My first impression was that there's quite a bit going on in North Myrtle Beach. There's always a round of golf on the go somewhere, beach events, nature reserve visits, shopping (yes, there are outlet malls nearby!), a varied restaurant choice and festivals all the way through the spring, summer and early autumn.
With its great climate, wide sandy beach and proximity to over 80 golf clubs and several outlet malls, North Myrtle Beach is pretty much paradise if your idea of a break, like mine, involves copious amounts of sun, sea, sand and either shopping or walking. It’s a relative newcomer to the world of beach resorts, as it was formed in 1968 from the municipalities of Cherry Grove, Ocean Drive, Crescent Beach and Windy Hill. It’s only half the age of Las Vegas and a real novice up against the likes of locations in California, Hawaii and Florida. But it is the largest resort on the Atlantic-facing Grand Strand with water parks and beach or sea-based activities as well as those golf courses mentioned earlier.
Average winter temperatures in North Myrtle Beach are around 60*F, or 15*C for those reading in Europe. That’s rather pleasant, especially as it’s only an average of 46*C or 8*C in Northern Europe, and below zero further north at this time of the year.
To help you get the best from your stay, there is the North Myrtle Beach Ultimate Discount Card, which offers savings on food and drink, club, theater and golf club entry, bike rentals, area tours, museums, water park tickets and more. There are over 300 discounts available and one card is valid for the whole year. This useful card can be ordered through the website and payment is via PayPal. What could be simpler?
Now, let's take a closer look at some of these highlights.