The Myrtle Beach metropolitan area has a proud population of over 460,000 residents with the population steadily increasing over the last 3 decades. In fact, Myrtle Beach is ranked as the second fastest-growing metropolitan area in the United States (per 2018 statistics). Whether you’re visiting for a long weekend or in town looking to purchase a new property, it’s easy to understand why. With it’s warm climate, beautiful beaches, and scoopfuls of culture, there’s no doubt people are both moving to and visiting Myrtle Beach at an incredible rate.
If you are thinking about joining that growing population, chances are good you are wondering what some of the top neighborhoods in the area have to offer.
Whether you’re a young professional looking to save, a newlywed hoping to start your young family, or a retiree looking to enjoy the golden years of your life, there are a ton of great neighborhoods to consider.
Here are some of the very best neighborhoods in Myrtle Beach.
Sitting comfortably in between the cities of Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach, Arcadian Shores is an easy way to feel like your home is an island getaway. With a number of oceanfront resorts, beautiful campgrounds and more. On top of that, this neighborhood is located right by the beloved Restaurant Row area, meaning you’ll be just steps away from some of the most perferred dining options in the city.
On top of that, there are a ton of sports bars, day clubs and beach clubs so you can have your fair share of fun in the sun and beyond!
The Barefoot area of North Myrtle Beach is arguably best known for its Barefoot Landing area. The Landing is filled with entertainment options, shopping, and a dining complex that is all located on the Intracoastal Waterway. What’s better? It’s right by several of the top golf courses on the Grand Strand, the Dye, Fazio and Norman layouts.
It doesn’t get a whole lot closer to the beach than Broadway at the Beach. It’s the most popular attraction for tourists in Myrtle Beach and features tons of shopping, dining, nightlife and entertainment all in one adorable complex.
Broadway is filled with fantastic restaurants that offer both international and Americana fare. No matter what your flavor, you’re certainly going to find something to enjoy in Broadway at the Beach.
Cherry Grove Beach
This incredibly small stretch of land between North Myrtle Beach and Little River certainly doesn’t take up a lot of space, but it’s quite prolific when it comes to lifestyle. If you’re lucky enough to call Cherry Grove Beach home, your backyard will almost certainly be complete with a dock shooting out into the water and a couple of kayaks or stand up paddleboards.
Some of the top golf courses are in the area, but fishing – whether you are doing it off the nearby pier or along the beautiful and expanse Cherry Grove inlet.
If your idea of a beautiful home comes complete with a white-picket fence, Little River offers all that and more. Located on the Intracoastal Waterway that doubles as the North Carolina-South Carolina state line, Little River is a historic fishing village that now has all the charm of a small hometown while also being just a few miles away from the bright lights of Myrtle Beach.
Bottom line, Little River is a great neighborhood if you are thinking about starting a family in the Myrtle Beach Area.
Not only that, Little River is home to some of the best and most authentic seafood restaurants, including those on the waterfront on historic Mineola Avenue.
There’s no doubt that the water’s edge Murrels Inlet is a great place to fish in some of the most beloved “secret” fishing holes in the city, but it also a fantastic place to live. Murrells Inlet is the self-proclaimed seafood capital of South Carolina and for good reason! It’s home to dozens of oceanfront dining experiences that offer delicious seafood and fish.
If you are looking for something certified fresh, you could even head down to the boats docked along the inlet and purchase some fresh fish from the day’s catch. All you have to do then is head back home and fire up the grill.
Nicknamed “the Sun Fun Capital,” Myrtle Beach has no shortage of either sun and fun. If you are looking to enjoy the 60-mile stretch of coast during the daytime, there are endless ways to have fun. Surf, fish, golf, shop and more. At night, the Beach comes alive with countless clubs, bars and more.
While Myrtle Beach is famous for a whole lot of different attractions, it may be best well known for the over 100 golf courses that exist in the area. The Dunes Gold and Beach Club has been home so many professional tournaments through the years and is famous for its scenic coastline and beautiful old-growth maritime forest.
If you’ve got the money to spend, living on Pawley Island is truly a dream. Known as one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the city, Pawley Island does a fantastic job of blending elegance with beach shabby chic.
If you’re looking to raise a family or retire to Pawley, don’t be surprised to be invited to go fishing, clamming and more with your new neighbors!
Hopefully this quick breakdown has helped you get a better idea of what Myrtle Beach and the surrounding areas has to offer. Myrtle Beach offers a fantastic offer of Southern charm and party appeal. Perhaps that’s why an estimated 14 million individuals visit Myrtle Beach every single year.
If you’re looking to purchase your first home in this growing community or are simply looking for a fantastic area to purchase your second or summer home, there are few better options out there than Myrtle Beach and the surrounding area. All that’s left for you to do is visit yourself and pick your favorite for yourself!