12 Top-Rated Resorts in North Myrtle Beach, SC

Written by Carri Wilbanks
Updated May 3, 2023

From relaxing on the beach to playing a few rounds of championship golf, North Myrtle Beach is known for its vacation vibes and hosts a mix of travelers year-round at its top-notch hotels and resorts for all budgets. North Myrtle Beach is the northern end of the 60-mile-long stretch of sandy beaches and towns collectively known as the Grand Strand.

Whether you are looking for a luxurious splurge resort to celebrate a romantic getaway, or you are taking the extended family on holiday and seeking a good-value stay in a condo-like setting, North Myrtle Beach has styles of resorts for both.

Most of the accommodation here is found directly on the beach and also in condos, offering enough space for two people, a family of 10, and everyone in between, depending on how many bedrooms you book.

With more than 80 golf courses in the Grand Strand area, North Myrtle Beach is also a haven for golf enthusiasts, and most resorts put together golf packages at top local courses.

North Myrtle Beach can be visited year-round, although in winter, it will be too cold to swim in the ocean. Still, visiting in the low season between December and February will see some of the lowest-priced hotel rates and the fewest crowds. Summer is the most popular time to visit, and the beach can get crowded. Spring Break is another popular time to visit, but March and April can be rainy.

Find the best place to stay on your next South Carolina beach vacation with our list of the top resorts in North Myrtle Beach.

1. North Beach Resort & Villas

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Right on the beach and just a 15-minute walk from Barefoot Landing, North Beach Resort & Villas features Georgian architecture and a luxe vibe. Accommodations are in one- to five-bedroom individually decorated condos and cottages with ocean views, full kitchens, washer/dryers, and free Wi-Fi. Some even come with private backyards, swimming pools, or hot tubs.

Also on-site at this family- and pet-friendly property is a steak and sushi restaurant, an ultra-modern fitness center with Pilates reformers, a spa with a meditation lounge, and multiple swimming pools and hot tubs. There are also on-site golf directors, who will assist with bookings and packages at Myrtle Beach's world-class golf courses.

2. Mar Vista Grande

Mar Vista Grande
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Also right on the beachfront, Mar Vista Grande is a luxury AAA four-diamond resort option with swanky condo accommodation, which is perfect for large families or groups of friends. The spacious and modern units are individually decorated and come with three or four bedrooms featuring ocean views from balconies, flat-screen TVs, full kitchens, and Jacuzzi tubs.

On-site amenities include an indoor and outdoor pool, multiple hot tubs, a spa, and full fitness center. The property is just a 10-minute walk from the boardwalk and attractions at the O.D. Pavilion Amusement Park.

3. Avista Resort

Avista Resort
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A beachfront all-condo property, Avista Resort is also just a 15-minute walk from the cute shops and restaurants lining Main Street. The clean and comfortable condos at this family-friendly property range in size from one to three bedrooms, and all boast ocean views from floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as kitchens, balconies, and living rooms with pull-out sleeping sofas.

On-site amenities include a laid-back restaurant, which serves three meals a day, and a poolside cafe serving snacks, and the resort offers beach access, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a lazy river, gym, and laundry facilities. Service is very friendly, and golf packages can also be arranged.

4. Seaside Resort

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In a convenient location less than a mile from Azalea Sands Golf Club and 2.5 miles from Barefoot Landing, which is home to shops and restaurants, Seaside Resort is right on the sand with direct beach access.

It offers clean, comfy, and modern one-, two-, and three-bedroom condos, which all come with kitchens, separate living and dining rooms, washer/dryers, and Jacuzzi tubs in the bathrooms. Away from the rooms are indoor and outdoor swimming pools, two hot tubs, a lazy river, and gym.

5. Harbourgate Resort & Marina, Oceana Resorts

Harbourgate Resort & Marina, Oceana Resorts
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Harbourgate Resort & Marina is located right on the Intracoastal Waterway and is a great pick for water sports enthusiasts. It offers opportunities for renting jet skis and kayaks, deep sea fishing charters, and dolphin cruises and is less than two miles from a white sandy beach.

Accommodations are in spacious and modern one-, two-, or three-bedroom suites with marina views from private balconies. On-site amenities include the house restaurant Filet's, which does casual dining on the water, and an outdoor pool, fitness center, and spa. The property is also within walking distance from other restaurants and shops in the marina, which has slips for 100 boats.

6. Bluegreen Shore Crest Vacation Villas

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Bluegreen Shore Crest Vacation Villas occupy two bright contemporary buildings overlooking a stretch of white-sand beach that is only about one mile from the Alabama Theater. The resort offers one- and two-bedroom suites that are spacious and comfortable with full kitchens, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, pull-out sleeping couches, and balconies.

