Surfside Beach

The Family Beach

Sometime after the Revolutionary War, John M. Tillman's 3,200 acre Ark Plantation was established and much of that land is now the town of Surfside Beach. After the Civil War, Tillman's family divided the property and the area became known as Roach’s Beach and in the 1920s Floral Beach and then in 1952, Surfside Beach. Officially incorporated in 1964, the beautiful beach town with serene beach vistas bordered by lovely sand dunes had an established moniker as a “the family beach”.

Super clean and gorgeous, white soft, sand is what you can expect to find when visiting the beaches in Surfside Beach. There are dozens of accesses to the beach itself for watersports, fishing and surfing. Many beach access areas also have showers, restrooms, and handicap ramps.

A charming community of a mere two miles long, Surfside Beach is filled with rows of lovely pastel beach houses, modern hotels, condos and trendy restaurants.

The Surfside Pier was built in 1953 and offers magnificent view of the area and is a local favorite for fishing. This Pier is perfect for experiencing romantic sunsets or taking the family for a walk to experience the tremendous panoramic views. Fishing rod rentals and bait is available in the full service pier's bait shop.

Tennis, baseball and shuffleboard can be played at one of Surfside Beach’s many public parks. Passive Park, a quiet place of nature sits beside the newly remodeled public library.

One of the great attractions of Surfside Beach is the Wild Water and Wheels Water Park complex with giant speed slides, relaxing pools and a family go-cart racing track.

In keeping with the motto of "Family Beach" Surfside Beach became the world's first autism-friendly travel destination in January 2016. 

For families living with autism, this can be challenging and unpredictable as it is – and even more so when traveling, which is why most families stay home. But Surfside Beach and Champion Autism Network (CAN) have introduced the CAN Card so these families can get away and relax. The CAN card offers a way for families to subtly let participating attractions, restaurants, hotels and resorts know that they are an autism family to ensure proper service and support. Participating businesses, in turn, are trained to accommodate your special needs.

For more information on CAN, Surfside Beach’s autism-friendly distinction, and to request a CAN Card, visit

Experience many bright sunny beach days in your Surfside Beach stay!

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