Our condo is located just south of Kings Highway (17) and only minutes away from many great restaurants, shows and shopping. We’re only 1/2 mile from Barefoot Landing, one of Myrtle Beaches favorite shopping areas.
Directions From Augusta, GA
Take I-20 (East ?) to I-95 North. Take Hwy 327 south to Hwy 301 North. Basically 301 runs parallel to I-95 so by taking Hwy 327 south you stay on the faster I-95 as long as possible then cut south using Hwy 327 to connect to Hwy 301. Then take Hwy 576 and then Hwy 501 south. Trip takes approximately 3 hours 45 minutes depending on traffic.
Rest areas-Note there is a rest area just south of Columbia, SC.
Directions From Toronto, Canada
The trip from Toronto is approximately 13 hours.
Fastest, shortest yet scenic route-Take I-79, to US-19, to I-77 to 52. This route will have you cross the New River Gorge Bridge.
Alternately, Take I-79, to US-19, to I-77 to I-74 to Winston-Salem. From there I-40 to I-73/US 220 in Greensboro to I-74 in Rockingham. Then NC 38 through Bennettsville, SC to US 501. Incoming traffic on 501 starts getting pretty heavy by late morning, then can be at a snails pace from early afternoon and on.
Or get on I-74 in the Lumberton area of NC, go to Chadbourn getting on 410 then 701 to Rt. 9. Take 9 to North Myrtle Beach which avoids the slowness of 501.
Scenic stop- New River Gorge Bridge –you can stop at the visitor’s center on the north end of the bridge and walk thru the center looking at the pictures and watch the short movie about how the bridge was built. Then you can walk down to the overlook.
Overnight stop-If you want to break the trip up into two days, many travelers from Toronto stop at the 8-9 hour point in Beckley, WV for the night. I-77 , exit 44, Harper Rd has a variety of hotels and restaurants right off the exit. From Beckley it is about 7 hours to Myrtle Beach.
From PA or Baltimore driving tips: Take 295 around Richmond, watch your speed in the Emporia VA area.
And from NY: From my area I start out on 287 from White Plains across the Tappan Zee Bridge then heading south on 287 into New Jersey. From there in succession it’s 287 to 78 then to 81 into Virginia where I’ll take 64 through Charlottesville into Richmond picking up 95 south. Then in NC it’s 95 to 40 then 17 down the coast into North Myrtle.
This way is about 90 miles longer then if I went I-95 the whole way but I avoid all the traffic by sidestepping NYC, the Jersey Turnpike, Baltimore and D.C. / Northern Virginia.
Also missing all those tolls (over $20) easily pays for the gas for the extra mileage.
Bonus is coming down through the 81 corridor is much more scenic (weather permitting) and without all the commuter traffic much more relaxing.
Sea Turtle Alert – Please Read!
All Sea Turtles in South Carolina are on the threatened or endangered species list, so nesting season is very important!
Typically, you’ll see loggerhead turtles on the South Carolina coast, but our coast offers natural habitat for Kemp’s Ridley, Leatherback, and Green Sea Turtles as well. All species of sea turtle are on the Endangered or Threatened species lists and are protected by federal and state laws.
Nesting season runs from May to October. Generally the turtles will build a nest in the protected grassy area adjacent to the sand of the beach. If you see a nest, do NOT disturb it. Instead, contact the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and report it so volunteers can hide and protect it. Volunteers later in the nesting season will then help ensure the young get safely to the ocean when they begin their trek.
You can also contact DNR should a sea turtle wash ashore. They will allow a SC aquarium to rehabilitate the sea turtle so he or she can be returned to the sea. The DNR encourages the public to report live, healthy sea turtles here: http://www.seaturtle.org/istor/. For dead, injured or sick sea turtles, please contact the SCDNR Hotline at 1-800-922-5431. For general Sea Turtle information, visit the DNR web site at http://www.dnr.sc.gov/seaturtle