Hotel at a Glance: Sands Ocean Club
Sands Ocean Club was built for beach-goers. Ocean-facing rooms entice guests with views of Myrtle Beach’s warm sands and sparkling waves, which are just a few steps away from the resort’s beachside entrance. And aside from the traditional beach activities of tanning and swimming, Sands Ocean Club cultivates its own unique seaside scene at Ocean Annie’s beach bar, where nightly live music encourages sandy dance parties.
- Efficiency rooms feature private balconies with coastal views, kitchenettes, and free WiFi.
- Soak up sun anywhere: Lounge chairs abound along the beach, beside the outdoor pool, and on numerous patios.
- Swim or float in the ocean, indoor or outdoor pools, or the resort’s own lazy river.
- Sunrise illuminates breakfast through the ocean-facing windows of the aptly named Windows Oceanfront Restaurant.
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.