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North Beach Plantation and the city of North Myrtle Beach are welcoming visitors with open arms in the wake of the heavy flooding that hit parts of the Palmetto State earlier this month.
The recent, record rainfall and resulting flooding caused destruction throughout South Carolina, but the Grand Strand area escaped the brunt of the devastation. While some coastal communities saw as much as 2 feet of rain in the first week of October, North Myrtle Beach had some issues in the northern section of town around Cherry Grove Beach and Little River sections, while the southern section around Barefoot Landing and North Beach Plantation, as well as the central Grand Strand, avoided the serious issues in other areas of the state.
"We are fortunate our beaches are up and running and ready for visitors," Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Brad Dean said just days after the storm stopped and the floodwaters subsided. "Anyone who has visited the Myrtle Beach area knows our fall weather is typically gorgeous and sunny. We look forward to welcoming folks back to the beach."
While the South Carolina Lowcountry areas of Georgetown did see higher amounts of rainfall and some flooding due to overflowing rivers, the central Grand Strand experienced 8 to 10 inches of rain that forced the cancellation of outdoor events scheduled for the Oct. 3-4 weekend.
But by Tuesday, Oct. 7, the sun reappeared and quickly dried up much of the remaining water. Golf courses and watersports outfitters were back in full swing, along with all the indoor venues that escaped damage. The bigger issue for visitors were some road closure en route to the Grand Strand, but all major thoroughfares are now open - all lanes and in both directions.
The Grand Strand still has an impressive lineup of fall festivals and activities to enjoy, like the Oct. 24 Murrells Inlet Oyster Festival, and the Oct. 31 Halloween Bash at Broadway at the Beach’s Celebrity Square. The holiday shows hit the stage at local theaters like The Carolina Opry and Alabama Theatre in November, along with special dining and shopping events for Thanksgiving/Black Friday weekend.
Get into the Christmas spirit at “Nights of a Thousand Candles” at Brookgreen Gardens, catch a floating Christmas parade on the Intracoastal Waterway, and take in the best high school basketball tournament in the nation at the Beach Ball Classic. And, of course, Myrtle Beach has excellent attractions, dining, shopping and nightlife year-round.
Of course, vacationers can also spend their entire trip in comfort and luxury at North Beach Resort. Enjoy the spacious oceanfront pool deck and indoor lazy river, dine at the award-winning 21 Main, and enjoy a relaxing massage at the on-site Cinzia Spa. The coast is clear and the welcome sign is on at North Beach Plantation.