Quaint and quiet with plenty of family-friendly fun
Just to the south of Myrtle Beach in the area known as “the south strand” are several laid-back beach communities, notable for their family-friendly attractions such as Wild Water and Wheels and attractive beach houses.
Here in the Surfside Beach and Garden City Beach areas, vacation homes and rentals feature prominently along with a few smaller hotels.
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 further 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 water sports are popular pastimes, and a variety of seafood restaurants and souvenir shops make up the downtown district.
Wild Water & Wheels water park, 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.
Surfside Beach Articles
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Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand are home to countless festivals every year. From summer events that take full advantage of the sun and the sand to food f …
The Grand Strand has many recreation centers, from the North Strand of Little River down to the South Strand of Pawleys Island. Many of these facilities of …
This week features a bit of everything for everyone. If you’re looking for a calm morning or afternoon, you have options of farmers markets or you …
Three new schools plan to open in time for the upcoming 2017-2018 Horry County school year, with two other schools planned on completing construction durin …
The first week of August is upon us and that means summer has hit its peak. But that doesn’t mean the summer fun has ended, or will be any time soon. …
As Myrtle Beach continues to grow, so does its culinary palette. What has been widely regarded as a town filled with seafood buffets now has more culinar …
Restaurants & Attractions in Surfside Beach
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Upcoming Events in Surfside Beach
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Visiting Surfside Beach
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The Champion Autism Network (CAN) is a nonprofit autism awareness program that is based out of Surfside Beach, South Carolina. CAN has helped declare Surfside Beach as the first autism-friendly vacation destination, and now the program is working to move into Myrtle Beach! Check out this video to learn more about the program.
Surfside Beach Neighborhoods
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