Affordable Myrtle Beach Resorts

by Edwin Thomas
The oceanfront strip of Myrtle Beach.

The oceanfront strip of Myrtle Beach.

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As one of the most popular beach destinations in the American South, Myrtle Beach offers a diverse selection of hotels, including a number of resort choices in the affordable, mid-range category. These resorts often have features aimed at traveling families and are set either on or very near to the beach, but visitors to Myrtle Beach should beware of summertime price spikes.

Considerations

Golf tourism in particular has made Myrtle Beach a year-round destination, but the area still has off-season bargains in the winter months. Even in the off-season, however, advance reservations are recommended for any hotel set along the beach. The peak period for Myrtle Beach, with its attendant high room rates, is between mid-June and Labor Day. Even what are normally affordable hotels can become quite expensive during this period.

Affordable Family Resort

Labeled a "budget-conscious and family-friendly" resort by Fodor's, the appropriately named Affordable Family Resort occupies a perch just across the road from the beach and on the south end of Myrtle Beach. Accommodations consist of six cottages and 13 suites appointed in a simple, motel-style fashion, with some of the cottages large enough to sleep 16 people. The resort accepts pets, and rounding out the picture is a water-slide complex. However, the resort does not rent rooms to anyone under the age of 25, so youthful guests must accompany parents or an older friend.

Breakers Resort

Breakers Resort is a complex of high-rise buildings straddling the beach and Ocean Boulevard. The resort offers hotel-style rooms, suites and one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments with simple, contemporary furnishings and balconies. The suites and apartments come with kitchenettes, an advantage for long-term stays. Among the swimming pools is a detailed pirate ship playground for children to play in and around. On the downside, Fodor's considered the pool area small for a hotel with almost 300 rooms.

Caravelle Resort

A mammoth 15-floor, 632-room resort hotel, the Caravelle is set in a position just outside congested downtown Myrtle Beach on the "Golden Mile" of hotels and upper-end residential developments. Frommer's described the hotel as a "good, middle-of-the-road choice for families" and commented on how it sometimes resembles a summer camp with its many swimming pools and play areas. Guestrooms at the Caravelle are furnished in a contemporary fashion, and all come with kitchenettes. The resort also offers off-season packages with discounted room rates.

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