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 in the area. Myrtle Beach is home to The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, Broadway at the Beach, The Market Common and the Myrtle Beach International Airport. 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 in recent years have made great strides in making the city more livable and attractive with bikeways, increased green space and stricter landscaping and signage rules.
Carolina Forest is a large unincorporated community which lies between Myrtle Beach and Conway. It’s regarded as a "bedroom community" of Myrtle Beach. The master-planned development was started in the 1990’s and will have 20,000 single and multi-family homesites when completed. There are many large subdivisions with more on the way - often bordering lakes or the Intracoastal Waterway. Carolina Forest also boasts some of the area’s newest and best schools.
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, many festivals and Barefoot Landing - a popular shopping, dining, and entertainment development.
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.
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.
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.
The quiet fishing village of Little River, one of the area’s earliest coastal settlements, is a few miles north of the city of North Myrtle Beach, along the Intercoastal Waterway at the South/North Carolina border. The area was once a popular hideout for pirates and civil war blockade-runners. It is best known for its fresh seafood, fishing charters, casino boats, its annual Blue Crab Festival and the many historic live oak trees.
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. The popular Marshwalk features a dozen or so restaurants with great seafood, live entertainment and gorgeous views of Murrells Inlet.
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, 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.
In the early 1930s, Atlantic Beach was formed as a vacation getaway for African American families nicknamed “the Black Pearl”. It became a popular vacation destination as African American-owned businesses thrived in this small community during the days of segregation. It is currently best known for the annual Memorial Day Atlantic Beach Bike Fest.
“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 along its historic harbor.