North Myrtle Beach is home to Vanna White, and the birth place of South Carolina's state dance, the shag. Locals are keen to teach newcomers the intricate footwork at Fat Harold's on Main Street.
The city consist of four sections from north to south: Cherry Grove, Ocean Drive, Crescent Beach, and Windy Hill. In 1968, these formerly separate municipalities were combined into the single town of North Myrtle Beach, with Atlantic Beach choosing to remain independent. Not content to stay in the shadow of its neighbor to the south, North Myrtle Beach has spent heavily to attract more business and tourism over the last 10 years, and the city's population has almost doubled as a result. The wide-open beaches and pristine marshes of Cherry Grove make North Myrtle Beach a favorite of visitors and locals.
On the south end of the Grand Strand is Pawleys Island, located in Georgetown County. Approximately 22 miles south of the Myrtle Beach airport, this laid back area of the Strand strivals to maintain its heritage. You will not find commercial development or highrise hotels here. Surrounded by live oaks, this area has beautiful beaches and a great history. This is how we imagined the beach 20 years ago. Local points of interest include nationally recognized Brookgreen Gardens and Huntington Beach State Park.
Surfside Beach & Garden City Beach & Socastee
The south end, including Socastee, Surfside Beach and Garden City, is more of a family oriented beach and recreation area, yet close to everything the Grand Strand has to offer, including close proximity to the new Hard Rock Theme Park, and just a few minutes from the Seafood Capital of SC, Murrells Inlet. You'll also enjoy Myrtle Beach State Park, Huntington State Park and Brookgreen Gardens. Also nearby are the Myrtle Beach International Airport, Coastal Grand Mall and Broadway At The Beach.
You'll find some of the State's finest schools, Socastee and St. Louis. James, surrounded by communities with homes ranged in price from under $ 200k to well over $ 1 million.
In Lawson's Landing, for example, house prices start at under $ 200k, including access to a nice, new swimming beach with hot tub and access to the Intracoastal Waterway with a boat landing!
Other popular communities include Prince Creek at TPC, Silver Fox at Enterprise, Cypress River, Deerfield, Prestwick, Bermuda Bay in Garden City, The Surfside Beach Club, Island Green Golf Community, Hunters' Ridge and Arrowhead in Socastee, and many, many more to choose from
There is something for everyone: the beach bum, the boater, the hunter, the fisherman, the retiree, the shopper, the shagger, and the international traveler!