Founded in 1969, the city of North Myrtle Beach is comprised of four separate communities— Windy Hill Beach, Crescent Beach, Ocean Drive Beach, and Cherry Grove Beach. The city totals just under 18 square miles, the majority of which is land.
To the south of its border lies Myrtle Beach; to the northeast is Little River. It is 57 miles southwest of Wilmington, North Carolina.
As of 2016, North Myrtle Beach had a population around 16,000, and continues to grow. The city draws crowds today just as it has throughout the ages; the land here was alternately traveled and settled by the Waccamaw and Winyah Native American tribes, Spanish explorers, Indigo farmers, and pirates— the most famous of whom was Blackbeard.
Today, North Myrtle Beach is a popular tourist destination with endless activities that appeal to residents and visitors of all ages. Set sail on Blackbeard’s Pirate Cruise, the elegant Barefoot Princess River Boat, or head into international waters for a night of high stakes on the Big M Casino Boat.
Some of the best and most renowned golf courses along the Grand Strand are found here, as are the largest number of festivals to celebrate every occasion; enjoy a multitude of summer concerts at McLean Park. There is an old-fashioned, oceanfront amusement park on Main Street, and plenty of miniature golfing options. Take a trip down memory lane with a whirl on a reproduction carousel from the days of Barnum & Bailey.
Duplin Winery produces some of the best wines from the Carolinas, and offers tours and tastings at their facility. At Alligator Adventure you can explore one of the largest facilities for reptile life in the world. T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station is a wildlife refuge that offers a variety of tour options. Travel through their sanctuary for close-up encounters with African animals in a habitat that closely mimics their own.
Carolina Backwoods ATV is an off-road fun park for all skill levels where you can rent ATVs or bring your own to enjoy. Check out the beautiful beaches, surf at Cherry Grove, or ride horses along the beach with Inlet Point Plantation.
North Myrtle Beach is well-known for its array of outlet stores, malls, flea markets, and unusual boutiques. Barefoot Landing is a popular spot for shopping, dining, and entertainment. It is set along the Intracoastal Waterway, and patrons can drive their boat there for a day or night out on the town. It features a 27 acre lake and fireworks for six months out of the year. It’s a fantastic spot for happy hour, live music, or to watch the game.
Elsewhere in the city at night, things heat up with live theater at Alabama Theatre, variety shows, dance clubs, and live music at the award-winning House of Blues.