Surfside Beach

Surfside Beach

Locals and regular visitors know that each area of the Grand Strand is unique. This month, Sasee visited Surfside Beach and found lots to get excited about!

One of Sasee’s favorite writers, Connie Barnard, lives in Surfside Beach – her words capture the essence of this little beachside town.

Thirty years ago while my husband was stationed at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, we bought a ramshackle old beach house in Surfside. Built in the ‘50s, it was one of many raised cottages with porches and double doors on both sides, designed to catch the breeze and the sound of the waves. We never planned for it to become our permanent home, but the Surfside Beach sand became permanently lodged between our toes.

Surfside is called the Family Beach, and we love its wholesome atmosphere. Tourism is the cash crop, and summer is harvest time. Most of our visitors are nice families who have saved up all year to spend this one week in Paradise. Each Saturday families pile in to the weekly rentals all around us, the little children squealing at their first glimpse of the ocean. If you don’t like watching folks have a good time, you probably should not live at the beach.

Surfside Beach Family Festival-October

Surfside Beach Family Festival-October

We love it, and we love living in Surfside. For one thing, it is a real place – a two square mile incorporated town with its own government, police and fire department, beach service, garbage and recycling collection, and sometimes colorful town council. The center of town is marked by Surfside Drive and the landmark Surfside Pier which has been here since the 1950s. We have our own special celebrations throughout the year including a Christmas parade, Easter Egg Hunt, and 4th of July fireworks display. We also have lakes and parks scattered throughout, active youth sports programs, our own library and dog park.

For me, Surfside feels like home. In many ways, it is like the small hometown I left many years ago – with one big difference: the view from my upstairs porch – from which, on a clear day, I swear I can see straight to Spain.


Yummy and Fun Places to Try

Fatima’s Big Apple Bagel Morning Squad

Fatima’s Big Apple Bagel Morning Squad

  • Kim Fowler says to try Brewski’s for a great place to nosh and watch the game. On date night, she and her husband head to Malibu’s, a new restaurant on Surfside Drive.
  • Carole Revetti loves the Surf Diner – the ocean view is spectacular – and for a good slice, she stops by Surfside Pizza.
  • Sasee’s own Susan Bryant’s morning would not be complete without a stop at Big Apple Bagel – and sometimes she brings enough for the whole office!

Did You Know?

  • Surfside Beach is a relatively new town and was incorporated in 1964.
  • In the 1800s, the area was known as the Ark Plantation and was famous for its bumper crops of sweet potatoes.
  • During WWII, the northern section, north of what is now Surfside Drive, was used by the military as a gunnery range. Numerous .50 caliber shell casings, dated 1943 and 1944, were found during the town’s development.
  • From its beginnings, Surfside Beach was developed as a family friendly community and remains so today. It was the first town in the area to implement a town-wide smoking ban.
  • Who loves the Surfside Beach Pier? Everyone! This iconic 750 foot pier was first completed in 1953, but has been twice destroyed by hurricanes. Early residents and visitors remember the amusement park with its Ferris wheel, merry-go-round and arcade – and the Pier Restaurant.
  • A town filled with lovely parks and lakes, All Children’s Park is a very special place. This park is designed to allow children with special needs to enjoy playing with their peers and has set a nationwide standard in parks and recreation.
  • And don’t forget the beaches! With twelve public parking areas, handicapped accessible ramps, public restrooms and showers, this is a wonderful place to spend the day.
All Children’s Park-10th Ave. S. & Hollywood Dr.

All Children’s Park-10th Ave. S. & Hollywood Dr.

Fuller Park-Surfside Dr. & Myrtle Dr.

Fuller Park-Surfside Dr. & Myrtle Dr.

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