Ask any local and they will tell you there are lots of reasons to love North Myrtle Beach! NMB welcomes thousands of visitors every year and the things that bring you here (sandy beaches, amazing seafood, great golf) are the reasons we love calling North Myrtle Beach home.
While we may have big splashy signs and ads for our major attractions, some of our favorite spots are low-key, hidden gems that the locals know and love. But we are too hospitable to keep them all to ourselves! Here are a few places to take you off the beaten path and let you ‘live like a local’ during your trip to NMB.
Local cuisine is a point of pride in many southern cities, and NMB is a shining example. Many restaurants use family recipes passed down through generations. While the recipes may have been tweaked over the years, you can still taste decades of history in every bite.
The homepage for Joe’s Bar & Grill says “Ask A Local,” so we’re answering. Known as the Grand Strand’s best-kept secret, Joe’s serves up the best Lowcountry shrimp and seafood medley. Grab a seat on the couch or find a spot outside at the Racoon Cove Deck Bar. Just make yourself at home.
Southern BBQ, Texas-style, is served up at Brisket. Feast on their house-made deviled eggs and Frito Pie. And if you’re traveling as a family or in a big group, they offer the Feed Bag, which comes with a lot of everything.
Locals feel right at home at Local on the Water. Live music and amazing Intracoastal Waterway views make it a favorite for locals to kick back after a long day on the beach. Next door you’ll find Boardwalk Billy’s known by locals as the go-to place for cold drinks, a fantastic happy hour menu featuring crab legs, sushi, and fresh raw bar items.
Day Trips & Exciting Nights
When we’re not working, we’re living the beach life. We know NMB is home to treasures we won’t find anywhere else, and we never take them for granted.
Pristine nature awaits, but you’ll need to paddle, row, or cruise to get there. Waites Island is just north of Cherry Grove and is a great way to spend at least a half-day. Once you arrive, you’ll spot osprey, ducks, marsh hens, oyster, bald eagles, blue herons, and more.
Festivals are always fun, and North Myrtle Beach has no shortage of events. From our St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival to our Irish Italian International Festival, you’ll find locals along Main Street enjoying the vendors, food, and fun. And if you happen to be visiting NMB on a Thursday between May and September, be sure to check out the Music on Main Concert Series, a local favorite year after year.
A classic NMB experience involves classic music at the beach. The Long Bay Symphony is unique to the Grand Strand. They have a wide repertoire that entertains everyone in the family. Another cultural hidden gem is the NMB Area Historical Museum. The region’s rich history is preserved and shared here, with memorabilia from Cherry Grove, Ocean Drive, Crescent Beach, and more.
Once you get a look at how the people of NMB live, you’ll see why we stay and why you’ll never want to leave.