The area now known as North Myrtle Beach has a rich history that began well before Europeans appeared. Originally the part-time home and retreat of the Waccamaw and Winyah Native American tribes, they called the coast, “Chicora,” meaning “the land.” The Spanish explored the area in the 1500s, and by the 1700s, what is now known as Cherry Grove was a successful indigo plantation, as well as the occasional home of the notorious pirate Blackbeard.
Today, North Myrtle Beach is a thriving area and a favorite among tourists. In 1968, four existing communities, Cherry Grove, Windy Hill, Ocean Drive and Crescent Beach were combined to form the city. Throughout the year, festivals celebrate everything from St. Patrick’s Day to the end of summer. Strains of beach music can be heard in the Ocean Drive section nearly every night as those who love the state dance, the shag, slip and slide the night away.
An oceanfront amusement park on Main Street offers classic rides and amusements to please all ages, along with free summer concerts throughout the season in nearby McLean Park. Reptiles rule at a sanctuary that houses alligators, snakes, lizards and tropical birds. Beautiful beaches, fishing piers, boating and the world’s largest waterslide offer plenty of outdoor fun.
Finding treasures and souvenirs are an exciting addition to any vacation. Well known for its wide variety of shopping, North Myrtle Beach has an eclectic array of outlet stores, malls, quirky flea markets and unusual boutiques.
After a day spent enjoying all that North Myrtle Beach has to offer, gorgeous sunsets herald the end of daylight, and the beginning of a nightlife filled with excitement. Live theater, variety shows, dance clubs and more are part of the fun in North Myrtle Beach. The diversity of North Myrtle Beach guarantees something for everyone to enjoy.