Staying seaside sets mood for romantic retreat to Myrtle Beach

What could be more romantic than a trip for two to the beach? Try a trip to the beach for two in the right hotel.

Finding the right place is the key to setting the right mood, and Myrtle Beach has plenty of options. Avoid the crowded family resorts and golf condos for those unique places that can make you and your loved one's visit special.

For those looking to impress, upscale resorts like the Marriott Grande Dunes and North Beach Plantation offer first-class accommodations and amenities, including on-site fine dining and spas. Enjoy plush, modern suites and posh, contemporary furnishings, ideal for couples that plan to spend a lot of time in their rooms.

For couples looking to take in the sights and sounds of Myrtle Beach, the Avista Resort in downtown North Myrtle Beach is a short stroll down Ocean Drive to some of the Grand Strand's famous dance clubs. Kingston Plantation offers convenient access to Restaurant Row and Barefoot Landing for a romantic night out on the town.

And for those wanting some fun times in and out of the room, places like Island Vista and Sands Ocean Beach Club feature clubs and restaurants on property so you and your loved one can make some memories without having to leave the resort.


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. Barefoot Landing, 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. But for those looking to explore the neighborhood, Kingston Plantation is surrounded by some of the best dining, shopping and entertainment options on the Grand Strand.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: The close proximity to Restaurant Row makes Kingston Plantation convenient for romantic dinners.

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Ocean Reef Resort
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The Breakers Resort has been welcoming visitors to the Grand Strand for more than 80 years, and generations of families return each summer to soak up the sun, sand and surf. But what really sets Breakers apart is the abundance of seaside amenities, including a prate ship splash pad, water slides and a large pool deck area complete with a DJ and other performers for regular dance parties. Breakers also has plenty of onsite dining and drinking options, and the location makes it convenient to all the downtown restaurants and attractions. Breakers has several buildings so the oceanfront pool deck runs the length of a city block.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: The heated indoor pools, hot tubs and lazy rivers make it a great place for a winter getaway.

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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 Romantic Hotels because: The indoor water park and quiet neighborhood give guests the choice of fun or tranquility.

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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 the historic Ocean Drive district, this recently renovated resort treats guests to excellent accommodations and amenities without leaving the property. But it's 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 Romantic Hotels because: The Avista is a popular spot for shaggers who are just dancing steps away from Ocean Drive's famous dance clubs.

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Sands Beach Club Resort by Defender Resorts

Sands Beach Club may be one of the few resorts on the Grand Strand where guests come because of the bar. Ocean Annie's is a famous seaside hot spot that features live music and dancing, as well as frozen drinks on the pool deck just steps away from the Atlantic. Of course, the resort has a lot more amenities than the bar, and the accommodations are top-notch. Offering oceanfront units with private balconies ranging from standard rooms to spacious suites, guests can enjoy the creature comforts of home without leaving the resort. Restaurant Row is a short distance away for those looking for a nice night out.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Couples can dance poolside or relax beachside at Sands Beach Club.

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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 Romantic Hotels because: The isolated location allows for private walks on one of Myrtle Beach's most secluded stretches of 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 Romantic Hotels because: There's no more romantic place on the South Strand than the Litchfield Beach area.

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Spend your next Myrtle Beach vacation in true elegance at the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes. Located on the scenic Intracoastal Waterway across from the Grande Dunes' two championship golf courses, the Marina Inn offers a wide range of accommodations and outstanding amenities. Relax on the terrace with a marina view, or you can overlook the renowned Grande Dunes Golf Resort, where guests get discounted play. The Marina Inn is also a short drive to the beach, theaters, restaurants and many of the major attractions Myrtle Beach has to offer. This is the perfect place to stay for vacationers with a boat.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: The sight of the sunset over the Intracoastal Waterway can be even more romantic than an ocean view.

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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 Romantic Hotels because: The swim-up bar and surrounding pool deck might remind you of a trip to the Bahamas.

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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. Live acoustic music is played on the poolside stage and live entertainment is held on the oceanfront deck day and night throughout the week.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Island Vista's unique location gives couples plenty of room to claim their own stretch of beach.

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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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