Nov. 29, 2017
Not surprisingly, Myrtle Beach has not always been as it is today. Once the home of the Waccamaw and Winyah Tribes, what is now called the Grand Strand was a vital route where Native American Trade and hunting grounds were relied upon for survival. Over the years came increasing expansion into the area by settlers looking to expand their land holdings and commerce. The established southern plantation owners cultivating crops of cotton and tobacco, elsewhere, were unsuccessful in bringing those endeavors to the coast due to unacceptable soils for those crops.
Local business owners, Burroughs and Collins, opted to establish a vacation destination along the Carolina Coast and built the first such resort in 1901. Mrs. Burroughs was successful in winning the competition to name the resort after presenting the name of Myrtle Beach honoring the natural beauty of the many varieties of Wax Myrtle bushes and trees flourishing along the coastline. Shortly afterward, the first developed golf course was completed adding to the destinations appeal. This course is still in operation today and is known as the Pine Lakes Country Club.
What is now known as the Grand Strand features 60 miles of sandy beaches stretching from Winyah Bay in Historic Georgetown to the North Carolina State Line. Choose your favorite place to spend the day at either Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Waccamaw Neck, Pawleys Island, Huntington Beach State Park, Murrells Inlet, Garden City, Surfside Beach, Myrtle Beach State Park, Myrtle Beach, Briarcliffe Acres, Windy Hill, Atlantic Beach, Crescent Beach, Ingram Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Ocean Blvd Beach, Cherry Grove or Little River.
So, by now you’ve had enough of sand dunes and sand traps, or waves at the beach and water hazards on the course! Now what? There is so much more around the Myrtle Beach area. Below are some fantastic things to do. We are sure you will find your own favorites among them.
Music and the fine arts is a welcome reprieve from the typical activity associated with being at the beach. Take in a show or concert of your choice at The Alabama Theatre, The Carolina Opry, House of Blues, Legends in Concert, Comedy Cabana, Coastal Carolina University hosts Art exhibits, lectures, theatrical and musical performances, or Carolina Country Music Fest where top country music stars celebrate a good time at the beach!
The Franklin G Burroughs-Simeon B Chapin Art Museum offers 11 galleries throughout the year with many activities for all ages to enjoy. Brookgreen Gardens is an awesome venue for fine arts appreciation, historical learning, boating tours, a small zoo, butterfly farm and more. The Long Bay Symphony Orchestra features classical and contemporary masterpieces.
Throughout Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand we have enjoyed and recommend these shows and attractions. Pirates Voyage, Alligator Adventure, Barefoot Landing, Duplin Winery, International Culinary Institute of Myrtle Beach, Helicopter Adventures, Hollywood Wax Museum, Huntington Beach State Park, Second Avenue Pier, Myrtle Beach Skywheel, Myrtle Beach State Park, Cherry Grove Pier, North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex, Ripley's Believe It or Not and Aquarium, Broadway At The Beach, Sea Screamer and Sea Thunder Dolphin Tours, and The Big "M" Casino Cruises
For the anglers out there, fishing is a tradition along Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand. Whether you prefer fresh water, brackish or salt water fishing you could find your favorite fishing hole just minutes away. Stroll the riverbanks, glide over the marshes, or set out for a day of Deep Sea Fishing on your favorite charter vessel. You will find what you are looking for at one of the local Marinas. Check out Grande Dunes Marina and Inn, Wacca Wache Marina, Osprey Marina, Barefoot Landing Marina, Myrtle Beach Yacht Club and Marina, Crazy Sister Marina, and Cricket Cove Marina.
From fresh catch of the day to dancing the night away, there is a nearly endless variety of cuisine and entertainment at your finger tips. Rumor has it there are nearly 3000 restaurants in the Myrtle Breach area! It’s hard to imagine so we won’t try to list them all. You may have your favorites already. Here are some of ours. Carolina Roadhouse, Bummz on the Beach, Thoroughbreds, Malibu of Surfside, The Boundary House, Patios Tiki Bar, Crab Catchers, The Parson's Table, Ruth's Chris Steak House, Jimmyz Hibachi, Joe's Crab Shack, Captain George's, The Grumpy Monk, Ciao, Landry's Seafood House, Margaritaville, Hook and Barrel, Croissants Bistro and Bakery, and Sea Captain's House. Trip Advisor lists their best selections for dining, plus for a more locally based list please try The Grand Strand #1 Dining Guide . These should keep you busy and hungry! Click here for more details about Myrtle Beach Night Life and Live Music. IF YOU HAVE A PERSONAL FAVORITE, LET US KNOW AND WE WILL ADD IT TO OUR LIST!
We are proud to have Coastal Carolina University, Horry Georgetown Technical College, Miller-Motte Technical College and Webster University to provide higher education opportunities in the Myrtle Beach area. Private school options are available at Calvary Christian School, Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach, Chabad Jewish Academy, Myrtle Beach Seventh-Day Adventist Christian School and Renaissance Preparatory Academy
Living in the Myrtle Beach area is not just about fun and games. There are year round opportunities to invest your time and gifts working with others in various outreach and volunteer programs. This is not meant to be an all-inclusive list. Just passing the word along for those who may be interested.
Some of the more familiar programs include Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, United Way, Helping Hand of Myrtle Beach and AARP. Please, feel free to explore volunteer needs in any of the following programs. The Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, and Sciway have lists of Non-Profit Organizations and Charities with needs for volunteers. Some of the additional needs can be found at Brookgreen Gardens, The Community Kitchen of Myrtle Beach , Grand Strand Health, Myrtle Beach State Park, Create The Good, and the Myrtle Beach Humane Society. Check out local Places of Worship, Public Schools, shelters, and special events coordinators for volunteer needs as well.
Those familiar with the Myrtle Beach area are typically around for short visits as vacationers during the summer months. “Snowbirds” tend to prefer the later months from October to March as a favorite escape from the harsh winters of more northern climates. Golf enthusiasts find excursions, even if for just the weekend, are in ample supply throughout the year and enjoy the courses, friendships and nights on the town for every taste and budget. The mild climate of the Myrtle Beach area provides an average temperature of 74 degrees with approximately 215 sunny days making snow shovels a thing of the past…for us a welcome change! No more wintry mixes, blizzards or dealing with ice for weeks at a time.
Yes, there are other weather events that come with Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand being located along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. There is potential for what we call “high wind and hail” events such as severe thunderstorms, tropical storms and hurricanes. There are established zones that can affect the insurance rates of real property. When you choose to live at the beach you accept these possibilities. However, these zones may not affect insurance rates for real property just a few miles inland. To check these zones by property address you need only click the previous link and follow the instructions.
For a closer look at the local weather forecast each day, WMBF News is the local programming we rely upon and recommend. There are others that do an equally fine job as well. Everyone has a favorite and WMBF is ours. Overall, you can expect a year round pleasant weather pattern with periods of high temperatures in the summer along with cooler coastal breezes. The winter months have cooler temperatures but rarely get below freezing.