Hotel at a Glance: Ocean Park Resort
The family-friendly Ocean Park Resort took home a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2013. Set on Myrtle Beach's Ocean Boulevard, the hotel provides convenient access to the beach as well as the area's world-famous golf courses.
- Inviting amenities: Each room has a private balcony, cable TV with HBO, and free WiFi. Oceanfront one-bedroom units also have fully equipped kitchens.
- Take a dip: There's an indoor heated pool and hot tub, plus an indoor kiddie pool for youngsters.
- Pet friendly: Nonagressive dogs weighing up to 20 pounds are welcome ($15 fee per night).
- Work out: You can keep up your exercise regimen in the onsite fitness room.
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.