Myrtle Beach is known as one of the most popular places on the East Coast to visit. Among other Coastal Communities like Georgetown and Wilmington that were established during the Civil War, Myrtle Beach was not. Myrtle Beach was actually unpopulated until the turn of the 20th century. Early colonization efforts were attempted, but the hardships of living on the coast shut down grants to the Withers family during the memorable Hurricane of 1822. It was one of the worst storms on record, resulting in tremendous loss of life and property. In 1881 the Burroughs and Collins family purchased the land and went through a few names of the city before finally coming to the name, Myrtle Beach. The family recognized the potential for a tourist destination being on the coast and spent over half of the 20th century building the town into what is known today as one of the most favorable tourist destinations.
Myrtle Beach has something for everyone while visiting. This destination accommodates all groups from families to bikers, or spring breakers to golfers. With over 100 courses to play, golfers from all over the world come to experience some of the best courses on the eastern coast. Grande Dunes, for example is one of my favorite golf courses in Myrtle Beach and very attractive for locals and outsiders looking to play in this area. Attractions such as ziplines, the sky wheel, mini golf, and the boardwalk are only just a few pieces of entertainment while visiting or living here permantley. For those night owls, there are many bars that line "the strip" which is the main drag of the boardwalk that is adjacent to the oceanfront. Lights brighten up the sky at night on the strip and live music is played so people can dance along the streets. In fact, a 1980s movie dedicated to this period of Myrtle Beach, named "Shag" is still a cult favorite among long-time southern vacationers. Shagging is among an old southern dance that brings people to Myrtle Beach every year for festivals and fun.
When staying in Myrtle Beach, you have many options. Since it is one of the most visited places to vacation, guest can stay in condos, high rise oceanfront hotels, beach houses, and more. If you choose to stay near the boardwalk take advantage of the shops and local dining. Myrtle Beach has food for everyone including modern takes on seafood and southern style BBQ. Fill up and shop around in stores that offer beachwear, shorts and shirts, and dresses for the night life or casual dinner at Mako's Oceanfront Bar and Grill. Myrtle Beach is truly a place that can accommodate all groups and has such worldwide notoriety. Thinking about taking a trip or living a permanent life of vacation? Come see what Myrtle Beach has to offer.