South Carolina’s “Grand Strand” spans 60 miles of sand and shore, and Myrtle Beach is at heart of it all. An increasingly popular destination, Myrtle Beach’s metro area has witnessed booming growth in recent years, fueled by its alluring climate and beachfront delights. Entertainment, arts, family fun and of course a plethora of outdoor activities are all possible at Myrtle Beach. The boardwalk is another not-miss attraction, as is the colorful ferris wheel that overlooks all this splendor.
About 14 million people visit Myrtle Beach annually. Interested in joining them? There are plenty of hotels in the area willing to accommodate you. We’ve selected a handful of options for you in Myrtle Beach, ranging from affordable to slightly splurgy. Regardless of price, each beachfront property listed here will let you indulge this rich oasis of the Grand Strand.
Anderson Ocean Club and Spa
From $114/ night
The almost golden hue of this hotel’s facade hints at the brightness you’ll feel inside. Not only does this shorefront property offer a walkable distance to the beach, it also sports two outdoor pools, a lazy river, and poolside cocktails at B Bar. You’ll certainly be satiated in terms of anything aquatic, but if you need something even more refreshing, there’s a full-service spa. A sun terrace ensures you’ll get the Vitamin D you need. Feeling rejuvenated? Try walking toward any of the nearby attractions, such as mini golf, shopping, or the Children’s Museum of South Carolina.
The Island Vista Resort features a slightly longer walk to the beach, clocking in at 11-minutes. Thankfully, if you’re too tired to make the journey, both an outdoor and indoor pool are available. Should you find yourself wheezing after said beach walk, be sure to book a suite: they come with a furnished balcony and kitchenette, making them ideal for travelers who need a little extra relaxation after long days in the sun. Multiply your comfort by visiting the spa and wellness center, or enlist the front desk to help you get tickets for nearby attractions. Feeling hungry after your adventures? There are two restaurants on-site: one serving American Southern breakfasts and dinners, and another more casual option, the Tiki Hut (which can also deliver pizza).
Generally cheaper than both Island Vista and Anderson Ocean Club, don’t mistake South Bay Inn for a discount property: it’s received glowing ratings from visitors past and sports plenty of amenities. It’s also close to the beach, with only a five-minute walk from digging feet-first into soft sand. Meanwhile, the hotel itself has a gamut of activities: a waterpark, waterslides, billiards, table tennis, a gym, and an outdoor pool. Still want more? Captain B’s serves Austrian cuisine for lunch and dinner. After a full day, try enjoying the view from your balcony. Depending on your room, it could face the busy city, sandy coastline or the sparkling Atlantic Ocean.
A popular, clean and massive property, Dunes Village is consistently rated highly for families. It consists of almost 500 rooms, ranging in size all the way up to four-room suites. The smoke-free resort houses something sure to entertain all kids (and maybe even parents) who like swimming. The Palm Water Park is big —30,000 square-feet big— and sports slides, a lazy river and all sorts of watery adventure. (If you’re arriving in the winter, don’t worry, you can still enjoy the water: the water park is heated and enclosed, from November til April.) A kid’s club, basketball court, and tennis court ensure active kids of all ages have something to do, while parents can indulge cabana massages or a cup of Starbucks.
With nearly 3,600 reviews posted online, it appears the Sea Crest is a popular resort. Maybe its appeal derives from the fact that this hotel boasts a one-minute walk to the beach. Or it could be the on-site water park and plentiful swimming pools that are drawing visitors (especially families). Still, it could also be the short drive to the Myrtle Beach boardwalk. That’s a good sampler of reasons to choose this hotel, but here’s one more: the poolside bar.
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