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    North Myrtle Beach
    Introduction

    North Myrtle Beach was established in 1968 from four existing municipalities north of Myrtle Beach, and serves as one of the primary tourist towns along the Grand Strand. North Myrtle Beach is home to Cherry Grove, Ocean Drive, Crescent Beach and Windy Hill.

    BEACH – From Cherry Grove to Windy Hill you will find beautiful sandy beaches. Access to the beach is easy – no heavy traffic no bridges to cross. Parking lots are located along Ocean Blvd. Keep in mind you need to pay to park from March through October. Residents of North Myrtle Beach are entitled to two free beach parking permits. Visit the city website nmb.us for details.

    GOLF – The Myrtle Beach area is home to over 80 award winning golf courses.

    MINI GOLF – Drive up and down Route 17 and you will find mini golf.

    DINING – There are too many restaurants to mention. Fresh seafood, Mexican, Sushi, BBQ, pizza, steak, burgers. You name it and you can find it in North Myrtle Beach.

    SHOPPING – You can find plenty of shopping in the area. Grocery stores such as Publix, Food Lion, Kroger and Lowes are located along Route 17. Outlet shopping at Tanger Outlets at Hwy 17 and 22 is a must. Specialty shops can be found at the Coastal North Town Center, Gator Plaza and the Shops on Main. The Famers Market runs every Friday from May to October across from the NMB Library.

    CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS – You can find many places to worship in NMB. Ocean Drive Presbyterian, King of Glory Lutheran Church, St Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, First Baptist Church and Barefoot Church are a few. Other organizations such as the Salvation Army, the North Myrtle Beach Woman’s Club, Kind Keepers Inc, Rotary Club, North Strand American Legion Post 186 all help to make North Myrtle Beach a better place to live. If you are looking for a financial institution, the area offers Bank of America, TD Bank, Anderson Brothers Bank, United Community Bank, CCNB – Coastal Carolina National Bank, The Citizens Bank, Conway National Bank, Truist Bank, PNC Bank, Synovous Bank, United Bank, Wells Fargo Bank and Pinnacle Financial Partners and many more.

    WATERSPORTS – Parasail, banana boats in Cherry Grove at the Sea Mountain Hwy. beach entrance

    FISHING/PIER – Cherry Grove fishing pier is located in Cherry Grove at the Prince Resort. The Cherry Grove boat ramp is located at the end of 53rd Ave N. While there walk to the end of Heritage Drive and walk through the Heritage Shores Nature Preserve. You will find beautiful view of Hog Inlet.

    SPORTS COMPLEX – youth baseball, soccer, softball and football. Children’s playground, dog park, walking trails, amphitheater, Christmas light show, Sounds of Summer concert series

    CITY PARKS AND RECREATION – North Myrtle Beach has 11 parks to enjoy. A detailed list can be found online at https://www.nmb.us/167/City-Parks-Beach-Access. Pickleball, fitness classes, tennis, basketball, arts and crafts for all ages can be found at the J. Bryan Floyd Community Center.

    NORTH MYRTLE BEACH AQUATIC AND FITNESS CENTER – a city-owned 64,000 sf facility offering programs and services for all ages. All levels of aquatics, fitness, basketball, personal training, classes, child watch. Visit their website at nmbafc(at)nmb(dotted)com or their Facebook page for more information.

    MAIN STREET IN NORTH MYRTLE BEACH

    MUSIC ON MAIN – Between early spring and late fall concerts run every Thursday evening from 7:00 – 9:00 (weather permitting) at the Horseshoe on Main Street. Enjoy an evening of music and dancing as Main Street closes to traffic and everyone sets up a lawn chair to listen to the band.

    FESTIVALS – Throughout the year you may find Main Street closed to celebrate anything from St. Patrick’s Day to Christmas. Parades, food, craft vendors and music are a sampling of what you may find as you walk up and down Main Street.

    SHAG – What was that? No, we don’t mean “shag” the way the popular Austin Powers movies defined it, and I’m not talking about carpet. The shag is the official dance of South Carolina, and the Myrtle Beach area is the best place to learn the dance or at least watch skilled shaggers while you listen to beach music, some of the happiest music ever recorded (and not to be confused with Beach Boys-style “surf music”).

    The shag is a smooth, laid-back dance that has been called the “swing dance of the South,” and it is often described as “a slow jitterbug.” Legend has it that southern dancers slowed down and modified the jitterbug due to the summer heat in those oceanside pavilions back in the non-airconditioned day.

    There is a lot of debate about where and how the dance developed and how it got its name. It is widely believed to have surfaced between the ’40s and ’50s in the Ocean Drive section of North Myrtle Beach. Wikipedia describes the shag as “an early form of swing dance, contemporary with the lindy hop.” It says the two most common variations are the Collegiate Shag, thought to have originated in New Orleans in the 1920’s, and the Carolina Shag, which grew to popularity between Myrtle Beach and Wilmington, N.C., during the 1940’s.

    What we are sure of is that the North Myrtle Beach area is a magnet for shaggers. Three times each year the Society of Stranders (SOS) hosts shag “migrations,” which draw thousands of shag enthusiasts. The National Shag Dance Championship is held here each March, and watering holes from Little River to Pawleys Island welcome shaggers to their dance floors nightly.

    Without a doubt, shag-central is located in beautiful downtown North Myrtle Beach. Here you’ll find the legendary dance club, Fat Harold’s Beach Club, which is open every night for food and shagging fun. You can even enjoy free shag lessons every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Just across Main Street there’s Duck’s Night Life, and the party begins there every night at 8:00.

    There are a few other shag clubs with walking distance of Duck’s, and while you’re on Main Street and Ocean Boulevard, look at the sidewalk and you’ll see the many pavers that mark the Shaggers Walk of Fame!

    Featured North Myrtle Beach Neighborhoods

    • Cherry Grove
    • Ocean Drive
    • Crescent Beach
    • Windy Hill
    • Seaside Plantation
    • Seabrook Plantation
    • Surf Estates
    • Tidewater Plantation
    • Charleston Landing
    • Sunset Harbour
    • Water’s Edge
    • Del Webb
    • Tilghman Estates
    • Belle Park
    • The Avista Resort
    • The Ashworth
    • North Beach Plantation
    • Ocean Bay Club
    • North Shore Villas
    • Laguna Keyes
    • Crescent Keyes
    • Ocean Keyes
    • Crescent Shores
    • Bluewater Keyes
    • Palmetto Harbour
    • Marina Bay
    • Marina Bay Colony
    • The Sound
    • Tilghman Shores
    • Tilghman Beach & Racquet
    • Tilghman Beach & Golf
    • The Enclave @ The Surf
    • Bay Watch Resort
    • Cottages @ Tilghman
    • Shorehaven
    • Mar Vista
    • Windy Hill Dunes
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