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Myrtle Beach 101

Need to know the basics of a vacation in Myrtle Beach? Here’s a look at 101 facts, figures and questions to help get you started. If you want to know more feel free to contact us or visit our Ask A Local page.

Where is Myrtle Beach?

According to Wikipedia “Myrtle Beach is a coastal city on the east coast of the United States in Horry County, South Carolina. It is situated on the center of a large and continuous stretch of beach known as the Grand Strand in northeastern South Carolina.”

The city’s latitude and longitude are: 33°43′N 78°53′W. The area is technically located on a man-made island separated from the mainland by the Intracoastal Waterway. It is most closesly bordered on the south end by the Town of Surfside Beach, on the north side by the City of North Myrtle Beach and to the west by the City of Conway.

How many people live in Myrtle Beach?

As of the 2012 census, the population of the city was 28,292, with the Myrtle Beach metropolitan area population at 465,391 according to the 2013 census.

How many people visit Myrtle Beach each year?

According to the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s most recent estimated statistics, 15.2 million people visited the Myrtle Beach area in 2012 (up from 14.5 million in 2011).

The estimate of total annual visitors to the Myrtle Beach area is provided by the independent research company D.K. Shifflet & Associates, Ltd., which uses a statistically sound process of

data collection and analysis to estimate the number of annual visitors to the Myrtle Beach area.  Visitor count estimates include day-trippers and overnight visitors, both in paid and unpaid accommodations.

How big is the city of Myrtle Beach?

According to the City of Myrtle Beach, the city’s limits encompass roughly 23.5 square miles of land or about 15,000 acres. This makes up about 1.8% of the total area of Horry County, which is 1,255 square miles.

The shoreline of Myrtle Beach — the area of land touching the Atlantic Ocean — is about 10 miles long.

What is “The Grand Strand”?

The term “The Grand Strand” refers to roughly 60 miles of uninterrupted beach land that  extends along the eastern coast of the Carolinas.

According to Wikipedia, the term was coined by newspaper columnist Claude Dunnagan when he changed the name of his column “From The Grandstand” to “From The Grand Strand” in 1949.

The term has been lovingly adopted by locals to refer to the entire area surrounding Myrtle Beach, SC, with some measuring it as running from Little River to Georgetown, while others will consider the area as extending north into Brunswick County, N.C., to areas such as Sunset Beach and Ocean Isle Beach.

What time zone is Myrtle Beach located in?

Myrtle Beach is the Eastern Standard Time zone.  It observes U.S. daylight savings time from March through November, making it UTC/GMT-5 during the winter months and UTC/GMT-4 during the rest of the year.

What ever happened to the Pavilion?

The Myrtle Beach Pavilion was an 11-acre amusement park located between 8th and 9th avenues north in downtown Myrtle Beach and is remembered by many as one of the most beloved attractions to ever call our area home.

The first pavilion was built in 1908, and construction on the amusement park began in 1948, with the park remaining open for nearly 60 years until its closure in 2006. Before the 2006 season Burroughs & Chapin announced the park would be closing at the end of that season due to “financial instability.”

Despite various efforts to save the park, it closed for good on Sept. 30, 2006, after experiencing record profits and attendance that season. Many of the rides and attractions from the original Pavilion — including the carousel and German Baden Band Organ — now reside at the Pavilion Nostalgia Park at Broadway at the Beach.

Though Myrtle Beach Zipline Adventures has since opened on the former Pavilion site, the land remains mostly empty and is used for special events periodically.

How tall is the Myrtle Beach Skywheel?

The SkyWheel is located oceanfront in downtown Myrtle Beach, on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and next to Plyler Park. It measures 187 feet tall (57 m), making it the second tallest Ferris wheel of its type in North America. The tallest is the Texas Star in Dallas, which is 212 feet tall.

More on the Skywheel.

How long is the Myrtle Beach boardwalk?

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk & Promenade opened in May 2010, running oceanfront through the heart of downtown Myrtle Beach and costing more than $6 million to build.

When it opened the walk measured 1.2 miles (1.9 km) long from 2nd Avenue North near the Second Avenue Pier to 14th Avenue North near Pier 14.

The boardwalk currently measures 1.4 miles long, as it was extended a 425 feet north in 2013, with the part of the $420,000 extension paid for by the owners of Banditos Mexican Restaurant.

What ever happened to Hard Rock Park/Freestyle Music Park?

Plans for a Hard Rock-themed amusement park were announced in 2003. Construction began on the ill-fated Hard Rock Park project in 2007 and the park celebrated its grand opening on June 2, 2008 with a concert by The Eagles and The Moody Blues.

Despite mostly positive reviews from critics the park, which had cost roughly $400 million to build, was unable to secure further funding to advertise and market due to frozen credit lines and the 2008 economic downturn coupled with high gas and hotel prices resulted in significantly lower than expected attendance. The park ended its first and only season a month early and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in September 2008.

In February 2009, the park was sold for $25 million to FPI MB Entertainment which opened it as Freestyle Music Park on May 23, 2009, with renamed areas and ride. Despite lowered ticket prices and a more modest approach to operating the park, attendance still struggled throughout the park’s revamped second season and in February 2010 FPI annouced it would not open as planned for the 2010 season.

The park went into foreclosure in August 2010, and it has not reopened since. In recent years a number of the rides have been sold to other parks, including Family Kingdom and Medieval Times has bought 4 acres of land from the park further suggesting that the once-promising venture may be gone for good.

What kind of activities for kids in Myrtle Beach are there?

There are many great things to do for kids in Myrtle Beach, with options ranging from museums, amusement parks and arcades to watersports, exhibits and more than 25 miniature golf courses.

Some of the most notable/popular options include places like Ripley’s Aquarium, Wonderworks, Magicquest, Ripley’s Belive It Or Not!, the Skywheel, Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Children’s Museum of S.C., Alligator Adventure, Family Kingdom Amusement Park, Wild Water & Wheels, Myrtle Waves Water Park and many, many more.

To see all the great options available for the little ones, please visit our Attractions For Kids page.

When do the amusement park and water parks open in Myrtle Beach?

Generally, the tourist season is defined as the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day and many of the attractions in Myrtle Beach open for business during this time, with some opening a bit earlier or later with extended hours during the height of summer.

Family Kingdom Amusement Park generally is the first to open for the season, opening in April on weekends and running through the first weekend in October before closing up shop. OD Pavilion in North Myrtle Beach operates strictly during the summer months.

As far as water parks go, each of the area’s three major parks — Wild Water & Wheels, Myrtle Waves and Splashes Water Park — open for business on weekends beginning in May, before going to a daily schedule in June. Daily hours generally run until late August with the parks operating on weekends into September.

Click here for more details.

Can I take my dog on the beach?

There are various rules for animals on the beach depending on where you’re staying. Here are some of the municipality guidelines for Horry and Georgetown counties:

• Georgetown County: Dogs are allowed on public beaches if accompanied by the owner or keeper and under the physical control by means of a leash or similar restraining device. On Pawleys Island beach, dogs must be on a leash May-October. At Huntington Beach State Park, dogs must be on a leash at all times.

