Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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The native Waccamaw Tribe originally inhabited the Long Bay area of what is now the U.S. state of South Carolina. The first European to settle the area didn’t arrive until the late 18th century. Eventually, a railroad terminus sprang up and was nicknamed ‘New Town.’ It wasn’t until 1900 when the city’s name was changed. According to the local government website for Myrtle Beach, Franklin Burroughs’ (a turpentine and naval entrepreneur and also an early prominent figure in the area) widow, Addie, won a contest to name the city. She named it after the southern wax myrtle bushes, which grow abundantly in the area. Myrtle Beach was incorporated as a town in 1938 and a city in 1957.
According to a 2012 census, the population of Myrtle Beach is estimated to be 28,292. The Myrtle Beach metropolitan area, according to a 2013 census, has a population of 465,391.
Myrtle Beach is considered to be one of the major centers of tourism in the country. This is due to the city’s warm subtropical climate and extensive beaches. The Globe Pequot Press estimates that 14 million visitors are drawn to the city each spring, summer, and fall. (100,000 of them from overseas.)
Myrtle Beach is located at the center of a large and continuous stretch of beach known as the Grand Strand in northeastern South Carolina. The city is home to over 1,900 restaurants, 460 hotels, and approximately 89,000 accommodation units.
Myrtle Beach is also the site of 250 golf courses, which gives the city one of its nicknames: ‘the Golf Capital of the World’. In fact, in 2007, a report by MBACC Research & Statistics estimated that a record 3.7 million total rounds of golf were played in and around the Myrtle Beach area. Notable golf courses include (but are definitely not limited to) Tidewater, Thistle Downs, Oyster Bay, Long Bay, Heather Glen, Dunes Golf and Beach Club, Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach National, Pine Lakes International, Myrtlewood, Caledonia, Heritage Club, Prestwick, and Willbrook.
Other attractions in Myrtle Beach include the Carolina Opry, which features musical, comedy, dance and entertainment shows in a 2,200-seat theater, the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, and the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. The Boardwalk opened in 2010, and has been recognized by National Geographic magazine as the nation’s #3 boardwalk.
Visitors to the boardwalk and beaches of the area should be warned that thongs (any swimwear revealing any portion of the wearer’s buttocks) are not permitted anywhere out in public in Myrtle Beach. According to WMBF-TV, “violators of the ban may be arrested, jailed, fined, have their photographs posted on police websites, and receive widespread news coverage.”
TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark is the home of Carolina League’s baseball Myrtle Beach Pelicans (a Chicago Cubs farm franchise). The National Premier Soccer League’s Myrtle Beach FC Mutiny play their home matches at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium.
Myrtle Beach Speedway hosts NASCAR-sanctioned stock car racing. Drivers in the Late Model classes compete against drivers from Greenville-Pickens Speedway for the South Carolina Championship in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.
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