North Myrtle Beach boasts 9mi (14km) of glorious sand on the Grand Strand – a 60mi (97km) stretch of Atlantic beaches. From Cherry Grove in the north with its fishing pier to Windy Hill Beach in the south, you’ll find plenty of space to set up your beach umbrella or explore coastal waters. Other outdoor pursuits include golf, exploring nearby vineyards and hiking the Heritage Shores Nature Preserve, while family-friendly fun includes gator-spotting at Alligator Adventure and fairground rides at the OD Pavilion Amusement Park. But to do all that, first you need to find the best beach houses and hotels to stay in. Here’s our pick of the best, bookable on Culture Trip.
This tastefully decorated, two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo at Barefoot Resort sleeps up to six people and is fully equipped for that home-away-from-home feel. The resort sits on its own private golfing green, just off the Intracoastal Waterway, with boating, fishing and dinner cruises also on offer. Windy Hill Beach is less than 2mi (3.2km) away and a shuttle is provided in high season. Don’t miss the four-course feast at Pirates Voyage, a five-minute drive away, with its swashbuckling antics, stunts involving cannons and mermaids.
On the Intracoastal Waterway next to the Cherry Grove Marina, the reliable Harbourgate Hampton Inn offers spacious, carpeted rooms decked out in neutral shades and equipped with comfortable beds. A complimentary hot breakfast is included, and perks include a fitness center and indoor pool. Deep-sea fishing outfits and dolphin-spotting cruises are just a few minutes’ stroll, while the popular Cherry Grove Beach is just a five-minute drive away. Have a drink at the hotel’s Grove Bar, then saunter out for a steak or grilled fish at Filet’s Waterfront nearby.
Luxurious accommodations at the beachside Towers include one-, two- and three-bedroom condos as well as guest rooms, all with fully equipped kitchens and a touch of class in the form of leather chairs and granite worktops. All have roomy balconies, most with spectacular sea views. The jungle-themed water park will delight the kids while you float in the pool, lazy river or hot tubs, or work out in the fitness center. On weekends, Snooky’s Oceanfront is the place to be for brunch, just steps away.