The Myrtle Beach area, commonly called the Grand Strand by locals, is comprised of 60 miles of coastline and a number of quaint neighborhoods and communities that each offer something unique to the larger seaside destination. On the northern end of our coast is Little River, South Carolina, the oldest town along the greater Grand Strand.
Little River is a picturesque fishing village about 20 miles north of busier Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and both residents and visitors seem to love its slower pace and peaceful setting. The town is well-known for its fresh seafood, fishing charters, annual Blue Crab Festival, casino boats, pirate lore, and historic live oak trees.
If you’re planning a trip to Little River, there are a few things you absolutely have to do:
- Visit Vereen Historic Memorial Gardens. This waterfront preserve is one of the Grand Strand’s hidden gems. This scenic park is 114 acres of woodlands, salt marsh, and formal gardens. It’s a great stop for those traveling with dogs and admission is free. A few miles of easy hiking trails provide a glimpse at an array of flora and fauna, and boardwalks to the back of the gardens lead out to small, shelled beaches along the waterway. It can be found at 2250 SC-179 in Little River. Just be sure to bring your own water and sunscreen.
- Get out on the water. Little River is home to generations of both charter and commercial fishermen. Along the waterfront, you can find a variety of ways to get out on the water. From shorter party-boat fishing trips near shore to day-long fishing excursions in deep Gulf Stream waters, there are plenty of ways to catch your supper. Additionally, dolphin watch tours and scenic waterway cruises can be found running throughout the day. For those seeking more lively entertainment, Little River is also home to two Las Vegas-style casino gambling boats that offer casino gambling excursions into international waters where gambling is legal. Visitors can also find jet ski rentals and pontoon boat rentals at Crickett Cove and Coquina Harbor marinas. If you’re in Little River, there’s almost no excuse not to be on the water.
- Dine on local seafood at a waterfront restaurant. And make sure you come hungry! Dining at one of the restaurants along the historic waterfront provides you the opportunity to see firsthand where a lot of your meal is likely caught and brought in. Crab Catchers is a long time favorite (try the soft shell crab sandwich) and just up the road is Snooky’s (a cocktail on their deck after a day in the sun can’t be beat).
Timing your visit for the middle of May also means you might have the chance to catch the wildly popular Blue Crab Festival. The annual event celebrates one of our favorite local delicacies and draws hundreds of thousands of people to the area each year. The two-day festival takes place along the scenic waterfront and features live music and entertainment, an array of food (including local seafood specialties), unique artists and crafters, kids entertainment and so much more.
For more information on Little River and other Grand Strand communities, be sure to check out our neighborhoods section here.