With its beach, boardwalk and family attractions piled on family attractions, Myrtle Beach is a no-brainer vacation spot for families. Adding to its appeal: direct flights from several Canadian cities make it an easy long weekend trip. These standout accommodations for families, from home rentals to hotels, may offer special off-season pricing during September and October, when most of the tourists are gone but the weather is still warm.
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If you’re stressed about the idea of being cooped up in a hotel room due to bad weather, book here. Kids won’t notice a downpour when they’re splashing around in the extensive indoor water park at Dunes, which features 4 serious kid and adult-sized slides, and is open early in the morning and well into the evening. On sunny days, they’ll burn off energy at the beachside pirate ship-theme playground. The kids club is open all year round, not just during high season. Rates start at $99.
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The funky decor of this cozy beach 2-bedroom cottage sets it apart from many of the aggressively pastel rentals. While it’s a short drive to the beach, it’s just down the street from Ocean Lakes Family Campground, which features a pool, mini-golf and a small arcade. Leave your stack of DVDs at home; this place comes equipped with a nice selection, as well as beach reads for the grownups. The owners will even share their secret spot for exploring the water via kayak or SUP (Stand-Up Paddleboard). Rate is $139/night.
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You can’t not book an oceanfront room at Island Vista, located in a quieter residential area away from the main hotel strip. Indoor and outdoor pools give you options if the weather isn’t cooperating, and an international college intern-run kids club guarantees you get a little reading-on-the-beach time in. The rooms are all suites with balconies, making it easy for Mom and Dad to stay up past kids’ bedtime. Rates vary by date.
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The kids can get comfy in this sweet candy-coloured home a couple blocks from the beach, and steps from a community pool. Because it’s located in south Myrtle Beach, you’ll have easy access to the boardwalk, airport and more. Bonus: beach chairs, beach toys, and Netflix are all included! Rate is $116/night.
Get more info here: Three-bedroom Cottage
Four properties, each with their own aesthetic (and own pools) comprise this seaside property, which is located next door to the landmark Sea Captain’s House restaurant. Rent a luxury 4-bedroom condo in Caymen Tower or get the most bang for your buck with the Dominican Tower double suite, which sleeps 6 or even 8 through space-saving touches like foldout couches and Murphy beds. All guests will love the ocean-side water park, with 2 lazy rivers, a twisty slide, and indoor options if it’s raining. Rates vary by date.
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Do you fancy a game of giant chess or poolside ping pong? There’s plenty to keep busy little people, well, busy, at Ocean Reef, including a small water park, a kids club and game room. The rooms, many with ocean views, are clean and comfortable and feature a kitchenette in case you don’t want to eat out with kids for every meal. A Starbucks at the hotel next door means Mommy can easily pop out for her morning latte. Rates vary by date.
Get more info here: Ocean Reef Resort