Near the northernmost tip of Myrtle Beach city limits you’ll find a few blocks of residential area located between 77th Avenue North and 82nd Avenue North.
In this area Ocean Boulevard gives way to Beach Drive as the oceanfront stretch of road, just as hotels give way to homes.
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Parking spots are at a premium, though you’ll routinely find folks parked on the sides of the road in the grassy areas, so it’s generally not much of an issue.
This hidden gem of a beach is never crowded, always clean and often subject to a refreshing breeze even in the hot summer months.
It’s long been known as “the gay beach” amongst locals and though the origin of this nickname is unclear, we’d guess it’s in reference to the happy times had along this nearly perfect part of the shore as opposed to anything related to sexual orientation.
If you’re the adventurous type, you can venture north along the beach at low tide and cross Singleton Swash for access to the Shore Drive area where spots like Ocean Annie’s, River City Cafe and Gracie’s on the Point await. Just make sure you return before high tide or crossing back can be a bit of a challenge.