North Myrtle Beach

By Leslie Moore

North Myrtle Beach

This month, Sasee is drawn to the sparkle and shine of one of the Carolina’s finest beach communities! The entertainment capital of the Grand Strand, home of the shag dance, a premier sporting destination and a fun place to spend your beach day or date night – take your pick and fashion one of the many fabulous beach hats North Myrtle Beach has to offer. Those of us sitting beachside on the south end don’t always make it up this way, but I promise you it is worth the trek! With a “small-town” city feel, the welcoming community takes you by the hand to show you just what they have to offer. Once four independent beach communities (Cherry Grove, Windy Hill, Ocean Drive and Crescent Beach), in 1968 they combined to form one. And by taking Highway 31, our south end friends can beat the traffic and spend the day as a Carolina northerner. Already a part of this seaside gem? Then you already know all the adventure, happenings and hangouts that await. So grab your best girlfriend or pack up the family station wagon and hit the road to beautiful North Myrtle Beach.

Hoskins

Whether you grew up on the oceanfront streets of North Myrtle Beach or even if you are new to our area, you have most likely heard the Hoskins name! A longtime family-owned, diner style hotspot, Hoskins, has been serving an American seafood and steak menu three meals a day since Hubert and Leona Hoskins opened their doors in 1948. A Sasee favorite and an eatery tradition, remaining in the same family and in the same location, third generation owners have a table for you at their “family home” for a traditional meal that is tried and true!

We always love the road less traveled, and off the beaten path, across Kings Highway from Barefoot Landing, is Hamburger Joe’s, home to some of the best burgers and prices on the Strand. Family owned and operated, it is a fun lunch and dinner eatery serving…you guessed it, the best burgers in town! Housed in a roomy, down-to-earth cabin, Hamburger Joe’s grills up fresh, never frozen burgers and the classic American diner fare with always homemade sauces. Another local’s favorite, with prices so cheap, you will want to leave your change on the wall – a Hamburger Joe’s trademark.

North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex

I don’t know about you, but we have been known to throw a few pitches, kick a few soccer balls and caravan our sports loving little ones to a tournament or two! North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex has been known to hit it out of the park. Offering a diverse selection of sporting event facilities and outdoor recreation, this premier venue can accommodate a range of activities – such as baseball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, quidditch (yes they do!) and flag football. The sports complex is also equipped with an array of facilities and fields, each with a wide selection of amenities adding value, fun, comfort and ease to your sporting event or tournament. And when the game is done, the day is not over, you and your loved ones, and even your furry friends, can head out and enjoy the trails, playgrounds, picnic shelters, dog park, 25 acre lake and 10 acre meadow.

Go Ape

Living by the beautiful Atlantic with gorgeous maritime forests and flora, a gorgeous view is easy to find! But what if you could see such beauty from the treetops? South Carolina’s first Zip Line and Treetop Adventure course, Go Ape is set within the woods behind the Sandhills Bank Amphitheater. An adventure-activity venue, you can explore the forest canopy via a treetop rope course. But more than just a canopy tour, the course is made up of numerous rope ladders, 40 exciting crossings to include the Spiders Web, ZigZag Bridge, Flying Carpet and Jungle Crossing, two Tarzan swings and five zip lines. An adrenaline rush and a sight to behold, two zip lines take you across a 25 acre clear blue lake on the Southeast side of the park. The views are simply stunning as you zip over the water from one side of the lake to the next.

North Myrtle Beach Historic Museum

Okay history lovers, this one is for you! A strong sense of community is the heart of North Myrtle Beach and remembering and honoring the history behind this “small-town” city is the value behind the North Myrtle Beach Historic Museum. Opened in April 2013, the Museum’s mission is to foster a deeper appreciation for the culture, history and science of the North Myrtle Beach area. Acting as a hub of activities for visitors and locals of all ages, the Museum offers events and exhibits to learn about the exciting legacy of this beautiful region.

Fat Harold’s

The Sasee staff loves to dance, and I am sure a few of you do as well! Grab your dancing shoes and head to the beach-themed club of Carolina Shag Dancing at Fat Harold’s – North Myrtle Beach’s living tribute to another time. The heart and lifework of Harold Bessent, aka the “King of Shag” and the “Fat Man” who’s passing in 2015 left a hole in the hearts of many, this hot spot has remained a statement accessory in the downtown district since opening its dance floor for the first time in 1962. Generations of locals and visitors continue to flock to North Myrtle Beach to sway to the tunes at Fat Harold’s. Hosting many shag festivals and SOS (Society of Shaggers) retreats, this museum of beach music and dance continues to welcome novice and expert shaggers alike to bask in the legendary establishment that keeps the spirit of shagging alive. And when all that dancing makes the body hungry, curb your cravings in the Shag City Grill with great burgers, hot dogs and much more.

Music on Main

We’ve danced, we’ve eaten, we’ve adventured, but there is still one more thing you must do in North Myrtle Beach. You can journey to Main Street and delight in the sounds of a live band every Thursday. Presented by the North Myrtle Beach Parks and Recreation Department, you can dance ’til you drop at the 2016 Music on Main concert series. Always fun and always free for all ages, come downtown after work or after a long day on the beach to experience the many happenings on Main Street and kick back and relax in your beach chair to the sounds of some of the most talented performers in the region.

We would love to know your favorite North Myrtle Beach hangout! Send your favorites to Leslie at lmoore@strandmedia.com!

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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