Surfside Beach is a charming, two-mile long seaside community located directly south of Myrtle Beach. It started as a large plantation, which, after the American Revolution, the owner, John Tillman, and his family, divided for public use. After several name changes, the land was incorporated in 1964 with a population of 881, and designated Surfside Beach. Today, it has around 5,000 residents.
Surfside Beach has retained more of an old-fashioned beach-town feel than any other place along the Grand Strand. It has a laid-back, casual vibe; rows of uniquely designed, pastel-colored beach houses line the streets along with modern hotels, high-rise condominiums, and mom-and-pop restaurants.
Surfside Beach is known as the Family Beach, and people come here to soak up the warmth not only of the sun, but of the easy-going, friendly people who make up this community. Clean, white, sandy beaches, tennis courts, baseball fields, a weekly farmers market, and multiple parks offer ample opportunities for families to relax and have a good time. The Surfside Pier was built in 1953; it offers magnificent views of the area and is a local favorite for fishing.