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Discover Your Ideal Beach on the Grand Strand

The Grand Strand—a place thousands of people love to visit and return to often. This long strip of land on South Carolina’s Atlantic Coast is separated from the mainland by the Intracoastal Waterway. It’s a 60-mile-long stretch of coastal beauty with many different communities and cities that are individualistic in nature and fascinating to explore. The best part is, because these areas are different from one another, there is absolutely something for everyone—from quiet luxurious getaways to happening party environments. Sunny Day Guide is here to help you find the vacation destination on the Grand Strand that suits your needs perfectly or to just learn about the region. Read on to discover the uniqueness and offerings of each of these areas from North Myrtle Beach to Pawleys Island. We hope to assist you in enjoying every second of your vacation on South Carolina’s coast.

For a low-key and easygoing vacation that is perfect for both families and couples, visit North Myrtle Beach. 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.

Just south of Myrtle Beach State Park is Surfside Beach. This beach is referred to as “the family beach” due to its not-too-fast but not-too-slow environment. Surfside is perfectly situated where visitors can escape the hustle of its northern neighbor, Myrtle Beach, but still be close to activities.

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.

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

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.

For a pampered, adult-centric, get-away-from-it-all vacation, Litchfield Beach may be the best destination. In this upscale community, sophisticated stores, rejuvenating spas and some of the nation’s best golf can be found.

Pawleys Island is the southernmost point on the Grand Strand. Couples on a romantic getaway would probably enjoy this area for its 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.

It’s clear that visitors to this region will have no trouble finding the best spot for their picture-perfect vacation. And wherever you decide to stay on the Grand Strand, you’re not too far away from any of these great beaches.


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