Introducing North Coast

The coastline from the North Carolina border to the city of Georgetown is known as the Grand Strand, some 60 miles of fast-food joints, beach resorts and three-story souvenir shops. What was once a laid-back summer destination for working-class people from across the southeast has become some of the most overdeveloped real estate in the country.

Though environmentalists worry that development is taking its toll on the shores and marshes, for now, fun and easy livin’ is the name of the game. Whether you’re ensconced in a behemoth resort or sleeping in a tent at a state park, all you need to enjoy your stay is a pair of flip-flops, a margarita and some quarters for the pinball machine.

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