Located in the middle of the Grand Strand, an area with 60 miles of beaches, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina first became popular with vacationers in the early 1900s. Lately, it’s become a popular retirement destination and for good reason.
Besides its miles of sunny beaches, Myrtle Beach is known for its golf, with more than 100 courses to play. If you’re a history buff then the Myrtle Heights-Oak Park Historic District, the Myrtle Beach Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Station, Ocean Forest Country Club, Peasant Inn, and Rainbow Court are all listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Dining options are abundant, as are movie theaters and performing arts centers. If you like shopping there are six areas to shop for almost everything you need: Coastal Grand Mall, Myrtle Beach Mall, Tanger Outlets, Broadway at the Beach, Barefoot Landing and The Market Commons.
There's plenty else to do in Myrtle Beach, like Ripley’s Aquarium, SkyWheel Myrtle Beach, and deep sea and dolphin cruises. But keep in mind that it gets a bit touristy, which can mean long lines and large crowds.
Myrtle Beach has three hospital systems: the Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, Loris Healthcare System, and the Georgetown Hospital System. Each has several satellite facilities for urgent care and specialty services.
When it comes to active adult living, the Myrtle Beach area has 29 age-restricted and active lifestyle communities. Some of the most popular are:
Lakeside Crossing - Conway
Located less than 15 miles from Myrtle Beach, Lakeside Crossing is a low-maintenance, 55+ community with ranch-style homes that are for sale on a new and resale basis. Its main clubhouse has a multi-purpose room, a game room, and even a pub where you can grab a drink. There are two tennis courts and three shuffleboard courts outside. There's also a fitness complex where residents can use the indoor lap pool, jacuzzi, dance room, and all of the state-of-the-art fitness equipment.
Del Webb Myrtle Beach - Myrtle Beach
Del Webb Myrtle Beach is a new active adult community that will have 524 single-family homes upon completion. Plans for the community include a 15,000 square-foot clubhouse that will be the center of many of the luxurious amenities. A full-time activities director will help residents make the most of the amenities, which will include a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, arts and crafts studio, card room, gathering spaces, and more.
Outdoors, residents can challenge friends and neighbors to a game of tennis, pickleball, or bocce. Residents will also have access to the amenities at the nearby Grande Dunes Ocean Club. This stately 25,000 square-foot clubhouse will make any day feel like a vacation with an outdoor resort-style pool surrounded by beautifully landscaped patios and verandas. Just steps away are the beautiful, sandy beaches along the Atlantic Ocean that makes Myrtle Beach so special.
Cresswind Myrtle Beach - Myrtle Beach
Designed to make the most of its Myrtle Beach location, Cresswind Myrtle Beach is a nature-inspired community of 400 single-family homes set amidst picturesque streetscapes, manicured landscaping, meandering walking trails, and lush pocket parks. There are nine unique home plans, each with an impressive array of customizable designer choices.
The clubhouse is a 12,500 square-foot amenity center filled with numerous facilities to stay physically fit and socially active, such as two multi-purpose rooms, a demonstration kitchen, a fitness center, an aerobics and dance studio, as well as an arts and crafts studio.
Seasons at Prince Creek West - Murrells Inlet
A quaint and gated adult community in Prince Creek, home of the Tournament Players Club Golf Course, Seasons at Prince Creek West is located just outside of Myrtle Beach. The community is the home of numerous protected wetlands and ponds which create the perfect backdrop for daytime strolls or evening front porch chats with friends and neighbors.
There are 460 single-family homes ranging in size from 1,593 square feet to 2,500 square feet, with a wide range of architectural styles. As far as amenities go, Seasons at Prince Court West has a resort-style 29,000 square-foot clubhouse with billiards, computers, a library, and a ballroom. There’s also a full-time activities director. Residents can stay fit at the indoor and outdoor pools, a men’s and women’s sauna, a bocce ball court and several tennis courts.
Myrtle Trace - Conway
Located in Conway, Myrtle Trace is a 55+ community has 518 single-family homes available on a resale basis. There are ranch-style floor plans and low-maintenance exteriors with either two or three bedrooms, two to two-and-a-half bathrooms, and an attached garage. Most homes back up to wooded areas or ponds with scenic views. A quaint clubhouse is a focal point for all social and physical activities in Myrtle Trace. There’s a multi-purpose room with a catering kitchen, a hobby and game room, and an outdoor pool, bocce ball courts, shuffleboard courts, and horseshoe pits.