Myrtle Beach campgrounds can serve as alternative lodging to people visiting this South Carolina city that don't wish to stay in a hotel. Some beachfront cities have a lot of restrictions, but campers here can set up almost right on the beach itself. This is perfect for families with kids, or adults for that matter, who are anxious to get to the waves and sand as soon as possible.
Popular Myrtle Beach Campgrounds
There are several campgrounds to choose from in the Myrtle Beach area. Three of the most popular camping resorts are:
As is implied by the name, this campground has a theme that is centered around pirates. It is designed to appeal especially to families with young children.
Amenities available at this campground include:
- Vacation rental trailers for families without RVs or tents
- Game and craft rooms
- Laundry facilities
- Hot water showers
- Cable television hookups
- Lake and ocean fishing
- Bathhouses with central air
- Mini golf course
- Paddle boats
- Umbrella and beach chair rentals
- Snack bar
What really sets the campground apart is that it features an Olympic size swimming pool and a lazy river that is over 500 feet in length. Also, it features oceanfront "premium" sites, where campers can literally walk out of their tents and onto the sand.
The best rates are available during the months of November through February, since the pool and lazy river are not available at that time. Peak season is Memorial Day through Labor Day, when beach traffic is at its heaviest. During this time there are family activities scheduled every day, morning to evening.
Online booking is available, and interested people can also call 1-800-443-CAMP.
Lakewood Camping Resort
This is another family friendly oceanfront campground. It is quite a bit larger than Pirateland with over 1000 sites available, including tent sites and pull-through RV spots.
This campground's amenities include:
- Coffee house with wireless Internet connection
- Pizzeria with free delivery to your campsite
- One indoor and one outdoor swimming pool
- Bath houses
It also features daily activities in season, such as beach parties and hayrides, and it has church programs and Bible studies for those who are interested.
Recreation facilities include a pond with paddle boats, bike rentals, a place where kids can mine for treasure, a TV lounge and a large inflatable slide. Families can purchase a value pass to get access to all recreational facilities for one low price. However, they are not included in the base price of campsite rental. Rates are available at LakewoodCampground.com.
Myrtle Beach Travel Park Campground
This campsite has the best of both worlds: shaded, woodsy sites and sites that back to the beach. It is meant to please users of Myrtle Beach campgrounds who want to enjoy all that nature has to offer.Amenities include:
- Stocked freshwater lake
- Grocery store
- Heated pool
- Bath houses with hot showers
- Picnic tables at each site
- Activities pavilion
- Playground and recreation areas
- Water area with lazy river
Myrtle Beach Travel Park Campground caters to people that have recreational vehicles. There are no tent sites available. People that are in need of lodging can rent one of the 43 villas on the property. Unlike some of the other sites, it has many activities for adults, such as swap meets, bocce ball and line dancing, in addition to children's crafts and the like.
There are also a lot of smaller campgrounds in Myrtle Beach, such as the KOA. Those who do not require so many amenities or are more interested in back country camping would do well to research further. However, people who want staying at a campground to be an integral part of their vacation will probably find these three to be the best the city has to offer.