North Myrtle Beach Guide And Information
of America's top beaches have given rise to large metropolitan
areas, springing up around the beach. Not so with
North Myrtle Beach. If you want a small community feel
to your beach trip, then North Myrtle Beach might be
the destination for you. This is a small South
Carolina town that has only around 15,000 residents.
In addition to its coastline, this beach town has two
notable claims to fame. First, "the shag,"
which is South Carolina's state dance, was born here,
and it's also where "Wheel of Fortune"'s Vanna
White grew up.
Before 1968, North Myrtle Beach was
comprised mostly of the smaller towns of Ocean Drive
Beach, Cherry Grove Beach, Windy Hill Beach, and Crescent
Beach. In 1968, these areas merged and North Myrtle
Beach was incorporated.
North Myrtle Beach is considered to
be a part of the "Grand Strand." However,
visitors soon see that its personality is completely
distinct from its big sister. North Myrtle Beach
has more of a family feel to it, and less of a transient
atmosphere than the Grand Strand overall has.
If you visit North Myrtle Beach, you'll
find that it's best to get around with your own vehicle,
or perhaps rent a car. There are taxis available,
but they tend to be more expensive than most cities.
The most important thing you'll want
to see when you visit North Myrtle Beach is -- of course
-- the beach itself. You can spend most of the
day here, enjoying the ocean, picnics, volleyball and
more. But if you get tired of the sand and the
sea, there are other things you can do. For instance:
• Myrtle Beach Ghost Walk is something that most
visitors enjoy. This is a tour-by-lantern-light,
conducted by staff storytellers. As you travel
and see the coastal swamp at Barefoot Landing, these
storytellers will captivate your group's attention with
numerous creepy stories. Tickets are $17.95, or
$12.95 for kids.
• Ghosts & Legends Theatre. This theatre
is the only lace that features exclusively shows about
Myrtle Beach. Tickets are $8.95 or $5.95 for kids.
• Miscellaneous activities available include water-sports,
fishing on charter boats, jet-ski rentals, banana-boats,
para-sailing, casino cruises (offered by Southern Elegance
fleet and SunCruz Casino), dinner cruises aboard the
Barefoot Princess), miniature golf, plenty of shopping,
• And when it's time to eat, there's a wide variety
from which to choose. For instance, one of the
most popular and highly-rated restaurants in the area
is SeaBlue Tapas Bar and Restaurant. Then over
in Barefoot Landing is a local favorite for Italian
cuisine, Umberto's Pittsburgh Italian Trattoria.
If you like a little music with some outstanding eating,
you can check out Marini's Continental Dining and Piano
Bar. Or Logan's Roadhouse will appeal to those
who prefer something a bit more casual.
Almost everything you'll find at North
Myrtle Beach feels laid-back and peaceful. This
is an outstanding vacation destination for those who
don't want to head to a bustling metropolis, but like
to experience an ocean vacation punctuated by small-town