Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand area, an exceptional location hugging both the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway, has a plethora of activities and attractions for people of all ages to live or spend their vacations.

Generally speaking, the Grand Strand is a region made up of two counties — Georgetown and Horry — that stretches along more than 60 miles of coastline and extends several miles inland.

The climate is mild and sub-tropical, with an average annual temperature of 64.1 degrees. Thanks to warm air currents from the Gulf Stream and the Atlantic Ocean, with only a few wintery days as the rara exception, residents are treated to balmy weather all year long.

Of course, the water temperature tends to be cooler in January (around 50 degrees) than in August (85 degrees). But even during winter months, pleasant strolls along the white sandy beaches may be enjoyed.

Although vacationers hopefully won’t require medical attention while visiting the area, Myrtle Beach boasts outstanding medical care available. Area hospitals include Conway, Georgetown Memorial, Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, and Loris Health Care System.

For those who are physically active, there are tennis and basketball courts, baseball fields, and dozens of world-class golf courses. For a little less exertion, there are lovely state parks and tranquil marinas along the Intracoastal Waterway.

For those who enjoy theater and live concerts, there are a number of entertainment venues, including the Alabama Theater and House of Blues at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, Legends in Concert in Surfside Beach, amd and Dixie Stampede, the Carolina Opry, the Palace Theater, and Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament in Myrtle Beach.

For avid shoppers, there is a wide variety of malls, retail outlet stores, and specialty boutiques scattered about the Grand Strand. And if you’d rather not drive, the area has plenty of buses and taxicabs available.

From transportation to theater to recreation to medical care, Myrtle Beach and the greater Grand Strand area offers the services you’ll love for a healthy, fun-filled vacation.