Hotel at a Glance: Paradise Resort
With a name like Paradise Resort, this hotel knows how to set expectations. The oceanfront resort is a paradise for families: it has indoor and outdoor pools, including a shaded one just for kids; two indoor hot tubs and a poolside tiki bar for the adults; and DVD rentals for cozy nights in.
- Float on: The pool has a lazy river that’s perfect for lazy, relaxing floats.
- Where you’ll stay: All guest rooms have free WiFi and furnished balconies, many with views of the ocean.
- Which room suits you? Ocean-view efficiency rooms have microwaves and mini fridges, while oceanfront deluxe suites have full kitchens and laundry machines.
- Rise and shine: Make your own waffles at the breakfast buffet or sit down for a leisurely meal at Sandal’s Restaurant, which overlooks the ocean.
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.