Myrtle Beach's Finest Hotels Offer Luxurious Rooms with an Ocean View

There's a reason that the best hotels in Myrtle Beach also happen to be oceanfront - location, location, location. If you've ever enjoyed a cup of coffee on your private balcony while watching the sun rise, walked out your back door and felt sand and surf between your toes, or relaxed in the ocean breeze at night after a long day, you understand the added value of staying beachfront. Myrtle Beach offers many options for families, couples and golfers looking to score some beach time during their vacation time. For families looking to keep the big ones and little ones entertained, there are oceanfront resorts like Island Vista and Dunes Village that offer large indoor/outdoor water parks so the kids can splash and play on water slides and aquatic playgrounds while the adults chill out in the lazy river and hot tubs. Couples can enjoy a romantic stay at upscale resorts like North Beach Plantation, which features a swim-up bar a la the Caribbean and the relaxing Cinza Spa. Golfers can enjoy the best of both worlds by staying at an oceanfront resort that also features an adjoining golf course, such as Litchfield Beach & Golf Club. Tee off in the morning and spend the afternoon soaking up some sun - is there a better way to spend the day? The answer, for some, is yes, and there are oceanfront hotels available up and down the Grand Strand that can match your plans and lifestyle. Here are 10 that rise above the rest.



Experience the isolation of staying at Myrtle Beach's southernmost resort while still having everything you need and want on site or close by. Springmaid features all the accommodations and amenities one expects from a first-class oceanfront resort, plus its very own fishing pier. An art museum, par-3 golf course and oceanfront barbecue restaurant are only steps away to the north, while the property borders Myrtle Beach Park to the south for a beautiful stretch of beach for walking. Major renovations to both the rooms and the property have breathed some new life into the historic resort, which also specializes in weddings.

Recommended for Beach Hotels because: Springmaid Beach Resort's location and renovated rooms bumps it into the top 10.

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North Myrtle Beach

The Avista provides visitors with a relaxed resort setting that's just a short walk away from the uniqueness of downtown North Myrtle Beach. Located in the heart of historic Ocean Drive district, this recently renovated resort treats guests to excellent accommodations and amenities without leaving the property. But its a short stroll the saw-dust dance floors of the beach bars where the shag was born in the 1960s and is still popular to this day. Seafood restaurants and shops also line the area, but guests will be tempted to spend their time at the Avista. The on-site Spanish Galleon is a popular shag dance club.

Recommended for Beach Hotels because: The Avista Resort is THE place to stay in downtown North Myrtle Beach.

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See why families love to stay and play at Long Bay Resort, a beautiful 15-story oceanfront tower offering modern accommodations and excellent amenities. Comfortable rooms offer private balconies overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, and the indoor/outdoor pool decks include a lazy river, children's water park and a beachfront bar. Long Bay's central location allows visitors easy access to many popular attractions, such as the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, Restaurant Row, Barefoot Landing and Broadway at the Beach. Long Bay is particularly attractive for families visiting in the offseason as the indoor water park offers plenty of opportunities to swim even when it's cold outside.

Recommended for Beach Hotels because: Long Bay Resort is one of the most affordable places to stay on the Myrtle Beach oceanfront for the quality and quantity of amenities.

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Spend your Grand Strand vacation in the heart of Myrtle Beach's downtown district without sacrificing luxury at the Anderson Ocean Club. Located just steps away from the Atlantic Ocean and walking distance to some of the Grand Strand's most popular attractions, the Anderson gives guests a comfortable stay that seems a world away from the action. Offering deluxe accommodations ranging from one-, two- and three-bedroom units, the Anderson can accommodate parties of any size. Oceanfront rooms feature spacious balconies overlooking the ocean, and each room features flat-screen TVs, Sealy posturepedic mattresses and room service. The Anderson Ocean Club also offers a day spa, fitness center, indoor/outdoor pools and hot tubs and other amenities, providing plenty of luxury and relaxation without leaving the resort. Guests are less than a mile from the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Broadway at the Beach.

Recommended for Beach Hotels because: The on-site Magnolia's Restaurant on 26th serves three, homestyle meals a day, making it a popular spot for locals and visitors alike.

