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The Grand Strand: The Myrtle Beach area, popularly known as the Grand Strand, stretches from Little River down to Pawleys Island. The Grand Strand is comprised of 14 communities along the South Carolina coast, including Little River, North Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Garden City Beach. Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island and Litchfield Beach. The Grand Strand is home to world class golf, 60 miles of beautiful sandy beaches, exciting entertainment, family attractions, fine dining and true Southern hospitality. Myrtle Beach is likely South Carolina's biggest tourist attraction, as the center of the Grand Strand string of beaches. The beaches collectively draw over 20 million visitors every year—that's nearly three times the population of South Carolina—and Myrtle Beach specifically hosts a lot of famous attractions. The recently opened boardwalk, the nearby Family Kingdom Amusement Park, and the abundant shopping have led Myrtle Beach to receive regular national acclaim. That's a pretty big achievement, considering the town used to be almost entirely off the map. The idea to develop the beach into a tourist area only started in the early 1900s, and the city of Myrtle Beach was only incorporated in the 1950s.
Fun Fact: Myrtle Beach is considered the "jewel" of South Carolina and is nestled along the mid-Atlantic region of the eastern United States.
Temperature: The Myrtle Beach area enjoys a mild annual average temperature of 73 degrees F and an average of 215 beautiful sunny days each year!
Population: Approximately 300,000 people reside along the Grand Strand
Lodging: There are approximately 450 hotels and 100,000 accommodation units in the Myrtle Beach area. From elegant golf and seaside resorts, to rustic cottages, bed & breakfasts and mom-and-pop motels, the Myrtle Beach area offers accommodations for every taste and appeals to every type of traveler. There are also several campgrounds located between Myrtle Beach and the South Strand, many of which are oceanfront or just steps away from the beach. In addition, there are a number of beach homes and condos available for rent, thereby giving vacationing families a true home away from home.
Dining: There are approximately 2,000 full-service restaurants in the Myrtle Beach area, and it’s no surprise that seafood is one of the primary cuisines. Murrells Inlet is nicknamed “the seafood capital of South Carolina” and Calabash-style restaurants are popular in the Northern Strand as well as Carolina/Lowcountry cuisine. Visitors will also find a range of other dishes to satisfy their appetites including steak, ribs, barbecue, home-style cooking, international fare and regional specialties.
Golf: The Myrtle Beach area boasts approximately 100 championship golf courses and more than 50 miniature golf courses, making it a premiere destination for all golf enthusiasts. There are approximately 3.2 million rounds of golf played annually in the Myrtle Beach area.
Attractions: The beach is certainly the Myrtle Beach area’s No.1 attraction, but the fun doesn’t end with surf and sand. The Grand Strand offers a wide range of unique attractions and exciting entertainment options, from shopping, dining, water sports and theme parks, to live entertainment theaters, nightclubs and celebrity concerts. The Myrtle Beach area boasts several live theatres with a variety of entertainment.
Retail: The Grand Strand shopping complexes are destinations within themselves, including more than 200 outlet stores. Visitors can stroll along boardwalk promenades on warm evenings, venture in and out of hundreds of unique specialty stores and dine in exceptional restaurants along the way.
Meetings/Groups: With over 60 miles of breathtaking beachfront, more than 100 golf courses, 100,000 accommodation units, a modern convention center with 250,000-square-feet of meeting space and an adjoining business-class hotel make the Myrtle Beach area an ideal locale for meetings and group gatherings. Plus, the Myrtle Beach Sports Center offers a great venue for various indoor sporting events.
Family Reunions: The Myrtle Beach area is an ideal location for multi-generational travel or family reunions. The Grand Strand offers attractions certain to please every age group. Beachfront hotels, timeshares and cottages offer spacious options that will accommodate families of all sizes.
Romance: Filled with romance, dazzling sunsets painting the horizon and palmetto trees swaying in the gentle breezes, the Myrtle Beach area offers a picturesque location for a romantic getaway or beach wedding. The serene beach setting also makes the Grand Strand an ideal spot for newlyweds to spend a romantic and fun honeymoon.
Located just inland from the Atlantic Ocean, the Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) provides easy, non-stop and connecting flights to more than 350 destinations worldwide. Airlines servicing MYR include Allegiant Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Elite Airways, Frontier Airlines, Porter Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, United Airlines, and US Airways.
Non-stop flights are available most of the year from Myrtle Beach to Allentown, Atlanta, Atlantic City, Baltimore, Boston, Charleston, WV, Charlotte, Chicago, Clarksburg, WV, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dallas, Dayton, Denver, Detroit, Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Wayne, Harrisburg, Hartford, Houston, Huntington, WV, Indianapolis, Kansas City, MO, Latrobe, Lexington, Long Island, Louisville, Minneapolis, Nashville, New York (LaGuardia), Newark, Niagara Falls, Orlando, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Plattsburg, Providence, St. Louis, Syracuse, Toronto, Trenton, and Washington D.C.
Several regional airports that serve the Myrtle Beach area include: Conway-Horry County Airport (HWY); Grand Strand Airport-Ramp 66 (CRE); Loris-Twin Cities Airport (5J9).
U.S. routes 17, 501 and S.C. 9 provide direct access to the Grand Strand from:
Interstate Highways 95 and 20. The S.C. 22 (Veterans Highway) offers an additional route from U.S. 501 to U.S. 17 on the north end of the Strand. Also completed is the Carolina Bays Parkway (S.C. 31), which runs from S.C. 9 to U.S. 501 and S.C. 544 and ultimately will extend to U.S. 17 south of Myrtle Beach. And in the works, a proposed Interstate 73 corridor would create more of a direct route for visitors to the Grand Strand from states throughout the upper mid-west and north east.