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Grand Strand Beaches

Here’s a look at some of the best beach access spots in the area. Read about what each place, pier and park has to offer:

Pawleys Island

Pawleys Island

Known for its “arrogantly shabby” lifestyle, which mixes high-end homes with rickety shacks and a laid-back vibe, this area is a gem for beachgoers.

Pawleys Island claims to be “the oldest seaside resort in America,” and residents take pride in this designation, working hard to keep the pace of life slow and relaxing.

It is one of the few unspoiled, non-commercial oceanfront communities on the Grand Strand which means there’s almost never a crowd on the beaches along this 4-mile stretch of sand.

Finding parking can be tough at times, but you can try limited parking access spots off of Atlantic Avenue at Hazard, First, Pearce, Second and Third streets as well as at Shell Road. There is also a 100-car parking lot at the south end of the island which can also fill up quickly in the high season.

However, once you do nab a place to park you’ll surely enjoy the unique feel of this beach including the sand, which has a more granular quality than some other beaches, and the rocky jettys scattered at intervals along the beach.

The area also sports one of the most attractive piers on the Grand Strand, however the Pawleys Island Pier is unfortunately only open to residents of the area.

Litchfield Beach

Litchfield Beach

About 30 minutes south of Myrtle Beach, the beaches of Litchfield Beach offer a natural beauty and a quiet, reserved setting that’s perfect for retirees or those looking to escape the crowds of its northern neighbors.

As part of the Waccamaw Neck, the area surrounding the beach has a village-like small community feel and the only hotel you’ll see near the beach is the expansive 4,500 acre Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort, located within the Litchfield by the Sea residential community.

For the most part the area offers secluded beaches and even a chance for some exploration of truly undeveloped land if you walk all the way south to the peninsula where Pawleys Island Creek and Midway Inlet combine to separate Lichfield from Pawleys.

In North Litchfield Beach you can get to the beach off of Parker Drive just north of Windover Street, at the end of Windover Street, at the end of Fairfield Street, between Fairfield and Exeter streets, at Seaview Loop, between Belvedere and Mariner streets, at the end of Mulberry Street, at the end of Eutaw Street, at the end of Media Street, at the end of Summertime Street and at the end of Loggerhead Street.

In Litchfield Beach there are beach access locations off Norris Drive, between Sundial Drive and Albert Lane, as well as at the end of Albert Lane, at the end of Mason Lane, at the end of Chesterfield Lane, and between Chesterfield and Lyman lanes.

Huntington Beach State Park

Huntington Beach State Park

Huntington Beach is not only a great place for walking trails, exploring the gorgeous architecture of Atalaya castle and camping, it’s also a great spot to spend a day at the beach.

Located just across from Brookgreen Gardens, south of Murrells Inlet and North of Pawleys Island, visitors will catch a glimpse of the area’s beauty as soon as they enter the park.

Here you’ll see in inland lake and swamp area that’s full of wildlife and has become a sanctuary for bird watchers in the area.

Once you wind your way back to the beach itself, you can easily find a pristine place for setting up your beach gear and enjoy the beautiful weather all day long — though some say the best time to visit is in the early morning when the beach become prime real estate for shelling.

Because the park is managed by the state, there is a small admission fee of $5 for adults, $3.25 for Seniors and $3 for youths (age 6-15). Children age 5 or younger are free.

Garden City Beach

Garden City Beach

Though sometimes referred to as a city by locals, Garden City is actually an unincorporated area of Horry County that runs from the southern border of Surfside Beach to the end of the peninsula where Murrells Inlet enters the land.

It is centered on a stretch of restaurants, bars and attractions — including an arcade and small amusement park — that lead down Atlantic Avenue to The Pier at Garden City. The pier itself is a popular spot for fishing and has a bar known for its karaoke nights, as well as its own arcade.

The northern part of the area is very similar to Surfside Beach, with flat beaches that are moderately populated with visitors from some smaller hotels and beach houses.

