I live in the Socastee area and you can't find a better option for the cost of living.
Socastee is in the Myrtle Beach area, easily accessed from Conway via Highway 544 or taking Highway 17 and turning into Socastee from the coast. While Myrtle Beach has most of the beach attractions and tourist venues, Socastee is the place where stable, successful South Carolinians work and live.
Living in Socastee, SC gives you a straight shot to the beach, but your own selection of amazing stores, delicious restaurants with variety, and a beautiful landscape. The food variety is just as grand as the beach as a whole, offering everything from standard American fare to Jamaican, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Ethiopian, French, Greek, Mexican, Italian, and so many other ethnic and national food options.
The best areas in Socastee, SC are where Conway and Socastee meet, delivering a row of amazing restaurants and access to Coastal Carolina University. The end of 544 where the road turns into Highway 17 has a lot of great grocery stories, with Publix and Lowes Foods delivering high quality and unique brands and produce.