Myrtle Beach has become one of the most popular vacation spots in the United States. While the most notable aspects of North Myrtle Beach have centered around the sands and entertainment, there’s more to this little oasis than meets the eye. Here are 11 lesser known facts about the area.
King’s Highway was not first used by Europeans.
Of course, it wasn’t called King’s Highway. The Native Americans used this stretch of land as a trail for trading between what is now known as the Northern States and Southern States. When the European settlers came to town and started making settlements, the path naturally became their main highway too.
“Gloria’s Way” is named after Gloria Lindsay Sapp.
This section of the boardwalk goes from 14th Avenue Pier to Plyler Park. Gloria died at 84 years old in 2010 and was one of the influential supporters of the boardwalk project. What makes her so remarkable though is that she was a successful businesswoman during a time of history when it was uncommon for women to do so. Besides this, she was involved in the community volunteering, running hotel, was a teacher, and even became a civic leader.
There is a whale mural on the local convention center.
It was painted by the famous marine artist Wyland, who considered it part of a series of 100 whale paintings. Dedicated in 1993, Wyland titled it “Right Whales off the South Carolina Coast”.
It was originally named “Chicora”.
The Waccamaw Native Americans had their own name for this area, which means “the land”, but it was later changed to Myrtle Beach after a local tree, the Crape Myrtle.
There are many native animals in the area.
Birdwatchers love traveling to Huntington Beach State Park. So far, there are over 276 different species of birds documented and many birders come hoping to spot some of the rarer species.
The first hotel was built in 1901.
It was called the Seaside Inn and only cost $2 for three meals and a stay overnight. It did not have indoor plumbing or temperature control, but it was popular during its time. The Inn was torn down 20 years later, but there are now 89,600 accommodation units for visitors in every price range
The average yearly temperature is 77 degrees.
During the summer, the hottest days are in the 90s and in the winter, stays in the 50s. It’s no wonder that the population jumps from 30,000 to 350,000 during the summer.
There are a lot of restaurants.
There are over 1700 restaurants in the area and that number just keeps growing. With so many visitors to the area throughout the year, it is no surprise that you can find so many food options. The best part is that you can find all kinds of styles and tastes, even a night scene for adults.
The favorite snack here is boiled peanuts.
Between the months of May and November, you can drive along just about any road and find a stand selling boiled peanuts. They have been so popular that they were designated as the official state snack. So next time you pass through, buy a bag and grab a drink.
The Grand Strand stretches from Little River to historic Georgetown.
However, the bulk of the area is found in North Myrtle Beach and is recognized as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
It is a premier golf destination vacation.
The sands and boardwalk aren’t the only destinations for people looking to enjoy themselves. With more than 100 championship golf courses, it is no surprise that over 3.4 million rounds of golf are played every year here. Plenty of miniature golf courses dot the area too, so golfers of all ages can try their hand at swinging a club.