The pros and cons of retiring to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach is definitely one of the most popular retirement spots in the U.S. Retirees from the northeast and the Midwest have come here by the tens of thousands to enjoy its famed 60 mile stretch of beach (the Grand Strand), milder winters, its more than 120 golf courses, and plentiful and frequently inexpensive retirement opportunities. Myrtle Beach welcomes more than 14 million tourists a year.

Myrtle Beach has long been a popular resort town, particularly in the spring and summer. Although it has an old "core", much of the city is new and sprawling both along and back from the coast. The area is famed for its legendary outlet shopping. There are also several major theatre and shopping complexes such as Broadway at the Beach with big name acts booked every week of the year. Between those attractions and the beach, fishing, and golf - there is always something to do in Myrtle Beach.

Another attraction is the wide selection of Myrtle Beach Active Adult Communities to choose from. There are developments offering a wide range of lifestyles, although a great number feature golf as the central activity. For people who are more interested in the beach, the 60 mile stretch of the Grand Strand going from Cape Fear, NC to Georgetown SC, is the place to live. Particularly in Myrtle Beach proper, the beach is chock-a-block with high rise apartment buildings where you can find a commanding view of the sea. Prices vary according to location and amenities offered - the median selling price of a home in the Myrtle Beach area was about $150,000 in 2010.

Pros and Cons of Living in Myrtle Beach


  • Cooler summers than in inland SC
  • 60 miles of Beach in the Grand Strand
  • A summer-like fall and spring
  • Over 120 interesting golf courses
  • World class outlet shopping and concert venues


  • Heavy, heavy traffic
  • Spring break
  • Lots of tourists
  • Fast food, big box environment
  • Many would say that Myrtle Beach is overdeveloped

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