Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

The Myrtle Beach ferris wheel

The Myrtle Beach ferris wheel
Flag of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Official seal of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Motto(s): First in Service

Location in South Carolina

Location in South Carolina

Myrtle Beach is located in the US

Myrtle Beach
CountryUnited States
StateSouth Carolina
Incorporated1938 as a town
1957 as a city
Named forThe wax myrtle, an abundant local shrub
 • TypeMayor–Council
 • MayorBrenda Bethune[2]
 • City Council
 • Total23.6 sq mi (61.0 km2)
 • Land23.3 sq mi (60.4 km2)
 • Water0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total27,109
 • Estimate (2016)32,240
 • RankSC: 13th
 • Density1,382/sq mi (533.7/km2)
Time zoneUTC−05:00 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−04:00 (EDT)
ZIP Codes29572, 29575, 29577, 29578, 29579, 29586, 29587, 29588
Area code(s)843, 854 (the new overlay 854 area code became effective in early 2015.)
FIPS code45-49075
GNIS feature ID1249770

Myrtle Beach is a coastal city on the East Coast of the United States in Horry CountySouth Carolina. It is in the center of a large and continuous 60-mile stretch of beach known as “The Grand Strand” in northeastern South Carolina.

Ranked as the second fastest-growing metropolitan area in the country (per 2018 census estimates), Myrtle Beach is one of the major centers of tourism in South Carolina and the United States because of the city’s warm subtropical climate and extensive beaches, attracting an estimated 14 million visitors each year.[5] As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 27,109,[6] and in 2016 the estimated population was 32,240.[7] The Myrtle Beach metropolitan area had an estimated population in 2016 of 449,495.[8]

Incorporated March 12, 1938

The City of Myrtle Beach is a residential community and vacation destination at the heart of the Grand Strand, a 60-mile stretch of natural beauty on South Carolina’s northeastern coast.  Our 30,000 permanent residents and millions of visitors enjoy the wide beaches, the warm weather and an incredible range of entertainment, nightlife, golf, shopping, dining and live theatre.

History records that a party of Spaniards from Hispaniola were the earliest tourists here, landing first about 50 miles north of present-day Myrtle Beach.  In 1526, they established the first European settlement in the U.S. about 30 miles to the south.  That settlement, San Miguel de Guadalupe, was abandoned the next year when they returned to Hispaniola, but the area had been discovered.

In the next three centuries, the region’s population grew very slowly.  By the late 1800s and early 1900s, people began to “vacation” here, although it was quite rustic.  Houses and camps were sparse, and there were only few permanent residents at the turn of the century.  But, drawn by the ocean, sand and trees, people began to call Myrtle Beach “home” as the 1900s progressed.

Myrtle Beach was incorporated in 1938 and became a city in 1957, when the permanent population first topped 5,000.  By the way, the name “Myrtle Beach” comes from the wax myrtle, an abundant local shrub, and was chosen in a name-the-town contest in 1900.  “Edgewater” finished in second place.  Previously, the area had been known as Long Bay, Withers and New Town.

For nearly 50 years, Myrtle Beach was a military town, first as home to the U.S. Army Air Corps in the 1940s, and then to the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base beginning in the 1950s.  The base closed in 1993, and the property has since been redeveloped as the Market Common District, complete with an urban town center known as The Market Common, a Grand Park that features open space, recreation fields, a large lake and several walking and bicycling trails.

Warbird Park features static displays of three types of U.S. planes that were stationed at the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base.  The park also is home to the Wall of Service, a memorial wall featuring names of the military personnel and civilian staff who lived and worked at the base during its existence.

Today, Myrtle Beach is a well known destination for vacationers from around the country, Canada and abroad.  The city’s 900 staff members are dedicated to being “First in Service,” and we are ready to provide assistance and answer your questions at any time.   Again, welcome to the City of Myrtle Beach!  We hope you find this site enjoyable and useful.  For more information, please contact the Public Information Department at or 843-918-1014.

What To Expect

Here’s a handy map of designated bicycle lanes and multipurpose paths for your riding enjoyment in the City of Myrtle Beach.


Bicycles are allowed on the beach before 10:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m. from May 1 through Labor Day.  Bicycles are allowed on the boardwalk only between 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. from May 1 through Labor Day.  There’s no afternoon window for bicycles on the boardwalk during the peak summer months.


Thanks to a suggestion from the Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee, the city has created a new mobile device, BikeMB App, that shows bicycle trails in The Market Common.  The app also lets riders log any bicycle accidents they may have had.



The City of Myrtle Beach offers the following bicycle safety brochures for our many riders, along with a map of designated bicycle lanes and multipurpose paths for your riding enjoyment.  Click on one of the following links to download a safety brochure or map of bicycle facilities in Myrtle Beach.

The brochures explain in English, Russian and Spanish that bicycles are vehicles and must obey the same rules of the road that other vehicles follow.  The brochures also discuss the equipment needed to ride a bicycle at night.  Illustrations are included.  Note:  When printing a brochure, turn off the page scaling feature!  In the print dialog box, set page scaling to “none,” or the brochure will not fold correctly.  Acrobat Reader, available for free, is needed for PDF files.


  1. Bicyclists riding on the roadway must travel in the extreme right lane in the direction of the traffic — not against it!
  2. Whenever possible, bicyclists should ride on bike paths or designated bicycle lanes, such as those located on Mr. Joe White Avenue or North Ocean Boulevard.
  3. Bicyclists must obey all road signs and traffic signals, and must give turn signals just as motorists do.
  4. Bicyclists may not ride on ordinary pedestrian sidewalks.  They may ride on special wide, multi-purpose sidewalks designed for a combination of bicycle and pedestrian traffic, such as those running along Grissom Parkway.
  5. Bicyclists should not disregard the rights of pedestrians and motorists — respect them just as you want them to respect you.
  6. It is illegal to ride through a pedestrian crosswalk.  Climb off the bike and walk your bicycle across the road.
  7. A bicyclist riding in the dark must have a headlight on the front of his bicycle and a red reflector on the rear.
  8. Never carry additional passengers on a bicycle!
  9. Watch motorists carefully!  They may be talking on a cell phone, texting, eating…  But they are bigger than you are so, as the saying goes, “give a fool a wide berth.”
  10. Protect your head.  Wear a helmet!
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