Myrtle Beach is home to Grand Strand, 60-miles of white sand beaches on the Atlantic Coast. Aside from its coastal advantage, Myrtle Beach offers locals 102 golf courses for entertainment, along with the famous boardwalk, Family Kingdom Amusement Park, Broadway at the Beach and the Speedway race track, home to NASCAR events. The Market Common offers an abundance of retail on the south end of town with 60 stores and restaurants. Festivals are also big in Myrtle Beach, with the Blue Crab Festival and Mayfest on Main in the Spring. The Little River Shrimp and Jazz Festival and the Beach, Boogie and BBQ Festival give locals a special sampling of Carolina cooking in the Fall.
Beaches, entertainment, shopping and festivals bring plenty of tourists to Myrtle Beach every year, but more are choosing to invest in property, both for primary housing and vacation homes. The average list price rose 7.23 percent last year, from $188,852 to $202,505, while inventory dropped 13.58 percent. The number of homes on the market fell from 2,827 to 2,443 - but given Myrtle Beach's small population of 27,109, buyers still have a fair share of homes to vet.