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The Best Places to Stay in Myrtle Beach: Hotels and Condo Rentals for Families
Ocean Front Lodging at Myrtle Beach
The Best Locations in Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach has over 22 miles of shoreline, which gives vacationers a great deal of choice in where to stay. The Grand Strand is located in Myrtle Beach along the boardwalk, and is a vibrant, busy place to stay. North Myrtle Beach is a different city (with its own zip code) and has a quieter, more laid back atmosphere.
No matter where you decide to stay, attempt to get ocean-front lodging. There are many hotels and condos along the coast, with affordable rates. The convenience of staying right on the beach makes a Myrtle Beach vacation much more enjoyable!
Staying along the Boardwalk at Myrtle Beach has several advantages: there are several restaurants within walking distance, the atmosphere is lively, and there are several options for entertainment (including the Myrtle Beach Sky Wheel) in the immediate vicinity. This area can be noisy at night, however, so families seeking a place for restful slumber would do well to look elsewhere.
Surfside Beach is to the south of Myrtle Beach, and offers a quieter location to stay. Vacationers can drive to the busier, downtown area, and are also close to Huntington Beach State Park and Murrell's Inlet, where most of the dolphin and water tours are located.
North Myrtle Beach is a distinct city with its own zip code, and is close to the Barefoot Landing shopping center and the Tanger Outlets. Staying in North Myrtle Beach offers less crowded beaches, with the benefit of a short drive down the 17 to Myrtle Beach. Vacationers can easily travel to Calabash in North Carolina from this area.
Garden City Beach and Murrell's Inlet also offer lodging in a quiet location. Murrell's inlet is south of Myrtle Beach and is an estuary frequented by many species of birds. Vacationers can rent canoes from Crazy Sisters Marina and take guided tours of the local islands and wildlife. The activity of downtown Myrtle Beach is a short drive to the north.
Types of Accommodations in Myrtle BeachClick thumbnail to view full-size
The Dunes Village Resort: Video
Decide on a Vacation House, Condo, or Hotel
Vacation homes can be pricey, but can also accommodate several families in one location. Consider a house rental for family reunions, trips with friends, or any gathering of a large group. The cost of a vacation home is offset when several families contribute to the rental fees.
Most families travel to Myrtle Beach with their nuclear family, however, and generally make the choice to stay in a rented condo unit or in a hotel. Condos have the benefit of having more space, laundry facilities, and a full kitchen. Hotels offer daily maid service, and can often be obtained for lower prices than a condo. Keep in mind, however, that the cost of a condo might be offset by the ability to cook your own food.
Our family recently stayed in a condominium unit located between Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach. We loved the convenience of going to our condo for lunch, then returning to the beach. It saved quite a bit of money, and we didn't have to go in search of a lunch-time restaurant every day. The extra space was much appreciated, as our boys had their own bathroom and bedroom. We had plenty of room to spread out and truly relax on our vacation - our personal preference is for a condominium when staying at the beach.
Our family stayed at the Wyndham Seawatch Plantation in a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condominium. While this location did not offer a spectacular water park, the two lazy rivers and multiple pools offered plenty of swimming fun for our two boys. Since the spring weather was rather cool, we spent a great deal of time in the hot tubs. With two small boys, we found the laundry facilities to be extremely valuable. We often spent the morning on the beach, ate lunch in our condo, and would then spend the afternoon in the pool area. Having the ability to prepare meals in the condo cut our vacation costs dramatically.
The Compass Cove Resort: Video
The Best Hotels for Families in Myrtle Beach
The Dunes Village Resort has a 15,000 square foot indoor water park, which makes it the best hotel for kids in Myrtle Beach. No matter what the weather is doing outside, kids can slip down water slides and splash through various water features. The Dunes offers studio units up to 4 bedroom deluxe condo units for traveling families.
The Caribbean Resort and Villas also offers a water slide and children's splash pool. There is an indoor lazy river, which allows families the ability to have fun in the water on cooler days. Families rate this hotel as being clean and offering a great mix of amenities and space (studio units through four bedroom condo units are available).
Sandy Beach Resort is within walking distance to the Family Kingdom Amusement Park and offers a kid's splash pool. While the pool features are not as exciting as the Dunes Village Resort or Compass Cove, the rooms at the Sandy Beach Resort are nicely appointed and very clean. The Family Kingdom water park and amusement park is only open in the summer season. One review indicates the machinery from the nearby water park may be noisy at times.
Compass Cove has an excellent pool area, with 22 water features and 2 water slides. There is an indoor pool area in addition to the children's outdoor splash pool, which features a play submarine and several spray jets, bubbling fountains, and water curtains for children to play under. This resort offers studio units through three bedroom condo rentals.
Great Hotel and Condo Locations in Myrtle Beach
This resort is smaller than The Dunes, but also offers a water slide and children's splash pool.
This resort offers a small water park for families and clean, nicely appointed hotel rooms.
Compass Cove offers a great water park for families, in addition to spacious condominium rentals.
The Dunes Village Resort offers an indoor water park and spacious accommodations for families.
This condo complex offers several pools, hot tubs, and two lazy rivers on a quieter section of beach.
Hotel, Vacation House, or Condo at Myrtle Beach: A Poll
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Choose the Best Option for Your Family
There are many wonderful accommodations in Myrtle Beach. Decide what is most important to your family: you may prefer to have amenities like a water park attached to the hotel, or you may prefer to have a quiet location away from the busy amusement parks. While I heartily recommend staying on the beach, there are hotels available for a lower cost away from the beach.
The hotels I've recommended in this article offer great rooms and fun water activities for kids - we met several families who heartily recommended the Dunes for its ocean-front location, water park, and condo units. We loved the Seawatch Plantation for its quiet atmosphere and heated lazy rivers in the spring. As long as you're at the beach, life is good!