• Horry County: Animals are not allowed on the beach from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 1-Sept. 1.

Any animal on the beach must be on a hand-held leash not to exceed six feet in length and under the control of the person having custody of the animal.

• Myrtle Beach: Dogs in public must be on a leash at all times. Dogs are permitted on the beach from Labor Day through April 30. During the summer from May 1 to Labor day they are not permitted on the beach from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. but are allowed at all other times. No animals are allowed on Ocean Boulevard from 21st Avenue North to 13th Avenue South in Myrtle Beach during any time of the year.

• North Myrtle Beach: Dogs in public must be on a leash at all times. No dogs are allowed on the beach from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 15-Sept. 15.

• Surfside Beach: Dogs are not allowed on the beach at any time May 15-Sept. 15.

Are metal detectors allowed on the beach here?

According to the City of Myrtle Beach, Beachcombing and metal detecting is allowed on the beach, but it is not allowed in city parks or on other city property.

Also, it is illegal to climb or walk on the sand dunes or to break or damage any beach grass, so beware of where you travel with your metal detector as violations may be subject to penalties of up to $500 and/or 30 days in jail.

Where can I access the beach in a wheelchair?

In Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, and Surfside Beach, special beach-going wheelchairs are available for visitors to use free of charge. These chairs have with large balloon-like tires for maneuvering through soft sand easily.

• Myrtle Beach: Specialized beach wheelchairs are available at the lifeguard stands, each which also offers handicap parking. Wheelchair access is available at 77th Avenue North, 72nd Avenue North, 54th Avenue North, 24th Avenue North, Fifth Avenue North, Eighth Avenue North, Eighth Avenue South and 20th Avenue South. Call 918-1000 or click here for more details.

• Surfside Beach: Wheelchair access is available at Third Avenue North, Surfside Pier, and Melody Lane and special beach wheelchairs are available free of charge through the Surfside Beach Public Safety Department — call 843-913-6368 for info.

North Myrtle Beach: Wheelchairs are available Sunday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Beach Services Warehouse, 1024 6th Ave. S. Reservations for wheelchairs are encouraged and can be made up to one year in advance. A beach wheelchair can be reserved for a maximum of one week at a time. Beach access for persons with disabilities are at the following locations: Main Street, Sea Mountain Highway, 4th Ave. N., 6th Ave. S., 9th Ave. S., 15th Ave. S., 17th Ave. S., 21st Ave. S., 27th Ave. S., 39th Ave. S. and 46th Ave. S.

Is it OK to ride my bike on the beach?

Yes, you can to ride your bike on the beach at any time during the offseason (between Labor Day and April 30).

In Myrtle Beach, bicycles are allowed on the beach before 10 a.m. and after 5 p.m. from May 1 through Labor Day.  During the peak summer months bicycles are allowed on the boardwalk only between 5 a.m. to 10 a.m., there’s no afternoon window for bicycles on the boardwalk.

And if you don’t have a bike here but would like to ride, there are several bike shops and activity rental companies which rent beach cruisers and other bicycles to use during your vacation.

There are also plenty of bike paths including the East Coast Greenway and Waccamaw Neck Bikeway and The City of Myrtle Beach also offers a guide to bike paths and facilities in the area.

Can I bring alcohol on the beach?

No. According to local laws, possession or consumption of alcohol is prohibited on the beach and glass containers/bottles are also not allowed on the beach. In addition, open containers of beer, wine, or liquor are prohibited in vehicles or any public place including streets, sidewalks, and beach areas.

While these laws are always in effect and breaking them can result in fines or imprisonment, it’s a well-known fact that many beachgoers still choose to bring alcoholic beverages to the beach.

Practically, maintaining strict enforcement of these alcohol laws for the tens of thousands of beachgoers on the sand in any given day is difficult for local authorities.

Many will opt to look the other way as long as beachgoers are conscientious about their consumption by keeping drinks in cups or cans covered with cozies, not leaving containers out on the beach and not displaying drunken or disorderly conduct on the beach.

Is it OK to camp on the beach?

No. Tents are not allowed on the beach at all and sleeping on the beach or at a beach access is not allowed between 9 p.m. and sunrise.

You may, however camp within a very short walk of the beach at a variety of places along the Grand Strand including Myrtle Beach State Park, Huntington Beach State Park, Pirateland Campground, Ocean Lakes Campground, and Apache Campground.

For more information on these locations visit our Campgrounds page.

Can we get married on the beach?

Yes, there are many couples who choose to marry in the natural setting our beach provide. However, there are a number of things to consider before you plan a wedding on the beach in Myrtle Beach.

You must get a marriage license from the county courthouse in Conway (about 20 mins. west of Myrtle Beach) and have an approved officiant to marry you.

There are also regulations regarding which parts of the beach you can be married on depending on whether you’re planning a commercial or noncommercial wedding.

For more details on everything you need to know about weddings in Myrtle Beach visit the City of Myrtle Beach’s page here.

Is the sand in Myrtle Beach white?

While you’re not likely to find the same consistency of white sands and clear blue waters here that you’d see along the Gulf of Mexico or in the Caribbean, there are plenty of beautiful beaches in our area.

The color and consistency of the sand along the Grand Strand varies from place to place. In some area’s you’ll find more granular, rocky sand filled with shells and murky water, while others you’ll see stretches of pristine white sand, beautiful dunes and calm, clearer waters.

Some of the most well-maintained beaches in the area are at the state parks in Myrtle Beach and Huntington Beach, but there are great spots to be found all over (see our Beach Access page for more info.)

Are there any nude beaches in Myrtle Beach?

According to Myrtle Beach city laws, “It shall be unlawful for any person to appear in the nude on any public beach, beach access, in the public waters, any other public property, or in view of the public.”

While there are officially no nude beaches on the Grand Strand, for many years there was a private island called Bird Island that straddled the N.C.-S.C. state line and was known to attract visitors who preferred an “au natural” approach to sun bathing.

In recent years, the state of North Carolina bought the portion of the land which resides in N.C. — it was rumored in part so that they could enforce state laws on naturists there — and there are now signs displayed stating that going nude is prohibited.

You can however, visit Whispering Pines Nudist Resort in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. if you’re looking to let it all hang out.

Are fireworks allowed to be set off on the beach?

Possessing or discharging of fireworks is illegal within the city limits of municipalities along the Grand Strand. All establishments that sell fireworks within Horry County are required to post in a conspicuous location rules and regulations regarding fireworks.

If you’d like to find places to see weekly shows or information on where to purchase fireworks, see our guide to fireworks here.

When can you find the best hotel rates?

As with any destination, the cheapest time of year for accommodations is the offseason — in our case this is the winter months of November through February.

In Myrtle Beach there the “shoulder season” runs through the months of March and April as well as September and October. This is traditionally the known as the spring and fall golf seasons, which means that rates on rounds of golf may remain higher during this time, however hotel rates are generally much more reasonable than in the peak summer months.

