Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, continually proves that it’s worthy of the moniker “The Grand Strand,” year-after-year, garnering prestigious awards and designations ranging from the “World’s Best Beach” by Yahoo! Travel to “Overall Value for Money Destination” and seven of the “Top 100 Public Golf Courses in America” by Golf Digest. Whether seeking an exciting sporting event or recreational vacation, the perfect family beach or the best place to host a meeting, visitors to the Myrtle Beach area will find award-winning offerings in every lifestyle category. And, chances are, whenever you visit, you’ll find good weather to enjoy all of your special interests. The Myrtle Beach area enjoys a mild annual average temperature of 74º with an average of 215 sunny days each year.
The Myrtle Beach area stretches from Little River to Pawleys Island, and comprises 12 cities along the South Carolina coast. Home to world-class golf, 60 miles of sandy beaches, exciting entertainment and family attractions and Southern hospitality, the Myrtle Beach area attracts nearly 14 million visitors annually.
The Grand Strand boasts more than 100 golf courses and nearly 50 miniature golf courses, making it a premiere destination for golf enthusiasts and aficionados. There are more than 3.4 million rounds of golf played annually in the Myrtle Beach area. And, while the beach is certainly the No.1 attraction, the fun does not end with surf, sand and signature holes. The Grand Strand offers a wide range of unique attractions and exciting entertainment options from shopping, dining and theme parks, to live entertainment theaters, nightclubs and celebrity concerts. The Myrtle Beach shopping complexes are destinations within themselves. Visitors can stroll along boardwalk promenades on warm evenings, venture in and out of hundreds of unique specialty stores, and dine in exceptional restaurants along the way. There are more than 1,700 full-service restaurants in the Myrtle Beach area and it’s no surprise that seafood is one of the primary cuisines. Murrells Inlet is nicknamed “the seafood capital of the world” and Calabash-style restaurants are popular in the Northern Strand as well as Carolina Coastal Cuisine.
Myrtle Beach caters to every category of traveler with more than 425 hotels and 89,000 accommodation units. The options range from elegant golf and seaside resorts, to rustic cottages, bed & breakfasts, and mom-and-pop motels.
Located just one mile inland from the Atlantic Ocean, The Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) provides easy, one-stop and connecting flights to more than 350 destinations worldwide. Airlines servicing MYR include Allegiant Airlines, Continental, Delta/ASA/Comair, Direct Air, Northwest, Porter Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United and US Airways.
Traveling to Myrtle Beach by car, U.S. routes 17, 501 and S.C. 9 provide direct access to the Grand Strand from Interstate Highways 95 and 20. The 28-mile S.C. 22 (Veterans Highway) offers an additional route from U.S. 501 to U.S. 17 on the north end of the Strand. Also completed is the Carolina Bays Parkway (S.C. 31), which runs from S.C. 9 to U.S. 501 and S.C. 544 and ultimately will extend to U.S. 17 south of Myrtle Beach. And in the works, a proposed Interstate 73 corridor would create more of a direct route for visitors to the Grand Strand from states throughout the upper mid-west and north east.