Visitors along the northern end of the Grand Strand know they have found paradise – sparkling shores, beach music and enough memory-making, vacation fun to please every member of the family. From just north of the North Carolina border to Barefoot Landing, this section of the beach brings folks back year after year to enjoy shopping, great food, exciting nightlight and, of course, the beautiful, wide beaches.

Not Found Elsewhere

Your mother-in-law needs a gift and don’t forget your BFF. And, of course, you need a few mementoes of your amazing vacation. The North End has lots of options.

From funky boutiques in Sunset Beach like Bleu (720 Sunset Blvd. N.) and Blue Heron Gallery (1780-10A Chandlers Lane) to dazzling art at Sunset River Marketplace (10283 Beach Dr. SW) in Calabash, shops on the north end are filled with one of a kind finds.

Coastal North Town Center gives visitors even more reasons to shop local. From grocereis to speciality stores, this is your one stop shopping destination on the North End.

Family owned and operated, Callahan’s of Calabash (9973 Beach Dr SW) has satisfied loyal shoppers for 40 years. From home décor to gifts and apparel, you are nearly guaranteed to find something you just can’t live without. The same family owns Sea Island Trading Co. (720 Hwy. 17 N.) just across the border in Little River where Southern Belles or those who love them, can find designer clothing, jewelry and home furnishings! For everything beachwear and in between visit one of five locations of Beach Life Resortwear (see ad on pg. 47).

The Great Outdoors

You came TO the beach FOR the beach – sitting in a comfy sand chair under an umbrella and listening to the waves break on the shore – bliss! Locals love the Cherry Grove Fishing Pier for beach access and enjoying a walk on the pier, but parking fees apply! Between Cherry Grove and North Myrtle Beach you can find lots of free public parking and easy access to the shore. Crescent Beach and Windy Hill are both fun places to spend your beach day. But there is a lot more to do on the north end.

Quaint and lovely Little River offers half and full day charter fishing trips for the angler in the group. If you are visiting in May, the Blue Crab Festival (5/20 & 21) is an annual favorite. 

Play Tarzan for the day at Go Ape Zipline and Treetop Adventure! Thrill-seekers will find a day of adventure here, and they have recently added a Treetop Junior course for the younger crowd. If this is a little too much action, The North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex offers three hiking trails and lots of other outdoor activities.

Music & Dancing

No visit to The North End could be considered complete without a visit to Fat Harold’s Beach Club to watch the shaggers’ slide and twirl to the sounds of beach music – you could even take a few lessons!

North Myrtle Beach also has free concerts on Main Street throughout the summer. Beginning in May, Music on Main concerts are held every Thursday at 7 pm. North Myrtle Beach is also the home of House of Blues – check and see who’s playing while you’re here.

Off the Beaten Path

Wine lovers alert! Duplin Winery’s vineyards are located in Rose Hill, North Carolina, but now the popular winery has opened a Tasting Station in North Myrtle Beach. Check their website, www.duplinwinery.com, for upcoming events and tastings.

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