Located at the northern end of the famous Grand Strand strip, North Myrtle Beach offers sunbathing, swimming, fishing, and golfing in a family-friendly atmosphere on the South Carolina coast. In this mild subtropical climate, you can enjoy outdoor activities all year round. There is a wide variety of restaurants, shops, and entertainment options.
Apart from its tourist life, North Myrtle Beach is also famous for being the birthplace of the Shag dance, which became the official dance of the state in 1984.
Location and Access
Via U.S. Route 17, North Myrtle Beach is 15 miles northeast of Myrtle Beach and 57 miles southwest of Wilmington. The city has enough public parking lots where you can park your car including those at the public beach access. You can buy a day pass or pay by the hour ($3 per hour). There are also free parking opportunities, for instance, at the Cherry Grove Fishing Pier.
There are public restrooms and outdoor showers at various spots along the shore.
Sand and Water
The beach is well-maintained. The white sand is pretty clean and the water is beautiful. The beach is long and there are chair and umbrella rentals at some points. There are shallow areas that are more convenient for visitors with kids.
You’ll have good chances to see turtles during the turtle nesting season. There are also dolphins, stingrays, and sharks in these waters.
Cherry Grove Fishing Pier
It is a great place for fishing. The entrance fee is reasonable ($3) and you can either bring your own fishing rod or rent fishing gear from the shop.
There is a nature trail with plenty of migratory birds – a good place for strolling and birding. If you have children, they will be happy to visit one of the local amusement parks. If you like wild animals, go to the Myrtle Beach Safari Preservation Station to see tigers, tiger cubs, and baby gibbons.
If you’re a wine lover, know that Duplin Winery offers entertainment for adults. North Myrtle Beach is also known for its prominent annual festivals that celebrate everything from St. Patrick’s Day to the end of summer.
- 1 hour 10 minutes from Wilmington, NC
- 2 hours 20 minutes from Charleston, SC
- 3 hours 20 minutes from Charlotte, NC
Additionally, there's a number of beaches near North Myrtle Beach which you can visit: