Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
As the largest resort along South Carolina's 60-mile Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach is the East Coast's ultimate vacation hub. The town teems with summertime action: the population explodes during summer months from 26,000 to over 400,000 on any given day and includes tourists from around the globe.
Of the many beaches dotting the Strand, Myrtle Beach boasts the greatest number of amusement and water parks, restaurants and live entertainment. As an added bonus, the beach's location is in proximity to an eclectic assortment of museums, nature preserves and outlet shopping. Over 100 golf courses are a club's stroke away, and most are open to visiting guests. Despite having so much to do, it's impossible to overlook the biggest attraction of all - sun, surf and lots of sand! Myrtle Beach's actual beach is an extensive stretch of silky white sand, and offers opportunities for fishing, swimming, sunbathing, sailing and surfing. The region is rich with activities, and has successfully maintained the image as a family getaway, with most attractions, entertainment and eateries being geared toward families. In fact, many area hotels offer water rides, activity programs and playgrounds for youngsters.
Best Luxury Accommodations: Kingston Plantation
Well-heeled travelers will find that the Kingston Plantation exceeds their expectations of luxury accommodations. The plantation is 145 acres of gardens, woods and lakes, and features a variety of well-appointed lodgings to suit guests' needs, including a Hilton resort, an Embassy Suites Hotel, Oceanfront Condominium Towers, Lakeview Lodges, town homes and villas. Families will love the property's on-site activities, including a half-mile of beach, a 50,000-square-foot sport and health club, SPLASH! Beach Club for kids and a sprawling Caribbean water playground.
Best Bed and Breakfast: Cypress InnExperience the decadence of southern hospitality at the Cypress Inn, located just outside Myrtle Beach. The inn overlooks the gentle Waccamaw River, far enough from the coast's touristy bustle to be a peaceful escape. Twelve unique guest rooms are richly decorated with satin drapes and hand-carved mahogany furniture; some even feature views of the marina and fireplaces. For an extra fee, guests can indulge in a trip to the day spa, or take advantage of other amenities such as flower bouquets, chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne - all will be brought to your room.
Best Family Accommodations: Coral Beach Resort and SuitesFamilies are hard-pressed to find a dull moment while staying at the family-oriented Coral Beach Resort and Suites located in the heart of Myrtle Beach. Many of the guest rooms have ocean views, and management's variety of seasonal packages ensure a great value. When they're not splashing in the ocean, kids will enjoy the resort's 10 pools, Lazy River tube ride, on-site bowling alley and snack bar, and children's activity center filled with games and jungle gym equipment. While the kids play, parents can unwind at one of the restaurants or pubs.
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