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FAQ: What Is the Difference Between North, South and Central Myrtle Beach?

By Megan Burke Follow me on Google+

Aside from the obvious geographical differences, these different areas of Myrtle Beach have very different atmospheres, making for different vacation experiences.

Map of Myrtle BeachNorthern Myrtle Beach is generally referring to the area that is north of Highway 22. This area includes parts of unincorporated Horry County, as well as the towns of Briarcliff Acres, Atlantic Beach and the city of North Myrtle Beach. The area is very family friendly, as is most of Myrtle Beach, and is known for quiet beaches, tons of great restaurants and less of a city feel than the other parts of Myrtle Beach. It includes one of the two Tanger Outlets, Barefoot Landing and “restaurant row” where there are a wide variety of restaurants all along Highway 17 for you to choose from.

Central Myrtle Beach includes the area south from where Highway 17 divides into Bypass and Business routes and goes to around where Route 501 comes in to Myrtle Beach. This area is jam-packed with things to do and places to go and can provide entertainment for everyone from families to golf groups. From Broadway at the Beach to downtown Myrtle Beach with the Boardwalk, there are hundreds of restaurants, tons of places to shop, a few different places you can ride amusement park style rides and that’s not even mentioning the miles of wide beach you can enjoy. The heart of the area’s vacation pulse, there is always something to do or something to see.

South Myrtle Beach goes from Highway 501 south. The area doesn’t have a well defined end point since the towns of Surfside Beach and Garden City Beach are sometimes included in this area. This area has a bit more of a laid back vibe overall but that doesn’t mean there aren’t tons of things to do. This area includes the Market Common district, the Family Kingdom Amusement Park, Myrtle Beach State Park and many great restaurants. This area doesn’t cater to a specific kind of vacationer since it has parts that appeal to a younger crowd, like the Market Common, but Surfside Beach is also well-known as a family-friendly beach.

You can’t go wrong no matter what area of Myrtle Beach you choose to stay in!

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