Fun facts about Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

crape myrtle tree

crape myrtle tree


Myrtle Beach is located in Horry County, the largest county in the state of South Carolina. It has 650 acres of public parks and recreation property, including some four-dozen parks and public beaches.



The area’s first inhabitants were the Waccamaw and Winyah Indians, who named the region Chicora meaning “the land.”

Myrtle Beach received its name after the Sweet Myrtle Tree (crape myrtle) native to the area.

Atlantic Intercoastal

Atlantic Intercoastal

The name Grand Strand was coined by Claude Dunnagan in his newspaper column December 3, 1949. The term has come to include an entire string of communities from the fishing village of Little River to historic Georgetown.

Oceanfront lots in Myrtle Beach were $25 in 1905. If you built a property for at least $500 you received a second lot for free. Can we turn the clock back?

Myrtle Beach’s population jumps from 30,000 to over 350,000 in the summer months.

Myrtle Beach is known as the seaside golf capital of the world and also claims to be the miniature golf capital of the world. The Myrtle Beach area boasts more than 100 championship golf courses and nearly 30 miniature golf courses, making it a premiere destination for golf enthusiasts. There are more than 3.4 million rounds of golf played annually in the Myrtle Beach area.

The Ocean Drive section of North Myrtle Beach is the home of the Shag, the South Carolina State Dance. The Shag was thought to have originated on Ocean Drive in the 40’s. It began as an attempt to do the Jitterbug but the Jitterbuggers had drunk too much so the slowed-down version of this became known as “The Shag”. Folklore or truth?

Myrtle Beach is the birthplace of Wheel of Fortune hostess, Vanna White.

boiled peanuts

boiled peanuts

Boiled peanuts are the official state snack food offered roadside May through November. According to, Southerners will tell you boiled peanuts should always be accompanied by a beer, sweet tea, or a soft drink. Traditionally they are eaten outside where it doesn’t matter if wet shells are tossed or spit on the ground.


There are over 1400 restaurants in the area serving up everything from seafood Calabash style to ethnic to the local specialty, low country-style cooking which is simmered slow and rich in spices. How about some shrimp and grits?

There are more than 425 hotels and 89,600 accommodation units in the Myrtle Beach area for every taste and budget. From elegant golf resorts, to famous chain hotels and motels, to bed & breakfasts and mom‐and‐pop motels, the Myrtle Beach area offers accommodations for every type of traveler. There are also several campgrounds located between Myrtle Beach and the South Strand.


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