Beachfront resort has large ocean-view rooms with kitchens and private balconies, plus pools and a seasonal restaurant
Hotel at a Glance: Forest Dunes Resort
Right outside Forest Dunes Resort, the Atlantic Ocean laps against the soft white sands of Myrtle Beach. But you don’t even need to head to the shore to enjoy the view—each of the uniquely decorated guest rooms has a view of the water from a private balcony.
- Spacious suites and condos have up to three bedrooms, plus kitchens and free WiFi.
- Splish splash: Indoor and outdoor pools and a lazy river let you take a dip no matter the weather.
- For kids, the resort has a game room.
- Where to eat: Buckets Bar and Grill serves up casual American food such as bacon cheeseburgers and loaded nachos.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: Sandy Beaches, 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-sand 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 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 2,000 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 nearly 100 courses in the area that helped Myrtle Beach earn its title as the seaside golf capital of the world.