Conway, South Carolina

Best Places to Retire in South Carolina


The city of Conway (population 13,000) is an historic community, located just inland of Myrtle Beach along the Waccamaw River. It was chartered in 1734, and today is the county seat of Horry County. It is also home to Coastal Carolina University, with an enrollment of near 7,000 students.

Conway has a number of stately old homes and buildings on the National Register, a Riverfront Walk and picnic area along the river, and giant live oaks draped in Spanish moss that add to the charm of the city. There is Community Theater, and Coastal Carolina University offers its Wheelwright Cultural Arts Series. The events calendar includes its Waccamaw Fins & Feathers Festival (a wildlife and fishing event), Rhythm on the River Concert, Rivertown Blues & Jazz Festival, an annual Bluegrass Festival and the Round the Fourth celebration. Conway has its own medical center and a general aviation airport, which is just west of the city.

In addition to all Conway has to offer, it is minutes from Myrtle Beach, which offers a very large number of amenities to support the estimated 13 million visitors annually. There are hundreds of dining establishments, shows, world class shopping, entertainment, and more. Conway is also a short ride from ocean beaches, and there is an ocean inlet at nearby North Myrtle Beach for sailors and offshore fishing enthusiasts.

Arts & Culture

Wheelwright Auditorium at Coastal Carolina University annually hosts the Wheelwright Cultural Arts Series. The Series includes music, literature, and dance.

The Theater of the Republic offers community theater at the Main Street Theatre.

Round the Fourth Celebration is two days of music and fun activities, built around Independence Day.

The Waccamaw Fins & Feathers Festival is a wildlife and fish festival held in April. (843) 248-2273.

The Horry County Museum, located in downtown Conway, features exhibits by local artists, as well as historical and regional exhibits.

Nearby Myrtle Beach is well known for its “feature theaters” that bring in nationally known talent and produce outstanding stage shows. Alabama Theater, North Myrtle Beach –

Legends In Concert, Surfside Beach –

Palace Theater – Broadway At The Beach entertainment complex –

Dolly Parton’s Dixie, North Myrtle Beach –

The Carolina Opry, North Myrtle Beach –


The Conway Parks & Recreation Department maintains a wide range of recreational facilities and offers programs and opportunities for all ages.

The Myrtle Beach area (which includes Conway), with 120 fine golf courses, arguably offers the largest collection of golf courses available anywhere in the world. There are even more under construction. Most of them are open to the public and many are championship caliber. The courses range from ocean-side settings to salt marsh lands, to forested lands with massive live oaks draped in Spanish moss. The long list of course designers includes Robert Trent Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Greg Norman, Davis Love III, Tom Fazio and Pete Dye.

Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet is noted for its diverse habitats and a wide variety of wildlife. It has pristine beaches, salt marshes, and freshwater lagoons that are home to American alligators, bald eagles, osprey, and nesting loggerhead sea turtles. The park is also one of the east coast’s finest birding sites. It offers 127 campsites, picnicking, hiking, bike riding, shell collecting, fishing, and crabbing. In addition, Coastal Exploration programs are offered throughout the year. (843) 237-4440

Myrtle Beach State Park offers 350 campsites, a fishing pier, public beach, and a nature center. A variety of hands-on educational programs invite families and groups of all ages to learn about beach combing for sea treasures, catching crabs off the fishing pier, seining through the surf, foraging for wildlife, or a dozen other LowCountry activities. (843) 238-5325

Nearby Myrtle Beach offers an abundance of choices for outdoor recreation, including 46 miniature golf courses, amusement parks, horseback riding, biking, hiking, tennis, fresh and salt water fishing, boating or sailing, and all the beach activities.

The Coastal Carolina University “Chanticleers” compete in both men’s and women’s athletics in NCAA Division One, Big South Conference.


Coastal Carolina University is located on a 272-acre campus in Conway. It is a four-year academic institution with nearly 7,000 students, and offers 33 degree programs. It was established as a branch of the College of Charleston in 1954. In 1960 it became a regional campus of University of South Carolina, and finally became independent in 1993. The school competes in both men’s and women’s athletics in NCAA Division One, Big South Conference.

Senior Programs

Grand Strand Chapter of Senior Friends, sponsored by Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, is part of the National Association of Senior Friends, a not-for-profit organization for persons over age 50. It provides social and health benefits and opportunities through one source. Activities offered include monthly dutch-treat luncheons, chapter meetings, bowling league, brown bag move, day and night trips, an annual convention, member-guest cookout, birthday party, and Christmas dance and much more. There are many health benefits and discounts available for members through the Medical Center and its facilities.


Conway Medical Center is a private non-profit institution with more than 200 physicians and 160 private rooms. Located off Hwy. 501 and 544, it is also the home of Kingston Nursing Center an 88-bed nursing center owned and operated by the hospital.

Grand Strand Regional Medical Center is a 219-bed acute care hospital located in the heart of Myrtle Beach. It has a medical staff of more than 275 physicians, over 900 staff. Grand Strand has the only cardiac surgery program in Horry and Georgetown counties and is the designated trauma center.

Loris Healthcare System serves the North Strand area and parts of North Carolina. It includes Loris Community Hospital, Seacoast Medical Center and other healthcare facilities. Loris Hospital is a not-for-profit hospital with 105 beds, and the Extend Care Center is licensed for 88 beds.


Myrtle Beach International Airport offers flights from seven scheduled airlines.

Conway-Horry County Airport is general aviation facility located on Hwy. 378, five miles west of Conway. (843) 397-9111

Grand Strand Airport is in North Myrtle Beach between Hwy. 17 and the Intracoastal Waterway. It serves private and corporate aircraft. (843) 272-5337 or (800) 433-8918


The average temperatures for January are a high of 56 degrees and low of 36 degrees. The averages for July are highs of 90 degrees, and lows of 73 degrees.


The Sun News –

Property Taxes

Horry County –

State Taxes

Chamber of Commerce

State Aging Agency


Wilmington, NC – 72 miles
Georgetown – 37 miles
Charleston – 97 miles
Hilton Head – 191 miles

« Back to the South Carolina Index
« Back to the State Index