What is the difference between
Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach?

By Patricia Blackstock
Mike,what is the difference between Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach?

You're not the only one confused, and I'm well-qualified to answer this:  I am a native Pennsylvanian (Altoona area) who just shakes his head when he sees something with just a name, or initials to refer to a location here. To make things more confusing, some locations have a variety of formal and informal names or the same place or road. Well, here's the bottom line. Hang on!

The CITY of Myrtle Beach is commonly referred to as the Boulevard, South or North. The "Boulevard" is Ocean Blvd. and mostly refers to locations in the middle - between about 3rd Ave. North to about 29th Ave, North. This includes the Boardwalk area.

HOWEVER, the Boulevard actually extends from the very Southern tip of Myrtle Beach up to 82nd Ave. N. The best way to determine an address is in the various areas is to look at the street address and MAKE SURE you know if the words include "north" or "south" - or just an "N" or "S". If the different addresses between 3rd Ave South and 29th Ave. North, it's "downtown" or the middle "main boulevard", "strip" - also many hotels/motels, plus the Boardwalk, teen club, amusements, etc.) The area NORTH end og Myrtle Beach is a higher priced residential neighborhood with very nice hotels and resorts - often discussed in this Forum - around the 50th Ave. N. (in Myrtle Beach) to around 79th Ave N. (also in Myrtle Beach.)

Streets and roads follow a similar pattern such as "South Myrtle", "North Myrtle", etc. This confusion comes from the use of various names. Business Rt. 17 is also "Kings Hwy." etc).

Looking at the bigger picture, many folks call this area "Myrtle Beach" as if it includes the entire "Grand Strand" region, rather than just the CITY of Myrtle Beach. Therefore, some people reference the municipalities south of Myrtle Beach (Surfside Beach, Garden City Beach, Murrells Inlet, etc.) as "South Myrtle." Additionally, people refer to places NORTH of the city and even north of North Myrtle Beach. If someone mentions North Myrtle Beach, be sure to ask if they mean the "north end" of Myrtle Beach or the "city of NORTH Myrtle Beach" There is a 20+ mile difference

NOW to further complicate things (or maybe clarify) - NORTH MYRTLE BEACH....
North Myrtle Beach is a separate city, 15+ miles north of the CITY of Myrtle Beach. It is made up of 7 municipalities that merged several years ago to form the city of Morth Myrtle Beach

In between the CITY of MYRTLE BEACH and the City of NORTH MYRTLE BEACH are some areas such as "Restaurant Row" "Windy Hill" "Briarcliff" "North Myrtle Beach", like other municipalities, it also has an Ocean Blvd. and at Rt. 17 that uses "North" and "South" as part of the address. THEREFORE you may see an address that says only "2026 Rt 17N" - but you have to take note of the letter 'N' " for North. It could be BYPASS OR BUSINESS RT 17, and sometimes does not specify WHICH municipality; you have to figure out if it's the northern end of Myrtle Beach, or if it means the CITY of NORTH Myrtle Beach. The differene could be 30 miles apart!

I can't count the number of times I'm on duty (or off) duty and people approach me to say they have been searching for quite some time (in MYRTLE BEACH) for some place that had a city listed, and it was actgually a different municipality. Or it might be called "NMB" and they did not know that meant the CITY of NORTH MYRTLE BEACH. Overall, the biggest oppoints of contention are questionable directions and equally questionable abbreviations.

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This question has been posted several times in our our Myrtle Beach Message Board. I asked on of our locals this questions since he e is involved with law enforcement which keeps him current with Myrtle Beach and North Myrlte Beach.
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