Hotel at a Glance: Grande Shores Ocean Resort
The only thing standing between the Grande Shores Ocean Resort and Myrtle Beach’s soft sand is the resort’s pool complex, where you can watch the waves crash in while relaxing in the hot tubs.
- Enjoy a grande burger or a buffalo chicken sandwich at the onsite Shoreline Café. You can also start your mornings here at its breakfast buffet.
- A private balcony offers a quiet place to watch the waves, with an amazing side ocean view.
- Custom golf packages can be arranged by the staff. There are plenty of courses nearby, including Grande Dunes and MBN King’s North.
- Head to the boardwalk, about 5 miles away, where you can ride the SkyWheel, eat seafood, and shop.
- Notable accolade: TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
- Included perks: one complimentary ticket, per reservation, per day to select attractions and free DVD rentals.
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.