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Points of Interest

In addition to the many things to do listed in our Entertainment section and the Travel Article of our recent trip to Myrtle Beach, we've included a quick overview below of what is in the main areas of the Grand Strand and nearby areas. Don't forget to browse our Travelogues where others share their thoughts on Myrtle Beach. We've arranged the following areas in order of North to South.

Little River

Just north of North Myrtle beach near the North Carolina border lies this little area of the Grand Strand. Just off route 90 lies the La Belle Ami winery for a taste of South Carolina. This picturesque setting provides a quiet and peaceful respite from the fast pace of Myrtle Beach. Right on route 17 is a somewhat hidden treasure with a large marina and restaurants. Our perfect day ended with a bountiful Italian dinner overlooking the marina lighthouse.

North Myrtle Beach

While Myrtle Beach is filled with large hotels, North Myrtle Beach is where you find most of the private homes and condos. There is still plenty to do with an abundance of amusement parks, Put-Put Golf courses, restaurants, shopping and more. Within North Myrtle beach lies Barefoot Landing, the home of the Alabama Theatre, House of Blues, Mad Boar Brew Pub and many shops and restaurants.

Myrtle Beach

The Grand Daddy of the Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach is filled with things to do, places to eat and shop, stroll the beach, play arcades and on and on. The Pavillion Amusement park marks the southern beginning of the business section with Ripley's Believe it or Not museum across the street. Shops of every variety line the streets with ample selections of restaurants mixed in. Our favorite restaurant was The Sea Captain on 30th Ave, a can't miss.

A major new attraction in Myrtle Beach is Broadway on the Beach. It's not really on the beach as it sits several miles inland at the intersection of route 17 and 21st Avenue. None the less this 400+ acre complex of restaurants and shops has the feel of Disneyland where you wander through themed areas such as Charleston Boardwalk, New England fishing villages and more. You could spend days here and never be bored. The Celebrity Square area is where many of the big name Hot Sports reside such as the Hard Rock Cafe.

Surfside Beach and Garden City

Just south of Myrtle Beach are the areas of Surfside Beach and Garden City. These areas have the beachy feel of piers and cottages. We strolled the Surfside Beach Pier and watched fisherman looking for Whiting and families trying their hand at crabbing.

Murrils Inlet

Further South lies Murrils Inlet where there are many seafood restaurants with picturesque marsh and inlet views. At the turn off of 17 on the way to Murrills inlet is the southern office of the Myrtle beach area Chamber of Commerce. 


Not really part of the Grand Strand, but nearby lies the small historic town of Georgetown. This fishing village is charming and caringly maintained. Lunch at the River Room makes a perfect stop on a shopping or scenic tour.



Further south, about 2 hours from the Grand Strand is historic Charleston. We were a little surprised how often we saw tours to Charleston while we were in Myrtle Beach, but on second thought Charleston has become our second home due to it's southern charm. If you are planning a day trip to Charleston from Myrtle Beach, be prepared for to leave early and spend the entire day, but it is well worth it. Once you see Charleston, you will probably make it your next vacation south.

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