Myrtle Beach Hotels Put the Focus on Family Fun

Don't let family vacation time intimidate you; travel with the whole crew and stay at a family friendly hotel in Myrtle Beach. Of course, any oceanfront hotel gives guests easy access to the beach, and that's fine for families that plan to spend every waking hour baking in the sun and sand. But there are select hotels and resorts that cater specifically to families by offering a wide range of activities that will interest all ages and allow families to make some lasting vacation memories without leaving the property. Looking to spend time in the company of your kids or relatives without sacrificing privacy with your spouse? Try the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center or the Sheraton Broadway Plantation in Myrtle Beach. Or maybe you're still a kid at heart and plan to play all day with the little ones. Oceanfront resorts like Island Vista feature plenty of amenities for the whole family, plus live entertainment on the poolside deck and an active kids club to keep the children engaged in activities. Some resorts, such as Dunes Village and Ocean Reef, have their own on-site water parks. Whatever your family is looking for, Myrtle Beach has the perfect place to fit your family retreat to a tee.


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

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Few hotels offer such outstanding accommodations and amenities this close to Broadway at the Beach.

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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 or enjoy a night out on the historic, neighboring towns of Pawleys Island and Murrells Inlet.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Litchfield Beach Golf & Beach Resort is one of the few and finest on the south end of the Strand.

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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 goes the extra mile for children, organizing beach and poolside games and activities during the summer months to help them make new friends and enjoy their stay.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Long Bay Resort has lots of on-site amenities and nearby attractions to keep the family entertained.

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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 State Park to the south for a beautiful stretch of beach for walking. The popular shopping, dining and entertainment district Market Common and the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk are only short drives away from the resort, and the Springmaid Pier and Myrtle Beach State Park are within walking distance.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The historic Springmaid Beach property underwent a recent renovation that brought it up to par with other resorts.

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North Myrtle Beach

This 60-acre oceanfront resort property 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 is conveniently located near Barefoot Landing, and some of the top golf courses on the Grand Strand.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: North Beach Plantation also offers cottages of varying sizes for an intimate family getaway.

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Stay in the lap of luxury at the Marriott Resort at Grande Dunes, one of the most modern and elegant resorts on the entire Grand Strand. 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.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Families with discriminating tastes will feel right at home at this luxury resort with all the amenities.

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Dunes Village is one of the newest resorts on the Myrtle Beach oceanfront. Located on the quiet north end of Myrtle Beach, 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, Dunes Village is one of the most modern resorts on the Grand Strand. Two indoor water parks, featuring water slides, lazy rivers, hot tubs and more, occupy the ground floors. A large outdoor pool deck includes a beachfront bar and grill, allowing guests to relax in the sun, sip on frozen drinks and take a splash in the pool to stay cool.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The indoor water parks give the kids and adults a way to stay active and entertained even on rainy days.

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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 Family-Friendly Hotels because: The Myrtle Beach Convention Center attracts a wide range of events that families can attend without leaving the building.

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Families of all sizes, ages and interests could spend an entire week of vacation at Embassy Suites Myrtle Beach at Kingston Plantation without leaving the property. Featuring twin towers on the oceanfront and suites ranging in various configurations of bedrooms and bathrooms, this luxury resort offers excellent accommodations and amenities, including a huge pool area with kiddie pools and water playgrounds for the little ones and hot tubs and lazy rivers for the older set. On-site tennis and golf at the adjoining Arcadian Shores Golf Club make it easy and affordable for a family outing, the are food and beverage options on property.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Embassy Suites Myrtle Beach at Kingston Plantation gives guests plenty to see and do on the premises of the resort.

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This oceanfront resort is similar to island life in that it is the only beachfront hotel for about a mile in either direction, which is a rare treat in the heart of Myrtle Beach. The surrounding neighborhood features older beach homes and cabanas, so the setting is serene and spacious for those looking for seclusion on the beach. A tiki bar sits amid a sea of pools and hot tubs, plus an indoor water playground and lazy river. Activities are held for children, live acoustic music is played on the poolside stage and live entertainment is held throughout the week for the whole family. This is a great place to escape reality.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Island Vista provides live, poolside entertainment on special days and nights and organized kids' activities throughout the week.

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