South Carolina’s Grand Strand is an island with a 60-mile oceanfront and three roads connecting it to the mainland. Myrtle Beach and the other towns that dot this stretch have become havens for visitors year round. From Little River to Pawleys Island, there are a dazzling variety of museums, shops, and recreational pursuits. Myrtle Beach offers over 1600 great restaurants. You can eat everything from seafood to sushi with the accompaniment of an ocean view. Myrtle Beach and its neighbor, North Myrtle Beach, have antique stores, furniture stores and outlets, marinas, fishing, water sports, a Nascar track, and an easy-going family atmosphere.
The birthplace of the Shag, the official South Carolina State Dance, the Ocean Drive section is the host of two, week long gatherings of shaggers in April and September. Born on the beach, the Shag has been called a cross between the jitterbug and swing dancing. Visitors to the world-famous Pavilion discover that Myrtle Beach area amusement parks do not impose a "gate fee." Visitors can also take a marsh cruise, go deep-sea fishing, windsurf, or tour an historic plantation.