These non-peak times in spring and fall can often be the best months to visit Myrtle Beach as temperatures remain warm and many attractions remain open, but you won’t get the crowds or prices of the high season. Just beware though of factors including Spring Break, the Fall Bike Rally and other events when booking a trip during the shoulder season.

No matter when you come, there are always hotel deals in Myrtle Beach to be found, so make sure you search around at all the hotel booking sites and visit our Book A Room page for great rates.

Should I book a golf package in Myrtle Beach?

For the average golfer who’s making the trip to the beach with the intention of playing a round or more each day they’re in town booking a golf package is generally advisable.

Because there are a TON of factors consider on a golf trip including which courses to play, where to stay and how to get the best rates, a golf package can alleviate many of these concerns by enlisting a professional golf director who knows the area’s courses and can help match your style of play or skill level to the best spots for you.

Often times booking a package can also save you money as the hotels and golf directors have partnerships or inside knowledge that allows you to get better rates at local courses. The packages can also include vouchers for free meals, discounts on attractions or other offers to sweeten the pot.

Those golfers who may want to consider booking on their own instead of books a golf package would be experienced Myrtle Beach visitors who already know where they want to play and which courses have the best rates or casual golfers whose visit is more about spending time with the family and only plan to play one or two rounds during a week-long vacation.

Where can I find the best discounts on shopping in Myrtle Beach?

Because Myrtle Beach is known as an affordable, family beach and there is lot of competition for the precious dollars that vacationers opt to spend here there are always many discounts and deals to be found around town, whether its at restaurants, attractions or shopping centers.

A good place to start are the many coupon books available in visitors centers, restaurants, hotel lobbies and other tourist-friendly businesses. Check out books like Monster Coupon Book, Sunny Day Guide and The Chamber of Commerce for discounts on attractions and restaurants.

If you’re specifically looking for shopping coupons, you should visit the website of the place you intend to visit as places like Tanger Outlets, Coastal Grand Mall and Myrtle Beach Mall each have dedicated coupon pages with offers specific to that shopping center.

What’s the best coupon book to use?

While each coupon book does have some exclusive deals and offers based on partnerships the business has made with specific advertisers, it’s hard to say which one offers the best deals.

Since many of the top attractions offer the same discounts in many of the top coupon books, you probably won’t go wrong using any of them, but if you’re truly thrifty the best option is to get them all and scour for the exclusive offers.

Check out our Myrtle Beach Insider blog to read 20 great places to find discounts.

Can you really get your trip paid for by a timeshare company?

Surprisingly enough, the answer to this “sounds to good to be true” question is yes. Although the timeshare industry has a reputation for scams, most of the deals offered are legit.

It is possible to get a deeply discounted trip to Myrtle Beach including vouchers for restaurants, attractions, airfare and/or accommodations by agreeing to sit through the sales pitch of a timeshares company.

What you must remember though, is that nothing comes for “free” and the price for this amazing offer comes at the expense of your time, which means you will have to sit through a high-pressure sales presentation that lasts anywhere from 90 minutes to 3-4 hours and involves multiple sales people trying every trick they know to get you to invest in owning a timeshare.

Even if you are prepared to weather the VERY daunting task of sitting through a presentation without purchasing, you’ll also need to keep in mind that these companies may also tack on a number of additional fees or daily surcharges to your trip on everything from your hotel room to your rental car, so you can count on paying at least slightly more than the price you had agreed upon.

However, this can still be a good deal under what you’d pay normally and if you are looking for rock bottom pricing on a Myrtle Beach vacation or are actually considering purchasing a timeshare, these timeshares promotion can be a great way to get a deal on your trip.

When is Myrtle Beach Bike Week?

There are multiple motorcycle rallies in Myrtle Beach including events in the spring and fall.

In the spring, Myrtle Beach Bike Week (aka the Harley-Davidson rally) is hosted over 10 days in May, usually beginning the second week in May and running over two weekends — the 2014 dates for the event were May 9-18.

The Atlantic Beach Bikefest (aka Black Bike Week) is the largest African-American motorcycle rally on the East coast and takes places over Memorial Day weekend each year. The rally itself runs four days from Friday through Monday — the 2014 dates were May 23-26.

There is also a fall motorcycle rally which is smaller and mostly attended by Harley-Davidson riders and “cruiser” style bikers that takes place in late September to early October. The 2014 dates are Sept. 28-Oct. 5, 2014.

See more information on our Myrtle Beach Bike Week page.

When does the Myrtle Beach Marathon take place?

The dates for the 2015 event are Feburary 13-14, 2015.

The Myrtle Beach Marathon is the area’s biggest fitness event of the year with around 10,000 participants registering each year for the full and half marathons.

Marathon weekend has traditionally been the second weekend in February, with the main event taking place on Saturday morning  and additional events like the 5K family fun run taking place on Friday night.

Visit the MyrtleBeach.com Myrtle Beach Marathon homepage for race info or click here to read about a potential move in the race’s dates for 2016.

When is Spring Break/Senior Week in Myrtle Beach?

The dates for these events vary as many high schools and colleges operate on different schedules but in general spring break season runs from mid-March to mid-April, while senior week runs from late May to late June.

In 2014 the approximate dates for spring break were March 1-April 25, with senior weeks running from May 24-June 27.

What are the most popular festivals in Myrtle Beach?

There are many great festivals and events that happen throughout the year in Myrtle Beach.

Some of the longest-running include the Can-Am Days Festival in Myrtle Beach in March, the Blue Crab Festival in Little River in May, Conway Riverfest in June, the Aynor Harvest Hoe-Down in September and the Loris Bog-Off in October.

There’s also a number of popular events in downtown Myrtle Beach including the St. Patrick’s Day and Oktoberfest celebrations on Ocean Boulevard and the Memorial Day Parade which happens as part of Military Appreciation Days in May.

Other notable events include the Society of Stranders shag events in North Myrtle Beach, Dickens Christmas Show, S.C. State Bluegrass Festival, Run to the Sun Car Show and Myrtle Beach Bike Week.

See our full festivals guide here or visit our Events Calendar page.

Where can I see fireworks in Myrtle Beach?

There are a number of place in town which host regular fireworks shows throughout the summer season including Broadway at the Beach, Barefoot Landing, Myrtle Beach Pelicans stadium, the Myrtle Beach Speedway and Second Avenue Pier in downtown Myrtle Beach.

Also many of the area’s municipalities hold their own fireworks shows for the Independence Day holiday including Conway, Surfside Beach, Murrells Inlet and North Myrtle Beach.

Check out our guide to fireworks shows for the most recent dates and times.

What are some of the holiday events in Myrtle Beach?

Christmas and the holidays are a popular time to visit Myrtle Beach and there are many events happening to help folks celebrate the season.

Many of the area’s largest theaters put on a holiday-themed show including popular options like Alabama Theatre’s “The South’s Grandest Christmas Show” and The Carolina Opry’s “Christmas Show of the South.” The Palace Theatre, Pirate’s Voyage, Medieval Times and Legends in Concert also host Myrtle Beach shows for the holidays.