The southern part is much more secluded with only residential homes and vacation rentals along the beach for the roughly 3 miles that dead end into the Inlet Harbor subdivision.

There are numerous beach access spots in Garden City including near the pier at Hawes Street and off of Waccamaw Drive  at Woodland, Calhoun, Rainbow, Sea Breeze, Oak, Pine, Magnolia, Yaupon, Azalea and Holly streets.

Surfside Beach

Surfside Beach

The two-mile stretch that runs along Surfside Beach is one of the more well-manicured parts of the Grand Strand, as it is maintained throughout the year by town employees.

Known locally as “The Family Beach” it offers a non-smoking environment that provides a friendly setting for beach games, kite flying, watersports and many other family-friendly activities.

In all, there are 36 beach access points in the Town of Surfside, including its most popular one, the Surfside Pier. Here visitors can enjoy fishing, take a leisurely stroll or grab a bite at Licks Ice Cream Shop or The Surf Diner.

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.

Parking is available at pay stations and metered spaces across 12 different lots and you can often find free parking at the area’s six parks if you’re willing to walk a few blocks.

There are a dozen different shower tower locations to rinse off after you’re done at the beach and you’ll find public restrooms at 5th Avenue South, 3rd Avenue North and Surfside Pier.

Myrtle Beach State Park

Myrtle Beach State Park

Close in proximity to Myrtle Beach, but greatly differing in its surroundings Myrtle Beach State Park sits just south of the city limits, nestled among oceanfront maritime forest.

This quiet, and surprisingly green, escape provides nature trails, camping areas and some of the best fishing the Grand Strand has to offer — both the surf fishing from its shores and pier fishing from its Myrtle Beach State Park Pier.

The wide beach is some of the area’s cleanest sand, beginning just south of Springmaid Beach Resort and running down to Long Bay Estates, just north of PirateLand Family Campground.

In addition to amenities such as picnic tables, shelters and showers just off of the beach, there is also a wooden walkway that runs from the pier providing easy access to the north end of the beach.

Because the park is managed by the state, there is a small admission fee of $5 for adults, $3.25 for Seniors and $3 for youths (age 6-15). Children age 5 or younger are free.

Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach beaches

Nestled between the many high-rise hotels and condominiums in the area are more than 40 beach access points in Myrtle Beach, counting street end parking places, parks and walkway entrances.

The beaches along Ocean Boulevard within the city limits of Myrtle Beach are often some of the most packed during summer months, as they are convenient for the many visitors staying near the ocean.

The parks which offer access to the beach along Ocean Boulevard include Hurl Rocks Park (at 20th Avenue South), Justin W. Plyler Park (at Mr. Joe White Avenue underneath the SkyWheel), Anderson Family Park (at 20th Avenue North) and Cameron Park (at 27th Avenue North). Also beachfront is Gardens by the Sea Park, located at Haskell Circle near 54th Avenue North, which offers public restrooms, a gazebo, water fountain and a small playground.

Other public access spots include 29th, 20th, 24th, 23rd, 19th, 17th, 16th, 15th 12th, 11th, Ninth, Seventh and Third Avenues South, as well as at First, Second, Fourth, Seventh, Ninth, 11th, 13th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 20th, 21st, 23rd, 25th, 31st, 34th, 38th, 41st, 44th, 47th, 48th, 51st, 53rd, 54th, 6th, 65th, 66th, 69th, 70th, 75th and 76th avenues North.

These access spots offer various parking capacities — though many are fairly limited. Parking meters in the City of Myrtle Beach are in effect from March 1 through Sept. 30 and are enforced from 9 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week.

In Myrtle Beach, specialized beach wheelchairs are available at no cost 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 for more details or click here for full details.

Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

The 1.4-miles stretch of beach along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk has become one of the area’s most popular spots since this revitalized promenade re-opened in 2010.

