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

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

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

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

HOWEVER, the Boulevard actually extends from the very Southern part of Myrtle Beach to 82nd Avenue north. The best way to determine if an address is in the respective section 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 it's LOWER than 3rd Avenue South -it's basically "South Myrtle"" (about half of the hotels/motels and some amusements along Ocean Blvd. are in this area.)  Iff the addressis 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 clubs, amusements, etc). The area north of 29th Ave. N.is higher-end residential,with wery muce hotels and resorts - often discussed in this Forum - around the 5000 to 7500 block.

Streets and roads follow similar themes such as "South Myrtle", "North Myrtle", etc. The most confusion comes from their multiple names. Business Rt. 17 is also "Kings Highway", etc).

Looking at the bigger picture, many folks refer to "Myrtle Beach" as if it includes the ENTIRE Myrtle Beach "Grand Strand" region, rather than just the CITY of Myrtle Beach. Therefore, some people refer to the municipalities south of Myrtle Beach, such as Surfside Beach, Garden City Beach, Murrells Inlet, etc. as "South Myrtle." Additionally, people refer to places NORTH of the CITY of Myrtle Beach as "North Myrtle.,If someone mentions north Myrtle Beach, bbe sure to ask if they mean the "north end" of Myrtle Beach, or the City of  North Myrtle Beach!

NOW to further complicate (or clarify) things- NORTH MYRTLE BEACH....
North Myrtle Beach is a separate city, about 10 - 15 miles north of the CITY of Myrtle Beach. It is comprised of approx 7 municipalities that merged several years ago to become one city.

In between the CITY of MYRTLE BEACH and the City of NORTH MYRTLE BEACH are some areas such as "Restaurant Row" "Windy Hill" "Briarcliff Acres" etc. North Myrtle Beach, like most every other municipality, ALSO has an Ocean Boulevard and a Route 17 that uses "North" and "South" as part of the address. THEREFORE, you may see an address that merely says "2026 Rt 17N" - but you have to take note of the "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 is Surfside Beach or  maybe North Myrtle Beach - the difference could be as much as 30 miles apart. Some business, venue, attraction, etc. addresses in the phone book, an online search, or in brochures/literatureare often listed as "NMB" - which means "North Myrtle Beach."

I can't count the number of times I'm on or off duty when people pproached me and said they've been looking for quite some time (in MYRTLE BEACH) for some place that had no city listed and it was actually in a different municipality, or said just "NMB" and they did not know that meant the CITY of NORTH Myrtle Beach. Overall, the largest points of confusion are the incomplete address and questionable directions.
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This question has been posted several times in our our Myrtle Beach Message Board. I asked one of oour locals this question since he participates on our forum.  He is involved in law enforcement which keeps him current with Myrtle Beach
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