Other commercial events include Nights of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens, Dickens Christmas Show at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center and Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland at Pelicans Ballpark.

You’ll also find tree lightings and parades around town at places like Broadway at the Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Barefoot Landing and The Market Common, as well as community events like the Intracoastal Christmas Regatta in Little River, Conway’s Snowball Drop and Surfside Beach’s Singing Christmas Tree.

Are there any sports teams in Myrtle Beach?

Yes, including professional, semi-pro and college sports there are a variety of sporting events for the public in and around the Myrtle Beach area.

The professional minor league baseball team the Myrtle Beach Pelicans are the Class-A affiliates of the Texas Rangers and play their games at Ticketreturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. The stadium is located at 1251 21st Ave. N., near Broadway at the Beach and it has been rated as one of the top 25 stadium experiences in all of pro sports.

Myrtle Beach also has semi-pro teams including the South Carolina Warriors of the American Basketball Association, the Myrtle Beach Mutiny of the National Premier Soccer League and the Palmetto Havoc of the Gridiron Developmental Football League.

While there’s no college teams directly in Myrtle Beach, nearby Conway is home of the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, a Division I school which competes in the Big South Conference and fields mens’ and womens’ sports teams including football, basketball, baseball, softball, golf, soccer and more.

Can I fish on the beach?

Yes, fishing from the beach (aka surf fishing) is allowed in Horry County and Georgetown County.

If you plan to do any surf fishing in Myrtle Beach, you will need to purchase a saltwater recreational fishing license. An annual S.C. fishing license for saltwater fishing costs $10 for residents, $35 for non-residents. There is also a 14-day license available which costs only $5 for residents and $11 for non-residents.

Fishing in unsafe conditions is not allowed, which includes keeping a safe distance from beachgoers, swimmers and boats. There are no laws or regulations on surf fishing in Surfside Beach.

More details from The City of Myrtle Beach.

What kind of fish will I catch around here?

There are many different species and varieties of fish to be caught in the rich waters Myrtle Beach fishing provides.

According to the South Carolina Department of Resources, you’re likely to find the following:

• In shallow dark green waters (30 to 80 feet.deep) king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, little tunny, amberjack, barracuda and bluefish tend to dominate the catch.

• Anglers venturing further into the cobalt blue waters offshore will find mostly wahoo, dolphin, blackfin tuna, yellowfin tuna and billfishes.

• Bottom fishing five to 25 miles from shore in 40 to 90 feet of water over natural rough bottoms (blackfish banks), or further out on the snapper banks, produces excellent catches of black sea bass, porgies, snappers, triggerfish and groupers.

Check out SCDNR’s Saltwater Fishing pocket guide or visit http://saltwaterfishing.sc.gov/ for more info.

Do I need a fishing license?

If you plan to fish on the beach or inland you’ll need to acquire a fishing license, however if you’re fishing from a public fishing pier no license is needed (many do require purchase of a fishing pass instead). Also if you’re under 16 years of age you are not required to have a fishing license.

Where can I buy a fishing license?

There are multiple places in Horry County to purchase a license including Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Bass Pro Shops, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Boulineau’s IGA, Lakewood and Pirateland camping resorts and a handful of other businesses.

To see the full list of spots to purchase a license click here or buy one online at the SCDNR website.

How many piers are there that allow fishing?

There are 11 piers along the Grand Strand. Starting from the N.C. state line and heading south toward Georgetown they are: Cherry Grove Fishing Pier, Apache Pier, 14th Avenue Pier, Second Avenue Pier, Springmaid Pier, Myrtle Beach State Park Pier, Surfside Pier, The Pier at Garden City, Veterans’ Pier at the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk and Pawleys Island Pier.

Each of these, with the exception of the Pawleys Island Pier — which is private and only for area residents — is open to the public and allows fishing.

There is a $5 park entry fee per person if you wish to Myrtle Beach state park and an additional fee to fish. Each of the others charge a fee ranging from $5-10 to fish and the piers also offer bait and tackle,as well as fishing rod rentals for visitors.

Where can I find a good deep sea fishing charter?

There are tons of reputable fishing charters in Myrtle Beach that will take you out into the depths of the Atlantic Ocean and set you up at the right spots to nab “the big one.”

We’d suggest checking out our Fishing page for a list of charters to get you started in your search.

What’s the difference between U.S. 17 Business and U.S. 17 Bypass?

U.S. 17 is a highway that runs from Virginia to Florida. On the Grand Strand, U.S. 17 is the main north-south road connecting the area’s town running from the N.C. state line south through Little River, North Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island and Georgetown, continuing south toward Charleston.

U.S. 17 Bypass, is a busy section of highway in that begins on the north side of Myrtle Beach (just south of Restaurant Row) and is referred to by locals as simply “the Bypass.”  It is the Grand Strand’s westernmost route running parallel to the ocean through Myrtle Beach and connecting back to U.S. 17 just south of Murrells Inlet and the Georgetown County line.

There are two stretches known as U.S. 17 Business. The one in Myrtle Beach is more commonly referred to as Kings Highway and the other U.S. 17 Business is a stretch that breaks off into Murrells Inlet and runs past the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk.

Is there public transportation in Myrtle Beach?

Yes. The Coast Regional Transportation Authority provides public transportation in Horry and Georgetown County areas. and offers 10 fixed routes service in Conway, Myrtle Beach, at Myrtle Beach International Airport, and in Georgetown County.

At certain times of the year Coast RTA also offers a free shuttle around downtown Myrtle Beach that transports visitors to and from attractions and to Broadway at the Beach.

Learn more about Coast RTA here.

Can I call a taxi to get me around town?

One of the best parts about Myrtle Beach is that there are so many attractions and restaurants around that often you can find things to do within walking distance of your hotel or beach house.

But if you are looking to go across town, there are also many Myrtle Beach taxi services which can help you get around the Grand Strand and pick you up from popular attractions.

Reputable taxi companies in the area include Yellow Checker Cab, Absolute Taxi, City Cab, Anchor Taxi, Rock Star Cab, Creekside Cab and there are also many more individual rides and chains.

Some places, such as Broadway at the Beach and the Myrtle Beach International Airport where taxis are always waiting to serve visitors in need of a ride.

Where is Restaurant Row?

The area known as “Restaurant Row” is located on the north end of Myrtle Beach and is a stretch of road that represents one of the highest densities of Myrtle Beach restaurants in the area.

It runs from just north of where U.S. 17 Business and Bypass meet in Myrtle Beach past the Galleria Shopping Center and extends north to where U.S. 17 meets S.C. 22 near the Tanger Outlets.

Located in this stretch are a number of popular, large seafood buffet restaurants including The Original Benjamin’s Calabash Seafood, Giant Crab Seafood Restaurant and Captain Bennett’s Seafood Buffet Restaurant.