Stretching through the heart of downtown, the boardwalk is a divided into three parts.

There’s a paved southern stretch (from 1st to 8th avenues North) which winds through dunes and trees, a middle section (8th to 11th avenues North) which bustles with restaurants, bars and shops and a northern portion (11th to 15th avenue North) which features elevated wooden planks and sights including the SkyWheel, Pier 14 and Banditos Mexican Cantina.

The sport where the boardwalk crosses the former Pavilion site is one of the most well-traveled spots in town and offers a great opportunity to veer out onto the beach for a quick stroll down the sand.

Parking for the boardwalk includes a number of meters along 8th and 9th avenues North and nearby on Ocean Boulevard. Meters in the City of Myrtle Beach are in effect from March 1 through Sept. 30 and are enforced from 9 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week.

You can also park at the Pavilion Parking Garage at the corner of 9th Avenue North and Kings Highway. Rates change by season, ranging from $4-6.

The Golden Mile

“The Golden Mile”

One of the most prestigious areas of Myrtle Beach is the stretch of Ocean Boulevard that runs from about 31st Avenue North to 52nd Avenue North.

This area, nicknamed “The Golden Mile,” is one of the few places in Myrtle Beach where you’ll find mostly private residences beachfront.

The lack of hotels here makes it a nice stretch to set up shop for the day, and there’s plenty to love about the picturesque view.

Beach access areas are located at 31st, 34th, 38th, 41st, 44th, 47th, 48th and 51st avenues North.

Either on your way in or out from the beach, you’ll also want to make sure and cruise a bit, to check out the stately seaside abodes, some which are valued upwards of $4-5 million.

Cabana District

Cabana District

As North Ocean Boulevard hits its 5400 block (about 3 miles north of downtown Myrtle Beach), the road makes a sharp turn, jutting out to the east and marking the start of one of the beach’s most interesting areas.

Known as “The Cabana District” the area features hotels and condos opposite the beach, but on the side of the road facing the ocean all you’ll find is a number of small cabanas.

The history of these buildings is a bit hazy with some claiming they were originally associated with houses across the road that have since been destroyed and replaced with condos, while others believe the structures were originally part of the Ocean Forest Resort that stood from 1930 to 1974.

But regardless of their origin, the colorful decor and unique architecture of these glorified shacks make them a popular sight and allow for a gorgeous view of the ocean.

The beach itself is a nice and relatively flat stretch, with easy access to nearby amenities including a shaded gazebo, shower towers, water fountain and playground as well as a number of fitness stations spanning about four blocks of Ocean Boulevard between at Gardens by the Sea Park and Roberta S. McMillan Park (58th Avenue North).

Beach Drive

Beach Drive

Near the northernmost tip of Myrtle Beach city limits you’ll find a few blocks of residential area located between 77th Avenue North and 82nd Avenue North.

In this area Ocean Boulevard gives way to Beach Drive as the oceanfront stretch of road, just as hotels give way to homes.

Parking spots are at a premium, though you’ll routinely find folks parked on the sides of the road in the grassy areas, so it’s generally not much of an issue.

This hidden gem of a beach is never crowded, always clean and often subject to a refreshing breeze even in the hot summer months.

It’s long been known as “the gay beach” amongst locals and though the origin of this nickname is unclear, we’d guess it’s in reference to the happy times had along this nearly perfect part of the shore as opposed to anything related to sexual orientation.

If you’re the adventurous type, you can venture north along the beach at low tide and cross Singleton Swash for access to the Shore Drive area where spots like Ocean Annie’s, River City Cafe and Gracie’s on the Point await. Just make sure you return before high tide or crossing back can be a bit of a challenge.

Shore Drive

Shore Drive

Though the northern edge of Myrtle Beach is commonly known as Restaurant Row, a quick turn east from Kings Highway and you’ll find more than just good eats.

