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Choosing a place to stay in Myrtle Beach opens up lots of options. The wide beaches known as the Grand Strand stretch from north to south, offering plenty of dining options, attractions, and vacation rentals for lodging. Plus, most areas have free public parking to get to the beach. Here are some ideas to help you find the right lodging accommodations for your Myrtle Beach vacation.

Where to Find the Best Rentals in Myrtle Beach

  1. North Myrtle Beach
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    North Myrtle Beach is an area suited for everyone ⁠— families, groups, couples, singles, and pets! Families can play plenty of miniature golf and try one of the many restaurants offering buffets for dinner, such as Captain George’s Seafood Restaurant. Non-buffet options in the area include Martini, a fabulous upscale restaurant that offers seasonal food specials; Filet’s, a big hang-out on the waterway with happy hour deals; and Captain Archie’s is a local find that’s off the beaten path.

  2. Atlantic Beach
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    Home of the Atlantic Beach Bikefest and one of the most historic areas of North Myrtle Beach, Atlantic Beach offers a wide selection of privately owned rental condos with rates that are highest during the summer season. Resorts and private beach houses are also plentiful in the Atlantic Beach area, making it easy to find vacation rentals regardless of the size of your family.

  3. Crescent Beach
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    A local favorite, Crescent Beach is considered one of the prettiest beaches on the Grand Strand. Sparkling white sands and the gentle waves of the Atlantic Ocean make Crescent Beach an excellent choice for your family vacation. Visitors enjoy check out local attractions such as Professor Hacker’s Lost Treasure Golf.

  4. Little River

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    Little River is tucked away, less accessible the beach, but has a view of the waterway. You can take a boat tour or go sailing if you decide to stay on this side of town. Shopaholics can visit Sea Island Trading Company, a trendy boutique that sells women’s clothing. Patio’s Tiki Bar is a cool outdoor restaurant located on the waterway. Plus, you can try out one of the public golf courses in Little River such as the Eagle Nest Golf Club as well.

  5. Ocean Drive
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    Clean and uncrowded, the Ocean Drive area puts you within walking distance of the Ocean Drive Pavilion Amusement Park. The OD Pavilion Amusement Park is the heart of North Myrtle Beach with a towering ferris wheel, live music, arcade games and unforgettable food. Keep in mind that the park gets noisy, especially during the peak season between mid-June and the end of August, so Ocean Drive beaches tend to be a little less tranquil than other areas of Grand Strand. Visitors to this area of the beach have the option of charming oceanfront villas or condo rentals with lovely views of the sparkling white sands of the Grand Strand.

  6. Cherry Grove Beach
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    Modern Myrtle Beach vacation rentals and pretty beachfront cottages dot the shores of Cherry Grove Beach. This section of North Myrtle Beach offers access to top-rated golf courses, all-inclusive vacation resorts like sister properties Avista Resort and Prince Resort, as well as stylish fashion boutiques ⁠— all just an added bonus to the various fun beach spots. For a more upscale getaway to Myrtle Beach, Cherry Grove Beach is the place to be.

  7. Windy Hill

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    The western edge of North Myrtle Beach includes Windy Hill Beach, with its tranquil cove and pretty inlets, perfect for watching the waves and wandering the soft sands. Surrounded by North Myrtle Beach rentals, Windy Hill Beach is comprised mainly of families spending their vacation exploring the area and enjoying the attractions.

Types of Rentals in Myrtle Beach

When staying by the water is your top goal for a Myrtle Beach vacation, you’re in luck. You’ll find plentiful options for oceanfront beach house rentals. The area also has an abundance of resorts, condos, and hotels by the water. Oceanfront accommodations will assure you easy access to the sand during your stay.

  1. Beachfront House Rentals
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    As you sift through oceanfront house rentals in the area, you’ll find both privately owned and managed homes and houses that are rented and managed by professional property management companies. Most oceanfront homes will surround you in unsurpassed luxury. Typical amenities include views of the ocean from an elevated deck, pools, hot tubs, and private access to the beach via walkways or boardwalks.

  2. Condo Rentals

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    Condominium communities are also prevalent along the coastline in the Grand Strand. These communities are often gated for the security of guests and residents. From your condo in the private community, you’ll have access to amenities within the community as well as the shoreline, giving you many things to do in Myrtle Beach. You’ll likely find community pools, hot tubs, fitness centers, game rooms, and sometimes even tennis courts, shuffleboard courts, and volleyball courts. Views from your condo might either be courtyard or oceanfront.
  3. Oceanfront Hotels & Resorts

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    A number of prestigious oceanfront resorts are also available in the area. These resorts are known for providing every luxury to pamper and entertain vacationers. Private balconies in suites or rooms will overlook the ocean, giving you a front-row seat to view the sand and water. A few steps from the resort, you’ll have your toes in the sand, giving you the perfect opportunity to enjoy fun in the sun.

    Many hotels are also available in the Myrtle Beach area with oceanfront access. The hotels vary in size and price; some are more modest, and others more upscale. No matter which hotel fits your budget, you will enjoy the views and the easy access to the beach and other Myrtle Beach attractions. Some hotels also feature pools, on-site restaurants and gift shops.

  4. Pet-Friendly Options
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    Some vacation rentals in Myrtle Beach allow pets, keeping in mind size restrictions and additional deposits. Usually, there’s a pet fee to cover carpet cleaning and any accidental damages. If you plan to bring your dog, check to learn about the beach laws for having pets on the beach. Depending on the time of year, there are usually time limitations as to when they can be on the beach with you. Leash laws are almost always in effect. One helpful tip is to check to see if the rental has a closed in fence area to let your dog roam without escaping.

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