Guide to North Myrtle Beach: Things To Do & See, and Where to Stay

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North Myrtle Beach is an unsung hero of beaches in South Carolina. The beach town is part of the Grand Strand, a 60-mile stretch of Atlantic beaches with stunning and diverse landscapes. When it comes to beachside fun, this nine-mile long beach getaway delivers a fine punch with its serene ambience.

The beach town has a distinct personality and energy all its own, and Its breathtaking natural splendor epitomizes South Carolina’s coast at its finest. You’ll find a wide range of things to do and see around its beautiful neighborhoods. Beautiful resorts, superb restaurants, fabulous shopping, fun-filled entertainment options, and some of the best fishing and boating on the East Coast can all be found in North Myrtle Beach. There is no better place to spend your holiday—this beach town certainly has something for everyone.

If you’re planning to visit North Myrtle Beach any time soon, here’s a guide of the best things to do and see and the best places to stay.

Things to do and see

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Outdoor Activities

North Myrtle Beach has a wide range of beautiful and peaceful beaches that are popular with beachcombers. So, why not try your hand at some water activities, ride a parasail high above the ocean, go boating, or even do a jet ski over the waves. You can even cruise the Intracoastal Waterway by boat or even go kayaking or paddleboarding. The North Myrtle Beach coastline is known for its seashells and there are several restaurants around it. It’s a great place to indulge in some fishing activities. You can go on a deep-sea fishing tour or even go fishing from the renowned Cherry Grove Fishing Pier or Apache Pier. You can also visit the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex for some fun. It has a dog park, a cycling path, three playgrounds, and Shark Wake Park.

If you enjoy golf, North Myrtle Beach is a golfer’s paradise, with award-winning courses just waiting for you. Golfers may enjoy the natural beauty of the marshes and waterways that make up the unique golf courses. Imagine golfing on courses that twist and weave their way through marshlands, wedged between the waters of the intracoastal waterway and the Atlantic Seaboard. Visit the Surf Golf & Beach Club for an unforgettable golf experience. It’s one of the oldest golf courses in Southeast America, and it features a beachfront layout with both sand and water on most holes.

The Azalea Sands Golf Club, located in the city center, is another one you shouldn’t miss. It has a classic layout that inspires players to always come back to master its nuances. Other golf destinations to explore include Beachwood Golf Club, an everyday play course; Eagle Nest Golf Club; and Crown Park Golf Club, which are good facilities for easy-play rounds.

Shopping & Entertainment

The beach town is a retail mecca, with a plethora of places to explore and delight yourself. Visit Barefoot Landing, a shopping, dining, and entertainment center. The shopping center also houses the House of Blues and the Alabama Theater, where you can enjoy live entertainment and performances. It also has Alligator Adventure, one of the world’s largest reptile zoos.

A short drive from North Myrtle Beach lies Broadway at the Beach, a 350-acre shopping complex with outdoor play areas, a ballpark, and go-kart tracks. There’s also Broadway Grand Prix for plenty of gaming fun, and Ripley’s Aquarium, where you can immerse yourself in an aquatic journey and get up close and personal with a wide range of sea creatures. Don’t forget to explore Myrtle Beach’s oldest and largest gift store, Gay Dolphin Gift Cove, on the Grand Strand for one-of-a-kind souvenirs.

History Buffs could visit Hobcaw Barony, a historical museum where they may learn about the region’s history. If you’re looking for something entertaining to do, Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors at Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center will take you from Myrtle Beach to a mystical kingdom of mirrors where you’ll discover if you’re the Chosen One who will liberate Hannah from her curse. You’ll encounter characters like King Oscar and Queen Emmy as you make your way through a maze with twists and obstacles.

Visit the Myrtle Beach Pinball Museum for a truly fantastic voyage back to the 1980s and 1990s, and share classic games of your childhood with your friends or family.  This is a one-of-a-kind museum where you can play pinball machines from the 1970s to the present.

Dining & Nightlife

North Myrtle Beach is sure to satisfy every appetite and palate, no matter what you want when it comes to scrumptious dining selections in pleasantly unique surroundings. From casual beachside restaurants to recognizable fast-food joints to seaside bars—all set against one of South Carolina’s most beautiful coastal backgrounds. Every meal you eat in North Myrtle Beach is a treat. You’ll find a wide range of menu items for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Blueberry’s Grill at Barefoot Landing serves a delicious meal with a unique twist on the traditional breakfast menu. The sweet potato pancakes with nuts and cinnamon cream syrup, as well as the wild smoked salmon croissant, are both must-order items. Dino’s House of Pancakes is also well-known for its pancake specials. Friendly’s Restaurant serves delectable breakfast favorites. Don’t miss out on the Golden Griddle Pancake House’s renowned omelet options and delectable French toast.

Fishtails Beach Bar, located at the Bay Watch Resort, provides a wonderful seafood menu, which includes fried calamari, fresh tacos, and coconut shrimp. Boardwalk Beach Cafe, located on the boardwalk near Cherry Grove Pier, offers delicious seafood varieties, plus stunning views.

