With more than 60 miles of coast along the Grand Strand, it has been an incredible experience to see our gorgeous beaches. We began our Murrells Inlet, Garden City and Surfside walk the mouth of Murrells Inlet at the north jetty. Waccamaw Boulevard ends with a gated community so the only way to see this stretch is to park and walk to the point. What stuck out most to me most is that we walked during a full moon at high tide (often called a King Tide) and the waves were crashing hard against the seawalls of many homes. Some yards and a few homes are in the process of being reclaimed by the beach and it was a stark reminder of the realities of living along the coast. The beaches of Murrells Inlet, Garden City and Surfside are mostly residential with a few low and medium rise hotels/condo buildings. The average sold price of an oceanfront home on this stretch so far in 2023 is 2.585 million dollars.
Our next walk took us from Surfside and into Myrtle Beach near Family Kingdom Amusement Park. Our walk took us past the hugely popular oceanfront campgrounds that bring people back year after year: Ocean Lakes, Lakewood and Pirateland. These campgrounds offer leased land opportunities to purchase along with rentals and campsites for visitors. The amenities include water parks, indoor pools, putt putt courses and much much more. This stretch also include Myrtle Beach Resort with two large low rise buildings and the Renaissance Tower. Tucked in between the Pirateland Campground and Myrtle Beach State Park is one of my favorite communities on the Grand Strand, Long Bay Estates. Walking past Myrtle Beach State Park, similar to Huntington State Park, it made me think of how blessed we are to have so much natural beauty in our backyard. As we walked into Myrtle Beach, the coastline changes as the high rise hotels hug the coast offering visitors a place to stay in the crown jewel town the Grand Strand.
Our most recent stretch of our walking adventure took us though the heart of Myrtle Beach from Withers Swash to Singleton Swash at the Dunes Club. These swashes turn out to have quite an interesting history. During the Civil War, Horry County was mostly left alone except for the swashes had salt works that were destroyed by Union troops. We started our walk wading through Withers Swash with the rollercoasters of Family Kingdom in the background. This section of Myrtle Beach included the oceanfront boardwalk and the iconic Sky Wheel. Around 29th Ave N, the beach transitions to an area of mostly residential homes and we couldn’t help but daydream about one day owning of these stunning oceanfront mansions. Our walk ended going past Grande Dunes and wading through Singleton Swash in front of the Dunes Golf and Beach Club which will soon host a PGA tour event in 2024. This is also the site of where George Washington crossed with the help of a local guide with the last name Vereen on our first president’s tour of the area after the Revolutionary War.
We’re excited to pull our photos and videos together in a longer format. But in the meantime, thank you for tagging along and we can’t wait to see more of the Grand Strand’s beautiful coastline!