Family-Friendly Accommodations with Full Kitchens Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
Beaches, surf shops, and seafood restaurants line the Myrtle Beach boardwalk, which begins at the city’s Second Avenue Pier and winds up along the Atlantic to the 14th Avenue Pier. The high-rise Aqua Beach Inn is located directly across from the 14th Avenue Pier—an easy walk to the water.
Every room at the Aqua Beach Inn points toward the Atlantic Ocean, and many rooms feature direct views from private balconies. Get up early to watch the sun rise over the ocean; you can also spend your morning whipping up breakfast in the room’s fully equipped kitchen. Later in the day, feel free to barbecue in the inn's gas-grill area.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: A Haven for Golfers and Tigers
Many visitors to Myrtle Beach arrive with collared shirts and golf clubs, as there are more than 120 golf courses in the area, the majority of them open to the public. The Grande Dunes Resort Club was named National Course of the Year in 2009 by the National Golf Course Owners Association; it's a challenging course that accommodates all skill levels, with six tees on every hole. Seven of its holes sit adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway.
From the hotel, it's a 20-minute drive north on the main thoroughfare US 17 to Barefoot Landing, a boardwalk cluster that plays host to various shops, restaurants, and the intriguing TIGERS Preservation Station. It's a free exhibit where you can get an up-close look at rare and endangered tigers, including siberians, royal white bengals, and the golden tabby. For $79, you can even hold a tiger cub, pose for a photo with up to five people, and ask the tiger to autograph your box of Frosted Flakes.