Surfside Beach, S.C.

The beach in Surfside Beach, S.C.

The Town of Surfside Beach is small beach community that features two miles of oceanfront and extends inland to Highway 17 Bypass.

Located just south of the Myrtle Beach city limits and extending beyond Highway 544 to the south, this area was relatively undeveloped until the mid-1900s.

Two events — Hurricane Hazel in 1954 and the expansion of the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base — provided the 1-2 punch the town needed.

More modern homes built to hurricane codes and a growing population led to incorporation in 1964.

Oceanfront homes and hotels sprang up around the coast, along with residential neighborhoods, restaurants and businesses followed a little farther inland to make Surfside Beach the tourism draw it is today.

Operated by a seven-member town council, Surfside Beach has its own police and fire departments, as well as sanitation, public works, parks and recreation and other services.

The city also owns and operates the Surfside Beach Pier, the centerpiece of the downtown district.

Fishing, golf and watersports are popular pastimes, and a variety of seafood restaurants and souvenir shops make up the downtown district.

Wild Water & Wheels waterpark, dining, shopping and nightlife make this a vibrant community that is one of the fastest growing on the Grand Strand.

Inland areas feature single-family neighborhoods and multi-family developments, and children attend local schools until attending Socastee High, which is inland across the Highway 17 Bypass.

About the area

  • Population: 4,007
  • Average home price: $261,498 (Includes single-family and multi-family homes and condos)
  • Government info: Town of Surfside Beach, 115 Highway 17 North, Surfside Beach, SC 29575
  • Contact: 843-913-6111 or
  • Schools: Lakewood Elementary (Excellent), Seaside Elementary (Excellent), Socastee Middle (Excellent), Socastee High (Excellent)
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Surfside Beach Club entrance

Surfside Beach Club

The Surfside Beach Club is located at the corner of Highway 17 and Glenns Bay Road, just a short walk from the beach and the main drag of businesses.

Featuring single-family homes in a subdivision that is surrounded by water, guests have lots of scenery and amenities right in their backyard.

A large community pool, clubhouse and fitness center are among the many benefits to living in this development.

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