Other notable eateries in the area include Chuck’s Steakhouse, Rossi’s, Thoroughbreds, Bimini’s Oyster Bar, Baron’s Steaks & Spirits, La Festa, Nakato Japanese Steakhouse, Chesapeake House, Chestnut Hill Restaurant, Ocean 17 and Waterway House Sports & Spirits.

What’s The Golden Mile?

The area known as “The Golden Mile” is one of the most prestigious areas of Myrtle Beach and  stretches along Ocean Boulevard from about 31st Avenue North to 52nd Avenue North.

It is one of the few places in Myrtle Beach where you’ll find mostly private residences beachfront with some valued upwards of $5 million.

The lack of hotels here makes it a nice place to set up shop for a day at the beach.

Click here to see our Beach Access page and find out where to park along this area.

Where can I find running/bike paths in the Myrtle Beach area?

Visitors looking to get a workout in while on vacation will find a variety of places to run/bike in and around Myrtle Beach.

For runners, The beach is a popular option as it is flat and scenic and allows you to put in as many miles as needed. If you choose to run the beach (especially in peak months), it’s best to do so early in morning or late at night to avoid crowds.

While it’s not quite as scenic as the beach, much of Ocean Boulevard provides wide bike lanes that are safe for runners and if you travel one end to the other you’ll log about 10 miles each way.

There are also a number of suitable paths for running, including the East Coast Greenway which runs along Robert M. Grissom Parkway for about 7 miles before crossing U.S. 17 Bypass. Here you can hop on another trail near the YMCA and run about 3 miles north to Grand Dunes Marina.

You can also try Harrleson Boulevard, which stretches about 5 miles from Kings Highway to 501 and runs past the Myrtle Beach International Airport and over the Intracoastal Waterway.

There are also a variety of paths which extend through The Market Common area including a mile-long path that loops around the lake at Grand Park and paths which connect to Myrtle Beach State Park.

If you’re in North Myrtle Beach, Ocean Boulevard is one of the best options and you can put in roughly 7 miles each way if you travel from the northernmost point in Cherry Grove to where the road stops in Atlantic Beach.

On the south end, the stretch of Ocean Boulevard that runs from Surfside Beach to Garden City is about 6 miles each way or if you’re in Murrells Inlet you can put in up to 10 miles each way by traveling the bike paths along U.S 17 Business and then catching the Waccamaw Neck Bikeway down to Litchfield Beach.

Check out this page from The Myrtle Beach Bicycle Fix for more information on area bike routes.

Are there public restrooms in downtown Myrtle Beach?

Though the number of businesses offering public restrooms is limited in Myrtle Beach there are at least a few places where visitors can find relief downtown.

In Plyler Park, at the intersection of 10th Avenue North (Mr. Joe White Avenue) and Ocean Boulevard, there is a trailer with three restrooms, one for men, one for women and one with handicapped access. There is also a restroom between the Myrtle Beach Skywheel and Landshark Landing restaurant that is accessible by the public.

On the former Pavilion site, at the corner of 8th Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard there is another trailer with public restrooms for men, women and handicapped persons.

Where are some places to avoid to stay out of traffic during the summer?

Where should I park downtown?

There are plenty of places to park in and around downtown Myrtle Beach, however finding the right one can be tricky if you’re new to visiting the area.

The parking meters operate March 1 through Oct. 1, seven days a week from 9 a.m. to midnight, so if you visit during the tourism season you should be prepared to pay between $1 and $1.50 per hour if you park at a parking meter or metered lot, and between $5-10 for all day parking if you choose to park in a paid lot or parking garage.

The meters along 8th and 9th Avenues North (surrounding the former Pavilion site) are always a good starting point and from there you can also check some of the roads the run parallel to Ocean Boulevard including Chester Street and Withers Drive.  Even if you don’t have enough change for a meter you may want to try this option as many of the meters now accept credit cards or allow you to text or call in to pay your parking fees.

The Pavilion Parking garage is located on the corner of 9th Avenue North and Kings Highway and is a good option for visitors, as are the nearby Boardwalk Parking Lot and Beach Parking Lots.

If you’re looking for a free place to park near downtown and are willing to put in a little extra walking, you can also opt to park on the opposite side (West side) of Kings Highway in one of the spots along 9th Avenue North or along the side of U.S. 501/8th Avenue North. The spaces are somewhat limited here, however not many tourists know about them so its rare that they are completely full.

How far of a drive is it to Myrtle Beach?

If you’re travelling from one of these popular cities by car for a vacation in Myrtle Beach, here’s how long you should expect to be on the road:

New York

• New York City: 10 hrs., 45 min.

• Albany: 12 hrs., 45 min.

• Buffalo: 13 hrs., 5 min.

Massachusetts

• Boston: 13 hrs., 55 min.

Pennsylvania

• Pittsburgh: 9 hrs., 55 min.

• Philadelphia: 9 hrs., 30 min.

• Harrisburg: 9 hrs., 10 min.

West Virginia

• Huntington: 7 hrs., 35 min.

• Charleston: 7 hrs.

 

Kentucky

• Lexington: 9 hrs., 5 min.

• Louisville: 10 hrs., 10 min.

Virginia

• Richmond: 5 hrs., 5 min.

• Roanoke: 5 hrs., 20 min.

• Norfolk: 5 hrs., 30 min.

• Washington, D.C.: 7 hrs., 25 min.

Ohio

• Columbus: 9 hrs., 45 min.

• Cincinnati: 10 hrs.

• Cleveland: 11 hrs.

North Carolina

• Charlotte: 3 hrs., 30 min.

• Raleigh: 2 hrs., 55 min.

• Wilmington: 1 hr., 20 min.

• Winston-Salem: 3 hrs., 35 min.

South Carolina

• Columbia: 2 hrs., 35 min.

• Charleston: 1 hr., 55 min.

• Greenville: 4 hrs.

• Hilton Head: 3 hrs., 45 min.

Georgia

• Augusta: 3 hrs., 35 min.

• Atlanta: 5 hrs., 30 min.

• Savannah: 3 hrs., 45 min.

How many golf courses are there in Myrtle Beach?

If you count the entire Grand Strand and measure as far north as Carolina National Golf Club in Brunswick County, N.C. there are more than 100 golf courses in Myrtle Beach — in fact, 104 at last count.

With this many great options, it can be tough to choose which ones to play, but a quick visit to our Golf page should get you started browsing. You can also check out the Dream 18 page for a look at some of our favorite holes and courses.

Where’s the best place to play miniature golf?

Just like on the links, the miniature golf courses in Myrtle Beach come in all shapes and styles, so choosing the best one for you really depends on what you’re looking for.

If it’s a course with a view and a unique theme you seek, places like Mt. Atlanticus Minotaur Goff and Shark Attack Adventure Golf — both in downtown Myrtle Beach — would be perfect for you.

If you’d like something fun and friendly for the kids, we’d suggest somewhere like Dragon’s Lair Fantasy Golf at Broadway at the Beach, Professor Hacker’s Lost Treasure Golf in North Myrtle Beach or Captain Hook’s Adventure Golf and Jungle Lagoon in Myrtle Beach.

