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The most desirable place to stay in Myrtle Beach is along the beachfront. Staying close to the beach is more expensive, but cheap Myrtle Beach hotels on the oceanfront are available, so you can enjoy a budget vacation just steps from the sand. For families the Landmark Resort has a beachfront setting and entertainment for the kids including multiple pools, a lazy river, water park, nine-hole putt-putt course, and children’s activities. The low season deals here are excellent value, and the indoor pools allow you to swim year-round.
Myrtle Beach is a golfer’s paradise with more than 100 quality courses. If golf is the focus of your vacation, consider staying in one of the golf hotels where you’ll be only minutes from the green. A one- to three-bedroom condo at River Oaks Golf Resort* is an affordable option if you are traveling in a group. There are 27 holes on-site and another 27 holes next door at the prestigious World Tour Golf Links. You can enjoy golf course views from balconies in every condo, and facilities on-site include swimming pools, hot tubs, and tennis courts.
You don’t have to be a golfing pro in Myrtle Beach. It’s known as the mini golf capital of the world, and with more than 50 themed miniature golf courses located throughout the city you'll be sure to find one near your hotel—perfect for a fun day out with the kids.
If shopping is more your style then check out Broadway at the Beach, a 350-acre outdoor entertainment and shopping complex surrounding a lake, and Coastal Grand Mall, the second largest mall in South Carolina. The Hilton Garden Inn is next door to the Coastal Grand Mall and a short drive from Broadway at the Beach.
Broadway at the Beach is a fun destination even if you don’t want to shop. Every Tuesday night you can watch the Sprite Under the Stars concert series, a free concert and fireworks extravaganza. Consider staying close by at the Hampton Inn Myrtle Beach-Broadway at The Beach, the only hotel directly on the complex and just two miles from the ocean. It won a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Award in 2013, and it has both indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness room, hot tub, and sauna.
If you don’t mind a short walk or drive to the beach then the further you stay from the ocean, the more you’ll save. Even moving across Ocean Boulevard can result in big savings. Value Place Myrtle Beach is only a 15-minute drive from downtown Myrtle Beach, but offers studio apartments with kitchenettes and flat-screen TVs at low rates, even in the height of summer. There are plenty of other cheap hotels away from the beach.
The best way to get around Myrtle Beach is to rent a car, as this will give you the flexibility to stay inland and find some amazing hotel deals. Attractions are also spread out, and public transport is limited. Do keep in mind that in the peak summer season traffic is hectic, and finding a parking space near the beach is difficult. If you can afford to pay a bit more, staying within walking distance of the beach will save you time and hassle.
Motels offer excellent money-saving options in Myrtle Beach, with a wide variety available to suit all budgets. Hurl Rock Motel* sits on the main strip just across the road from the beach and is clean, has low rates, and recently received updates including LCD TVs. Super 8 provides good value with a pool, and it’s a short walk to the ocean. Sea Dunes Oceanfront Motel is right on the beach and includes an outdoor pool overlooking the ocean.
There are more than 150 Airbnb rentals in Myrtle Beach that can end up being cheaper than hotels. Not only that, but you’ll have access to more amenities such as a washer, dryer, and kitchen, so you can save more money by self-catering. Airbnb is ideal for families, as you can rent whole apartments with separate bedrooms for the kids, and some have condo facilities including swimming pools and gyms. Solo travelers and couples can find even better rates by choosing an Airbnb private room—you’ll save money and benefit from having a local’s knowledge to help you explore.
You can also find cheap hotels in North Myrtle Beach, a separate town further north along the coast. The beach is just as beautiful, but it’s more laid-back and family-friendly—a great place to relax and avoid the crowds further south. An excellent option for families in North Myrtle Beach is the Sand Dunes Resort and Spa, which has six outdoor and two indoor pools (ideal if you are traveling off-season), a game room, and arcade. Kids under 18 stay free with parents.
An advantage of staying in North Myrtle Beach is being close to the T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station at Barefoot Landing, a wildlife exhibit and living tiger museum. The museum is free, and you can see tigers up close through glass. For a truly memorable experience you can get to know them in person—for a fee you can hug and get your photo taken with a baby tiger.
Most visitors come to Myrtle Beach during the hot summer months, but to find the best cheap hotel deals visit in the winter when prices drop dramatically. While you might not want to swim in the sea, there’s still plenty to do and you’ll avoid the crowds. Shopping and golfing are ideal winter activities—with so many outlet stores and malls you’ll be able to find some holiday shopping deals. If you book a hotel with an indoor pool (Sand Dunes Resort and Spa and Landmark Resort both have them) you can still enjoy a swim.
If you have your heart set on days lazing in the sun on the beach, then it’s still possible to find good hotel deals in the summer, but be sure to book as far in advance as possible. The shoulder season from March to April and September to November is also a great time to visit as there are fewer crowds, cheaper hotel rates, and still plenty of sunny days.
To save money in Myrtle Beach pick up some coupon booklets from visitor centers and hotels. These will give you discounts on restaurants, shopping, and attractions in the city, making your vacation even more affordable.
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