South Carolina’s Grand Strand is gifted with blue skies, sun-bleached sand, golden sunshine, curling breakers and gentle breezes. The extraordinary natural beauty of this coastline has attracted visitors for nearly a century.
The Grand Strand is an island with a 60-mile oceanfront and three roads connecting it to the mainland. Surrounded on the north and the west by the Intracoastal Waterway, the east by the Atlantic Ocean and the south by Winyah Bay, the Grand Strand can be shut off from the outside world by closing four bridges, which gives the impression of its being a world unto itself.
Myrtle Beach and the other towns that dot this long island stretch, have become havens for visitors year round. From Little River to Pawleys Island, there are a dazzling variety of restaurants, as well as fantastic nightlife, concerts and theater, museums, interesting shops, and recreational pursuits for the whole family.
Myrtle Beach offers over 1600 great restaurants that will please anyone’s appetite. You can eat everything from seafood to sushi with the accompaniment of a fantastic ocean view. Restaurants serve Italian, French, and American family style cuisine. The best in seafood, including the spicy, succulent Calabash variety graces many a buffet.
The area is a welcoming destination for golfers, fishermen, shoppers, families, honeymooners and anyone looking for a relaxed, fun-filled vacation. Myrtle Beach and its neighbor, North Myrtle Beach have something for every budget and itinerary. Their antique stores, great furniture stores and outlets, marinas, fishing, water sports, a Nascar track, and an easy-going family atmosphere make visitors want to return year after year.
The birthplace of the Shag, the official South Carolina State Dance, the Ocean Drive section is the host of two, week long gatherings of shaggers in April and September.. A dance born on the beach, the Shag has been called a cross between the jitterbug and swing dancing.
Myrtle Beach is home to the Pelicans, part of the Atlanta Braves Farm Team System. Many Braves began their careers with the Pelicans. By next year an ice hockey team will be headquartered locally. Myrtle Beach is the golf capital of the country with over 100 top courses on the Grand Strand.
There is also the excitement of Myrtle Beach’s miniature golf courses, theme parks and museums which the whole family will enjoy. Cruise down the beautiful waterway or tour one of the area’s historic plantations. Watch countless species of animals roam in their natural setting along over 500 acres on the Waccamaw River and Intracoastal Waterway.
Visit the world-famous Pavilion and ride every ride or just watch! Myrtle Beach area amusement parks do not impose a “gate fee.” Smell the salt water. Sift your toes into the sand as the surf laps at your ankles. Take a marsh cruise, go deep-sea fishing or windsurf. Fall asleep in the sun. Swim and sail and dine and dance. Experience the ultimate seaside holiday.