Sea Captain’s House also serves delectable culinary delights inspired by South Carolina’s coastal area. You can start your day with a delicious breakfast, it could be eggs benedict or crab cake benedict. For lunch or dinner, you can go for a hot seafood appetizer like bang-bang shrimp, bacon-wrapped scallops, or fried oysters.

After the sun goes down, there are various bars, music venues, live theater, and clubs to keep you entertained. Fat Harold’s Beach Club on Main Street is the place to go for some wild fun and powerful shag dancing, the ultimate beach dance invented in North Myrtle Beach.

You can visit the Waterside restaurant for a delicious dinner and then enjoy some music and dance. Several restaurants and bars along the Intracoastal offer nightlife entertainment such as Molly Darcy’s Irish Pub, Boardwalk Billy’s Raw Bar, and Captain Archie’s. Don’t forget to visit the Crooked Hammock Brewery for some handcrafted brews.

Visit Flynn’s Irish Tavern and Lulu’s for some live music. Head over to 810 Billiards & Bowling, located just a few blocks from the beach, for some drinking games with friends. With its retro nights and music performances, the Spanish Galleon inside the Ocean Drive Beach and Golf Resort is also a great place for some nightlife entertainment. Don’t miss Duplin Winery, which provides live entertainment as well as wine tastings. Check out the Carolina Opry Theater for high music, dance, and comedy.

Where To Stay in North Myrtle Beach

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North Myrtle Beach has a variety of accommodation options, with something to suit every degree of comfort and budget. Whether you’re traveling alone and want to stay with your friends or with your entire family, you can find accommodation that will fit your budget.

The North Myrtle Beach area is made up of four previously autonomous beaches: Crescent Beach, Windy Hill Beach, Ocean Drive Beach, and Cherry Grove, which together include over 9 miles of oceanfront beach and the Cherry Grove Pier. One of our favorite areas is Cherry Grove Beach, which features our gorgeous resort complex with 14-apartment units equipped with everything you may need for your stay in North Myrtle Beach.

Thus, if you’re looking for a wonderful place to stay in NMB, our collection of Mediterranean-style one-bedroom apartments is your top choice. These Cherry Grove apartments are located just a few steps from the beach and a block from the Cherry Grove Fishing Pier. You can feel the sand beneath your feet and the Atlantic Ocean lapping at your toes as soon as you step outside. When you take a walk out to your balcony, you can also enjoy the panoramic view of the beach.

Base yourself in one of our 14 one-bedroom apartments, which offer an exclusive holiday vacation. It provides easy access to a wide range of dining, entertainment, and shopping options. The apartment units feel bright and airy throughout, with open plan living, and spectacular vistas, providing a tranquil atmosphere.

The apartment building has three choices, featuring seven units on the ground floor that are pet-friendly and include parking, four units on the second level, each with a king-size bed and parking, and three units on the top floor, including queen-size beds. All the apartments have a range of modern amenities, such as super-fast Wi-Fi and a swimming pool.

With everything you need right outside your door, you might never want to leave the tranquil surroundings of your apartment. However, the apartment units are beautifully positioned to explore  the beauty of Cherry Grove, and the rest of North Myrtle Beach. It’s also tucked away to offer privacy if that’s what you need during your stay.

This Cherry Grove property enjoys a fantastic view of the stunning coastline. There’s lots to do in this area, including epic walks, amazing golf courses, natural marvels, historic sites, and plenty of dining options.

Getting There & Around

Getting to North Myrtle Beach is easy. Flying into Myrtle Beach International Airport makes it easier to get there. From Myrtle Beach, you will just drive about 20 miles north to get there. Myrtle Beach is only 15 miles (24 kilometers) southwest along the Grand Strand, while Charleston is another 100 miles (160 kilometers) away.

While Cherry Grove and Myrtle Beach are only a 25- to 30-minute drive apart, the experiences they provide are vastly different. The trip from Cherry Grove to Myrtle Beach is straightforward. You may take Highway 17 Business from Myrtle Beach to Cherry Grove in a straight direction. The drive will take around 25 minutes; but, if you encounter pockets of traffic, it may take closer to 45 minutes.

North Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand region are a string of beach towns along the coast. This made it easy to navigate the areas because they had a straight road layout. The various residential areas in the region are connected by main roadways. The principal thoroughfares include Route 65, Ocean Boulevard, Main Street, and King’s Highway.

Taxis and Ubers are also readily available in the area.

Are you planning a trip to North Myrtle Beach this year? Start planning your vacation of a lifetime with our North Myrtle Beach guide, which is packed with amazing things you can do and see, as well as where you can stay.

With our North Myrtle Beach travel guide, you’ll learn that the beach town caters to all types of travelers, whether you’re an explorer, a history lover, a business visitor, or just searching for new experiences.

Do you need to find a place to stay in North Myrtle Beach? Take some inspiration from our collection of 14-unit Mediterranean-style apartments for a fantastic holiday.