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 for 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 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 Ave. North. The best way to determine an address in the respective sections 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 Ave. S. - it's basically "South Myrtle"" about hallf the resorts/hotels and some amusements along Ocean Blvd. are in the same area.)  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 of 29th Ave N.is higher end residential area with veruy 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 similar themes such as "South Myrtle", "North Myrtle", etc. The must confusion comes from multiple names. Business Rt. 17 is also "Kings Hwy." etc).

Looking at the bigger picture, many folks refer to "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 or the city of Myrtle Beach as "North Myrtle."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 big difference

NOW to further complicate (or perhaps clarify) things- NORTH MYRTLE BEACH....
North Myrtle Beach is a separate city, 15+ miles north of the CITY of Myrtle Beach. It is made up of 7nmunicipalities that merged several years ago it becamse one city...the city of North 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 dies nt specify WHICH municipality; you have to figure out if it is in Surfside Beach or NORTH Myrtle Beach. The difference could be as much as 30 miles apart!

I can't count the number of times I'm off (or on) duty and people approach me to say they have been searchinh for quite some time (in MYRTLE BEACH) for some place that had no city listed, and it was actually a different municipality.Or it might be called "NMB" and they did not know that meant the CITY of NORTH MYRTLE BEACH. Overall, the largest points 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 one of our locals this question since he participates on our forum. He is involves with law enforcement which keeps him current with Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach.
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