Family-friendly Myrtle Beach resort with seasonal outdoor water park and award-winning seafood restaurant
Hotel at a Glance: Caribbean Resort Myrtle Beach
Maybe it’s their prime oceanfront location or the sheer number of family-friendly onsite activities, but Caribbean Resort Myrtle Beach seems to be an award magnet. In 2012, the resort won The Sun News’s Best of the Beach in family, golf, and overall resort on the Grand Strand. Even the onsite Sea Captain’s House Restaurant is lauded—Southern Living named it the best seafood restaurant four years in a row.
- Where you’ll stay: Jamaican ocean-view and oceanfront units are housed in a four-story building outfitted with its own pool and sun deck.
- For extra space: Choose an oceanfront double suite or three-bedroom condo, which are located in high-rise towers overlooking the beach. Up to six kids can stay for free in the three-bedroom condos.
- Onsite attractions include a seasonal oceanfront water park, indoor pools, and indoor and outdoor lazy rivers.
- Grab coffee at the onsite Starbucks.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: Sandy Beaches, Golf Courses, and Classic Amusement-Park Rides
Myrtle Beach is the crown jewel of South Carolina’s Grand Strand, a 60-mile stretch of white-sand beaches along the Atlantic seaboard that draws surfers, fishers, and kayakers. The city was named one of the best vacation spots in the United States for a family by USA Today, in part because of its wooden boardwalk, which stretches for more than a mile and buzzes with carnival games and amusement-park rides. Hop into the SkyWheel Ferris wheel’s gondolas, surrounded by more than a million LED lights, for a panoramic view of the city below.
Less than 20 miles south of Myrtle Beach, the tiny fishing village of Murrells Inlet provides a tranquil contrast to the boardwalk’s hustle and bustle. At Brookgreen Gardens, more than 2,000 sculptures stand amid sprawling floral gardens and massive, moss-covered oak trees that have been around for centuries. Murrells Inlet is also home to the Tom Fazio–designed TPC Myrtle Beach golf course, 1 of nearly 100 courses in the area that helped Myrtle Beach earn its title as the seaside golf capital of the world.