Myrtle Beach is a vibrant and colorful beach city that have retirees flocking to it.

Myrtle Beach is a vibrant and colorful beach city that has retirees flocking to it.

Thanks to its pristine Grand Strand beaches, fresh seafood, and a subtropical climate, Myrtle Beach is one of the most popular vacation destinations on the East Coast and many decide to move there for good after their first visit. The city of Myrtle Beach is a classic beach town with colorful storefronts, a lively boardwalk, and an eye-catching SkyWheel, while the larger metropolitan area offers R&R at a slower pace.

 

     

Fun in the Sun

Myrtle Beach boasts 60 miles of sunny beaches and ocean views. Waters reach a comfortable temperature for swimming in early May and stay warm through September. In July, water temperatures are typically in the 80s. Summers can get quite hot, with average highs in the 90s, but the sea breeze from the Atlantic keeps temperatures comparatively lower than inland southern towns. Winters can be surprisingly chilly but rarely dip below the mid-30s. Myrtle Beach State Park offers a quiet respite from the city, with campgrounds and nature trails nestled within a forest of pines. Anglers head to the pier to cast for mackerel, bluefish, and flounder, and amateur crabbers can rent traps to catch blue crab. Bird watching is also a popular activity at the park, as the beach and forest are home to a long list of waterfowl, loons, eagles, and more. The Waccamaw River Tour is another great way to see birds and you may even catch sight of an alligator. In the safety of a Coast Guard certified pontoon boat, guests float through creeks and swamps, looking out for ospreys, herons, and turtles.

Affordability

A concern for many retirees is making their money go further once they no longer work, and many look to South Carolina for its generous tax policy. The state does not tax Social Security benefits and offers a deduction for retirement income. Property taxes are also fairly low and senior homeowners qualify for a homestead exemption that lets you take $50,000 off your home’s value on your taxes. Myrtle Beach also has a fairly low cost-of-living index score at 13 points below the national average. South Carolinians also enjoy fuel prices generally a few cents lower than the national average, according to the AAA.

Attractions

The Grand Strand is a golfer’s paradise. With 20+ quality courses located up and down the coast, you’ll never get bored with any one location. A Myrtle Beach Pelicans baseball game is another great way to enjoy a warm summer day. A Chicago Cubs affiliate, the Pelicans often employ rising stars before they make it into the MLB. Cubs right fielder and World Series champion Jason Heyward once wore a Pelicans uniform. If racing’s more your speed, the Myrtle Beach Speedway holds weekly stock car races sanctioned by NASCAR. The Myrtle Beach area also caters to the crafty. The Conway Glass Center makes elegant, hand-blown glass creations and offers classes where you can learn to do the same. For inspiration, you can visit the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, where four permanent collections of Southern art and antique maps are housed along with rotating seasonal exhibitions. History buffs can visit the Horry County Museum, which maintains an impressive collection of wildlife, military, and American history exhibits.

Standout Communities

With a great selection of active adult communities in the area, it can be difficult to know where to start looking. The award-winning Cresswind Myrtle Beach definitely stands out. A picturesque pool area offers a great spot to cool off and relax, while an ever-changing itinerary of events provides plenty of opportunities to get moving. A 12,000 square-foot-clubhouse features a fitness center, yoga and aerobics studio, arts and crafts room, computer center, social room, party room, and state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen. Outside, tennis courts, a grilling area, and miles of walking trails let you take in the fresh air. Proximity to the Market Common shopping district makes living in Cresswind Myrtle Beach as convenient as it is fun. Seasons at Prince Creek West is another community you’ll want to check out. Located in Murrells Inlet, the Seafood Capital of South Carolina, Seasons at Prince Creek West is in a prime location for experiencing great cuisine, coastal beauty, and urban amenities. Residents stay active close to home at the huge Grand Clubhouse and Sports Complex that features a fitness center, pool, tennis courts, and game room.  

Sources:

“Why Retire Here?” Think Myrtle Beach “A Local’s Look.” - Visit Myrtle Beach “Myrtle Beach weather.” - Myrtle Beach “State Gas Prices.” - Gas Prices “Cresswind Myrtle Beach Amenities & Lifestyle.” - Kolter Homes