hundreds of restaurants. The area is renowned for its amusements and attractions and there is plenty of shopping to be tackled in Myrtle Beach—from Broadway at the Beach to the Market Common. Go from water slides to roller coaster ride in Myrtle Beach or hike the state park trails and kayak the creeks and rivers. Summertime in Myrtle Beach is iconic and starts with the Sun Fun Festival every June.
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