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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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Families began vacationing in Myrtle Beach (originally called New Town) more than a century ago, making their way from inland locales by horse & buggy, then ferrying over the Waccamaw River to reach the undeveloped coast. Oceanfront development began in the early 1900s. Myrtle Beach became a town in 1938 and a city in 1957. Landmarks include the Myrtle Beach State Park, Myrtle Beach Convention Center, and Broadway at the Beach. Myrtle Beach has a population of nearly 23,000 and is the largest and most developed community of the Grand Strand, with hundreds of hotels, restaurants, attractions, retail stores, and other businesses.

When most people think of "vacation" and "beach," Myrtle Beach is what they have in mind, even if they've never been there. Nothing more than a barren expanse of dunes and brush before this century, over the last 50 years it has exploded into one of the country's premier vacation spots. It's no wonder why either. Every manufactured activity imaginable is available. There's golf, minature golf, water parks, amusement parks, variety shows, more golf and minature golf, serious museums, tacky museums, gardens, fishing, shopping, and a bit more minature golf. There's also a beach.

Myrtle Beach is the center of activity for the Grand Strand. It's one of the most active places on the East Coast. Visitor's coming here expect to have fun. Judging from the crowds that return year after year, most aren't disappointed.

The variety of types of places to stay is almost as staggering as the number of activities. There's small mom and pop hotels, medium size motels, high-rise motels, condos, Bed & Breakfasts, resorts, and camping. There's also a few cottages left, but they've become endangered species in Myrtle Beach proper. 

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