Saturday, July 7, 2012

Traffic Tips for Your North Myrtle Beach Vacation

From Memorial Day through Labor Day, North Myrtle Beach and the surrounding area become a melting pot of vacationers, hosting people from all over the eastern half of the United States. The Grand Strand is a great drive-to destination, but with so many cars on our roads, traffic can become a bit of a headache unless you are familiar with the short-cuts and alternate routes. Keep the following tips in mind while driving around town, and they will save you some frustration and valuable vacation time.

There is a string of small towns surrounding Myrtle Beach, from the border of North Carolina all the way to Georgetown, about 60 miles south. Highway 17 conveniently connects all these towns together, and makes navigating between them simple. But in the summer, simple does not mean quick. While some might enjoy a two-hour cruise from North Myrtle Beach to Pawley’s Island, most vacationers are trying to get somewhere in as little time as possible. Highway 31, also called Carolina Bays Pkwy, was built to relieve traffic on Highway 17, giving drivers a quick alternate route from Little River to Murrell’s Inlet. Vacationers reap the benefit of this freeway, particularly if they are going from their condo in North Myrtle Beach to the popular attractions in Myrtle Beach. Getting to Highway 31 is easy; just head west on Main St, cross Highway 17, and after about 2 miles, take a left onto SC 31. From there you can exit near the Tanger Outlet Stores off Highway 22, Take Robert Grissom Pkwy to Broadway at the Beach, or get off on Highway 501 for access to Myrtle Beach.

Highway 31 near North Myrtle Beach

If you’re not going far and just want to drive to Restaurant Row or Barefoot Landing, you can take a short-cut to avoid Highway 17 and its heavy traffic. For guests staying in Cherry Grove, Ocean Drive, or Crescent Beach, you can take Ocean Blvd as far as 27th Ave South, and cut over to Highway 17. For those staying in Windy Hill, you can take Ocean Blvd all the way to 48th Ave South. Ocean Blvd has lower speed limits, but is less congested and has fewer traffic lights. If you do find yourself stuck in traffic, try not to let it ruin your day. You can amuse yourself and your family by planning the rest of your trip, talking about your favorite parts of your vacation, or seeing how many states are represented by license plate. While you’re at our office getting the keys for your rental property, ask a staff member for other tips for traffic and attractions. We’d love to help you!

By Brandon Moss of Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

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