What is 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 about locations and their referred names. I feel well-qualified to answer this; I'm a native Pennsylvanian (Altoona area) who just shakes his head when someone lists something with just brief names or initials to refer to a location here. To make things more confusing, some locations have a variety of informal and formal names for the same place or roads. Well, here's the bottom line...hang on!

The CITY of Myrtle Beach is commonly referred to in 3 main ways the Boulevard, southern, or northern. The "Boulevard" is Ocean Boulevard and mostly referring to locations in the middle of it - 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 whether or not it includes "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). If the address is between 3rd Ave South and 29th Ave North, it's "downtown" or the middle "main boulevard", "strip", etc area (also many hotels/motels, plus The Boardwalk, many teen clubs, amusements, etc). The area north of 29th Ave North is mostly higher-end residential, with the exception of a number of very nice hotels and resorts - often discussed in this Forum - around the 5000 to 7500 block.

Streets and roads other than Ocean Blvd. 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 a 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." As well. they refer to places NORTH of the CITY of Myrtle Beach as "North Myrtle"\ If someone mentions north Myrtle Beach, be sure to sk them 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 came together 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 find out if it may be Surfside Beach or North Myrtle Beach - the difference could be as much as 30 or so miles apart. Some business, venue, attraction, etc. addresses in the phone book or in brochures/literature merely are listed as "NMB" - which means "North Myrtle Beach".

I can't count the number of times, when I'm on duty or off, where 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 was actually in another municipality, or said just "NMB" and they didn't know that meant the city NORTH Myrtle Beach.. Overall, the biggest confusion and most common incomplete or poorly-provided directions/addresses are those that: 1. Fail to include "north/N" or "South/S" with an address, 2. Don't specify which city or just include "MB", NMB", etc, or 3. Don't specify the highway or road in an understandable manner.
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This question has been posted several times on our Myrtle Beach Message Board. I asked one of our local members this question, since he participates on the forum, and he is involved in security work and law enforcement which makes him familiar with all areas of the Grand Strand
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