Local Towns and Communities
Myrtle Beach – Myrtle Beach is the largest, most developed and best-known of the
Grand Strand’s communities, with more concentrated restaurants, hotels, attractions, retail stores and entertainment options than anywhere else on the Grand Strand. You’ll find reasonably priced, family friendly neighborhoods, golf course communities and condos in Myrtle Beach, all close to the ocean. Recent years have witnessed the addition of luxury hotels and palatial estate homes. City leaders are looking at options to encourage bikeways, green space, and denser urban housing. Myrtle Beach’s population is primarily composed of young professionals and families.
North Myrtle Beach – North Myrtle Beach is known for its family beach atmosphere, fishing piers, and wonderful wide beaches. It is famous for being the birthplace of “The Shag”, South Carolina’s state dance. North Myrtle Beach is also recognized for its fine restaurants, family amusements, and Barefoot Landing, a popular shopping, dining, and entertainment development.
Arcadian Section – This unincorporated area between Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach is also known as Shore Drive, Restaurant Row and Chestnut Hill. This popular section is conveniently located at the intersection of Hwy 17 and Hwy 22. It is home to scores of restaurants and nightclubs, dozens of oceanfront and near-oceanfront condominiums, large resort hotel complexes, factory outlet centers and a shopping mall.
Surfside Beach – Billing itself as “the family beach,” Surfside Beach in Horry County is an active residential community south of Myrtle Beach. You’ll find beach houses, condominiums, hotels, and a popular fishing pier. The town also has a large water park, numerous restaurants and other businesses.
Garden City – Unincorporated Garden City Beach is in both Horry and Georgetown counties, ending on a peninsula at the mouth of Murrells Inlet. Beach houses and condominiums are the primary housing. Access to the ocean and inlet makes it a hot spot for fishing, crabbing, and water sports. Community assets include a fishing pier, marina, amusements, restaurants, and other businesses.
Little River – The quiet fishing village of Little River, one of the area’s earliest coastal settlements, is a few miles north of Myrtle Beach, along the Intercoastal Waterway at the South/North Carolina boarder. The area was once a popular hideout for pirates and civil war blockade-runners. It is best known for its fresh seafood, fishing charters, annual Blue Crab Festival and historic live oak trees.
Murrells Inlet – The fishing village of Murrells Inlet, billed as the “Seafood Capital of South Carolina,” prides itself on the natural beauty of the marshes that surround it and works hard to preserve that beauty. A marsh walk and creek side park encourages residents and visitors to stop and enjoy the view.
Litchfield Beach – Litchfield draws both retirees and families to its quiet, relaxed, neighborhood atmosphere. Features of this unincorporated community include lower-density housing, impeccable landscaping, country clubs, and planning that includes generous amounts of undeveloped natural areas to enjoy in this part of Georgetown County.
Briarcliff Acres – Briarcliff Acres, located primarily on the east side of Highway 17 between Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach, is an exclusively single family, residential community with conservation zoning for parks and wetlands.
Atlantic Beach – Atlantic Beach has a predominantly young, African-American population: median age is 30. Nicknamed “The Black Pearl,” Atlantic Beach was formed from the rich culture of African-Americans and their mixed heritage- African, Native American, Caribbean, and European. Chartered in 1966, Atlantic Beach is one of the only remaining Black-owned oceanfront towns in America.
Pawleys Island – “Elegantly shabby” typifies Pawleys Island, one of the earliest resort towns in the state. Pawleys Island today is a mecca for the young professionals who built significant nest eggs early in life and are ready to enjoy a long, active, social retirement.
Georgetown – This Georgetown County seat located on the Sampit River began as a Spanish settlement in 1526, and figured in many events in early American History. Today Georgetown is a river port town with colorful downtown buildings and brick-lined sidewalks.