Traveling north on US 17 through Horry County, Little River is the last South Carolina town you pass through before crossing the state line. Situated on the banks of the Intracoastal Waterway, Indians called this “Mineola” and the English translation of Little River became its name.
In its early history, Little River hosted the famous and the infamous. As an out-of-the-way, protected harbor, pirates, smugglers, blockade-runners, and bootleggers are said to have found refuge here. But George Washington also dined here while traveling the Kings Highway on his Southern Tour in 1791.
Little River South Carolina is the oldest — and one of the most unique — towns along the greater Grand Strand.
Known for its fresh seafood, fishing charters, annual blue crab festival, and historic centuries-old live oak trees, it is one of the last communities on the Grand Strand where a slower pace of life still exists.Little River is about 20 miles to the north of the hustle and bustle of Myrtle Beach, so residents and visitors alike share more peaceful days in this quaint fishing village.
Yet Little River is just a short drive to all the Grand Strand’s famous attractions, signature golf courses, unique variety shows, shopping outlets and world-class entertainment. And with two Las-Vegas-style casino gambling boats now docked in Little River, locals and tourists flock to the waterfront twice a day, every day, for world-class casino gambling excursions into international waters where gambling is legal.
Little River is also home to generations of charter and commercial fishermen and shrimpers. Here you can choose between short party-boat fishing trips near the shore, or spend an entire day fishing in the deep waters of the Gulf Stream.
For those who love to play in the waterway instead of fish, there are jet ski rentals at the waterfront as well as dock space and pontoon boat rentals atCrickett Cove and Coquina Harbor marinas.
It’s no secret that property values and real estate in Little River are rapidly rising in value since almost everyone who visits wants to move or have a second home here. There’s a quality of life that residents cherish and visitors admire in our beautiful town on the north end of the Grand Strand.