7 Top Places to Visit on the Grand Strand

January 16, 2018

Ready to learn more about South Carolina’s Grand Strand? Read on.

The Grand Strand stretches along the Atlantic Coast for more than 60 miles. White sandy beaches, pristine Oceanside communities, and plenty of places to visit on the Grand Strand make the area a haven for visitors searching for the perfect beach destination. Divided into seven main areas, you can choose which locale suits your vacation style.

arial view of skywheel at night in lights along coastline in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA

1. Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is the heart of the Grand Strand.

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With fun family beaches, over 100 championship golf courses, tennis courts, outlet malls, specialty shops, live musical theatre, nightclubs and a wealth of family attractions, it is the place to be for convenient access to all Myrtle Beach activities. Plus, there are over 100 lodging options to choose from, including plenty of oceanfront resorts.

view along coastline on a sunny day on north myrtle beach, south carolina, usa

2. North Myrtle Beach

For a more laid back vacation, stay in North Myrtle Beach. The quaint, historic town is made up of communities like Windy Hill, Crescent Beach, Ocean Drive and Cherry Grove.

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Fishing, boating and waterfront dining are highlights of North Myrtle Beach, as are attractions like Barefoot Landing. North Myrtle Beach has wide, sandy beaches that can be a bit less crowded than the ones located in Myrtle Beach.

3. Surfside Beach

Surfside Beach Pier

Family-friendly and easy-going, staying in Surfside lets you enjoy part of the Grand Strand that is less developed. You won’t see high-rise hotels here, although there are plenty of oceanfront beach houses, condos, and hotels. Oceanfront restaurants and piers, as well as less crowded beaches, make a visit to Surfside pleasant and pleasing to Grand Strand vacationers.

4. Murrell’s Inlet

Murrell’s Inlet

The historic fishing village of Murrell’s Inlet is known as the “Seafood capital of South Carolina” because of the fresh seafood drawn from its waters and served at the many restaurants lining the waterfront. You’ll want to head to the Marsh Walk to enjoy some of the seafood specialties, as well as enjoy breathtaking views of the waterfront.  Many outdoor activities are available in Murrell’s Inlet including deep sea fishing charters, boat tours, individual boat rentals, scuba diving, kayaking, parasailing and jet skiing. One of the best attractions in the area is Brookgreen Gardens, boasting beautiful sculpture and garden park highlighting the beauty of the Carolinas.

5. Litchfield Beach

Litchfield Beach

Named after the 18th-century Litchfield Plantation, Litchfield Beach has a quaint, modern atmosphere. Lovely mossy oak tree lined settings surround eclectic shopping and dining opportunities, while miles of wide sandy beaches and world-class golf courses add to the things to do in picturesque Litchfield. Only one oceanfront hotel is available – the Oceanfront Litchfield Inn – but a variety of beach houses and condos can be rented.

6. Pawley’s Island

Pawley’s Island

One of the oldest resort areas on the east coast, Pawley’s Island has a distinctly southern feel. Four miles of sandy beaches and a relaxed atmosphere make this laid back island a perfect retreat. Village-style shops, wonderful golf courses and top-notch dining create an undeniable appeal for visitors. Guests also enjoy kayaking, biking, and shelling.

7. Garden City Beach

Photo Credit: Kerry / Flickr

Garden City offers the best of both worlds as visitors can enjoy quiet solitude or happening hot spots. With access to both the ocean and the inlet, the area is great for fishing, crabbing and water sports. Beach houses and condos are the norm in Garden City. A new Creekwalk spans the salt march and is a pleasant place to take in the sights of the area.

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Interested in seeing all seven places to visit on the Grand Strand? Book your Myrtle Beach vacation today.


Written By Ashley

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