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Little River, South Carolina


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Little River

Website: http://www.littleriverchamber.org/

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Although not on the Grand Strand proper, the town of Little River is generally regarded as the northern limit of the area, just as Georgetown marks the southern end.

The town's protected location on the mainland gave it status as a fishing village when Myrtle Beach was nothing but sand and bushes. George Washington stayed the night here in 1792, but rode right past what is now Myrtle Beach. Little River hosts a smaller portion of overnight Grand Strand visitors nowadays, but it still manages to attract attention with its good restaurants, fishing, and golf.

One of the area's earliest coastal settlements, Little River lies a short distance from the ocean along the Intracoastal Waterway, just below the North Carolina border. Little River was a popular harbor for pirates in the 1700s and Civil War blockade-runners in the 1800s. Today, Little River (population about 7,000) has a thriving charter boat and commercial fishing industry. A favorite pastime for visitors is watching boats come in and unload their catches. Little River's most popular event is the Blue Crab Festival, held each May. Arts and crafts, entertainment, and educational exhibits are featured alongside booths offering a variety of delicious foods - including crab cakes, steamed crabs, and other blue crab creations. 

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