Going somewhere new can be adventurous and exciting. It can also be overwhelming. While North Myrtle Beach’s main attraction is in the name, there are many more things to do, see, and eat in our neck of the beach. We’ve compiled a list of must-see places for first-time visitors to help you narrow down the options and plan an unforgettable trip. After all, planning and anticipation are half the fun!

Beaches As Far As the Eye Can See

Nine miles of beach stretch along NMB, giving you plenty of room to stretch out on a chair or towel, toss a frisbee, and cool off in the Atlantic Ocean.

Some of our beaches are in bustling areas with restaurants and lodging nearby, like Ocean Drive. Others are quiet and secluded, offering more privacy, like Cherry Grove. You can enjoy a different beach experience each day you’re here.

Back to Nature

Take some time to explore our delicate and pristine ecosystem beyond the beach with an outdoor adventure at our parks, marshes, and waterways.

Waites Island features more than 1,000 acres of undeveloped land accessible by horseback, kayak, or paddleboard through the salty marsh. Sunbathe at the beach, go on a kayak or horseback adventure, or enjoy wildlife watching (the area is home to majestic creatures like bald eagles, loggerhead sea turtles, and bottlenose dolphins). 

Find family fun and outdoor recreation at North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex. Walking trails, an outdoor amphitheater, multiple parks for the kids, and even dog parks offer opportunities for outdoor fun.

Besides the Atlantic, another body of water waiting for you to discover is the Intracoastal Waterway. Charter a boat, hop on a dolphin tour, go fishing, or dine at a restaurant along the water.

Eat, Shop, Drink, Repeat

A day of shopping, eating, and drinking is one of our favorite ways to pass the time in North Myrtle Beach. 

At Barefoot Landing, you can do all three. 

Find delicious food and drink spots like Crooked Hammock Brewery and LuLu's. Beyond its southern comfort menu that features plenty of seafood, sweet tea, and tropical cocktails, LuLu’s has a ropes course, an arcade, and a sandy beach your kids will love. As far as shopping is concerned, there are plenty of boutiques with souvenirs and beach gear. And for live music, check out the open-air stage or the famous House of Blues, hosting live concerts regularly. 

Besides Barefoot Landing, Main Street is a bustling district with shops, restaurants, bars, and fun events like the annual Music On Main concert series.

Hole In One For Fun

A morning or afternoon on one of North Myrtle Beach’s world-class golf courses will help you channel your inner Greg Norman (The Norman Course is one of four pro courses at Barefoot Resort & Golf).

Several other public courses are also available.

If you want to work on your (very) short game, spend a couple of hours on our mini-golf courses! Professor Hacker has three destinations in NMB –  Dinosaur Adventure, Lost Treasure Golf, and Mayday Golf – all feature themed courses for every skill level. 

Catch of the Day

From the iconic Cherry Grove fishing pier to charter expeditions, fishing in North Myrtle Beach is an experience to behold. Choose between pier, deep-sea, shark, inshore, and surf fishing – you can’t go wrong with whatever you choose. 

Get started with these must-see spots and come up with a few more of your own. And if you can’t get to everything on your first trip, you already have plenty to look forward to on your future trips to North Myrtle Beach.