Hotel at a Glance: AAA Four Diamond North Beach Plantation
This stately multilevel resort lords over a 7.5-acre swatch of Atlantic shoreline that's carved out of the South Carolina mainland by an inlet. The main tower forms a kind of wall between the resort grounds and the rest of North Myrtle Beach, giving the property the appearance of a remote island. But you won't be roughing it here: North Beach Plantation is packed with upscale amenities.
- Posh oceanfront condos are decked out with private jacuzzis and balconies with views of the Atlantic Ocean.
- Prime steaks, sushi, and wine at the award-winning 21 Main at North Beach steak house
- 10-person whirlpool surrounded by tropical plants in the outdoor sanctuary at Cinzia Spa
- Turkish-style hammam where you can indulge in a eucalyptus steam treatment
- Year-round swimming in the indoor pool
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.
Bout a half hour 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.