Jesse Broadt: Contributor
It is not surprising that camping is a popular vacation option among Grand Strand visitors. Fortunately, there is a wide selection of establishments available from which to choose, from quiet, rustic parks to high-end, luxury facilities.
Below are some favorite travel parks among Myrtle Beach visitors:
River Island Adventures in North Myrtle Beach is a great choice for anyone who enjoys traditional, rustic camping. Patrons can bring their own tents or rent one from the establishment and enjoy a quaint getaway on the Waccamaw River. Guests have access to bathrooms and showers, yard games, large fire pits, and a communal propane grill. Some of the day trips offered by River Island Adventures Campsite include the Escape River Island Survivor Adventure, and the guided Pontoon Island Riverboat Tour. Those who enjoy a simple, no-frills camping adventure with the option of daytime excursions are very pleased with River Island Adventures.
The Apache Family Campground is situated on Kings Road at the North end of Myrtle Beach. Famous for its fishing opportunities, this facility offers oceanfront camping sites and pull-through RV sites. The grounds include golf cart rentals for the surrounding courses, pier fishing, basketball courts, and an arcade. The nearby Croaker’s at the Pier restaurant features a full bar and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The perfect combination of camping and modern conveniences awaits at the Apache Family Campground and Pier.
Lakeside or oceanside campsites perfect for creating the memories of a lifetime
Myrtle Beach KOA offers traditional tent and RV camping or cabin rentals, and its convenient location in the heart of Myrtle Beach is only a short drive from attractions such as Myrtle Waves, the Coastal Grand Mall, and Broadway at the Beach. Myrtle Beach KOA also boasts two great playgrounds for children, hay wagon rides, an outdoor movie cinema, walking trails, an on-site store, swimming pool and climbing wall. The site’s ultra-convenient location on 5th Avenue South in Myrtle Beach makes it an enjoyable place to camp for virtually anyone.
Located on Kings Road in the heart of Myrtle Beach, this 125-acre oceanfront travel park offers guest a wide variety of traditional camping sites including shaded sites surrounded by centuries-old live oaks, oceanfront sites along a half-mile of stunning shoreline, and sites on a bluff that overlook an enchanting, 17-acre freshwater lake filled with bream and bass. Considered a camper’s paradise by some patrons, this park also offers expansive recreational areas, landscaped playgrounds, a heated indoor pool, 9,000 square-foot sundeck and a spacious outdoor pool and lazy river. A grocery store, gift shop and on-premises scheduled activities make this a great choice for all families, large or small. See more about Myrtle Beach Travel Park here.
Those looking for an oceanfront camping experience on the south end of Myrtle Beach that is perfect for children are never disappointed with PirateLand Myrtle Beach Campground. Located on 180 oceanfront acres on South Kings Highway, PirateLand offers wooded, lakeside and oceanfront lots. Amenities include an Olympic size pool, fully stocked camp store, a pirate ship splash pool, indoor heated pool, minigolf, paddle boats and basketball courts. PirateLand is a gated campground that is patrolled by security guards 365 days a year, making it perfect for those with concerns about safety when camping.
Anyone who is dreaming of an oceanfront camping getaway should consider Ocean Lakes Family Campground on South Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach. Featuring over 300 acres of rentals and campsites adjacent to approximately one mile of oceanfront, this facility offers award-winning customer service and an endless number of amenities. Boasting 890 campsites, patrons can bring anything from a traditional tent to a 40 foot camper or anything in between. Featuring outstanding scenery and modern, well-maintained grounds, it is not surprising that Ocean Lake Family Campground is one of the top award-winning establishments on the Grand Strand.
Camping sites in Myrtle Beach offer tranquil rustic environments
Located on a picturesque stretch of Grand Strand coastline, the Myrtle Beach State Park is a great camping destination for vacationers of all ages. Situated a bit on the fringes of the bustling center of Myrtle Beach, the park offers great campsites for both RVs and tent camping, amidst an oceanfront maritime forest. Terrific ocean views, a convenient fishing pier, and a nature center boasting interactive displays and educational opportunities are all part of this large, popular Myrtle Beach campground. A great place for families who want to be close to Grand Strand attractions, but far enough away to enjoy a tranquil atmosphere with their loved ones, the Myrtle Beach State Park remains a favorite among tourists and South Carolina residents.
Located in Murrells Inlet at the south end of the Grand Strand, the Huntington Beach State Park offers rustic camping in a secluded setting. Tent sites and RV hook up are both available, and all sites have free Wi-Fi access. Showers and restrooms are located near the campsites and guests have access to a grilling area, picnic tables and walking trails. Those whose primary goal is a quiet, peaceful area in which to commune with nature are always pleased with Huntington Beach State Park.
One of the newest options for Myrtle Beach vacationers is luxury camping or “glamping,” the latter of which refers to glamorous camping. Glamping is perfect for outdoor lovers who simply cannot abide the packing, unpacking, assembling and organizing that is necessary for a traditional vacation under the stars. Fortunately, this option offers a way for nature lovers to enjoy the great outdoors without all the work. Below are several establishment that have caught on to the glamping trend:
Assembling and organizing not necessary for luxury campers
Also offering traditional camping sites, Lakewood Camping Resort provides luxurious and modern RV rentals and glamping tents. Boasting approximately 1,300 sites, including shady, sunny, lakefront and oceanfront sites, there is an option to please essentially anyone. Traditional campsites include RV space rental, tent camping sites, and cabin rentals.
Glamping tents feature large living areas with chairs and a coffee table, and sleeping areas appointed with a queen or king size bed, full linens, pillows and blankets, ready to light fire, fresh flowers, and complementary candy. Glamping RV units are sometimes described as a “condo on wheels,” as they feature every amenity one might find in such a unit.
Lakewood also offers an endless list of on-site amenities, such as a full-service store, modern laundry facilities, coffee shop, recreational building, swimming pool, fishing, tennis and basketball. Whether one prefers a traditional camping getaway or wants a taste of luxury while communing with nature, Lakewood Camping Resort has something to offer.
Glamping offers Grand Strand vacationers a bit of luxury
This luxury waterfront camping park is a gated facility located in North Myrtle Beach on the lovely intracoastal waterway and is another great destination for glamping. Only a few miles from the quaint fishing village of Little River, this site features a huge state-of-the-art dry dock and marina. One of the last areas on the Grand Strand were vacationers can still enjoy a slow-paced way of life, this glamping resort is ideal for those who desire luxury in a tranquil, outdoor environment.
A one-of-a-kind resort, the North Myrtle Beach Dry Dock Marina Park is peppered with ancient, historic live oak trees, among which is a pristine, generous size swimming pool that features a waterslide boasting a height of 150 feet. The Park also offers jet ski and boat rentals, fishing, and 38 wet slips for boat docking. One of the best glamping sites on the Grand Strand, this park does not disappoint.