South of the Mason-Dixon line is a world-famous travel destination known as the “Grand Strand”. The Grand Strand refers to a large stretch of beaches on the coast of South Carolina, extending all the way from the fishing village of Little River to historic Georgetown. The area goes on for 60+ miles and is home to two of the most popular tourist cities in the nation – Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach. Today, these towns attract over 14 million visitors a year and offer a plenty of things to do and see. But how exactly did the North Myrtle Beach Grand Strand become so famous? Let’s step back in time and find out.
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History of the North Myrtle Beach Grand Strand
It’s said that the term “Grand Strand” was coined by Claude Dunnagan, a columnist for the Myrtle Beach Sun. While writing an article about the area, he found out that the word “strand” was the German word for “beach”. The original column appeared on December 3, 1949, and Dunnagan’s term was quickly picked up by other media. Today, the phrase represents a whole string of communities and is used by area locals and visitors alike.
Did you know that the Myrtle Beach area was inhabited by Waccamaw Indians before settlers arrived? The Waccamaw name is still prevalent throughout the region today! Then, in 1899, the Conway & Seashore Railroad was built and began service. Railroad workers spent their free weekends on the sandy beaches and became the area’s very first tourists. From there, the town slowly grew from a small farming community into a sought-after beach destination.
A common misconception about the Grand Strand is that it only encompasses Myrtle Beach. There are actually multiple towns that call this region home! Myrtle Beach is the heart of it all and is centrally located on the Grand Strand. Its famous boardwalk, attractions, and restaurants are wildly popular during the summer season.
North Myrtle Beach is also part of the Strand and is an ideal vacation destination for golfers, couples, and families. (Visitors often prefer staying here because it’s just close to all the action, but just far away enough from the flashing neon lights.) This area offers similar attractions to Myrtle, including water sports, golf, and mini golf. You can also enjoy a wide variety of restaurants and shops. Best of all, rental prices in North Myrtle are typically more affordable, so you can save money on your vacation rental and spend it on fun activities instead!
Experience the North Myrtle Beach Grand Strand with Seaside Vacations
Now that you know the history of our area, it’s time to start planning your trip to the Grand Strand! Our North Myrtle Beach vacation rentals are perfect for a romantic retreat or fun family getaway. Feel fee to browse our beautiful condos, homes, and long-term rentals, or reserve one of our pet-friendly properties for your furry friend. Whatever you choose, we promise your vacation will be one you’ll never forget! We look forward to having you.
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