The Beaches of the Grand Strand

With 60 miles of shoreline to choose from, there are a wide variety of beaches on the Grand Strand to suit your mood- from total immersion in nature to sharing your vacation experience with a lively crowd. Here are our favorites, take your pick based on your frame of mind.

Myrtle Beach State Park

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This one is near the strip, but definitely on the quiet end of the spectrum for beaches in the area. Nestled in a maritime forest, explore hiking trails, educational tours, some of the best surf fishing in South Carolina, and a large pier that’s also great for fishing. The one mile stretch of sand is great for walking or beachcombing, and there are also seven picnic shelters and two gift shops.

Surfside Beach Pier, Surfside Beach

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Nestled between Myrtle and Murrells Inlet, this beach has a little bit of a throwback feel, with the pastel-painted beach houses, fishing pier, and retro-colored umbrella rentals on the beach. It’s a quiet respite, but there’s food and drink to be had on the pier or nearby downtown Surfside Beach to slake hunger and thirst if you decide to make a day of it. Geographically it’s in the middle of the Grand Strand, and we think it’s in the middle of the seclusion and bustle of surrounding towns as well.

St. Clements Beach Bar, Myrtle Beach

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Enjoy a decidedly retro, low-key vibe at this vintage hotel spot right on the beach near the heart of it all. The pink hotel has a bar and grill with beer, mixed drinks, burgers and other bar food, with umbrella rental available as well. The unique spot is the perfect place to chill, relax, and take in Myrtle Beach.

Huntington Beach State Park

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Huntington Beach is a true gem: three miles of gorgeous, natural sand with a bonus: the signature causeway immediately inland houses migratory birds, alligators, minks, and other critters in a beautiful, natural habitat. Birdwatching is plentiful, with nature trails and boardwalks designed for observation. Recharge your batteries here with a sunrise walk when the sensory energy of downtown becomes too much.

 

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About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for RTX Traveler Magazine, based in Asheville, NC. His favorite RTX destinations are on the beach: Orange Beach, Alabama, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. .

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