About Myrtle Beach
Where is Myrtle Beach?
Myrtle Beach is located on the coast of South Carolina along the Atlantic Ocean. The Myrtle Beach area -- 60 miles of beaches collectively known as the Grand Strand -- starts at the North Carolina border and stretches south to Georgetown County.
A brief history
The Myrtle Beach area – then known as Long Bay – was inhabited by the Waccamaw Indians before the Europeans arrived in the late 18th century.
In 1899, Burroughs and Collins received a charter to build the Conway & Seashore Railroad, which began service in 1900. Railroad workers spent their downtime at the beach, becoming the area’s first tourists. The beach area was then called “New Town” in contrast to the “Old Town” of Conway.
In 1900, a contest was held to rename the town. In homage to the wax myrtle bushes that are so prominent here, Addie Burroughs, widow of Franklin G. Burroughs, offered the name Myrtle Beach. The name stuck, and Myrtle Beach became an official town in 1938. It became a city in 1957.
The town grew gradually from a farming community into a beach destination. John T. Woodside’s construction of a golf course and the grand Ocean Forest Hotel were instrumental in developing the area’s tourism culture. The Ocean Forest Hotel was built in 1930 and covered 13 acres of oceanfront land, offering the first upscale accommodations in the Myrtle Beach area.
From one hotel to hundreds of accommodations choices today, the Myrtle Beach area remains a tourist destination, attracting more than 14 million visitors each year.
The Myrtle Beach area today
Myrtle Beach and its surrounding areas include over 60 miles of sandy white beaches - also known as the Grand Strand. Visitors have a number of options when selecting where to stay on their vacation. They include the South Strand, central Myrtle Beach and the North Strand. Check out our descriptions of each to find the perfect spot for you and your group. If you're looking to relocate, check out our relocation guide for in-depth information on Myrtle Beach-area communities.
Myrtle Beach | Myrtle Beach is the heart of it all and centrally located on the Grand Strand. Broadway at the Beach, Family Kingdom, the oceanfront boardwalk and The Market Common are just a few of the exciting places you’ll see in Myrtle Beach. Take your pick from high-rise hotels, mom and pop motels, oceanfront condos or beach home rentals for your next vacation.
North Myrtle Beach | North Myrtle Beach is popular vacation destination for golfers, couples, families and more and is home to Barefoot Landing, the Alabama Theatre, the OD Pavilion and many other hot spots. Atlantic Beach, Crescent Beach, Cherry Grove and Little River are also included in the North Strand area. Oceanfront hotels, condos and vacation homes are scattered throughout the North end.
South Strand | The South Strand includes Surfside Beach, Garden City Beach and Murrells Inlet. The area is home to dozens of beach homes and private condos as well as several smaller hotels. Surfside Beach is known as “the family beach” and offers water parks, a pier and miles of beaches. Visit the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk for the freshest seafood and live entertainment.
Litchfield and Pawleys Island | At the south end of the Grand Strand are Litchfield and Pawleys Island. The quiet spots offer private communities and a plethora of local establishments as well as some of the most exclusive golf courses.
Condo-WorldSave 30% OFF June Stays!Save up to 30% OFFJ une Stays! 100's of Oceanfront Condos to Choose from. Best Condos...Best Locations...Best Prices. Guaranteed!People Have Claimed this DealCondo-World.com
Ocean Creek Resort Myrtle BeachThird Night Free!Pay for 2 nights and receive a 3rd night FREE at Ocean Creek! Enjoy this 57-acre gated resort with multiple pools, walking paths, and more!People Have Claimed this DealOceanCreek.com
Sea Watch Resort Myrtle BeachSpring Up To 30% Off!Enjoy pools, hot tubs, lazy rivers, on-site dining, a tiki bar, free Wi-Fi and so much more at Sea Watch Resort!People Have Claimed this DealSeaWatchResort.com
Beach Colony Resort Myrtle BeachSave up to 25% off!Enjoy spring and summer savings with great rates on select dates! Amenities include the lush oceanfront lawn, lazy river, pools, Wi-Fi and more!1231 People Have Claimed this DealBeachColony.com
Paradise Resort Myrtle Beach40% Off On Summer StaysSave as much as 40% off select summer value weeks. Valid on stays between 5/30 - 6/18 or 8/14 - 9/1.People Have Claimed this Dealwww.paradiseresortmb.com
Dunes Village Resort Myrtle Beach$99 May SpecialPeople Have Claimed this Dealwww.dunesvillage.com
Caribbean Resort & Villas Myrtle Beach30% Super Summer SavingsSave as much as 30% off when your Summer vacations starts on a Sunday, Monday or Tuesday. Valid May 30th - September 1st.People Have Claimed this Dealwww.caribbeanresort.com
Hotel Blue Myrtle BeachSpring Up To 35% Off!Book your fun spring vacation at hotel BLUE and enjoy the giant oceanfront pool deck, swim-up pool bar, lobby bar, lazy river and more!People Have Claimed this DealhotelBLUEmb.com
The Horizon at 77thRates starting at just $96Two bedroom ocean view condos starting at $96 for May 30th - June 2nd, 2016. Weekend and holiday surcharges apply. Some restrictions apply.71 People Have Claimed this Dealwww.HorizonMyrtleBeach.com
Crown Reef Beach Resort and WaterparkFamily Fun Deal + Waterpark!Save up to 40% & get tons of value including full use of the four story waterpark! Package includes 2 $10 game zone cards, souvenir cup & more!846 People Have Claimed this DealCrownReef.com
North Beach Plantation Myrtle Beach25% Off Luxury StaysEnjoy sunshine and savings with our 25% Summer sale. Valid May 30th - September 1st.People Have Claimed this Dealwww.northbeachrentals.com
Meridian PlazaMidweek Super Saver - Save 30%Enjoy SUPER SAVINGS when you stay Sunday through Thursday!People Have Claimed this Dealwww.meridianplaza.com/top-deal
Beachcomber Vacations - North Myrtle BeachUp to 35% off New Weekly June ReservationSuper Savings up to 35%* off new June Weekly Reservation, offer expires June 15, 2016People Have Claimed this Dealwww.beachcombervacations.com
Breakers Resort Myrtle Beach25% Summer SavingsSummer getaways to the beach as much as 25% off! Valid May 30th - September 1st.People Have Claimed this Dealwww.breakers.com
Find a hotel
Compare hotels in Myrtle Beach, book direct, and save by beginning your search below:
See what's up in Myrtle Beach and follow us for updates @officialmyrtlebeach on Instagram.
Sign Up Today!
Get great hotel deals, valuable coupons, news & information on the Myrtle Beach area: