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Get to Know the Grand Strand: Surfside Beach, SC


Get to Know the Grand Strand: Surfside Beach, SC

In 2019, the Grand Strand saw record-breaking growth as more and more people from around the world decided to call the Grand Strand their forever home. With abundant natural beauty, a mild-year round climate, and one of the most affordable costs-of-living in the country, it’s no wonder that over 1,400 people relocate to the North Myrtle Beach/Myrtle Beach/ Conway metropolitan area every month!

With so many newcomers to the Grand Strand, it only stands to reason that some of you reading this right now are not entirely familiar with the different townships and communities that make up the Grand Strand. Not to worry, the real estate experts at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Elliott Coastal Living are here to help. With local insight into the history, attractions, and real estate offerings of the Grand Strand, we hope to make our new neighbors feel a little bit more at home in their new community.

This week we’ll be looking at the town of Surfside Beach—South Carolina’s Family Friendly Beach!


First known as Roach’s Beach, the area that is now known as Surfside Beach was originally home to only one two-story building and several cottages. During the early 1920s, the entire region was purchased by a wealthy investor named George J. Holiday. At the time the region was purchased, the Roach Beach’s only principal industries were lumber and feed farming for the region’s few horses and mules. Holiday renamed the area Floral Beach after his wife, Flora, and daughter, Floramay.

By the early 1950s, the area had again changed hands and was renamed Surfside Beach. The undeveloped beach area was covered with sand dunes and a one-lane sandy road that led from the highway to a quiet, family beach.

In 1964, the town of Surfside Beach was officially incorporated.


Known as “The Family Friendly Beach”, Surfside Beach is home to a myriad of shops, restaurants, and family-friendly attractions.

Beyond the beach, one of the town’s most popular attractions is the Wild Water and Wheels Water Park and Go-Kart Track. The sixteen-acre park offers more than thirty-three exciting rides, including high-speed flumes, a wipeout wave pool, waterfalls, a water playground for kids, a lazy river, and more.

Life in Surfside Beach revolves around the water. Surfing, kayaking, and parasailing are all popular past times for Surfside Beach natives. For those looking to while away the hours casting a line, the historic Surfside Pier offers stunning views of the beach as well as a full-service bait and tackle shop.

Looking for a little less surf and a little more turf? Not to worry, Surfside Beach is surrounded by an endless assortment of award-winning golf courses; including Indigo Creek Golf Club, International Club, and Litchfield Country Club.

Real Estate

Whether your dream is to purchase from oceanfront homes for sale Surfside Beach SC or you’re looking to downsize to a cozy ranch home on an established wooded street walking distance to the beach, this laid back small town boasts a relaxing atmosphere perfect for families and retirees alike.  

If you are looking to buy or sell real estate in Surfside Beach, turn to the local real estate experts at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Elliott Coastal Living. For more than 60 years, the friendly staff and real estate professionals at BHGRE Elliott Coastal Living have been helping the people of the Grand Strand with all their real estate needs. We are the Grand Strand’s only “lifestyle” brand and can help you navigate the buying or selling process with ease. Using the latest technology and most innovative marketing techniques, our friendly staff and dynamic team of real estate professionals are guaranteed to find you the property of your dreams.

Visit our website or stop by our office today to explore the incredible homes and condos available for purchase in Surfside Beach, SC.

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