On-site amenities include indoor and outdoor swimming pools with corresponding hot tubs, an arcade games room, barbecue area, modern fitness center, and direct beach access. There is no on-site restaurant, however, Barefoot Landing, which is filled with restaurants and shops, is just a 10-minute drive away.

7. The Prince Resort

The Prince Resort
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If you are hoping to get in some serious fishing time on your Myrtle Beach holiday, The Prince Resort might be the perfect pick, as it is just a minute walk from the Cherry Grove Fishing Pier.

Occupying two high-rise towers right on the beach, it also offers bright and cheery one- to three-bedroom modern condos, which are a good pick for couples or families. Each comes with floor-to-ceiling windows, balconies with ocean views, full kitchens, and soaking tubs in spacious baths.

On-site amenities include a rooftop swimming pool and a separate kids' pool, a lazy river, direct beach access, multiple hot tubs, and a fitness center.

There are also two restaurants: Check out the Boardwalk Beach Cafe if you just want a casual meal of comfort food. It's good for families. The other restaurant is 3500 Ocean Grill. It offers a lengthier menu for breakfast and dinner only. Order anything from quesadillas to cooked-to-order steaks.

8. Tilghman Beach & Golf Resort

Tilgham Beach & Golf Resort
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The Tilghman Beach & Golf Resort is not directly on the beach, but sits just a block from the oceanfront in a Tuscan-inspired tower. This family-friendly property offers accommodations in clean, comfortable, and modern two- and three-bedroom condos, which are kitted out with full kitchens, washer/dryers, and balconies. The best have ocean views.

On-site amenities include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, hot tubs, a sauna, a lazy river, and activities for children. There is also an American grill-style restaurant. The property is within walking distance from the Surf Golf and Beach Club, and it is very easy to organize golf packages here and at other Grand Strand courses.

9. Club Wyndham Ocean Boulevard

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The Wyndham Ocean Boulevard is a good-value property right on the beach. The all-condo resort is a popular pick with families as it features clean, comfortable, and spacious accommodations in a variety of different floor plans. All come with full kitchens, separate living and dining rooms, and washer/dryers.

The resort has plenty of kid-specific amenities including an outdoor children's pool, two lazy rivers, a playground, a games room, and an activities program. There are also multiple other indoor and outdoor swimming pools and no less than eight hot tubs on-site — six outside and two indoors.

10. Ocean Drive Beach and Golf Resort

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Despite its name, Ocean Drive Beach and Golf Resort isn't directly on the beach — you'll need to drive for a few miles down Grand Dunes Boulevard to reach the sea and sand. But the resort runs a free shuttle to get you to the beach, so it is convenient.

The four-star resort also offers spacious and comfortable rooms and suites with private balconies and great views of either the golf course or the Intracoastal Waterway. The suites also come with kitchenettes should you wish to cook for yourself (a real plus for families).

On-site amenities include a golf course, a gym, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and a number of restaurant choices. Spa treatments can also be arranged.

11. Best Western Ocean Sands Beach Resort

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The Best Western Ocean Sands Beach Resort is a great-value resort that gets high marks for its location right on the golden sands of North Myrtle Beach.

The 2.5-star hotel has friendly service and offers accommodations in studio, one-, and two-bedroom suites that feature ocean views from furnished balconies. These come with kitchenettes and contemporary decor. There are also a number of king rooms that cost less but don't have full ocean views — perfect if you just want to spend time on the beach.

Kids stay free here, and breakfast is also complimentary. Amenities include an outdoor lazy river swimming pool, as well as an indoor pool and hot tub. There's also a workout room on the grounds, and bikes can be rented.

Although there is no restaurant on-site, there are more than two dozen dining options less than one mile from the hotel.

12. Hampton Inn North Myrtle Beach - Harbourgate

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Located next to the Harbourgate Marina just off I-17, the Hampton Inn North Myrtle Beach is just five minutes' drive from the beach and restaurants at Cherry Grove. It is also near several golf courses and about 10 miles from the discount shopping at Tanger Outlets.

The mid-range property gets good reviews for its price point, location, and friendly service. Inside a five-story building, it has about 100 rooms and suites in a few configurations.

Rooms come with either double queen beds, single queen beds, or king beds with a study area and sofa bed. The later are a great choice for families on a budget. There is also the option of a one-bedroom suite, which is slightly pricier, but it comes with a separate bedroom as well as a sofa bed in the living room.

All rooms and suites are clean and comfortable and come with features like mini-fridges, microwaves, and coffee makers. They also feature work desks.

The Hampton Inn also has resort-style amenities for guests. This includes a free breakfast, a workout room, and a heated indoor saltwater swimming pool. There is no restaurant on-site, but there are several within walking distance and many more within a 5-minute drive.

If you are traveling with a pet, the hotel has dog-friendly rooms available.

Map of Resorts in North Myrtle Beach, SC