Sprawling, Family-Friendly Resort in Myrtle Beach
Ocean Creek Resort in Myrtle Beach occupies 57 acres stretching from Highway 17 all the way to the ocean. And there’s plenty to do in that swath of land: you can play tennis and beach volleyball and go biking along the many shaded paths. Head for the water to spot wildlife in the ocean creek running between the main tower and the Beach Club Bar and Grill. Turtles, ducks, and small fish gather in and around the salty stream—you might even see a crab or two.
Moss-draped oaks and large stretches of open space surround the resort buildings housing the one- and two-bedroom units. With a kitchen and screened-in porch, each room is a good fit for a family. Should you choose not to do your own cooking, you can start the day with breakfast at the Four Seasons Restaurant, located just a few steps from the lodge villas. A hot breakfast buffet is served each morning in the sunlit dining room (additional charge).
An indoor pool, whirlpool tubs, and tennis courts can also be found on the grounds. With four clay courts there’s hardly ever a wait to play. At Barefoot Landing, right across the street, there’s a House of Blues, the Alabama Theatre, and numerous shops and restaurants. Tanger Outlets and the shows and nightlife of Myrtle Beach are just a short drive away.
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, 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 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 nearly 100 golf courses in the area that helped Myrtle Beach earn its title as the seaside golf capital of the world.