And if you’re really up for a challenging course or a competitive round of putt putt you can try tricky courses such as Gilligan’s Island in Garden City or Hawaiian Rumble Golf in North Myrtle Beach — where the U.S. Pro Mini Golf Masters are held each year.

See details on our Top 10 Miniature Golf courses here or visit the Miniature Golf page to see all of the 30+ courses our area has to offer.

Are there any major golf tournaments in Myrtle Beach?

In addition to the tons of hobbyist golfers who visit Myrtle Beach, there are several events throughout the year for people who take their golf seriously.

Among them are the world’s largest on-site amateur golf tournament, called the World Amateur Handicap Championship which played on more than 60 of the Myrtle Beach champioship courses in late August. This event features about 4,000 amateur golfers competing over 72 holes with tons of events surrounding the tournament including “The World’s largest 19th hole” at The Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

There’s also events like the PGA’s 2014 Professional National Golf Championship which is taking place in Myrtle Beach this year and other annual events like the Father and Son Team Classic in July and the always-popular Hootie & The Blowfish Monday After The Masters Celebrity Pro-Am.

This tournament, held the day after the PGA’s showcase event in April in Augusta, Ga., takes place at Barefoot Resort in North Myrtle Beach and is known as one of the best celebrity golf events in the country.

Click for more info on Monday After The Masters, the World-Am tournament or read more about local golf from our friends at On The Green magazine.

Are there any Par 3 courses in Myrtle Beach?

Yes. There are four different facilities which offer par 3 courses in Myrtle Beach and the surrounding area.

These spots including Tupelo Bay Golf Center in Garden City, Cane Patch and Midway Par 3 in Myrtle Beach and Harbour View Golf Complex in Little River offer a great way for golfers to work on their short games and serve as a perfect introduction to the game for younger players.

Many of these places also have driving ranges nearby and some also offer other interesting golfing options including night golf, disc golf and glo golf.

For more details, visit our Par 3 Golf page.

What is there for golfers to do other than golfing and the beach?

Well, we think the options are pretty much endless here including great restaurants, top-notch entertainment and great nightlife.

With the golf industry being such a big part of what brings folks to Myrtle Beach there are plenty of places which cater specifically to golfers including some great steakhouses, entertainment venues, cigar and wine bars, golf-themed bars with golf simulators and other games inside and even several quality gentlemen’s clubs.

In fact, we’ve taken the time to put many of these places and other attractions we think would appeal to golfers together on our 19th hole page.

What’s the best time of year to golf in Myrtle Beach?

Anytime of year is a great time to visit Myrtle Beach for golfers, but each season brings its pros and cons in regards to planning a golf trip.

• Spring (Late Feburary through late May): The most popular season for golf in Myrtle Beach. During this time conditions are ideal for golf, the weather is beautiful and the beach is not yet packed with tons of traffic and families on vacation. However, this is also the time when prices on golf packages and rounds are at their peak and tee times are harder to find because the demand is high.

 

• Summer (Early June to Mid-September): During the peak tourism season the golf season slows down as many of the golfers in Myrtle Beach are here to vacation with family or friends and are only playing one or two rounds during their stay. Rates are lower, tee time availability is better and the beach and nightlife are at their peak during this time. However, weather can get a bit unbearable during the hot, muggy summer months and most non-golf attractions are packed.

• Fall (Mid-September to late November): Second only to spring in popularity, rate once again bump up during the fall. During this time you’re likely to find more affluent golfers in town as well as more couples taking golf vacations together. Once the weather begins to cool sometime in September or October it’s a great time to play here.

• Winter (December through early February): It’s the slowest time of year for golf and a time when there are lots of deals to be found. While the weather rarely gets frigid, it can be an issue at times with frost delays and shorter periods of sunlight limiting when you can book tee times or what replay options are available.

Where did Myrtle Beach get its name?

According to the City of Myrtle Beach, In 1900, a contest was held to give the area an official name, and Addie Burroughs, widow of Franklin G. Burroughs, suggested Myrtle Beach because of the wax myrtle bushes growing abundantly here. That’s when the area became kn owns as Myrtle Beach.

Earlier names for Myrtle Beach included Long Bay, Withers and New Town. The area was called Long Bay when a hurricane swept through in 1822. It was later known as Withers for the Withers family, which had owned property in the area since the late 1700s.

A Withers post office even opened in 1888. The Burroughs and Collins Company of Conway purchased much of the Withers’ family land in 1881, and the growing community was called New Town at the turn of the century before the naming contest was held.

What’s the difference between Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach?

Though often confused by visitors as two parts of the same city, Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach are actually separate cities with two distinct histories and many different traits.

While Myrtle Beach incorporated more than 75 years ago, North Myrtle Beach didn’t become an official place until 1968, when four oceanfront municipalities — Windy Hill, Crescent Beach, Ocean Drive and Cherry Grove Beach — came together to form the city.

North Myrtle Beach has around 13,000 residents, with the median age being older and more comprised of whites racially than Myrtle Beach which claims a population of roughly 28,000 residents, according to census data.

In regards to getting around, both cities share a number of commonly named roads including U.S. 17, Ocean Boulevard and the various numbered avenues (ex. 21st Avenue South), so when in doubt it’s always best to double check your map or ask a local for directions to your destination so you don’t end up in the wrong town.

Where are some good historic sites in the Myrtle Beach area?

While the area’s coastal communities are quite young in regards in terms of history, there are plenty of historic sites along the Grand Strand in places such as Conway, Georgetown and Pawleys Island.

In Conway, you’ll find the Conway Downtown Historic District which includes a number of building constructed between 1824-1950 including streets draped in beautiful live oaks, the Old Courthouse, the town clock and a variety of homes and commercial buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. There’s also places like the Horry County Museum and L.W. Paul Living History Museum, which documents life on a farm between 1900 and 1950.

In Georgetown, you can visit one of the oldest cities in S.C. and one of its largest ports. Here you’ll find attractions like the Kaminski House Museum, the Rice Museum (documenting the history of the area’s many rice plantations), the S.C. Maritime Museum and former plantations like Hobcaw Barony and Hopsewee Plantation.

And that’s just the start of what our area has to offer. Visit the Museums & Exhibits page for more info.

How old is the city of Myrtle Beach?

Myrtle Beach just celebrated the 75th anniversary of its incorporation in 2013. The area officially became a town in 1938, and was upgraded to being known as a city in 1957.

Are there any famous movies filmed in Myrtle Beach?

Yes. Among the notable ones are “Don’t Make Waves” (1967) starring Tony Curtis, “Shag”(1989) which is actually set in Myrtle Beach and stars Bridget Fonda and Phoebe Cates, “Chasers” (1994) with Tom Berenger and director Dennis Hopper, “Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken” (1991) with Gabrielle Anwar and “Swimming” (2000) with Lauren Ambrose.

