Stay in the Lap of Luxury in Myrtle Beach, on a Budget

Finding a good deal on a nice hotel in Myrtle Beach is a lot like the rule of thumb when it comes to investing in real estate - location, location, location. In the case of Myrtle Beach, the distance one stays from the oceanfront goes a long way toward determining how much one will spend on accommodations. By simply moving across Ocean Boulevard, parties can save hundreds over the course of a week. For those willing to move farther inland and commute to and from the beach there are even more savings to be had. Of course, the word "budget" is a relative one. The goal is "value," as in the best bang for the buck, and that especially applies to those who want to look off their balconies and see ocean. In those cases, all oceanfront resorts are not created equal. Some resorts, like the Sea Mist Resort, guests can still stay seaside but at a lower price than some of the other luxury complexes around town, But for those who don't mind driving a little to save a lot, places like the inland Country Inn & Suites are the perfect fit. And for golfers looking for the best places to stay and play, visitors can get special discounts on accommodations and greens fees at golf condos like River Oaks Golf Plantation. Regardless of what you are looking for, there are savings to be had for those who shop around.


The Jade Tree Cove Resort is located on the Myrtle Beach oceanfront near the downtown district, making it one of the best hotels to stay within walking distance of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and all the surrounding attractions. For a more enjoyable stay, guests can take advantage of a variety of recreational facilities, including indoor pool, jacuzzi, gym, sauna, outdoor pool. Modern comfort and convenience are seamlessly combined to ensure the guests' satisfaction. The hotel provides a warm and welcoming service of international standard at lower prices than the mega-resorts in the vicinity. Nothing fancy but a great way to stay oceanfront without going broke.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Jade Tree Cove Resort is one of the most affordable oceanfront options in Myrtle Beach.

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Grande Shores Ocean Resorts Condominiums
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The Grande Shores Ocean Resort is situated overlooking the beautiful northern shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean. Guests will find that this is one of the most convenient hotels in Myrtle Beach to the many area golf courses, theme parks and beautiful beaches located within easy reach. All of the guestrooms at the Grande Shores Ocean Resort are very well equipped and offer refrigerators and offer private bathrooms as well as views of the ocean. Guests will discover numerous shops and restaurants near the Grande Shores Ocean Resort. The property offers an on-site restaurant as well as a poolside bar and grill.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Grande Shores is one of the most affordable hotels on the high-end north side of the Grand Strand.

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Walk to the beach without breaking a sweat at this surprisingly luxurious chain hotel located just two blocks from the public beach in the popular Old Pine Lakes section of the city, as well as all the main attractions like Broadway at the Beach, the Family Kingdom Amusement Park, and the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Each guestroom at the La Quinta Inn & Suites Myrtle Beach at 48th Avenue offers simple and cozy furnishings, ample bathroom space and free high speed Internet connections.The La Quinta Inn & Suites Myrtle Beach at 48th Avenue places comfort, convenience and value above all else.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The La Quinta features an on-site Friendly's restaurant and a putt-putt golf course just across the street.

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The Palace Theater, Broadway at the Beach, the SC Children's Museum, the Family Kingdom Amusement Park, Myrtle Waves Water Park, and countless other area attractions are within close proximity to the Red Roof Inn & Suites Myrtle Beach, an ideal starting and resting point for visitors on both business and pleasure. Golfing, shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities wait just outside the lobby of this hotel in Myrtle Beach. Appointed well and offering a quiet retreat, guestrooms at the Red Roof Inn & Suites Myrtle Beach can be arranged for a poolside view or pool access, and include high speed Internet access and wake up call service.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Red Roof Inn & Suites Myrtle Beach is a comfortable and relaxing hotel offering above standard amenities at a below standard price.

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Newly Upgraded Oceanfront Tides Condo
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Enjoy all the comfortable accommodations and excellent amenities of a major resort without having to fork over a fortune at the Sea Mist Resort. Located in the heart of the downtown Myrtle Beach district, this 15-acre property offers both oceanfront rooms with a lovely view or less expense digs across the street for more savings. With 19 buildings and 800 units ranging from regular hotel rooms, to suites, cottages, penthouse, and apartments, the Sea Mist is close to all the local attractions, amusements, shopping outlets, and favorite restaurants, as well as the largest selection of amenities, including the largest on-site water park in Myrtle Beach.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Featuring a 370-foot lazy river and a 3,000-square foot Oceanfront Children's Activity Pool, Sea Mist guests can keep busy all week without leaving the property.

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Expect all the quality that comes with the name "Holiday Inn" plus a little more as this resort. Located within steps of the Surfside Beach Pier and the surrounding shops and restaurants, this full-service hotel is in the middle of the action but also offers seclusion and first-class amenities. This Holiday Inn also allows four-legged friends to stay and play. Walk straight to the beach with your dog on a leash on the Grand Strand's popular south side, which features looser leash laws than Myrtle Beach proper. The Market Common Barc Park, where dogs can run without a leash, is only a few miles away.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Surfside Beach offers a slower pace than neighboring Myrtle Beach but still has plenty to see and do.

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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 and its state-of-the-art beachfront pool deck.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The growing Forestbrook area now offers shopping centers, grocery stores and restaurants so you don't have to drive to the beach for the basics.

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Front and center on the Atlantic coast sits the BEST WESTERN PLUS Grand Strand Inn & Suites, a two building vacation facility in the heart of Myrtle Beach. The seaside attractions here are boundless, from the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk to Broadway on the Beach. Guests of the BEST WESTERN PLUS Grand Strand Inn & Suites enjoy easy and close proximity to all area attractions. Oceanview balconies and wireless Internet are among the many free amenities, and guests are invited to partake in a delicious continental breakfast each morning. Be sure to check at the front desk for special discounts to local attractions, restaurants and shops.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Offering plenty of room to stretch out and relax, the BEST WESTERN PLUS Grand Strand Inn & Suites places comfort and convenience above all else.

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The Country Inn & Suites in Myrtle Beach were built to accommodate visitors to the Hard Rock Theme Park that went belly-up after a couple of years in operation, leaving a void and a higher than expected number of vacancies at this recently built hotel. That translates into a good bargain for families on a budget. Country Inn & Suites is also walking distance to the Tanger Outlet Stores, Myrtle Beach Speedway and several restaurants and bars. There is an onsite indoor swimming pool with whirlpool, a fitness center, conference and meeting area, and complimentary Continental breakfast served each morning in the cozy breakfast room.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Located just three miles from the oceanfront, visitors who don't mind the commute can save a few bucks by staying farther inland.

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Units at Caravelle Resort by Elliott Beach Rentals
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This multi-complex property offers two oceanfront towers as well as some more affordable accommodations across Ocean Boulevard that still allow access to all the amenities on the property. Experience the luxury of a major resort without the jacked-up prices at the Caravelle Resort, which features several pools, a lazy river, kiddie aquatic playground, two beach front bars and much more. The Caravelle also is walking distance to many nice restaurants and a short drive to such major attractions as Broadway at the Beach and Barefoot Resort. All rooms are modernly furnished with kitchenettes and private balconies and are just a short stroll to the beach.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Caravelle Resort is on the beach, loaded with amenities and one of the best deals on the oceanfront.

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Meet Terry Massey

It's no surprise that journalist Terry Massey is credited with creating the word 'stay-cation.'  He considers the past 18 years in Myrtle Beach a vacation.

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