Which Beach is Best? North Myrtle Beach Vs. Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach with a Ferris wheel vs North Myrtle beach

Many travelers often ask us the question “What’s better – North Myrtle Beach or Myrtle Beach”? That’s an easy question as we always say “both”! Both cities have their own unique attractions, geographical features, mystique, history, restaurants, and things to do. One of the best reasons to stay in this area is the easy access you have to both great sections, but many travelers have their personal preferences (quite passionate ones, at that!) based on their own experiences, history, and the type of vacation they enjoy.

Now that we know that both are fantastic, here’s some comparisons on how these two popular vacation spots differ:

Top Attractions

A comparison of Broadway at the Beach Myrtle Beach vs Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach: Broadway at the Beach, Ripley’s Aquarium, Pirates’ Voyage, Myrtle Beach Skywheel, Myrtle Beach State Park, Carolina Opry, Myrtle Beach Pelicans, The Boardwalk, The Market Common, Family Kingdom

If there’s one thing Myrtle Beach does better than anywhere on the Grand Strand – it’s attractions! Myrtle Beach has attractions that are unique and are great for any type of traveler, old or young. From one end to the other, you’ll have TONS of fun options!

North Myrtle Beach: Barefoot Landing, K1 Racing, Alligator Adventure, Duplin Winery, Alabama Theater, Shops on Main.

North Myrtle Beach has lots of great attractions and fantastic shopping. Just like Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle, Barefoot Landing has something for everyone!

Top Restaurants – Local Favorites

A comparison of Sea Captains' House Myrtle Beach vs Hoskins in North Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach: Mammy’s Kitchen, Sea Captain’s House, Angelo’s Steak & Pasta, The Library, River City Café, Café Old Vienna.

A great mix of fine dining and dives, if you find yourself hungry in MB, it’s your own fault!

North Myrtle Beach, Hoskin’s, Hamburger Joe’s, The Brentwood (Little River), The Clubhouse, The Shack, Boardwalk Billy’s, Buoy’s on the Boulevard, R.W. Woods.

The fine locals in NMB know that the best places are away from the glitz and glam! These places will make you feel at home!

Top Accommodations

Myrtle Beach: Grande Shores Ocean Resort, Horizon at 77th

Both of these beautiful resorts are located to an upscale residential area on the beach and give you the perfect headquarters to the ideal Myrtle Beach vacation! They are close enough to all the stuff you want to do and nestled away so you can relax in style!

North Myrtle Beach: Avista Resort (duh!), Prince Resort, Seaside Resort, Towers at North Myrtle Beach

Prince and Towers at North Myrtle Beach are both located in the family friendly Cherry Grove section and Seaside Resort is a fabulous boutique-style resort that has lots of style and great pools. Avista is simply the #1 rated oceanfront resort on Trip Advisor (3 years running – but who’s bragging?!)!


Myrtle Beach: Dunes Golf & Beach Club, Grande Dunes

Dunes Golf & Beach Club is over 70 years old and has consistently been ranked #1 in the Myrtle Beach area by pros and is one of the top courses in the world. Grande Dunes has won “National Golf Course of the Year” by the National Golf Course Owners Association and is a great place to spend a day of your vacation.

North Myrtle Beach: Barefoot Resort & Golf – The Dye Course, Azalea Sands

The Dye Course at Barefoot Resort & Golf is one of the most visually stunning courses in the state and Azalea Sands has been a North Myrtle Beach institution since 1972. You cannot go wrong with either on your next vacation!

Live Music

A comparison of The Bowery Myrtle Beach vs House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach: The Boathouse, The Bowery, Bourbon St. Bar and Grille, Bars at Broadway at the Beach

Throughout the year, you’ll find great live music in just about any bar at Broadway at the Beach. The Boathouse has many great traveling acts, and the famous Bowery is where Alabama got their start. Not too shabby!

North Myrtle Beach: The House of Blues, Music on Main (summer months), Duck’s Night Life, Pirate’s Cove Lounge, Deckerz, The Spanish Galleon, HOTO’s.  

The #1 venue for live music and popular acts in the area is definitely The House of Blues. If you’re looking for a place where you can hop from venue to venue on a Friday or Saturday night, check out the great clubs on Main St. You can enjoy everything from Motown to Beach Music to Top 40 and rock.

Natural Beauty (besides the beach!)

Myrtle Beach: Myrtle Beach State Park, Huntington Beach State Park (Murrell’s Inlet), Brookgreen Gardens (Murrell’s Inlet).

Myrtle Beach State Park is lovely and very accessible. Huntington Beach State Park is a great place to camp or take an entire day to see alligators, waterfowl, and bald eagles. Brookgreen Gardens is the most beautiful place on the entire Grand Strand. It is not to be missed!

North Myrtle Beach: Vereen Gardens (Little River), Heritage Shores Nature Preserve, Burgess Coastal Preserve, Cherry Grove Point.

Vereen Gardens has gorgeous walking trails and is a fantastic place for a picnic. Heritage Shores and the Burgess Coastal Preserve are smaller trails, but gorgeous views of the marsh await (plus – it’s a great place to see wildlife!). Cherry Grove Point is a great place to spend time at the beach as it borders Hog Inlet, giving you a great view of Waites Island.

As we always say – both cities are fantastic and getting around here very easy, even with high summer traffic. The Grand Strand is the #2 drive-to destination on the east coast, according to many surveys (The mouse’s kingdom in Orlando is #1) and it’s easy to see why. There’s so much to do here no matter where you stay and you’re never far from whatever you want. So, in the battle of North Myrtle vs. Myrtle, the winners are really the travelers and residents. With the terrific growth and addition of new attractions, both areas have blindingly bright futures!

Also, North Myrtle is best. = )

Jason Coker

Jason Coker is originally from the metropolis of Burlington, NC & is passionate about vacation experiences. An aficionado of music, sports, and all things geeky, Jason spends his free time performing music, grilling out, & relaxing with his son, daughter, and lovely wife, Amy.