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Get ready for one of the best Myrtle Beach vacation experiences imaginable at Kingston Plantation, a 145-acre oceanfront resort nestled between Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach. Kingston Plantation offers a variety of deluxe accommodations to meet your party's needs and features all the amenities one would expect from a major resort. Restaurant Row and several major attractions are only a short distance away but you will find everything you need to survive and thrive on the property. Guests are only a short golf cart ride to Arcadian Shores Golf Club, which offers special rates to patrons from Kingston Plantation.

Recommended for Beach Hotels because: Embassy Suites offers relative seclusion for its close proximity to Restaurant Row and excellent shopping options.

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Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort
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Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort offer a truly unique experience in a truly unique setting. Built on a former rice plantation, this beautiful property offers guests a taste of true Southern hospitality and the South Carolina Lowcountry lifestyle. Enjoy oceanfront accommodations or private cottages and golf villas, all luxuriously furnished. Litchfield Beach offers all the amenities of a seaside resort - pools, tennis, bicycle rentals - but the main attraction is golf, with three championship courses nearby. Unwind after your round at the on-site Webster's Lowcountry Grill. Guests are minutes away from the golf courses on famed Waccamaw Golf Trail.

Recommended for Beach Hotels because: When it comes to luxury on the south end of the Grand Strand, Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort is your best option.

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Stay in the lap of luxury at the Marriott Resort at Grande Dunes. Featuring more than 400 elegantly furnished rooms and first-class amenities, the Marriott is made for guests with discriminating tastes. Relax in tropical pools by the oceanfront restaurant and bar or enjoy the full-service spa and fitness center. Located on the northernmost end of Myrtle Beach, guests have access to one of the most secluded stretches of beaches on the entire Grand Strand while still being close to many of the top attractions on the Grand Strand. The award-winning Dunes Golf & Beach Club and Grande Dunes Golf Resort are in the neighborhood.

Recommended for Beach Hotels because: Marriott Resort literally and figuratively stands alone on the north end of Myrtle Beach's exclusive Dunes community.

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Dunes Village is one of the newest resorts on the Myrtle Beach oceanfront.The twin towers feature nearly 500 modern units ranging from standard rooms to luxury suites offering spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean from their private balconies. Two indoor water parks, featuring water slides, lazy rivers, hot tubs, occupy the ground floors, and the outdoor pool deck includes a beachfront bar and grill. Located in the prestigious Pine Lakes neighborhood, Dunes Village is just a short distance from "The Grandaddy," aka Pine Lakes International Golf Club, the first of more than 100 golf courses to open on the Grand Strand.

Recommended for Beach Hotels because: One of the newest resorts on the Strand, Dunes Village is also one of the most luxurious.

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Enjoy island-like seclusion without leaving the mainland at Island Vista Resort. Located on the Myrtle Beach oceanfront, Island Vista seems a world away from the noise and neon. This modern, 12-story tower sits on an isolated stretch of beach, allowing guests to get away from the crowds. Relax in its elegantly furnished rooms and suites that feature private balconies overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and a spacious indoor-outdoor pool deck. The on-site Cypress Room is one of the top restaurants in town, and the poolside tiki bar offers refreshing drinks and frozen daiquiris, as well as chicken fingers and seafood quesadillas.

Recommended for Beach Hotels because: Few resorts on the Grand Strand offer the level of seclusion and exclusivity as Island Vista.

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North Myrtle Beach

This 60-acre oceanfront resort has it all - fine dining at 21 Main Prime Steak House, a spacious pool deck with a swim-up bar, a full service golf center and a health and fitness spa. Located on the southernmost tip of North Myrtle Beach, guests have plenty of room to stretch out on the beach. For larger parties, the property also offers the Cottages of North Myrtle Beach for guests looking to stay in a beach-style home of their own. North Beach Plantation is conveniently located near Barefoot Landing, and some of the top golf courses on the Grand Strand.

Recommended for Beach Hotels because: North Beach Plantation is one of only a handful of local resorts to earn AAA's Five-Diamond rating.

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