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FAQ: What is the Best Area to Stay at in Myrtle Beach?

By Julia Diem


If you have never been to Myrtle Beach, or it’s been a while since your last visit, you may wonder where you should stay when vacationing in the area. Should you stay on the south end? More centrally? What about the north end? There is no correct answer to this question as it really depends on what type of vacation experience you are looking for. Below are some things that set each area apart, including our favorite Myrtle Beach resorts, so that you can decide where to stay in Myrtle Beach:



South Myrtle Beach

Where to Stay:

Often geared towards families and business travelers (due to its close proximity to the airport), the south end is typically more economical in price and laid-back in style. Many of the resorts on the south end offer rooms, efficiencies and one-bedroom suites as options. The south-end of Myrtle Beach includes resort-style hotels like:

Crown Reef Resort

* Crown Reef Beach Resort & Waterpark in South Myrtle Beach, SC


What to Do:

Attractions in this area include Family Kingdom, Myrtle Beach State Park, The Market Common and the south end of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. This area is also just a short drive to much of what Central Myrtle Beach has to offer.

Planning your beach vacation? Get acquainted with the area with the essential South Myrtle Beach Travel Guide.


The Market Common

* The Market Common, South Myrtle Beach, SC


Central Myrtle Beach

Where to Stay:

The central area of Myrtle Beach stretches from the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk area to a more residential region of the beach. These residential areas are often geared towards families and couples who are looking for a relaxing vacation but still want to have fun and be close to everything Myrtle Beach has to offer. Many central resorts offer suites and condos for their accommodations options. Central Myrtle Beach is home to resorts like:


Beach Colony Resort

* Beach Colony Resort, Central Myrtle Beach, SC


What to Do:

Attractions in this area include the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, SkyWheel, Broadway at the Beach, WonderWorks, Legends In Concert, Myrtle Beach Pelicans and Ripley’s Aquarium. Being just a short drive from the south end of the beach as well as the north end, staying central is great if you want to experience all of Myrtle Beach.

See the complete Central Myrtle Beach Vacation Guide for more details on attractions, dining, and things to do in the area!



*WonderWorks, Broadway at the Beach, Central Myrtle Beach, SC


North Myrtle Beach 

Where to Stay:

The north area of Myrtle Beach, which also stretches into the city of North Myrtle Beach, is a nice part of town that is near a lot of shopping and attractions. Generally, this area of the beach offers condo-style accommodations, which is great for those who need multiple bedrooms. The north area is home to such resorts as:


Ocean Creek Resort

* Ocean Creek Resort, northern Myrtle Beach, SC


What to Do:

Attractions in this area include Barefoot Landing, House of Blues, Alabama Theatre, Tanger Outlets and Alligator Adventure.

See everything there is to do with the ultimate North Myrtle Beach Travel Guide.

And get the scoop on the best attractions, dining, and shopping with our essential Myrtle Beach Visitors Guide to the North End.


Barefoot Landing

* Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach, SC


Want to learn more about Myrtle Beach? Check out our Myrtle Beach Map to see where your favorite attractions are located!



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