Nestled along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and the northeastern side of South Carolina, North Myrtle Beach offers your family a vacation that includes relaxation and a variety of activities to get you up and moving. When you start planning your trip, you’ll swoon at all the oceanfront condos available for rent and all the amenities that each location has to offer from indoor pools to fitness rooms. Although North Myrtle Beach is a great location for your family to escape their everyday lives, up and down the coast, there are other welcoming communities. Here are the best towns and coastal communities to find a vacation rental in North Myrtle Beach.

1. North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Pack your bags and make your way to North Myrtle Beach where your family can enjoy days filled with sunshine and surf. This family-friendly community offers a slower pace than Myrtle Beach to the south and fewer crowds with all the amenities. Bike ride around town, spend an afternoon shopping and indulge in a horseback ride on the beach. If you have young kids, take them to Alligator Adventure to learn more about gators and other reptiles, see the animals up close and catch a live action show that involves reptiles.

2. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

In the coastal town of Myrtle Beach, there is always something fun happening. Spend the first couple of days relaxing on the beach and rejuvenating yourself. When you’re rested, hit the town for unlimited adventures. For shopping and a meal out, check out the Boardwalk at the Beach with its selection of cool stores and hip eateries. In the evenings, take the entire family to Family Kingdom Amusement Park, where they can enjoy gentle rides and thrilling coasters.

3. Cherry Grove Beach, South Carolina

Still in the Myrtle Beach town limits, but a tad north of North Myrtle Beach is the laid back neighborhood of Cherry Grove Beach. You’ll find that people aren’t in a hurry, and there’s less of a crowd, which leaves you plenty of room to explore and throw a towel on the beach. Explore the area by bike or rent a golf cart then, spend some time playing golf at one of the local courses, hunting for seashells, or fishing off the local pier. Cherry Grove Beach Pier is a local icon and you and the family must walk down the length of the pier as it stretches away into the ocean.

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4. Tidewater Plantation, South Carolina

Choose the planned community of Tidewater Plantation for your Myrtle Beach vacation and enjoy your own holiday hideaway. With community pools, tennis courts and its own golf course, this beach community provides you everything you need to keep busy for a week or a long weekend. Vacation rentals include condos and single family homes to provide you with as much or as little room as you need. From here, you can reach all the attractions of Myrtle Beach with a short drive.

5. Arcadian Shores, South Carolina

Nestled between North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach is the small town of Arcadian Shores, where you can enjoy a vacation rental on the beach or a family cottage a couple of blocks inland. Fill your days by playing on the beach, biking around town, and reconnecting with your family. When you’re ready for a little adventure, load everyone in the car and spend an afternoon at Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach with its standard and unusual collection of aquatic animals.

6. Briarcliffe Acres, South Carolina

Make your way down the shore to the small community known as Briarcliffe Acres for your holiday home base. Shy away from the crowds and make the most of your vacation rental budget here. You can enjoy the splashing in the water, biking, fishing, playing volleyball and tennis, and boating on the ocean. When you want a challenge, load everyone in the car and go to Escapes, where you must solve riddles to escape from a room.

7. Atlantic Beach, South Carolina

Drive south along King’s Highway towards Myrtle Beach to reach the small community of Atlantic Beach. Here, you can enjoy your vacation right on the beach with friendly locals, but not hordes of other tourists. Most of the vacation rentals offer condos on the beach with ocean views, where the sounds of waves can lull you to sleep at night. Take your family out for an adventure by renting jet skis and hitting the waves.

8. Myrtle Beach State Park, South Carolina

Make your way south from North Myrtle Beach along King’s High until you reach the Myrtle Beach State Park and surrounding community, where you can find a vacation rental on the beach or home a close to the border of the state park. Pristine beaches are the centerpiece of this state park, and you won’t find cleaner beaches anywhere in the area. Walk among the protected sand dunes and check out the nesting grounds of the loggerhead turtles. Only a limited number of people can enter the park at a time so go early or expect to wait.

9. Surfside Beach, South Carolina

With a nickname of the “family beach,” the Surfside Beach community welcomes your family and offers a variety of family-friendly activities. From biking and beach walks to kayaking and checking out the local restaurants, this town moves at a slower pace than North Myrtle Beach. You can take your kids to Wild Water and Wheels, where they can alternate between go-kart races and racing down the water slides.

10. Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

In the sleepy community of Murrells Inlet, you have your choice of a beach front condo or private family home with miles of beach to enjoy. At nearby Huntington Beach State Park, wander through the paths in and around the sand dunes and indulge in some bird and wildlife watching. If you need something a little faster paced, take the family to Brookgreen Gardens to check out the zoo area and look at the unique sculptures.

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