When you want a beach vacation where you and your family are in the center of all the activities, then you can’t go wrong with the Myrtle Beach area. Situated on the northeastern tip of South Carolina, Myrtle Beach meets the Atlantic Ocean and warm temperatures in the fall and spring extend the vacation season.

High rise condos dot the beach and nearby areas include vacation communities designed to maximize your fun while staying in the area. Finding a vacation rental in Myrtle Beach is a cinch so here are some of the best communities to start your search.

1. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

The fun never stops in Myrtle Beach from the splashing in the surf and kayaking on the ocean to the Boardwalk at the Beach filled with unique shopping and yummy restaurants run by locals. You can stay in one of the family-friendly condos on the beach with a balcony to watch the sunset or choose a cottage a couple of blocks away to retreat from the crowds. Take the kids to the Family Kingdom Amusement Park to enjoy the rides, play some games of chance or skill, and chow down on carnival foods.

2. North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Slow down a little and take a break from the crowds in North Myrtle Beach without leaving behind the beachfront condos. You and your family can bike down to all the activity or rent a golf cart. However, this area offers plenty of activities, including biking, ocean canoeing, dolphin watching, and seashell hunting. Take the family to Myrtle Beach Zipline Adventure for an exciting afternoon of soaring through the air.

3. Cherry Grove Beach, South Carolina

Make your way to the northern most edge of the Myrtle Beach area to find a family friendly neighborhood with modestly priced ocean front condos where you can enjoy dinner on the balcony with your family as the sun goes down. Spend your days biking, exploring, sunning, and playing in the water. Look for a vacation rental close to the iconic Cherry Grove Pier.

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4. Tidewater Plantation, South Carolina

Hidden between North Myrtle Beach and Cherry Grove Beach sits the planned vacation community of Tidewater Plantation. You and your family can settle into a condo or family home with amazing views. Enjoy all of the options available here, including the community pools, tennis courts, and the golf course. The Tidewater Golf Club is an award-winning course where you can practice your swing.

5. Atlantic Beach, South Carolina

Drive a few minutes south of Myrtle Beach to find your home away from home in the slower paced town of Atlantic Beach. Meander along the beach on horseback, ride a bike through town, or catch up on your reading from a lounge chair by the pool at your vacation rental. Leave the salt water behind with a tour from J&L Kayak Ecoventures on the Waccamaw River.

6. Sunset Beach, North Carolina

Drive north up the coast and cross into North Carolina for a natural beach lover’s vacation in Sunset Beach. Relax on the sand each day with limited crowds or ride your bike through town. This community is on one of the barrier islands and sits next to the Bird Island Reserve that’s only accessible by walking up the beach or by boat. While exploring this nature preserve, keep your eyes peeled for loggerhead turtles emerging from the ocean to create nests.

7. Calabash, North Carolina

If you love dining out on seafood, then look for a vacation rental in the Calabash community, known as the Seafood Capital of the World. Each meal you enjoy in the area incorporates the Calabash style of cooking fresh seafood. You can choose a vacation rental on the beach or along the river way. Spend your days fishing with kids or select a charter company to take you out to all the little-known fishing hot spots.

8. Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

A little south of Myrtle Beach, the relaxed community of Murrells Inlet welcomes you with white sandy beaches, local shopping and dining, and parks. Visit the Huntington Beach State Park to see the protected, unspoiled sand dunes or take the kids to Brookgreen Gardens to visit the small zoo and stunning sculptures. In the evenings, connect with your family at one of the local restaurants or drive the short distance to enjoy the pier in Myrtle Beach.

9. Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina

When you’re looking for a completely relaxing beach vacation, then Ocean Isle Beach offers you a community dedicated to serenity and relaxation. Instead of high rise condos, this beach features spacious homes in pastel colors for your family’s vacation rental. You can time your vacation to coincide with the Oyster Festival, where you can over indulge in fresh seafood dishes and check out the work of local artisans. Before heading home, slip back into regular clothes for a visit to the Museum of Coastal Carolina to learn more about the natural coastal environment and the creatures that live there.

10. Holden Beach, North Carolina

Enjoy small town living along the beach in this coastal community. Spend your days walking along the beach or paddling along one of the waterways in a kayak, canoe, or paddle board. Take the family out for dinner at the Mermaid’s Island Grill for fresh seafood with an island flair of seasonings. The town hosts two annual festivals, one in the spring and the other in the fall. The Days at the Dock and the North Carolina Festival by the Sea provide your family the chance to enjoy live music, eat from food trucks, and shop for local arts and crafts while the kids can take part in a hermit crab race.

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