For those who enjoy variety in their vacations, Myrtle Beach, SC, awaits, with its shopping, live variety shows, varied restaurants, wide beaches (some with music and amusement-park atmosphere), and lots of FUN, FUN, FUN for all ages! From the historic streets of Georgetown to the renowned seafood spots of Murrells Inlet to the neon lights of Myrtle Beach, The Grand Strand has enough to satisfy most every type of person.
Situated to the southwest about 68 miles along Route 17, roughly 90 minutes from Oak Island’s “port of relaxation,” lies Myrtle Beach. This seaside tourist destination draws millions of visitors each year for good reason. While it is only a part of the 60-mile long Grand Strand area, here in Myrtle Beach visitors are enticed by
- Skill-testing golf courses
- Name-brand outlet shopping malls
- Action-attractions such as NASCAR racing simulations
- Live variety shows (See Shows Here)
- Night-life such as the variety at Broadway at the Beach, diverse miniature golf attractions, and amusement parks
- Sports (beyond golf) such as the minor-league baseball stadium for The Pelicans, the youth soccer league, and water sports galore
- Wide beaches where at low tide the sand stretches as much as 650 feet from the dunes to the water
Pin-point your latitude and longitude to Myrtle Beach! What was once a sand-and-surf draw just for locals is now a gathering place for millions of world-wide visitors year round.
Decades after the pirates faded from Murrell’s Inlet, Myrtle Beach was still just that, a wide stretch of sand about 100 years ago today. Local folks had been moving their products of rice, cotton, and pine-pitch to the coastal seaport at Georgetown and on to market, but fun on the beach? Not really. However, once people paused their buggies long enough to discover the pleasures of coastal living, changes began to occur. With a new railroad from Conway to Myrtle Beach spurring commerce and increased populations, up popped even more for people to see and do! Around the 1920’s a group of affluent businessmen created a golf course in the Scottish tradition, what is known today as Pine Lakes Country Club. With the initiation of the Intracoastal Waterway in the 1930’s, the area grew to become incorporated as a town in 1938 and a city in 1957, with the famous “Sun Fun” festival launched around 1950. In those days, the Myrtle Beach Sun newspaper was a weekly, and phone calls were handled by a local operator who kept track of who was where in the town.
While much the Grand Strand’s history is fading with time, one of its treasures lives on and is well worth your personal discovery. If you share an interest and fascination with the culture and history of this low country, be sure to investigate one of the region’s treasures, the Gullah culture, a sea-island civilization more than 300 years old. The rhythmic language and colorful art of Gullah survives today largely because of the geographic isolation of the people, African-Americans of the Sea Islands of South Carolina and Georgia, but you can see elements of it in and around the Grand Strand area.
So, come on down to the low country, to lively, family-oriented Myrtle Beach with its myriad attractions, alluring sights, and rhythmic sounds.