Spots such as Kingston Plantation, Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort and Myrtle Beach Travel Park all offer attractive access to the beach and great oceanfront views, but perhaps the most interesting stretch of sand up this way is the one that runs along Shore Drive.

Here you’ll find a pair of large resorts — Sands Beach Club and Sands Ocean Club — as well as a pair access spots that offer entrance to a lively area of the beach.

Not only is it a great spot to catch some rays and play in the sand, but nearby is one of the most beloved beachfront bars around, Ocean Annie’s Beach Club. This longtime favorite of locals and tourists alike is a legendary haven for live music, cold drinks and dancing.

Shore Drive also offers access to nearby Apache Campground and Pier for fishing and a number of restaurants including Gracie’s on the Point, River City Cafe, Flip Flops Bar & Grill and Treasure in the Sand Pizza.

Atlantic Beach

Atlantic Beach

Surrounded by North Myrtle Beach on both sides, the small town of Atlantic Beach has a rich history that carries an impact well beyond its four blocks of beach.

Nicknamed “The Black Pearl” this community was started by the descendants of the Gullah and Geechee people, a group of slaves who inhabited areas between Wilmington, N.C., to Jacksonville, Fla., for nearly 300 years.

This group men and women founded the town in the 1930s — defying the stereotypes of the segregated south by opening their own hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, and novelty shops to create a thriving African American community in Atlantic Beach.

Though time has taken its toll on the area, it is still known locally as the home of the Atlantic Beach Bikefest, a huge motorcycle rally which draws tens of thousands of visitors to the area each May.

Once known as simply the “Black Beach,” the area still urges African-American families to visit and honor its heritage as the “only black-owned beach in the nation” while also welcoming folks of all races to join in the celebration of its history.

The area of South Ocean Boulevard facing the beach in Atlantic Beach is nearly deserted, thus offering easy access to a secluded stretch of sand.

North Myrtle Beach

North Myrtle Beach

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Cherry Grove Beach

Cherry Grove Beach

Though officially part of North Myrtle Beach, the Cherry Grove area continues to captivate visitors with a charm of its own thanks to notable attractions such as Boulineau’s IGA, Harold’s On The Ocean beach club and Cherry Grove Fishing Pier.

The pier is known as one of the area’s best, locally-famous for its two-story observation deck and for fishermen nabbing record-breaking catches there.

Beach access spots in the Cherry Grove area include an unpaved path and portable restroom facility at Sea Mountain Highway, portable restrooms at 50th Avenue North and restrooms and handicap access at 55th Avenue North.

There’s also Cherry Grove Oceanfront Park, two blocks north of Sea Mountain Highway at 22nd Avenue North. In addition to a small green space with a picnic area, swings, gazebo and one of the Grand Strand’s only wind turbines, the park offer beach access, public restrooms and handicap parking.

Some of the most unique assets of the Inlets, lakes and salt marshes which wind through the landscape of beach houses and condos.

The beach itself holds a humble and relaxed atmosphere and offers the ability to wander south toward North Myrtle Beach or north to a scenic area nicknamed “The Pointe” where the beach meets with Hog Inlet.

Find the best Myrtle Beach beaches & access spots!

Beaches-HeaderWwith more than 60 miles of open sand from top to bottom, there’s no shortage of great places to sit if you’re looking to enjoy a beach day on the Grand Strand.

Though it’s hard to go wrong with lots of well-marked beach access spots in Myrtle Beach and the surrounding area, finding the perfect spot for you and your family can be tricky — especially if you’re a first-time visitor.

That’s why we’ve taken the liberty of breaking down the entire Grand Strand, detailing the unique sights, sounds and features that each area of the beach has to offer as well as where you can find beach access spots in that area.

Even if you’re a seasoned visitor and think you know this place like the back of your hand, perhaps you can find something you didn’t know and make a day out of exploring one of the lesser-known spots on the beach during your next Myrtle Beach vacation.

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