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A collection of suntanned beach towns decorate some 60 miles of uninterrupted Atlantic coastline stretching from Cape Fear, NC to Georgetown, SC. This region is called the Grand Strand, a moniker that denotes the coconutty scent of Coppertone oil, the sublimity of freshly shucked oysters and the splish-splash of saltwater fun.

The Strand centers on the hub of Myrtle Beach, SC – where theme parks cater to families, teenagers cruise in hot rods and the beaches are packed from sun up 'til sundown. North Myrtle Beach is slightly more subdued, but is catching up in number of restaurants, bars and kitsch. South of Myrtle Beach, the ...

A collection of suntanned beach towns decorate some 60 miles of uninterrupted Atlantic coastline stretching from Cape Fear, NC to Georgetown, SC. This region is called the Grand Strand, a moniker that denotes the coconutty scent of Coppertone oil, the sublimity of freshly shucked oysters and the splish-splash of saltwater fun.

The Strand centers on the hub of Myrtle Beach, SC – where theme parks cater to families, teenagers cruise in hot rods and the beaches are packed from sun up 'til sundown. North Myrtle Beach is slightly more subdued, but is catching up in number of restaurants, bars and kitsch. South of Myrtle Beach, the towns of Murrells Inlet, Litchfield and Pawley’s Island offer a mellower beach vibe. World-class golf courses litter the Grand Strand, and outdoor activities include big-game fishing, scuba diving and boating.

The Strand has several state parks that showcase the beauty of the area’s coastal ecosystem.

Debra Landau
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Debra Landau has written eight Lonely Planet guidebooks, including books on the USA, Caribbean, and the South.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: The Grand Strand or Long Bay refers to a large stretch of beaches extending from Cape Fear, North Carolina to Georgetown, South Carolina.
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
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  • Best Time to Visit:

    The Grand Strand gets cool and desolate in the winter months. The most popular time to come is from April through September.