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Welcome to sunny coastal South Carolina, one of the nation’s top vacation destinations. Known for its wide sandy beaches and plethora of activities, the Grand Strand is not just a tourist paradise. Many visitors fall in love with our 60-mile coastline, abundant golf courses, boundless leisure and entertainment options, and Southern hospitality so much so that they relocate here full-time or purchase a second residence. From North Myrtle Beach to Pawleys Island, our attractions and natural beauty are nearly as diverse as the residents who call this area home. With stately Live Oak trees on former plantations to internationally-known artists performing at local venues, we have a little something for everyone. Whether you’re looking to soak up some rays, take in a show, hit a few tee shots, meander through the gardens or get your thrill-ride on, you’ve come to the right place.

For electric-excitement and neon-fun, head eight miles north of Surfside Beach and Garden City Beach to Myrtle Beach, one of the most visited destinations on the East coast. Visitors will get their fill of attractions that appeal to all ages including; amusement parks, water parks, restaurants, festivals, live entertainment, shopping, miniature golf, and so much more. View our Myrtle Beach Rentals.

Located just south of Myrtle Beach is the small seaside town of Surfside Beach, also known as the Family Beach. The town, originally accessible by a single-lane sandy road, was named Surfside Beach in 1952. The region experienced significant growth during the late 1950s when the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base was reactivated by the United States Air Force. Surfside Beach sealed its reputation as the Family Beach during the 1960s and continued to grow through annexation as the town government developed its infrastructure. In addition to miles of beaches, today's visitors can enjoy area attractions that include the Surfside Beach Pier, and Wild Water & Wheels. View our Surfside Beach Rentals.

The unincorporated town of Garden City Beach (Garden City) is located directly south of Surfside Beach and extends southward approximately five-and-a-half-square-miles to the peninsula at the mouth of Murrells Inlet. Garden City Beach is part of the South Strand, the southern-most part of the 60-mile stretch of South Carolina beaches known as the Grand Strand. Part of Garden City Beach is located in Georgetown County; the other is in Horry County and follows the same county rules and guidelines as Myrtle Beach. 

Garden City Beach and Surfside Beach are within two miles of Murrells Inlet, the "Seafood Capital of South Carolina." Here you will enjoy a variety of activities, great local seafood, and some of the oldest restaurants along the Grand Strand. Be sure to check out the Marshwalk, where you will discover live music, breathtaking waterfront views, and a variety of dining to suit you and your family's every taste.

Visit the Myrtle Beach Chamber Welcome Center of the South Strand for maps, coupons, and guides at:

3401 South Highway 17 Business
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
Telephone: 843-651-1010

BEACH RULES & REGULATIONS


city of myrtle beach

937 Broadway Street, P.O. Box 2468, Myrtle Beach

Email | info@cityofmyrtlebeach.com
(843) 918-1000

Located in the heart of  South Carolina's Grand Strand coast is the city of Myrtle Beach, a residential and vacation-destination community. Myrtle Beach is named after the wax myrtle, an abundant local shrub.

The city of Myrtle Beach maintains 10 miles of beach fronting the Atlantic Ocean.  

The city of Myrtle Beach Website provides tourists, government, city services, and meeting information. It also features events, news, and local weather. 

GEORGETOWN COUNTY GOVERNMENT

129 Screven Street, P.O. Box 421270, Georgetown


Georgetown County Beach Regulations are applicable to public beaches in the unincorporated areas of Georgetown County. Incorporated and private areas may have additional/different regulatory requirements.

One of the best things about Georgetown County is that the beaches aren’t crowded. Most of the oceanfront properties along the Georgetown County part of Garden City Beach are single-family homes and low-rise condominium complexes. There are also the beaches within the gated community of Inlet Harbour.

HORRY COUNTY GOVERNMENT

1301 Second Avenue, Conway


Horry County is responsible for approximately 14 miles of public beaches along the Grand Strand. The county is responsible for maintaining the following beaches; just south of the town limits of North Myrtle Beach to the Dunes Club in Myrtle Beach (includes Shore Drive but excludes the town of Briarcliff Acres); south of Springmaid Pier to the town limits of Surfside Beach (includes the Myrtle Beach State Park and the campgrounds); and, south of the town limits of Surfside Beach through Garden City Beach to the Georgetown county line. Lifeguards are required to be stationed along with parts of these beaches from May 15 through September 15.

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