The Greater Myrtle Beach area, widely known as South Carolina's Grand Strand, is a 60 mile stretch of coastline known throughout the world. Stretching from the Carolinas' shared border south to Pawley's Island and the historic port of Georgetown, the area hosts an estimated 13.5 million annual visitors. Mild temperatures, improving roads and an ever-growing assortment of attractions, live music theaters, shopping complexes, eco-tourism opportunities and golf courses have firmly established the area as a year-round resort loved by young and old.
Positive national reviews are frequent - and deserved. The Wall Street Journal and Money magazine listed Myrtle Beach among the top places to retire in America. For the fourth year in a row, the area was recently recognized as a destination favored by readers of Southern Living magazine. Not only did the region make a strong showing in the "Favorite Beach" category of the magazine's annual "Reader's Choice Awards," it was also named a "Favorite Family Destination" and a "Favorite Shopping Spot." Another recent survey named Myrtle Beach the second hottest housing market in the United States. The Grand Strand is the world's top golf destination, too - according to The International Association of Golf Tour Operators. A recent USA Today poll voted Myrtle Beach the second favorite beach in the entire United States. Among two hundred U.S. metropolitan statistical areas, Forbes ranked it the 55th best place for business and careers.
And the list goes on.
"Growth shows no sign of slowing," notes one resident. "Property values keep climbing. Roads keep improving. Our lives become richer and more diverse. Best of all, at Kingston, we are hidden away - in the heart of it all."