Fun Facts About Myrtle Beach

Fun Facts About Myrtle Beach

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 – by Jeanne Kolenda
With the millions of visitors that we see here in Myrtle Beach each year, we thought it might be fun to give you some background and history of this fun and fantastic city we call home. Here are some facts about Myrtle Beach you may not know…

Did You Know?

•While our year-round population is only about 28,000 people, it is not unusual for it to swell to more than 3-5 million during peak season. That’s a lot of hotels, condos and campgrounds that are slam full every year!

•Myrtle Beach is also known as “The Grand Strand.” Why? Because of the long, unbroken stretch of beachfront towns that stretch all the way from the very tip of northern South Carolina down to Georgetown, SC, which is an hour north of Charleston. Myrtle Beach is considered the central jewel of the Grand Strand.

•Myrtle Beach is one of America’s top vacation destinations! Yep, that’s right. We rank right up there with Disney World for tourism, making us one of America’s leading centers for tourism. Each year between April and October, we see an average of 15 million visitors enjoy our beautiful surf and sand!

Some Fun Facts

•Myrtle Beach is actually a man-made island. It is the Intracoastal Waterway that separates Myrtle Beach from the continental United States. This means that our entire city has developed in the small area right by the coast. We are prone to hurricanes, so the sand dunes and tropical grasses keep the city separated from the beach. These dunes provide a natural seawall barrier against storm surge. The monster Hurricane Hugo happened in 1989 and was the most recent catastrophic hurricane this area has seen.

•Our climate is considered to be sub-tropical with very warm and humid summer months. It’s not uncommon to see temperatures rise into the 90’s and above during July and August, but average temps stay in the 80’s, with lows in the 70’s. Thunderstorms often develop with the heat of the afternoon during the summer and will dump short, intense downpours before offering some relief from the heat. Winters are mild and very enjoyable! The ocean water temperature is also very warm for much of the year.

•George Washington even stayed a night here in what is now North Myrtle Beach when he was scouting out the southern states for development. He even rode his horse down what is now King’s highway!

Now when you plan your next vacation to Myrtle Beach, you will be armed with some impressive facts and knowledge to impress your friends back home with about the area that thousands of us call home and millions more visit each year! We welcome you to come enjoy our playground and would love to help you get a fabulous deal on your next visit, so call us here at Oceanfront Vacations today!

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