Family-Friendly Hotel Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
Sand, surf shops, and seafood restaurants line the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, which begins at the city’s 2nd Avenue Pier and winds along the Atlantic Ocean to the 14th Avenue Pier. It’s arguably the biggest tourist attraction in the area. From the high-rise Aqua Beach Inn—located directly across from the 14th Avenue Pier—it’s an easy walk to the promenade and the beach.
Every room at the inn faces the ocean and features a private balcony. Get up early to watch the sun rise over the ocean, then whip up breakfast in the unit’s fully equipped kitchen. Later in the day, feel free to barbecue in the gas-grill area or take a dip in the outdoor pool or hot tub.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: Sandy Beaches, Seaside Golf Courses, and Classic Amusement-Park Rides
Myrtle Beach is the crown jewel of South Carolina’s Grand Strand, a 60-mile stretch of white, sandy beaches along the Atlantic seaboard that draws surfers, fishers, and kayakers. The city was named one of the best vacation spots in the United States for a family by USA Today, 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 below.
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, 1 of more than 100 courses in the area that helped Myrtle Beach earn its title as the seaside golf capital of the world.