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.
Where to stay
Hotels in Surfside Beach
Here's a look at some of the best accommodations in Surfside Beach:
From the blog
Surfside Beach Articles
Here’s a look at some of articles from our staff about Surfside Beach:
Best Ice Cream Shops in Myrtle Beach
March 10, 2021
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Top 10 Buffets for Seafood and More in Myrtle Beach
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Top 10 Beach Accesses in Myrtle Beach
February 24, 2021
Of course, any place where you can access the beach is perfect in our eyes. The beautiful sandy beach stretches 60 miles across the Grand Strand, providing …
Start Thanksgiving Day on the right foot with a Turkey Trot
October 28, 2020
How make k’s does it take to run off a Thanksgiving meal? We have no idea, but 5 seems like a good place to start! Before you overindulge on cassero …
Myrtle Beach-area restaurants reopen for outdoor dining, carryout and delivery
May 10, 2020
Sea Captain’s House reopened for outdoor dining on Monday, May 4. The Myrtle Beach area is reopening along with the rest of the state of South Caroli …
Myrtle Beach Weekly Events Rundown: July 29 – August 4
July 29, 2019
This week features a bit of everything for everyone. Catch live entertainment down by the beach and at the Alabama Theatre! There’s also still plen …
Myrtle Beach Weekly Events Rundown: July 22 – 28
July 22, 2019
July is well underway, and the Grand Strand is hoppin’ with tons of fun family-friendly events! If you’re looking to watch a sky filled with fi …
The Myrtle Beach City Foods Guide: Famous Foods of U.S. Cities Served along the Grand Strand
July 18, 2019
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 …
Myrtle Beach Weekly Events Rundown: June 24-30, 2019
June 24, 2019
Enjoy fireworks and tons of live music this week in Myrtle Beach! See live music at beautiful Brookgreen Gardens in the evening, and see a tribute band to …
Points of Interest
Restaurants & Attractions in Surfside Beach
Here's a look at some of the best places to eat and things to do in Surfside Beach:
Cook-Out is Southern backyard-style grilling at its finest and fastest. Open from 11 a.m. until several hours after …
Eggs Up Grill
This small, regional chain was hatched in Pawleys Island in 1986 and the popular restaurant quickly spread throug …
Little Pigs BBQ at Surfside
Little Pigs BBQ at Surfside, not to be confused with a restaurant with a similar name in Myrtle Beach, has been ser …
The Original Valentino Italian Restaurant
If you’re craving Italian food while you’re staying along the Grand Strand, make your way to the Origin …
This locally owned Calabash-style seafood buffet is locally owned and operated and has been in business for more th …
"Crabby Mike’s Food" — Beach Lover
Anthony’s Pizza & Pan Pasta
The Original Anthony is back in the kitchen and Anthony’s Pizza and Pan Pasta will reopen in April of 2016 in …
Upcoming Events in Surfside Beach
Here’s a look at some of the best Surfside Beach events & festivals happening soon in the area:
Visiting Surfside Beach
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Wild Water & Wheels
Wild Water & Wheels is fun for the whole family! This attraction is home to a large waterpark featuring slides, a lazy river, huge wave pool, bumper boats, a kiddie area, and much more! Plus, enjoy food & beverages, mini-golf, and go-karts while you’re at Wild Water & Wheels.See Video Page
Surfside Beach Neighborhoods
Check out some of the most popular areas in Surfside Beach for Myrtle Beach real estate: