One of the wonderfully unique qualities of the "Grand Strand" is that it is made up of a group of charming communities that range for the busy beach town of Myrtle Beach to historic riverfront towns like Conway. Charm and personality abound in Horry County and the sense of community carries over geographical boundaries. Whether you prefer a comfy hammock by the beach or a spread of land in the country, Horry County is a great place to call home. Here is a brief overview of some of the great communities that make up Horry County.
From its humble roots as a small weekend getaway town for regional workers, Myrtle Beach has blossomed into a robust metropolitan area and become the business center of the Grand Strand. With its own baseball team, world renowned golf courses, and a thriving cultural scene, Myrtle Beach has everything you would expect from a big city, but with a small town price tag. No longer just a vacation destination, the MBREDC has worked to bring a number of new industries to the area including the corporate headquarters’ for the manufacturing firm BauschLinnemann and international customer service call center STARTEK.
North Myrtle Beach
Comprised of four separate communities, Cherry Grove, Ocean Drive, Crescent Beach, and Windy Hill, North Myrtle Beach is a progressive community and home to the Grand Strand’s largest concert venue, The House of Blues, which regularly host nationally known performers. North Myrtle Beach was named one of Google’s 50 eCities which recognized the growth of small businesses using the internet, and named it the strongest business community in the state. Through their "Building North Myrtle Beach" campaign and the strategic efforts of business leaders, North Myrtle Beach is on the front lines of stimulating new and existing business growth in Horry County. The city is also home to the manufacturing and distribution operations for Landusi Enterprises, the largest distributor of smoking pipes and tobacco in the United States.
Loris is a quiet little inland town located about 25 miles west of Myrtle Beach, and is known for its southern hospitality, local produce and charming sense of community. McLeod Loris is a large hospital located in Loris specializing in general and orthopedic surgeries and emergency care. Each year the town hosts community events in its revitalized downtown area which draw in over 35,000 attendees from around the state. Loris is the future home to the American Headquarters of Accent Stainless Steel, an international manufacturer of micro-brewing systems and other processing equipment.
Known locally as “the family beach,” Surfside Beach is a small seaside community located right in the heart of South Carolina’s Grand Strand. With a beach area just two miles long, Surfside has a laid-back beach town feel, but everything you need from supermarkets, restaurants, and dry cleaners are a short car – or golf cart – ride away. Surfside prides itself on being one of the cleanest beaches in the state and encourages beach-goers and residents to recycle with numerous collection sites around town. Each summer the town holds an annual surf competition that attracts contestants from the entire East Coast. With seven public parks and a city-owned fishing pier, there is plenty of room for activities for all members of the family.
Built along the banks of the Waccamaw River in 1732, Conway is one of the oldest cities in the country, and with its oak-lined streets and southern plantation homes, has all the charm and grace you would expect from a historic southern town. Along with being the county seat of Horry County, Conway’s historic district and revitalized downtown area offer plenty of business connections and quaint café dining for residents in the area. An educational center in Horry County, the city is home to Horry County School's district office, Coastal Carolina University and Horry-Georgetown Technical College. Companies like Canfor, Metglas and B3C Fuel Solutions have planted their roots in Conway because of its dedication to expanding industry.
Aynor is a small town about 15 miles northwest of Conway. With a population of just 600, Aynor enjoys a slower pace than the bigger cities along the Grand Strand. But don’t let its small size fool you; Aynor has a vibrant downtown area with friendly restaurants and a community park enjoyed by all its residents. Surrounded by rows of tobacco, soy, and corn fields, this community roots that go back to the 1800’s and a bright future in industry. Aynor is home to the corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility of PTR Industries, one of the most well-respected rifle manufacturers in the nation. The state-of-the-art facility produces a wide variety of top quality firearms.