The main stretch of Myrtle Beach is only a few miles to the south, but there’s no shortage of things to do at Barefoot Resort. Designed as a mini city with 14 distinct communities, the property features four golf courses and 64 shops and restaurants.
The condos are perfect for those traveling with families or large groups. Units are both homey and roomy, with full kitchens, living rooms, and even a washer and dryer. Yacht Club villa 2-603 has three bedrooms, three full baths, and is just a short car ride from the ocean.
With so many restaurants onsite, you won’t have trouble finding one to suit your appetite and budget. Offerings range from casual cafes to Greg Norman’s Australian Grille, a surf ‘n’ turf spot overlooking the water.
Both kids and adults will enjoy the resort’s Alligator Adventure, one of the largest reptile zoos in the world. It’s home to more than 700 animals, including gators and crocs, rare snakes, and komodo dragons.
The onsite House of Blues—which was constructed from pieces of a Mississippi tobacco barn—features nightly live music. Check out the calendar for upcoming events.
You can sign up for dolphin tours or rent a jet ski at Barefoot Water Sports.
North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: Sandy Beaches, Seaside Golf Courses, and Classic Amusement-Park Rides
North Myrtle Beach is at the tip of South Carolina's Grand Strand, a 60-mile stretch of white, sandy beaches along the Atlantic seaboard that draws surfers, fishers, and kayakers. In North Myrtle Beach itself, you can find the newly renovated Cherry Grove Pier, which extends 985 feet into the Atlantic. It bustles with activity during the fishing season, and you can rent a rod nearby to take your place alongside veteran anglers. Nearby restaurants serve up fresh, cooked-to-order crab, shrimp, and fish.
Southwest of North Myrtle Beach is Myrtle Beach itself, which USA Today named one of the best family-vacation spots in the United States in part because of its wooden boardwalk, which stretches for more than a mile and buzzes with carnival games and amusement-park rides. Hop into the SkyWheel ferris wheel’s glass-floored gondolas, surrounded by more than a million LED lights, for a panoramic view of the city.
Less than 20 miles south of Myrtle Beach, the tiny fishing village of Murrells Inlet provides a tranquil contrast to the boardwalk's hustle and bustle. At Brookgreen Gardens, more than 1,400 original sculptures stand amid sprawling floral gardens and massive, moss-covered oak trees that have been around for centuries. Murrells Inlet is also home to the Tom Fazio–designed TPC Myrtle Beach golf course, one of more than a hundred courses in the area that helped Myrtle Beach earn its title as the seaside golf capital of the world.