If you want to experience some of what old time coastal South Carolina was you need to come to Murrells Inlet. This community is a fishing village that many people find very different from the nearby beach resort towns. Modern times have seen growth with the tourism industry. However, it retains the same charm it had in past times. In the midst of Murrells Inlet sits the Historic District around the antebellum homes of two planters: Jason Motte Alston and Dr. Allard Belin Flagg. Other buildings from this period are also in the district. They offer a glimpse into the past that makes this village what it is today.
If you look at Murrell's Inlet on a map you will see that it sits south of Garden City on the Grand Strand. The inlet itself is a break in the offshore islands that offers boat passage into the salt marshes. This gives the community some protection from tropical systems that come visiting every few years. The north side of the inlet is the location of Garden City Beach. The south side is Litchfield Beach. The community of the Inlet does not have direct beach access. However, it is very close to those beaches and many others. For boaters, this is the community of choice.
Natural beauty and a quiet atmosphere are the hallmarks of the Murrells Inlet community. There are no signs of the high rises and hustle and bustle of Myrtle Beach, just 10 miles up the coast. It is a paradise for anglers, antique collectors, and naturalists. Golfers are in paradise with the many golf courses just a few feet away. The downtown area boasts Restaurant Row, which offers world class dining next to award winning BBQ. The older parts of town offer beauty and a bit of ghostly life also. The historic district offers a glimpse of what this community continues to be.
Nature lovers enjoy the fact that this part of the Grand Strand remains in good shape environmentally. The salt marsh that makes up so much of Murrells Inlet offers shelter, food, and breeding grounds to tons of birds and other wildlife. The community takes great pride in keeping the marsh in good shape for their own enjoyment and for the enjoyment of their visitors. Local monitoring ensures the water quality and periodic cleanups remove debris that careless visitors leave. This part of SC offers so much for those who want a quiet place to breathe.