North Myrtle Beach is a coastal resort city in Horry County, South Carolina, United States. It was created in 1968 from four existing municipalities north of Myrtle Beach, and serves as one of the primary tourist towns along the Grand Strand. The population was 10,974 at the 2000 census.
North Myrtle Beach is located at 33°49′20″N 78°40′52″W (33.822216, -78.680974). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.5 square miles (35.0 km²), of which, 13.0 square miles (33.8 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.2 km²) of it (3.48%) is water.
The area is divided into four separate areas based on its former municipalities. These are Windy Hill, Crescent Beach, Ocean Drive, and Cherry Grove, a spit bordering North Carolina. Atlantic Beach, which lies inside of North Myrtle Beach, chose to remain its own town during the merger.
The current city government has pursued a policy of growth through annexation and in October 2008 annexed 2.1 square miles (5.4 km2) that resulted in the city extending from the North Carolina state line to the city limits of Myrtle Beach.