Since 1949 Myrtle Beach has also been known locally as the Grand Strand, separating it from the city of Myrtle Beach which stands on its landward side for just a small stretch of its staggering 60 miles. Because of its size, its sands are also sometimes subdivided into north, central and south areas, with most of the top attractions located centrally. Its north beach is slightly quieter.
Visited by approximately 15 million tourists a year, the region around Myrtle Beach boasts more than 100 golf courses and innumerable hotels and restaurants, making it a popular getaway for families and those seeking out a place to enjoy spring break in March of each year.
Since 2010 Myrtle Beach has been home of a mile-long wooden, part-shaded boardwalk between Pier 14 and Second Avenue Pier, while the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel has provided an alternative way to view the surroundings since 2011.
Head onto the sands themselves and you’ll find plenty of places to swim, watched over by lifeguards, as well as water sports including kayaking, jet skiing, surfing and parasailing.
- Good fishing
- Kite surfing
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