On behalf of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce we welcome you to the Grand Strand. We take great pride in our community and all that it has to offer.
The Myrtle Beach area of South Carolina is a year-round vacationers’ paradise along the sun-kissed shores of the spectacular Atlantic coastline. Wide, sandy beaches stretching 60 miles from Little River to Georgetown lure visitors back again and again. But the warm sand and salty sea breezes are just the beginning. The area is home to a staggering array of attractions for every age and every taste, including championship golf courses, spectacular live-entertainment theaters, thrilling amusement parks, superb shopping, delectable cuisine, and historical sights.
In 1670, the British settled Charles Town (Charleston) and this area, Horry (O-ree). They were considered part of Craven County. Robert Johnson, Royal Governor, included Kingston Township in a plan to develop the Province in 1730. In 1732, the site of Kingston (Conway) was laid out. In 1734, a plan for the town of Kingston was completed and by 1735 the first settlers had arrived. More >>
Back in 1887, J.G. Patterson gave the Chadbourn Brothers land in his cornfield on Todd’s Ferry Road (now Main Street) in exchange for a station on the railroad that they were building. Hence, Loris was born. By 1890 there were four stores and a post office at the crossroads and in 1902, the town was incorporated and became a trading center for the agriculture, lumber and turpentine industries of upper Horry County.More >>
For a vacation of a lifetime or a lifetime of vacation the Southport-Oak Island area beckons visitors families and retirees to its shores. A stroll beneath the over 100 year old gnarled Live Oak trees in the historic maritime village of Southport and you will fall in love with this picturesque city along the shores of the Cape Fear River.More >>