North Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The city of North Myrtle Beach is actually a collection of four small beach communities — Cherry Grove, Ocean Drive, Crescent Beach and Windy Hill — that voted to consolidate and operate under a standard seven-member form of government.
Incorporated in 1968, North Myrtle Beach features a nine-mile stretch of coastline with white-sand beaches, oceanfront hotels and beach homes.
Waterfront property is also available to the west along the Intracoastal Waterway, where marinas, single-family and condo communities and commercial developments have sprung up around both bodies of water.
Barefoot Landing and the adjoining Barefoot Golf Resort have added an array of entertainment, dining, shopping and golf opportunities to the town, as well as a massive residential neighborhood across the Waterway.
New bridges over the Waterway at Barefoot and the Main Street extension (Robert Edge Parkway) connect Highway 17 to Highway 31 and have opened more land to residential and commercial development.
Naturally, golf and fishing are popular pastimes in North Myrtle Beach, but the most noted leisure activity is the shag, the state dance that was born on local beaches back in the 1950s. While the rest of country was discovering Elvis, beach music was all the rag along the Southeastern coast and teenagers flocked to the area to dance on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.
The Ocean Drive section of downtown is lined with historic clubs where the dance is still alive and well today, including regular gatherings of shaggers taking a stroll down memory lane.
The North Myrtle Beach Police Department provides 24-hour service inside the city limits, while the Horry County Police Department has jurisdiction over the unincorporated sections. The Horry County Fire Department covers the entire area.
The City of North Myrtle Beach recently added a 167-acre sports and recreation facility as well as an aquatics center.
About the area
- Population: 14,472
- Average Home Cost: $307, 531 (includes only single-family homes and condo units)
- Government Info: City of North Myrtle Beach, 1018 2nd Ave. S., North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
- Contact: (843) 280-5555 or www.nmb.us
- Schools: Public - Ocean Drive Elementary (Excellent), Riverside Elementary (Excellent), Waterway Elementary (Good), North Myrtle Beach Middle (Excellent), North Myrtle Beach High (Excellent); Private - North Myrtle Beach Christian Academy (K-12)
Taking a closer look at one of the most popular communities in the Myrtle Beach area:
The southernmost section of North Myrtle Beach is Windy Hill, a small beach community that got its name from George Washington's description of the area during his 1791 tour of the South.
The once-sleepy section of town is now home to Restaurant Row, a two-mile stretch of seafood restaurants and other eateries, as well as the Tanger Outlets and several seaside hotels.