26 Facts About Myrtle Beach


Myrtle Beach is a coastal city on the east coast of the United States in Horry County, South Carolina.

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Myrtle Beach is one of the major centers of tourism in South Carolina and the United States.

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Myrtle Beach's widow named the new community Myrtle Beach after the local wax-myrtle shrubs.

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Myrtle Beach stayed a night at Windy Hill and was led across Wither's Swash to Georgetown by Jeremiah Vereen.

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Myrtle Beach has been separated from the continental United States since 1936 by the Intracoastal Waterway, forcing the city and area in general to develop within a small distance from the coast.

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Myrtle Beach is 67 miles by highway southeast of Florence, South Carolina, 94 miles northeast of Charleston, South Carolina, and 74 miles southwest of Wilmington, North Carolina.

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Myrtle Beach's economy is dominated by the tourist industry; hotels, motels, resorts, restaurants, attractions, and retail developments exist in abundance to serve visitors.

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Myrtle Beach has approximately 425 hotels, with many on the beachfront, and approximately 157 accommodation units in total.

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The Myrtle Beach Skywheel opened at the boardwalk in May 2011, and is a 200-foot observation wheel, similar to a ferris wheel, with glass gondolas that look over the Atlantic Ocean.

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Myrtle Beach Convention Center is a large facility that hosts a variety of meetings, conferences, exhibits, and special events every year.

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Each March since 1951 during Ontario's spring break, Myrtle Beach has hosted Canadian-American Days, known as Can-Am Days.

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Myrtle Beach is home to Coastal Uncorked, a food and wine festival held in the late spring annually.

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Myrtle Beach Bike Week, called "Harley Bike Week", is a week-long motorcycle rally first held in 1940, the same year Kings Highway was paved.

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Several lawsuits by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People against Myrtle Beach businesses were settled with agreements that discrimination cease, compensation be given to some plaintiffs, and employees be given diversity training.

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The NAACP suit against the City of Myrtle Beach was settled in 2006 without the city paying damages, but with the agreement police would use the same traffic control rules during both the black and the white motorcycle rallies.

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The law had been challenged by a group of motorcyclists and a group of Myrtle Beach businesses called BOOST, Business Owners Organized to Support Tourism, who opposed the city's anti-motorcycle tourism policy.

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Myrtle Beach has been called the "Golf Capital of the World" because of the roughly 100 golf courses there, the record 4.

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From 1998 to 2009 and again starting in 2011, the area hosted the Bi-Lo Myrtle Beach Marathon presented by Chick-Fil-A, every February featuring the Friday night Royal Bank of Canada 5K and the Saturday Dasani Half Marathon and Bi-Lo Marathon .

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Myrtle Beach is home to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, a Carolina League baseball team and a Chicago Cubs farm franchise.

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The city of Myrtle Beach reformed into a council-manager government system in 1974 under the administration of Mayor Bob Hirsch and city manager David Stradinger, who moved away from the city's former strong-mayor form of government.

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Myrtle Beach is served by The Myrtle Beach Herald, a weekly newspaper that is part of the Waccamaw Publishers group.

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GSMC contains the only cardiac surgery and neurosurgery programs in the greater Myrtle Beach area and was a recipient of the Healthgrades 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery in 2012 and 2013.

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Myrtle Beach makes one scheduled delivery per month into the City of Myrtle Beach.

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Plans exist for Myrtle Beach to be served by two interstates, Interstate 73 and Interstate 74.

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Myrtle Beach is served by the Coast RTA and the Pee Dee Regional Transportation Authority.

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Myrtle Beach has five sister cities, as designated by Sister Cities International:.

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