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In 1968, the communities of Cherry Grove, Windy Hill, Ocean Drive, and Crescent Beach were joined to form the city of North Myrtle Beach. Today, the community offers a more laid back alternative to Myrtle Beach, complete with high end resort accommodations and vacation rentals along the Intracoastal Waterway. During the summer months, the area is popular for its beach activities, including deep sea fishing, parasailing, and jet skiing. Visitors can also take sightseeing or dinner cruises along the Intracoastal Waterway or catch a live show at one of the venues along Main Street.
The closest airport is Myrtle Beach International, about 15 miles (24 km) south of North Myrtle Beach. The best way to get there (and get around) is by private car or rental vehicle. Taxis are available but expensive.
The best season for enjoying North Myrtle Beach’s sandy shores is between June and August (afternoon rain showers are common in July). For warm weather, cheaper rates, and fewer crowds, visit during the spring shoulder season (March to May).
The Shag, South Carolina’s official state dance since 1984, was born in the community of North Myrtle Beach. Visitors who want to learn this regional dance should follow the sounds of live music along Ocean Drive, where locals come to dance nearly every night of the week.