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Myrtle Beach (pronounced murr-tul) is a coastal resort city in Horry County, South Carolina, United States. It is the de facto hub of both the Myrtle Beach metropolitan area and the Grand Strand, a complex of beach towns and barrier islands stretching from Little River to Georgetown, South Carolina.


Arising from a getaway for lumber workers from Conway, Myrtle Beach has rapidly developed into a major tourist destination in the Southeastern United States in the latter 20th century and 2000s. As of 2006, the metro area had an estimated population of 299,353.[3] According to the 2000 census, the area was the 13th fastest-growing metropolitan area in the United States. [4]

Aside from its many beaches, Myrtle Beach has become a major coastal resort, shopping destination, and convention and conference center. The area features amusement parks as well, such as the Freestyle Music Park, formerly Hard Rock Park. The area also features many malls and the sprawling Broadway at the Beach festival center. The area hosts approximately 14.6 million visitors annually.[5] Coastal Carolina University, located in nearby Conway, serves as the main higher education institute for the area.


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According to Köppen classification, Myrtle Beach has a humid subtropical climate. The city experiences mild winters and a humid summer.


Myrtle Beach's economy is mostly tourism-based, with tourism bringing in billions of dollars each season. Hotels/resorts, restaurants and golf courses are found across the Grand Strand, with a large number concentrating in the downtown area of the city. The city's theme parks such as Myrtle Waves, Freestyle Music Park and the festival-style Broadway at the Beach also are significant additions to the economy. The many conferences and conventions held in the area add to the city as well. Farms that produce tobacco, indigo, watermelons, berries, and other crops also give good amounts of money into the city. Lumber companies and railroads give modest amounts of money to the city. Factories that produce plastic, rubber, cardboard, styrofoam, and ceramics also exist in the city.


Hosting over 14.6 million visitors annually, The Grand Strand is home to an array of tourist attractions, and the area receives a large influx of visitors during the spring, summer and fall months, and "snowbirds" in the winter. Over ten million tourists visit Myrtle Beach and the surrounding areas every year. The area's attractions include its beaches and many golf courses, as well as a number of amusement parks, an aquarium, over 1,900 restaurants[19] including seafood restaurants, and a number of shopping complexes. Myrtle Beach has an estimated 460 hotels, with many on the beachfront, and approximately 89,000 accommodation units in total.[20] The area also has an IMAX theater, dinner theater, nightclubs, and many tourist shops. Other attractions include the Myrtle Beach State Park and fishing. The area is also popular for business meetings and conventions. The area recently welcomed Hard Rock Park, a park themed after the popular Hard Rock Cafe chain, now called Freestyle Music Park. The park features attractions themed after different genres of music, such as the British Invasion. After a hiatus, the park plans to re-open on Memorial Day 2009. Also in the city is Myrtle Waves, one of the largest water parks on the eastern seaboard. Broadway at the Beach is a popular shopping and entertainment destination.

Amusement parks and tourist attractions

The following is a list of tourist attractions in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area:

  • Barefoot Landing, a large shopping complex located in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
  • Broadway at the Beach, a large festival entertainment and shopping complex including an IMAX Theater, Hard Rock Cafe, Ripley's Aquarium, and Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville.
  • Dunes Village Resort, a luxury ocean resort. The resort has 2 outdoor pools, 2 water slides, 2 large lazy river rides, and many childrens pool areas including dumping buckets and water tunnels. The resort was rated the #2 Family Resort in the United States by TripAdvisor.
  • Family Kingdom Amusement Park, a classic seaside amusement park. Named #5 best amusement park in the country.
  • Freestyle Music Park(formerly Hard RockPark), a seasonal theme parkpark featuring amusement rides, live shows, interactive elements, kids' play areas, gardens, shopping and dining attractions. The park includes an amphitheater with 10,000-person capacity featuring live daily shows and special performances. Other amusements include a carousel, a water play structure and swings. Most attractions prominently feature music, bands, and rock memorabilia like its cafe counterpart.
  • Huntington Beach State Park, a small coastal preserve and state park near Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.
  • Legends In Concert, featuring live concerts paying tribute to musical icons of today and yesterday.
  • Myrtle Beach State Park, a small state park located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It consists of several miles of forest and stretches along the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Myrtle Waves, one of the largest water parks on the east coast.
  • The Carolina Opry, a show that blends two hours of music, comedy and dance – from Broadway to country, from classic pop to rock’n roll, and gospel to bluegrass.


Myrtle Beach is home to many tourist attractions, notably Family Kingdom Amusement Park, a sea-side amusement park, Freestyle Music Park (formerly Hard Rock Park), and the diverse Broadway at the Beach, which features many shopping, tourism, and dining attractions. Myrtle Waves is one of the largest water parks on the eastern seaboard. Myrtle Beach also has over 40 varied miniature golf courses along the strand.

From 1948 until 2006, a popular staple of Myrtle Beach tourism was the Myrtle Beach Pavilion. This historic landmark and the large amusement park across the street were demolished after the 2006 season; this area has been a large empty, unused lot for 3 seasons.

Shopping complexes

Myrtle Beach has many different stores and malls, is one of the largest shopping areas in the Southeastern United States, and is the largest shopping destination in South Carolina.

  • Coastal Grand Mall opened in 2004. The mall, which has indoor and outdoor shopping areas, has a gross leasable area of 929,868 square feet. The single-story facility features five anchor stores (including Belk, JCPenney, and Dick's Sporting Goods), roughly 130 specialty stores, a 14-screen movie theater, and a food court.
  • Myrtle Beach Mall is 525,385 square feet, and features three anchor stores, notably Bass Pro Shops. The single-story mall also has a 12-screen movie theater, a food court, and a variety of other specialty stores. This is formerly known as Colonial Mall, and originally Briarcliffe Mall.
  • Tanger Outlets at Myrtle Beach at Myrtle Beach features over 100 brand name outlets from many of the country's most popular brands, such as Nautica and Sony. It is located on U.S. Route 501 entering the city.[22]

Conventions and special events

Myrtle Beach hosts a variety of special conventions, events, and musical concerts. Since 1951, in March of every year, Myrtle Beach hosts Canadian-American Days (also known as Can-Am Days), a spring event timed each year to coincide with Ontario's March break. Canadian tourists flock to the area for a week's worth of special events. Tens of thousands attend the event yearly.

The area is home to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, a large facility that hosts an array of different meetings, conferences, exhibits, and special events every year.

Myrtle Beach Bike Week, a week-long motorcycle event, is held every May. The City of Myrtle Beach passed restrictive ordinances targeting the May rallies, which brought tens of thousands of visitors to the city. The City of Myrtle Beach has never been a sponsor or host of Bike Week. These new ordinances apply only inside the City Limits of Myrtle Beach. There are no events inside the city limits; all events are outside the city in Horry County, Murrells Inlet or North Myrtle Beach.


The area is home to many golf courses and mini golf courses which are located along the beach and further inland. Myrtle Beach has been called the "Golf Capital of the World" [23] because of the 120 golf courses located there, the record 4.2 million rounds played, and many miniature golf courses. 3.7 million total rounds of golf were played in 2007[24]. The majority of the area's golf courses are open to the public. Some of the notable golf courses and/or resorts are as follows:

  • Arcadian Shores Golf Club
  • Arrowhead Country Club
  • Barefoot Resort and Golf Club
  • Burning Ridge Golf Course
  • Grand Dunes Golf Resort
  • Myrtle Beach National Golf Course
  • River Oaks Golf Plantation

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