When it comes to beach vacations it’s pretty hard to go wrong. It seems that many people are perplexed by what Myrtle Beach offers as opposed to North Myrtle Beach. Are they one big city, they ask. No, they’re two separate cities. And, no, there is not a South Myrtle Beach. Read on to learn about some of the differences between these two very popular East Coast vacation spots and why you should make SeaSide Resort the spot where you should hang your swim suit.
Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach sit upon a 60 mile stretch of coastal beachfront. Myrtle Beach, often called the “Grand Strand,” encompasses far more than just the City of Myrtle Beach. City limits extend south into the towns of Surfside Beach, Garden City Beach, and Murrells Inlet.
Myrtle Beach has most of the major attractions that people come to the area for including carnivals, water parks, race tracks, amusement parks, shopping, and nightlife. Overall, Myrtle Beach is more crowded and louder than North Myrtle Beach, though you might not notice it during the busy summer season when roads are crowded with vacationers from around the world.
About 10 miles north of the Grand Strand is North Myrtle Beach, a separate city in itself. North Myrtle is known for its large assortment of golf courses, natural beauty, and has a more upscale atmosphere.
Both areas offer wide, expansive beach with public life guards in public areas during the summer season. Both areas offer rentals of beach chairs and umbrellas, beach patrols and all the water activities you would want and expect to have available.
The major difference between the two is Myrtle Beach’s Boardwalk, ranked third best in the United States by National Geographic. The Oceanfront Boardwalk and Promenade, which stretches from the 14th Avenue to 2nd Avenue Piers, hosts many festivals and events. The midsection offers a carnival-like atmosphere complete with an amusement park and new SkyWheel.
Other oceanfront attractions, like nightclubs, bars, and popular shops near the beach area at Myrtle Beach, create a nightlife that guests at the quieter resorts in North Myrtle Beach are less likely to experience.
When it comes to choosing a beach, there’s just no wrong answer. The same sand, sun and surf will be there to greet you at either Myrtle Beach or North Myrtle Beach!