In addition to the films that have been shot here, a number of TV shows have been filmed or set in Myrtle Beach in recent years including the teen drama “Dawson’s Creek” which was based in Wilmington, N.C., HBO comedy “Eastbound & Down” and of course the now infamous reality series “Welcome to Myrtle Manor” which airs on TLC.

How should I report bad or unsafe conditions at my hotel?

First remember that it’s always best to do your research and consult with travel sites like TripAdvisor, Yelp and other to see what your fellow vacationers thought about their stay BEFORE you book.

However, even the best reviewed hotels can come up short at times. The best thing to do if you feel your room or the conditions at your hotel are not adequate is to let the staff know in a polite and respectful way what the problem is — always give the staff a chance to fix your problem before you escalate the situation.

If they are unable to move your room or satisfy your needs, the next step is to call the hotel headquarters and alert them of the problem. If it’s a chain, sometimes going up the ladder can get your issue resolved faster.

In extreme situations you can call the chamber of commerce, better business bureau or even the police to handle unsafe conditions, but for the most part its best to deal directly with the hotel in question.

If all else fails, make sure you at least take the time to post reviews or your experience online so that others are aware of potential problems in the future.

What’s the difference between a suite and a regular room?

A standard room is typically one with a single room with either a single queen, single king or two queen beds and a bathroom that would be suitable for a single person, couple or single family of four.

A suite, on the other hand, is often made up of multiple rooms including a larger living area with a couch, TV and kitchen area with separate bedrooms and bathroom broken off from there. These rooms are better served for multiple families, couples or groups of friends who are vacationing in Myrtle Beach together.

When in doubt about the amenities a room has to offer, always ask the hotel or resort for specifics.

What’s the difference between “oceanfront” and “ocean view” rooms?

According to MyrtleBeach.com, there is often confusion among visitors about accommodations in Myrtle Beach labeled as “Oceanfront” vs. those mentioned as “Ocean View.”

The difference is that oceanfront rooms face the ocean and offer the best views of the Atlantic Ocean and coastline while “Ocean View” rooms can be any room which offers even the slightest view of the ocean from the side or corner of a hotel building.

While not always meant to be deceiving the term “Ocean View” can mean a variety of things while “oceanfront” generally means the view is unobstructed and that you’ll be paying a slightly higher cost for that access.

Where can I camp in Myrtle Beach?

There are a number of great campgrounds in Myrtle Beach and camping resorts which give you all the amenities of a hotel complex while still letting you “rough it” in your camper or a tent near the beach.

Some popular options include Apache Campground, Pirateland Campground, Ocean Lakes Camping Resort, Lakewood Campground, Myrtle Beach KOA and Myrtle Beach and Huntington Beach state parks, among others.

To see all the great camping options the Grand Strand has visit our Campgrounds page.

Are there any hotels that will allow 18 year olds to book a room?

This is a commonly asked question amongst spring breakers and senior week visitors, and the answer is that while many places choose not to risk booking rooms to young adults, there are some hotels which allow visitors younger than age 25 to stay.

In Myrtle Beach, places such as Anderson Ocean Club, Bayview Resort, Best Western Plus, Camelot by the Sea, Compass Cove and Patricia Grand are all welcoming to visitors who are 21+ years old.

Others like the Westgate, Sea Dip, Ocean Forest and The Polynesian have been known to book to visitors 18 and older. However, it is hard to keep a running list of these places as policies are often changing at Myrtle Beach hotels and resorts so be sure to always call ahead and check with the hotel first.

Find a larger list at Stay Myrtle Beach.

Are there any bed and breakfasts in Myrtle Beach?

Yes. Though the accommodations landscape is mostly dominated by high rise hotels, luxurious resorts, vacation rentals condos and beach houses, there are a few “bed and breakfast” style places to stay in Myrtle Beach and the surrounding area.

In Conway, just a short drive west of Myrtle Beach, you’ll find places like The Cypress Inn and The Moore Farm House Bed & Breakfast, while a quick trip north of the N.C. state line offers The Sunset Inn Bed & Breakfast in Sunset Beach.

In Myrtle Beach proper you’ll also find the Serendipity Inn, which is a unique family-owned bed and breakfast inn that offers a nice change up from the usual beach accommodations.

Where can I find a hotel that accepts pets?

In recent years, traveling with pets has become an increasingly common thing for Myrtle Beach visitors and thus many hotels in the area have begun to accommodate vacationers and welcome their furry friends.

There are even some resorts and hotels in Myrtle Beach which now offer special packages or rates specifically catered to pet owners.

Check out the Pet-Friendly hotels page for more information on these places.

Where do the Myrtle Beach casino boats sail from?

There are a pair of casino boats in Myrtle Beach which offer Vegas-style gaming action and both of them depart from the Little River Waterfront, which is along the north end of the Grand Strand off of Mineola Avenue in Little River.

Though casino gambling is illegal in South Carolina, both the Sun Cruz Aquasino and Big M Casino boat cruise into international waters where patrons are allowed to partake in slots, table games, cards and other gaming activities.

For more information on Sun Cruz click here or check out the Big M Casino here.

Are there any gay bars in Myrtle Beach?

Yes. There is a stretch of downtown Myrtle Beach, along U.S. 501 which plays home to several nightclubs and gay bars including Pulse Ultra Club and Club There.

Where’s the best place to see live music in Myrtle Beach?

There are tons of places along the Grand Strand to check out live music and the best place for you obviously depends on your taste in tunes.

That said, the undisputed top spot for concerts when it comes to bringing in big-name national acts is the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach. Nearby, the Alabama Theatre at Barefoot Landing also hosts many big-name guest concerts from current and classic country musicians as well as popular acts from across the decades.

Other popular venues include The Boathouse in Myrtle Beach, Pirate’s Cove Lounge in North Myrtle Beach, Dead Dog Saloon and Hot Fish Club in Murrells Inlet and the various shag and beach clubs located in North Myrtle Beach.

You can also catch live music throughout the tourism season with a variety of summer concert series such as Hot Summer Nights in Plyler Park (on the boardwalk), Music on Main in North Myrtle Beach, Cool Summer Evenings at Brookgreen Gardens and at various festivals at La Belle Amie Vineyard in Little River.

In all, there are hundreds of great locations to see a live band playing everything from rock and reggae to classic blues, R&B and oldies. Check out our Live Music page for more info.

Are there any comedy clubs in Myrtle Beach?

Yes. There are currently two full-time comedy clubs operating in Myrtle Beach. There’s the long-running Comedy Cabana in the Restaurant Row section of Myrtle Beach and also the newer Carolina Comedy Club which opened at Broadway at the Beach in 2013.

In addition to these hilarious clubs, you can also find comedy at places like the Carolina Improv Company at Uptown Theatre, Wild 4 Hypnosis Comedy Show at Big Laughs Theatre and the Comedy Zone series at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach.

Check out our Comedy & Theatres page.

I’m on Spring Break. Where are the best places to go?

