Stretching for over 60 miles, the Grand Strand offers an endless expanse of coastline. From lively Myrtle Beach to tranquil Murrell’s Inlet, there are a variety of places to stay that suit your vacation goals. Which coastal city is right for you? Follow along as I guide you through where to stay in Myrtle Beach.
Myrtle Beach is the beating heart of the Grand Strand. Stay here to enjoy a mix of family-friendly beaches, lively entertainment, boardwalk fun and easy access to attractions. The biggest selection of places to stay are available here, with everything from luxury oceanfront Myrtle Beach resorts to affordable condos and hotels offered to visitors.
North Myrtle Beach
Head north for a stretch of the Grand Strand that’s a bit quieter than Myrtle Beach. Couples and retirees flock to this area, which starts roughly near Barefoot Landing and ends at Little River. Beach homes, vacation rentals and amenity-filled North Myrtle Beach resorts create relaxing oases of comfort. Plus, you’re never too far from entertainment, with Myrtle Beach shows and attractions still just minutes away.
Known as “The Family Beach,” Surfside is a quaint town just south of Myrtle Beach. Surfside Beach strives to maintain a small-town, laid-back, child-friendly environment for its residents and guests. It is a quiet haven close to all area attractions. Two miles of oceanfront are dotted with smaller resorts, which are usually cheaper than their northern counterparts. Stay near the pier to be close to restaurants and other activities.
Garden City Beach
Head even further south to find Garden City Beach. Located past Surfside Beach, this Grand Strand town has a distinct feel all its own as Garden City is where the inlet meets the ocean. This makes it a hotspot for crabbing, fishing, and watersports, as well as an ideal place to watch the sun set and rise. Hotels here are more mom-and-pop, and allow travelers to truly make the most of their hard-earned money.
Dubbed the “Seafood Capital of the South,” Murrells Inlet is a marvelous place to play, eat, and get close to nature. Not only are there delicious pubs, cafes, and restaurants located here, especially along the MarshWalk, where award-winning places to eat line a charming boardwalk. Points of interest include Brookgreen Gardens, the Atalaya Castle and Huntington Beach State Park.
Litchfield Beach & Pawleys Islands
These two areas are grouped together as just three miles separates them. That said, Litchfield locks itself in history with centuries-old plantations, while Pawleys Island is prime for a golf getaway. It’s steeped in tradition too, as it is the oldest rresort areas on the US East Coast. Both locales offer excellent scenery, with mossy oaks, the winding Waccamaw River, and sandy beaches beckoning visitors.
Come experience the stunning stretch of coastline known as the Grand Strand. Each coastal city offers a unique atmosphere, one of which is sure to be ideal for your next South Carolina vacation.
Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Myrtle Beach to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.