Grand Strand Area of South Carolina

“What is The Grand Strand”

It is said nearly 14 million visitors a year visit the Grand Strand Of SC.  Stretching 60 miles from Little River to Georgetown, SC, it is no surprise with all that is offered within this region “The Grand Strand” is such a popular tourist destination.

We have listed below the different cities or areas that make up the “Grand Strand” of SC.   Each area offers something different, so choose a destination that matches your inclinations.   The two main roads in the “Grand Strand” is Business 17 and 17 bypass.  Going North or going South, Hwy 31 in the past couple of years has became a very popular highway because it takes you totally around all the congestion in the city of mb.    Enjoy your vacation, the attractions and beautiful beaches of “The Grand Strand

Little River —  on the NC & SC line
** Remember in NC when you ride a motorcycle  there is a NC Helmet Law.
The town of Little River is generally regarded as the northern limit of “The Grand Strand”.
The town’s protected location on the mainland gave it status as a fishing village when Myrtle Beach was nothing but sand and bushes. George Washington stayed the night here in 1792, but rode right past what is now Myrtle Beach. Little River hosts a smaller portion of overnight Grand Strand visitors nowadays, but it still manages to attract attention with its good restaurants, sport fishing, fresh seafood, and golf.   Little River is also the location where the casino boats depart from and return to.

North Myrtle Beach SC
North Myrtle Beach has great beaches, great lodging and many excellent restaurants.
Not as many events on the North End as there is on the South End but still a good bit of activity in North Myrtle Beach.
The communities between Cherry Grove and Windy Hill, SC forms North Myrtle Beach offers a less frenetic pace than its neighbor to the south. The ocean front in North Myrtle Beach is lined with cottages and condos rather than high-rise hotels.  Alabama Theater is located at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach.  Although about 15 miles separate North Myrtle Beach from Myrtle Beach, you would never know from the street names.    Restaurants, miniature golf beachwear and fireworks shops are on 17 businesses, which is the main highway from North Myrtle Beach to Myrtle Beach.

Atlantic Beach SC
Atlantic Beach is a small strip of beach that separates North MB and MB.  Atlantic Beach is the host for the Memorial Day  Bike Rally (Atlantic Beach Bikefest) (Black Bike Week) every year.  Yes that’s right there is two (2) Bike Weeks on the Grand Strand in May and each are totally different.

Myrtle Beach SC
 Many of you may believe the city of mb is the Grand Strand, It is NOT.
The city of mb is only a small part of what makes up the 60 mile stretch of sand known as “The Grand Strand”.   If you are on Hwy 501, when you cross the waterway you are in the city of mb.   If you are on Hwy 501 and take Hwy 31 North to North Myrtle Beach or South to Hwy 544 and Surfside you will totally miss the city of mb.    The city of mb offers, dining, shopping entertainment, and numerous lodging locations ocean front and non-oceanfront.  The city of mb does have a higher sales tax than anywhere else on “The Grand Strand”.

Surfside Beach SC
**  No Smoking Law in Surfside Beach also dont feed the wildlife.  You can be arrested and fined by the city.   Surfside is the first city south on Myrtle Beach.   Along the beach are beach houses, condos, and hotels, and on 17 business is many of the businesses located in Surfside.

Garden City SC
The Northern portion of the community is host to plenty of vacation houses, but the beachfront is dominated by large high-rise condos. Garden City is a great place to stay and a lot of private homes are weekly and monthly rental properties. Garden city offers easy access to the beach and the many seafood restaurants in Murrells Inlet. The views across the inlet marshes are absolutely gorgeous.

Murrells Inlet SC
“The Seafood Capital of SC”  Murrells Inlet is a fishing village that has became world famous for its great seafood restaurants and great views of its salt marshes.   There are several Bike Week attractions in the Murrells Inlet area.

Litchfield Beach SC
Litchfield Beach is an upscale community that sprang from the mind of a real estate developer. The one-time collection of plantations is now a resort, designed to appeal to vacationers and retirees through a blend of history, golf and beaches. The resort offers a variety of vacation options, from high-rise condo to family beach house, plus all the amenities you would expect.

Pawleys Island SC
Pawleys Island claims to be the oldest resort area in America. This area was home to some of the most affluent planters on the continent. They didn’t grow tobacco, or even cotton. Rice and indigo (used for a blue dye) were the crops of choice. To escape the heat and malaria of their mainland plantations, many moved their families to cottages on Pawleys Island for the summer.
Remarkably, some of the cottages are still standing and still in use. Nine of them comprise the Pawleys Island “Historic District”. The rest of the narrow island barely keeps some 600 houses out of the water.

Georgetown SC
The beautiful oak canopied streets of Georgetown are among the most peaceful places in the Grand Strand area. A majority of these old oaks have what is called “Tree Moss” growing and hanging from them. Georgetown was formed in 1729. For over a hundred years after its founding the port was busy shipping the rice and indigo grown on the nearby plantations.
Georgetown has experienced something of a renaissance in recent years. Front Street was redeveloped; bringing in restaurants, galleries, antique, and specialty shops. There’s also a walking tour taking visitors down shaded streets past scores of ante-bellum buildings. When the sun of the beach becomes too much, this is a good place to recover.

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