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Discover Your Ideal Beach on the Grand Strand

On the northeastern coast of South Carolina, a 60-mile-long stretch of land is separated from the mainland by the Intracoastal Waterway. Known as the Grand Strand, it combines different cities, parks and beaches that are individualistic in nature and fascinating to explore into a great vacation destination. From North Myrtle Beach to Pawleys Island, it’s easy to find a place to stay and play along the shoreline that best suits you and your family’s interests. Read on to discover the uniqueness and offerings of each of these areas and find your ideal place in the sun!

North Myrtle Beach offers a low-key and easygoing vacation that is perfect for both families and couples. Beaches of interest in this area are (from north to south) Cherry Grove, Ocean Drive Beach, Crescent Beach, Atlantic Beach, and Windy Hill. Relax on the sand and watch the waves roll into shore.

A short drive south will put you in the heart of the Grand Strand—Myrtle Beach. These sprawling few miles are jam-packed with rides, restaurants, shows, shops, activities and more. For families who prefer a lot of choices in their entertainment, this is the place to be.

Surfside Beach is referred to as “the family beach” due to its not-too-fast but not-too-slow environment. This beach is perfectly situated where visitors can enjoy the activities of Myrtle Beach, but they can retreat to a more relaxing area without the hustle of the city.

Continuing down the coastline is Garden City Beach. This is a small, unincorporated beach town known for its pier that was reconstructed following Hurricane Hugo in 1998. In this area, fishing, surfing and other water sports are the main attractions.

Known for its natural beauty and extremely fresh seafood, Murrells Inlet is a nice place for a peaceful retreat. Guests will love the quaint little historic fishing area with a few eclectic shops and local restaurants.

Camp under the stars and fall asleep to the sounds of the surf at Huntington Beach State Park on the southern border of Murrells Inlet. Enjoy art and nature at Brookgreen Gardens or visit the Huntington estate, Atalaya, in their namesake park.

Litchfield Beach may be the best destination for adults who want to relax and pamper themselves. In this upscale community, sophisticated stores, rejuvenating spas and some of the nation’s best golf can be found.

Couples often come to Pawleys Island for a romantic getaway. It’s the southernmost point on the Grand Strand and offers a more “grown-up” vibe. As one of the nation’s oldest seaside communities, this “arrogantly shabby” area still relishes its historic charm, natural beauty and some amazing low-country food.

So pick the area that best fits your lifestyle and make the most of your Grand Strand vacation. After all, wherever you decide to stay on the Grand Strand, you’re not too far away from any of these great beaches and fun!


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