One of the most popular places for Spring Breakers is Celebrity Square at Broadway at the Beach, which includes clubs such as Senor Frog’s, Malibu’s Surf Bar, Club Boca and Rodeo Bar & Grill.

Other destinations for bars and clubs that cater to the college aged and spring breaker crowd include Spanish Galleon in North Myrtle Beach, The Boathouse in Myrtle Beach, Beach House Bar & Grill on Ocean Boulevard, Pirate’s Cove Lounge in North Myrtle Beach and The House of Blues.

For more information see this post.

What is Shag Dancing?

The “Carolina Shag” is the state dance of South Carolina and is generally danced to music called Carolina Beach Music, which combines classic Blues, R&B and Swing.

It was developed in the 1940s, having evolved from a dance known as the Carolina Jitterbug and has long been a popular activity for visitors and locals in the area — especially North Myrtle Beach. It has created a community of people known as “shaggers” that practice the dance and celebrate the beach lifestyle all over the world.

This community of fun-loving party people come together several times a year for events such as the S.O.S. Spring Safari (run by a group called the Society of Stranders), the National Shag Dancing Championships and the Carolina Beach Music Awards, which are all held locally.

Along Main Street in North Myrtle Beach there are several beach clubs (aka shag clubs) devoted to preserving the music, dance and culture of the shaggers including popular spots like Fat Harold’s, Duck’s, Ocean Drive Arcade and the Spanish Galleon.

For more on shagging and shag culture visit the Society of Stranders page at ShagDance.com.

Are there any songs about Myrtle Beach?

Yes. There are several well-known songs devoted to singing about the area and its beachy charms. In fact, country hall of famers Alabama — who got their start at The Bowery in downtown Myrtle Beach — have written several, including their hit “Dancin’, Shaggin’ On The Boulevard.”

Other tracks include classic Beach music tracks “Ocean Boulevard” by Band of Oz, “Carolina Girls” by Chairmen of the Board and “Myrtle Beach Days” by Fantastic Shakers.

More recently, “Myrtle Beach” by N.C.-based singer Sunny Ledfurd has become a local anthem of sorts and also Dan + Shay recently mentioned the area in their hit “19 You + Me,” for which the country duo filmed a video locally.

Are all the bars in Myrtle Beach for 21 and older?

No. There are definitely clubs that cater to the 18+ crowd, including many at Broadway at the Beach. In addition, some of the area’s most popular nightlife spots are also restaurants, so those under 21 can easily hang at spots like the House of Blues, Hard Rock Cafe, Broadway Louie’s or The Boathouse without any concerns.

Where can I get a tattoo in Myrtle Beach?

There are several tattoo and piercing shops in Myrtle Beach, and thanks to some interesting zoning regulations in the area, most of them are all located on the same street, giving folks looking to get inked up plenty room for comparison.

If you travel to Seaboard Street in Myrtle Beach (between U.S. 501 and Mr. Joe White Avenue), you’ll find at least 8-10 tattoo shops, as well as a couple piercing studios, a head shop and even small cafe which caters to folks after their markings are done.

If you want to find a specific shop look up Pitbull Tattoos, Bulldawg Ink, Karma Tattoos, Elite Ink, Ink Wave, Myrtle Beach Ink, Aces High or Dr. Ink.

Where’s the best place to eat around here?

There are literally thousands of restaurants in Myrtle Beach and the surrounding area, so narrowing them down to one or even just a few is pretty daunting task.

We have, however, done our best to break down the Grand Strand’s many restaurants into the most popular categories of eatery and filled our site with more than 500 listings on all the best spots to eat.

The best way to sort through the many great places to eat is to visit our Restaurants page and click on the category you’d like to try or visit our Best Of Myrtle Beach page which runs down many of our favorite places including top 10 lists on everything from barbecue and pizza to seafood and international cuisine.

Where can I find a restaurant with free Wi-Fi access?

There are more and more places offering free wi-fi access and allowing visitors to set up shop in case they need to get some last-minute work done during their trip.

As you search through our restaurant listings, you’ll notice each page has an icon denoting whether that place offers free wi-fi as well as some of the eatery’s other key features.

If you need ideas on where to start check out this list of Wi-fi restaurants at Myrtle Beach SC Restaurants or check out this Google Map of free wi-fi lunch spots from The Digitel Myrtle Beach.

Where can I find a seafood market in Myrtle Beach?

Seafood is one of the most popular types of cuisine in our area, with many folks flocking to try dine on the famous Calabash-style fried food made famous in Calabash, N.C., as well as the fresh catches from Murrells Inlet, known as “The Seafood Capital of South Carolina.”

If you’re looking to take home a fresh catch or want to cook up some seafood for the family while you’re on vacation there are a number of good seafood markets which offer great shrimp, crabs, fish and much more.

Some popular options include Mr. Fish Seafood Market in Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet Seafood or Harrleson’s Seafood Market down on the Inlet and Eugene Platt’s Seafood Market and Berry’s Seafood Express Market in North Myrtle Beach. There are also plenty of others around town in places like the Little River Waterfront and Murrells Inlet, but this should get you started.

Also, If you’re looking for great seafood restaurants in Myrtle Beach, visit our Seafood page.

Are there any good coffee shops in Myrtle Beach?

While we’ll admit Myrtle Beach is much more Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts than hip coffee shops and expert baristas, there are at least a few quality coffee shops in the area worth checking out.

Some of our favorites include, in Myrtle Beach, Fresh Brewed Coffee House, Caffe Diem and The Roasted Bean at The Market Common, Holy Grounds Coffee Shop in Carolina Forest, Coffee Break Cafe in Georgetown. There’s also Boardwalk Coffee House, which has locations along the Boardwalk in Myrtle Beach and at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach.

Check out our Coffee Shops page for more info.

Where can I find a restaurant that caters to vegetarians and vegans?

Even with all the enormous all-you-can-eat buffets and downhomey southern spots where meat is a staple of every meal, you can still find some quality options for restaurants in Myrtle Beach if you’re a vegetarian or vegan.

One of the most popular spots in town is Bay Naturals, which is a great local health food shop with an amazing lunch counter that has tons of awesome healthy and veggie options. Also for lunch, McAlister’s Deli is a good choice and you can also check out Green Grubbin’ a salad & wraps place on Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach.

For dinner, many of the international cuisine and ethnic restaurants in town cater to the vegetarian and vegan crowd including spot slike E. Noodles & Co., Redi-Et Ethiopian and Habibi’s Cafe & Market.

Of course, nearly all the best restaurants in town have at least some vegetarian options, however if you’re interested in finding more check out this list of the “Top 10 Vegetarian Restaurants in Myrtle Beach” from Myrtle Beach Restaurant News or go and browse through the listings on our Restaurant page.

Where are some romantic restaurants to take my spouse/date for dinner?

There are tons of great options for romantic restaurants in Myrtle Beach. If you’re look for the perfect date spot during your vacation, picking an oceanfront spot with a view is always a popular choice.

For more information you should check out our Fine Dining page or the Waterfront Dining page.

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